Views for 2009-04-27

Monday, April 27, 2009
Scott Horton
Broder for the Defense
In the Sunday Washington Post, David Broder explains why all calls for accountability with respect to the Bush Administration's introduction of torture techniques are not just wrong, they're...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel, Katrina vanden Heuvel & Greg Kaufmann
Chasing Ghosts in Afghanistan
There were two important hearings regarding Afghanistan on the Hill last week -- in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and at the Congressional Progressive Caucus' (CPC) third forum examining the...
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Michael Winship
Put Wealth on Trial
For policy wonks near and far, the celebrity of the hour isn't Susan Boyle, the Scottish church marm who belted out "I Dreamed a Dream" with the voice of an airy angel, or ex-Somali pirate hostage...
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Paul Krugman
Money For Nothing
On July 15, 2007, The New York Times published an article with the headline "The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age." The most prominently featured of the "new titans" was Sanford Weill,...
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Danny Schechter
Stress Testing Obama
How would you do on a "stress test?" Even as the soundness of banks is supposedly measured - with many expected to show signs of insolvency - the whole stress idea demands a broader focus.
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Michelle Chen
E-waste: America's Electronics Feed the Global Digital Dump
The landscape of Guiyu, a remote town in China's Guangdong province, embodies a collision between past and future. Amid acidic plumes of smoke and vast mountains of trash, migrants scour for valuable...
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Glenn Greenwald
David Broder and Media Culpability for Bush Crimes
I read David Broder's truly wretched screed yesterday -- in which he demands immunity for Bush officials from investigation and prosecution and attacks those who advocate accountability -- and...
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Jess Hunter-Bowman
More of the Same Drug War Isn’t the Answer
BOGOTÁ - Here we go again. The other week our president traveled to Mexico to declare that the scourge of drug trafficking is killing thousands abroad and harming our children at home and that...
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Nick Turse
A Tsunami of Hunger: Is New York City About to Be Overwhelmed?
A crisis is brewing and Carlos Rodriguez sees it in ever longer lines. "More work boots with plaster or paint on them," he says. "Guys clearly coming in from the work site." A spokesperson for the...
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Robert Naiman
Reform US Foreign Policy by Passing EFCA
Sometimes an opportunity for reform comes along that is "strategic" in that it changes the playing field for efforts to win other reforms in the future. The passage of the National Labor Relations...
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Russell Mokhiber
How Corrupt Is That?
The AFL-CIO recently posted a health care survey on its web site. And in the key question (question 21) about the future of the health care system, the AFL gives you a choice. Health care reform...
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John Nichols
GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness
When House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who has long championed investment in pandemic preparation, included roughly $900 million for that purpose in this year...
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Chris Hedges
Obama Has Missed His Moment
Barack Obama has squandered his presidency. He had a fleeting moment to challenge the casino capitalism and financial recklessness of our economic and political elite. He could have orchestrated a...
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Judith Blau
Human Rights is a Local Issue
I'm increasingly convinced that the reason why human equality, human dignity, and social pluralism are illusive in American society is that we do not have what Miguel de Unamuno called "el público"...
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Marjorie Cohn
Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11
When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-...
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