Views for 2009-05-15

Friday, May 15, 2009
Andy Worthington
Death in Libya, Betrayal in the West
News of the death , in a Libyan jail, of Ibn al-Shaikh al-Libi, a US terror suspect who was the subject of an extraordinary rendition, then tortured in Egypt and Jordan as well as CIA prisons in...
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Tom Andrews
Time to Stand Up as Congress Stands Down with War Funding Bill
How is it that, after winning the White House and strong Congressional majorities in 2008, Democrats are still playing defense when it comes to national security? How is it that those same...
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Jeremy Scahill
Little Known Military Thug Squad Still Brutalizing Prisoners at Gitmo Under Obama
As the Obama administration continues to fight the release of some 2,000 photos that graphically document U.S. military abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, an ongoing Spanish investigation is...
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Paul Cummins
Fund Education, Not Occupations
So, with the economy in the proverbial toilet and the D word (depression) hovering on the periphery, what is the Obama administration supposed to do about education? What can it do? Will additional...
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Matthew Harwood
America's Growing Surveillance State
The US department of homeland security has once again run afoul of cultural and political conservatives. Last month, a leaked report on rightwing extremism sparked an outcry for suggesting that...
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Joe Conason
We Tortured to Justify War
The single most pertinent question that Dick Cheney is never asked -- at least not by the admiring interviewers he has encountered so far -- is whether he, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush used...
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John W. Dean
The Politics of Excusing Torture in the Name of National Security
Allow me to share some analysis about the way things work in Washington. President Obama's flip-flop on his agreement to turn over photographs of detainees being tortured by American soldiers is a...
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Ted Rall
Excuses You Might Believe In
NEW YORK - The defection of Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter and the imminent certification of Al Franken as the winner of Minnesota's election recount has handed Democrats what they always said they...
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Sarah van Gelder
Single-Payer Advocates Deserve a Place at the Table
At a town hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, this week, President Barack Obama was asked why he has taken single-payer health care off the table.
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama Is Becoming an Accessory after the fact to War Crimes
Barack Obama is fast becoming an accessory after the fact to the war crimes that the Bush Administration has committed. By not prosecuting the torturers and those who ordered the torture, and now by...
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Christopher Cooper
It's All Good
Last Monday afternoon I did a dirty, degrading, disgusting act. I have done it before and doubt that I will be able to stop myself from repeating it in the future. I did it for money.
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David Sirota
Health Care's Enigma-In-Chief
The most stunning and least reported news about President Obama's press conference with health industry executives this week wasn't those executives' willingness to negotiate with a Democrat.
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Joe Brewer
The Progressive Tribe and Improving the World
The world is in need of some serious change. We all know this. And many people have taken the call personally and seriously. I encourage you to do the same. You can be an engine of creativity. You...
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