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John Samuel Tieman: Are you a socialist and just don’t know it?

Yesterday, I heard a reporter say that she was surprised that Senator Bernie Sanders has garnered so much support. I’m not. Not long ago, Vox Populi published my argument in support of … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Tribute to Fallen Environmental Warrior George Jucha

Here’s a video produced by environmental activist and University of Pittsburgh professor George Jucha (1964-2015) and posted on December 14, 2014, showing an illegal flaring of a fracking well in Washington … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sarah Lazare: Disturbing New Study Links Fracking Wells to Lower Birth Weights

These findings cannot be ignored,’ urges University of Pittsburgh researcher. In an alarming new study, University of Pittsburgh researchers revealed that pregnant women who live in close proximity to fracking … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: EPA’s Fracking Study, Explained

Don’t be fooled. Headlines in the New York Times and other news media about the EPA’s long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andy Piascik: How About Sanctions Against the United States?

As Washington’s allies in Ukraine burn people alive and the United States imposes sanctions on Russia and Venezuela, it’s essential to keep in mind which country it is that’s the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 3 Comments

William J. Astore: The American Military Uncontained

Chaos Spread, Casualties Inflicted, Missions Unaccomplished:  It’s 1990. I’m a young captain in the U.S. Air Force. I’ve just witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, something I never thought … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Greg Laxer: Letter to the American Dead of the Vietnam War

Veterans For Peace, an organization of which I’ve been a member since 2013, has called for veterans (as well as civilians) affected by the Vietnam War to write a letter … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

Marc Jampole: By killing Boston Marathon bomber, we stoop to his level of barbarism and depravity

The jury that sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death had a choice. They could have imprisoned Tsarnaev for life. But these 12 supposedly civilized men and women chose … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Andrew Cockburn: The Kingpin Strategy — Assassination as Policy in Washington and How It Failed, 1990-2015

As the war on terror nears its 14th anniversary — a war we seem to be losing, given jihadist advances in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen — the U.S. sticks stolidly … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Dark Side of Prose

I’ve been thinking about newspapers lately, and their most recent avatar, TV news, both the network and the cable kind. What intrigues me most about this use of prose is … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Mass incarceration one arrest at a time

We should end mass incarceration laws and spend the savings on education and social welfare programs. In some ways, the term “mass incarceration” is a misnomer. The term immediately conjures … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

W.J. Astore: Major Sporting Events and Air Shows — Too Corporatized, Too Controlling, Too Much

Been to a major American sporting event lately? If not, consider yourself fortunate. The NFL and NASCAR are already over-the-top when it comes to manufactured noise, exaggerated pyrotechnics, and wall-to-wall … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Should Progressives Support Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton’s stand on issues makes her a centrist looking left Hillary Clinton has herself to blame at least in part for the news media covering extraneous issues in the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

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