Views for 2009-03-11

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Michael Winship
Oh, What a Lovely Class War!
My goodness, how they howl when the proverbial shoe is on the proverbial other foot. You'd think the Red Army had just left Moscow and was preparing a frontal assault on the Federal Reserve. So what...
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Erin Rosa
GEO Group, Inc.: Prison Profiteer
While the nation's economy flounders, business is booming for The GEO Group Inc., a private prison firm that is paid millions by the U.S. government to detain undocumented immigrants and other...
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Anthony Giddens
This Climate Crunch Heralds the End of the End of History
Every crisis, Sigmund Freud said, is potentially a stimulus to the positive side of the personality and an opportunity to start afresh. Today we are facing two global crises in tandem - the economic...
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Ray McGovern
Timidity Derails Obama Intel Choice
On Tuesday morning, Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, employed the indicative mood in describing the high value that Chas Freeman, his appointee to head the National...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Israel Lobby Defeats Freeman Appointment
The withdrawal of Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, following two weeks of vituperative attacks on him by the amen chorus of the U.S. Zionist lobby is a black mark on the...
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Robert Scheer
Socialism Without a Soul
Newt Gingrich is right: "It is European socialism transplanted to Washington." How else to describe an economy in which the government controls the entire financial center and is now supplying life...
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Don North
Can Obama's Change Find El Salvador?
More than a quarter century ago, the U.S. government under Ronald Reagan drew a Cold War line in El Salvador and made the defeat of the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (the FMLN...
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Robert Jensen
Feminism's Challenge: Articulating Alternatives to Unsustainable Hierarchies
"What is the most important challenge facing women in the 21st century, and why?" That one isn't easy for anyone to answer, especially in 300 words or less. But that was the assignment from editors...
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Van Jones
Why I'm Going to Washington
Doug Pibel's interview with Van Jones was conducted March 10, 2009, on the day Van was announced as special advisor at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Doug Pibel: There were rumors...
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Rosa Brooks
Bush Era Lies Will Linger for a Long Time
How did they ever get away with it? Last week, the Justice Department released a batch of memos drafted in 2001 and 2002 by lawyers in the Bush administration's Office of Legal Counsel. Written...
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Laura Carlsen
Drug War Doublespeak
Through late February and early March, a blitzkrieg of declarations from U.S. government and military officials and pundits hit the media, claiming that Mexico was alternately at risk of being a...
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Bruce Falconer and Daniel Schulman
Blackwater's New Frontier: Their Own Private Africa
"You give me money, I don't care who you are." It was late October, and Zimbabwe's defense attaché, a soft-spoken, thick-shouldered lieutenant colonel, was explaining his country's freewheeling...
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Ruth Conniff
Bailout Blues: Why Bank Nationalization Makes Sense
In one of the many historic excerpts from the forthcoming 100th anniversary issue of The Progressive magazine, Socialist Norman Thomas scoffs at Republican accusations that FDR is a "socialist." No...
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Amy Goodman
Put Single-Payer on the Table
President Barack Obama promises health-care reform, but he has taken single-payer health care off the table. Single-payer is the system that removes private insurance companies from the picture; the...
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Peter Dreier
The Economy is a Real Killer
Economics is sometimes called the "dismal science," but sociologists are better at examining the human side of economic hard times. What they've learned is that when the economy is hurting, people...
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Pierre Tristam
Exhuming the Sabra & Shatila Massacre
It's been nominated eight times, but Israel has never won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar the 67 times it's been awarded since 1947. Lebanon has neither won nor been nominated. The two countries...
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Glenn Greenwald
Charles Freeman Fails the Loyalty Test
Obviously, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, hateful paranoids -- total bigots and anti-Semites -- for having suggested that there are powerful domestic political forces in the U.S. which...
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Tom Engelhardt
A Falcon of Peace
How come they get to be the hawks? And we get to be the doves? A hawk is a noble bird. A dove. Well, basically it's a pigeon. The sort of bird that, in New York City anyway, messes your building's...
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