The Trans-Pacific Partnership will only benefit wealthy corporations

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In a somewhat surprising move, President Obama’s rush to have Congress approve a “fast track” bill for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement hit a wall last week after Senate Democrats split on the issue and failed to approve the bill, however a vote has put the bill back on track. But why would anyone oppose the innocuously named Trans-Pacific Partnership deal? Obama has been adamant that passage of the “fast track” bill — which would allow him the ability to negotiate Continue reading

The event in Garland, Texas, was an anti-Muslim hate rally

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By now you’ve likely heard about the shooting in Garland, Texas, Sunday which, if not for the quick response of law enforcement, could have turned out to have been much worse than it was. But who is behind the event being dubbed by mainstream media as an “art show” and “free speech” demonstration? What was the actual intent of the gathering in Garland? Though the narrative seems to be drifting in a predictable direction — that this was an act Continue reading

The political correctness cops are going to ruin the progressive cause

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In this modern age online social media platforms have given virtually any citizen some floor space in the proverbial public forum. While, in many ways, this phenomenon harkens back to the overly romanticized days of public oration as in the Roman empire, it also appears to include the ugly side of communal discussion, not unlike that of the and public shamings that seem like a the modern equivalent of the pillory. On many levels, I cheer this social and technological development. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s wrong – Iran’s not the problem, China and Russia are

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Right now a heated debate is swirling around the state of Western relations with Iran. In a desperate gambit to appear strong and assertive, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, defied President Obama by recently speaking before Congress without his consultation. In statements that surprised no one, Netanyahu proclaimed, yet again, much like the doomsday preacher from California, Harold Camping, that this time the end was really right around the corner: Iran, he claims, could be mere weeks from creating fuel for a Continue reading

More NSA-style surveillance won’t stop the next terror attack

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What do the attacks in Paris mean for the NSA and the electronic surveillance debate? Predictably, many are seizing on the tragic events as proof showing the necessity of our current, bloated national security infrastructure, or even saying this incident warrants its further expansion. Before going into that argument, it’s hard to ignore the debate about the merits of the wide net-style surveillance system used by the U.S. and its allies in the first place. Perhaps most telling is the Continue reading

Do black lives really matter?

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Events in recent months have lead us to ask such questions about how lives are valued and cherished here in the United States. While the events that have reignited such questions in the mainstream sphere — the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, namely — have been debated in depth and are worthy of more discussion.  However, that question can and should be applied to more than how the U.S.’ quagmire of a criminal justice system deals Continue reading

Americans are nonplussed by NSA leaks, Snowden – but why?

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Since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began spilling the beans on the dirty little secrets behind US intelligence operations, opinion among Americans on the whole matter has remained divided. Consensus on whether Snowden is a “hero” or a “traitor” remains elusive. Many Americans likely don’t have an opinion, at all. So why is the news of widespread, privacy-violating snooping by the NSA not enjoying common outrage among Americans? As Huffington Post points out in this recent article, polls show that Continue reading