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Barbara Ehrenreich

Author

March 15th, 2012

Rediscovering Poverty: How We Cured “The Culture of Poverty,” Not Poverty Itself

Crossposted from TomDispatchIt’s been exactly 50 years since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, “discovered” poverty, thanks to Michael Harrington’s engaging book The Other America. If this discovery now seems a little overstated, like Columbus’s “discovery” of America, it was because the poor, according to Harrington, were so ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

March 15th, 2012

A Tough-Oil World: Why Twenty-First Century Oil Will Break the Bank -- and the Planet

Crossposted from TomDispatchOil prices are now higher than they have ever been -- except for a few frenzied moments before the global economic meltdown of 2008. Many immediate factors are contributing to this surge, including Iran’s threats to block oil shipping in the Persian Gulf, fears of a new Middle ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

March 14th, 2012

"When it rains, we will grow again": Haitian women observe International Women's Day

By Alexis Erkert, Another Haiti is Possible Coordinator, Other Worlds "As activists, we commemorate this as a day of struggle, a day to make our voices heard until someone pays attention and helps provide solutions to our problems." Facing the Haitian parliament with a throng of banner-waving and singing women ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

March 14th, 2012

Bail Out America

Before the whole “Occupy” thing happened, I had decided to write a book of interviews with people across the country who were suffering either as a result of the economic times we’re living in, or because they were simply born into poverty and the deck was so stacked against them ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

March 13th, 2012

How We All Got Stuck Paying the Medical Bills of the Woman Who Sued to Kill Obamacare

If I were trying to persuade the Supreme Court later this month that Obamacare should not be declared unconstitutional, I would tell the story of the woman who was the original named plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Independent Business, one of the fiercest critics of ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

March 13th, 2012

Peace is not for Wimps

I am on an overseas trip to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Sweden invited by the Free the Cuban Five Committees of Ireland and Sweden. On days two and three of the trip, I was very excited to go to Northern Ireland as I have never been there before and there ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

March 12th, 2012

The 0% Doctrine: Obama Breaks New Ground When It Comes to War With Iran

Crossposted from TomDispatchWhen I was young, the Philadelphia Bulletin ran cartoon ads that usually featured a man in trouble -- dangling by his fingers, say, from an outdoor clock.  There would always be people all around him, but far too engrossed in the daily paper to notice.  The tagline was: ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

March 12th, 2012

U.S. Out of Afghanistan: Stay Out of Iran!

Today when I went to read my email, I saw on my front home page "U.S. Soldier held in shooting rampage that killed 16 Afghans, officials say. " I feel disgusted. I am disgusted because I know there were probably women and children who were killed. I know that these ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 12th, 2012

Would a Koch Takeover of Cato Make War with Iran More Likely?

Co-Authored by Jesse Lava The drumbeat for war in Iran is getting louder, but opposition is coming from a seemingly unlikely source: the Cato Institute. This libertarian think tank generally sides with the Right, but it has long shown an independent streak, sometimes bucking conservative orthodoxy on civil liberties, the ... continue reading

Zach LaPorte

Veteran, Wisconsinite

March 11th, 2012

NATO CALL TO ACTION: MARCH WITH VETERANS FOR JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION

We as Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, from around the country will converge in Chicago on May 20th to march to the NATO summit and ceremoniously return our medals to NATO generals. We were awarded these medals for serving in the Global War on Terror, a war based on lies and ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

March 10th, 2012

Nothing “Purist”—Just Everything Hypocritical About Awarding Nobel “Peace” Prize to Promote Western Militarization

Background During the last 4 years the dispute over the implementation of Nobel´s prize for the "champions of peace" has come to a head. The Norwegian awarders seem to reinterpret Nobel´s wishes and award the prize for whatever in their judgment is good and valuable, based on "a broad concept ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 9th, 2012

Hunger-Striking Students Finally See Some Progress for University of Virginia Workers

Crossposted from AlternetA living-wage campaign at the University of Virginia has been pressing the university's six-figure-salary administrators to treat its workers better for the past 14 years, sometimes winning higher wages, but always watching them be wiped out by the soaring cost of living in Charlottesville. The workers, lacking a ... continue reading

Mira Dabit

Palestinian activist

March 9th, 2012

Checkpoints and Dignity: Daily Life in Occupied Territories

Since I became involved in the ‘Occupy Movement’ in the U.S., and I have now returned to my home in Ramallah on the West Bank, I have thought a lot about how I came to understand concepts of protest and revolution.  I started to become educated about the meaning of ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 8th, 2012

How to Honor Rush Limbaugh on International Women's Day (VIDEO)

Co-Authored by Jesse Lava As of this writing, 49 sponsors have pulled out of the Rush Limbaugh show after his repeated demeaning remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. But of course, this isn't the first time Rush has slandered women. Or the second. Or the fifth. Or the tenth. ... continue reading

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

March 8th, 2012

H.R 347: Get the Truth on the New "Protest Law"

This past week many free speech advocates have sounded the alarm about H.R. 347, which President Obama signed into law today. Much of what has been written about H.R. 347 is not correct. We are writing this to clarify the situation and separate fact from fiction. Many of the articles ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 8th, 2012

How Far We Haven’t Come in My Lifetime – Yet

It’s International Women’s Day.  While we might greet that with some passing commercial interest in the United States, in many other countries, it is a day to celebrate women – all women.  Older, younger, richer, poorer, healthy, struggling with illness or caring for others with illness, mothers or daughters, married, ... continue reading

Eyal Press

Author

March 7th, 2012

Why No One Would Listen: Corporate Whistleblowers Get the Silent Treatment From Washington

Crossposted from TomDispatchWhat’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing -- or to be ignored for doing so? Whistleblowers have been under intense scrutiny in Washington lately, at least when it comes to the national security state.  In recent years, the Obama administration ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 7th, 2012

The Peace Movement Needs Kucinich, With or Without Congress

If Congressman Dennis Kucinich becomes simply Dennis Kucinich sans the "Congressman" his value to the peace movement need not diminish.  I admit it's been nice having someone in Congress who would say and do what he would.  There have been and remain other relatively strong voices for peace, but none ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 6th, 2012

Would the Kochs rather attack me than stop cancer? (VIDEO)

My filmmaking team and I recently told the story of the small town of Crossett, Arkansas, where residents are giving powerful testimony about the prevalence of cancer in their community and linking it to a nearby chemical plant owned by Charles and David Koch. This revelation came on top of ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 6th, 2012

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Bowles-Simpson Commission Report

Parents often find it useful to tell their children about nonexistent creatures to instill habits of good behavior. It seems that many political leaders are going the same route. How else can one explain the repeated references to the Bowles-Simpson commission report and its advice to the country on how ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

March 6th, 2012

Coming Soon: The End of Health Insurers As We Know Them -- By Self-Inflicted Wounds

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini caused quite a stir when he said at a Las Vegas conference a few days ago that the insurance industry as we know it is, for all practical purposes, a dinosaur on the verge of extinction. Time to sing, "Ding dong the witch is dead"? Not ... continue reading

Stephan Salisbury

Author

March 5th, 2012

How to Fund an American Police State: Real Money for an Imaginary War

Crossposted from TomDispatchAt the height of the Occupy Wall Street evictions, it seemed as though some diminutive version of “shock and awe” had stumbled from Baghdad, Iraq, to Oakland, California.  American police forces had been “militarized,” many commentators worried, as though the firepower and callous tactics on display were anomalies, ... continue reading

Craig Holman

Public Citizen

March 4th, 2012

Will Main Street or Wall Street get dealt a fair hand on STOCK Act?

In the weeks following an explosive “60 Minutes” expose on congressional insider trading, both chambers of Congress nearly unanimously passed the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge” (STOCK) Act. But there is still no law. What’s the holdup? The ball is in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) court. And everyone ... continue reading

Leah Fried

UE organizer

March 2nd, 2012

It’s Not a Fluke: What We Can Learn from UE’s SECOND Window Factory Occupation

In 2008, UE Occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory for six days.  Banks had just gotten a massive bailout that most people hated; Obama became President-Elect on a wave of hope and change; and the bosses at Republic Windows and Doors and Bank of America were no-good crooks trying ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 2nd, 2012

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

My sleep was restless last night except for the snippets of scenes where I was being tended to by my cancer doctors from some time ago.  In those dreams they cared for my body and comforted my fears as we worked together to overcome my illness.  Of course time had ... continue reading

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
7:38 PM
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
8:27 PM
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
3:55 PM
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
5:38 PM
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
9:40 PM
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
4:59 PM
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
10:07 AM
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
2:24 PM
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
6:48 PM
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
1:08 PM
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
12:35 PM
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