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Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

www.commondreams.org

POLITICIZING the InterNET

The people who run this site say, "We are committed to being on the cuttingedge of using the Internet as a political organizing tool--and creating new models for Internet activism." The site combines an eclectic mix of politics, issues and breaking news with an emphasis on progressive perspectives that are increasingly hard to find with the media getting increasingly corporate-dominated.

So there is Raj Patel on the politics of world food trade, John Harri on nuclear insecurity, Bill Moyers on Democracy in America amongst others. A perusal of the archives reveals a collection of writings by Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk and John Galbraith.

The roots of this site go back to the early 1990s when Common Dreams Editor Craig Brown was the chief-of-staff to former Congressman Tom Andrews. Brown realized that with access to an incredible supply of daily newspapers, magazines, journals and briefing papers, members of Congress were deluged with information but had very little time to scan through it--much less read it. Brown created a daily 'newsclips' operation for the congressman. He brought a lot of this experience into www.commondreams.org

www.commondreams.org is pertinent in other ways. There is an urgent need for sharp polemics on international issues given the disappearance or makeover of magazines such as Mother Jones or Ecologist that once performed this role.

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