Views for 2009-04-06

Monday, April 6, 2009
Dean Baker
A Trillion Dollars for the Banks: How About a Second Opinion?
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wants to have the government lend up to a trillion dollars to hedge funds, private equity, funds and the banks themselves to clear their books of toxic assets. The...
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James Ridgeway
Big Pharma Psychs Out the Shrinks
Just about everyone by now knows how the drug industry works to poison the minds of American doctors-not that many of them have resisted drinking the Kool-Aid, which comes in the form of ego-tripping...
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Robert Fisk
Will Obama Honour Pledge on Genocide of Armenians?
It's all supposed to be about campaign promises. Didn't Barack Obama promise to deliver an address from a "Muslim capital" in his first 100 days? It's got to be in a safe, moderate country, of course...
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John Nichols
Obama: "America (Seeks) a World Without Nuclear Weapons" But...
Barack Obama drew cheers from an estimated 30,000 Czechs as he declared Sunday that, "I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without...
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Robert Reich
Will Geithner Fire Corporate America?
Tim Geithner said on Sunday's Face the Nation that the Treasury might fire the heads of big banks that depend on financing from the federal government, just as it summarily deposed Rick Wagoner, the...
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Jeremy Scahill
US Hypocrisy on North Korea: Let's Talk About Israel's Nukes
President Obama's administration is pressing for diplomatic retaliation, perhaps in the form of more sanctions against North Korea, after Pyonyang launched a rocket into space. There are conflicting...
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Laura S. Boylan
Are We Safer than Natasha Richardson?
In an example of the circus of fear and hyperbole surrounding the health care debate, opponents of government involvement in health care are exploiting Natasha Richardson's tragic death from a skiing...
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Marcia Angell
Charting a New Course at the FDA
On March 14, President Obama nominated Margaret Hamburg to become commissioner of the FDA and appointed Joshua Sharfstein, a longtime critic of the pharmaceutical industry, as her principal deputy...
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Marjorie Cohn
Spain Investigates What America Should
A Spanish court has initiated criminal proceedings against six former officials of the Bush administration. John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, Alberto Gonzales, William Haynes and Douglas Feith...
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Norman Solomon
Democrats and War Escalation
Top Democrats and many prominent supporters -- with vocal agreement, tactical quibbles or total silence -- are assisting the escalation of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The...
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Julie Greene
Stimulus from the Bottom Up
In the United States, working people find the deck stacked against them. The structure of labor law makes it extraordinarily difficult for them to organize. And if they cannot organize, they have...
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Paul Buchheit
What Ails America? Giving 20% of Our Money to the Rich
Many people object to any 'redistribution' of income through taxes, because that, in their view, is socialist. It penalizes hard work and success, and it stifles the spirit of innovation. But a great...
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Ru Freeman
Sri Lanka: Bring on the White People
"Democracy is a messy thing and all of these voices must be heard," said Amy Goodman, speaking as a journalist and for Democracy NOW, on the Bill Moyers show on Friday. She and Glenn Greenwald from...
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Michael T. Klare
Global Crime Wave?
In all catastrophes, there are always winners among the host of losers and victims. Bad times, like good ones, generate profits for someone. In the case of the present global economic meltdown, with...
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Chris Hedges
Resist or Become Serfs
America is devolving into a third-world nation. And if we do not immediately halt our elite's rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be...
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Sonali Kolhatkar
Trading Afghan Women's Rights for Political Power
The proposed new Afghan law requiring (among other things), women to have sex with their husbands on demand and not leave home unescorted, has shocked the West. But for women in Afghanistan whose...
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