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Ellen Cantarow


May 21st, 2012

How Rural America Got Fracked: The Environmental Nightmare You Know Nothing About

Crossposted from TomDispatchIf the world can be seen in a grain of sand, watch out.  As Wisconsinites are learning, there’s money (and misery) in sand -- and if you’ve got the right kind, an oil company may soon be at your doorstep. March in Wisconsin used to mean snow on ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 20th, 2012

On the Eve of NATO in My Hometown

Looking down on the Sears Tower tonight, you wouldn’t suspect a major event was just hours away.  It’s quieter than most Saturday nights – except in Wrigleyville, where Chicago’s baseball and sports fans fill the streets and the bars as usual.  But in other parts of my hometown, huge barricades ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

May 20th, 2012

Ending the Mindset That Gets Us into War

MAY 20, 2012, MILITARIZED CHICAGO -- Next month in Baltimore they're going to celebrate the War of 1812.  That's what we do with wars.  We say they're the last resort.  We say they're hell.  We say they're for the purpose of eliminating themselves: we fight wars for peace.  Although we ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

May 19th, 2012

Chicago's Scaring Itself Silly While NATO – Not Protesters – Disrupts the City and the World

Scaring the American public silly is one of the tactics used by the government to get Americans to sacrifice their civil rights in ways they never thought they would. In Chicago, the public would have been disrupted by the mere presence of heads of state and senior military officials of ... continue reading

Reggie Cervantes

9/11 Rescue Worker

May 18th, 2012

Donna Summer Dies of 9/11-Related contamination

The passing of Donna Summer brings back memories to my mind of a teenagehood of fun dancing in the hallway of my beloved Cathedral High School in Manhattan to her disco music. She moved people not because of her rhythmic tunes but because some of the words were relevant to ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

May 17th, 2012

Amid ‘Sabotage’ Investigation, Honeywell Lays Off Plant’s Entire Union Workforce

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogLast Thursday, May 10, at around 2 p.m., managers walked into Honeywell's uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Ill., and told workers—both union and nonunion—they had to leave the plant immediately. Multiple workers present say a manager explained the sudden dismissal by noting that ... continue reading

Barbara Ehrenreich


May 17th, 2012

Preying on the Poor: How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month’s rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene. But as Business Week helpfully pointed ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

May 16th, 2012

America the Serial Killer

Everybody loves Dexter. He’s handsome. He’s helpful. He works at the Miami Metro Police Department, and he’s very good at his job as a blood-splatter analyst. Oh, did I mention that he moonlights as a serial killer? Don’t worry: he only kills bad guys. That’s part of the code that ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

U.S. Congressman

May 16th, 2012

Unemployment: Why

I recently happened to be at an event where billionaire George Soros was being interviewed. The right wing hates Soros because he is: (a) liberal, (b) rich, and (c) fearless. [I could also make a case that they hate Soros because he is (d) Jewish, but I leave that up ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

May 16th, 2012

Palin's rhetoric torpedoed Medicare savings

We’ll be hearing a lot from politicians this summer and fall about the urgency of dealing with Medicare spending, which will begin to rise sharply in the coming years as increasing numbers of the country’s 75 million baby boomers turn 65. If we’re fortunate, some courageous candidates will call for ... continue reading

William Astore

USAF Lt. Col. (Ret.), Professor

May 15th, 2012

The National Security State Wins (Again): Why the Real Victor in Campaign 2012 Won’t Be Obama or Romney

Crossposed from TomDispatchNow that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, the media is already handicapping the presidential election big time, and the neck-and-neck opinion polls are pouring in.  But whether President Obama gets his second term or Romney enters the Oval Office, there’s a third candidate ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

May 15th, 2012

Five Reasons Drone Assassinations Are Illegal

US civilian and military employees regularly target and fire lethal unmanned drone guided missiles at people across the world.  Thousands of people have been assassinated.   Hundreds of those killed were civilians. Some of those killed were rescuers and mourners.   These killings would be criminal acts if they occurred inside the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 15th, 2012

Deficit Reduction: The Great Distraction

This is the week of the third annual Deficit Fest, the event sponsored by Wall Street billionaire Peter G. Peterson. At this event, many of the people most responsible for the current downturn come together to tell us why we should be worried about the deficit at a time when ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

May 14th, 2012

In the “Loop” with Morello Standing Against ‘Grotesque Income Inequality’

As Tom Morello prepares to come to his hometown and mine, Chicago, in advance of the NATO meeting, he calls what has happened to me and so many millions of people “grotesque income inequality.”  He is so right.  It’s grotesque.  The rich get richer, and most of the poor get ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt


May 13th, 2012

America as a Shining Drone Upon a Hill: On Staring Death in the Face and Not Noticing

Crossposted from TomDispatchHere’s the essence of it: you can trust America’s crème de la crème, the most elevated, responsible people, no matter what weapons, what powers, you put in their hands.  No need to constantly look over their shoulders. Placed in the hands of evildoers, those weapons and powers could ... continue reading

Carl Gibson


May 13th, 2012

Plutocrats Deserve Public Scorn

While sipping on an iced coffee and getting some work done in a Starbucks in the white, conservative, wealthy part of Connecticut, I kept hearing three old, white, conservative, wealthy Connecticut men carrying on about how the Senate doesn't work anymore because the Democrats haven't been able to pass a ... continue reading

Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

May 13th, 2012

Militarization of the Mothers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby, from Mother's Day for Peace

Recall that Mother's Day was originated by Juliet Ward Howe not to fill restaurants or boost the stock of Hallmark cards but as an anti-militarism effort, to further the cause of peace. In her 1870 Proclamation, Howe, after witnessing the suffering and horrors of the Civil War, laid the foundation ... continue reading

May 12th, 2012

Michael Moore on The Rachel Maddow Show, May 11th, 2012

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Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

May 11th, 2012

Hands off Spc. Etterlee and all soldiers with PTSD!

The crisis in mental health care at Fort Lewis, Wash. is a well-known scandal in the United States. As a result of public pressure from soldiers and their families, the Army has launched an official internal investigation, fired top doctors and commanders, and overturned hundreds of refusals to diagnose PTSD. ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

May 11th, 2012

What If Kobe Bryant Were an Imprisoned Palestinian Soccer Player?

Crossposted from The NationImagine if a member of Team USA Basketball—let’s say Kobe Bryant—had been traveling to an international tournament only to be seized by a foreign government and held in prison for three years without trial or even hearing the charges for which he was imprisoned. Imagine if Kobe ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

May 10th, 2012

The Energy Wars Heat Up: Six Recent Clashes and Conflicts on a Planet Heading Into Energy Overdrive

Crossposted from TomDispatchConflict and intrigue over valuable energy supplies have been features of the international landscape for a long time.  Major wars over oil have been fought every decade or so since World War I, and smaller engagements have erupted every few years; a flare-up or two in 2012, then, ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

May 10th, 2012

Bernie Sanders Advocates a Free Market in AIDS Drugs

Drugs are cheap. Patent monopolies are expensive. These are simple facts that everyone should know but for some reason few do. The point here is simple; the vast majority of drugs are cheap to produce. Chain drug stores sell hundreds of generic drugs for $5-$7 per prescription. They can do ... continue reading

John Feffer

Foreign Policy in Focus

May 9th, 2012

The Slow Death of Neoliberalism

It's happening in Buenos Aires. It’s happening in Paris and in Athens. It’s even happening at the World Bank headquarters. The global economy is finally shifting away from the model that prevailed for the last three decades. Europeans are rejecting austerity. Latin Americans are nationalizing enterprises. The next head of ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

May 9th, 2012

About President Obama's Statement in Support of Gay Marriage

I am deeply moved by the announcement made a short while ago that President Obama has gone back to his original position in 1996 and come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage. It may seem like a risky move, but the majority of Americans already support the equal rights ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe


May 9th, 2012

About President Obama's Dramatic Statement

The impetus toward gay marriage – supported dramatically by President Obama Wednesday – is both conservative and Christian.  It also could be a brilliant re-election strategy that hoists conservatives with their own petards by using a "culture war" wedge issue against them. Let's not be sarcastic or flippant here.  Married ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States 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 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 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 Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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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? Donna Smith 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 Nick Turse 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 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? 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 Donna Smith 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 . . . | 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
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? Ray McGovern Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity Donna Smith The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
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