Views for 2009-01-29

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Bob Dreyfuss
Iraq's Election: What to Watch For
The following is an election guide to Saturday's provincial elections in Iraq. Thursday and Friday I will report on interviews with two spokesmen for opposing sides of the vote.
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Ali Gharib
Dennis Ross as Iran Envoy?
Two days after taking office, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference to announce the new administration's advisers for the hottest part of the globe:...
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Nick Turse
Meltdown Madness: The Human Costs of the Economic Crisis
The body count is still rising. For months on end, marked by bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions, and layoffs, the economic meltdown has taken a heavy toll on Americans. In response, a range of...
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Seumas Milne
The Seeds of Latin America's Rebirth Were Sown in Cuba
On 9 October 1967, Che Guevara faced a shaking sergeant Mario Teran, ordered to murder him by the Bolivian president and CIA, and declared: "Shoot, coward, you're only going to kill a man." The...
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Helen Thomas
Obama Pledges Open Government (But We've Heard That Before)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has promised an administration that is open and transparent. I'll believe it when I see it. At a swearing-in ceremony for top officials of the new administration, Obama...
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Al Gore
We've Arrived at a Moment of Decision
Al Gore's opening statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009: We are here today to talk about how we as Americans and how the United States of America as...
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James Ridgeway
Will the FDA Finally Get Out of Bed With Big Pharma?
A test case for the new government will be how it deals with the pharmaceutical industry, which rivals the gun manufacturers and tobacco companies for the position of most amoral industry in America.
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Conn Hallinan
Purple Hearts: A Cold-Blooded Decision
Behind the recent Pentagon decision to deny Purple Heart medals to soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a cold-blooded calculation: It saves money.
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Robert Parry
GOP Schools Obama on Partisanship
It is possible that President Barack Obama genuinely believes in reaching out to Republicans or perhaps he is just going through the motions because he knows the American people favor bipartisanship...
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Brent Harold
Keeping Hope Out of The Closet
It was a march on Washington of a whole different sort, wasn't it? The overhead shot of the Mall on O-day: people to the horizon. A sea of humanity, indeed. A nation afloat on a high tide of hope,...
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Ramzy Baroud
For Palestinians, Obama's Message is Crystal Clear
When former President George W. Bush departed for his final trip home, that very moment represented an end of a long and unbearable nightmare, one that Bush epitomized until his last day in office...
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Kathleen Rogers
Better Nutrition Equals Better Education
Cafeteria food has always been the brunt of kids' jokes. Many of us remember the grilled cheese sandwich that stuck to the plate when you turned it upside down, and the egg soufflé that jiggled when...
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Glenn Greenwald
Dick Armey and Post-Partisan Harmony
Numerous people have commented on the deeply repellent behavior from former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey on Hardball yesterday, when he appeared with Salon's Joan Walsh. You can watch the...
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Ruth Rosen
Women Are Not “Pork”
Responding to President Obama's request, House Democrats cut a provision from the stimulus package that would expand contraceptive family planning for Medicaid patients-usually poor women and girls...
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Bruce Friedrich
Solving the Global Food Crisis: The Case for a "Poverty Czar"
This past week, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) convened an international panel on food security at which FAO chief Jacques Diouf argued that global food production will have to...
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Geoffrey Pleyers
World Social Forum 2009: A Generation’s Challenge
These should be good times for the "alter-globalisation" movement. The unprecedented combination of crises in the global economy, environment, and governance makes its argument for a just and equal...
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