Oh, Florida, You Really Are the “Worst State”

Laura Finley Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/20-2 In case you’ve been in a cave or on Mars, here’s the update: In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, The Daily Show host John Oliver dubbed Florida “the worst state,” citing the state’s broken laws. As a Floridian for...

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Obama’s Escalating War on Freedom of the Press

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/22 The part of the First Amendment that prohibits “abridging the freedom … of the press” is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets. Last Friday the administration got what it wanted—an...

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Here Come the Drone Wars in America — The Public vs. Overzealous Police

Charlotte Silver Al Jazeera English http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/drones?page=0%2C1&paging=off Using drones for surveillance in the US won’t make overzealous police behaviour or lack of accountability disappear. Recently, outgoing director of the FBI Robert Mueller revealed that his agency has used drones to conduct surveillance in the United States. Mueller’s casual admission serves as an opportune...

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8 Stark Realities of America’s Dysfunctional New Economy

Steven Rosenfeld AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/economy/8-stark-realities-americas-dysfunctional-new-economy?paging=off There’s a new normal in the American economy for vast slices of society and it’s discouragingly tough, despite all the cheerleading from the White House and economists that the country is in a slow but steady recovery. If anything, the new American economy has undergone a...

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A Brief History of Hunger Strikes

Michael Ratner Popular Resistance http://www.popularresistance.org/hunger-strikes-an-important-tool-for-mistreated-prisoners/ A Last Resort for Desperate Prisoners, but an Effective One   I’ve been very concerned for a long time about the situation both in Pelican Bay, which is the big prison in California where my office has a lawsuit around solitary confinement, obviously concerned by...

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Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, one of the country’s most widely read history books, died on January 27, 2010. Shortly after, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic...

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Prometheus Among the Cannibals

Rebecca Solnit TomDispatch http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/18-6 A Letter to Edward Snowden   Dear Edward Snowden, Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure,...

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Has the 1 Percent Committed Treason?

Robert Reich RobertReich.org http://www.alternet.org/economy/has-1-percent-committed-treason A small group of extremely wealthy people are systematically destroying the US government. Permit me an impertinent question (or three). Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by (1) finding and bankrolling new candidates pledged to shrinking and...

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Peaceful Revolution? Gandhi’s Four Paths to Get There

Madhu Suri Prakash Yes! Magazine http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17598-peaceful-revolution-gandhis-four-paths-to-get-there Gandhi lived Ahimsa as a daily practice, waging peace to stop war and violence. His lifelong “experiments” with truth proved that truth force is more powerful than brute force. Ahimsa reveals forms of peace that extend far beyond mere absence of war. For Gandhi,...

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