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October 17, 2012 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
Half a century ago this month, the Cuban Missile Crisis didn't culiminate in an exchange of nuclear blows between Washington and Moscow. This week in OtherWords, Arnold Oliver recaps the lessons of that showdown, reminding us of how lucky we were and still are for that. And guest columnist Jill Richardson points out that just eating a bowl of rice is more dangerous than it needs to be.
- Can Obama Get His Groove Back? / Steven Gray
This election is the president's to lose.
- Pulling the Plug on Ex-Gay Quackery / Christine Sun
More states should follow California's lead and protect minors from the junk science known as "conversion therapy."
- A Plan for the Democratic Party / David Elliot
If the Dems win big in November, they should use their newfound political capital.
- More Lucky than Brilliant / Arnold Oliver
Moscow and Washington almost blew up the world during the Cuban Missile Crisis over a misunderstanding.
- Empty Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric / Sam Pizzigati
Lots of office-seekers this fall are campaigning against the 1 percent, but will they govern that way?
- The Risky Business of Eating in America / Jill Richardson
How can eating too much rice can give you cancer?
- Fracking Liars / Jim Hightower
Supporters and leaders of the hydraulic fracturing industry aren't being honest about government support for this new natural gas boom.
- One Nation, Under Surveillance / William A. Collins
The cell phone has become the instrument of choice for tracking your every move.
- Anti-Proliferation Brigade / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)
October 10, 2012 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week, OtherWords is running three commentaries and a cartoon regarding the growing number of genetically modified foods that land on our plate whether we realize it or not.
In her debut guest column, Jill Richardson challenges big food companies to boast about their penchant for these modified crops if they're so wonderful. Wenonah Hauter introduces readers to the latest newfangled food making a stir: an apple that doesn't brown when it's sliced long before it's eaten. Jim Hightower discusses the ruse maintained by General Mills, Kellogg, and other huge food companies that have bought out tiny organic outfits and tried to not let consumers know.
Any of these commentaries could accompany Khalil Bendib's Snow White cartoon, which depicts a witch handing her a new kind of poisoned apple. And all three address California's upcoming referendum on a new state rule that would require the labeling of genetically modified food. Known as Proposition 37, this requirement would have national ramifications for the industry because of California's huge market.
- Consumer Choice: As American as Apple Pie / Wenonah Hauter
The creation of a new genetically modified apple highlights once again the need for clear labeling of this kind of food.
- Iran in the Campaign's Crosshairs / Chris Toensing
Mitt Romney is playing the same cynical game as Benjamin Netanyahu.
- The Problem with Craig Romney and his Padre / Jason Salzman
Mitt's Latino "ambassador" may speak Spanish, but he can't talk about real policies.
- The Corporate Court's War on Women / Martha Burk
So far, not so good.
- Apparently, Suite Crime Does Pay / Sam Pizzigati
The executives responsible for the financial industry's pervasive fraud are paying no personal price.
- Big Food Fight / Jill Richardson
If the products they sell us are as great as they say, what are General Mills, Kraft, and other processed food behemoths hiding?
- Big Food Behemoths Embarrass their Organic Offshoots / Jim Hightower
Big Food's mobilization against California's right-to-know law is making more green-minded consumers aware of the companies that own their favorite brands.
- Just Don't Let the Other Side Vote / William A. Collins
Texas won't accept your student ID for voting, but your gun permit will do just fine.
- Poisoned Apple, 2012 / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)
September 24, 2012 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week, OtherWords is running an op-ed by Raul A. Reyes that sums up Mitt Romney's lackluster efforts to win over Latino voters and a commentary by Dashka Slater about the disappearance of the kinds of jobs that traditionally provided low-income Americans with economic mobility.
Next week, we'll start distributiing our commentaries and cartoons on Wednesdays. Please don't be alarmed if you don't see our latest offerings appear on Monday Oct. 1. They will appear at OtherWords.org on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Also that day, the Institute for Policy Studies will release the first congressional report card that grades lawmakers on what they’ve done to narrow our country’s economic divide. The report card will identify the members of Congress most friendly toward the “1 percent” and the “99 percent,” based on their positions on 40 legislative actions. It will also provide grade-point averages for each state’s congressional delegation.
We'll send out a link to this report in the Oct. 3 OtherWords newsletter. News outlets seeking advance information should contact Lacy MacAuley, the IPS media manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Islamophobe Fringe / John FefferThe deeper reason for the heated response from the Muslim world is not so much Western rhetoric but Western policy.
- Romney's Losing Bid to Win the Latino Vote / Raul A. Reyes
Romney needs to up his game -- pronto.
- Armed with Irony / Ryan Alexander
If lawmakers really want to stop blank checks for spending binges, they should start with the Pentagon
- A Vanishing Act for Good Jobs / Dashka Slater
For those on the economic ladder's lowest rungs, the middle rungs have almost completely disappeared.
- The 'Self-Made' Hallucination of America's Rich / Sam Pizzigati
Like Mitt Romney, most Americans who amass grand fortunes have a substantial head start.
- A Memo to Mitt and Ann / Katie Halper
Pretend that you like people.
- The Price of Admission / Jim Hightower
Across our country, women are walking away from Regal Cinema's pretentious abrogation of our Fourth Amendment rights.
- Just Don't Say Climate Change / William A. Collins and Emily Schwartz Greco
Global warming can't be legislated away.
- Vote for This Clown / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)
September 17, 2012 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week, OtherWords is running Katie Halper's second guest column. Her latest commentary unpacks Rep. Joe Walsh's "greatest hits." We're also featuring an op-ed by Peter Hart about how the important issue of poverty just isn't getting enough campaign coverage.
- Baseball Escapism / Saul Landau
It's a big business, like all professional sports, that uses good old American values to lure customers.
- The Latest Battle in the War on Voting / Marge Baker
The kind of big government the Right likes is the kind that keeps certain people from voting.
- Poor Visibility / Peter Hart
The mainstream media needs to step up its reporting on poverty as a campaign issue.
- Disabled on the Job, Fired without Severance or Benefits / Jess Hunter-Bowman
A GM subsidiary is providing an unlikely test for the U.S.-Colombia trade deal's labor provisions.
- Chicago and the Psychology of Teacher Bashing / Sam Pizzigati
In a deeply unequal society, the affluent will always sneer at public services and the men and women who provide them.
- Joe Walsh's Greatest Hits / Katie Halper
It's not easy to disrespect the disabled and the military in the same breath.
- Ryan Runs Into the Truth / Jim Hightower
Whether you run a marathon or run for office, facts and integrity matter.
- Cigarettes: The Killer that Won't Die / William A. Collins
Taxes trump cancer every time.
- Second-Hand Smoke / Khalil Bendib cartoon
September 10, 2012 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week, OtherWords is running a debut column by Katie Halper, our new guest columnist. Katie, a young writer who is also a stand-up comedian, has shared an “unedited” (that is, a painfully honest and entertaining) draft of Ann Romney’s speech with our readers.
Thanks to all the newspaper editors who are now running Sam Pizzigati’s column — this week he unpacks the shortcomings of the growing business of teaching K-12 public school kids online through for-profit enterprises. As always, I encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and visit our blog. If you haven't signed up yet, please do.
- A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity / Miriam Pemberton and Gabriel I. Rossman
Even House Republicans can't stomach spending $17,000 on a helicopter drip pan.
- Illegal Interns / Eric Glatt
Unpaid internships have metastasized into a labor market scourge.
- We Won the War on Poverty, then Lost the Peace / Salvatore Babones
If America could eliminate most serious poverty in the United States in the 1960s, surely we could do the same today.
- The Drought Lottery / Ryan Alexander
Our lawmakers should spend the next month figuring out how to reduce our $16 trillion debt instead of showering special interests with even more wasteful subsidies that have nothing to do with the drought.
- Virtually, Anything Goes with Online Education / Sam Pizzigati
State officials are allowing tax dollars to underwrite K-12 virtual disasters.
- Ann Romney's Unedited Convention Speech Leaked / Katie Halper
Sometimes the elevator for our cars takes an inordinate amount of time.
- Radioactive Ties / Jim Hightower
Whether corporate political money shouts or whispers, it still corrupts.
- Just Another Corporate Profit Center / William A. Collins
Americans who want to know what caused Haiti's devastation need to look in the mirror.
- Military Pork Shield / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)