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This Week in OtherWords: November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords is running two "fiscal cliff" commentaries. Guest columnist Mattea Kramer makes the case for deep, yet targeted military spending cuts while Marian Wright Edelman calls for restraint when it comes to scaling back programs that serve children. We will continue to feature under-debated angles of the growing conversation about how to balance the nation's budget and avoid what could prove a "fiscal swindle."

Scroll down to see all our offerings. I encourage you to visit the OtherWords blog, where we are running a special Thanksgiving post from Jim Hightower. And please subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. Name that Foreign Policy Legacy / John Feffer
    Under Obama's leadership, Washington is finally coming to terms with the world's multipolarity.
  2. Will the Supreme Court Dismantle the Voting Rights Act? / Raul A. Reyes
    Widespread efforts to suppress voting by people of color and the poor through a rash of voter ID laws make it clear that we still need the landmark 1965 legislation today.
  3. Don't Cut Our Kids Out of the Budget / Marian Wright Edelman
    America's security and prosperity depend on our children's ability to drive the economy of the future.
  4. The Classy Election of 2012 / Steve Cobble
    Big ideas can change voting patterns.
  5. Another Side of Inequality / Sam Pizzigati
    A vast gulf between the rich and the rest of us is incompatible with democracy.
  6. The Real Problem with Military Spending / Mattea Kramer
    The Pentagon's budget has plenty of fat, but cuts need to be targeted.
  7. Bosses Gone Berserk / Jim Hightower
    Papa John's and other employers are punishing their workers for Obama's win.
  8. Our Endless State of War / William A. Collins
    As long as it's fought by other people on someone else's soil, Americans can live with perpetual conflict.
  9. Voting Rights Appeal / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

Voting Rights Appeal, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords features an op-ed by Sarah Anderson and a cartoon by Khalil Bendib that highlight the dangers of the "Fix the Debt" campaign. Spearheaded by big corporations and their CEOs, this slick and well-financed initiative could only make our national financial situation worse by slashing tax revenue and cutting Social Security and other earned benefits.

As always, I encourage you to visit the OtherWords blog and subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate / Sarah Anderson
    Dozens of CEOs are running a misleading campaign that would just make matters worse.
  2. Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex / Peter Stockton
    The government has yet to address the lapses in bomb-grade uranium storage security that an 82-year-old nun and her accomplices revealed months ago.
  3. Fracking our Thanksgiving Feast / Joel Greeno
    Could mining Wisconsin sand lead to butter and cranberry shortages?
  4. Voting Can Be Good for Your Health / Hillary Gibson
    Obama's re-election means insurance companies won't be able refuse to cover the treatment I will need for the rest of my life.
  5. The Return on Those Bad Bets on Romney / Sam Pizzigati
    Billionaires can win politically even when they lose on Election Day.
  6. Without Unity, We'll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff / Mattea Kramer
    Our lawmakers have an opportunity to negotiate a better budget deal for this country.
  7. The Biggest Loser in Politics / Jim Hightower
    Billionaires expect better returns than Karl Rove pulled off on Election Day.
  8. Please Don't Shoot the Messengers / William A. Collins
    Official secrecy doesn't just shield high-ranking officials from the personal embarrassment that comes with taking the term "embedded" too literally.
  9. The 'Fix-the-Debt' Racket / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

The 'Fix the Debt' Racket, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: After the Superstorm

November 7, 2012 ·

As authorities in the Northeast order new evacuations and the airlines cancel hundreds of flights in anticipation of another fierce storm, OtherWords is taking stock of the many ways in which Sandy may prove a teachable moment.

Daphne Wysham and John Talberth show how this latest bout of extreme weather exposes the shortcomings of relying on GDP to measure economic progress. William A. Collins, one of the 8.5 million people who lost power last week, asks whether Mother Nature was disciplining Wall Street for its dirty-energy finance. Michael Brune, who grew up in one of New Jersey's hardest-hit towns, calls for bigger investments in clean energy. Ryan Alexander calls for a more responsible approach to the nation's flood insurance system. And Khalil Bendib's cartoon can accompany any of these commentaries.

Be sure to visit the OtherWords blog, where many of our writers are parsing the elections. And please subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic / John Talberth and Daphne Wysham
    Extreme weather doesn't boost the economy.
  2. Hurricane Sandy's Wakeup Call / Michael Brune
    Sandy is only the latest and most devastating incident in a pattern of extreme weather that's become impossible to ignore.
  3.  Social Security: It Ain't Broke / Elizabeth Rose
    It's a basic part of what makes America run, like our national highway system.
  4. Rebuilding Resilience / Ryan Alexander
    We have to stop subsidizing people to live in harm's way.
  5.  The Invisible Hand Won't Stop Inequality in Its Tracks / Sam Pizzigati
    We'll have more economic and climate disasters on Sandy's scale unless our political systems intervene.
  6. Why the Chicken Crossed the Road / Jim Hightower
    Factory farms are animal concentration camps.
  7. Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial / William A. Collins
    If Wall Street doesn't get Mother Nature's hint, it will become the entire world's tragedy.
  8. Sandy Trumps Romney's Climate Joke / Khalil Bendib Cartoon

  9. Sandy Trumps Romney's Climate Joke, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
This Week in OtherWords: An Early Thanksgiving

October 31, 2012 ·

It's a relief to keep the OtherWords editorial service running on schedule when so little is going as planned. At my house, we just had an unexpected four-day weekend and a downed fence. And our little ladybug and cop trotted back to school in time to celebrate Halloween.

While I'm concerned about the damage from this extreme weather, I'm also thankful that my loved ones are safe and sound. I hope that the same holds true for you, your friends, and relatives.

Thanksgiving is when we contemplate everything we take for granted, and "Frankenstorm" Sandy made that holiday arrive early this year. In addition to being thankful that the neighbor's towering tree didn't crush my house, I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your continued support.

I'd also like to thank the editors who make it possible for OtherWords commentaries and cartoons to appear in 310 newspapers that reach more than 6.5 million readers. And thanks to the editors that enable us to run on dozens of websites too.

I also want to thank everyone who reads our work online and in other publications and to the many organizations and individuals who write (or draw) for OtherWords. And thanks to anyone who has made a donation to support this important work. With the dizzying number of media alternatives out there, we need your help more than ever to keep our progressive and newsroom-ready perspectives on everything from nuclear dangers to health care challenges in the conversation.

This editorial service is free of charge for editors to use in newspapers and new media outlets under a Creative Commons license. If you know anyone who might want to become an OtherWords subscriber or run our work in their opinion section or website, I'd really appreciate it if you could let them know about us.

This week in OtherWords, we're emphasizing military and foreign policy priorities. Miriam Pemberton explains how rebalancing our national security spending would make our embassies safer. Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard outlines the next administration's top foreign policy challenges. Khalil Bendib's cartoon can accompany either of those commentaries, as well as William A. Collins' column summing up his take on Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Be sure to visit the OtherWords blog, where you'll find a bonus column by Jim Hightower in a few days. And please subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up already.


  1. How to Make our Embassies Safer / Miriam Pemberton
    Paul Ryan's spending plans call for slashing the money the State Department can use to protect diplomats.
  2. The Next Administration's Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges / Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard
    The next administration's top short-term challenge will undoubtedly be to end U.S. involvement in combat operations in Afghanistan.
  3. Isolation on Both Ends of the Line / Chancellar Williams
    In a complete distortion of free-market economics, the phone companies that secure contracts with prisons are often the ones that charge more than their competitors.
  4. A Nuclear Strike on States' Rights / Deb Katz
    Vermont's Yankee reactor would have closed this year had a power company kept a decade-old promise.
  5. The Dead-End Servant Economy / Sam Pizzigati
    We're going down the road toward becoming a nation of servants.
  6. Politics Creep to a New Low / Jim Hightower
    Both presidential campaigns are going overboard with their snooping into voters' lives.
  7. Dining with Mahmoud / William A. Collins
    That night, he left out his signature anti-Semitic rhetoric.
  8. The Horses and Bayonets Strategy / Khalil Bendib


The Horses and Bayonets Strategy, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: Halloween Fare

October 24, 2012 ·

This week in OtherWords, you'll find several commentaries about the scary stuff we eat.

Guest columnist Jill Richardson talks about how food companies scoop too much sugar into our bread and salad dressing. Former dairy farmer Donna Hall introduces readers to an under-regulated ingredient that's in everything from candy to pizza — her op-ed will make you spend way more time reading food labels. Andrew Korfhage's commentary about how Big Chocolate hasn't yet kept a longstanding pledge to fight its suppliers' reliance on child labor in West Africa is accompanied by Khalil Bendib's weekly cartoon.

I've been getting a few questions about our schedule. So here's a quick reminder: OtherWords is now distributing our newsroom-ready commentaries and cartoons on Wednesdays. We made this change earlier this month and hope that it hasn't proven too disruptive to your own schedules. As always, everything we run is free of charge for editors to use in newspapers and new media outlets under a Creative Commons license.

I also encourage you to visit our blog, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, and send me any feedback you may have. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.

  1. Remembering George McGovern and Old-School Campaign Tools / Steve Cobble
    Being decent, humane, smart, caring, and brave was not enough.
  2. The Spooky Side of Chocolate / Andrew Korfhage
    There's nothing sweet about child labor.
  3. The Ingredient Haunting our Candy / Donna Hall
    Milk protein concentrate is in thousands of the things we eat, but there's no government oversight ensuring that this ingredient is safe for consumers.
  4. Supremely High Stakes in This Election / Marge Baker
    When it comes to workers' rights, some of the most influential government officials we'll be voting for are ones whose names don't actually appear on the ballot.
  5. Where's Joe the Plumber When You Need Him? / Sam Pizzigati
    Without someone at least ranting about sharing the wealth, no one's talking about sharing the wealth.
  6. Tricky Treats / Jill Richardson
    Sugar haunts too much of what we eat these days.
  7. GOP Looks in Mirror, Spots Voter Fraud / Jim Hightower
    Records show that a Republican running for county commissioner in Texas has been casting ballots there and in Pennsylvania.
  8. Middle Class Fantasy / William A. Collins
    Median family income is sliding, the social safety net is tattered, and only the top 5 percent are making any real monetary headway.
  9. Trick or Mistreat / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)

Trick or Mistreat, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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