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10 reasons why school vouchers should be rejected

Republicans are for school vouchers because they want to privatize public education, turn education into a money making venture, and use taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Some Democrats support vouchers because of a genuine desire to improve education. They want vouchers for innovative schools with alternative curriculums, creative teachers, and enhanced learning environments. Yet, the truth is, this very small number of…

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Ferguson MO in context: The militarization of the police

When a Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, the neighborhood erupted, and area police departments were quickly on the scene–transported in heavily armored vehicles. Their appearance is another instance of a national trend toward the militarization of local police forces. In 2011, we posted the following article on this…

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Bob’s Red Mill owner gives company to employees

Bob Moore, a retired automobile service manager and advocate of healthy eating, founded Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods with his wife Charlee, in 1978. If you shop in health food stores, you may be familiar with their distinctively designed, old-fashioned looking bags of healthy flours and cereals. Today, the company has 209 employees, revenues of…

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Iraq: Who is behind ISIS?

Mainstream media tells us that ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) is a sort of “al Qaeda Gone Wild”—an army of well-equipped, radical Sunnis who crossed the border from Syria and invaded raq. We are told that in the city of Mosul, the Iraqi army, 30,000 strong, upon seeing the 1000 member ISIS army in their…

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Dangerous beliefs: US moral superiority and our right to world hegemony

[by Madonna Gauding] In the windowless rooms of American corporate media, the assumption of U.S. hegemony is echoed on the alphabet TV channels and in the main U.S. government propaganda source—the New York Times. We are an “exceptional” nation—the underlying narrative goes, repeated recently by President Obama and Vice President Biden at their respective West…

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Jackson, Mississippi rising

Six years after the 2008 economic meltdown, the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. and the E.U are still struggling. Most people know the system is rigged against them, and there’s no relief on the horizon. Disenchantment with “free-market” capitalism—and the global corporate/banking model that caused the Western economies to tank—is growing. The anti-globalization…

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Global derivatives markets 20 percent larger than before the crash

What’s a derivative? The word “derivative” may ring a bell because Wall Street speculation in “innovative financial instruments” such as derivatives, helped tank the economy 2008. Mayra Rodriques Valladares provides a good definition in her recent article in the New York Times. “Derivatives Markets Growing Again, With Few New Protections:”  A derivative, put simply, is a…

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Solar (Freakin’) Roadways!

Global warming and its effect on climate change is real, and it’s frightening. While our political and corporate classes are joined at the hip and still pushing carbon fuels—and even more stupidly, fomenting coups and threatening wars over access to gas and oil—it’s time to look for real solutions. If we don’t find a way to change…

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