Views for 2009-04-14

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Ray McGovern
Anatomy of Bush's Torture 'Paradigm'
The prose of the recently leaked report of the International Committee of the Red Cross on torture seems colorless. It is at the same time obscene - almost pornographic. The 41-page ICRC report...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Differing Views of the 'Rule of Law' in Spain and the US
Scott Horton reports this morning that, in Spain, "prosecutors have decided to press forward with a criminal investigation targeting former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and five top...
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Olivia Snaije
Iraqi Women Frame the Human Reality of Conflict
LONDON - Every once in a while a project so successfully portrays the universality of human emotion that it is both admirable and timeless. "Open Shutters Iraq" is one such project. "Open Shutters"...
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Karen Archer Perry
Global Communication, Local Control
In his book "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," Harvard scholar Robert Putnam pointed to ways Americans had become less connected - to one another and to their...
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James Ridgeway
The Bailout We Owe the Developing World
One outcome of the G-20 meeting (as I wrote yesterday ) was an agreement to earmark as much as $1 trillion for developing countries, where the economic crisis is having a life-threatening impact...
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Nakhone Keodara
Unexploded Bombs in the Land of a Million Elephants
I was one of those Sally Struthers' babies in the Christian Children's Fund brochures, a young child running around my village in Laos, barefoot and naked, playing in the rice paddies. One afternoon...
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Kate Clinton
State Fairness: Whac-a-Mole and Marriage Equality
When I was growing up in Syracuse, New York I was not a big fan of our annual State Fair. The mid-way was too freaky, sticky and crowded but I loved bumper cars and Whac-a-mole. As a budding butch...
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Marcus Raskin & Joshua Frens-String
Reach Out to Cuba to Heal Guantanamo's Wounds
President Obama makes his first trip to Latin America this week, arriving in Trinidad and Tobago Friday for the Fifth Summit of the Americas. But notably absent from both attendance and the official...
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Jane Hamsher
The Corporate Lobbyists Behind the Tea Parties
Anyone who has watched Fox News of late has seen them talking about the April 15 "tea party" demonstrations, which they take pains to characterize as a spontaneous grassroots uprising against...
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James Randerson
Climate Change: We Must Believe We Can Make a Difference
Climate scientists are hyping the global warming crisis in order to keep themselves in jobs, conferences and research grants to exotic locations. Their snouts are wedged deep in a lucrative trough...
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Dean Baker
Economy Bottomed Out? No End in Sight
Many economic analysts have seized on several recent economic reports to claim that the economy has bottomed out and that the upturn is in sight. This analysis badly misreads the data.
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Sarah Anderson
Why Not Send My Tax Check Directly to Wall Street Execs?
My husband and I just made out a check to the IRS for $5,021. It's more than usual because of solid investment returns in his native Canada, where their quaintly regulated banking system continues to...
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George Monbiot
Cross Your Fingers and Carry On
Here's how the British government describes the risk of a smallpox outbreak. "We are currently at alert level O. Smallpox remains eradicated. No credible threat of a smallpox release."
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Robert Parry
US News Media Fails America, Again
Watching Glenn Beck of Fox News rant about “progressive fascism” – and muse about armed insurrection – or listening to mainstream pundits prattle on about Barack Obama as the “most polarizing...
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