John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Phyllis Bennis Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/john-kerrys-doomed-peace-process-is-deja-vu-all-over-again.html Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process.  Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around, indications are that Kerry actually...

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Love, Corporate-Style

Ralph Nader The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ralph-nader/corporate-personhood_b_3696262.html Mitt Romney famously said during his most recent bid for the presidency: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Perhaps nothing else better surmises the state of our country — even the state of our culture — than a prominent politician running for the presidency openly...

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Pennies at the Register, Dollars In the Paycheck

David Sirota Creators.com http://www.creators.com/opinion/david-sirota.html You know the boilerplate argument against higher wages in America, because you’ve heard it so many times from Fox News’ and CNBC pundits. But as service industry workers now mount protests against poverty-level pay and as the Associated Press reports that “four out of 5 U.S....

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Migrant Workers and America’s Harvest of Shame

Ralph Nader Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/02-0 The great reporter Edward R. Murrow titled his 1960 CBS documentary Harvest of Shameon the merciless exploitation of the migrant farmworkers by the large growers and their local government allies. Over fifty years later, it is still the harvest of shame for nearly two million migrant...

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Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

Juan Cole Informed Content http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/31-7 Bradley Manning will be sentenced today, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage (despite the lack of evidence for intent to spy and the lack of evidence that his leaking ever did any real harm). Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions,...

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Eminent Domain to Save Homeowners?

The Daily Take The Thom Hartmann Program http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17918-eminent-domain-to-save-homeowners One of the most lasting and damaging effects of the 2008 financial crisis is that towns and cities across American are filled with millions of underwater mortgages. The effect of underwater mortgages on cities is disastrous. A recent investigation by a pair of...

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Manning Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Norman Solomon USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/30/bradley-manning-institute-for-public-accuracy-editorials-debates/2601569/ Tuesday’s verdict from a military judge does not diminish the huge moral stature of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. Next month, I will be proud to deliver a petition to the Nobel Committee in Oslo with a simple message from more than 100,000 signers: “I urge you to award...

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Gag Me With Lawrence Summers

Robert Scheer TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/gag_me_with_lawrence_summers_20130729/ The idea that Barack Obama would still consider appointing Lawrence Summers to head the Federal Reserve rather than order an investigation into this former White House official’s Wall Street payments, reported Friday by The Wall Street Journal, mocks the president’s claimed concern for the disappearing middle...

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Bankrupt Detroit

Dave Zirin The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/175467/vultures-and-red-wings-billionaire-gets-new-sports-arena-bankrupt-detroit?utm_medium=email&utm_source=HeadlineNation&utm_term=&utm_campaign=#axzz2aMnZ5CcG The headline juxtaposition boggles the mind. You have, on one day, “Detroit Files Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in History.” Then on the next, you have “Detroit Plans to Pay For New Red Wings Hockey Arena Despite Bankruptcy.”   Yes, the very week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder...

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Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book

Robert Jensen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/27 New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book? Any public discussion about the “peace process” is tense, in part because there...

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