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Syrian War Set to Re-Explode

The Syrian war stalemate appears to be over. The regional powers surrounding Syria — especially Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and Jordan — have re-ignited their war against the Syrian government. After over 200,000 dead and millions of refugees, the U.S. allies in the region recently re-committed to deepening the war, with incalculable consequences. The new war […]

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Behind the Media’s Assault on Seymour Hersh

He’s the most respected journalist in U.S. history, and for decades Seymour Hersh has consistently broken major international stories, winning him the Pulitzer Prize among other prestigious awards of journalism. But the media establishment that once idealized him now seeks his destruction. Hersh is facing a coordinated attack from his former colleagues, each scrambling to […]

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Arne Duncan Fouls Out on Common Core

Opposition to the Common Core Standards and the tests tied to them is rising, as a recent Wall Street Journal article (May 6) underlined. Approval for Common Core is now languishing at a mere 17 percent while disapproval has shot up to 40 percent. The article continues: “This year hundreds of thousands of students across […]

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How a $15 Minimum Helps All Workers

Giant corporations and the wealthy are naturally united in their hatred of the $15 minimum wage. Surprising, however, is the strong opposition sometimes encountered by workers who make barely above $15 an hour. The anti-$15 logic of these workers varies. Some simply repeat the misinformation they hear on the media, that a higher minimum wage […]

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A Paper Peace and Proxy War With Iran

Obama’s foreign policy is bound in a thousand knots, all threatening to unwind. At the same time that the U.S. is engaged in nuclear negotiations with Iran the two are fighting proxy wars against each other in Yemen and Syria. Which begs the question: are the nuclear talks with Iran really that meaningful, if war is […]

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Fight “Right to Work” in Oregon With “$15 and a Union”

In Oregon Democrats dominate all branches of politics. Yet the labor unions are still terrified. There is justifiable dread that anti-union “Right to Work” laws will be purchased into existence by out-of-state billionaires championing the laws around the country. This threat recently reared its head in Oregon, when anti-union groups announced that they are planning […]

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Who’s Scarier: Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared labor unions to ISIS, his audience cheered. At the end of the speech he got a standing ovation. His wealthy audience hated labor unions that much. In fact, the 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS. Islamic extremists in the Syrian desert pose no threat to anyone […]

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The Not So Erratic Philosophy of Yanis Varoufakis

Greece’s new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has been mandated by the leftist Syriza government to negotiate new conditions with the “troika” (the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund) for the continuation of Greece’s desperately needed bailout. He has just written a smashing op-ed for The New York Times that forcefully […]

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Mayor’s Proposal for $15 is Big Step Forward, But Leaves Out Majority of Low-Wage City Workers

Republished from 15 Now PDX. In Portland, Oregon, a mostly-volunteer led group is working with labor unions across the state in a campaign for a statewide $15 minimum wage. The group is simultaneously working on a campaign in Portland that demands a $15 minimum wage for city workers. Oregon is one of several states that […]

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Teacher Unions Default on the Fightback

Public education in the U.S. is facing what Diane Ravitch, former assistant in the Department of Education, has called “an unprecedented time in American history” where schools are facing “a radical, extreme break with the past” because of a “direct attack on public education.” Many of these attacks have been directed specifically at teachers, and consequently […]

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How Obama is Making the World More Dangerous

You’re not paranoid if you think the world feels more unstable — it is.  There’s a dangerous confluence of political, economic, and military phenomena that is producing a very hazardous international situation. Heightened national tensions that lead to regional confrontations have become normal as economic and political winds constantly shift in the direction of instability and […]

Paul Krugman Entangled in His Own Logic By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

Paul Krugman Entangled in His Own Logic

In a recent New York Times article, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman, once again takes aim at economists and politicians, who are fixated on problems that we won’t encounter for decades, if at all, like the possible insolvency of Social Security and Medicare. Embracing austerity, they demand cuts to these programs in order to keep […]

The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo

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A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading is actually all about. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous simplistic answers are left […]

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Le spectaculaire échec médiatique à propos de Charlie Hebdo

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A French translation of The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo, as published by Arrêt sur Info. L’une des ambitions essentielles du journalisme est de répondre à la question « pourquoi ». C’est le devoir des médias d’expliquer « pourquoi » un événement s’est produit, afin que le lecteur puisse réellement comprendre ce qu’il lit. Si l’on […]

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The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15

The Strategic Significance of the Fight for $15 By Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer January 1, 2015 By:

The fight for $15, a movement that started two years ago with a walkout of fast food workers in New York, has been gaining momentum ever since. In early December 2014, workers staged one-day strikes in over 150 cities, creating what The New York Times called “the largest labor protests in the nation in years.” Additionally significant […]

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A New Push for Peace in Syria?

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Why are there no serious peace talks to end the war in Syria? After robbing over 130,000 people of their lives, and evicting over 9 million refugees from their homes, the Syrian war has infected nearly every region of the Middle East. Yet among the U.S. and its regional allies there are no public discussions about a […]

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The Elections: Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Eventually the tired game will exhaust itself. Beneath the billions of dollars, U.S. elections are lifeless events. The predictable flopping from Democrat to Republican and back again, with voters given no real choice but to punish the party in power — by electing the party that was punished previously. This endless, irrational dynamic is the […]

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Why Obama Rejected Peace With Iran

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How did Obama manage to botch U.S. foreign policy so stunningly? The promising speeches he gave in 2008 earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. But his inspiring words have since been buried in the rubble of Libya, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. The region that once viewed Obama as a peace messiah now rejects him as […]

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Shamus Cooke: Israel Is Heavily Protected by the United States at the UN

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Reprinted from the Fars News Agency TEHRAN (FNA) — Shamus Cooke, an American labor activist and writer, says that the United States heavily protects the Israeli regime in the United Nations and prevents any resolution against Tel Aviv from being adopted by the Security Council. Following the 52-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip, which cost the […]

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Can Hong Kong Trigger a Chinese Revolution?

Can Hong Kong Trigger a Chinese Revolution? Shamus Cooke October 7, 2014 By:

Power concedes nothing without a demand.  Frederick Douglass, 1857* A historic showdown is shaking Hong Kong’s core, between the Chinese government and the mass movement confronting it. The people demand the removal of the Beijing appointed Governor and insist that they vote on his replacement. The Chinese government has vowed zero concessions, creating an inevitable […]

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Obama Reconsiders Attacking Assad

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Sometimes bad ideas die slowly. It was only one year ago that Obama announced he would bomb the Syrian government, only to change his mind at the last minute. Now the same fetid war talk is sprouting fresh roots in the ever-fertile U.S. military. Various media outlets reported that the U.S. military might “enforce a […]

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The Unspoken Consequences of Bombing Syria

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Now that U.S. bombs are falling in Syria, will Islamic extremism be stopped in its tracks? Such a question is an insult to the intellect, yet it’s the dominant theory in Washington D.C., where years of Middle East war have taught politicians nothing. Not only will bombing yet another Middle East country create yet more […]

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