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Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore
Juan Cole
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Calling the bottom of a river a “bed” is a metaphor.  Imagine the river restlessly sleeping on its muddy mattress.  But when we’ve so internalized a metaphor that we forget it is a figure of speech, as with the phrase “river bed,” it is called a “dead metaphor.”

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals
Chris Hedges
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The climate change march in New York on Sept. 21, expected to draw as many as 200,000 people, is one of the last gasps of conventional liberalism’s response to the climate crisis. It will take place two days before the actual gathering of world leaders in New York called by U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...

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<i>Talking Points:</i> Roots of Racism: Fear, Freedom and Ferguson Part 2
Thomas Magstadt
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The following is part two of three in a series. Talking Points is an exclusive column to NationofChange

 

If a separate country called Africa-America existed, it would be roughly the size of Spain in terms of total population, and larger than Argentina or Ukraine.  According to the US Census Bureau, African-Americans constitute some 14% of the total US population.  About 55% of the 44.5 million black citizens reside in the South.  All the rest – some ...

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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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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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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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Sorry Monsanto: Major Boom in Organic Oils Amid Global Concern Over GMO Contamination
Christina Sarich
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Rising concerns about soy and canola oils derived from genetically altered seed are creating a new industry boom for sunflowers. Food manufacturers and restaurants need a non-GMO alternative, and it looks like the sunny flower that tracks the sun will meet growing demand.

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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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Back to School and to Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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How the Brutalized Become Brutal
Chris Hedges
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The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, ...

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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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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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Corporate Capitalism Versus Human Happiness
Graham Peebles
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Happiness, or at least the search for it, is a human right. It is in America anyway, where at birth the founding fathers boldly stated in the Declaration of Independence that, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" are “unalienable rights”, given to all humanity by “the creator” and which government is duty bound to protect. This virtuous document goes on to state that if the government “becomes destructive of these ends”, ...

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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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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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The GMO Lawn Engineered to Withstand Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Christina Sarich
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Are you ready for some Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t the name of a band touring the South, easing work-a-day blues with a little ditty, it’s the name of a toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts ...

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Rebellion in Ferguson: A Rising Heat in the Suburbs
Chris Hedges
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The public reaction to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., exposes the shifting dynamic of rebellion and repression in the United States. Spontaneous uprisings against the lethal force routinely employed by militarized police units will probably not erupt at first out of ...

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Rampant: Monsanto’s RoundUp Causing Deformities, Infertility
Christina Sarich
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In January of this year, Natural Society reported on a Danish farmer’s plea for other keepers of livestock to stop giving their pigs, cattle, and other animals GMO feed because it was causing serious deformities. This and other stories about the toxic effects of Monsanto’s GMOs and favorite herbicide have become viral news. Will these ...

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How America Made ISIS
Tom Engelhardt
Op-Ed
The Greater Depression
J. Bradford DeLong
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

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.

Immigration

Protesters staged a demonstration in Washington D.C. on Thursday rallying together against President Obama’s expected announcement of changed to immigration policies.

Economy

After a long battle to reclaim the supermarket, protesters are elated that CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will once again oversee day-to-day operation of the food chain.

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.

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