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Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin
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Journalists Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin have written for publications ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to The Nation. They authored a book on science and politics called The Virus and The Vaccine (St. Martin’s Press 2004), and served in the early 1990s as campaign director and press secretary, respectively, for U.S. Rep. Bernard Sanders, now U.S. Senator, from Vermont. Debbie Bookchin is co-editor of the forthcoming book of essays by Murray Bookchin, The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and The Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso Books January 6, 2015)

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The Kurdish Experiment in Radical Decentralism and Why Kobani Must Be Saved

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:00 PM

The sight of the black Islamic State flag flying last week over the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani on the Syrian border with Turkey portended a tragedy of enormous proportions -- one that will result not only in the deaths of thousands of innocent Kurds, but in the obliteration of...

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In Europe "Think Globally and Act Locally" Is More Than Just a Slogan for Saving the Planet

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 1:55 PM

Since it burst onto the scene in the 1970s, the mainstream American environmental movement has too often regarded federal leadership and mandates as the best way for America to go "green." While that approach helped enact landmark legislation in the 1970s like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, it...

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What's Next From Lady Gaga, a Snuff Film?

(257) Comments | Posted March 14, 2010 | 10:40 PM

The extent to which Lady Gaga has the media wrapped around her finger is mystifying. Unable to unpack her exact message, critics laud her flashy stage show as avant-garde, dub her the most important innovator in rock music in 20 years, and claim she is presenting us with a kind...

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Italians Are in Love -- with Obama

(22) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 6:30 PM

Nov. 23 update -- Silvio Berlusconi now says he is "jealous" of Obama's "tan"....

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's buffoonish reference two days after the election (Nov. 6) to Barack Obama as "handsome, young and tanned" is probably the only news most Americans have heard about Italy since the U.S....

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The McCain/Palin War on Fruit Flies - Why We Can't Afford Continued Ignorance in the White House

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 4:00 AM

By Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin

There has been a lot of commentary--mostly negative--about the speech Sarah Palin gave Friday, October 24, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the one in which she decried federal funds being wasted on "fruit fly research in Paris" when they could be used to assist people with...

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Hillary and Race Relations: GOP Tactics that Threaten the Democratic Party

(152) Comments | Posted April 5, 2008 | 2:28 PM

As left-leaning Americans living in Italy, we're often called upon by European friends to explain what happened to the America they once knew and loved. The theme of these inquiries is all too predictable: the mess in Iraq, a failed health care system, a tanking currency and a domestic economy...

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