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Norman Solomon: Time to Renounce the “War On Terror”

This article was added after the May issue was printed. It is one of the many articles we received in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.  – Editors As a perpetual emotion machine–producing and guzzling its own political fuel–the “war on terror” continues to normalize itself as a thoroughly American way of life and death. Read more…

Compiled by Joel Chaffee: Free Listings

  Events LABOR – May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 124th anniversary of International Workers’ Day. Born out of a call for an 8-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew Read more…

Various Contributors: Reviews of Recovering Bookchin & War Is A Racket

  Books     Recovering Bookchin Social Ecology and the Crisis of Our Time By Andy Price   New Compass, 2012, pp.3 04     Review by Janet Biehl   In the 1980s, the emerging Green political movement was looking for an alternative to conventional politics and became enamored with a “new paradigm” based on Read more…

Chris Lewis: Number Crunch

Lansing has it out for Detroiters. That’s William Scott’s estimation, at least. “The politicians in state government, in my opinion, care more about the suburbs than here in Detroit,” the retired auto worker told me a few years ago, sitting in a lawn chair perched alongside one of the city’s many barren avenues. During the Read more…

John Raymond: Low Level Radiation, High Level Risk

What can we learn from a new study of cancer risks around nuclear plants that we don’t already know? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) spins its new pilot study—now underway in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) around seven reactor communities—as an effort to reassure the public that the radiation routinely released from Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: Cyprus and Global Banking Instability

More than five years after the global banking crisis first erupted in the summer of 2007, the global banking system continues to drift toward yet another crisis. The collapse of the banking system in Cyprus last week represents the latest milestone in that inexorable drift, as well as an important qualitative shift in the overall Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Mississippi Yearning

It’s a blessing from God,” heralded a quote prominently displayed amidst the Jackson, Mississippi  Clarion Ledger’s lavish coverage when Nissan opened its ultra-modern assembly plant just outside the small town of Canton, 27 miles west of Jackson. The plant initially symbolized new hope for lifting many Mississippians out of the widespread misery that has long Read more…

Nicolas J.S. Davies: How the West Fueled the Ever-Growing Carnage in Syria

On Tuesday March 27 2013, Kofi Annan gave a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In his usual careful and diplomatic tone, Annan spoke firmly against Western calls for more direct military intervention in Syria. “Further militarization of the conflict, I’m not sure that is the way to help the Syrian people,” Annan said, Read more…

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Paul Street: Military Keynesianism Survives Sequestration

In a story that shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with business rule as usual in Washington, U.S. military contractors will suffer no great or particular loss from the federal austerity fiscal policy called sequestration. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)—the top lobbying and public relations arm of the nation’s high-tech corporate “defense” (military empire) contractors—was crying wolf Read more…

Roger Hull: It Is Time For a New Contract with America

  1. Create a sustainable environment that will support the health and well-being of future generations. 2. Eliminate as soon as possible toxic and dangerous fossil fuels, coal, tar sands, fracking and nuclear power from the energy and transportation mix. Immediately eliminate all subsidies to fossil fuel and nuclear power companies/entities and install a fossil Read more…

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