Views for 2009-03-17

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Richard Grossman
Beware the Madoff Diversion
Sure, there are crooks out there. But the overwhelming majority of actions by corporate directors and managers that have created today's messes have been legal. Not only legal, but also widely...
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Pierre Tristam
From Iraq to AIG
Sometimes I wonder whether this country not only has lost its moral compass, but does what it can to forbid its recovery. Then I remember: of course it has. Iraq. Afghanistan. Black sites. Torture...
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Glenn Greenwald
America's Inhumane Immigration Inequality
The Washington Post Editorial Page today urges support for a pending bill that would grant gay American citizens the right to have a permanent visa issued to their foreign national spouses (a right...
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Barbara Kingsolver
What Money Doesn't Buy: Microfinance and Women's Empowerment in South Asia
In the rural countryside of Orissa, northeastern India, coconut palms punctuate a flat terrain of rice fields and low-slung villages of mud and thatch. Women in bright-colored saris cut cane between...
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George Monbiot
Emission Mitigation Failure: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Quietly in public, loudly in private, climate scientists everywhere are saying the same thing: it's over. The years in which more than 2C of global warming could have been prevented have passed, the...
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Mark Crispin Miller
The End of Peter B. Collins and the Need for Media Reform
We may have to get progressive talk shows put on the Endangered Species List, now that the president has reinstated it. Otherwise there won't be any voices on the air except the voices of the right,...
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Dean Baker
Getting Lehman Wrong a Second Time
There are few economists who would defend the decision to allow Lehman Brothers to go bankrupt last September. Its collapse induced a worldwide panic that sent stock markets plummeting and caused...
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Michelle Goldberg
America, One Nation Under No God?
In recent years, non-religious Americans have won a modicum of public acknowledgment. Not long ago, politicians insulted them with impunity or at best simply overlooked them. But the heightened...
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Yifat Susskind
Iraqi Women Want US Out
If you haven't thought about the Iraq war as a story of U.S. allies systematically torturing and executing women, you're not alone. Likewise if you were under the impression that Iraqi women were...
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Juan Cole
Cheney's Mission Accomplished
Dick Cheney : "I guess my general sense of where we are with respect to Iraq and at the end of now, what, nearly six years, is that we've accomplished nearly everything we set out to do...." What has...
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Stephen Zunes
Neocons 1, Obama 0
The Obama administration's choice to head the National Intelligence Council (NIC) recently withdrew in face of a concerted right-wing attack. Veteran diplomat Chas Freeman would not have had to face...
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John Nichols
Block Those Bonuses
Picking up on a call by one of the loudest congressional critics of the no-strings-attached bailout of banks and insurers, President Obama today ordered Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner to...
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Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Global Labor’s Forgotten Plan to Fight the Great Depression
In the early 1930s, as global unemployment tripled in two years and the world plunged into the Great Depression, the world's labor movements developed a program for fighting the global crisis through...
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