Lucas Ropek
Lucas Ropek is a journalist based in Massachusetts. He worked for the Working Families Party in NYC on issues of income inequality and worker rights. His interests include U.S. foreign policy, pop-culture, and freedom fries.

The Obama's meet with Saudi leaders, via Wikimedia Commons

Accusations of 9/11 government cover-up trouble U.S.-Saudi relations

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The two parties don’t often agree, but they agree that 9/11 victims’ families shouldn’t be able to sue the Saudis.
Hillary Clinton, via Brett Weinstein / Flickr

Hillary Clinton has foreign policy experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s good

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Hillary Clinton has tons of foreign policy experience, but that experience was largely disastrous.
Nestle, via Creative Commons

Nestlé’s plan to bottle water in Oregon just hit a major snag

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Native American tribes and other local residents are doing what they can to block Nestlé’s plan.
Benjamin Netanyahu and John Boehner, via Creative Commons

Who is responsible for the collapse of the two-state solution?

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One would think that peace would be possible, if only a few dishonest brokers weren’t standing in the way.
Vampire Paul Ryan, via Flickr

The thing you should be most afraid of this Halloween is Paul Ryan’s new job

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There are few things you could go as for Halloween that are scarier than Paul Ryan’s agenda.
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Israel’s strategy for de-escalating violence isn’t working

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Amid another round of violence in Israel, the question of who started it is less important than how it will end.
Nestle, via Creative Commons

California activists are suing the Forest Service for letting Nestle illegally extract water

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Nestle’s permit to extract water in California expired in 1988.
David Vitter, via Wikimedia Commons

As America’s infrastructure crumbles, water privatization becomes more likely

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Why manage our own natural resources when corporations are willing to do it for us (for insane profits)?
Ronald Reagan, via Wikimedia Commons

Barack Obama is the new Ronald Reagan

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Uncomfortable parallels between Obama and the Gipper.
USS Annapolis, via Wikimedia Commons

National Intelligence Council: Water wars are coming

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Wars are fought over resources, and the world is running low on its most basic one.
Public Relations, via PR / Flickr

When corporations co-opt social justice, who pays?

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Whatever values are assigned to corporate behavior, the motive is always profit.
Mad Max, via Wikimedia Commons

Mad Max’s reboot: Feminism and environmentalism as told through explosions

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The dystopian action franchise rights the wrongs of its previous films.
Nestle, via Creative Commons

Nestle is closing in on privatized water in Oregon

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The company will make over 99% profit on the water it extracts from one rural community.
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