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Senator Tom Harkin: No Deal Is Better Than This Very Bad Deal + US Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

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By Kay Steiger
Raw Story
Dec. 31, 2012

We need to get this to the Fiscal Cliff! What could go wrong?

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[…] “Well I just think that’s grossly unfair. Grossly unfair,” Harkin continued. He pointed out that those who make $250,000 or more a year are the top 2 percent of income earners in America. By moving the tax cuts to $400,000, Harkin said, it sends a message that earners who make that much are “middle class.”

“Have we forgotten that average income earners in America are making $25, $30, $40, $50, or $60,000 a year? That’s the real middle class in America,” Harkin pointed out. “And they’re the ones that are getting hammered right now. They’re getting hammered with housing costs, rental, heating bills, kids going to school. They have no retirement. Now we’re talking about raising the retirement age on people who work hard every day?” […]

via Harkin blasts fellow Democrats: ‘No deal is better’ than this ‘very bad deal’ | The Raw Story

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Gaza Uncut: Another Year of War and Siege + Gaza Struggles to Cope with Psychological Trauma

Gaza Shifa Hospital, November 20, 2012.

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TheRealNews·Dec 31, 2012

Four years ago, Palestinians in Gaza ended the year in a similar way. Following a cease-fire after the last war in November, Israel violated terms of the truce numerous times and on a daily basis. Gaza also remains under Israeli siege, making life more difficult.

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The Idol Smasher by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
December 31, 2012

Ishmael Reed at Litquake Barbary Coast Award to Lawrence Ferlinghetti & City Lights 2010

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Ishmael Reed has spent the last five decades smashing idols—idols of race, idols of capitalism, celebrity idols and the idols of national virtue and greatness. His essays, novels, poems, plays, songs and cartoons routinely shatter the delusions and myths of a nation stubbornly unwilling to confront its past or understand its present. He rips open a history that saw white Europeans exterminate one race and enslave another to create the nation’s prosperity, a past that includes the violent plundering of nations around the globe—Cuba, the Philippines, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan among them—to show us who we have become. Continue reading

Corporate Canada: The New United States by Tristan A. Shaw

by Tristan A. Shaw
Guest Writer
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British Columbia, Canada
December 26, 2012

Canadian Tarsands - Fort McMurray, Alberta

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It seems necessary to remind fellow Canadians that our country was not always a malfeasant, blood-thirsty, islamophobic, imperialist-driven state whose actions are now protested across the third-world. The old Canada, the Canada too old for my generation to remember, was a mainstream country.

But that perception (Canada as a moderate mediator in international affairs) has long been replaced by one indistinguishable from the United States. The new Canada is a country that helps stage coups in Latin America, a country that stands as one of the leading impediments to a comprehensive climate agreement. Continue reading

Bahrain: The Forgotten Uprising + Is Bahrain On The Brink Of Another Bloody Revolution?

Procession begins

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TheRealNews·Dec 27, 2012

Reese Erlich: The uprising against monarchy grows more intense, mostly ignored by Western media.

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Occupy: Year In Review

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Occupy Wall Street Dogs Animals Chihuahua Pets 2011

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LifeNewsful·Dec 27, 2012

OWS Week has been covering the Occupy movement and its efforts since 2011. With 99ers’ struggle for justice and economic parity well into its second year, we have decided to look back in this year-end episode at one of the most eventful periods in US contemporary history. With the popular struggle set to continue, we wish all activists success in their endeavor to prove that another world is possible.

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It Is Easier Than You Think by Ralph Nader

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12/18/12 Fiscal Cliff Rally

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Dec. 28, 2012

It’s easier than you think.  That’s the way I start discussions and interviews about my new book titled, “Seventeen Solutions.

The “solutions” were selected for their long-overdue practicality, fairness, efficiency, safety, employment potential and respect for future generations.  A majority of the people, sometimes a large majority, support such redirections. The effects of many of the “solutions” start being seen immediately.

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