The Supreme Court Makes History

Amy Goodman truthdig Two Steps Forward, One Step Back The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters...

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Welcome to the (Don’t Be) Evil Empire

Rebecca Solnit TomDispatch.com Google Eats the World Finally, journalists have started criticizing in earnest the leviathans of Silicon Valley, notably Google, now the world’s third-largest company in market value. The new round of discussion began even before the revelations that the tech giants were routinely sharing our data with the...

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Obama’s Fracked-Up Climate Strategy Will Guarantee Global Warming Disaster

Nafeez Ahmed The Guardian/UK Fatally flawed energy policies and inadequate emissions pledges cannot prevent dangerous climate change President Obama’s much-anticipated speech at Georgetown University unveiling America’s new climate change strategy offers welcome re-affirmation of the US government’s recognition of global warming dangers. Plans to regulate coal plants, beef up defences...

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Snowden Coverage

Jeff Cohen Common Dreams If US Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different? The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets—especially TV news—that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come...

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On 1 Year, Snowden, Manning and More

Julian Assange Wikileaks Let’s be very careful about who we call “traitor.” Edward Snowden is one of us. Bradley Manning is one of us. They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed. It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought...

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Brazil: Yes, Blame the Damn World Cup

Dave Zirin The Nation The mass actions of the last two weeks have exposed all the neoliberal theft rooted in the planning and execution of the World Cup. A prominent slogan in the streets is, “We need FIFA-quality hospitals and schools.” This is a direct reference to a line from...

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Terror v. Surveillance? Keeping Americans Safe in Two Simple Steps

Robert Jensen Common Dreams In the frenzy over Edward Snowden’s leak of classified information about government data-mining surveillance, public officials and pundits have tried to lock us into a narrowly defined and diversionary discussion that ignores the most important question we face about terrorism. Their argument goes something like this:...

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