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John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

March 31st, 2012

Creating the Muslim Manchurian Candidate

Crossposted from TomDispatchThose who fervently believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim generally practice their furtive religion in obscure recesses of the Internet. Once in a while, they’ll surface in public to remind the news media that no amount of evidence can undermine their convictions. In October 2008, at a ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 31st, 2012

Kochs, Lies, and Videotape

This week as I premiered my new film, Koch Brothers Exposed -- the result of a year-long investigation on how two billionaires are using their wealth to corrupt democracy -- Koch Industries has launched an attack on the film and me. The Kochs intimidate, they menace; they have a letter ... continue reading

Chip Ward

HEAL Utah

March 31st, 2012

We Screwed Up: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

Crossposted from TomDispatch[Note: I became politically active and committed on the day 20 years ago when I realized I could stand on the front porch of my house and point to three homes where children were in wheelchairs, to a home where a child had just died of leukemia, to ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 30th, 2012

Before and After: Healthcare Insanity in America

It doesn’t really matter what the Supreme Court does with the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  It’s a classic “heads I win, tails you lose” situation for millions of people.   The system we have now is dominated by profit-takers.  The system we might have under the ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 29th, 2012

The Statues in Our Public Spaces Lie

There are lies of omission as well as commission, and the statues in Charlottesville, Va. -- typical of other towns -- do both.  We have statues of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, a generic Confederate soldier, George Rogers Clark, Lewis and Clark (with Sacagawea kneeling like their dog), and on ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

March 28th, 2012

Fighting Fire in Haiti

By Alexis Erkert When police and the landowner commanded Michelène Pierre to vacate her tent on a Sunday afternoon so that they could light it on fire, she responded: “If you want to light me on fire along with this entire camp, go ahead. I’m not leaving.” The police bypassed ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 27th, 2012

What Is Heartless and Who Has a Heart?

The hard-hearted mindset of the right wing comes through both in deeds done and words spoken.  The latter was obvious again Monday night on Fox News Channel as it tried to tilt the first day of Supreme Court health-care arguments in favor of right-wing paranoids and insurance-company profiteers. Britt Hume, ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

March 27th, 2012

Three Killings

The note left next to the bloodied body of Shaima Alawadi read “go back to your country, you terrorist.” Alawadi, who died on Saturday after being taken off life support, was an Iraqi-born mother of five living outside of San Diego. Someone had delivered a similar note to the family ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 26th, 2012

GOP NLRB Member Passed Sensitive Information to Romney Campaign

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog Earlier this month, Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, complained that House GOP members were blocking the release of a National Labor Board Relations Inspector General’s report. The report, which Miller’s office was eventually able to ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 26th, 2012

Koch Brothers v. Health Reform

By Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava Do all roads lead to Koch? Conservative activists will rally at the Supreme Court tomorrow to encourage the overturn of the Affordable Care Act. The “Hands Off My Health Care” protest—which will feature the likes of Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Sens. Jim DeMint and ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

March 26th, 2012

Bring the Supreme Court Out Into the Light

Beginning on Monday, when the Supreme Court hears three days of oral arguments about the health-care law, the sessions will enjoy less public exposure than an NCAA tournament basketball game or a car chase on a Los Angeles freeway. And this is wrong.  The hearings should be televised live and ... continue reading

March 26th, 2012

Worker Ownership for the 99%: The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy

For release:     March 26, 2012                                                          Information:     USW/Rob Witherell, rwitherell@usw.orgOEOC/Jim Anderson, jander77@kent.eduMondragon International USA/Michael Peck, mpeck@mapagroup.net   Worker Ownership for the 99%: The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy   Pittsburgh ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 23rd, 2012

An Apple a Day Might Just Cut Profits

My mom said it.  Her mom said it.  I have even repeated it to my own children.  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Yet as patients, healthcare professionals, and others who eat in our healthcare facilities around the country may notice, eating healthy fare – including apples – ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

March 23rd, 2012

Jackie Robinson, Trayvon Martin and the Sad History of Sanford, Florida

Crossposted from the NationSanford, Florida is a city that will now be known for all times as the place where Trayvon Martin was killed for the crime of Living While Black. It was also the place whose institutions – the police department, the local press, and even the city morgue ... continue reading

Brendan Fischer

Center for Media and Democracy

March 22nd, 2012

ALEC Ratified NRA-Conceived Law That May Protect Trayvon Martin's Killer

A Florida law that may protect the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) "model bill" that has been pushed in other states. The bill was brought to ALEC by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Florida's "stand ... continue reading

Robert Weissman

President, Public Citizen

March 22nd, 2012

FORGET LARRY

"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?" Do those sound like the words of a man who should be running the world's leading economic development institution? They don't, but the man who put his ... continue reading

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund

March 22nd, 2012

PCJF, Michael Moore and NLG Obtain New DHS Documents: Critical Analysis Shows DHS Is Playing Three Card Monte

Documents Received from Department of Homeland Sercurity: Pages 1 - 100 Pages 101 - 200 Pages 201 - 398 How Homeland Security Is Hiding the Feds' Role in Occupy Crackdown A trove of documents released today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a FOIA request filed ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

March 21st, 2012

When Kony Met Daisey

Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. This aphorism, often attributed to humorist Mark Twain, seems to apply equally well to both theater and politics. Story, in these worlds of bright lights and monologues, is everything. Whether it's a political campaign (Romney is a flip-flopper) ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 21st, 2012

Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

In her spare time, between nonstop peace activism and leading international exchanges, Medea Benjamin has somehow managed to write the best book yet on the most inhuman form of war yet.  The book is called "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control."  The foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich and a form to ... continue reading

Karen Greenberg

Center on Law and Security

March 19th, 2012

Ever More and Ever Less: The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror

By now, you’d think we’d be entering the end of the 9/11 era.  One war over in the Greater Middle East, another hurtling disastrously to its end, and the threat of al-Qaeda so diminished that it should hardly move the needle on the national worry meter.  You might think, in ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

March 18th, 2012

No Justice Without Peace

Remarks at Left Forum Last night in New York City, by my unscientific estimate, two-thirds of the people on the streets had alcohol in them.  A young man celebrating his wedding engagement was stabbed to death.  A party a third floor apartment to collapse into the second floor.  And the ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

March 18th, 2012

Bribing Israel

The bully came to Washington. The American president told him in no uncertain terms that the United States would not support a military attack on Iran at this moment. The bully met with 13,000 of his U.S. supporters in an effort to pressure the White House. It didn’t work. The ... continue reading

Erik Hoffner

Photojournalist

March 17th, 2012

Bailing Out Main Street

Wall Street cheerleaders hail the current Dow Jones level above 13,000 (and other such economic indicators) as evidence of a recovery. But as the mainstream media happily reports that we’re on our way out of recession (does NPR really need to include those Dow numbers as part of every single ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

March 16th, 2012

In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

Co-authored by Derrick Crowe The news just keeps getting worse in Afghanistan for the United States. Brave New Foundation's Rethink Afghanistan project has warned for years that the premises of a counterinsurgency there were unrealistic and unworkable, and the ability of a handful of bad actors to completely seize control ... continue reading

Allison Kilkenny

Citizen Radio

March 16th, 2012

Occupy Miami Raided, SWAT Team Draws Weapons on Children

Crossposted from the In These Times Uprising blogThis week, I've been exploring all the different types of ways police and the District Attorney's office in New York have been monitoring, bullying, and harassing Occupiers. Of course, this civil liberties accosting is by no means isolated to the New York City ... continue reading

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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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
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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
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
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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
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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