Cepr Center for Economic and Policy Research
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. In order for citizens to effectively exercise their voices in a democracy, they should be informed about the problems and choices that they face. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.
Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. An informed public should be able to choose policies that lead to an improving quality of life, both for people within the United States and around the world.
CEPR was co-founded by economists Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot. Our Advisory Board includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Janet Gornick, Professor at the CUNY Graduate School and Director of the Luxembourg Income Study; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.
CommonDreams.org is a national nonprofit, progressive, nonpartisan citizens' organization founded in 1997 by political activists Craig Brown and his late wife, Lina Newhouser.
We are a powerful online voice for change in America.
With millions of monthly readers, we have become one of the top progressive websites.
What we do.
We use the latest technology to bring the progressive community together online.
We create political organizing tools and new models for Internet activism.
We publish breaking news from a progressive perspective. And the latest ideas and opinions of some of the world's best progressive writers and activists.
We are writers. Activists. Everyday citizens. We are are hundreds of thousands strong. We are united by our common dreams of peace and security, equal opportunity, and meaningful participation in our society.
We are energized by our passionate belief that these dreams should be within reach of everyone. Regardless of race, gender, or status.
To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.http://www.commondreams.org/
Countercurrents.org came online on 27th March 2002. It is founded and edited by Binu Mathew. It is financed fully by volantary reader subscription. In the truest spirit of independent internet journalism, we believe that whatever news, views and analysis given out from countercurrents should be independent in the truest sense of the word and free of biases. That's why we dont seek corporate sponsors; no banner advertising; no pop-up ads; no selling or renting of our mailing lists and no foundation donations.
www.countercurrents.org is an alternative news site. "We bring out what the mainstream media fails to tell you, or hides from you. These are the things that really matter. The things which may determine the fate of planet earth! The future of our children! In a word, the survival of the species!"
Countercurrents.org stands for peace and justice. Our sympathies are with all those who are engaged in struggles for economic, political, social, cultural, gender, environmental ….. justice
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WHY INDEPENDENT MEDIA ?
For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.
But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.
And U.S. “public” media outlets accept funding from major corporations, as well as from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has attempted in the past to exert political and editorial influence on public news producers.
Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.
Just Foreign Policy is a membership organization devoted to reforming US foreign policy so it reflects the values and interests of the majority of Americans.
What is NACLA?
The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 that works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice, and enjoy a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect, free from economic and political subordination. To that end, our mission is to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy - to foster knowledge beyond borders.
We believe that knowledge is essential for change, so we use a unique combination of information/media activism and popular education to provide people the tools they need to understand the world in order to change it. We’ve been doing just that for more than four decades: from the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 to the U.S.-backed coup in Chile in 1973; from Washington’s support for brutal repression in Central America in the 1980s to the Washington Consensus on neoliberal austerity in the 1990s; NACLA has been, for the last 40 years, the premiere source of information—providing English-language news and analysis not found anywhere else—for journalists, policymakers, activists, students and scholars in North America and throughout the world. For more on our history, click here.
As we enter our fifth decade, we will accomplish our mission with the following activities:
• publishing our award-winning bimonthly magazine, NACLA Report on the Americas;
• hosting an Internet resource center with news and information from Latin America;
• publishing books and anthologies for classroom and activist use;
• convening conferences, seminars, and teach-ins;
• administrating the Media Accuracy on Latin America initiative;
• overseeing a grant program for young investigative journalists;
• regularly producing radio content on Latin American affairs and U.S. policy;
• and actively participating in the Latin America solidarity and media justice movements.
Political Affairs is an online magazine of ideas, politics and culture. Our mission is to go beyond simply giving an account of events to providing analysis and investigating what is new and changing in our world – from a working-class point of view.
We start from the most basic fact of life: the ongoing struggle between the working class and the capitalist class. This conflict happens in the workplace, in the government, the courts, on the streets, but also in the realm of ideas. We publish stories on struggling to defeat the ultra right in the Republican Party, strengthening the labor movement, winning the battle for racial justice, ending war and imperialism, winning women's equality, fighting homophobia and presenting working-class views of popular culture and mass media.
While we are partisan, Marxism is not the private property of any person or group. We print a wide variety of views in our quest for truth. Discussion and debate are the only ways to develop better and more useful ideas to defeat the far right, strengthen working people, and build democracy. Political Affairs is affiliated with the Communist Party, USA.
Rights Action is a multi-faceted community development, enviro- and human rights organization that:
• channels funds directly to community-based organizations carrying out their own human rights, development, environment and emergency relief projects in: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas & Oaxaca) and El Salvador;
• helps build north-south alliances and carries out education, political and legal work for global equality and justice, for global human rights, the environment and a just “development” model.
• Development, environmental and human rights issues are intertwined.
• A proper understanding of poverty, racism, repression and environmental destruction (ie, violations of economic, civil, social, cultural and political rights and collective rights) must include global and historical perspectives.
• CBOs (community-based organizations), citizen groups and some NGOs are at the forefront of efforts to construct societies and a global community characterized equality, justice, accountability and respect for the environment and all human rights. It is imperative to fund and enable CBOs, citizen groups and NGOs to implement projects of their own design.
• All rights, individual and collective, must be promoted, protected and enforced. All actors (governmental, inter-governmental and private) should be held accountable for their actions or omissions that cause or contribute to human rights violations and environmental destruction.
The Nation will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred.
-- from The Nation's founding prospectus, 1865
The Real News
The Real News Network is a television news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism.
Our staff, in collaboration with courageous journalists around the globe, will investigate, report and debate stories on the critical issues of our times.
We are viewer supported and do not accept advertising, government or corporate funding.
What's Real About Us
We won't blindly follow wire services or official press releases that attempt to set the news agenda. We will cover the big stories of the day, but we will broaden the definition of what's important.
The Real News will investigate, report and debate stories that help us understand the critical issues of our time.
The movements for the rights of working people, women, children, immigrants, indigenous people, for freedom of religion and conscience, for moral and spiritual values and for peace and against racism are news. The health of our planet will be a story, day after day.
The Real News will give important stories the attention and sense of urgency they deserve.
Who's a Newsmaker?
We will cover people in high office, but we won't limit our news to official positions or the partisan horse race for power. We think that people who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers.
Targeting a Mass Audience
We will make stories that matter dramatic and engaging. We will combine sizzle with substance, understanding that craft and entertainment values are critical to winning a large audience.
Many sides of an issue will be explored, taking debate beyond narrow partisanship. Guests will have deep knowledge and investigated opinions. Debate will be lively and witty and will resist personal attacks, talking points and empty rhetoric.
Bias, Accountability and Transparency
We all have interests. We recognize that bias will affect the elements in a story we choose to highlight, the facts we consider important and the sources we decide to trust. To be human is to have bias. The answer is transparency; The Real News will create forums for questioning, debating and criticizing our work.
Back to Basics
The Real News relies on verifiable journalism, seeking truth without bowing to pressure and fearlessly following the evidence wherever it leads.
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