VOICES FOR CHANGE

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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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul
Joe Conason
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Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor's suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the "liberal media" and "despicable leftists" for distorting his innocent message.

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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?
David Sirota
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Wall Street is one of the biggest sources of funding for presidential campaigns, and many of the Republican Party's potential 2016 contenders are governors, from Chris Christie of New Jersey and Rick Perry of Texas to Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. And so, last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed ...

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq ...

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The Entitlement of the Very Rich
Dean Baker
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The very rich don’t think very highly of the rest of us. This fact is driven home to us through fluke events, like the taping of Mitt Romney’s famous 47 percent comment, in which he trashed the people who rely on Social Security, Medicare, and other forms of government benefits.

Last week we got another opportunity to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders ...

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Ebola's Message: Foreign Aid and Science Funding in a Time of Global Peril
Joe Conason
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Most Americans have long believed, in embarrassing ignorance, that the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid is an order of magnitude higher than what we actually spend abroad. Years ago, this mistaken view was amplified from the far right by the John Birch Society. Today, it is the tea party movement complaining that ...

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Urgent! Stop the Toxic TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership Supports GMOs, Denies Your Right to Know
Christina Sarich
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(NaturalSociety) How does defeating one of the biggest fraudulent trade agreements supported by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow, BASF and the politicians they own sound to you?

Just in case you aren’t familiar with The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), they are huge multinational ‘trade’ deals written by corporations, which are being pushed by the White House and many of our ...

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Debt and Suicide: Testimonies Presented from India’s GMO Farmers
Christina Sarich
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Biotech has tried to dismiss the accounts of farmer suicides in India due to the introduction of genetically modified crops, but the problem is pervasive. Once the farmer is gone, the debt falls on the remaining family members. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other suicide seed sellers have essentially created a generational slave economy based on their ...

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Juking the Job Stats
David Sirota
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A decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sound ludicrous? Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take something called "factoryless goods" and categorize the firms that ...

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Some Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don’t Want to Hear
Paul Buchheit
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Three-quarters of conservative Americans say poor people have it easy.

The degree of ignorance about poverty is stunning, even for people far removed from the realities of an average American lifestyle. Both oilman Charles Koch and Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim have suggested that we should compare ourselves to poor people in China and India, and then just shut up and be happy. The Cato Institute informs Americans that "The current ...

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Work and Worth
Robert Reich
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What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.

 

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

 

On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental ...

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg. 

Here is a summary of the June 18 NYT article on the repression of the protests:

“Rioting continues for 3d day in Soweto, black township outside Johannesburg, with rioters, mostly young, directing fury at govt bldgs and vehicles. Death toll continues to mount as more than 1,000 armed ...

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Goals of the New Way
Graham Peebles
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Unity in Diversity

Well-informed, well-read, and by nature compassionately optimistic, a dear friend recently expressed our collective concern: “I am more worried about the state of the world now than at any time in my lifetime.”

Given the fires raging throughout the world it is difficult to remain hopeful for the future of humanity or the planet. With the Middle East tearing itself to pieces, extremism and intolerance reasserting themselves and far right groups in ...

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A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace
Amy Goodman
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The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. The death toll in this current attack is at least 1,300, overwhelmingly civilians. As this column was being written, the United Nations confirmed that a U.N. school in Gaza, where thousands of civilians were seeking shelter, was ...

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Neither Imitate Nor Hate
Micah White
News Report
The Coming CLASS War
Andrew Sheng
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Economy

Hundreds and hundreds of our subscribers have informed Tesco that they are boycotting the store after they stopped the sale of their magazine, “What the Doctors Don’t Tell You.”

Cell Phones

Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world and here is a guide to doing so.

Genetically Modified Foods

Take action today and help defend Vermont’s strong constitutional law and put an end to Monsanto and other GMO food manufacturers’ propaganda campaign.

Human Rights

One hair stylist is bringing style to the streets and getting the hair of the homeless.

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.

Human Rights

Steven Salaita was recently fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because he was allegedly an open critic of Israel and Zionism, but many are fighting back in his defense.

Fracking

Protesters took to city streets all over the UK and occupied many government buildings demanding a stop to the future of fracking.

Education

Hundreds of students, parents and community members gathered at the Board of Education on Monday demanding that funding be put back in the schools.

Bee Protection

We must take down the companies that are contributing to the pollinator decline and help save the bees.

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

A peaceful protest formed in Rabin Square where thousands demanded peace talks go into effect with the Palestinian authority.

Police Brutality

As things continue to heat up in Ferguson, Missouri, Amnesty organization deployed observers to ground zero.

Environment

The benefit concert will headline Willie Nelson and Neil Young on a farm fighting the sale of their land for the pipeline.

Gun Rights

Take action today and sign the petition telling Congress to update Second Amendment. Sign the petition.

Agriculture

Even more pollinations is likely to help farmers yield more flourishing bountiful food.

Human Rights

As protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri, residents of Gaza tweet tips to protesters in dealing with militarization of police.

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