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1) Nebraska Doesn't Believe in the Free Market for Its Electricity
2) The New Political Mission of the Historic Protestant Church
3) When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means
4) Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst Don't Know the Difference between Sunni and Shia Islam
5) The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes
6) Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized
7) Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself
8) Oxfam Report: How the Wealthy Get Their Money by Not Working or Paying Taxes
9) John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran

Article  by Eduardo Galeano:  Today on the day author Eduardo Galeano has died it is good to read this essay on the destruction of our natural world by war and corporate power.  4/13/2015

Article  by Chris Hedges:  In baptism, the Apostle Paul says, we die with Christ. This means we are in solidarity with all those crucified by dominating power, such as victims of the prison-industrial complex.  4/8/2015

Article  by Sarah Wilson:  The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated in 2017. It began in 1517 with the publication of Martin Luther's 'Ninety Five Theses'. Learn more about Luther in this project!!!  4/7/2015

Article  by Ellen Brown:  Theologian Dr. John Cobb's work on the collapse of nation states is here used to explain how the wealthy have taken over the power of government in this country.  4/7/2015

Article  by Brian Beutler:  April 9, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of the Union's victory in the Civil War. The North has compromised way too easily to the South on cultural terms ever since. This racism must stop.  4/6/2015

Article  by Sam Pizzigati:  Using hard data, political scientist Benjamin Page says the average citizen has no influence in government today. But the wealthy always get what they want. 'Pluralism' no longer describes politics.  4/6/2015

Article  by Chris Hedges:  The church can help working class and middle class Americans to come together around new leaders like Kshama Sawant and Gayle McLaughlin.  3/16/2015

Article  Forty-seven Republican senators were wrong on constitutional and treaty facts in their letter to Iran against peaceful negotiations of President Obama. Sign this open letter.  3/13/2015

Article  by Eric Margolis:  Military equipment producers and sellers, intelligence agencies and personnel, aggrieved white men afraid they are losing control to colored folk, all have reason to keep the public terrorized.  2/28/2015

Article  by Jonathan Steele:  A book by Richard Sakwa is reviewed exposing the hugely negative role of NATO and the role of intelligence agencies in keeping the Cold War going at all costs. Crucial reading for peace activists.  2/28/2015

Article  by Uri Avnery:  A famous Israeli peace activist speaks plainly about how much Netanyahu needs the Congressional podium for his election. John Boehner betrays the United States.  2/28/2015

Article  by Aldon D. Morris:  A new study of the origins of sociology in this country will be published this summer. Here is an introduction by the author with praise from other black scholars.  2/28/2015

Article  by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig:  Mike Huckabee and other Republican candidates appealing to the religious right have a false view of both Christianity and the history of the nation.  2/27/2015

Article  by Kevin Zeese:  A newsletter called 'Popular Resistance' reports on civil disobedience against fossil fuels in Maryland and New York. Here are ideas for other groups.  2/21/2015

Article  by Glenn Greenwald:  Isis is now killing Egyptian Christians in Libya, which was supposed to have been liberated by the US and Europe from Gaddafi. What went wrong?  2/21/2015

Article  by Thom Hartmann:  The American military wrecked Iraq. Then Bush appointees thought the 'free market' would magically solve all problems. Here is what we should do now.  2/21/2015

Article  by Ed Knudson:  Governor John Kitzhaber has been forced to resign over his partner, Cylvia Hayes. The newspaper disliked their clean energy policies and went on a vicious campaign against them.  2/13/2015

Article  by Thom Hartmann:  The current GOP House has just changed the rules about how Social Security Disability is paid for, with huge implications for taxes and benefits. Remember Jude Wanniski, Arthur Laffer, David Stockman.  2/12/2015

Article  by Karen Green:  According to this writer even John Rawls does not provide a political theory beyond a pluralism of historical options. Then violence becomes the absolute.  2/7/2015

Article  by Paul Mason:  The classic couple in a dysfunctional economy is a grey-haired man with a twentysomething woman. It becomes a story of old men with oligarchic power flaunting their wealth and influence. (The Kochs)  2/7/2015

Article  Here is a response from Lutheran seminary leaders to a statement from African-American presidents and deans in theological education.  2/6/2015

Article  by Greg Grandin:  By declaring Oscar Romero a martyr Francis is changing the church's official stance toward this movement of concern for justice for the poor and oppressed.  2/5/2015

Article  by Eric Alterman:  The New Republic was In trouble long before Chris Hughes bought it. Marty Peretz wrecked it and made it a neoconservative haven and was fixated on Israel and hatred of Arabs. A very sad history.  2/5/2015

Article  by John Feffer:  Europe has recently been thinking economic ideas are much more important than religion or culture. It thinks austerity more important than prosperity. Now it is in real trouble.  1/27/2015

Article  by Carl Raschke:  After Charlie Hebdo, here is a brief history of critical theory, and a critique of multiculturalism and progressivism. Slavoj Žižek points to a new, grand vision worthy of personal commitment.  1/23/2015

Article  by Erin Wathen:  One of the most important New Testament scholars of recent years has died. His book 'Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time' inspired thousands.  1/22/2015

Article  by Boaventura de Sousa Santos:  A radical new politics is emerging in southern Europe (Portugal, Spain, Greece) against financial, banking elites and big corporations. Stimulated by ideas from South America the movement may spread.  1/19/2015

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