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January 22, 2013

Breaking News:

Ukrainian Ex-PM Tymoshenko Facing Murder Charges -

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Increased U.S Military Presence in Africa: Why Now? -

Monday, January 14, 2013

Did Armstrong Use Taxpayer Funds For Doping? -

Sunday, January 13, 2013

UAE paying men to marry women over 30 -

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Demand A Plan to End Gun Violence -

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sloppy Reporting Misleads the Public on Obama’s Executive Orders


Thousands of reporters were wrong about President Obama’s proposals to end gun violence. Their negligence fuels the psycho-goofball conspiracy nutjobs who claim that Executive Orders are illegal and that Obama is coming for your guns.

Study: Working Poor Cannot Meet Basic Needs

working poor

According to a new policy brief by The Working Poor Families Project, 32 percent of working families do not make enough money to support their basic needs.  The brief defines families as “working” if they work at least 39 weeks per year.  From the brief: “……in 2011, more than 7 in 10 low-income families and half of all poor families were working.  They simply didn’t earn enough money to pay for basic living expenses.” The brief also attributes the rise in low-income working families – from 10.2 million families in 2010, to 10.4 million families in 2011 – to a…

Staring at the sun: How the quest for greatness blinds us to the shadows

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish before a game.

Manti Te’o, linebacker, University of Notre Dame. 47 consecutive games started. 212 solo tackles. Most decorated defensive player in college football history. Heisman trophy runner-up. When the news broke that he wasn’t getting the Heisman, it surprised a lot of people, and many of them had the same complaints: “Manti Te’o only got snubbed because he’s a defensive player and it’s been fifteen years since a defensive player won the Heisman.” “Manti Te’o is from the independent Notre Dame. Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is from the SEC so therefore everyone thinks he is automatically awesome.” “Johnny Manziel had been previously…

Why Do We Blame the Victim?


When we hear that someone was mugged on a remote street corner in the middle of the night, we think they should not have been walking alone in the dark. When a woman dressed in a short skirt is raped, we think her attire must have had something to do with it. When parents cannot afford to feed their children, we attribute this to poor financial decisions or prioritization. Victim blaming is a phenomenon that makes itself apparent in many types of crime or unfortunate situations. The person or persons suffering are given some degree or most of the guilt…

Occupying the Budget: Participatory Budgeting in Latin America and its Global Diffusion


Until recently, most citizens worldwide could have been characterized as apathetic and distanced from their respective governments.  Local, state/provincial and national governments, with the possible exception of Scandinavian governments, had been dominated by elites (either democratically elected or not) with strong ties to the extremely wealthy, corporations and the military. But, this is starting to change.  Key events around the world:  the Economic Crisis of 2008, increasing income disparity, decreasing lack of job opportunities, political instability, stagnating economies, austerity measures, and a general distrust of the elite have galvanized grass-roots movements around the world. Citizens are indicating that they no…