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William A. Collins, a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut, founded Minuteman Media in 1998. In 2010, the Institute for Policy
Studies took over its management and Minuteman Media was renamed OtherWords. OtherWords distributes commentary and cartoons aimed at amplifying
progressive analysis in the national conversation. It empowers readers
to become more engaged citizens.

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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Blood from a Stone The austerity measures in Greece are simply draconian. They hurt society's weakest and most at-risk people. No wonder Greeks voted against the cuts in overwhelming numbers in a recent referendum, only to have their European neighbors force-feed them more painful cuts under penalty of kicking them out of the Eurozone.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers The message is clear: If you go public with evidence of government malfeasance, you must prepare yourself for the worst. The Justice Department will spend millions of taxpayer dollars to ruin you financially, personally, and professionally -- and to make an example of you in the media.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2015
Closing the Door on Torture The architects of the torture program haven't been held accountable. Nor have those who clearly violated the law by torturing prisoners without any legal justifications. Why should the government have locked me up for telling the truth and given them full impunity?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2014
The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole If the oil and gas gluts force the drill-baby-drillers to hit the brakes, everyone should cheer. It might encourage investors to waste less money on expensive projects that ought to be invested in the fossil-free future required to avert climate chaos.
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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Naomi Klein wants everyone to join forces and just pull the plug on oil, gas, and coal Naomi Klein says humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy. Out with oil, gas, and coal. In with wind, sun, small-scale hydro, and other things that don't make the climate problem worse. Period.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Short-Circuiting the Future Even though Obama embraces nuclear reactors as part of his "all-of-the-above" solution to weaning the nation off imported oil and gas, the world may already be on the brink of phasing out this dangerous energy source. In the two years following Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, nuclear energy use underwent record declines, capping two decades of shrinking market share.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CEOs Against Grandmas Why do CEOs with platinum pensions care so much about cutting Social Security? The CEOs claim it's all about patriotism. "As an American," Cote says, "I couldn't know about this problem and not try to do something about it." As the Baby Boom generation ages, David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell, says, we're facing a "demographic time bomb."
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A Manufactured Scandal Whether by helping craft Obama's tougher-than-Bush approach to terror, holding herself accountable, providing a steady hand as the attack unfolded, taking steps to ensure diplomats are safe, cooperating fully and transparently with government investigations -- even by publicly connecting to the feelings of her fellow Americans about the loss of bona fide American heroes -- every step of the way Clinton did the right thing.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Our Road to Elysium Today's wealth and income inequalities aren't the consequence of differences in individual effort. They're the result of a rigged game, as the rules of the economy -- such as tax, trade, and wage policies -- have been tilted in favor of large asset owners at the expense of wage earners.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Our Women in Uniform Deserve Better While men still comprise the overwhelming majority of our troops and officers, the number of women has risen substantially in the last decade. Unfortunately, so has the numbers of rapes and other sexual assaults. In fact, military women are much more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed by an enemy.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Banning Assault Weapons Makes More Sense than Arming Teachers There are few things as bracing as watching terrified lawmakers duck behind the Second Amendment while they justify their lack of significant response to the latest mass murder committed by a lunatic with an assault rifle. They'd love to do something about it, you see, but the Constitution won't let them.
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Politics Creep to a New Low The Romney team says, "all of our voter outreach is governed by the highest ethical standards." Team Obama says that it adheres to "industry best practices on privacy." Yet, both campaigns are buying our private information from corporate data peddlers who've been sued or are under federal investigation for privacy invasion.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2012
Ryan Runs Into the Truth Since hitting the national stage, the real Ryan has been revealed as a slippery, dissembling, fabricating, small-minded, political hack. His debut speech at the Republican National Convention was so filled with lies and chicken you-know-what that it even caused Fox TV's fawning commentators to gag.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 24, 2012
Washington, Are You Listening? The cascade of federal budget cuts expected to begin in January would slash every single program the government classifies as "discretionary," including funding for education. That's heartbreaking, since public investment in education was a driving force behind historic U.S. prosperity.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Shameless Tax Loopholes Money pretty much controls both parties, and money isn't howling for reform. If you seek change, voting surely can help get things rolling. But as Emma Goldman put it, "If voting could change things, they wouldn't let us do it."
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 18, 2012
Obama's DREAM Gambit Mitt Romney's muted response is a positive sign for DREAMers. It indicated that the new policy blindsided Republicans, even if the usual chorus of anti-immigrant politicians quickly denounced the move. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), for example, said he will sue the Obama administration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was suspicious of the timing.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 21, 2012
Let's Resist Herbicide-Resistant Crops Today, 95 percent of the seeds for corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, and sugar beets are genetically engineered. If you are going to avoid these crops, you'll have to avoid processed foods altogether while paying close attention to the labels on virtually everything you eat and every piece of clothing you wear.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Pipeline from the Black Lagoon When nations go to the length of mining tar sands to feed their habit they are sick indeed. The Keystone XL pipeline is a confusing mix of political apples, oranges, and avocados. Just keep in mind, they're all rotten.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Declaration of War -- Republican Firebrands Want to Set Romney's Agenda Republicans bottom line seems to be that Romney can say anything he wants so long as he supports lower taxes on the rich, the evisceration of food stamps and other programs that benefit the poor, and the inflation of a military budget that already looks as though it's on steroids.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 23, 2012
Romney's Borking Strategy What does this appointment say to the rest of us? Romney must be assuming that we have all forgotten about Bork's anti-consumer, anti-environmental, and anti-worker record as a judge, not to mention his snarling opposition to women's rights, civil rights, and civil liberties. Those hard-core positions moved the Senate to reject his Supreme Court nomination by Ronald Reagan on a bipartisan vote of 58-42.

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