TurboTax is Lobbying to Make Filing Your Taxes More Difficult

TurboTax is Lobbying to Make Filing Your Taxes More Difficult

The deadline for filing taxes is coming up soon and I haven’t quite found the time to sit down and get it done. Why not? Well, like just about everyone else in the country I find the process onerous and more than a bit tedious. Who can I blame for this annual...
SodaStream: Set the Bubbles Free? First, Set Palestinians Free

SodaStream: Set the Bubbles Free? First, Set Palestinians Free

Lyndi Borne is a media intern at the Institute for Policy Studies. Among many of the usual suspects airing ads during the Super Bowl, one small company shook up some conversation with an ad that was banned by CBS. The company, SodaStream, acts like it’s doing...
Divesting from All Occupations

Divesting from All Occupations

In response to ongoing violations of international law and basic human rights by the rightist Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere, there has been a growing call for divestment of stocks in corporations supporting the...

LETTER: Which Direction for the Mideast?

To the Editor: Re “The Third Intifada Is Inevitable” (Sunday Review, June 24): Nathan Thrall raises crucial issues about the failures of the “peace process.” But he does not mention two critical points. First, while the dwindling support for...

Egypt: Tear Gas May Be Non-lethal But It’s Lethal to Democracy

At Salon, Avi Asher-Schapiro reports from Tahrir Square that a “protester, who told me his name was Karim, held up a used teargas canister and pointed to the label: ‘Made in USA.’ … The serial number and blue markings on the tear gas canister...

Baseball Boycott

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the nation’s only Latino senator, is calling on the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott baseball’s 2011 all-star game in Phoenix. “The Arizona law is offensive to Hispanics and all Americans because it...

Strategic Dialogue on the Beijing Olympics

In their contributions to the Foreign Policy In Focus strategic dialogue on the Beijing Olympics, James Nolt argues in Counterproductive Olympic Protests that protesters are not spurring change in China only an upsurge in patriotism. Eric Reeves, in On Boycotting the...

Monks Versus the Military

In Rangoon and other cities of Burma, Buddhist monks have confronted the military dictatorship with an unusual technique: they refused to accept alms. In Buddhist tradition, this boycott is the ultimate insult monks can deploy. On September 26, the government finally...