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News & Views | 12.17.14

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US and Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Relations in Historic Overhaul
by Nadia Prupis
“Obama’s announcement is a recognition that the new generation of Cubans agree with the majority of Americans that the embargo is a relic of the Cold War that should be put to rest.”

News…

‘Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!’ as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State
by Jon Queally
“Fracking has no place in New York or anywhere,” says prominent activist after announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Amid Grief, Warnings That Pakistan Gov’t Retaliation Could Violate Human Rights
by Sarah Lazare
As Pakistan holds vigils and mass funerals, across the border, people in India stage moment of silence.
Despite Warnings of Future War, Obama to Impose New Russian Sanctions
by Jon Queally
Instead of negotiations designed to end crisis over status of Ukraine, White House says president will sign quietly passed bill that critics says will solidify new Cold War.
Out of Control Fracking Well Forces Evacuations
by Andrea Germanos
An out-of-control natural gas fracking well in Monroe County, Ohio forced more than two dozen families from their homes and may pose the threat of an explosion.

Views…

Howard Zinn and the Joy of a Political Life
by Frances Fox Piven
The essays in Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident remind us that Zinn was not just a historian: he was also deeply involved in the major twentieth-century struggles for social justice in the United States.
How “Citibank Budget” Push Foreshadows “Fast Track” For Trade Deals
by Dave Johnson
What lessons can we learn from the way the “Citibank” provisions in the budget deal were pushed through? How do these lessons apply to the next big fight?
Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton: The Perfectly Illustrative Election
by Glenn Greenwald
Having someone who is the brother of one former president and the son of another run against the wife of still another former president would be sweetly illustrative of all sorts of degraded and illusory aspects of American life, from meritocracy to class mobility.
A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels
by Emily Schwartz Greco
Move your money… before it’s too late.

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