VOICES FOR CHANGE

Kansas Experiment Blows Up Laboratory of Democracy
Joe Conason
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When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a "single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country," he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive ...

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Do-Nothing Congress Does Something to Hide Its Debt to Lobbyists
Jim Hightower
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When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger.

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UN: Israel’s Military Action in Gaza May Amount to War Crimes
Juan Cole
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that Israel’s military actions are responsible for the death of a child every hour in recent days and observed, “Respect for the right to life of civilians, including children, should be a foremost consideration. Not abiding by these principles may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” (see below).  That is, in international law, Israel’s pretext for indiscriminate ...

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Stadium Subsidies Financed by Pension Cuts
David Sirota
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As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

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Cheap Talk at the Fed
Dean Baker
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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen made waves in her Congressional testimony last week when she argued that social media and biotech stocks were over-valued. She also said that the price of junk bonds was out of line with historic experience. By making these assertions in a highly visible public forum, Yellen was using the power of the Fed’s megaphone to stem the growth of incipient bubbles. This is an approach that some of us have advocated for close to twenty ...

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Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future
Juan Cole
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A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm in among the international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration called for a 24 hour moratorium on U.S. flights to Israel, and United Airlines, U.S. Airways and Delta Air lines said they would cease flying there “until further notice.”  The European Aviation ...

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Citigroup’s $7 Billion Wrist Slap
Jim Hightower
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When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged.

 

“We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.

 

Note the lack of any regret, apology, or shame. And the total absence of any pledge that the bankers won’t do ...

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Can a $7 Billion Penalty Be a Good Deal?
Jim Hightower
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Media outlets across the country trumpeted the stunning news with headlines like this: "Citigroup Punished."

At last, went the storyline, the Justice Department brought down ...

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Will the Blabbermouths Wake Democrats Up?
Froma Harrop
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It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear. 

 

It's not that they don't know better. It's that their fame and fortune rests not on electing Republicans but on nurturing their ...

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The Actor and the Minister
Chris Hedges
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On June 30 I was at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, which had turned its hall over to Michael Milligan, traveling the country performing his one-man play about a husband and wife trapped in our dysfunctional health care system. I arrived early at the stone church, whose present structure was erected in 1853, to help set up the chairs and clear the stage. The minister, the Rev. Terry Burke, who was a classmate of mine at Harvard Divinity School, officially ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted every day as ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send US Troops to an Iraq that Won’t Defend Itself?
Juan Cole
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, apparently considering another run for president (assuming he can remember to do it), attacked Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in ...

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Requiem for the American Century
Tom Engelhardt
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First Paragraphs on Turning 70 in the American Century That Was

* Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to “create the first great American Century.”  Luce died in 1967 at age 69.  Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s ...

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Bad Blood Between Israel and Palestine Boils Over
Ashley Curtin
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Bad blood between Israel and Palestine has boiled over and violence imprisons the Gaza Strip, creating an intense conflict with further risk of escalation.

 

After 10 days of both sea and air attacks on the Gaza Strip along with failed attempts by Egypt to form a truce between the two countries, Israel launched a Gaza land offensive on Thursday, which sent ground forces into the most densely-populated area of Palestine. But with land attacks already devastating the ...

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Congress Says Americans are Too Stupid to Read GMO Food Labels
Christina Sarich
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Now here’s a pot calling a kettle black. Congress members declared outright and out loud that they believe Americans are too stupid to read GMO labels were they to be mandatory. This was an important ‘conclusion’ made at the close of a meeting of the House Agriculture Committee this past week.

It wasn’t just a few folks who think Americans aren’t bright enough to read a label. Members of the subcommittee ...

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta
Robert Scheer
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Barack Obama’s Justice Department on Monday announced that Citigroup would pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with the seamy financial products the bank had marketed to an unsuspecting public, causing vast damage to the economy.

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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith, and Some Fail Badly
Joe Conason
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Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude. Wielding the Scriptures like a weapon, these righteous right-wingers are always eager to condemn the alleged sins of others but reluctant to examine their own. They seem to spend far more time in posturing and preening than spiritual reflection. Rarely does anyone call them out on ...

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The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power
Juan Cole
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As part of my original posting, I mirrored a map of modern Palestinian history that has the virtue of showing graphically what has happened to the Palestinians politically and territorially in the past century. 

Andrew Sullivan then mirrored the map from my site, which set off a lot of thunder and noise among anti-Palestinian writers like Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, but shed very little light.  (PS, the map as a hard copy mapcard is available from ...

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The Real Raw Material of Wealth
Ricardo Hausmann
Op-Ed
POLITICAL IMAGE
Stephen Pitt
Politcal Image
Dead is Dead
Peter Van Buren
Op-Ed
On Israel and Palestine
Patrick Youngblood
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Monsanto Greed

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama Administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Agriculture

El Salvador famers are fighting back against the Monsta.

Fracking

Fracking is nowhere to be seen in Germany’s future.

Food Health

A settlement by West Virginia Supreme Court ordered Monsanto to start paying victims of dioxin exposure.

Fracking

Fracking is nowhere to be seen in Germany's near future.

Tar Sands

The measure is intended to stop ExxonMobil and partner companies from bringing Albertan tar-sands oil east through an aging pipeline network to the city’s waterfront.

Agriculture

Could small, biodiverse farms help the Aloha State transition to growing enough food to feed itself?

Climate Change

This is an invitation to change everything.

Genetically Modified Foods

According to the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, marketing of cereals to children has increased significantly over the years.

Animals

We shall not be troubled by the inherent unknowns in quantifying poaching and exact numbers of elephants killed.

Fracking

Lots of people warned the citizens of Dryden not to do it, pointing out that a local ban on fracking would only invite ruinous lawsuits by armies of industry lawyers.

Monsanto Greed

Residents of the town filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto in 2004 after ongoing health conditions were linked to the production of Agent Orange.

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