Views for 2009-04-20

Monday, April 20, 2009
Naomi Klein
Why We Should Banish Larry Summers from Public Life
I vote to banish Larry Summers. Not from the planet. That wouldn't be nice. Just from public life. The criticisms of President Obama's chief economic adviser are well known. He's too close to Wall...
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Sarah DeWeerdt
Is Local Food Better? Yes, But There's More
In 1993, a Swedish researcher calculated that the ingredients of a typical Swedish breakfast-apple, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, cream, orange juice, sugar-traveled a distance equal to the...
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Chip Ward
A Future Too Big to Fail: Ecological Ignorance and Economic Collapse
"Too big to fail." It's been the mantra of our economic meltdown. Although meant to emphasize the overwhelming importance of this bank or that corporation, the phrase also unwittingly expresses a...
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E.J. Dionne
Who Will Face Down the Gun Lobby?
Try to imagine that hundreds or thousands of guns including assault weapons were pouring across the Mexican border into Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California, arming criminal gangs who were...
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Deb Price
Obama Puts Out Rainbow-Colored Welcome Mat
At a recent White House cocktail party, gay leaders Joe Solmonese and Rea Carey sipped drinks in the Blue Room and guessed which way President Obama would enter. Suddenly, the president walked in --...
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Jeremy Scahill
Momentum Gains in Movement to Impeach Bush Torture Lawyer Turned Federal Judge
In the Sunday New York Times, the paper's editors call for the impeachment of Judge Jay Bybee, author of one of the now infamous torture memos released last week. Bybee is now a federal judge. In its...
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Richard Gott
Chávez's Perfect Gift to Obama
Some surprise has been expressed in the Anglo-Saxon world that Hugo Chávez should have presented a book to Barack Obama by Eduardo Galeano . Ignorance can be the only defence, the very fault that the...
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Bill McKibben
Waste Not, Want Not
Once a year or so, it's my turn to run recycling day for our tiny town. Saturday morning, 9 to 12, a steady stream of people show up to sort out their plastics (No. 1, No. 2, etc.), their corrugated...
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Chris Hedges
Where’s Rev. Wright When You Need Him?
Israel and the United States, which could be charged under international law with crimes against humanity for actions in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan, will together boycott the United Nations World...
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Glenn Greenwald
Major Scandal Erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC
Other obligations prevent me from writing until later today -- and I intend to focus on Rahm Emanuel's war-crimes-protecting proclamation that Obama's desire for immunity extends beyond CIA officers...
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