Monthly Archives: June 2012

Philip L. Russell : The PRI and the Mexican Spring

Frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico’s PRI on the campaign trail. Image from The Washington Post.The Return of the PRI and the Mexican Spring The big surprise of the first debate was how well Peña Nieto was able to respond … finish reading Philip L. Russell : The PRI and the Mexican Spring

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Don Swift : Cultural Cognition and Today’s Politics

Cartoon by Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press. Image from Picasa. Fact and fiction: Cultural cognition and today’s politics The scholars have noted a tendency for people to ‘conform their beliefs about disputed matters of fact… to values that define … finish reading Don Swift : Cultural Cognition and Today’s Politics

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RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Gay Marriage and Social Justice with Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright

Betsy, left, and Gail Leondar-Wright, were Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio, Friday, June 22, 2012.Rag Radio:Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wrighton gay marriage and social justice By Rag Radio | The Rag Blog | June 28, 2012 Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright, … finish reading RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Gay Marriage and Social Justice with Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright

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Marc Estrin : Worstward Ho!

Fail worse What is absolutely clear is that the performance of the United States at the recent Rio+20 conference was intended as an energetic worsening thrust. By Marc Estrin | The Rag Blog | June 27, 2012 In his penultimate … finish reading Marc Estrin : Worstward Ho!

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Richard Raznikov : Keep the ‘Change,’ Barack

Label this! Image from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.Label this!Keep the ‘change,’ Barack I wonder whether the writer knew that Obama has appointed Monsanto’s chief lobbyist and a corporate vice president to serve as the ‘food safety czar’ of the Food … finish reading Richard Raznikov : Keep the ‘Change,’ Barack

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Danny Schechter : South Africa’s Political Wars

South African President Jacob Zuma was caught up in a personal corruption scandal that he “narrowly slithered out of.” Photo by Reuters.South Africa’s political warsbegin to resemble our own The African National Congress is riven by factions, ambitious politicians, and … finish reading Danny Schechter : South Africa’s Political Wars

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IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Ways of Knowing

Cartoon by Piraro. Image from Sandwalk.Ways of Knowing The whole thing is about life perpetuating itself, about what we will do, how we will act, in different situations. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | June 27, 2012 Each … finish reading IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Ways of Knowing

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Travis Waldron : Texas Republican Platform: Whoa Doggies!

Texas Republicans. Image from Republican Liberty Caucus.The five craziest policies inTexas Republicans’ 2012 platform The Texas GOP supports ‘repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment,’ which instituted a national income tax, and instead favors a wildly regressive national sales tax that would … finish reading Travis Waldron : Texas Republican Platform: Whoa Doggies!

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BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : ‘The People’s Pension’ and the War Against Social Security

‘The People’s Pension’:The war against social security The opponents of this program are not interested in saving money, a fairer distribution of benefits, or helping the elderly. They are serving an ideological agenda of social Darwinism. By Ron Jacobs | … finish reading BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : ‘The People’s Pension’ and the War Against Social Security

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Harry Targ : Mitch Daniels, Educator!

All decked out: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels models his new Purdue leather jacket after being named the school’s next president in West Lafayette, Indiana., Thursday, June 21, 2012. Photo by Michael Conroy / AP.Purdue names Mitch Daniels president: The crisis … finish reading Harry Targ : Mitch Daniels, Educator!

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David Hamilton : In France, Socialists Rule!

Supporters of French Socialist Party react after the announcement of the results of the first round of the French parliamentary elections. Photo by Fred Dufour / AFP / Getty Images.French election wrap:Socialists rule! Internationally, the main significance of the Socialist … finish reading David Hamilton : In France, Socialists Rule!

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INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Mariann Wizard’s Odyssey

Above, Mariann Wizard at Threadgills, Austin, Texas, 2012. Photo by Gloria Badilla-Hill. Inset below: Mariann with former cable television commissioners, Jack Hopper and Tommy Wyatt, at ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch Austin’s public access TV. Mariann was the chair of the … finish reading INTERVIEW / Jonah Raskin : Mariann Wizard’s Odyssey

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