Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century
Jonathan D. Simon, Truthout: Is it futile to combat computerized vote-counting fraud, given the more general disenfranchisement of the American public? This and the emerging battlefield of corporate versus public interest is explored in this adapted excerpt from CODE RED.
How Much Moral High Ground Does the US Have Over ISIS?
Musa al-Gharbi, Truthout: Many of the same behaviors condemned by the Obama administration and used to justify its most recent campaign into Iraq and Syria are commonly perpetrated by the US. The United States’ war on sexual violence, mass murder and religious persecution should begin at home.
Maíz Culture in the Americas: Resisting Colonialism Through Indigenous Tradition
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: Indigenous people have resisted colonialism in many ways – holding fast to traditional foods, like maíz, performing ancestral dances and songs and passing legends from generation to generation – as Roberto Cintli Rodriguez shows in his new book.
Columbus’ Violent First Contact on Future US Soil
Jeffrey R. McCord, Truthout: As we observe the 522nd anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the “New World,” we might pause to consider the nearly lost tale of Columbus’ first landing on what is now United States soil and how it began a conflict that continues in different forms to this day.
Ferguson October: Thousands March in St. Louis for Police Reform and Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!: Thousands traveled to St. Louis to take part in “Ferguson October,” four days of action calling for justice in Michael Brown’s case and the reform of police practices nationwide. Over the weekend, 17 people were arrested during the protests.
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Dean Baker | The Deficit Is Down and the Deficit Hawks Are Furious
Dean Baker, Truthout: The deficit hawks want to distract us from an equality agenda and instead scare us with stories about exploding deficits that will bankrupt the country and impoverish our children.
The Truth About Columbus Day: Why Are We Celebrating?
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Knowing what we know now about Christopher Columbus’ real intentions and actions, it’s ridiculous to be celebrating a man who didn’t actually discover anything and who led a genocide of historic proportions.
When Poverty Was the Enemy, Not the Poor
Tom Eblen, YES! Magazine: The poverty rate in the US would be 15 percent higher if not for the War on Poverty and government anti-poverty programs since 1967. But today, rather than a war on poverty, we seem to have a war on the poor.
Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard
Ronnie Cummins and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association: If you’re shopping for healthy, sustainable, natural food, go ahead and look for local, certified non-GMO food – as long as it’s also certified organic. But you can skip the “natural” label.
Americans Should Embrace Their Radical History
Harvey J. Kaye, Campaign for America’s Future: Americans are radicals at heart. The American experience represents a Grand Experiment in democracy, an experiment that requires us to continually challenge exploitation, oppression and inequality.
Why China Won’t Talk to Hong Kong’s Protesters
Kaja Baum, Foreign Policy in Focus: Hong Kong’s Occupiers have been peaceful and their demands reasonable, but there is simply too much at stake in the eyes of China’s leadership to offer major concessions.
On the News With Thom Hartmann: Another State Has Decriminalized Marijuana, and More
In today‘s On the News segment: Maryland’s new law allows people to carry up to 10 grams of cannabis without fear of going to jail; Twitter wants to tell you that you’re being spied on; 60 percent of women that rely on tips in the restaurant industry have experienced sexual harassment; and more.
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Why We Should Be Seething With Anger Over Inequality
National Institutes of Health Director: Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found by Now If Not for Budget Cuts
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Attention Climate Deniers: Earth Just Had Its Hottest September Ever Recorded
Evo Morales Wins Third Presidential Term in Bolivia
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Probe of Silencers Leads to Web of Pentagon Secrets
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Edward Snowden Speaks: A Sneak Peek at an Exclusive Interview
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Gun Nuts’ Powerful New Enemy: How Pediatricians Are Taking on the NRA