Views for 2009-02-06

Friday, February 6, 2009
Laura Bonham
Americans Should Not Stand for Lock-down on Single-Payer Discussion
As an ardent advocate of single-payer healthcare for many years, I am more than a little frustrated by Washington insiders—beholden to healthcare corporations—telling the American people that passing...
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Michelle Goldberg
Getting Religion Out of the Workplace
Though I care tremendously about the separation of church and state, Barack Obama 's pledge to expand the sort of faith-based initiatives begun by George Bush never bothered me much. In part, that's...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Fear and Loathing in Davos
For 15 years, I have attended the World Economic Forum in Davos . Typically, the leaders gathered there share their optimism about how globalisation, technology and markets are transforming the world...
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Amitabh Pal
Obama Not Bold Enough on Foreign Policy
No doubt some of President Obama's initial foreign policy moves are an undeniable advance over his predecessor's way of dealing with the world. What's very welcome is the lifting of the "Global Gag...
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George E. Bisharat
Hold Israel Accountable for Gaza
"The boss has lost it," many Israeli military and political officials, and people on the street, were reportedly joking after their army's recent devastation of the Gaza Strip. As Israeli journalist...
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Johann Hari
The Nightmare of Netanyahu Returns
Israel is about to make a misjudgement as disastrous - and deadly - as the attack on Gaza. In a few days, it looks as if it could elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister once again. This is a man...
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Ben Cohen
The Hypocrisy of The West
With the financial meltdown in full swing, western governments are swinging into action to revive their economies with massive stimulus bills and spending programs. Financial institutions too big to...
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David Sirota
Despite Obama's Promises, Rival Views are Scrubbed from White House
Only weeks ago, the political world was buzzing about a "team of rivals." America was told that finally, after years of yes-men running the government, we were getting a president who would follow...
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Paul Krugman
On The Edge
A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery. Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead...
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Katha Pollitt
The Kindness of Strangers
It's hard to believe, but there was a time not so long ago when charity was going to save the world. The right argued for a "compassionate conservatism" that would transfer the care and feeding of...
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Donna Smith
The Big, Bad Joke of Healthcare Reform
The healthcare reform effort underway in Washington, DC, sounds a lot like a really bad annual benefits meeting to me. Healthcare policy discussions and formal hearings are not filled with the sounds...
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David Michael Green
All the Comforts of Home: Republicans Destroy, Democrats Serve Cookies
I got a bad feeling that if we liked the Clinton years, we're gonna love the Obama ones. Remember those fun 1990s? Actually, they really weren't, of course. If they look good at all in retrospect, it...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Opportunity Knocks When it Comes to a Local Food Economy
Community-based agriculture has the potential for creating jobs, developing small business entrepreneurships and keeping precious dollars in the community. "As manufacturing jobs decrease, food jobs...
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Yifat Susskind
Un-Gagging Women's Human Rights
Of the many crises President Barack Obama faces, few are more urgent than preventing the needless deaths of half a million people this year. This is the number of women who die annually from a lack...
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Naomi Klein
Tide of Anger
Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: "You are Enron. We are Argentina."
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