Views for 2009-03-13

Friday, March 13, 2009
Jennifer O’Connor
Racing Dogs to Death
Imagine running four marathons a day for 11 days straight. Throw in biting winds, blinding snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures. Unthinkable, isn’t it? Yet that’s exactly what dogs in the Iditarod...
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Robert Weissman
Said without Joy: We Told You So
Is it fair to complain about the actions of the financial deregulators? Could anyone reasonably have foreseen the consequences of a decades-long regulatory holiday for the financial sector? In a word...
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Frances Moore Lappé
The City that Ended Hunger
"To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer." CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL In writing Diet for a Small Planet...
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Glenn Greenwald
There's Nothing Unique About Jim Cramer
Jon Stewart is being widely celebrated today and Jim Cramer/CNBC widely mocked -- both rightfully so -- for Stewart's devastatingly adversarial interview of Cramer (who, just by the way, is a Marty...
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Josette Sheeran
Rising Food Prices will Mean Devastation for the Bottom Billion
Food security is non-negotiable; we must provide more food and we must ensure that people have access to it. We are not "out of the woods" in terms of the food crisis. Food prices have fallen since...
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Helen Thomas
What are US Goals in Afghanistan?
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making a big mistake in escalating U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan where he already has acknowledged he doesn't believe victory is possible. We should ask:...
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Gila Svirsky
In Memory of Rachel Corrie
I was not present in Rafah that terrible day, 16 March 2003, but I have frequently replayed in my mind the events leading up to the moment when a bulldozer rolled over Rachel Corrie. I think to...
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David Michael Green
The Perils of Being Right and Wrong
If I wasn't quite so busy thoroughly enjoying it, the prospect of one of the two major political parties of the world's only superpower self-destructing so buffoonishly might otherwise give me pause...
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Grace Livingstone
Aerial Assault on Colombia's Farmers and Ecosystem
The counter-drugs strategy of the United States is clearly failing. UN figures cited in the Guardian this week show that the cultivation of coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived, has surged...
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Ted Rall
Reasons to be Cheerful
NEW YORK - It's the end of the world as we know it and, while I can't say I exactly feel fine, it's all too easy to dwell on the downward spiral of our job prospects and 401(k)s. Even in the midst of...
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Katha Pollitt
A Small Sacrifice to Help Save the World
The gods of publishing must have had a good laugh when they arranged for philosopher Peter Singer to bring out The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty in the middle of the worst global...
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George Monbiot
Climate Change? Try, Climate Breakdown
The more we know, the grimmer it gets. Presentations by climate scientists at this week's conference in Copenhagen show that we might have underplayed the impacts of global warming in three important...
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David Sirota
The Competitive Disadvantage of GOP Healthcare Rhetoric
Despite the shock and awe of Democrats' melodramatic press releases, nobody was genuinely bewildered or surprised by the recent McClatchy newspaper headline screaming that "GOP lawmakers tout...
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