Zoe Proegler

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“Modern racism lurks in the shadows of equality”: Why colorblind school policies have failed black people

Instead of confronting racial and cultural divides, American education only serves to further them<p>The United States is experiencing a paroxysm of racism, from police shootings and the brutality of white supremacy in Charleston to a string of arsons in black churches across the South. Of course, …

We need a new Democratic party: On TPP, workers’ rights and income inequality, they are as bad as GOP

The current system is hopeless for creating progressive change. Let’s take a page from marriage activists and fight<p>Labor unions were angry with President Clinton for signing into law the North American Free Trade Agreement. They pressured Congress to act to revisit the law. When the House of …

In Nigeria, Suicide Bombing Marks End to Bloody Week That Claimed 200 Lives

A suicide bombing at a church in Potiskum on Sunday, and dual explosions in the central city of Jos in the early hours of Monday morning local time, …

Greek referendum result: what happens next?

What’s next for the Greek banks?<p>The Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, will hold an emergency meeting with the bosses of the local banks on Sunday night. He has said he is on a “war footing”. The governor of the central bank, the Bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras, is also likely to be …

Europe

Killer cops are camera shy: It’s not a crime to film the police — so why do they act like it is?

The man who filmed Eric Garner’s death recently spent months in jail on an unrelated charge. Coincidence?<p>Last summer, a day after the coroner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide, Ramsey Orta was arrested in Staten Island on gun charges. Orta had filmed Garner’s killing at the hands of NYPD officer …

The 1 percent’s white privilege con: Elites hold “conversations” about race, while resegregating our schools

The white privilege conversation is good business and P.R. for the wealthy. But look more closely at their actions<p>Facebook can be a weird place on Martin Luther King Day. Some of my friends post famous passages from MLK’s speeches. Others post statistics on racial inequality. Still others, mostly …

Convicted Delhi rapist: “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back”

A filmmaker’s look at a shocking crime reveals surprising cause for hope<p>"A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy." That's how Mukesh Singh explains it. Those are his words, from death row. That's what he says justifies what happened that night in Delhi.<p>The young woman had recently …

America’s next Iraq disaster: Why the war against ISIS is escalating — more than we know

<b>Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush (Reuters/AP/Sara Stathas/Kevin Lamarque/Stephan Savoia/David Manning)</b><p>ISIS poses no significant threat to the American people. So why are calls for troops on the ground increasing?<p>Elias Isquith<p>February 27, 2015 11:28am (UTC)<p>The last time the United States …

Political Science

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

National Parks

US anti-war president's new war resolution | US & Canada

<b>Washington DC, United States</b> - When Barack Obama ran for president as an anti-war candidate in 2008 he surged to victory on a wave of dissatisfaction with the outgoing Bush administration's faulty "war on terror".<p>Obama promised a war-weary American public he would withdraw US forces from Iraq and …

Middle East

“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening

New Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton may seem a step behind when he talks, but don’t fall for it. Here’s what he’s up to<p><i>"How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America? I'll tell you how I respond: I'm amazed. I'm amazed that there's such misunderstanding</i> …

The self-serving myth of Chipotle: Why fast-food meat can never truly be sustainable

This week’s minor pork-opolypse exposes the fundamental contradiction between fast food and ethical eating UPDATED<p>The cynically minded can't help noticing that Chipotle, despite suffering a potential blow to its first-quarter results, came out of this week's pork-opolypse looking quite …

4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event

The invitees are all potential 2016 presidential contenders.<p>Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell …

Government

I’m tired of suppressing myself to get along with white people

I pocket my black rage, and swap “hey girl” for hello. But in making others comfortable, I’m making myself sick<p>I met my new roommates on Craigslist. Two white, one Chinese. Together we represented Portland, Florida, China and (with me) D.C., and as we moved into our apartment in Bed-Stuy last fall, …

White people are more racist than they realize

Whites don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Research suggests most harbor “implicit bias” when it comes to race<p>As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a forgiving people. We've enshrined the assumption of innocence in our legal code; we take pride in giving second chances to those who …

Obama: I'm going on offense

The president said he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation, including an Iran sanctions package.<p>President Barack Obama made clear Thursday in a closed-door session with Senate Democrats that he’s prepared to veto hostile legislation from the GOP-controlled Congress, including an Iran sanctions …

Sanctions

Clinton needs Elizabeth Warren race

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said his decision to run for the Republican nomination will be based on two things -- his family and whether he can lift America's spirit. His father and brother formerly served as President.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Potential 2016 presidential candidates<p>Potential 2016 …

Oil isn't cheap -- at any price

As world oil prices have slumped below $60 a barrel, tumbling nearly 50% since June to a five-year low, analysts have scrambled to discern the economic and political fallout.<p>The big picture, though, hasn't changed: Oil is not cheap, at any price. What we're charged at the pump for gasoline is just …

Oil

2014: The year we reinvented meat

Move over, cows and chickens<p>The companies that did the most to change the food system this year weren't the ones that got rid of the antibiotics in their otherwise undesirable offerings (à la Chick-fil-A) or that marketed themselves as more sustainable fast food alternatives (hello, Chipotle). …

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, …

Let’s abandon the Democrats: Stop blaming Fox News and stop hoping Elizabeth Warren will save us

<b>Bill O'Reilly, Elizabeth Warren (Reuters/Mike Segar/Jonathan Ernst/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Progressives have no power in a corporate, focus-grouped, Wall Street-leaning party. But we are the change we need<p>Bill Curry<p>December 23, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>The Democrats’ conduct since the midterm debacle is as …

The next torture report: photographs show US troops abusing and sexually humiliating prisoners

Barack Obama is fighting a running legal battle to keep secret thousands of pictures from Iraq and Afghanistan<p>The US government is fighting to keep secret thousands of photographs showing American troops abusing and sexually humiliating prisoners in <b>Iraq</b> and <b>Afghanistan</b> and mocking the corpses of the …

Middle East

Our Democracy Is Dying

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake people up? If the Snowden revelations did not constitute a “Milly Dowler moment”, then what would?<p>The …

U.N. climate talks risk collapse as China clashes with U.S. | Reuters

LIMA (Reuters) - U.N. talks on slowing climate change were threatened with collapse on Saturday after China clashed with the United States and led emerging nations to reject a compromise outline of an agreement.<p>Delegates talk during a break at a plenary session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference …

Dick Cheney’s dark victory: Torture and the demise of American democracy

Can we quit pretending torture is some huge aberration? It fits into a larger pattern of America’s imperial decay<p>If 9/11 was a test of America’s national character, we failed it. As distant as this possibility seems now, Americans of all creeds, colors and political affiliations felt united for a …

Admiring the silence