Views for 2009-02-21

Saturday, February 21, 2009
John Pilger
Cambodia's Empty Dock
At my hotel in Phnom Penh, the women and children sat on one side of the room, palais-style, the men on the other. It was a disco night and a lot of fun; then suddenly people walked to the windows...
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Ru Freeman
M.I.A. in the USA: An Oscar for a bin Laden Next?
A few hours ago, two aircraft flown by a terrorist group, LTTE, recognized as such by the US, were foiled in their attempt to attack the Sri Lankan capitol of Colombo. Thought both planes were shot...
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Robert Fisk
Obama was Unconvinced by Bibi’s Desire for Peace
Barack Obama, they say, did not get on well with Bibi Netanyahu when he met him in Jerusalem before the American elections. Mr Obama, who figured out the Middle East pretty quickly, apparently found...
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Thomas Walkom
Is Obama a Closet Conservative?
Canadians going gaga over Barack Obama need to get a grip. He is not going to change the world. He is not going to right all wrongs. Indeed, his whirlwind visit to Ottawa this week underlines the new...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Pull the Plug on US Automakers
PRESIDENT Obama, this is your moment. This is your time to beat Buicks into bullet trains, Suburbans into subways, and Hummers into hybrid buses. To borrow from your speeches, there is a moment in...
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Robert Parry
Obama's 'Seven Days in May' Moment
Only one month into his presidency, Barack Obama is finding himself confronting not only George W. Bush's left-behind crises but an array of influential enemies in the military, financial circles,...
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Michael Winship
On Capitol Hill, Money Is the Root of All Hypocrisy
The great movie comic and professional curmudgeon W.C. Fields once said, "You can fool some of the people some of the time -- and that's enough to make a decent living." Watching the news from...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Pope and The Prelate
Learn how to be a policeman, because that cannot be improvised. As regards being pope, you will see later. Anybody can be pope; the proof of this is that I have become one. — Pope John XXIII, Letter...
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Ralph Nader
Banking on Credit Unions
While the reckless giant banks are shattering like an over-heated glacier day by day, the nation's credit unions are a relative island of calm largely apart from the vortex of casino capitalism...
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Barbara Ehrenreich, Chuck Collins
Corporate America, Ground Your Jets
If anything symbolizes the excesses and inequalities of the last few years, it's the private Learjet or Gulfstream. While the masses take off their shoes and line up for security screening, high-...
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