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Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen
The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both? Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelder
From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet) You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)
by Ruth Rosen
In the 1970s, women called for abortion rights, universal child care, and equal pay. So why are we still waiting for these rights?
What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob Richie
Academy Award-winners are selected by algorithms that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, selecting backups if their first choices lose. What if we elected our leaders that way?
Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe
by Katrina Rabeler
Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising brought women into the streets in every country registered with the United Nations, plus a few places that aren’t. At the Seattle event, a dancing little girl seemed to represent the movement’s hopes for women’s lives.
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelder
When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt
by Peter Dreier
Hollywood just can’t seem to tell the truth about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a fierce defender of human rights. Historian Peter Dreier steps in to set the record straight.
Remembering Aaron Swartz, “Alpha Geek” and Defender of Online Freedom Remembering Aaron Swartz, “Alpha Geek” and Defender of Online Freedom
by Micah L. Sifry
Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26, after years of legal trouble over academic articles he downloaded and intended to share. He leaves behind a legacy of thinking about the power of the internet to shape our political lives.
Movement to End High-Stakes Testing Steps Up in Seattle Movement to End High-Stakes Testing Steps Up in Seattle
by Dean Paton
Teachers at two Seattle high schools violated district policy and their union contracts by refusing to administer a mandatory test. And signs abound that teachers around the nation are ready to stand up, too.
Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever
by Ellen Brown
If we the people want the sort of security in emergencies that is available to the owners of Wall Street banks, we need to own some banks ourselves.
Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy? Why Won’t the Wall Street Journal Cover the Cooperative Economy?
by Gar Alperovitz, Keane Bhatt
Cooperative businesses are proliferating quickly, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones? Can a People’s Movement Ground U.S. Drones?
by Stuart Glascock
Book Review: Killing by remote control is no game, peace activist Medea Benjamin argues in “Drone Warfare.” We know that drones kill civilians and inflame hatred against the United States—but can we stop them?
Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts” Obama’s Grassroots Supporters Demand “Jobs Not Cuts”
by Deepak Bhargava
Obama’s grassroots supporters voted for jobs and social services, not for the budget cuts that Congress is demanding. Now they’re working to make sure that message is not forgotten.
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