Views for 2009-02-03

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Ali Abunimah
Can Mitchell turn Jerusalem into Belfast?
US President Barack Obama's appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as his new Middle East envoy is a good choice. Mitchell showed even-handedness uncharacteristic of US officials when he led a...
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John Nichols
Don't Mourn for Daschle
Tom Daschle has, under his usual cloud of scandal, withdrawn as President Obama's nominee to serve in the critical Cabinet position of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Republicans think they...
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Robert Reich
The Real Fight Starts after the Stimulus is Enacted
The real stimulus debate hasn't even started yet. Congress will pass President Obama's stimulus package in the next two weeks, more or less as he wants it. The House has already done its part, and...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel w/ Kavita Ramdas
Helping Afghan Women and Girls
As the coalition I'm working with-- Get Afghanistan Right --continues to make the case that the Obama administration would be wise to rethink its plan to escalate militarily in Afghanistan, I've...
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Jill Filipovic
For Feminists, The Time is Now
It's been a good couple of weeks for American feminists.
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Sally Kohn
Senate Republicans: Please Help
The other day as I walked to work in Manhattan, I passed an elderly man standing in the street holding a Styrofoam donation cup and a paper plate on which he had written: "Please help." Only please...
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Those Who Seek Justice Do So In Vain
So that's that then, is it? Gaza is done and dusted? Very satisfying, I'm sure, for the Israeli leadership and their devoted allies at the BBC. But not so fast. For the one and a half million...
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Federico Fubini
Delusional in Davos
Everything has to change in order for everything to stay the same," wrote the Italian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in his famous novel The Leopard. The novel is set in 19th-century Sicily, but...
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Deepak Chopra & Ken Robinson
A Military Solution to a War on Terrorism is Doomed
It's a sore temptation to hunt down Osama bin Laden - one of the most consistent campaign promises made by President Obama - and yet there are strong arguments against it. U.S. forces would have to...
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Jane Hamsher
Obama Financial Team to Taxpayers: You’ll Get Nothing, and Like It
As a business person, Warren Buffet quite rightly wanted something for his money when he bought up failed banks that couldn't get help anywhere else. In fact, he wanted a lot. He expected to have the...
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Bob Herbert
Risking the Future
I wonder what it will take to get this country serious about repairing and rebuilding its crumbling and increasingly obsolete infrastructure. The catastrophe in New Orleans didn't do it. Yes, that...
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Roberto Rodriguez
Fear and Hate Policies Along the Border: R.I.P.
For those who favor militarization and strict border enforcement along the U.S./Mexico border, the Bush era has now become the good old days. Yet, it is not certain that on the issue of immigration,...
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James Saft
Play by The Rules, Close Failing Banks
Why not just play by the existing rules and rescue the economy, rather than the banks and their foolish shareholders and counterparties? The choice for the Obama administration comes down to this:...
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Sara K. Gould
New Connections Will Pave the Road to Economic Recovery
In an effort -- as of last week unsuccessful -- to generate more Republican support for the economic recovery package, President Obama has conceded a provision that would have made it easier for...
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Chalmers Johnson
How Taxpayers Finance Fantasy Wars
Like much of the rest of the world, Americans know that the U.S. automotive industry is in the grips of what may be a fatal decline. Unless it receives emergency financing and undergoes significant...
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Laura Flanders
GE Uses Yip Harburg to sell its Oz Mythology
You've heard of pre-emptive strikes. Now welcome to the era of pre-emptive co-optation. That's the kindest word for what millions of viewers heard during the 2009 Superbowl, when GE used the work of...
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Norman Solomon
Why Are We Still at War?
The United States began its war in Afghanistan 88 months ago. "The war on terror" has no sunset clause. As a perpetual emotion machine, it offers to avenge what can never heal and to fix grief that...
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