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Education Reform

Astroturf Activism

Astroturf Activism and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams: While trying to give the appearance of popular support for their destructive actions, AstroTurf organizations like PennCAN actually cause injury.

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Climate Change

Global Warming Hoax

The Global Warming Hoax

Steve Hochstadt: Who believes politicians paid by ExxonMobil instead of scientists, doctors, and conservationists? Gullible people who want to believe. That’s what makes hoaxes work.

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Prison Reform

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Prison for Fun and Profit

Alex Friedmann: While people might question the notion of a privatized police force that benefits financially when people are arrested, allowing companies to profit when people are imprisoned has become an accepted norm

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Progressive Issues

Yes Means Yes

Scapegoating Means Scapegoating

Mike Males: But, if “yes means yes” is the right parameter for the revolution (a debate for another forum), why focus only on campuses? Both the 2009 paper and the CDC summaryon sexual violence find much more rape and sexual assault occur outside college than in.

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Immigration Reform

Chinese Immigration

When Immigration Isn’t a One-Way Street

Steve Wong: My great-grandfather came to California from China to work on the railroads, and our family has gone back and forth ever since.

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Middle East

Drone War Casualties

My Father Was Killed by a Computer

Teck Young Wee: As Imal grew up, he kept asking his mother where his father was. His mother finally told Imal that his father had been killed by a drone when he was still a baby.

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Ecomomic Justice

Beer Brewing Monopoly

Time for a Trust-Busting Beer Bust

Jim Hightower: Beware, ye who love local beer – do not just sit on your duffs, doing 12-ounce elbow bends, for here come the Big Brew Bastards again, bigger and more menacing than ever.

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Animal Rights

Pennsylvania Bans Pigeon Shoots

Gun Control Politics of Virtue

Walter Brasch: The Pennsylvania Senate, possibly for the first time in its history, stood up against the NRA leadership and extreme gun-rights groups, and voted to ban pigeon shoots.

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Law and Justice

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Evolution of a Criminal

Darius Clark Monroe had discovered through the making this film a way to use media to heal. And so I listed as he delved into the making of a documentary that morphed into a model for restorative justice.

Off_the_Cuff

Six Shocking Truths about Prisons

Sharon Kyle: At least 37 states have legalized the contracting of prison labor by private corporations. Companies like Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, and Target are reaping major benefits from this captive labor pool.

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What If We Disarmed the Police?

Jazz Hayden: If we are going to end the daily slaughter of black youth in this country we are going to have to hold the police civilly and criminally personally liable for all of their actions.

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Los Angeles

LAPD Detective Frank Lyga

Why LAPD Detective Frank Lyga Won’t Be Fired

Cheryl Dorsey: Errant police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct at a Board of Rights hearing have routinely been allowed to leave the department, in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. This is part of the LAPD culture.

Greek Theatre Contract

Big Change for the Greek Theatre?

Larry Wines: One obvious red flag is that Live Nation’s proposal includes a new “Greek Theatre Community Trust” — a fund controlled by Live Nation — “for the purpose of irrevocably receiving funds generated through a ‘special ticket sales program.'”

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Defense

Nuclear-Armed Submarines

Doom from the Depths

Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.

Is Military Power Useful

The Limits of Military Power

Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.

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Elections and Campaigns

Grimes McConnell Even

Still a Dead Heat in the Bluegrass State

Berry Craig: The new Bluegrass Poll seems to prove Team Switch’s contention that the last Bluegrass Poll wasn’t an “outlier,” pollster-speak for a survey that’s the exception, not the rule.

Mitch McConnell Hypocrite

Her Car’s a Compact But She Votes Like It’s a Cadillac

Berry Craig: McConnell is an old-time Social Darwinist who thinks employers ought to have the right to run their businesses pretty much as they see fit, and if workers don’t like it they can quit and get a job somewhere else.

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