• Rania Khalek and PictureKevinZeese are now friends

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  • Rania Khalek and PictureThomas Philip Davis are now friends

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  • Rania Khalek commented on the diary post For Sale: The Desperate States Of America by Rania Khalek.

    2011-05-30 12:56:55View | Delete

    Thanks Liz, for the rundown about Arizona. You’re right, that state is probably one of the worst hit in terms of draconian budget cuts and privatization. I too find it shocking that people can’t understand that what we have now is death panels, run by private health insurance companies. And it will only get worse [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: For Sale: The Desperate States Of America

    2011-05-30 11:07:13View | Delete

    Thumbnail   While we have been frantically playing defense against relentless assaults on multiple fronts, from anti-union legislation to draconian anti-choice laws to the attempted privatization of Medicare, the selling off of public assets to the private sector has received little attention. As states face a budget shortfall of  $125 billion dollars for fiscal year 2012 , leaders are [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: This Is What A Police State Looks Like

    2011-05-20 21:29:36View | Delete

    Thumbnail   The late Chalmers Johnson often reminded us that “A nation can be one or the other, a democracy or an imperialist, but it can’t be both. If it sticks to imperialism, it will, like the old Roman Republic, on which so much of our system was modeled, lose its democracy to a domestic dictatorship.”  His warning rings [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: In America Being Poor is a Criminal Offense

    2011-05-13 21:50:12View | Delete

    It takes a special kind of bully to target the most vulnerable and neediest families in society, which millionaire politicians like to argue are draining America’s treasury.  I am referring to Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), who recently introduced a  bill that would require states to implement drug testing of applicants for and recipients of the federal [...]

  • Rania Khalek commented on the diary post Republicans In Liberal Clothing by Rania Khalek.

    2011-05-10 12:35:23View | Delete

    I am not particularly concerned with the future of the either party. Both are so entrenched in Corporate money, so trying to reform/reinvent either is a lost cause. Democrats tend to purge themselves of any and all candidates/politicians with a progressive bone in their body. As for the Republican party, they put up with Ron [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: Republicans In Liberal Clothing

    2011-05-09 22:23:45View | Delete

    Thumbnail   I can’t understand why the GOP is always so angry at the President.  After all, Obama has shown himself to be a committed conservative.  What’s that?  He is a Democrat you say? Well he had me fooled. With 2012 just around the corner, the election season for the GOP primary candidates is in full [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: With Liberty And Justice For…Corporations?

    2011-05-04 23:04:37View | Delete

    Thumbnail On April 27, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States once again ruled in favor of big business.  In the highly anticipated case of  AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion , the Roberts led conservative block of the Supreme Court  ruled 5-4 that federal law trumps state law in allowing companies to use arbitration clauses to prohibit consumers from [...]

  • Rania Khalek commented on the diary post Cognitive Dissonance Is Fueling Conservative Denial by Rania Khalek.

    2011-04-29 18:02:53View | Delete

    I never suggested that cognitive dissonance is confined to the right only. But on this particular issue, a large portion of conservatives are choosing to disbelieve the science. On the other hand, the majority of liberals increasingly support the scientific consensus. Liberals have no reason to deny the science because all of the needed solutions [...]

  • Rania Khalek commented on the diary post Cognitive Dissonance Is Fueling Conservative Denial by Rania Khalek.

    2011-04-29 17:23:41View | Delete

    Developing countries have been impacted the most by climate change yet they have been least responsible for emissions. So it’s only fair that industrialized countries assist by providing them with the resources to adapt and mitigate the worst effects of climate change, while ensuring that developing countries don’t follow the same dirty energy path of [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: News Media Too Busy Covering Spectacle to Do Its Job

    2011-04-29 11:41:33View | Delete

    Dear Media: Since you have been busy this week with non-stop coverage of the royal wedding and the spectacle that is Donald Trump, I thought I would take it upon myself to fill you in on the less newsworthy items that you missed.  Clearly, the royal wedding of a country that is not your own, in addition [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: Cognitive Dissonance Is Fueling Conservative Denial

    2011-04-28 22:10:09View | Delete

    Thumbnail On April 6, all but one of the Republican members of the US House of Representatives  rejected a Democratic amendment that would have put the chamber on record backing the widely held scientific view that global warming is occurring and humans are a major cause.  The following day the GOP-led House voted  255 to 172 to strip the [...]

  • Rania Khalek wrote a new diary post: Today Detroit – tomorrow, every city in America

    2011-04-25 22:57:31View | Delete

    If Milton Friedman, father of the free market, were alive today, I imagine he would be jumping with joy at the prospect of the abandonment of public education for private, for-profit charter schools. Back in 2005, following the devastation of hurricane Katrina,  Friedman wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal where he said “This is [...]

  • Thumbnail In her book,  The Shock Doctrine , Naomi Klein demonstrates how wealthy elites often use times of crisis and chaos to impose unpopular policies that restructure economies and political systems to further advance their interests.  She calls these orchestrated raids on the public sphere in the wake of catastrophic events, combined with the treatment of disasters as [...]

  • Rania Khalek became a registered member

    2011-04-25 19:32:50View | Delete