Views for 2009-01-27

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Bob Herbert
The Same Old Song
What's up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they...
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ZP Heller
Let's Rethink Military Escalation in Afghanistan Before It's Too Late
Why is our government sending an additional 30,000 US soldiers to Afghanistan? So far, not even members of the Obama administration seem able to answer this question. Last week, The Nation's Robert...
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Russell Mokhiber
What if Israel Were in Your Neighborhood?
I left Washington last week when many friends and family members were coming here to celebrate the inauguration of our first African-American President. My eleven year-old son asked me -- why turn...
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Neve Gordon and Yigal Bronner
Fueling the Cycle of Hate
Israeli soccer matches were suspended during the assault on Gaza. When the games resumed last week, the fans had come up with a new chant: "Why have the schools in Gaza been shut down?" sang the...
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Nick Metel
Time Has Come for Single-Payer Universal Health Care System
With the inauguration festivities of the 44th president behind us, it is now time to look for change, the promise of which helped elevate Barack Obama to the highest office in the land. Change is...
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Dean Baker
The Anti-Stimulus Crowd Blows a Gasket
The anti-stimulus crowd is getting desperate. The possibility that a young charismatic new president will push through an ambitious package that begins to set the economy right is truly terrifying to...
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Cesar Chelala
Recalling the One Who Mixed Politics, Poetry
At a time when we plainly see the negative effects of politics and greed in the life of nations, it is important to remember Pablo Neruda, a Chilean writer whom Gabriel Garcia Marquez called "the...
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Linda McQuaig
Financial Elite Have No Shame
Let's imagine, for a moment, how different the public debate would be today if it had been unions that had caused the current economic turmoil. In other words, try to imagine a scenario in which...
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Sandy Tolan
Mitchell's Challenge: After Gaza, Five Questions about Palestinian and Israeli Realities
The deep irony of the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" first struck me in 1996 as I was driving through the West Bank from Hebron to Jerusalem. I had turned off the potholed main road that passed...
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