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Sunday, April 20, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

Tea Party’s Biggest Mistake

Tea Party’s Biggest Mistake

The Tea Party Republicans' Biggest Mistake: Confusing Government with Our System of Government By Robert Reich (about the author) Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: "My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is just one of the component parts of our debt and deficits that put us at financial ... Full Story

HOW TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODING

HOW TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODING IN COLORADO www.HelpColoradoNow.org FINANCIAL GIFTS ARE THE BEST WAY TO HELP! FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES RESPONDING TO DISASTERS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO HELP - learn why To make a financial gift to the organization of your choice, CLICK HERE for a list of reputable agencies responding to disasters Cash allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed Member agencies of Colorado Voluntary Organizations ... Full Story

Epistle to the Ecotopians

  Best of TomDispatch: Ernest Callenbach, Last Words to an America in Decline Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 4:19pm, August 25, 2013. Thirty-five years later, it was still on my bookshelf in a little section on utopias (as well it should have been, being a modern classic).  A friend had written his name inside the cover and even dated it: August 1976, the month I returned to New York City from years of R&R on the West Coast.  Whether I borrowed it and never returned it or ... Full Story

Impeachment Would Fix Lots of Problems

Impeachment Would Fix Lots of Problems

by Robert De Filippis What’s wrong with the Republican’s burning desire to impeach the president? If you lived here in the rural heartland, well sheltered from all those liberal, urban and coastal types, you would understand. I do, because recently I was educated by a couple of locals while we sat at the bar of a neighborhood restaurant. The larger topic was American politics. I learned that our most important problem is really Obama, who we all know is a (expletive) socialist ... Full Story

Al Jazeera on Snowden, WikiLeaks and Greenwald

    Snowden, Greenwald and Wikileaks are winning  Americans are becoming more concerned that government 'anti-terror' programmes are actually restricting civil liberties. Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 11:33 By Mark Weisbrot: Opinion NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden and Sarah Harrison (L), a legal researcher for WikiLeaks, leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after Snowden spent nearly six weeks in hiding there "It is a slap in the face of all Americans," said ... Full Story

Bribery keep domestic spying in place

Bribery keep domestic spying in place

  Domestic Spy Program Remaining In Place Thanks to Legal Bribes By Justin Acuff The recent failure of Congress to reign in the domestic surveillance capabilities of the NSA wasn’t split along party lines; instead, the 217-205 vote was split along which congresspeople get paid more by the defense industry. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that those getting more money from the defense industry voted against cutting that power back. Our government is deeply ... Full Story

Letter to Edward Snowden

Letter to Edward Snowden

  Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the Edward Snowden Story It’s true that, as Glenn Greenwald and others have written, the American media has focused attention on the supposed peccadillos of Edward Snowden so as not to have to spend too much time on the sweeping system of government surveillance he revealed. At least for now, the Obama administration has cornered the document-less whistleblower at Moscow’s international airport, leaving him ... Full Story

Courage To Stand Up To Friends

Courage To Stand Up To Friends

  by Daris Howard When I stood up to my friends, defending a new girl at my school, the janitor, Mr. Bandon, saw the whole thing. He told me that it can take more courage to stand up to friends than to enemies. That was when he showed me a picture in his office of men from his World War II battalion, and shared the story of Private Johnson, the man he said he admired most. Their battalion had fought across Europe, incurring heavy losses in the Battle Of The Bulge. As the Germans ... Full Story

Thank you Bradley Manning

  From Afghanistan, thank you Bradley Manning! By Hakim Dr (about the author) An appeal from Afghanistan to whistle-blow on war From Dr. Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers Recognition that 95 million human beings were killed in World War I and II has helped the people of the world understand that the method of war is not cost-effective. An awakened world hoped the United Nations could, as determined in the UN Charter, eventually  "save succeeding generations from the ... Full Story

NSA’s abuse of power

NSA’s abuse of power

  The NSA's metastasized intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse Where oversight and accountability have failed, Snowden's leaks have opened up a vital public debate on our rights and privacy By Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson Let's be absolutely clear about the news that the NSA collects massive amounts of information on US citizens – from emails, to telephone calls, to videos, under the Prism program and other Fisa court orders: this story has nothing to ... Full Story

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