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Americas

A Prerequisite to Power

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."- Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864

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Middle East

The Profits of War: Reconstruction in Iraq

From the beginning, the war in Iraq was meant to be a swift and relatively inexpensive operation. The Pentagon, particularly Donald Rumsfeld, envisioned a targeted bombing campaign followed by a trim, invading ground force, which in combination would "shock and awe" Iraq into surrender. The White House estimated the cost of the war would range from $50 billion to $200 billion. The expectations of both Rumsfeld and the White House have turned out to be highly miscalculated.

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Americas

A Nation Divided

For anyone who watches television, surfs the Internet or reads a newspaper these days it's nearly impossible to avoid. Deconstructive, divisive rhetoric spews forth from almost every major media outlet without fail. Thanks to Internet chat rooms and discussion boards you even have the chance to anonymously insult others in real-time.

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Labor

21st Century Slaves

In America there are disturbing trends emerging, which highlight the expanding inequality and shrinking class mobility of the country's people. Poverty has been steadily increasing since the turn of the century. Household income has decreased. Inflation consistently outpaces compensation gains; simultaneously, productivity expectations are increasing. Manufacturing and high tech jobs continue to go overseas and the prison population has reached its highest level in U.S. history.