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Linh Dinh: Postcard from the End of America: Carlisle, PA After so much blood and laughter, however, the white man's hegemony is finally waning, and just as we can discuss peak oil, peak water or peak sand, it's not inappropriate to speak of peak white man. The white man's paling, though, has less to do with his constitutional decline but with the fact that others have learnt how to play the same nasty games he himself has set up.

Max Blumenthal: Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Deception Hirsi Ali's power to persuade lies in her dramatic personal story and the public persona she has constructed. She has marketed herself as an expert native informant who has emerged out of the dark heart of radical Islam and into the light of Western civilization. Her tale is an uplifting, comforting one that tells many Westerners what they want to hear about themselves and their perceived enemies.
Robert Dorn: Progess? What Progress? My cry to to a world that denies reality, denies respect, denies progress, having been bought sold and homogenized into meaningless mice, who have no idea they are caught in a maze. 1 
Seymour Patterson: The Minimum Wage and Economic Growth Both sides on the minimum wage debate may be right for an increase can cause more unemployment, but also higher spending. Find the net effect of the minimum wage by calculating the sensitivity of wages on unemployment. A higher minimum wage can also mitigate the growing US inequality gap. The minimum wage and the average wage can keep wage costs down, which is good for business but bad for workers. 2 

Common Dreams: National #BoycottIndiana Movement Drives Officials to Backpedal on Anti-LGBTQ Law Indiana lawmakers are scrambling to backpedal as a fierce backlash has taken hold against Republican Governor Mike Pence since he signed into law legislation that effectively permits discrimination against people thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

Robert S. Becker: Five Reasons the Left Should Embrace Ted Cruz There's cause aplenty to encourage Cruz' long-shot race: dinosaurs, after all, had to die off before evolution developed a more humanistic, rational mammal. Hey, fate offers us a 50-50 chance: either badness produces more badness or something better. Cruz has the best chance to abolish the status quo. 1 
Andrew Schmookler: Big Money vs. The People: The Main Political Battle of Our Times Published as an op/ed in newspapers in my very red congressional district in Virginia, this piece argues that the major battle in America today is not over the issues many focus on -- abortion, immigration, gun rights, etc. -- but over whether the United States will be governed for and by the people, or whether Big Money will transform America into a different kind of society altogether.

Patrick Martin: Republican budget plan slashes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps The cuts proposed by Republicans are far beyond anything ever enacted by an American government: $5.5 trillion over 10 years in the House budget, $5.1 trillion over 10 years in the Senate budget. Pell grants, job training and housing programs are all targeted. But the biggest cuts come in so-called entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

Philip Kraske: What if an agreement favors Iran? A satirical take on a posible U.S.-Iran agreement. 3 
Dean Powers: Understanding the Right Even if We Don't Agree with Them Too often political discourse is tinged with anger and an unwillingness to compromise or see reason on the other side of the debate. That has to change. 2 

Reginald Johnson: A Travesty of Reporting The article describes how the nation's "paper of record" --- The New York Times --- is doing a poor job in its reporting on Ukraine. The paper has failed to report critically on the Ukraine civil war and appears to be following closely the version of events put out by the U.S. State Department. 1 

Daily Kos: The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act 14 

Harvey Wasserman: 36 Years of Three Mile Island's Lethal Lies ...and Still Counting The lies that killed people at Three Mile Island 36 years ago on March 28, 1979 are still being told at Chernobyl, Fukushima, Diablo Canyon, Davis-Besse " and at TMI itself. As the first major reactor accident that was made known to the public is sadly commemorated, and as the global nuclear industry collapses, let's count just 36 tip-of-the iceberg ways the nuclear industry's radioactive legacy continues to fester: 3 

John Rachel: Obama Surrounds Himself With Neocons and Other Hawkish Lunatics Obama's foreign policy is a box of chocolates, except you always know what you're going to get __ more war, more bombing, more drone assassinations, more illegal regime change, more chaos and destruction. It's the company he keeps. He is surrounded by bloodthirsty, arguably mad, imperialist warmongers, megalomaniacs who see themselves as saviors of the Universe, chosen by destiny and blessed with infallibility. 14 

Kathy Swift: Santa Barbara News Press threatens to sue PODER The Santa Barbara News Press threatens to sue PODER if the latino advocacy group does not take down a call to boycott the News-Press from its Facebook page. 2 
Kevin Anthony Stoda: Low Level Mutual Embargo via the USA and Oman through Postal System--Why? Who says government agencies are logical? or supportive of community interests? An embargo by definition is a "governmental restriction on trade for political purposes." But there are other ways intergovernmental agencies use embargoes to make it hard for their cross-national partners (and its own citizens) by usage of embargo by state authorities. Kevin Stoda discusses this with his example on Oman-USA today. 2 

Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street isn't happy with us The big banks have thrown around money for years, spending more than a $1 million a day to hold off Dodd-Frank and the consumer agency. But they are moving out of the shadows. They have reached a new level of brazenness, demanding that Senate Democrats grovel before them. 3 

James Quandy: Can Jeb Bush Lose? Ever since seeing Jeb Bush on TV many years ago, I've always thought that, given the chance, the fellow could never lose if he ever ran for President. And this was, I believe, some time during his brother's administration, which was as traumatic for me as anyone else. 4 

Robert Parry: NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran The New York Times continues its slide into becoming little more than a neocon propaganda sheet as it followed the Washington Post in publishing an op-ed advocating the unprovoked bombing of Iran, reports Robert Parry. 9 

David Swanson: Stop Smoking the Democrack The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, having done severe damage to Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. Military spending is climbing ever higher. Presidential war powers are ever more extreme. The proliferation of nuclear technology is combining with the ease and secrecy of drone wars to raise the risk of a Dr. Strangelove finish to the human species. 9 

Mark Taliano: On the Need to Re-Establish Sensible Diplomatic Relations Between Canada and the Islamic Republic of Iran Canada's foreign policy towards Iran is inconsistent with our national interests. 3 

Joseph Clifford: Who Should Not Have Nuclear Weapons: The US or Iran? The article compares the US and Iran and illustrates the willingness of the US to use violence in its history. 3 

Paul Craig Roberts: The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth's Ability To Support Life Congress responds to campaign donations, not to the health and safety of the American people. Profits come far ahead of public health. It is the short-term time horizon of production organized by selfish private interests focused on quarterly profits that is destroying the livability of the earth.

Muhammad Irfan: Power-Seeking Individuals Flocking to the World's Major Cities Threaten State Security This article points up the fact that educated individuals around the world are migrating in droves to major cities and gaining more and more influence in shaping state policies affecting international relations. Strategies are suggested by which this potential danger to state national interests and survival can be effectively countered. 3 

Kenneth G. Eade: *It is time to stop Monsanto's poisoning of the public with cancer causing Roundup It is time for them to stop allowing us to be fed cancer causing chemicals and telling us that they are safe. Sign the petition now to ask the EPA to immediately suspend Roundup herbicide. Send a billion dollar message to Monsanto now by signing the petition. 22 
Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why I Applaud Ex-Oklahoma University Frat Levi Pettit for Confronting Racism Former Oklahoma University fraternity member Levi Pettit recently stood before a bank of cameras and microphones flanked by a bevy of black elected officials, ministers and civil rights leaders at a black church in Oklahoma City. He apologized for his racially insensitive acts and ignorance.

Dave Johnson: Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From The Public TPP is the largest trade agreement in history, involving more than 40 percent of the world's GDP. One way President Obama and the Chamber of Commerce sell TPP is by saying it will change everything and will rewrite the rules for doing business for the 21st century. But the changes give corporations vast new powers to overrule democratic governments. 3 

Uri Avnery: The Israeli Salvation Front THE 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. The decisive majority has voted for an apartheid state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, in which democracy will slowly disappear. The decision is not yet final. Israeli democracy has lost a battle. It has not yet lost the war. The country is in existential danger. Not from the outside, but from the inside. 2 

Gareth Porter: Will Sanctions Fixation Kill Iran Nuke Deal? An agreement to constrain Iran's nuclear program is within reach but could still fail if President Obama succumbs to political pressure and refuses to grant Iran meaningful relief from sanctions, as Gareth Porter explains. 1 

Chris Floyd: Another Week, Another War: The Iron Logic of America's Middle East Madness In some ways, attempting any kind of rational analysis of the situation and its strategic ramifications is pointless. The burning hell that the United States has made of the region with its war of aggression against Iraq and its repeated violent interventions is beyond any sensible comprehension. 2 

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