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By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,PERSPECTIVE EDITOR | June 26, 2005
At the end of the 19th century, Great Britain, then the world's dominant political and economic power, made money investing in the fast-growing economy of upstart America on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. A few decades later, the British came gradually to recognize, painfully, that the upstart had become the leader - that Wall Street had supplanted London as the world's financial capital and that America's industrial might was supreme. Now, some are beginning to wonder whether another such realization might be over the horizon formed by another ocean - the Pacific.
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By Robert B. Reich | July 9, 2014
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately owned corporations don't have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the corporate owners' religious beliefs. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs in the case, were always free to practice their religion. The court bestowed religious freedom on their corporation as well -- a leap of logic as absurd as giving corporations freedom of speech. Corporations aren't people.
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By Robert B. Reich | July 9, 2014
Last week the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that privately owned corporations don't have to offer their employees contraceptive coverage that conflicts with the corporate owners' religious beliefs. The owners of Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs in the case, were always free to practice their religion. The court bestowed religious freedom on their corporation as well -- a leap of logic as absurd as giving corporations freedom of speech. Corporations aren't people.
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By Robert B. Reich | April 23, 2014
We're in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation's antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as Comcast's pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In 1890, when Republican Sen. John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he didn't distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same.
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November 10, 2012
With the re-election of President Barack Obama and the passage of expanded gambling here in Maryland, I see the poor being further enslaved in the near-term. With each expansion of the Nanny State, all people become more and more dependent on the government and less of an individual - and thus less human (and less humane, I think). The institutionalization of dependency on what is now a permanent underclass in the U.S. is the biggest moral issue of the last 40 years in this country. This enslavement of generations is immoral.
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By MICHAEL LERNER | June 8, 1994
New York -- When Louis Farrakhan participates in the ''National Leadership Conference'' of the NAACP in Baltimore Sunday afternoon, many Jews and others sensitive to anti-Semitism will be demonstrating outside.Mr. Farrakhan's anti-Semitism and homophobia are well documented. They are not matters of the distant past when he was talking about Judaism as a ''gutter religion.'' Although he flirted briefly with lowering his anti-Semitic profile, and tried to dissociate from the worst excesses of his lieutenant Khallid Abdul Muhammad, in a recent TV call-in show in California he reverted his old hateful ways, suggesting that the Jews had set up the Federal Reserve and retained control over its money.
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By JACK KAMMER | December 21, 1993
Catharine MacKinnon's latest book has reinvigorated the campaign to censor what some call pornography and others erotica.In ''Only Words,'' the University of Michigan law professor and feminist theorist asserts -- without demonstrating -- that pornography is intertwined with a culture of violence against women. Frantically, repeatedly, she insists that a link between violence and pornography exists.She offers no evidence, but the argument is familiar enough: Men have power and women have none, and pornography is an expression of male control of women.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | July 13, 1993
Bob Wallace recalls with clarity the anger and bewilderment he felt several years ago on a visit to his boyhood haunt, South Baltimore's gritty Cherry Hill neighborhood.The mechanical engineer had stopped by the neighborhood to catch up with old chums.Instead of camaraderie, he found himself haranguing a group of old friends because virtually every corner store was owned by Asian Americans."I was standing on a street corner yelling at my buddies. I was so angry. None of them owned their own business.
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By Flora Lewis | February 21, 1991
IN MUCH of Europe the war in the gulf is increasingly called "the American war," despite the coalition of 28 states against Iraq. The careful consultation that brought international consensus is frittering away amid charges that it was all a manipulation by Washington.This is a sign that Saddam Hussein's political war is spreading beyond the Arab world to U.S. allies, including those taking part in the military war.President Bush played into the perception the U.S. is dragging others to obey America's will by turning down a Soviet peace package.
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By Robert B. Reich | April 23, 2014
We're in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation's antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as Comcast's pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable. In 1890, when Republican Sen. John Sherman of Ohio urged his congressional colleagues to act against the centralized industrial powers that threatened America, he didn't distinguish between economic and political power because they were one and the same.
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November 10, 2012
With the re-election of President Barack Obama and the passage of expanded gambling here in Maryland, I see the poor being further enslaved in the near-term. With each expansion of the Nanny State, all people become more and more dependent on the government and less of an individual - and thus less human (and less humane, I think). The institutionalization of dependency on what is now a permanent underclass in the U.S. is the biggest moral issue of the last 40 years in this country. This enslavement of generations is immoral.
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By Paul Richter and Paul Richter,Los Angeles Times | December 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - As President George W. Bush's term comes to a close, the United States has the world's dominant economy and its most powerful military. Yet its global influence is in decline. The United States emerged from the Cold War a solitary superpower whose political and economic leverage often enabled it to impose its will on others. Now, America usually needs to build coalitions - and often finds other powers are not willing to go along. In the 1990s, America exerted leadership in all the remote corners of the globe.
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By New York Times News Service | July 14, 2008
ZIARAT, Pakistan - The mountain of white marble shines with such brilliance in the sun it looks like snow. For four years, the quarry beneath it lay dormant, its riches captive to tribal squabbles and government ineptitude in this corner of Pakistan's tribal areas. But in April, the Taliban appeared and imposed a firm hand. They settled the feud between the tribes, demanded a fat fee upfront and a tax on every truck that ferried the treasure from the quarry. Since then, Mir Zaman, a contractor from the Masaud subtribe, which was picked by the Taliban to run the quarry, has watched contentedly as his trucks roll out of the quarry with colossal boulders bound for refining in nearby towns.
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By TED SHELSBY | April 23, 2006
Some of the same economic development tools that sparked the creation of the B&O Railroad in 1827 and hundreds of other Maryland companies over the years soon will be available to farmers for the first time. In 2004, the General Assembly created the Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corp., a quasi-public economic development organization designed to help farmers and agricultural and other rural businesses. And during this year's recently ended legislative session, lawmakers approved the first round of funding for the organization, commonly referred to as MARBIDCO.
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By Larry Williams and Larry Williams,PERSPECTIVE EDITOR | June 26, 2005
At the end of the 19th century, Great Britain, then the world's dominant political and economic power, made money investing in the fast-growing economy of upstart America on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. A few decades later, the British came gradually to recognize, painfully, that the upstart had become the leader - that Wall Street had supplanted London as the world's financial capital and that America's industrial might was supreme. Now, some are beginning to wonder whether another such realization might be over the horizon formed by another ocean - the Pacific.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 28, 2001
Dislike, resentment, anger and hatred toward America arise in many forms and in many places. An anti-American could be a student in South Korea, a rightist in Japan, a soccer fan in Greece, a priest in Russia, an imam in Ghana, a protester in Pakistan - or a hijacker in the United States. President Bush says that the men who flew the planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon did so because they hated freedom. There is probably a kernel of truth in that, but people who have studied the impulses of anti-Americanism around the world agree that the real answer is more complicated and more specific than the president's explanation would suggest.
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By Clarence Page | August 21, 1997
WASHINGTON -- You hear a lot of talk in the District of Columbia about the Plan, an alleged conspiracy by whites to take back the city that white flight left two-thirds black.You can hear similar talk of white take-backs in just about any black, urban neighborhood in America. But it gets national attention in the District, where a black-dominated local government often locks horns with a white-dominated national government.''It's the Plan,'' many District residents say whenever a new high-rent housing development goes up.''It's the Plan,'' many District residents said when Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking crack in an FBI drug sting in 1990.
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By Paul Richter and Paul Richter,Los Angeles Times | December 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - As President George W. Bush's term comes to a close, the United States has the world's dominant economy and its most powerful military. Yet its global influence is in decline. The United States emerged from the Cold War a solitary superpower whose political and economic leverage often enabled it to impose its will on others. Now, America usually needs to build coalitions - and often finds other powers are not willing to go along. In the 1990s, America exerted leadership in all the remote corners of the globe.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 6, 1999
MOSCOW -- Everywhere he looks, Russia's most powerful tycoon sees Prime Minister Yevgeny M. Primakov coming after him.Boris Berezovsky comes under more pressure every day -- with investigators raiding his holdings, spectacular revelations in the press, and thinly veiled threats from Primakov himself.But that might be the only way to tackle a man who, among other attributes, has long enjoyed the confidence of President Boris N. Yeltsin and his family.The prime minister had presented a mild face to the nation for nearly five months, seemingly trying to do nothing wrong by doing practically nothing at all. But now he has latched onto a campaign against economic crime in general and against the one man in particular who more than any other embodies the power and arrogance of Russia's financial oligarchs.
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