VOICES FOR CHANGE

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 "spiral of silence" online?

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Is Ferguson a Social Media Victim?
Froma Harrop
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Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

We've seen ...

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ISIS to US: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads US Journalist, Holds Tikrit
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, but had to call off their campaign when they ran into minefields, booby-trapped buildings, sniping and artillery and mortar fire on the part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now styles itself the “Islamic State” (IS).  It took the Sunni Muslim stronghold, birth place of Saddam Hussein, last July.  The ...

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Journalists on the Government’s Blacklist
David Sirota
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As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don't like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors ...

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GMO Debate Heats Up on Mainstream News
Christina Sarich
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The debate on the dangers of GMO seem like they should already be a foregone conclusion, but with industry cover-ups of scientific data, and rigged research, biotechnology advocates are still pushing the safety of genetically modified organisms unchecked.

 

In another attempt to discredit non-GMO supporters, C-Span recently debuted a 2-hour debate at the Vail Symposium in Colorado, between consumer advocate and Executive Director ofInstitute for Responsible ...

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul
Joe Conason
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Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor's suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the "liberal media" and "despicable leftists" for distorting his innocent message.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Is a Nice Man
Froma Harrop
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When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of — to use the biblical term — the heavens.

That impression only grew on seeing his television show, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." Here he bursts with elation over the great scientific breakthroughs, guiding us into the ...

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The Wall Street Journal: The Funny Papers of Modern Journalism
Paul Buchheit
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Funny, in a sad sort of way.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) gets respect from the mainstream because it speaks for the money interests. To many of those outside its golden circle, the commentary of its writers is generally suspect, occasionally frightening, and often unintentionally humorous.

Delusion: Middle-class Americans have more buying power than ever before.

WSJ compares the present day to the 1950s, ignoring changes in education costs, health care ...

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Impeachment? Who Said Anything about Impeachment?
Jim Hightower
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Surely you thought that partisan posturing by far-right Congress critters couldn’t get any nuttier. But here comes the GOP’s claim that all the talk about impeaching President Barack Obama is being led by…Barack Obama!

Having discovered that the larger public is appalled that his party would even consider wasting time on such extremist nonsense, House Speaker John Boehner tried to do a political back flip.

Impeachment talk, he fumed, is “a scam started ...

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Perry Imperils His Own Roadshow
Jim Hightower
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Gosh, the 2016 primaries are a long way off, but look out: Here comes Texas Governor Rick Perry — riding his state’s taxpayer dollars into another GOP presidential bid.

Technically, he’s not campaigning. Yet he’s popping up from New York to California, holding press conferences, running TV ads, meeting with money people, and telling everyone how terrific he is. In other words: campaigning.

Officially, his cross-country ...

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Apple to Build 100-Acre Solar Farm in North Carolina
Christina Sarich
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The city of Claremont, North Carolina has just signed an agreement with Apple, which will allow a 100-scre solar farm to be built, providing 17.5 megawatts of energy annually at the development cost of $55 million. This will be Apple’s third large solar farm in the United States. Of the mega-corporations, Apple continues to be a leader in responsible stewardship of sustainable energy practices.

Apple is currently the only company in the industry that powers its data ...

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Did Israel Go Too Far? The Massacre at the UN School and Refugee Center
Juan Cole
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous reports for The Nation from Gaza on the Israeli shelling of a U.N. school that killed 16 and wounded 200, even though the school’s coordinates had been given to the Israeli military. Despite Israeli water-muddying, there isn’t any doubt that the Israelis struck the school, nor is there any evidence that the school was an origin point for any Hamas rockets. Indeed, correspondents on the ground find no evidence for Hamas using civilians as human ...

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To Share is Not Always to Share Alike
Froma Harrop
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The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house — or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of the "sharing economy."

I come not to address the legal concerns such services raise. They do compete with motels and hotels, which are subject to a variety of regulations, while often depriving cities of ...

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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza
Amy Goodman
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According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days. Overall, the Israeli military has killed close to 700 Palestinians, the vast majority civilians, since the assault on Gaza began more than two weeks ago. Details of the slaughter make their way into the world’s media, with horrific accounts of children killed on the beach, of hospital intensive-care units bombed, of first responders, searching for wounded amid the rubble, ...

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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet
David Sirota
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The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with ...

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Top Seven Really Disturbing News from Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

1.  Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the so-called ‘Islamic State.’  Since the Kurds have in fact fought the IS radicals, al-Maliki’s charge is hard to take seriously.  Rather, it appears to be a sign of how angry he is that Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani is pressuring him to step down.  I ...

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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

The supposedly deadly little rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have killed or injured no Israelis, though they have done some property damage.  In fact, those rockets have no guidance systems and very seldom hit anything, mostly landing in the desert. 

Nevertheless, ...

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Nomads of the Digital Age
Amy Goodman
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The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions. Governments, militaries, corporations, banks: They all stand to lose the control they exert over society when information they suppress runs free. Yet some of the most ardent advocates for the free Internet have become targets of these very institutions, forced to live on the run, in exile or, in ...

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New Iraq Offensive Backfires
Jim Hightower
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Republican opportunists hoping to score political points are hammering President Barack Obama with vitriolic criticism and blaming him for the latest upheaval in Iraq. So I was pleased when, finally, two Republicans spoke out loudly to deflect those partisan attacks.

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The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised
Amy Goodman
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Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as “farcical.” Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were charged with fabricating news footage, and thus supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted from power in a military coup a year ago and labeled a terrorist organization. Along with the three jailed journalists, three other foreign journalists were tried and convicted in absentia. ...

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Full Show: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil
Bill Moyers
Video Interview
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On Gaza, Israel and Hamas: An Open Letter to Bill Maher
Dennis Trainor, Jr.
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NOC BULLHORN

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.

Gaza Strip

Israel and Palestinians are finally able to see the light now that they have both agreed to a long-term ceasefire.

Pesticides

Residents are outrages after a judge in Kaua'i, Hawaii ruled in favor of chemical companies for blocking the ordinance.

Environment

Take action and help protect sea turtles against illegal poaching by asking the Mexican government to promote and support coastal communities’ ecotourism and sustainable travel.

Environment

RED Sustainable Travel's focus is to ”create sustainable economic alternatives to poaching or hunting sea turtles in local communities.”

Fracking

Help stop E&B Natural Resources from making Hermosa Beach residents their next guinea pigs.

Banking Policy

This sector of banking is thriving and its future is bright.

Genetically Modified Foods

Brazilian scientists are urging Pope Francis to join the Brazilian government and help ban genetically modified foods.

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.

Climate Change

Forget about everything you think you know about climate change because in this new documentary, capitalism is to blame.

Media

Unique freedom of speech and privacy laws from Finland are now available to the rest of the world.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees. Sign the petition.

Human Rights

“We will continue to resist. We will build a beautiful new tomorrow.”

Climate Change

The connection between the Ferguson tragedy and the climate crisis is one activist’s catalyst for her work.

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