TODD DIEHL – As September 11, 2001 reaches its 10th anniversary, I would like to propose an alternative: Love Your Enemy. We have all witnessed the actions of a nation focused on hate and revenge. Now it is time to move our hearts and turn our focus to actions based on love, reconciliation, and healing. As Martin Luther King, Jr, said, â€œIt is love that will save our civilization; love even for our enemies.â€
WORLD PUBLIC OPINION.ORG – An innovative study has found that when a representative sample of the American public was presented the federal budget, they proposed changes far different from those the Obama administration or the Republican-led House have proposed.
SAM PIZZIGATI – Once upon a time in America, back a century ago, our nation’s rich paid virtually nothing in taxes to the federal government. And that same federal government did virtually nothing to better the lives of average Americans.
DAVE COHEN – It is mid-July, and the debt ceiling hysteria is peaking. What is the significance of this debate? What is its real meaning for ordinary Americans? These questions can be answered at two different levels, from inside the consensual reality box and from outside that box (and see here).
MICKEY Z – â€œThe truth has to be repeated,â€ wrote Pakistani scholar Eqbal Ahmad. â€œIt doesnâ€™t become stale just because it has been told once. So keep repeating it. Donâ€™t bother about who has listened, who not listenedâ€¦ the media and the other institutions of power are so powerful that telling the truth once is not enough. Youâ€™ve got to keep repeating different facts, prove the same point.â€
DAVID SWANSON – [Just so there’s no confusion, this is NOT a real congressional bill. But it should be! – Ed.]
To highly resolve that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the United States of America.
This Act may be cited as the Start Doing Our Damn Jobs Act of 2012.
MARTY ESSEN – As a professional speaker, Iâ€™ve spent much of the past four years performing at colleges across the country. While the subject of my show is rare and interesting wildlife on all seven continents, I also address the effects of global warming.
STEVE CONNOR – Scientists are to end their 20-year reluctance to link climate change with extreme weather â€“ the heavy storms, floods and droughts which often fill news bulletins â€“ as part of a radical departure from a previous equivocal position that many now see as increasingly untenable.
BRUCE GAGNON – The next plutonium enabled space mission, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida between November 25 and December 18 of this year. The MSL rover, known as “Curiosity,” will be fueled with 4.8 kilograms (10.56 pounds) of plutonium dioxide. It will be, NASA says, “the largest, most capable rover ever sent to another planet.”
LAWRENCE KORB and MIRIAM PEMBERTON – Two of 2011â€™s most extraordinary developments point in a single direction.
First, the death of Osama bin Laden was accomplished by means that resembled a police action. A painstaking investigation preceded the operation by a group of special forces roughly the size of a SWAT team. Then came the extensive diplomatic work to improve the critical, complex, and challenging relationship between the United States and Pakistan.
URI AVNERY – The Palestinians are planning something thoroughly obnoxious: they intend to apply to the UN for statehood. Why obnoxious? Any Israeli spokesman (not to mention spokeswoman) will tell you readily: because it is a â€œunilateralâ€ move. How dare they proclaim a state unilaterally? How dare they do so without the consent of the other party to the conflict – us?
IAN HARRIS – Honduras has for a long time been a â€œbanana republicâ€ controlled by U.S. interests. With the lowest per capita income in Central America, but with a strong military, Honduras in the 80s was viewed as a â€œU.S. surrogateâ€ in the region, providing a base for counter-insurgency operations especially in Nicaragua. The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) signed in 2005 further cemented U.S. economic influence with Honduras.
TIM MAK – The final bill for U.S. military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan could be as high as $4.4 trillion, according to a comprehensive new report.
PETER BERGEL – Recently my email brought two items on the same day which, when I put them together, seemed like a strong message for Independence Day.
BILL MCKIBBEN – This will be a slightly longer letter than common for the Internet age — it’s serious stuff. The short version is we want you to consider doing something hard: coming to Washington in the hottest and stickiest weeks of the summer and engaging in civil disobedience that will likely get you arrested.