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Wall Street Speculators Wall Off Young Farmers
Jim Hightower
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We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm — but e-i-e-i-o — look who's got his farm now!

It's groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. ...

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Another Independent Study Confirms Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals are Lethal, Even in Small Doses
Christina Sarich
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Published just this month in the International Journal of Toxicology, the study “Glyphosate Commercial Formulation Causes Cytotoxicity, Oxidative Effects, and Apoptosis on Human Cells: Differences With its Active Ingredient,” proposes what most of us have already surmised: Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s ...

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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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MIT Scientist Exposes Consequence of Monsanto’s Glyphosate and Aluminum Cocktail
Christina Sarich
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By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are ...

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges
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Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which they ...

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Lack of Net Neutrality Threatens Unbiased Journalism, Deadline for Net Neutrality is Fast Approaching
Christina Sarich
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A mere 6 corporations already control 90 percent of all media – that includes television, magazines, newspapers, Hollywood movies, and even, to some degree, the Internet. Now things may get worse with our most free information resource.

Most of us seek alternative media sources because we realize that there is an ‘illusion’ of choice and freedom of information on networks like CNN, Fox, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, 60 ...

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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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Berkeley vs. Big Soda
Robert Reich
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I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

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Profiting from America’s Misery
Paul Buchheit
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The profit motive fogs the thinking of free-market advocates. The Economist gushes, "Take a bow, capitalism...the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalizing markets to let poor people get richer." Forbes proclaims its belief in "the unmatched power of capitalism to improve human life."

Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that ...

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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 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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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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Celebs Nix Nude Pix: Whose Problem?
Froma Harrop
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The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at : hacked photos of naked celebrities. Pictures from the formerly private collections of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and others are being posted for the world to see.

We now hear that compromising pix of Kim Kardashian are also circulating. Shocking beyond words.

Cynicism alert: These and other stars habitually thrust titillating photos of themselves ...

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Anthony Gucciardi
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Since the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March of 2011 irreparably altered the state of the planet for the known future, the incident has been shrouded in nothing but bureaucratic cover ups and government-backed disinformation. Now, within our own borders, top experts turned ...

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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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What to Expect When the Supreme Court Returns to Work Next Week
Ian Millhiser and Nicole Flatow
News Investigation
Hundreds of Thousands Demand Climate Action on Streets of New York
John Light, Joshua Holland, Rob Booth and Sikay Tang
News Analysis
Five Reasons We’re Joining the People’s Climate March
Sandra Steingraber and Wenonah Hauter
News Report
VIDEO
Teen Activist Walks Across America for Climate Action
Anastasia Pantsios
Video Interview

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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