BP: Scandal, Lies and Another Massive Oil Spill Cover-Up

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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 150-page Findings of Fact released recently in the Deepwater Horizon case. Although the judge found BP liable for “gross negligence,” some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking … Read More

Walmart’s Predatory Profit Model: Low Prices With a Heavy Cost

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As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Nowhere does that ring more loudly true than in the aisles of every Walmart store. Always low prices, yes – but at what cost? There are, unfortunately, two inconvenient truths about the dollars you’ve supposedly saved from having elected the world’s largest retailer over Joe’s little store just down … Read More

How Non-Violent Activists Can Land on the Drone King’s Kill List

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Since 2008, the year of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the U.S. Department of Defense has funded a multimillion dollar university research program to probe the complex dynamics of mass social and political movements, anticipate global trends, and ultimately augment the intelligence community’s preparations for civil unrest and insurgencies both abroad and at home. Part of … Read More

War on Terror Comes Home to Roost: The Security State’s Plans to Crush Activism

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Housing discrimination against African-Americans, also known as redlining, has long been a form of institutional racism in the post Jim Crow era. Under the Federal Housing Act, federal loans were systematically denied to African-Americans, which helped create ghettos and further segregated blacks from whites. Ferguson is just one example among many which employed the practice. The latent effects of racism are rooted … Read More

How the American Dream Died

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They told us all we had to do to get rich was work hard. They said we had a world of opportunities to achieve all the success we wanted. Yet an uncomfortable truth is dawning over America: the American Dream was simply never meant for everyone. Anyone could get rich – but not everyone at the same time. It’s only … Read More

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