Views for 2009-02-11

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Ann Wright
Under Siege Again, But Gaza Will Not Die
In a tent in front of Shifa hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza, a sign on the photo of a young child bleeding from wounds from the Israeli attack on Gaza read "Gaza Will Not Die." Shifa hospital...
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Amy Goodman
Obama’s Afghan Trap
President Obama held his first prime-time news conference Tuesday night. When questioned on Afghanistan, he replied, "This is going to be a big challenge." He also was asked whether he would change...
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Joyce Marcel
A Different Kind of Mother
Not since the horrors of Abu Ghraib have I been so disturbed by a story that combines women, sadism and murder. Samira Ahmen Jassim, 51, recently captured in Iraq, confessed to having recruited over...
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Laura Flanders
Reconstruction Now!
President Barack Obama ended his first prime time press conference on the "I" word. "When I hear people just saying we don't need to do anything...then what I get a sense of is that there is some...
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Donna Smith
Working Americans: Propped up or Just Poster Children?
Feel better now Hoosiers in Elkhart? How about you Floridians in Fort Myers? Now that your communities have served as poster children for the President's stimulus package, do you see relief? My bet...
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Barbara Crossette
How Will Obama Engage on Human Rights?
A pair of imminent decisions by the Obama administration will reveal how committed it is to engaging the world on universal human rights issues, and whether it is willing to stand up to special...
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Rudi Batzell
Health Care as a Human Right
In my last column, I suggested that the election has forced activists to shift their strategy on campus. Lucha, a group usually associated with the struggle for immigrant rights, has decided to focus...
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Christopher Cooper
He Sows Hurry and Reaps Indigestion
Anyone wishing to confront a clear and startling example of how weak and flabby and sad the spirit of this nation has become need look no further than to the degraded creature now and formerly known...
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Riki Ott
The Human Cost of Bush's Arctic Policy
Wainwright, Alaska - "We'll have to give you an Eskimo name if you like our food!" Kenneth "Kenny" Tagarook teased as he sliced another piece of frozen raw caribou meat for me with his ulu - a hand-...
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Neve Gordon
Few Peacemakers in Israel's Knesset
Israelis have had their say at the polls, and now it is up to the world, and particularly the Obama administration, to respond. Thirty-three parties ran for the Knesset (the Israeli parliament),...
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Steve Fraser
The 'Best Men' Fall: How Popular Anger Grew, 1929 and 2009
Obtuse hardly does justice to the social stupidity of our late, unlamented financial overlords. John Thain of Merrill Lynch and Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers, along with an astonishing number of...
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Harriet Malinowitz
Columbus and Israel: Thought for Israel's Election Day
In the first chapter of his now-classic A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn writes about some of the rhetorical stratagems historians have employed in their accounts of Christopher...
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Marjorie Cohn
A Call to End All Renditions
Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian residing in Britain, said he was tortured after being sent to Morocco and Afghanistan in 2002 by the U.S. government. Mohamed was transferred to Guantánamo in 2004 and...
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