Views for 2009-02-25

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Isabel Macdonald
Challenging George Will's Reign of Error
After eight years of George W. Bush's rule, popular disapproval of policies that had come to be regarded as grave mistakes--from the invasion of Iraq to the response to the economic crisis--drove the...
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George Lakoff
The Obama Code
In the wake of President Obama's address to the joint session of Congress, what can we expect to hear? The pundits will stress the nuts-and-bolts policy issues: the banking system, education, energy...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Chas Freeman for NIC: Lots at Stake
A thunderous, coordinated assault against one of President Obama's intelligence picks is now underway.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How Bank Bonuses Let Us All Down
One of the arguments one hears in the compensation debate is that the bonus system used by Wall Street - as John Thain, former Merrill Lynch chief executive, put it - is there to "reward talent"...
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Thomas Walkom
Obama's Very Own Quagmire
Will Barack Obama provide a way out of Afghanistan? Perhaps. But I'm not optimistic. The new U.S. president talks about the importance of diplomacy and development. However, his actions so far have...
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Bill McKibben
Why I’ll Get Arrested To Stop the Burning of Coal
It may seem odd timing that many of us are heading to the nation's capital early next month for a major act of civil disobedience at a coal-fired power plant, the first big protest of its kind...
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Deb Price
Why Gay Students Don't Feel Safe
Imagine being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teen who loves singing in the school chorus. Now imagine that experience being spoiled by a thoughtless, homophobic adult -- the music teacher...
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Sarah Teather
Guantánamo: We Need the Truth
With a stoic grace, Binyam Mohamed has described his return to the UK today after seven long years of detention in Guantánamo Bay as "more in sadness than in anger".
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Sarah Teather
Guantánamo: We Need the Truth
With a stoic grace, Binyam Mohamed has described his return to the UK today after seven long years of detention in Guantánamo Bay as "more in sadness than in anger".
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John Nichols
Obama Offers a Comprehensive 'Yes, We Can!'
Barack Obama's not-a-State of the Union address sounded precisely like a State of the Union address, as the president offered a sober assessment of a recession that "is real and (is being felt)...
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Theda Skocpol
Obama's Masterful Speech
The sight of this new President before all of assmbled official Washington is, in its way, as extraordinary as the other standout moments of this past half year: Denver in Mile High; election night...
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John Feffer
Where is Obama's Big Ear for Afghanistan?
Particularly over the last eight years, the United States was one big mouth. We lectured the world. We berated the world. We threatened and wheedled and roared. From the world's perspective, however...
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David Sirota
Nationalization: It's Not Scary, It's All Around You
Amidst the punditocracy's handwringing about the supposedly unprecedented possibility of nationalization in America, Paul Krugman this week reminded his New York Times readers that nationalization is...
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Michael T. Klare
Economic Brushfires for a Planet at the Brink
The global economic meltdown has already caused bank failures, bankruptcies, plant closings, and foreclosures and will, in the coming year, leave many tens of millions unemployed across the planet...
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Norman Solomon
Freeing Up Resources... for More War
Hours after President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, the New York Times printed the news that he plans to gradually withdraw "American combat forces" from Iraq during the next 18...
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