Tuesday, September 16, 2014 / PROGRESSIVE JOURNALISM FOR POSITIVE ACTION
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Casinos Just Aren’t the Answer
Froma Harrop
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The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the same spectacular fashion.

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Russia Denounces Obama’s Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s state plans for taking on the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich remarked on television: “The U.S. president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the U.S. armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without ...

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Harvard Business School’s Role in Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

A survey, released on September 6, of 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni showed them far more hopeful about the future competitiveness of American firms than about the ...

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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency
David Sirota
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If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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Joe Conason
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Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a "residual force" in Iraq, complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and he is to blame for the Islamic State's advances. He sounds just like George W. Bush, gloated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and he is reluctantly enacting the ...

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BP and the Three Stooges Defense
Greg Palast
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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.

Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig. 

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That Gosh Darn Minimum Wage
Jim Hightower
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feels put upon just for having to talk about increasing the pay of the country's working poor.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”

Was he talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America? No.

McConnell was reflecting on the day 12 years ...

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Big Business Billionaires to Continue Buying Elections in the US
Christina Sarich
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Although there has been little bipartisan support of bills that would limit the corporate fire-sale which has become the election process in America, just a few days ago, not a single Senate Republican voted in favor of putting a check on unlimited money in politics by supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

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The Inflation Fighters Want to Increase the Debt Burden on Our Children
Dean Baker
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Are you worried about the government running deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars and a debt in the TRILLIONS? If so, then you should be really angry at people calling for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. If the rate hikers get their way, they will add trillions of dollars to the debt burden borne by our children and grandchildren.

Okay, I’ll stop with the deficit hawk garbage, but there is a simple point here. If the Fed slows the economy and ...

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Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease
Noam Chomsky
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On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

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Driving American Politics Underground
Chris Hedges
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Politics, if we take politics to mean the shaping and discussion of issues, concerns and laws that foster the common good, is no longer the business of our traditional political institutions. These institutions, including the two major political parties, the courts and the press, are not democratic. They are used to crush any ...

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The People vs. Federal Bank Settlements and Liquidity Rules
Nomi Prins
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Last week, in an interview with Bloomberg News, former Countrywide CEO, Angelo Mozilo gave the nation the middle finger. He expressed zero remorse or culpability for his very personal (and personally lucrative) role in the subprime crisis that catalyzed a global economic recession. Apparently baffled by a potential ...

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NSA’s ICREACH Will Make the NSA Look Like They’ve Been Spying Through a Child’s Broken Kaleidoscope
Christina Sarich
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Ah, this game of mirrors that has appeared before us.

 

The patterns being revealed are truly motley, a polychromatic show of just how repugnant a power left unchecked can become. The DEA, and FBI likely already know where you spent last night, who you were with, and if you have any medical conditions. They also know your bank balance, your five best friends, and the latest conversation you had with one of them about your boss or co-workers. That’s ...

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America
Robert Reich
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Detroit is the largest city ever to seek bankruptcy protection, so its bankruptcy is seen as a potential model for other American cities now teetering on the edge.

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The GOP’s Fear of Higher Voter Turnout
David Sirota
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It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

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What Hackers Did to Celebs? The NSA’s Been Doing that to All of the US Instead of Predicting ISIL
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting ...

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Imprisoning, Killing, Spying.
Graham Peebles
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Wrapped in dishonesty, arrogance and paranoia, Ethiopia’s ruling regime is following a nationwide policy of violent suppression and constitutional vandalism.

 

It was the 24th June – midsummer’s day – in the adopted homeland of Andargachew Tsige, when he was detained by ‘Yemeni officials’ (State heavies in suits) whilst transiting through Sana’a to Eritrea. The British citizen and leading Ethiopian political activist was quickly ...

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A Billionaire's Sound Advice to the Billionaire's Club
Jim Hightower
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I've noticed several CEO's, political pundits and so-called economic experts saying they're confused as to why Americans are so down. Consumers should be out buying stuff, they say, for the economy is humming again. Just look at the key indicators: GDP is growing, corporate profits are high, the stock market is soaring, jobs are being created, the unemployment rate is steadily dropping, and people's disposable income is up. Yet, as the CEO of The Container Store ...

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Public Should Speak Up Before Fed Clamps Down On Jobs
Dean Baker
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The media often cover debates over Federal Reserve Board policy as though it is arcane and technical subject matter beyond the understanding of ordinary people. In this context we are supposed to take the statements of Fed officials as though they are pronouncements from Dr. Science, who “knows more than you do.”

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Mission Never-Ending
Jim Hightower
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Ready or not, here we go again. The Pentagon is barreling back into the chaos of Iraq. Apparently, “Mission Accomplished” is “Mission Never-ending.”

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Reading Hamilton From the Left
Christian Parenti
Op-Ed
Kingdom of Slaves
Giorgio Cafiero
Op-Ed
Playing God
Steve Fraser
Op-Ed
Fracking May Be Worse than Burning Coal
Bill McKibben
News Analysis

NOC BULLHORN

Food Health

Grassroots groups are continuing the right for a more just food system from Palestine to the rural areas of Washington D.C.

Fracking

Environmental organizations filed a motion to uphold a ban on fracking, which was enacted in Longmont, Colorado back in 2012.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Internet

Big Telecom and their supplicants want to regulate your Internet and make online services more expensive.

Fracking

Fracking has been introduced into many states, making the U.S. a major gas producer, but activist are trying to stop this as it is hazardous to our environment.

Animals

Irrawaddy dolphins have already classified as critically endangered but are now facing further extinction.

Internet

Millions of people around the web took action against Big Internet provider companies on Sept. 10 to combat the potential Internet slowdown we could all soon face.

Occupy Wall Street

Sept. 17 marks the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the movement is celebrating independent and progressive media.

Food Health

Vermont was the first state to pass a law requiring labels be put on GMO foods, and it is already under attack.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects and animals are vital to the world.

Climate Change

Representing over 200 million people around the world, groups declare: “To deal with the crisis, we must address the root causes and change the system.”

Politics

New 'Nuns on the Bus' tour aims to tackle issue of big money influence on politics.

Oil

Two hundred forty-five Boston University faculty members ask President and Board of Trustees to divest its endowment from oil, gas and coal companies.

Health

The primary source of exposure of bisphenol A or BPA is through the diet, yet the FDA allows this toxic chemical, which is linked to cancer and other diseases, to be used in most food and drink packaging.

Food Health

It’s an ongoing debate whether raw milk is safe for human consumption.

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