VOICES FOR CHANGE

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 been popular in the 1930s Great Depression before Stalin’s crimes were recognized, and which was part of the formal US ...

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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 seen as less menacing, as is North Korea.  The Israel-Palestinian struggle is seen as a threat to the U.S. by a little over half.  More Americans ...

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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.

  The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombing ...

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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 "spiral of silence" online?

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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 NationofChange

The 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, including in the face and top of the head); because of looting and rioting all-too-reminiscent of the race riots in many US cities following the 1968 MLK ...

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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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Clamping Down on the Labor Extortion Racket
Jim Hightower
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This Labor Day, you can mull some good news about American jobs for a change.

Take the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour — please! That ...

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Perry Hams It Up
Jim Hightower
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Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. ...

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Truth Has No Place in the Attack of Inflation Hawks
Dean Baker
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There is a growing push by inflation hawks to get the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates. They argue that inflationary pressures are picking up steam and if the Fed doesn’t move quickly, we will soon be caught up in an inflationary spiral.

If this sounds obscure and ...

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The Guns of August
Amy Goodman
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In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Guns of August,” historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration. Before people realized world wars had to be numbered, ...

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Rick Perry’s Clown Show
Jim Hightower
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Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, grand jury has ...

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, following on a massacre of 68 worshipers Friday at a Sunni Mosque in mixed Diyala Province.  This violence was strategic, not random.  One side effect was a severe setback in the attempt of Haidar al-Abadi, the prime minister designate, to form a government of national unit that includes Shiites, Kurds and Sunni ...

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Some Numbers for the ‘Entitlement’ Bashers
Paul Buchheit
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Americans constantly hear about the threat of "entitlements," which in the case of Social Security and Medicare are more properly defined as "earned benefits." The real threat is the array of entitlements demanded by the very rich. The following annual numbers may help to put our country's expenses and benefits in perspective.

 

$220 Billion: Teacher Salaries

 

According to 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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Vermont Tries to Throw Out Big Biotech’s GMO Labeling Lawsuit
Christina Sarich
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When biotech told Vermont they would sue the state in order to reverse the voters’ wish to have GMO foods labeled, the state decided to prepare for the worst-case scenario. They started a fund to help them fight Monsanto and the biotech bullies in court.

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The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson
Amy Goodman
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The ghost of Dred Scott haunts the streets of Ferguson.

Thousands have been protesting the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager in ...

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Ferguson Exposes the Creeping Militarization of Police Forces
Jim Hightower
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The tragedies unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, are doubly infuriating.First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed black teenager being stopped by one of the town’s white police officers as he was walking to his grandmother’s home.

A scuffle ensued, and officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown (six times, including twice in the head, according to an autopsy report). The young man’s corpse was then left lying in the street for hours, ...

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What We’ve Paid for War and Afghanistan and Iraq
Jim Hightower
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War is Hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he's dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier ...

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The Disease of American Democracy
Robert Reich
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Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The President’s approval ratings are also in the basement.

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How to Bypass Mega Grocery Chains and Buy Direct from Organic Farms
Christina Sarich
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There are three reasons that Big Ag can’t compete with the small farm in the long-term:

Research at the land grant universities in the United States is often funded by big agribusiness corporations, but consumers want fresh, organic food - not GMO, chemical-laden, mono-cropped refuse.Some of the most promising solutions don’t ..." ::
Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs
Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Op-Ed
POLITICAL IMAGE
Stephen Pitt
Political Image
California Bans Plastic Bags
Stefanie Penn Spear
News Report
The Greater Depression
J. Bradford DeLong
Op-Ed
Washington Recaptured
Simon Johnson
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

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.

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.

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