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State of the Union 2012: The missing peace in Obama's speech

For Americans and a huge chunk of non-Americans who (sometimes unwillingly) are affected by U.S. policy and rhetoric, the annual State of the Union (SOTU) address makes for must-watch TV.

Oh, except for that one time in 2010 when an episode of Lost was nearly delayed thanks to competing airtime, leading many to question whether the president was even aware of this pending catastrophe. Very kindly, the White House assured America's citizenry that President Obama would "not pre-empt the premier of the show's final season."

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Harper allies with Obama's Republican opponents

Harper and Obama at press conference. Photo: US Mission Canada/Flickr
Unsure of the eventual approval of the Keystone pipeline, Harper has decided to increase pressure on the U.S. president.

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Wisconsin: An American uprising?

Teachers in Wisconsin rally, Feb. 15, 2011. Photo: MarkonF1re/Flickr

The uprising that swept Tunisia, Egypt, and parts of Europe is showing signs of blossoming across the United States.

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Wikileaks exposes the lies of U.S. diplomacy

Wikileaks is again publishing a trove of documents, in this case classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The whistle-blower website will gradually be releasing more than 250,000 of these documents in the coming months so that they can be analyzed and gain the attention they deserve. The cables are internal, written communications among U.S. embassies around the world and also to the U.S. State Department. Wikileaks described the leak as "the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain [giving] an unprecedented insight into U.S. government foreign activities."

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Argentina detention centre serves as lesson for Guantanamo

"Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future," said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Not Rex: Weimar Amerika!

Tea Party. Photo: ajagendorf25
'Citizens United' Supreme Court Decision gave American corporations carte blanche to shovel money to the Tea Party.

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After the U.S. Social Forum 2010: The potential for a multi-scalar strategy

Is the U.S. Social Forum primarily an arena for movements to propose a diversity of alternatives or is it a political agent of the left that pulls movements together into a counter-hegemonic program? Photo: Sasha Y. Kimel/Flickr
Is the U.S. Social Forum primarily an arena for movements to propose a diversity of alternatives or is it a political agent of the left that pulls movements together into a counter-hegemonic program?

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Americans must take financial reform into their own hands

With the passage of [America's] financial reform bill, giant banks see a golden opportunity to finally put the financial crisis, along with their culpability for wrecking our economy, in the rearview mirror.

"We are very pleased to have this certainty and closure," declared Steve Bartlett when the House-Senate conference committee had finished negotiating. Bartlett is the president of the Financial Services Roundtable, a powerful big bank lobbying group that would like nothing more than to make this legislation the one and only policy response to the banking system's catastrophic failure.

It's up to all of us to make sure that it is not.

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Investigating U.S. officials in the 'extraordinary rendition' of Maher Arar

Federal authorities are investigating whether officials of the government south of the border participated in a citizen's kidnapping and torture -- Canadian authorities, that is, investigating the possible role of U.S. officials in the "extraordinary rendition" of Canadian citizen Maher Arar. "Extraordinary rendition" is White House-speak for arresting someone and secretly sending him to another country, where he is likely to be tortured. Arar revealed that, for the past four years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been investigating possible roles of U.S. and Syrian officials in his rendition and torture. This announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that it will not consider Arar's case, ending his pursuit of justice through U.S. courts.

Today is Internet Slowdown Day! Join the fight for net neutrality

Photo: Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones/flickr
Today, if your favourite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net's "Internet Slowdown," a global day of grassroots action.

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