Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya is writer at large for Salon.com. Kamiya's writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, and Sports Illustrated, among many other publications. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:41am
Californians Are Sinking Themselves
The world's eighth-largest economy has just gone belly-up. When midnight tolled on Tuesday night with legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger still deadlocked over how to resolve the state's staggering $24 billion budget shortfall, California became unable to pay its bills. The state will have to begin issuing IOUs to its creditors as early as Thursday. It is the worst budget crisis in the state's modern history.
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Friday, May 1, 2009 - 10:15am
America's Necessary Dark Night of the Soul
So it has finally come, our strange, anesthetized and vaguely dreaded day of national reckoning.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 11:51am
Torture Works Sometimes, But It's Always Wrong
We know and have known for years that since 9/11 we have been a nation of torturers. We have also known, in large part, what those tortures consisted of -- waterboarding, slapping, sleep deprivation, the withholding of pain medication. With the Obama administration's release of the four "torture memos," we have learned about other disgusting practices, such as slamming prisoners into walls and locking them in boxes with insects, and gained further insight into the nauseating legal arguments used by Bush administration lawyers to justify the unjustifiable.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 10:14am
John Yoo is Sorry for Nothing
You have to give John Yoo credit for chutzpah.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 12:08pm
The Death of The News
Journalism as we know it is in crisis. Daily newspapers are going out of business at an unprecedented rate, and the survivors are slashing their budgets. Thousands of reporters and editors have lost their jobs. No print publication is immune, including the mighty New York Times. As analyst Allan Mutter noted, 2008 was the worst year in history for newspaper publishers, with shares dropping a stunning 83 percent on average. Newspapers lost $64.5 billion in market value in 12 months.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:29am
The Israel Rules
As Israel continues its Gaza assault, which has now resulted in more than 500 dead and 2,300 wounded Palestinians, with five Israelis killed, the following thought experiment is worth performing.
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