The Battle against Food Stamps
Binoy Kampmark: "The country of business and capital is not bound to fall off the historical stage too soon. Its poor, however, might. Little is known about the huge swath of poverty that prevails in the country, other than an unhealthy sense that the existence of wealth presumes the existence of poverty...
May 18, 2013, 1:15pm
WHO in Boston: Bombing Story Mysteries
Russ Baker: " Most of the national and international media have left Boston-and essentially moved on from the Marathon bombing story. But...It is the job of journalism not only to report what authorities say, but also to confirm their claims, and address anomalies, errors, inconsistencies, outright lies, and cover-ups, large and small...
May 15, 2013, 12:23pm
It's Time for a Manufacturing Revolution
Thom Hartmann: "When George Washington became president in 1789, the majority of America's industrial and personal products were manufactured in England. One of the ways that England kept the American colonies under their thumb was by outlawing American manufacturing of most high-quality goods, including fine clothing...
May 14, 2013, 3:01pm
Environmental Pollution and Children's Health - Increasing Threats to the Most Vulnerable
"Millions of children die every year as a result of environment-related diseases. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment. In some countries, more than one-third of the disease burden could be prevented by environmental changes...
May 13, 2013, 2:13pm
The Anti-Empire Report #116 - May 3rd, 2013
William Blum: What is it that makes young men, reasonably well educated, in good health and nice looking, with long lives ahead of them, use powerful explosives to murder complete strangers because of political beliefs?... I'm speaking about American military personnel of course, on the ground, in the air, or directing drones from an office in Nevada... Do not the survivors of US attacks in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere, and their loved ones, ask such a question?...
May 4, 2013, 11:09am
Accidents Happen Because Safety Costs Money
David Macaray: "There's a reason why so many industrial and manufacturing companies resort to almost any means (some of them not entirely legal) to dissuade employees from joining a labor union. Besides having to offer higher wages and improved benefits (and giving employees a voice in how they're treated by management), they are required to provide a safe work environment...
May 3, 2013, 1:44pm
Challenging the Car and Capitalism
Yves Engler: "Cars kill - millions of humans and animals around the world every year - but do they also destroy our sense of community and solidarity that is the foundation of socialism and progressive politics?... In North America there is a strong correlation between automobile-dominated landscapes and right-wing voting patterns...
Apr 30, 2013, 12:19pm
Myanmar Is Failing
Ko Tha Dja: "Myanmar is failing. Sure, investments and development of industrial zones, ports, and extractive resources and tourism are making corporations and the Myanmar cronies wealthy. But, Myanmar is failing. For the majority of people in Myanmar, not much has changed...
Apr 26, 2013, 4:41pm
Don't let them use fear to lock down our rights
THE HUNT for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings is over, but the consequences will continue to be felt, affecting everything from the character of mainstream politics; to the scaremongering about "radical Islam," both abroad and on U.S. soil; to the question of civil liberties and whether they should be violated if authorities decide there is a "terrorist threat."...
Apr 22, 2013, 3:45pm
Time to Step Up and Speak Out Against Big Oil
Thom Hartmann: "We've been scammed. From the 1980 law exempting the oil companies from paying into cleanup funds for Canadian tar sands oil, to blocking our press from covering their spills, to our members of Congress being bought and sold... It's time to leave behind fossil fuels altogether. Portugal just produced 70 percent of all their power needs from renewables. We can, too...
Apr 19, 2013, 3:05pm
No borders to our sympathy
Leela Yellesetty: "The grief and empathy expressed after the Boston Marathon bombings should extend around the globe to the victims of the U.S. "war on terror"... Exacting revenge in another part of the world was the U.S. government's response to tragedy a decade ago. But it isn't the only possible response. We could instead use the opportunity to try to ensure that no one, no matter where they live, ever goes through the pain of these nightmares ever again....
Apr 18, 2013, 12:36pm
Syria: Human Disaster Made by West
Finian Cunningham: "The human suffering in Syria, which has escalated from crisis to disaster over the past two years, is the nefarious work of Western governments and their regional allies... Syria is being ravaged by militant groups that seem to have miraculously materialised out of thin air... these groups would not be anywhere near as armed-and-dangerous if it were not for the material support from the Western governments...
Apr 16, 2013, 2:57pm
The Upside of Taxes
Richard Eskow: "Today's new corporate-sponsored cost-cutting craze is merely the latest policy designed to enrich a powerful few at the expense of the many, and today's anti-tax agenda is being used to make sure it succeeds... Taxes provide us with many important services, often far more cheaply and efficiently than the private sector....
Apr 15, 2013, 3:44pm
Just Asking: Media Outfoxed on Spate of Bizarre Shootings?
Russ Baker: Perhaps you've heard that a Fox News reporter could go to jail for protecting confidential sources...Are reporters used to disseminate information that benefits certain parties? Answer: of course they are...Today, the corporate media typically acts not as an honest broker in framing both individual events and the longer arc of history, but as an integral part of a dangerous, fantasy-making propaganda machinery...
Apr 13, 2013, 11:17am
This is why we're celebrating
Dave Zirin: NEVER HAVE I witnessed a gap between the mainstream media and public opinion quite like the last 24 hours since the death of Margaret Thatcher... Yet if the same media praising Thatcher and appalled by the popular response would bother to ask one of the people celebrating, they might get a story that doesn't fit into their narrative--which is probably why they aren't asking at all...
Apr 10, 2013, 12:35pm