Humanity’s Oldest Story

David Sirota Creators.com This is a tale of two presidents — the one we hope we have and the one we actually have. It is also a tale of two kinds of violence — the surgical and the indiscriminate — and how the latter blurs the distinction between self-defense and...

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Corporatizing National Security

Ralph Nader Common Dreams Privacy is a sacred word to many Americans, as demonstrated by the recent uproar over the brazen invasion of it by the Patriot Act-enabled National Security Agency (NSA). The information about dragnet data-collecting of telephone and internet records leaked by Edward Snowden has opened the door...

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Trust me

Jeff Cohen Common Dreams Political Spying + Computers = Big Brother I know the issue of political spying – and not just because my lawful, nonviolent activism got me spied on by local, state and federal “intelligence” agencies (whose spy files on me were unearthed through successful lawsuits and partly...

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Repeal the Patriot Act

Jim Hightower Creators.com It’s back. The Patriot Act — that grotesque, ever-mutating, hydra-headed monstrosity from the Bush-Cheney Little Shop of Horrors — has risen again, this time with an added twist of Orwellian intrusiveness from the Obamacans. Since 2006, Team Bush, and then Team Obama, have allowed the little-known, hugely...

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Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On

Amy Goodman TruthDig.com Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as well as the debate on capital punishment in this country. Her...

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Walmart Accepted Clothing from Banned Bangladesh Factories

By Michael Grabell ProPublica http://www.propublica.org/article/walmart-accepted-clothing-from-banned-bangladesh-factories Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, retailers have faced mounting pressure to improve safety at Bangladesh garment factories and to sever ties with manufacturers that don’t measure up. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, last month released a list...

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The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping

by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica http://www.propublica.org/article/nsa-black-hole-5-basic-things-we-still-dont-know-the-governments-snoop Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still...

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It’s the Corporations, Stupid

Why we are 2nd Amendment fundamentalists but the 4th Amendment doesn’t count By Juan Cole Informed Comment http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/corporations-amendment-fundamentalists.html The Second Amendment to the Constitution is interpreted by lawmakers and judges in an absolute manner. Every American, we are constantly told– even mentally ill ones like the shooter at Santa Monica College who...

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Protesters Shake Up North Carolina Legislature with Moral Monday Demonstrations

By Phoebe Zerwick The Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/174679/protesters-shake-north-carolina-legislature-moral-monday-demonstrations Winston-Salem, North Carolina— By 12:30 Monday afternoon the vans parked outside Emmanuel Baptist Church were loaded up with bottled water, bag lunches and rain ponchos for a long day of protest against the Republican-dominated state legislature. Emmanuel Baptist, an African-American church known around town for...

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