Views for 2009-05-06

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Scott Horton
On Torture: Win One for the Gipper!
It would be hard to pick the stupidest meme floating among the Beltway stenographic pool, but it might just be the claim that the demand for accountability for torture comes from figures on the left...
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Jeff Biggers/Vernon Haltom/Janet Keating
Urgent Letter to EPA and Interior Secretary
As three million pounds of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil explosives continue to rip through the lush green Appalachian mountains and historic mountain communities every day, coalfield residents from West...
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Medea Benjamin
Who Will Stop the AIPAC Jews Before it is Too Late?
While I was being tackled by security guards at Washington's Convention Center during the AIPAC conference for unfurling a banner that asked "What about Gaza?," my heart was aching. I wasn't bothered...
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Ray McGovern
Rudman: Deus ex Machina on Torture
The announcement in mid-March that CIA Director Leon Panetta had picked former Sen. Warren Rudman to act as CIA "liaison" with the Senate Intelligence Committee during its "review" of interrogation...
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Andy Worthington
New Chief Prosecutor Appointed For Military Commissions At Guantánamo
In a development that will only fuel suspicions that the Obama administration is indeed planning to revive the Bush administration's much-criticized system of trials by Military Commission at...
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Neve Gordon
Israeli Activist to be Jailed for Caring
Without international intervention, Israeli human rights activist Ezra Nawi will most likely be sent to jail.
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Candice O'Grady
Hate Speech, Media Activism and the First Amendment
In just over a month last winter, two Latino men were beaten to death in New York state while their attackers shouted racial slurs and epithets ( Philadelphia Inquirer , 1/25/09). Such hate crimes,...
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Vanessa Ortiz
Postcard From...Bi'lin
The ritual occurs every Friday in Bi'lin, occupied West Bank. Palestinian protestors — community members and activists — gather around the mosque following midday prayers to march against the...
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George Monbiot
How Much Should We Leave in the Ground?
The two papers on carbon emissions published in Nature last week were ground-breaking: they show us how much carbon dioxide we can produce if we're to have a reasonable chance of preventing two...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Faux Defense of Western Liberties from the Anti-Muslim, Mark Steyn Right
One of the tactics endlessly used by America's right-wing warriors in their crusade against Islamic radicalism is the pretense that they are motivated by a defense of core Western freedoms,...
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John Nichols
Tax Haven Rhetoric Doesn't Trump Job-Loss Reality
President Obama wants to close accounting loopholes for corporations that set up "tax havens" abroad. Excellent. But don't be fooled into thinking that this is a particularly significant development...
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Mike Davis
A Day Without Tourists: Tijuana Versus the Plague
"Since everyone is dumping on Mexico these days, you might as well help me do the real thing."
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Battle for Healthcare Begins
"If there is no public insurance option...then this is not reform at all." That's what Governor Howard Dean said last night in a conference call with thousands of activists -- and he's absolutely...
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Robert Scheer
Cashing In on ‘Government Sachs’
We are so inured to tales of business corruption that even a devastating exposé in The Wall Street Journal no longer shocks us. The fact that the chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank made...
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Amy Goodman
Pete Seeger Carries Us On
It was some garden party. Eighteen-thousand people packed into Madison Square Garden Sunday night to celebrate the first 90 years of Pete Seeger's life. The legendary folk singer is a living history...
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Marjorie Cohn
Stanford Anti-War Alumni, Students Call for Condi War Crimes Probe
During the Vietnam War, Stanford students succeeded in banning secret military research from campus. Last weekend, 150 activist alumni and present Stanford students targeted Condoleezza Rice for...
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Norman Solomon
We Need a Green New Deal
In the Arctic, sea ice is melting. In the United States, houses are foreclosing. And in Washington, the Senate is becoming a real-life Bermuda Triangle for progressive agendas. Proposals for major...
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Thom Hartmann
Arlen Specter Checked A Card
The irony was hard to miss. Senator Arlen Specter, checking a card changing his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic, saying that he won't support the right of working people to check a...
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