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Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting

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By Henry A. Giroux, Public Intellectuals Project Director “For in the world in which we live it is no longer merely a question of the decay of collective memory and declining consciousness of the past, but of the agressive [assault on] whatever memory … Continue reading




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One Year After Closing, How Are Chicago’s Public Schools Now?

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By Yana Kunichoff In the fall of 2012, the fear of school closings was one of the main catalysts for the historic Chicago Teachers Union strike, which saw tens of thousands of teachers walk off the job. The Chicago Public Schools district … Continue reading




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Climate Change Messaging: Avoid the Truth

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By Steve Breyman Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger published the op-ed “Global Warming Scare Tactics” in the New York Times on April 8. Participants in recent debates over climate change may recognize their names. They’re the guys who run the … Continue reading




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Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Noam Chomsky at the University of Toronto. (Photo: Andrew Rusk)

By Henry A. Giroux Noam Chomsky is a world renown academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addressed a number of important … Continue reading




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Playing Three-Dimensional Chess in the Age of Empire

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Michael Hardt on the Poors, the Multitude, and the Commons: A Conversation with Andrew Reszitnyk Watch the interview…




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Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

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By Henry A. Giroux Under the regime of neoliberalism, especially in the United States, war has become an extension of politics as almost all aspects of society have been transformed into a combat zone. Americans now live in a society … Continue reading




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As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose

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By Marian Wang New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents. Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal … Continue reading




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“Risk Assessment” Cannot Solve Systemic Injustice of Prisons

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By Glenn E. Martin After 40 years of waging a failed war on crime in poor communities, conservative and progressive policy makers finally are being compelled to release the pressure valve and find ways to reform our troubled criminal justice … Continue reading




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UN Human Rights Committee Finds US in Violation on 25 Counts

MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Pfc Erwin Taylor, plans and operations clerk, G-1, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sits blindfolded on a bus headed to an undisclosed location as part of a period of military education focusing on the plight of the prisoners of war.  Official USMC Photo by Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks, courtesy wikimedia commons

By Adam Hudson While President Obama told the country to “look forward, not backward” when it came to Bush’s torture program, the United Nations has taken a different route. Recently, the UN Human Rights Committeeissued a report excoriating the United States for its … Continue reading




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A Tortured Twist on Ethics

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By Yosef Brody Why isn’t the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison? George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated … Continue reading




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