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Gateway Policies: ISIS, Obama and US Financial Boots-on-the-Ground
Nomi Prins
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President Obama’s neo-Cold War is not about ideology or respect for borders. It is about money and global power. The current battle over control of gateway nations - strategic locations in which private firms can establish the equivalent of financial boots-on-the-ground - is being waged in the Middle East and Ukraine ...

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Should US Policy Toward Islamic State be Containment?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The US launched air strikes on Tuesday on ISIL targets, south of Baghdad and also in the north.  The ones south of Baghdad were in support of the Iraqi Army, for the first time since the ISIL crisis broke in early June.

US close air support to the Iraqi army and the Kurdistan Peshmerga shouldn’t be necessary.  The Iraqi military should be able to deploy helicopter gunships ...

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Why Ordinary People Bear Economic Risks and Donald Trump Doesn’t
Robert Reich
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Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza, celebrating his new investment as the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation.

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BRICS Banking: A Break from Bailouts, Debt and Poverty?
Christina Sarich
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The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, etc.) with a few being singled out as demographically and economically roseate for their potential to influence the world market in the 21st century are starting a $100 billion dollar bank to compete with the current American-European based central banking system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

This is no small alliance. Together, just the four original BRIC countries comprise more than 2.8 ...

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How Rich Old White Men are Taking the Lunch Money Away from Inner-City Black Kids
Paul Buchheit
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Cuts to Head Start and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have taken food away from schoolchildren. The cuts are directly related to the dramatic dropoff in federal corporate tax revenue.

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Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The pan-Arab, London-based daily, “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi for welcoming US air support in the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

Prime Minister al-Abadi himself rejected conventional US ground troops for Iraq on Wednesday, even ...

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American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security
Joe Conason
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If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security. At a moment when Americans feel threatened by rising terrorist movements and authoritarian regimes, that finding is politically salient — and proves that amnesia is the most durable affliction of our ...

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Too Big to Punish
David Sirota
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A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law."

Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse. The little-noticed waiver, which was outlined in the Federal Register, comes amid criticism that the Obama ...

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Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors
Jim Hightower
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Let’s take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz’s mind.

The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it ought be called the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

His bill would prevent the federal government from ever imposing regulations on fracking. It also includes an edict to approve the ...

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Citizen Journalist Arrested, Jailed for Asking Wisconsin Politician a Question
Carl Gibson
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“Oh shit, they’ve got four cops coming after me! You guys, they’ve got four cops coming after me for asking questions on camera. Five! Five cops on me, for asking a question…Seven officers!” -Miles Kristan, July 31, 2014, minutes before his arrest

The Arrest

29 year-old Miles Kristan was on his way to Wisconsin State Assemblyman Peter Barca’s press conference when he ran into Barca on the way. Kristan asked him a simple question: was Barca ...

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A Rough Month in America for Women
Froma Harrop
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Mark Sanford's heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The rep from South Carolina released the news to America through a Facebook post. That's how Chapur found out, too.

Gallantry has been in especially short supply this month. Prominent American men have been roughing up their women in spectacularly public ways — ranging from coldly calculated mind games to a knockout punch.

September opened with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's ...

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From Voting on Scottish Independence to Taming Speculation
Nomi Prins
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In a dead heat and with three days to go before the Scottish referendum on independence, most media and economist arguments - beyond those regarding emotional debates of identity, heritage and autonomy – are increasingly fear-driven. 

For those advocating Scotland embrace its status quo, the panic-inducing exchange goes like this:  if Scotland votes for independence, it will become a debt-saddled wannabe ...

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Power Drain
Tom Engelhardt
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It’s possible I’ve lived most of my life on the wrong planet -- and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but looking back from our helter-skelter world of 2014, I ...

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America’s Natural Politics
Jim Hightower
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My father, W.F. "High" Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn't know it. Didn't know the word, much less the history or anything about populism's democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: "Everybody does ...

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How Not to Get Your Country Back
Froma Harrop
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The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.

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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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What to Expect When the Supreme Court Returns to Work Next Week
Ian Millhiser and Nicole Flatow
News Investigation
Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition
Peter Van Buren
Op-Ed
Secret Politics Pervade Popular Companies
Dave Levinthal
News Investigation
Germany’s Economic Mirage
Philippe Legrain
Op-Ed
The Economics of Violence
Bjørn Lomborg
Op-Ed
Markets’ Rose-Tinted World
Mohamed A. El-Erian
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Oil

Activists in Columbia County blockaded the tracks that lead to Port Westward to protest against oil trains and the climate chaos they create.

Fukushima Progress

More than 16,000 people rallied together in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan’s nuclear plants.

Animals

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. Sign the petition and help save these dolphins.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction.

Genetically Modified Foods

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

Environment

On Sunday, a group of 100 members of the Waterkeep Alliance joined the People’s Climate March in New York City to hold polluters accountable for tainting our waterways.

Politics

"war on drugs" has taken a horrible human toll while utterly failing to stem drug use, but an independent campaign is putting forward an alternative to the two-party consensus.

Climate Change

With more than 400,000 protesters swarming the streets of New York City, climate justice is echoing around the world.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line while the NRA is pocketing around $660 billion in revenue.

Animals

Unfortunately, sea turtles are vital for Mexico’s black market for their shells, meat, and eggs.

Climate Change

If you are unable to make it to the People’s Climate March today, you can still be part of the march wherever you are.

Climate Change

The People's Climate March has been billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history.

Climate Change

Today, people will be arriving in New York City for the historic People’s Climate March.

Fracking

A declaration calling for an immediate end to fracking is on the table.

Tar Sands

Now six years into the fight against Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition grew into a national movement that has united the world.

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