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Steve Breyman teaches peace, environmental and media studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What's Wrong with Cuomo's Energy Plan?
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo's draft Energy Plan fails to face up to the urgent problems of global warming, health effects from air pollution, or the dangers of nuclear power. The Governor misses the opportunity to build a 21st century energy system, create tens of thousands of well-paying jobs, innovate green technology, or assist those displaced by a green energy transition. Howie Hawkins and Steve Breyman set him straight.

Sunday, June 1, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The New York Times and Obama's Afghanistan Draw Down: Selling the Never-Ending War on Terror
(5 comments) Mark Landler of the New York Times failed to ask a single question of his sources in a recent article about President Obama's plans to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by 2016. He also failed to interview a source from a pro-peace (rather than pro-war) perspective. The report did a disservice to Times readers.

Saturday, May 3, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Inside the Fanciful World of Stratfor: Robert D. Kaplan's Geopolitical Bunkum
(4 comments) Robert D. Klaplan, "chief geopolitical analyst" for Stratfor, is a shill for American Empire. His recent tour of global political hotspots for Time magazine is full of bad history, obvious oversights, and banal observations. Kaplan's bunk matters, nonetheless, for it informs the people who manage American hegemony.

Thursday, May 1, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth
Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger present themselves as contrarian environmentalists. They're "so serious" about fighting climate change that they embrace nuclear power and fracking for natural gas. Perhaps even worse, they advise pulling punches about the connections between climate change and extreme weather in order enroll "conservatives" in the movement. As if that's ever going to happen.

Friday, February 14, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Zen Over Zinn: Avoiding Unpleasant Truths with David Brooks
(2 comments) New York Times columnist David Brooks is a pseudo-intellectual soft right victim blaming reality dodger. His latest target that can't hit back? The American “precariat.” Steve Breyman cuts through Brooks’ truth avoidance and moralistic rubbish with the real story about the death for many Americans of the American Dream.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Governance as Sadomasochism: Obama from the IRS to the Associated Press
The Obama administration is sadomasochistic. It enjoys the pain inflicted on it by Republicans and the conservative media (see the controversy over the IRS and the Tea Party) so much, that it voluntarily ups the pain (see AG Holder's criminal investigation of the IRS). And it revels in meting out punishment to whistleblowers and civil servants caught doing their jobs.

Monday, May 6, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Elizabeth Colbert Busch Campaign: Tilting at the Wrong Windmill
(3 comments) Wouldn't it be great were Elizabeth Colbert Busch to defeat Mark Sanford in the special election for the First District congressional seat in South Carolina? Not really. Steve Breyman explains why a Colbert Busch victory would be a pyrric victory.

Monday, April 29, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Most Dangerous Waste of Your Tax Dollars This Year? The Case of the B61 Nuclear Bomb
(1 comments) Believe it or not, the Obama administration is planning yet more new and refurbished nuclear weapons. Among the most dangerous is the B61, a bomb designed decades ago to stop Soviet tank divisions from rampaging across Europe. Since the end of the Cold War, the two hundred B61 bombs stationed on US airbases in NATO Europe have had NO military mission. It's past time to dismantle them.

Monday, April 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama v. EPA: Constructing His Environmental Legacy
(1 comments) Contrary to Margaret Thatcher's claim, alternatives abound. The Green Party is a good place to find a load of them. A Green EPA would confront the polluters, and privilege human and ecosystem health over corporate profits. This is especially clear in the case of Obama's proposed cleanup standards following a nuclear disaster. Think the government will protect you? Think again.

Monday, March 25, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Mostly Mainstream Foreign Policy of Rand Paul: Washington Can Sleep Easy
(1 comments) Guardians of the Washington foreign policy consensus fear Rand Paul, not least for his allegedly isolationist foreign policy. Steve Breyman looks closely at the Rand's policy and fights it mostly moderate and non-threatening to foreign policy elites.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Why the War on Terror Endures: Spawning Terror Over There
The War on Terror spawns further terror. This is very clear from the Global Terrorism Index which reports that in 2011 the world witnessed four times the attacks it did in 2002. Why continue it? Because terrorism's victims today are almost exclusively non-Americans. Preventing their deaths is someone else's problem.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Crackpot Pragmatism: Richard Cohen and Torture
Even after the horrors of the War on Terror, Richard Cohen remains conflicted and confused about torture. Steve Breyman develops the concept of "crackpot pragmatism" to explain how this could be so.

Monday, January 28, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Times Does Gaza (Again): Oh, no you don't, Ismael Haniya
(3 comments) The New York Times does not like Hamas or its leaders, including Prime Minister Ismael Haniya. It shows in articles like that about the Malaysian Prime Minister's recent visit. Unsure whether it's a news article, news analysis, or op-ed, the piece is sure about how it feels about Haniya and Hamas.

Monday, January 14, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama in Africa: Somalia, Mali and the War Powers Resolution
President Obama flouted the War Powers Resolution during the NATO/US intervention in Libya in 2011. Yet he appropriately reported to Congress the US assistance to the failed French rescue mission in Somalia last week. Whatgives?

Friday, October 26, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
David Brooks and the Politics of Moderation
(3 comments) David Brooks, the moderate conservative or conservative moderate columnist for the New York Times, aims to teach the presidential candidates, and the rest of us, about "moderates" in his October 25 column. He does so in his typical mode: myth making. Breyman strips away the myths, layer by layer, to reveal the vapidness at the heart of "moderation" in American politics today.

Monday, October 1, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Neocons to the Front: Five Reasons Not to Intervene in Syria Now
(3 comments) Neoconservatives Michael Doran and Max Boot would have President Obama intervene militarily in Syria. Breyman analyzes the case they make for intervention, and finds it so loose and slipshod as to constitute foreign policy malpractice.

Friday, September 21, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Why the Minimum Wage Shrinks
(6 comments) Had the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would stand today at $10.55 rather than $7.25. What happened? Congress failed in its responsibility to protect and enhance the economic security of all Americans. And Big Business rewarded its CEOs and shareholders, but not its low wage employees.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
When Will the New York Times Show Some Spine? Access Journalism at its Nadir
(3 comments) Quote approval signals a new low for the access journalism of the corporate media. Reporters are now on a very slippery slope, allowing their sources to play editor of their work. If the New York Times would swear off the practice, as have the National Journal and McClatchy's Washington Bureau, surely other media outlets would follow.

Thursday, August 11, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Key to My Raise: Corporate U Marches On
Corp U appears here to stay. Rick Perry likes it that way.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Real Conservative in the Race: How a Republican Wins in 2012
(2 comments) Why vote for Obama, a wannabe conservative? The Real Conservative will win in 2012

Thursday, August 4, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
SPINning Syrian Protests
Might journalists learn a little more about the subjects they cover, like protests?

Sunday, July 31, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Unplug Your TV: Help End Nuclear Power
(3 comments) Want to end nuclear power? Start by unplugging your TV.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Nuclear Power and the Nuremburg Code
Were nuclear power treated as the human experimentation it is, it would be in violation of the Nuremburg Code.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Explaining Obama: It's the Re-election, Stupid
(10 comments) Confused by Obama's politics and policy? Don't be! It's simple: he wants to be re-elected.

Thursday, July 7, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Cellulosic Fantasy: Ending Corn Ethanol Subsidies
(3 comments) Federal subsidies for corn ethanol are under attack. But federal subsidies for cellulosic ethanol (using corn and other "crop waste") are on the rise. While generally superior to corn-based ethanol, cellulosic ethanol fails a basis lesson from biology--it interrupts the carbon cycle.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Gay Marriage and History
(5 comments) Opponents of gay marriage will someday be seen as we today see past proponents of slavery in the US.

Saturday, June 11, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Illegal Immigration and Other Criminality
(9 comments) Is the rule of law under greater threat from paperless immigrants or from bankers on Wall Street and the Obama administration in Libya?

Sunday, February 27, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Condi Weighs In: The Politics of Self-Rehabilitation
(2 comments) Just when you thought it was safe to forget Condoleeza Rice, she's back with an op-ed about Hosni Mubarak and if he'd only listened to the Bush administration, he might have suffered as an unceremonious exit from office.

Sunday, February 27, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Congress: Study War Some More
Congress has failed in its constitutional war duties for decades. By use of the power of the purse alone might Congress regain its war powers from the Executive.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How to End US Reliance on Dictators
(1 comments) The Arab uprisings are happening despite not because of US foreign policy. Change will come when the US no longer supports despots or Israel, nor wields its values cynically.

Monday, February 7, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Surrealpolitik: Arab Revolt and the Dream of 'Palestine'
(2 comments) What of Palestine amidst the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia?

Friday, January 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Government Workers as Villains: Not Fair
Are public workers as overcompensated as all that? Hardly. Here's why.

Sunday, January 16, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
David Brooks and Civility
(1 comments) Calls for "civility" in politics are so much hot air if they don't name names. What we really need is a news media that calls the haters on their hate.

Saturday, January 15, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Reagan, Reagan and Alzheimer's
(3 comments) Ron Reagan says his father may have been suffering from the onset of Alzheimer's disease as early as 1984. Steve Breyman explains why this matters.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
In the Matter of James Cole: Holder's Anti-Terror Warrior?
(3 comments) A sane #2 at the Department of Justice? A guy dubious about the domestic War on Terror? Too good to be true?

Saturday, December 4, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Return of Debtors' Prisons
(5 comments) Debtors' prisons were supposedly outlawed in the US in the 1830s. But if you're unable to throw bail in NYC today, you're likely to end up on Rikers Island (even for a nonviolent misdemeanor) waiting for trial. Unfair you say? Tell it to the judge.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Myth That Kills: The Iraq Surge in the Neo-Con Imagination
The "success" of the Bush/Petraeus Iraq surge has already achieved mythic dimensions. Fighting the myth is not simply about getting our history straight, but about preventing ever more surges in Afghanistan and elsewhere.