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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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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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The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions
Robert J. Burrowes
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All nonviolent struggles are conducted simultaneously in the political andstrategic spheres, and these spheres, which are distinct, interactthroughout. I have discussed this at length elsewhere: see 'The Strategyof Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach'

Despite this, only rarely have nonviolent struggles been conducted with aconscious awareness of this vitally important relationship. Gandhi's campaigns were very effective partly because he understood the ...

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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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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet
David Sirota
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The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with ...

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Cargill’s Integrity-Free Soybean Oil
Jim Hightower
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Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.

As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in yearly sales faces a marketing problem: By huge margins, consumers here and around the ...

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Border Children: ‘They Don’t Speak English, but They Understand Hate’
Amy Goodman
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas put a prominent, public face on the immigration crisis this week when he was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas. After a number of hours and a national outcry, he was released. He first revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant three years ago in a New York Times Magazine article, and has since made changing U.S. immigration policy his primary work. Vargas was in Texas to support the thousands of undocumented ...

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History is Calling
Jim Hightower
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Most of us celebrated July 4 by barbequing, doing a few 12-ounce elbow bends and setting off some fireworks. Some of us might have paused for a moment to reflect on that thing Jefferson wrote about 238 years ago: The Declaration of Independence.

"We the People" are faced — right now — with another of those "when in the course of human events" moments Jefferson wrote about. Not only is this a month to reconnect with our revolutionary heritage but ...

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North Carolina’s Moral Freedom Summer
Jim Hightower
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The Moral Monday movement is mobilizing again.

This feisty coalition, based in North Carolina, is an inspiring model of workaday people coming together ...

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Israel is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’
Chris Hedges
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Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote.

The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar ...

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Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions and Always Complains
Joe Conason
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Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the "crisis" of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don't actually want to do anything to solve the problem. Nor do these hysterical politicians — led by that down-home diva Rick Perry, the governor of Texas — want to let President Barack Obama do anything, either.

Except that they insist the president absolutely must ...

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Italian Mayor Proposes Fine for Public PDA Between Same-Sex Couples
Ashley Curtin
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While the world has come so far in the campaign for homosexual rights, there are some politicians that are virulently anti-gay. Russian President Vladimir Putin being one of them and the recent name added to the list is Gianluca Buonanno, the mayor of the municipality, Borgosesia in the Province of Vercelli, Italy. This week, Buonanno proposed a new ordinance that would ban public display of affection between same-sex couples.

Buonanno, who is known for his ...

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Brazil Announces Dengue Fever Emergency in GMO Mosquito Trial Areas
Christina Sarich
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Natural Society reported back in February that a UK company was planning to release GMO mosquitoes in Panama in order to reduce the populations of dengue fever, but now civil society groups in a town in Brazil where GMO trial mosquitoes were released are expressing alarm at an increase in dengue incidence, leading them to declare an emergency ...

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Is the Arrest of Andargachew Tsige the Final Straw for the people of Ethiopia
Graham Peebles
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Faced with a brutal repressive regime, the people of Ethiopia inside the country and within the worldwide diaspora – frustrated, angry and desperate – are considering all options to elicit fundamental change in the country.

 

The EPRDF, who seized power from the communist Derg in 1991, rule the country through fear and intimidation. Development aid, including food and other essentials, is distributed in a partisan manner, so too employment opportunities. The ...

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Restaurant Owner Pays $144K Out of Pocket to Employees After Fire
Christina Sarich
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In a world smattered with corporate greed, it is good to hear some uplifting news, and the owner of Culver’s restaurant in Platteville, Wisconsin is providing just that.

Bruce Kroll owned Culver’s for over 19 years, but last November the entire building was destroyed in a fire, leaving 40 employees wondering how they would make a living. Kroll did something few would even consider – he continued to pay his employees – out of his own ...

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Nomads of the Digital Age
Amy Goodman
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The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions. Governments, militaries, corporations, banks: They all stand to lose the control they exert over society when information they suppress runs free. Yet some of the most ardent advocates for the free Internet have become targets of these very institutions, forced to live on the run, in exile or, in ...

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18 Million Americans Suffer from GMO and Gluten Intolerance
Christina Sarich
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Gluten intolerance is a hot issue these days. Research estimates that over 18 million Americans now have a gluten sensitivity. These new gluten sensitivities are likely due to genetic alteration of crops, and while there is no GMO-wheat, per se, GMOs and modern wheat are killing us. Wheat’s mass production turned into toxic junk food, and ...

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War
Chris Hedges
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On Saturday I went to one of the massive temples across the country where we celebrate our state religion. The temple I visited was Boston’s Fenway Park. I was inspired to go by reading Andrew Bacevich’s thoughtful book “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” ...

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The Good News About Obamacare in the June Jobs Report
Dean Baker
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Many people touted the 288,000 new jobs the Labor Department reported for June, along with the drop in the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent as good news. And they were right. For now it appears the economy is creating a job at a decent pace. We still have a long way to go to get back to full employment, but at least we are now finally moving forward at a faster pace.

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The Path to a New 1914?
Jonathan Schell
Op-Ed
The Bad Boss Tax
Sarah Jaffe
Op-Ed
US Empire Reaches Breaking Point; Time to End It
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Op-Ed
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FROM AROUND THE WEB

Immigration

Thousands of Unaccompanied Migrants this Year Were Under the Age of 13

It's still mostly teens that travel solo to the United States, but an alarming 7,500 kids under are 13.

Obamacare

Lawsuit Over Obamacare Subsidy for Congress Dismissed

A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

Corporate Tax

Giant US Corporations that are Hurting the American Taxpayer

Corporations get enormous benefits, like limited liability, that regular “persons” do not.

Religion

Christian Political Activity Moving from Right to Left

Young Americans are tired of “partisan crap.”

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

Shelling of Hospital in Gaza Leaves Patients Dead

This is the third time the hospital has been under attack since the Israel land offense started.

Immigration

Central America Leaders Meet with Obama to Plan Child Exodus

Central American leaders are asking President Obama to support a regional development and security plan to stem the tide of illegal child migrants to the United States.

Organic Food

Don’t Completely Trust that Organic Label

Just because food is labeled organic doesn’t mean it’s what you’re expecting.

Religion

Islamic State Threats Cause Christians to Flee

Hundreds of families reported to have left Iraqi city Mosul after group said they must convert, leave, pay tax or die.

Gun Rights

California Gets Stricter When it Comes to Handguns

Single-shot handguns have been banned in California.

Politics

Can the Democratic Party Return to Its Populist Roots?

Due to the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, unlimited money is pouring into politics.

Politics

Florida Governor’s Campaign Backed by Private Prison CEO

Rick Scott will attend a $10,000 per person fundraiser at the home of a deep pocketed donor who just happens to make millions on incarcerations.

Plane Crash

AIDS Experts Aboard the Malaysia Jet that Crashed in Ukraine

It was determined that many leading AIDS research experts were among the many killed on a Malaysia jet that crashed in Ukraine after allegedly being shot down.

Gaza Strip

The Crisis in Gaza is Immortal, It’s Time We Talk About It

The death toll in Gaza is unacceptable and it’s time mainstream media talks honestly about it.

Palestine Statehood

Israel to Seize Fire on the Gaza Strip

Israel is examining Egyptian proposal for comprehensive ceasefire, but there is no confirmation as of yet.

Food Health

Approved School Lunch Items that’ll Make You Frown

The annual conference of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) looked like a cross between a mall food court and the set of Barney.

Immigration

Obama’s Emergency Border Plan is Up Against the World

While a survey concluded that the majority of Americans approve of his plan, there is no real passion in favor of it.

Politics

Billionaire’s Proposed Plan Would Break-up California into Six States

A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states has been proposed by a billionaire venture.

Water

Nestlé is Hurting California’s Drought

The company is exporting a seriously limited resource with no oversight.

War

Sunni Fighters Take Control of Dhuluiyah Near Baghdad

The rebels attacked the town and seized many official government buildings and a police station.

Walmart

Comedian Tracy Morgan is Suing Walmart

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc. alleging the retailer was negligent in connection with the June crash he was involved in.

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