Wednesday, September 03, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Denise Robbins
Research

How far does the Koch brothers' influence spread? Is it fair to equate them with big liberal donors? Is it fair to characterize the Kochs as Big Oil? Are the Kochs unbiased in their energy advocacy? Do the Kochs have a good track record on environmental regulations? Do they have a stake in the Keystone XL debate? Are the Koch brothers transparent? How extreme are their views? ​Koch Brothers Are Shaping Politics In 2014 Elections Associated Press: Koch Brothers Are "Reshaping ...

Radioactive Rice and GMOs: The Diet of Champions
Christina Sarich
News Report

Just recently, farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district previously designated as a ‘no-plant zone’ due to of radioactive fallout. This will be the first time since March, 2011’s core meltdowns that rice intended for public sale will be planted in fields that are possibly still contaminated with radioactive cesium and other toxic materials. While the Japanese public is vehemently opposed to GMO, do they really want to eat radioactive rice? The government of Japan seems ...

Chris Hedges
Op-Ed

The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leadersin New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the November 2015 U.N. Climate Conference in Paris. The marchers will dutifully follow the route laid down by the New York City police. They will leave Columbus ...

Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore
Juan Cole
Op-Ed

Calling the bottom of a river a “bed” is a metaphor. Imagine the river restlessly sleeping on its muddy mattress. But when we’ve so internalized a metaphor that we forget it is a figure of speech, as with the phrase “river bed,” it is called a “dead metaphor.” Labor Day is, alas, akin to a dead metaphor in contemporary America. There was a time when, as in 1936, the unionized auto workers could make effective demands from their employers, for ...

Tara Culp- Ressler
News Report

Americans’ diets have gradually been improving, but the gains aren’t being shared equally across socioeconomic lines, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. Low-income people’s diets have gotten worse over the past decade as richer people’s nutrition has been improving. Researchers examined Americans’ diet quality over a 12 year period, using an index of healthy eating developed by the Harvard ...

VOICES FOR CHANGE

Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore
Juan Cole
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Calling the bottom of a river a “bed” is a metaphor.  Imagine the river restlessly sleeping on its muddy mattress.  But when we’ve so internalized a metaphor that we forget it is a figure of speech, as with the phrase “river bed,” it is called a “dead metaphor.”

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two ...

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<i>Talking Points:</i> Roots of Racism: Fear, Freedom and Ferguson Part 2
Thomas Magstadt
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The following is part two of three in a series. Talking Points is an exclusive column to NationofChange If a separate country called Africa-America existed, it would be roughly the size of Spain in terms of total population, and larger than Argentina or Ukraine.  According to the US Census Bureau, African-Americans ...

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies
Juan Cole
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This item was originally posted on Informed Comment.Note by Juan Cole:  In the early 1950s, under the influence of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI), a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists. McCarthy claimed to have a list of 100 Soviet moles in the State Department.  Even former members of the Communist Party, which had ...

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Farmers Fighting Biotech Superweeds Told to Keep Quiet, Damage Soil
Christina Sarich
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Farmers stopped utilizing deep tillage decades ago, but now because of biotech’s rampant superweeds (caused by the spraying of pesticides and glyphosate chemicals), they are being told to resort to the soil-damaging practice, once again.

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U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
Juan Cole
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In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.  Iran is ...

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

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The ‘Spiral of Silence’
Froma Harrop
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With folks yapping all day on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and the rest — how can there be such a thing as a "

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Talking Points: The Roots of Racism: Fear, Freedom and Ferguson
Thomas Magstadt
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The following is part one of three in a series. Talking Points is an exclusive column to NationofChangeThe police slaying of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, has riveted the attention of the national media in part for its shock value (Brown was reportedly shot six times, ...

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Should Companies Have to Pay Taxes?
David Sirota
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Reading companies' annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork. This year, one of the most important revelations came from Microsoft's filings, which spotlighted how the tax code allows corporations to enjoy the ...

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Human Rights

The youth activism among Native American is growing and gaining power to force one NFL team to change its name.

Food Health

In the third week of the Grocery Store Rebellion, one family continues its quest to feed themselves self-sufficiently.

Fracking

Stop fracking on the West Coast: Keep E&B out of Hermosa Beach.

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Immigration

Protesters staged a demonstration in Washington D.C. on Thursday rallying together against President Obama’s expected announcement of changed to immigration policies.

Economy

After a long battle to reclaim the supermarket, protesters are elated that CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will once again oversee day-to-day operation of the food chain.

Human Rights

As racism and workers rights are being compromised, here are a few protests from the past week that brought the world together in solidarity.

Human Rights

As the family opens the funeral to the public, their message is fierce, “We must never forget this murder.”

Genetically Modified Foods

We must continue the fight for GMO labeling at the state level and help Vermont become the first state to mandate GMO labeling.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects, such as bees are vital to the world.

FCC

When giant companies try to get bigger, you know trouble is bound to occur.

Oil

Two activists locked themselves to a pipeline construction truck, earlier this week, in attempt to halt the expansion of Line 6B.

Fracking

Fracking pollution poses a great threat to state’s air and water, but the government has never collected the data needed to determine extent of danger and future destruction.

Workers’ Rights

It is our responsibility to tell the Department of Labor to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees just like all of the other federal minimum wages that have increased.

Police Brutality

When exercising your rights to peacefully protest or join a peaceful demonstration, you have to keep in mind that it could very well turn into a bloody riot.

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