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On Supporting Progressives in Ukraine, Wherever They Are

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:53
Volodymyr Ishchenko

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On Supporting Progressives in Ukraine, Wherever They Are

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:53
Volodymyr Ishchenko

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Alabama: The Next Tar Sands Frontier?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:49
Alison Grass

If you’re like me, you probably have a special spot in your heart for your hometown and home state. I grew up in Alabama, in the countryside, in a house surrounded by several sprawling acres of trees, farmland and open space.

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Alabama: The Next Tar Sands Frontier?

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:49
Alison Grass

If you’re like me, you probably have a special spot in your heart for your hometown and home state. I grew up in Alabama, in the countryside, in a house surrounded by several sprawling acres of trees, farmland and open space.

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A. Philip Randolph: Relentless Advocate for Economic and Racial Justice

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:38
Katherine McFate Scott Klinger

A. Philip Randolph, a pioneer of the civil rights movement who said, 'Freedom is never given... it is won." (Image: Wikipedia Commons)April 15 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of A. Philip Randolph, a staunch trade unionist, civil rights activist, and advocate for federal action to ensure every American receives equal protection under the Constitution.

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A. Philip Randolph: Relentless Advocate for Economic and Racial Justice

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:38
Katherine McFate Scott Klinger

A. Philip Randolph, a pioneer of the civil rights movement who said, 'Freedom is never given... it is won." (Image: Wikipedia Commons)April 15 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of A. Philip Randolph, a staunch trade unionist, civil rights activist, and advocate for federal action to ensure every American receives equal protection under the Constitution.

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Close the Billionaire Tax Loophole

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:16
Chuck Collins

(Cartoon credit: Khalil Bendib/OtherWords)If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.

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Pulitzer Does Not Fully Express Power of Collaborative Snowden Reporting

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:14
Jay Rosen

Sharing the Snowden documents among various outlets is truly deserving of a prize in journalism. (File/public domain)The Washington Post and the Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize for public service today.

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Pulitzer Does Not Fully Express Power of Collaborative Snowden Reporting

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:14
Jay Rosen

Sharing the Snowden documents among various outlets is truly deserving of a prize in journalism. (File/public domain)The Washington Post and the Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize for public service today.

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New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:56
Diane Ravitch

The central feature of the Obama administration's $5 billion "Race to the Top" program was sharply refuted last week by the American Statistical Association, one of the nation's leading scholarly organizations. Spurred on by the administration's combination of federal cash and mandates, most states are now using student test scores to rank and evaluate teachers. This method of evaluating teachers by test scores is called value-added measurement, or VAM.

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New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:56
Diane Ravitch

The central feature of the Obama administration's $5 billion "Race to the Top" program was sharply refuted last week by the American Statistical Association, one of the nation's leading scholarly organizations. Spurred on by the administration's combination of federal cash and mandates, most states are now using student test scores to rank and evaluate teachers. This method of evaluating teachers by test scores is called value-added measurement, or VAM.

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Climate Panel Stunner: Avoiding Climate Catastrophe Is Super Cheap — But Only If We Act Now

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:07
Joe Romm

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S. The latest IPCC report finds the annual cost of avoiding that catastrophe is a mere 0.06% of annual growth.The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued its third of four planned reports.

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Organic Food: It's Not Just for Yuppies Anymore

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:46
Tracie McMillan

A man who applies pesticides to Iowa fields for $14 hour might not seem a likely organic enthusiast. But when I met Jim Dreyer last fall, and he mentioned the backyard patch he and his wife had planted with vegetables in the spring, he told me he didn’t use any pesticides. When I asked him why, Dreyer surprised me: “I don’t want to eat that shit,” he said.

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Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:28
Anthony Cody

Teachers have no choice left. It's way past time to join together and fight back to save public education. (Public domain)We just wanted to teach.

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Teachers: A Call to Battle for Reluctant Warriors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:28
Anthony Cody

Teachers have no choice left. It's way past time to join together and fight back to save public education. (Public domain)We just wanted to teach.

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Dear Fossil Fuel Industry - It's Over

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:56
Kaisa Kosonen Daniel Mittler

(Credit: Greenpeace)

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Dear Fossil Fuel Industry - It's Over

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:56
Kaisa Kosonen Daniel Mittler

(Credit: Greenpeace)

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Our Big, Fat, Not-So-Secret War in Africa

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:01
Nick Turse

The U.S. Military’s Pivot to Africa, 2012-2013. (Image: TomDispatch/Google)What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S.

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Our Big, Fat, Not-So-Secret War in Africa

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 04:01
Nick Turse

The U.S. Military’s Pivot to Africa, 2012-2013. (Image: TomDispatch/Google)What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.  For years, U.S.

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IPCC: Divest from Fossil Fuels for a Safe Climate

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 03:49
Hoda Baraka

(Image via Stefan Bumbeck/7dvt.com)

“It does not cost the world to save the planet” — Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III 

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