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Stephan Salisbury

Author

July 18th, 2011

Islam-Baiting Doesn’t Work

Crossposted from TomDispatch During the 2010 midterm election campaign, virtually every hard-charging candidate on the far right took a moment to trash a Muslim, a mosque, or Islamic pieties. In the wake of those elections, with 85 new Republican House members and a surging Tea Party movement, the political virtues of anti-Muslim ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 17th, 2011

Wall Street will not let Republicans pull the debt ceiling trigger

The tension is building in the budget talks as the calendar closes in on the August 2 drop-dead date. According to Treasury Secretary Geithner, this is the date where the government would no longer have the money to pay its bills and a default on the debt would be looming. ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

July 16th, 2011

Neocons Fume Over US Boat to Gaza

My co-passengers and I of the U.S. Boat to Gaza have now gone from “High-Seas Hippies,” according to the right-wing Washington Times, to participants in a flotilla full of “fools, knaves, hypocrites, bigots, and supporters of terrorism,” says Alan Dershowitz in his usual measured prose. Poor Alan, he seems upset ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 15th, 2011

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

It has been a challenging week for many people.  While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no work, are running out of ways to keep their homes – rented or owned, ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

July 14th, 2011

Time for Congress to End Big Oil Subsidies

In Mario Puzo's The Godfather, a character named Don Fanucci is known as a ruthless, greedy black hand extortionist who skims a regular "protection" fee from those who operate in his neighborhood. Fanucci even threatened to disfigure the daughter of a man who refused to pay him, or allow him ... continue reading

Bill McKibben

Founder, 350.org

July 14th, 2011

Will North America Be the New Middle East?

The climate problem has moved from the abstract to the very real in the last 18 months.  Instead of charts and graphs about what will happen someday, we’ve got real-time video: first Russia burning, then Texas and Arizona on fire.  First Pakistan suffered a deluge, then Queensland, Australia, went underwater, ... continue reading

Ann Wright

Retired State Dept. Official

July 14th, 2011

Gaza Flotilla: American and Spanish Activists Hunger Strikes & Israeli Flag flying over the US Embassy

American Hunger Strikers at US Embassy in Athens, Greece, Met with DetentionLate in the day on July 3, 7 Americans began a peaceful, non-violent hunger strike across the street from the US Embassy in Athens, Greece to protest the July 2 arrest and imprisonment of Captain John Klusmire, the captain ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

July 14th, 2011

Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands

Nailing Rupert Murdoch for his employees' phone tapping or bribery would be a little like bringing down Al Capone for tax fraud, or George W. Bush for torture. I'd be glad to see it happen but there'd still be something perverse about it. I remember how outraged Americans were in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 13th, 2011

Who's Your Doctor's Daddy?

Patients in the United States have known for a long time that they are not the decision makers in matters related to their personal health and well-being.  Just as for-profit corporate interests control elections, candidates, public officials, policies and enforcement, for-profit health insurance companies control healthcare delivery.  So when a ... continue reading

David Mallon

Social Worker, Activist

July 13th, 2011

Kaiser Executive Ninjas

Visit us at http://kaiserunited.org/adopt-an-executive and tell Kaiser executives to put patients before profits! -David It was a broadside attack. I hadn’t set my foot down across the threshold of my front door when they emerged out of the bushes by the windows, from behind the sofa, descending on ropes from the rafters, ... continue reading

Marc Adler

Freelance Journalist

July 13th, 2011

Corporate Death Spiral

Cross posted from thebloodycrossroads:We often hear that corporations “get away with murder,” such as when the banks got bailed out and at worst faced meaningless fines, but many people are unaware of the many ways corporations are legally permitted to murder people. And we have virtually no recourse, at least ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

July 12th, 2011

Debt Ceiling: Both Sides Need To Come To Agreement Soon

Sometimes it seems that the ultra partisan nature of American politics is absolutely befuddling.  Many a time, if you are in the need to be thoroughly confused; turn on CNN or any of the cable news channels.  Take the fight between the Republicans and Democrats concerning the national debt ceiling.  ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 12th, 2011

Budget Blowhards: Why the Budget Debate Is Destined to Become Ever More Painful

There are few exercises more entertaining than ridiculing the nonsense that comes out of the mouths of leaders in Washington. The great part is that this is completely bipartisan. Neither party has a monopoly on solemnly stated absurdities. And of course we never have to worry about running out of ... continue reading

Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

July 12th, 2011

One Big Reason Why Small Biz Job Growth Has Slowed to a Crawl

Want to be an entrepreneur but also be certain you'll have health insurance? Good luck with that. You might seriously consider moving to Denmark or Canada. Those countries have not only achieved universal health care coverage for their citizens -- coverage that's not tied to employment -- but they have ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

July 12th, 2011

Obama’s Bush-League World

Crossposted from TomDispatchGeorge W. who?  I mean, the guy is so over.  He turned the big six-five the other day and it was barely a footnote in the news.  And Dick Cheney, tick-tick-tick.  Condoleezza Rice?  She’s already onto her next memoir, and yet it's as if she's been wiped from ... continue reading

Dave Zirin

Author, Bad Sports

July 12th, 2011

Why I'm Boycotting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Arizona

Crossposted from The NationOver the last year, civil rights organizations, politicians, sportswriters and baseball players have asked Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to move Tuesday’s 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona. He chose not to listen and now I choose not to watch. If I lived within a day’s ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 11th, 2011

Why Not a Generation of Graft Dodgers?

If ever there were a crime being committed on a massive level in which many of us are being forced to participate, this is it.  The funneling upward of money from those who need it most to those who need it least and the gutting of our social safety net ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 11th, 2011

Manufacturing deficit fear

The conventional wisdom among the current generation of school reformers is that bad teachers are to blame for the failure of many of our children to learn. Applying this logic to the current debates over the budget and the economy, we should be pointing a big finger of blame at ... continue reading

Barbara Ehrenreich

Author

July 11th, 2011

War Without Humans

Crossposted from TomDispatchFor a book about the all-too-human “passions of war,” my 1997 work Blood Rites ended on a strangely inhuman note: I suggested that, whatever distinctly human qualities war calls upon -- honor, courage, solidarity, cruelty, and so forth -- it might be useful to stop thinking of war ... continue reading

Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

July 11th, 2011

PFC Bradley Manning, Conscience & Agency

Serving with my unit 2nd battalion 16th infantry in New Baghdad Iraq, I vividly remember the moment in 2007, when our Battalion Commander walked into the room and announced our new rules of engagement:"Listen up, new battalion SOP (standing operating procedure) from now on: Anytime your convoy gets hit by ... continue reading

Chase Madar

Lawyer

July 10th, 2011

Bradley Manning, American Hero

Crossposted from TomDispatchWe still don’t know if he did it or not, but if Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old Army private from Oklahoma, actually supplied WikiLeaks with its choicest material -- the Iraq War logs, the Afghan War logs, and the State Department cables -- which startled and riveted the world, ... continue reading

Carl Gibson

USUncut

July 10th, 2011

Tax the Rich. Problem Solved

What if there was a group of terrorists holding your family hostage with a gun pointed at themselves, demanding the account number to your pension fund? Would you negotiate with the terrorists by allowing them access to your savings, or would you let them shoot themselves and keep your retirement ... continue reading

Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

July 10th, 2011

By Torpedoing the Gaza Flotilla, Israel Sunk its Own Ship

Instead of high-fiving each other for their success in thwarting the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Israeli officials should be throwing overboard the propaganda hacks who catapulted the flotilla into headline news for weeks and left Israel smelling like rotten fish.Last year, when the Israeli military killed nine aboard the Turkish ship, ... continue reading

Tangerine Bolen

RevolutionTruth

July 9th, 2011

WikiLeaks is the New Red Scare

I founded and lead RevolutionTruth, a growing, global community and organization dedicated to defending WikiLeaks, whistleblowers, and legitimate democracies. RevolutionTruth defends WikiLeaks (WL) - not because WikiLeaks is perfect or uncomplicated. The WikiLeaks phenomenon is indeed, very complex. We defend them for two primary reasons: First, the way the U.S. ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

July 9th, 2011

The There's Plenty of Money Act of 2012

112th CONGRESS1st SessionTo highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America.IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJuly 12, 2011A BILLBe it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,SECTION ... continue reading

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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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
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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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