Who Will Save Social Security and Medicare?

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Shamus Cooke: Obama and the Democrats are aligning with Republicans to strike the first major blows against Social Security and Medicare. The decades-long political agreement to save these programs is dead, and the foundation of American politics is shifting beneath everyone’s feet.

Rich Justice Poor Justice

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Jazz Hayden: Just stand outside the criminal courts, traffic courts, and civil courts on any day of the week and you will see long lines of poor people of color — black, brown, and beige — receiving “poor people injustice”.

How Not to Govern Through Crime: Insights on Bullying

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Jonathan Simon: While bullying has long been a noted feature and minor concern of childhood and schooling, the emergence of a distinctive government-rationality around crime in recent decades, has led to laws that compel schools to treat bullying more like a real crime and law that make it a crime.

Let’s Party Like It’s Baktun 13

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Rosemary Joyce: What we can’t do, apparently, is ignore the hype that claims that the Maya who lived in city states in Mexico and Central America a little more than a thousand years ago predicted that the end of the world will come this month: December 21, to be precise.

Let’s Stop Talking About 2016!

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Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.

The Long War Reaches Mali

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Tom Hayden: Every US and Western intervention in the Long War has resulted in pushing Al Qaeda “affiliates” like AQIM into new territory with angry, restless and anti-Western Muslim populations.

The Grand Bargain Betrayal

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Shamus Cooke: Corporations are on a public-sector union mopping up mission, using the city, state, and federal budget deficits as an excuse to target public sector unions.

Will Dems Tax Rich to Avoid Fiscal Cliff?

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Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.

How Inequality Kills Growth

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Claude Fischer: To the extent that facts matter in such a politicized debate, it is becoming increasingly clear that equality rather than inequality is a better policy for economic growth.

Cooked or Accurate US Employment Numbers?

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Stephen Lendman: Monthly Labor Department (BLS) data report inaccurately. America’s broken jobs engine isn’t explained. The latest 7.8% unemployment rate is blarney. Based on the 1980s calculation model, real unemployment approaches 23%.

Who Gains from Syria’s Destruction

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Shamus Cooke: The steady destruction of Syria will continue until it reaches a Libya-like crescendo: a “no fly zone” will be the goal of the western powers, with the motive of toppling the regime.

Leadership Needed To Solve Homelessness

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Charley James: America’s priorities, far too many of its politicians, and even a disturbing number of our everyday folks, are brutal – and brutish – about how to deal with homeless people like me who have lost everything except our dignity:

Trailer Trash Fantasy League

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Given the fever pitch xenophobia, nativism and anti-undocumented immigrant hysteria in the U.S., it is no surprise that the Anaheim school’s Seniores event was allowed to roll on for three years with virtually no incident or protest.

New York City Has Homeless Emergency

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Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.

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