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Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Will students as individuals and we as a country have to be threatened with our education being taken from us to understand the value of learning for the sake of learning?

The Underreported Side of the Ebola Crisis

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 09.06.2014 | Media
Rose Ann DeMoro

Amid the media accounts of the worst Ebola outbreak, some significant context is largely missing from the major media reporting. Atop this list are links of the outbreak to the climate crisis and global inequality and austerity-driven cuts in public services that have greatly contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola.

Margarita Murillo: Another Victim of Neoliberalism in Honduras?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Land disputes between peasants and large landowners in Honduras go back decades. Agrarian reform has been perhaps the most contentious issue for any Honduran government to deal with since the 1950s and 1960s, and certainly the biggest challenge.

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

An Educator's Lament: Part II -- Causes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

The primary culprits against education include neglect, austerity, anti-intellectual/anti-science attitudes, good intentions gone awry, and malevolence aforethought.

Mexico's Oil Privatization: Risky Business

Laura Carlsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Carlsen

As capitalism's growth imperative pushes speculation toward the next financial meltdown and fossil fuel production toward planetary destruction, Mexico's political and economic elites are eager to jump in the game.

How Putin Outmaneuvered Obama in Syria and Ukraine

Leila Hudson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Leila Hudson

Washington's approach in both Syria and Ukraine is hamstrung: shaky international coalitions, dubious local allies, tenuous overreach, and failure to defend even the reddest of lines are no match for Russian troop movements and "protection."

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.

Burkina Faso's 'West African Spring'

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.30.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Sustained anti-government rallies in Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have captured the attention of millions. But large pro-democracy demonstrations in Burkina Faso last month largely escaped the Western media's radar.

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform": The Dead End Debate

John Washington | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
John Washington

2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...

Slovenia's Gradualist Transition

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

I talked with one of the major architects of Slovenia's economic transition, Joze Mencinger, about the relationship between economic reform and independence, the influence of the European Union, the particular brand of self-management practiced in Slovenia, and the casino capitalism years that overtook the country a decade ago.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.

The Cause of Public Good in Peril: Free-Market Deceptions and the Breakdown of the Collective Consciousness

Edward Kubow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Kubow

Civilization is a joint project that requires as much heavy lifting on the part of government as it does leadership of the market. Its greatness is neither going to be defined by the size and power of its corporate entities and how well governments balance ledgers nor by the hoarding of wealth by a few.

What Might Be Right About Preachers of LA

Dr. Keri Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Keri Day

I am suggesting that the irony of this show is that the very ideals these preachers are lifting up as emulative are the practices that are providing impetus for what people within these communities are coming to see as wrong.

The Government Shutdown: Opening Round in the Fight Over Economic Reform

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

There is much to be learned from the government shutdown, however it plays out. We're going to need these lessons to understand and engage constructively with the politics of the coming economic transition.

Why I Occupy

Dave Pruett | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Dave Pruett

So, why do I -- both bald and gray -- Occupy? For starters, I've come to love my fellow Occupiers. They're the salt of the earth: the most passionate, savvy, and pure-hearted people I've ever met.

Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

In Mexico City, school teachers are meting out some serious discipline to a government gone awry. For the past several weeks, the metropolis has pul...

What Detroit Should Learn From NYC's Near-Bankruptcy

Eric Peterson | Posted 09.28.2013 | Detroit
Eric Peterson

Is Detroit in 2013 the New York City of 1975? It could be too ridiculous a question to ask. While the differences are many -- a difference in population of several million is the most glaring -- there are several key commonalities.

Turn Off the Lights: Public School Closings, Minority Youth and Bleak Futures

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

A seemingly undeniable historical reality is that minority youth have often been seen as devoid of the kind of innocence and worthiness of investment that white youth have been afforded.

Electoral Violence in Mexico: It's the Institutions, Stupid

Michael Busch | Posted 09.14.2013 | World
Michael Busch

None of this is to suggest that violence ought to be seen as an acceptable feature of Mexico's political economy. Far from it. Increasing security for vulnerable populations should be a matter of the highest priority for policymakers and analysts alike.

Brazilians' Demands: From Lower Bus Fares to a Fair Society

Laura Carlsen | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Laura Carlsen

With a million people demonstrating in the streets of cities throughout Brazil, everyone's scrambling to understand how a 20-cent bus fare hike turned into a social revolt.

Economic and Ecological Transformation for Jamaica and Haiti

Pascal Robert | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Pascal Robert

During the weekend of June 7-9, 2013, I had the honor to participate on a panel at the Left Forurm 2013: The largest annual intellectual conference of...

Is Socialism the Answer for Honduras?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Capitalism is all about competition and profit, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that... so long as there is a level playing field. Otherwise, capitalism becomes unfair, cruel, and unsustainable.

Aaron Swartz: A Libertarian Dilemma

Gareth_Price | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Gareth_Price

Do we protect the freedom of the individual citizen to disseminate knowledge for the benefit of other individuals to make informed decisions in the marketplace? Or do we protect the rights of corporations to restrict access to knowledge only to those individuals who can afford it?

Gun Control, Or Reloading Morality?

Gareth_Price | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Gareth_Price

What is it that makes the phenomenon we witnessed in Connecticut, and countless atrocities like it, so quintessentially -- and so tragically -- American?