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Bryan Farrell

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Occupy Durban: Climate Talks Draw Protests Inside and Out

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 5:30 PM

Most of the rich nations gathering at this year's UN climate summit have already conceded defeat when it comes to producing any kind of binding treaty to slow greenhouse gas emissions this decade. But that isn't going to stop poorer, more climate-vulnerable nations from trying.

Former Costa Rican President...

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Tuning Up the Orchestra: A Symphony of Protest Builds Against Fracking

(8) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 12:01 PM

Environmental victories are so rare that apparently even environmentalists don't quite know how to kick back and rejoice. At a rally in Trenton, New Jersey on Monday, discussion veered between joyous celebration of Friday's announcement by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to indefinitely postpone a vote that would...

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Entirely Surrounded: Protesters Encircle White House, Close In on Tar Sands Industry

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 5:54 PM

"We don't know how many people it takes to encircle the White House, but we're about to find out," Bill McKibben told a crowd of over 12,000 gathered in Lafayette Square on Sunday afternoon.

Such a...

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Quality "Time Served" for the Climate

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 3:07 PM

Since the start of Saturday's Tar Sands Action in Washington DC, 275 people have been arrested in front of the White House -- with nearly 2,000 more expected to follow -- as part of an effort to pressure the president into rejecting a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from...

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Vandalism, a Dead-end Tactic at Toronto's G20 Demonstrations

(15) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 10:16 AM

During Saturday's nonviolent protest of about 5,000 activists outside the conference center in downtown Toronto, where leaders of the G20 were meeting, several hundred masked figures dressed in black broke away from and started torching police cars and smashing store fronts. Not only did this steal the attention away from...

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The Real Trouble With Obama's Back-to-School Speech

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 6:26 PM

President Obama's speech to the nation's students earlier this week sparked an outcry (as well as some boycotts) from the far right over fears of "socialist indoctrination." The administration did its best to assuage such fears by making the text of the speech available to schools beforehand. But what they...

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An Inglourious Basterdization of History

(16) Comments | Posted September 5, 2009 | 3:49 PM

In one of the most memorable scenes from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt's character gives his army of Jewish soldiers a pep talk so rousing audiences can't resist whooping with excitement after he says, "We're in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin."

But audiences aren't...

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Penn State's Frightening Defense

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2008 | 1:00 PM

Standing in the student section of Penn State's Beaver Stadium during football season always felt like witnessing a war unfold before your eyes. First the band would enter, marching in military-like formation and literally drumming up support from the crowd, while the cheerleaders would start up the most boastfully imposing...

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Obama's Shortsighted Vision of Unity

(81) Comments | Posted March 19, 2008 | 11:27 PM

Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech appears to have raised Obamania to new heights with its so-called frank discussion of race relations and politics in America. Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic could barely contain his excitement, calling it "searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian," as well...

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The End of Big Politics

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2007 | 2:50 PM

When news of a new high profile candidate entering the presidential race broke Wednesday, it must have been a little disappointing for all those Al Gore fans to find out it was only Stephen Colbert raising the stakes of his comedic attack on politics. But before anyone nervously heads back...

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Taking Back the Election

(74) Comments | Posted October 16, 2007 | 4:40 PM

In a letter addressed to "the Ron Paul Faithful" posted last week on, managing editor Allen Wastler defended his decision to pull a post-debate poll that asked readers who they thought had won. He believed the poll had either been "hacked or the target of a campaign" because after...

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What Would Paris Do?

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2007 | 5:56 PM

While the latest Paris Hilton news may seem like a headline ripped straight from The Onion, it was in fact Barbara Walters who reported that America's favorite gossip page star has found God during her stay in jail and is now reading The Bible.

As expected, the media...

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