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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 18th, 2011

Will the euro be destroyed by ideologues?

We could be living through the last days of the euro. That is not a happy thought. While there were many negative aspects to the rules governing the European Central Bank (ECB) and the eurozone economies, no one can want to see the economic chaos that will almost certainly follow ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 18th, 2011

I'm Thankful for Occupy

I'm thankful that a growing number of us reject the idea of a mysterious being to which we should be thankful, and for the concomitant growing assumption of responsibility for our own fate. I'm thankful that there are so many people doing so many things for which I am thankful. ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

November 17th, 2011

How the Movies Saved My Life

Crossposted from TomdispatchEvery childhood has its own geography and every child is an explorer, as daring as any Peary or Amundsen or Scott. I was the mildest of children, such a picky eater that my parents called me a “quince” (a fruit sour enough, they insisted, to make your face ... continue reading

Don Soeken

Social Worker

November 17th, 2011

Protesters At Occupy Wall Street Are Blowing Whistle on Decades of Corporate Greed and Corruption in U.S.

Written by Donald R. Soeken and Tom Nugent New York City – If you want to understand how thousands of ordinary Americans have recently been transformed into corporate “whistleblowers,” just spend a few days hanging out with the demonstrators who’ve gathered here for the social protest known as “Occupy Wall ... continue reading

Kevin Zeese

Attorney, Activist

November 17th, 2011

As the Congressional Super Committee Flounders, the Occupy Super Committee Presents Solutions

Washington, DC: The Occupation of Washington, DC published “The 99%’s Deficit Proposal: How to create jobs, reduce the wealth divide and control spending” detailing plans to not only reduce the deficit but close the wealth divide, create millions of jobs, strengthen the safety net and develop a democratized economy. This ... continue reading

Niki Ashton

Canadian MP for Churchill

November 17th, 2011

Connecting the Local to the Global: Why We Need New Politics

What happens in our communities is no accident.One year ago today, Vale announced that it was closing down the refinery and smelter in Thompson.Our community decided to fight back. We joined with the Steelworkers, the City of Thompson and our NDP provincial government to fight for value added jobs in ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

November 17th, 2011

An 80 Year Old Occupier

My habit since I've been occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. is to slip out of my cozy sleeping bag at around 6 a.m. and head for the corner bakery where I use their sink to brush my teeth and wash my face (habits I hope I can continue to ... continue reading

Brenda Procter

Grass Roots Organizing

November 16th, 2011

Putting a big hurt on big banks for charging big interest rates

I can still remember where I was when I saw my first payday loan advertisement. It was 19 years ago, and I had just started a new job with University of Missouri. I was leafing through an adbook for U of M students when I saw the ad for loans ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

November 16th, 2011

Obama’s Positive Flip and Romney’s Negative Flop

Crossposted from TomdispatchConventional wisdom has it that the next election will be fought exclusively on the topic of jobs. But President Obama’s announcement last week that he would postpone a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election, which may effectively kill the project, makes it clear ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

November 16th, 2011

Occupy Washington D.C. to protest Mountaintop Removal

It's raining buckets in D.C. today.  I woke up several times during the night.  Thanks to a tarp over my $39 tent, I managed to stay pretty dry, but that wasn't the case for everyone.  Keeping people healthy is a constant challenge here.  There's one guy who walks around camp ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

November 16th, 2011

Is Europe Over?

Europe has always been a rather tenuous concept. A rump continent, Europe represented the barbarous hinterlands for the Greeks and Romans. The first use of the term "European" occurred in a chronicle describing the forces of Charles the Hammer that turned back the northward advance of Islam at the battle ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

November 15th, 2011

One Veteran's Rough Path from Killing and Torturing to Peace

Not yet 30, Evan Knappenberger has already lived several lives.  His story destroys the U.S. government's case against whistleblower Bradley Manning, exposes the toxic mix of fraud and incompetence that creates U.S. war policies, and highlights the damage so often done to soldiers who come home without visible injuries. Knappenberger, ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

November 15th, 2011

A Cold Day for Occupiers

I crawled out of my tent at about 6 a.m. and looked around for a Peacekeeper who would have the keys to the portapotties (which now are kept locked because of unfortunate incidents with our homeless brethren).  Jonathan, a young and very committed occupier, emerged from the medical tent and ... continue reading

Andrew Bacevich

Historian/Veteran

November 14th, 2011

Big Change Whether We Like It or Not

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn every aspect of human existence, change is a constant.  Yet change that actually matters occurs only rarely.  Even then, except in retrospect, genuinely transformative change is difficult to identify.  By attributing cosmic significance to every novelty and declaring every unexpected event a revolution, self-assigned interpreters of the ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

November 14th, 2011

Recycling a Front Group to Cheat Us Out of Benefits

The special interests seeking to gut those portions of the health reform law that would be of greatest benefit to consumers clearly believe there is no such thing as historical memory in Washington. Why else would they bring one of their old front groups out of the storage locker, with ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 14th, 2011

The Myth of the Wealthy Elderly

The austerity gang seeking cuts to Social Security and Medicare have been vigorously promoting the myth that the elderly are an especially affluent and privileged group. Their argument is that because of their relative affluence, cuts to the programs upon which they depend is a simple matter of fairness. There ... continue reading

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

November 14th, 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest Was Unconsitutional

When more than seven hundred New Yorkers left their apartments on the morning of Saturday October 1 to join in a march of thousands from the Occupy Wall Street encampment to downtown Brooklyn they had no idea that they were just hours away from being handcuffed and hauled off to ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

November 14th, 2011

Mic Check on Blue Cross/Blue Shield CEO Scott Serota in D.C. today

I've been back at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. living in a tent since November 2nd.  We do actions every day, and I'm dying to write about life in general from within an occupy site in the seat of our government, but today's was especially FUN... and, we got fed, ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

November 14th, 2011

Occupy Philly Needs To Reassess Itself

Over a month ago, I took to Dilworth Plaza on the grounds of Philadelphia’s City Hall to capture what I had hoped were people with a very important message.  That they wanted some kind of change and were willing to stay for as long as it took to accomplish that ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

November 12th, 2011

Last Chance to Get a Signed First Printing of HERE COMES TROUBLE!

Would you like an autographed first edition/first printing of HERE COMES TROUBLE (or one to give as a gift)? There are not many left (thanks for making it a best seller!). You can get a copy, signed by me with the exquisite penmanship one can only learn in parochial schools ... continue reading

Jasiri X

Emcee, community activist

November 11th, 2011

Interview with Shamar Thomas

I interviewed Sgt. Shamar Thomas (ret.) for One Hood Media at Occupy Wall Street about how he felt witnessing the police brutality inflicted on fellow veteran Scott Olsen, and the role of veterans in the Occupy movement: continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

November 11th, 2011

11/11/11 Will Be Celebrated as Originally Intended: As Armistice Day!

Why will members of Veterans for Peace again ring bells 11 times on Armistice /Veterans Day instead of shooting guns into the air? As David Swanson, (founder of War Is A Crime.org and author of War Is A Lie) explains in his piece "Fahrenheit 11-11-11": Believe it or not, November ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

November 10th, 2011

Tar sands oil and Keystone XL's dirty secret

Picture this: a large, multibillion dollar Canadian corporation comes to the president of the United States and wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After reviewing the project, it becomes clear that instead of reducing America's reliance on oil from ... continue reading

Juan Cole

Informed Comment

November 10th, 2011

Protest Planet

Crossposted from TomDispatch From Tunis to Tel Aviv, Madrid to Oakland, a new generation of youth activists is challenging the neoliberal state that has dominated the world ever since the Cold War ended.  The massive popular protests that shook the globe this year have much in common, though most of ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

November 10th, 2011

Penn State Riots About White Men Not Liking to Be Held Accountable

If, like me, you scanned the crowds rioting at Penn State last night after the announcement of the firing of Joe Paterno, you may have noticed that nearly all the people there were white men. The riots were about white men not liking to be held accountable.  As a native ... 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...

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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