Views for 2009-04-23

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Michael Pollan
A Food Revolution in the Making from Victory Gardens to White House Lawn
Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground for a new vegetable garden on the South lawn of the White House. It's the first time food will be grown at the President's residence since Eleanor...
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Adrian Hamilton
Walking Out on Ahmadinejad was Just Plain Childish
Isn't it time western diplomats just grew up and stopped these infantile games over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? All that this play-acting over boycotting of conferences because of his presence and...
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Gary Kamiya
Torture Works Sometimes, But It's Always Wrong
We know and have known for years that since 9/11 we have been a nation of torturers. We have also known, in large part, what those tortures consisted of -- waterboarding, slapping, sleep deprivation...
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Robert Parry
How Bush's Torture Helped Al-Qaeda
Captured al-Qaeda operatives, facing the threat or reality of torture, appear to have fed the Bush administration's obsession about Iraq, buying Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders time to...
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William Greider
Testicular Politics: Obama and the Big Dogs
The big dogs of banking and finance are playing a rough game of bump-and-run with our president, trying to knock him off balance and demonstrate their dominance. The best names in Wall Street--...
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George McGovern
Bring Our Troops Home from Mideast This Year
President Barack Obama holds my admiration with high hopes for his message of change in Washington, D.C. It is puzzling, however, that he has adopted most of the previous administration's formula for...
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Dennis Damon
Marriage Equality: The Way Life Should Be
On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 a public hearing was held to allow Maine residents to comment on a proposed legislative bill to allow full marriage equality in the state. The following remarks were...
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Laura Carlsen
Words and Deeds in Trinidad
The stage was set for a showdown. Hugo Chávez and Barack Obama exchanged another round of insults before getting on their planes to head to Trinidad and Tobago. Many countries came prepared for an...
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Thom Hartmann
Will Obama Reboot Capitalism Anew?
Over six million people are now out of work, and unemployment figures released today show that now-record number is continuing to climb.
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Robert C. Koehler
Wall of Fear
“Frankly, this does look a lot like Jimmy Carter. Carter tried weakness, and the world got tougher and tougher, because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators — when they...
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Marjorie Cohn
Not the Better Part of Valor: Obama's Duty to Prosecute Torturers
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU, President Obama released four Bush-era memos that describe unimaginably brutal techniques and provide "legal" justification for...
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Ray McGovern
Obama Plays Hamlet; Shredders Hum
Well, well. The New York Times has finally put a story together on the key role played by two faux psychologists in helping the Bush administration devise ways to torture people. We should, I suppose...
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Stephen Zunes
Obama Caves to Right-wing in Boycotting UN Anti-Racism Conference
In boycotting the United Nations conference on racism, the Obama administration demonstrated that just because an African American can be elected president doesn't mean the United States will be any...
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A Killer, aka Terry Jones
Free the Torturers – and the Rapists Too!
I am over the moon about President Obama's recent publication of the Bush administration's torture memos . They come as a breath of fresh air for those of us banged up in Cook County Jail. Obama's...
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