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March 8th, 2010

Haitian Women Mourn the Dead, Recommit to the Living: International Women's Day (Part I)

All over Haiti on March 8, International Women’s Day, women’s groups will meet to honor their dead and raise up their living. As for how to raise up the living, Myriam Merlet, a pioneering feminist who died in the earthquake once said this: “This society [must] get to a different ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

March 6th, 2010

Mullen Wary of Israeli Attack on Iran

Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came home with sweaty palms from his mid-February visit to Israel. Ever since, he has been worrying aloud that Israel might mousetrap the U.S. into war with Iran. This is especially worrying, because Mullen has had considerable experience in putting ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

March 5th, 2010

Non-Random Acts of Kindness

My 85-year-old mother left a message on my phone right after the earthquake. “I’ve found 44 baskets around the house and wonder if you can help get them to Haiti. They’re so pretty, and I think they would be good for people to keep their belongings in.” Expressions of kindness ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 5th, 2010

Financial Innovation: What Is It Good For (I)?

Brookings economist Robert Litan picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Paul Volcker and others, and put out a lengthy paper defending the major financial innovations of the last four decades. Litan surveys the field and pronounces most of what he sees to be good. While there is certainly some ... continue reading

Robin Estrin

Robin Estrin is in her sophomore year at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, California and a founding member of Teens Against Toxins

March 4th, 2010

A Letter to Boeing: From My Generation to Yours…

Dearest Boeing Officials: I am writing this letter to urge you to clean up the nuclear contamination that was left after the Rocketdyne meltdown that occurred in 1959. The Santa Susana Field Lab where the accident occurred is not too far from my neighborhood. I understand that you have begun ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

March 4th, 2010

The Clock Is Set at Zero

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is the Executive Director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP). He gave this interview last month in MPP’s training center in the rambling, fertile fields and gardens in the ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 4th, 2010

When the Health Reform Truth Oozes Out: And It Isn’t Just

Even the staging of the hand-picked doctors in starched white coats could not keep the truth of the healthcare reform process from oozing out of President Obama during Wednesday’s press event. Not just… “Everything there is to say about healthcare has been said and just about everyone has said it,” ... continue reading

Robin Acree

Robin Acree is the co-founder and Executive Director of Grass Roots Organizing (GRO!), a statewide grassroots driven group headquartered in Mexico, Missouri.

March 3rd, 2010

March Forth on March 4th

The lack of regulation of the financial industry is clearly hurting us all. Big Banks crashed our economy and got bailed out while the rest of us continue to face massive cuts and losses. Because they crashed our national economy, state and local governments cannot depend on property, sales or ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

March 3rd, 2010

A Future for Agriculture, a Future for Haiti

We plant but we can’t produce or market. We plant but we have no food to eat. We want agriculture to improve so our country can live and so we peasants can live, too.– Rilo Petit-homme, peasant organizer from St. Marc, Haiti What would it take to transform Haiti’s economy ... continue reading

Conner Gorry

Conner Gorry is Senior Editor of 'MEDICC Review: The International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine'

March 2nd, 2010

Cuban-Trained US Docs Complete Haiti Mission

A team of US doctors trained at Cuba’s Latin American Medical School (ELAM) returned home today after serving a month alongside colleagues from Haiti, Cuba, Honduras and elsewhere in the Cuban field hospital at Croix des Bouquets east of Port-au-Prince. The seven women—five New Yorkers and two Californians—belonged to the ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

February 27th, 2010

"Post-Disaster Needs Assessment" Whose Needs? Whose Assessment?

The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed doors to international governments and other donors? Citizens don’t. They have heard from President René Préval about his personal losses from the quake – his shirts, his ... continue reading

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Economic Justice

February 26th, 2010

The Grasses of Ginen

The downtown, around Grand Rue in the old part of the city, looks like a modern-day variant of Pompei. Nothing but ruins. Here the tall buildings didn’t even pancake; they just crumbled. It’s ghostly, with no electricity or cars and few people. Those who are out move quietly and slowly. ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

February 24th, 2010

Rain-Drenched, Wind-Tossed NYC Peace Grannies Hold Memorial for 1,000 Dead G.I.s in Afghanistan

It seems as if most of our U.S. populace has forgotten that U.S. soldiers are dying in Afghanistan.  Focused on Tiger Woods' sex life and, more understandably, the seemingly endless, unresolvable health reform and jobs battles in Washington, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan appear to be ignored. However, a ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 24th, 2010

Haiti: Country Hospitality

“Yon sèl dwèt pa manje kalalou,” says Christroi Petit-homme, a member of a peasant farmer organization. You can’t eat gumbo with one finger. Peasant groups throughout rural Haiti form the fingers of the hand, reaching out with humanitarian aid for those left bereft after the earthquake. U.S. Ambassador Ken Merten ... continue reading

Ellen Brown

Ellen Brown is an author who developed her research skills as an attorney practicing civil litigation in Los Angeles.

February 24th, 2010

Campaigning for State-Owned Banks

While bank bailouts fatten Wall Street, states continue to battle the credit crisis. In the search for innovative solutions, some political candidates are proposing that states generate their own credit by setting up their own banks. State budgets for 2010 face the largest shortfalls on record, totaling $194 billion or ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 24th, 2010

Pushing the Foreign Menace Line to Cut Social Security

The Wall Street-financed crew that is pushing to gut Social Security and Medicare is used to playing fast and loose with facts and logic to advance their agenda. Unfortunately, many of the reporters who cover these issues have little knowledge of economics, so they are often suckered.One of the favorite ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 24th, 2010

Raising Up Another Haiti

As Haiti moves forward from the current point of devastation of its population, capitol city, and economy, what could a different nation look like?Who knows better than the Haitian majority? Why not ask them what they need and want?Their perspectives have been sorely lost from the post-earthquake plans of some ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 23rd, 2010

Whistleblower at Vermont Yankee

The plot thickens. In fact, the plot seems to thicken on an hourly basis as more and more comes to light in the never-ending saga surrounding the mismanagement of Entergy’s Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant. According to the Rutland Herald the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has confirmed that a whistleblower who told ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 23rd, 2010

Collapsed House, No Number

“Collapsed house, no number” is an old expression that Haitians uses to indicate that their flimsy homes of sticks-and-mud or shoddy cement blocks have finally fallen apart. Today that expression could serve as the motto for the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Take Helia Lajeunesse, an unemployed children’s rights activist. When ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 21st, 2010

Shut Down Vermont Yankee!

I'm very gratified to see all the comments on my recent post about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. A variety of issues come up when we think of the nuke industry; I think the key to all that’s going on is coordinate and combine efforts to expose the truth about ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 19th, 2010

My Radioactive Water

I woke up thirsty at around 3 a.m., so half asleep, I made my way to the bathroom faucet, filled my glass and started drinking. All of a sudden, I wasn’t sure whether I was wide awake, in the middle of a nightmare or having an acute attack of déjà ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 18th, 2010

Survival Stories

Everyone in Haiti knows many amazing stories about those who survived the earthquake, and at least an equal number of horror stories about those who didn’t. Here are a few from those who survived. Bishop André Pierre starts our conversation this way: “How are you doing, Father André?” “Oh, fine. ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 18th, 2010

Alan Simpson: A Man Who Intensely Wants to Cut Social Security

It is not good news that President Obama picked former Senator Alan Simpson as one of the co-chairs of his deficit commission. Simpson is not just your run of the mill Republican. He is an extreme foe of Social Security. One anecdote from his days as a senator should give ... continue reading

Other Worlds

Economic Justice

February 18th, 2010

Magalie Marcelin

“A loss for the whole nation.” That is how one of Magalie Marcelin’s friends described the death of this women’s rights leader in Haiti’s earthquake January 12. Magalie was at the forefront of the 1980s birth of the contemporary women’s movement in Haiti (‘contemporary’ because recorded actions for gender equity ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

February 17th, 2010

Peace of the Action's "Camp OUT NOW" Comes to Washington, DC

Enough is enough! It's time we up the ante and demand that our voices be heard and heeded. It's time that the logical and rational voices of reason get a Peace of the Action.While the wars in Central Asia and the Middle East rage hotter and hotter, and while the ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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