Views for 2009-03-25

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Paul Buchheit
Tax the Rich? No, We Haven't Taxed the Little Leaguers Yet
It gets tiring to hear arguments based on emotion rather than facts. Like Rush Limbaugh saying: "The top 1% is paying nearly ten times the federal income taxes than the bottom 50%!" This is true. But...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Canadian Speaks Out for Palestinians
Kim Elliott speaks in tones so soft that it's sometimes tough to hear her. But she uses her voice effectively, making her more courageous than many other Canadians who shout a good game about human...
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Neve Gordon
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's Shame
Imagine a country that appoints someone who has been found guilty of striking a 12-year-old boy to be its foreign minister. The person in question is also under investigation for money-laundering,...
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Bill McKibben
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Don't be too "Canadian" about the backlash - this is no time for Mr. Nice Guy Watching the backlash against clean energy projects build in Canada has moved me to think about what Americans have...
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Nomi Prins
Panning Geithner's Plan: Why Treasury's Toxic Assets Program Stinks
Though the stock market may have lifted off on news of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's purchase plan for toxic assets, don't be fooled by Wall Street's optimism. The plan is even worse than the...
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Matthew Rothschild
Cheney War Crimes: Just Look at the Statute
President Obama needs to tell Attorney General Eric Holder to indict Dick Cheney, right now, for war crimes. Just look at the statute, Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code, Section 2441 . It says that...
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Dave Lindorff
Insurance Industry: The Parasite That Feeds on US Public Health System
As the country contemplates a major reform and restructuring of the way we run our national health care system (if it can even be called that), it needs to be pointed out that the mammoth health...
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Robert Naiman
Ban Cluster Bombs? Yes, We Can!
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are getting big praise around the world for their new Charm Offensive. As far as I'm concerned, the praise is justified. I heard our Secretary of State...
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Russell Mokhiber
On Health Care, Diane Rehm Makes Me Sick
I'm an Arab American. If I listen to the leadership of the Arab American organizations, I'm supposed to be proud of my fellow Arab Americans who make it in American society. So, for example, the Arab...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Hope in the Mountains
Yesterday was a great day for the people of Appalachia and for all of America. In a bold departure from Bush-era energy policy, the Obama administration suspended a coal company's permit to dump...
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Amy Goodman
Lessons of the Exxon Valdez
Twenty years ago, the Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's pristine Prince William Sound. The consequences of the spill were epic and continue to this day...
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Robert Scheer
Obama’s Toxic Advisers
Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is independent in spirit as well as party label, has placed a hold on President Obama's nomination of Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading...
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Pepe Escobar
Liquid War: Postcard from Pipelineistan
What happens on the immense battlefield for the control of Eurasia will provide the ultimate plot line in the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order, also known as the New Great Game.
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Atul Gawande
Hellhole: Solitary Confinement as Torture
Human beings are social creatures. We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others. We are social in a more elemental...
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Jim Hightower
Obama's Triple Surge Into Afghanistan
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to war we go! As President Barack Obama begins winding down the Bush war in Iraq, he is building up his own war farther east. We're told that it will be a new, expanded, extra-...
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