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Economic Justice

February 29th, 2012

Business as government: Capitalizing on disaster in post-earthquake Haiti

by Deepa Panchang and Beverly Bell“I am optimistic that in 18 months, yes, we will be autonomous in our decisions. But right now I have to assume... that we are not.”[i] With these words, Haiti’s Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive watched a swath of his government’s decision-making power shift into foreign ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

February 29th, 2012

Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is one of the most powerful lobby organizations in the country. AIPAC’s clout helps fuel a never-ending cycle of violence in the Middle East. Here are ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous. 1. AIPAC is lobbying Congress to promote a military confrontation ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

February 29th, 2012

Health Care Myths and Realities: Seeking the Truth About High-Deductible Plans

Recent news releases from two very different organizations paint entirely separate pictures of what can happen to people once they sign up for a high-deductible health plan. One release from Cigna, the giant for-profit insurance firm I used to work for, would lead us to believe that human resource managers ... continue reading

Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

February 29th, 2012

One in Seven Americans Pursued by Debt Collectors

I went through the Federal Reserve’s Quarterly Release on Household Debt and Credit released today, and there were two notable trends.  One is that the amount of consumer debt is declining, but that delinquency rates are stabilizing above what they were before the crisis.  And the second is in this graph, which is ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

February 28th, 2012

Afghanistan and America's Image Problem

The United States definitely sends mixed messages to the Muslim world. Early in his presidency, Barack Obama went to Cairo to “seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 28th, 2012

Un-Cheating Justice: Two Years Left to Prosecute Bush

Elizabeth Holtzman knows something about struggles for justice in the U.S. government.  She was a member of Congress and of the House Judiciary Committee that voted for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1973. She proposed the bill that in 1973 required that "state secrets" claims be evaluated ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 28th, 2012

Sorry's Not Good Enough in Afghanistan. Here's Why.

This article was co-authored by Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe As violence continues following the burning of Korans by ISAF in Afghanistan, insiders in Washington, D.C. and in the media are wasting quite a bit of breath asking the rhetorical question, "Why aren't the apologies working?" Military commanders in Afghanistan ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse

TomDispatch

February 28th, 2012

Blown Away: How the U.S. Fanned the Flames in Afghanistan

Crossposted from TomDispatchIs it all over but the (anti-American) shouting -- and the killing?  Are the exits finally coming into view? Sometimes, in a moment, the fog lifts, the clouds shift, and you can finally see the landscape ahead with startling clarity.  In Afghanistan, Washington may be reaching that moment ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 28th, 2012

Lots of Blood on Lots of Hands

Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people. And bullets come from guns fired by people to kill other people. And we saw this again Monday at a high school in Ohio when one student was killed and four others wounded (two critically) by a young man who fired away in ... continue reading

February 28th, 2012

Michael Moore on the Rachel Maddow Show, 2/27/12

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Matt Stoller

Roosevelt Institute

February 27th, 2012

Warren Buffett Says “Hormones” Will Fix the Housing Crisis

Last week, Warren Buffett made some news with his folksy, charming as always shareholder letter.  Most people focused on his admission that he was wrong about the housing crisis.   Buffett pointed to his year ago statement that “a housing recovery will probably begin within a year or so.”  And ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 27th, 2012

CNN Silences War-Skeptical Soldier

When CNN interviews a U.S. Army corporal preparing for his third deployment to Afghanistan, should TV viewers be permitted to hear him out on a front-burner issue like Iran’s alleged threat to Israel? For those who might think so, watch what happens when 28-year-old Cpl. Jesse Thorsen touches a neuralgic ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 24th, 2012

Occu-Families

A couple weeks ago, I left Washington, D.C. where I’ve been an occupier since October.  Coming home has been an experience stranger in some ways than living in a tent on a marble plaza in the middle of the nation’s capital.  People I’ve known for years, good friends, are at ... continue reading

Joseph Williams

UVA Activist/Athlete

February 23rd, 2012

Why I'm hunger striking at UVA

I am a third year studying Political and Social Thought, and a student-athlete at the University of Virginia.  Last Friday, 12 University students began a hunger strike to protest the economic and social injustices perpetrated by the UVa administration against the vast majority of the University’s service-sector employees. I joined ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

February 23rd, 2012

Our Man in Beijing?

When Hu Jintao took over as the leader of China in 2002, U.S. companies welcomed his accession as a “good sign for American business.” Political analysts described Hu as a fourth-generation member of the Communist party leadership who might very well turn out to be a “closet liberal.” Playing it ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

February 23rd, 2012

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Today US Army Private Bradley Manning is to be formally charged with numerous crimes at Fort Meade, Maryland.   Manning, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament, is charged with releasing hundreds of thousands of documents exposing secrets of the US government to the ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 23rd, 2012

Remotely Piloted War

Crossposted from TomDispatchIn the American mind, if Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press here.  They have generally been greeted as if they were the sleekest of iPhones armed with missiles. When the first American drone assassins burst onto the global stage early in the last decade, they ... continue reading

Mary Bottari

Director, Real Economy Project

February 23rd, 2012

On Anniversary of Prank Call the Real David Koch Wants to "Stop Union Power" in Wisconsin

One year ago this week, blogger Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast pranked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by posing as billionaire David Koch on a phone call. As the crowds at the Capitol protesting Walker's bill to end collective bargaining were increasing in size and volume, the fake Koch inquired ... continue reading

Mira Dabit

Palestinian activist

February 23rd, 2012

Occupy Wall Street not Palestine: Graffiti on the Wall

In the heart of a revolution transcending one locale, what connects us? That question looms deep in my mind as I walk through the streets of Ramallah, a city I know so well.  I look ahead and am confronted by red and black spray paint on random city walls exposing the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 22nd, 2012

What If the Next Steve Jobs Is Chinese?

As Apple's stock continues to hit record highs and its sales and profit reports exceed all expectations, Steve Jobs' reputation as an entrepreneurial genius grows ever larger. He succeeded in developing products that people around the world very much want to buy. In this sense, Jobs stands out from the ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

February 21st, 2012

Taking the initiative in a struggle against excessive rate increases

The biggest applause line Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) got at a gathering of Democratic Party activists last week came when she endorsed a ballot initiative to give the California Insurance Commissioner power to reject excessive health insurance rate increases. Consumer advocates there decided to go the ballot initiative route after ... continue reading

Rebecca Solnit

Author

February 21st, 2012

Mad, Passionate Love -- and Violence

Crossposted from TomDispatchWhen you fall in love, it’s all about what you have in common, and you can hardly imagine that there are differences, let alone that you will quarrel over them, or weep about them, or be torn apart by them -- or if all goes well, struggle, learn, ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

February 21st, 2012

Victory! Army Spc. Daniel Birmingham, war resister, wins honorable discharge

U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Birmingham, a March Forward! member stationed at Ft. Lewis, Wash. who did an infantry deployment in Iraq, won a major victory for service members’ rights this week after successfully receiving an early honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. Over the course of applying for conscientious objector ... continue reading

Erik Hoffner

Photojournalist

February 21st, 2012

Punishing Protest, Policing Dissent: What Is the Justice System for?

This year promises to be another historic year of people calling for change worldwide. Citizens took to the streets for a wide variety of reasons, from the Wisconsin Capitol to DC, which hosted many actions last year, including the highly visible civil disobedience of activists seeking to halt the proposed ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 20th, 2012

"Radical Islamic"

The Rick Santorum presidential campaign is so focused on nasty wedge issues of sex and religion that the candidate and his campaign workers can’t avoid Freudian slips when talking about other things. The latest example came on Monday afternoon when Alice Stewart, Santorum’s press secretary, was speaking to Andrea Mitchell ... 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
7:28 PM
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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
12:41 PM
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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
3:28 PM
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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
2:00 PM
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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
9:48 AM
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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
2:19 PM
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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
2:00 PM
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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
9:08 PM
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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
9:53 AM
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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
1:02 PM
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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
8:39 PM
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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
1:21 PM
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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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