See these web sites with breaking news and commentary from progressive writers and publications around the world:
• Brave New Films creates and hosts political videos on the web.
• Buzzflash, the left's answer to Matt Drudge
• Common Dreams News Center, with selected articles from newspapers and periodicals. See also the concise list of national and international news services, newspapers and periodicals.
• In These Times, updates from the monthly magazine.
• MotherJones.com, daily updates from the bimonthly muckraker.
• The Nation, liberal weekly has daily updates.
• OurFuture.org, the blog for Campaign for America's Future, which bills itself as the "strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be."
• And you never know what will turn up on
We mainly cover current events, but in an effort to provide historic background, our Populist Reader offers texts such as the Preamble to the People's Party Platform, which formed the rhetorical underpinning for the Populist movement, the People's Party Platform of 1896, which represented the Populist demands at the peak of the agrarian/labor revolt, and more. And Mark Twain's "War Prayer," written in response to the Spanish-American War, is as relevant as ever.
Also featured in the Essays section is "Democratic Money: A Populist Perspective", with Lawrence Goodwyn, William Greider and Tom Schlesinger of the Southern Finance Project discussing the Populism of the 1890s and how those historical lessons relate to the prospects for financial reform today.
Also see reminiscences by two former Alabama journalists about the late George Wallace, the former Alabama governor who transformed American politics with his combination of racism and populism. Claude Duncan remembers the good George Wallace in "George Wallace Joins the Ghost Brigade", while Peggy Roberson reminds us of the bad George Wallace in "Remembering George Wallace"
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A Few Good Weblogs
to keep you from getting your work done:
• Al Ahram, English-language weekly based in Cairo, for Arab perspective on Mid-East
• Dawn, of Karachi, centrist English-language Pakistan daily.
• The Frontier Post of Peshawar, Pakistan, for news from the front lines of the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.
• Haaretz, Israeli liberal daily with English language edition
• International Herald Tribune, Paris-based daily operated by the New York Times.
• Le Monde Diplomatique, English language monthly digest of the French daily newspaper.
• Mail and Guardian, daily web edition of South African liberal weekly.
• Mexico City News, the English language daily in our neighbor to the south.
• South China Morning Post, independent Hong Kong and Pacific news (registration required).
• Spiegel, English version of German newsweekly.
• Sydney Morning Herald, for news from Down Under.
• Watching America, links to articles in foreign press about the USA, with translations of articles originally written for foreigners about the US. Updated daily.
• World Press Review, a monthly magazine with analyses and English translations of articles in the international press, as well as an excellent directory of publications by nation, with ideological leanings.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words; well, here are some good cartoon sites:
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