Views for 2009-03-27

Friday, March 27, 2009
Tom Hayden
Don't Go There Mr. President!
17,000 or 21,000 more US troops will not protect Americans against Al Qaeda attacks.
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Yolanda Chávez Leyva
We Shouldn't Militarize the US/Mexico Border
We should not send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, despite the drug-related violence on the Mexican side. President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a variety of other...
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John Nichols
Shouldn't Congress Hold the Pentagon to Account?
Members of Congress who actually care about crafting a budget that keeps America secure at home and abroad are beginning to express frustration with the Obama administration's plan to hike the...
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Andy Worthington
A Letter to Barack Obama from a Guantanamo Uighur
There were once 22 Uighur prisoners in Guantánamo. Muslims from China's oppressed Xinjiang province, they had all been swept up as human debris during "Operation Enduring Freedom," the U.S.-led...
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Bruce Ackerman
Why We Need a Commission on Presidential Power
President Barack Obama started strong by announcing the end of torture and the closing of Guantánamo, but he has recently taken a more equivocal attitude toward the Bush constitutional legacy. While...
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George Hunsinger
The Corruption That Is Torture
No doubt can any longer exist that the United States has engaged in torture.
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Ramzy Baroud
Netanyahu and the ‘Future of the Peace Process’
It seems that the Palestinian-Israeli ‘peace process' is in serious jeopardy. At least, this is the immediate impression one gleans from media reports from Israel. Unlike, Israel's Kadima and Labor...
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Robert Naiman
Afghanistan: The Four Questions
President Obama is expected to "announce" his "new" Afghanistan strategy Friday - the traditional Washington day for burying things. But there aren't likely to be many surprises. The Administration...
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Joseph Gerson
Obama, NATO, and Restoration of US 'Leadership'
Enjoying an enormous sense of relief that the disastrous Bush-Cheney era is now history, too many have forgotten that Barack Obama is a politician, not Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi. He...
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Craig Aaron & Joseph Torres
Consolidation Won't Save the Media
Last week, House speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose hometown San Francisco Chronicle is in trouble , asked attorney general Eric Holder to consider loosening antitrust laws to help out struggling newspapers...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Reform is Needed. Reform is in the Air. We Can't Afford to Fail
The financial crisis that began in America's sub-prime mortgage market has now become a global recession - with growth projected to be a negative 1.5%, the worst performance since the Great...
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Glenn Greenwald
Britain Responds to the "Rule of Law" Nuisance
One of the problems for the U.S.
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Ellen Goodman
Planting the Seeds of a Revolution
You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a "shovel-ready project." There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If...
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William Astore
Aboard the Imperial Star Ship Ameriprise
I grew up in the 1970s on reruns of the original Star Trek with Captain James Tiberius Kirk at the helm, backed by that ever logical Vulcan, Mr. Spock, Dr. "Bones" McCoy, and the rest of the intrepid...
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Paul Krugman
The Market Mystique
On Monday, Lawrence Summers, the head of the National Economic Council, responded to criticisms of the Obama administration's plan to subsidize private purchases of toxic assets. "I don't know of any...
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David Sirota
Newspapers' Self-Inflicted Blows
At Northwestern University in the mid-1990s, the journalism professor with the most devoted student following was an understated teacher who said that substantive writing and reporting isn't...
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Diane Farsetta
Nuclear Industry Targets State Laws
Wisconsin law sets two conditions that must be met before new nuclear power plants can be built in the state. One is that there must be "a federally licensed facility" for high-level nuclear waste...
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