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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent

The evidence of income inequality just keeps mounting. According to “Working for the Few,” a recent briefing paper from Oxfam, “In the US, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-financial crisis growth since 2009, while the bottom…

Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World

Top 5 Reasons Solar Energy will Save the World

(By Juan Cole) 1. The research and development monies now going into solar energy are great enough to fuel innovation and bring down prices rapidly. First Solar expects solar electricity generation costs…

How Torture became Normalized in America

How Torture became Normalized in America

(By Rebecca Gordon) The US military involvement in Iraq has more or less ended, and the war in Afghanistan is limping to a conclusion. Yet leaks of Senate torture reports about actions…

Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem

Obama and David Brooks’s Manhood Problem

(By Juan Cole) David Brooks attacked President Obama on Sunday, saying: “Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders, and once that comes into question,…

Saudi Arabia arrests Thinker for Encouraging Dissent!

Saudi Arabia arrests Thinker for Encouraging Dissent!

(By Human Rights Watch) Saudi authorities have repeatedly harassed Abu al-Khair for his human rights work, and now they’ve suddenly jailed him without letting him notify his family. The authorities should free…

Pherell’s “Happy” – Gaza Style

Pharrell’s “Happy” – Gaza Style

All we in the West ever hear about Gaza concerns the Hamas Party-Militia or the conflict between its Palestinians and the Israeli army. Some Gaza youth did a cover of Pharrell Williams’s…