VOICES FOR CHANGE

Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To
Juan Cole
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A Gallup poll has found that only 35% of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year. 

Climate change has become a partisan issue in the US, such that a majority of ...

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I Think They Can
Jim Hightower
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Like that little choo-choo in the classic children’s book “The Little Engine that Could,” Moral Monday is the little movement that says, “I think I can” and keeps chugging up the hill.

This new progressive coalition became a full-throttle citizen uprising in North Carolina  early last year.

Led by Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP, they ...

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Finding Populism Today
Jim Hightower
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Mass movements don't just appear out of the fog, fully grown, structured and mobilized. They emerge in fits and starts over many years, just as the American Revolution did, and as did the Populists' original idea of a "cooperative commonwealth." A successful people's movement has to take the long view, to ...

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Israel’s War on American Universities
Chris Hedges
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The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups ...

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Corporate Cronyism: The Secret to Overpaid CEOs
Dean Baker
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It’s hardly a secret that the heads of major corporations in the United States get mind bending paychecks. While high pay may be understandable when a top executive turns around a failing company or vastly expands a company’s revenue and profit, but CEOs can get paychecks in the tens or hundreds of millions even when they did nothing especially notable.

For example, Lee Raymond retired from Exxon-Mobil in 2005 with $321 million. (That’s ...

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The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot
Amy Goodman
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The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin. Most notably is intense, often violent homophobia, tacitly endorsed by the government with the recent passage of the law against “gay propaganda.” While Sochi shines a light on Russian human-rights violations, it affords an opportunity to expose the rampant corruption and abuse that accompanies the International Olympic Committee ...

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Wisconsin’s Cheesy Innovation
Jim Hightower
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For generations, picture-takers have instructed their subjects to say “cheese.”

Well, no people say “cheese” better than Wisconsinites, who unabashedly wear cheesehead hats in public, celebrate dozens of cheese festivals, have a Monterey Jack bacterium as the states’ official microbe, and generally honor the milk curd as a deity.

Naturally, Wisconsin would be the state to come up with the idea of spraying its city ...

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Why There’s No Outcry
Robert Reich
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People ask me all the time why we don’t have a revolution in America, or at least a major wave of reform similar to that of the Progressive Era or the New Deal or the Great Society.

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, ...

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Edward Snowden is the Whistleblower of the Year
David Sirota
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For months, a debate over Edward Snowden's status has raged. In the back and forth, one question about this icon who disclosed NSA abuses has dominated: Is he or is he not a whistleblower with all the attendant protections that should come with such a designation?

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The Saboteurs
Chris Hedges
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Oil and natural gas drilling in the province of Alberta has turned Calgary into a boomtown. Glittering skyscrapers, monuments to the obscene profits amassed by a fossil fuel industry that is exploiting the tar sands and the vast oil and natural gas fields in Alberta, have transformed Calgary into a mecca for money, dirty politics, greed and industry jobs. The city is as soulless and ...

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Tiny Tim Time at Walmart
Jim Hightower
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Who says Walmart isn’t big-hearted?

Just look at the chain’s outlet in Canton, Ohio, where management set up bins for food donations, ...

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt
Chris Hedges
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I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including the Department of Homeland Security, and corporations such as Dow Chemical. In 2011 Hammond, now 28, released to the website WikiLeaks and Rolling Stone and other ...

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The Revolutionaries in Our Midst
Chris Hedges
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Jeremy Hammond sat in New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center last week in a small room reserved for visits from attorneys. He was wearing an oversized prison jumpsuit. The brown hair of the lanky 6-footer fell over his ears, and he had a wispy beard. He spoke with the intensity and clarity one would expect from one of the nation’s most important political ...

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Happy Birthday Occupy
Robert Reich
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Two years ago the “Occupy” movement roared into view, summoning the energies and attention of large numbers of people who felt the economic system had got out of whack and were determined to do something about it.

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What Happened to the Anti-War Movement?
David Sirota
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A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with bombs. The oxymoron last week was noteworthy for how little attention it received. Yes, a president memorialized an anti-war activist who derided the U.S. ...

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Let the Light of Mandela Shine on US Injustice
Amy Goodman
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As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime. Mandela was arrested in 1962, a year before Martin Luther King Jr. would give his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. After 27 years in ...

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Locking Out the Voices of Dissent
Chris Hedges
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The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right ...

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Who Owns the Earth?
Noam Chomsky
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(This article is adapted from a commencement speech by Noam Chomsky on June 14, 2013, at the American University of Beirut. )

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This Independence Day, Thank a Protester
Amy Goodman
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More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. Douglass asked those gathered, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” His words bear repeating this Independence Day, as the United States asserts unprecedented authority to ...

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Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On
Amy Goodman
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Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as well as the debate on capital punishment in this country.

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FROM AROUND THE WEB

Spanish Bailout

Comprehensive Disobedience: Occupying the Sharing Economy in Spain

Spanish “Occupiers” work together to fix the country’s economy with redirected taxes.

Fracking

Don’t frack this up! What really needs to happen to make hydrofracking safe

WSJ reporter Russell Gold says fracking's many problems are fixable -- if the proper steps are taken

Global Climate

Lights Out: Earth Hour Campaign a Global Success

The Earth Hour campaign is being marked in more than 150 countries, to raise money for local environmental projects.

Fukushima Progress

Japan Protesters Say No to Nuclear Power

Demonstration comes as nation considers restarting reactors, three years after earthquake triggered a nuclear disaster.

Equality

Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Activists, in a nonviolent march forty nine years ago, were attacked by state and local police armed with billy clubs, whips and tear gas.

Egypt

Al Jazeera Launches Global Push to Free Staff

Journalists gather for global day of action calling on Egypt to release staff arrested for practising journalism.

Gay Marriage

 Trial Begins in Lawsuit Challenging Michigan Gay Marriage Ban

Lesbian couple’s challenge latest in a series of marriage equality trials.

Ukraine News

5 Reasons the West Should Care About the Protests in Ukraine

If the bloodshed in Kiev turns into civil war, the conflict will have a ripple effect across the European Union

Ukraine News

Ukraine Government Nearly Ready to Collapse

President Yanukovich believed to have travelled to eastern Ukraine as presidential office remains abandoned.

Trayvon Case

George Zimmerman Forced to Leave Miami by Angry Protesters

While he was filming an interview, Zimmerman was recognized and the Miami mob forced him off the set.

Ukraine News

Protests in Kiev Turn Dangerous

At least three anti-government protesters reported dead and about one hundred and fifty others injured in battles with police in Ukraine.

Food Health

Chick-fil-A Going Antibiotic-free

The company should be celebrated for reforming its practices, but that’s no reason to start giving it your business.

NBC

Hosts to be Confronted Over Union Strife

Workers at NBC-owned production company ask Maddow, Sharpton, O’Donnell, Schultz, and Hayes to break their silence.

Afghanistan

Rights Groups Urge Karzai not to Sign Bill

Rights groups say bill silences Afghan women, victims of domestic abuse and forced marriage, while protecting abusers.

Ukraine News

Ukraine Protester Talks About His Kidnapping

Dmytro Bulatov appears on television, his face badly beaten and with wounds to his hands, saying he was kidnapped.

Animals

Report: The FDA Completely Dropped the Ball on Antibiotic Resistance

The agency knowingly allowed drugs that pose a high risk to humans to be used on farm animals

Minimum Wage

Obama to Lift Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors: White House

Issuing an executive order allows Obama to bypass Congress, Republicans opposed to an increase in minimum wage.

Chemical Spill

Chemical Tanks Ordered Removed in West Virginia After Spill

Freedom Industries must dismantle and remove seventeen tanks and related equipment at its coal processing plant in Charleston, West Virginia.

Human Rights

A Radical Martin Luther King

As the nation rediscovers poverty, it’s time to replace the safe, airbrushed icon with the revolutionary he was.

Immigration

Illegal Immigrant Practices Law in California

In an immigration rights case, the Supreme Court ruled that an undocumented Mexican was allowed to practice law in the state.

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