UPDATED: How Obama Administration Silences Congo’s M23 Rebel Movement

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Georgianne Nienaber: It seemed that while M23 was winning on the battlefield against both the FDLR and the regular Congo Army (FARDC), and had gained recognition by the African Union as a partner in peace negotiations, they had lost the social media and Internet public relations battle.

Corporate Tax Breaks and Jobs

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: The only way workers will succeed in defending jobs with decent pay lies in workers standing together and embracing the principle that the labor movement was built on — solidarity.

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

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Robert Reich: Excuse me for sounding impertinent, but isn’t this fear-mongering likely to buttress Republican arguments that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for everyone — including the rich?

Deepak Chopra on Sister Giant November 10 – 11, 2012

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World-renowned spiritual leader Deepak Chopra released a video endorsement of Sister Giant, a nonpartisan conference on women and politics organized by bestselling author Marianne Williamson

Jim Lehrer, Marriage Counselor

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JP Sottile: Setitle: Like an expert counselor, Lehrer facilitated an open and honest exchange of feelings and emotions. Okay, not much honesty. But the exchange did seem “open”…for business.

Gabby Douglas and the Brown Paper Bag Test

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Sharon Kyle: Colorism gives unearned advantages to Blacks of lighter complexion and demeans and degrades Blacks of darker complexions. For white people reading this who are unaware of this practice, there is a test known as “the brown paper bag test” used to determine where your skin color placed you in the pecking order.

Occupy L.A. Reaches Out to Art-Walk Goers in Spite of LAPD

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Cheryl Aichele: Occupy LA Activists hope its chalk-art campaign will hit LAPD in the pocket books and others in their hearts to raise awareness and encourage others to participate.

White People, Chris Rock, and the Long End of the Stick

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Sharon Kyle: Chris Rock’s reminder that slaves weren’t independent on Independence Day was only a big deal because he mentioned “white people”

Prison Realignment or Expensive Musical Chairs

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Sharon Kyle: Given the public’s short attention span, it’s no wonder juicy celebrity gossip and salacious headlines have come to dominate the “news”. This is great for those who don’t want us to pay attention.

Kony 2012, Does Social Media Oversimplify?

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Matthew Kavanagh: From Twitter trending to the front page of The New York Times to public statements by the White House and the Pentagon, the Kony 2012 campaign has shown the power of social media to affect U.S. public debate – but what about the dangers of oversimplification?

Top 10 Most Read Last Week Led by Wells Fargo Meets Occupy

LA Progressive Editor Dick Price’s report on the meeting local Occupy representatives had with Wells Fargo Bank officials in downtown Los Angeles — Wells Fargo Meets Occupy: Where There’s Smoke There’s Smoke? — led this week’s list of 10 most read articles.

10 Most This Week Led by Julie Driscoll’s Take on the Komen Trainwreck

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ulie Driscoll’s look at the long-term effects of the Komen Foundation’s ill-advised decision to strip its funding for Planned Parenthood for what were rather obviously political reasons, led this week’s LA Progressive 10 Most Read articles list.

Sharon Stands Up for “Blah” People on Cenk Uygur’s “The Point”

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Thursday evening, LA Progressive Publisher Sharon Kyle appear on “The Point,” hosted by The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur to discuss Rick Santorum’s “Blah” People and Ellen Barkin’s tweet about being manhandled by New York’s finest.

Did Glenn Greenwald Play the Race Tweet?

Jessie Daniels: As the presidential politics begin to heat up, so do the racial politics in the Obama era, causing some white (supposedly) progressive writers to come somewhat unhinged.

Shutting Cities Down: Now and Then

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Lee Fang: The American political and economic system is falling apart. No matter who wins an election, in many cases, the outcomes are the same: well-heeled corporate interests dictate policy.

Troy Anthony Davis Execution Scheduled

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Amnesty International says this execution would be unconscionable, especially as doubts about Troy Davis’ guilt have never been erased. However, Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Scalia maintain that if a defendant receives a fair trial, is convicted and sentenced, actual innocence is not grounds to forbid an execution.

Let’s Have a Tea Party

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Ted Vaill: Teabaggers, look at what has happened this past week in England – get rid of entitlements and you have rioting in the streets fomented by the unemployed youths who have been pushed down through England’s safety net.

Open Letter to President Obama Post-S&P’s Credit Rating Downgrade

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Lucia Brawley: I will fight for you in the upcoming campaign with everything I have, in order to prevent a Republican, or unthinkably, a Tea Party candidate from winning the presidency. But in order to fight for you again, I have to know you’re fighting for Bianca and me. Because if not you, then who?

Vet Leader: Afghan War Deaths an “Atrocity,” War Should End

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Thirty U.S. American troops reported killed Saturday in an Afghanistan helicopter crash emphasizes the need for the U.S. to end operations sooner rather than later in that theatre of war, according to a Iraq/Afghanistan U.S. Marine veteran, who now is chair of the Veterans Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

“Hurray! Congress Is to Adjourn!”

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Ted Vaill: Seventy or eighty arch-conservative Tea Party members of the House and Senate have held this country hostage to their right-wing demands that we sacrifice entitlements belonging to ordinary, hard working Americans for the benefit of their rich friends. What is the mood of the ordinary American? Disgust.

Concerned Citizen Ginger Lee Performs Her Civic Duty

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Jules Siegel: So here’s a lady who is famed for being utterly lewd in public for pay. Weiner exchanges a hundred or so text messages with her about — are you reading this or looking at the pictures? — politics.

Don’t Resign; Shame the Shamers, Congressman Weiner

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Jules Siegel: This totally lame scandal is about on the level of getting caught jerking off while looking in the mirror. Like who cares? No body fluids were exchanged. It’s thought crime.

Memorial Day 2011: Two Names That Matter

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Walter Brasch: Here are two names you probably never heard of. Sergeant First Class Clifford E. Beattie and Private First Class Ramon Mora Jr.

Race, Racism & Social Networking Sites

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Jessie Daniels: There’s still a lot missing from our understanding of race, racism and SNS. One area that I expect will yield a lot of interesting research has to do with race, racism and Twitter.

Frat Boys and Navy Officers

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Walter Brasch: When the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot two weeks ago published on its internet page three videos made four years ago by the executive officer of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise, it unleashed a firestorm that would sink the career of a decorated officer.

Twitter Cholera Confusion in Haiti: Was NGO Apology Necessary?

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Georgianne Nienaber: In retrospect, the inadvertent mix-up in the Twitter account of the geographical locations LaGonave and Gonaive is completely understandable. The fact that it caused such a flurry in Haiti and enraged an epidemiological NGO competing for the same slice of the funding pie–is unfortunate and speaks to a deeper disconnect and lack of trust.

Is Social Media Useless for Change?

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Social networking websites can play and are playing an important role in finding and connecting people who are beginning to think and feel similar things. They can help participants deepen their understanding and form common perspectives. They can help inform those who use them of possible courses of action.

Eddie Long Scandal: Silence Doesn’t Make Church Molestation Go Away

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Anthony Samad: The presence of gay men in black churches, and not just in the choir, is significant. This is an issue waiting to break in probably every city in America. And it’s not that the congregation doesn’t know it. It is now the silent concern in the black church.

Bill Clinton Puts Influential Muscle Behind Agricultural Production in Haiti

BioTek's Regine Simon Barjon with Former President of the United States, co-chair of the IHRC, and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton at the Darbonne Sugar Mill near Leogane, Haiti on Aug. 6th, 2010 (courtesy Clinton TwitterPic)

Georgianne Nienaber: Given the huge remaining humanitarian and economic crisis facing Haiti, it is puzzling that mainstream media in the United States short-changed coverage of former President Bill Clinton’s early August visit to Leogane. The symbolism is significant, considering that Leogane and the nearby village of Fayette are at the epicenter of the 7.0 quake.

Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Part 2

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Part 2 of Gabriel Buelna’s interview with Father Boyle, founder and director of the largest gang intervention program in the country, Homeboy Industries. Fr. Boyle discusses ways the organization has raised funds including an idea that was brought to him by actress Rosario Dawson.

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