Views for 2009-05-21

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Glenn Greenwald
Obama's Civil Liberties Speech
Obama's speech this morning , like most Obama speeches, made pretty points in rhetorically effective ways about the Constitution, our values, transparency, oversight, the state secrets privilege, and...
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Andy Worthington
Out Of Guantánamo: African Embassy Bombing Suspect To Be Tried In US Court
In a move that seems to open up a route out of Guantánamo for prisoners accused of having an active involvement with international terrorism that does not involve reviving the much-criticized system...
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Sonali Kolhatkar, James Ingalls
America's Viceroy in Afghanistan
In 2006 we wrote Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (Seven Stories) at a time when most Americans, even on the left, were paying little attention to Afghanistan...
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Phyllis Bennis
Netanyahu at the White House: Not Yet Change We Can Believe In
Overall, the May 19th White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has to be seen as a draw. As former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Obama adviser...
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Matthew Rothschild
Democratic Socialists? You Bet!
Some in the Republican Party are trying to re-dub the Democratic Party as the Democrat Socialist Party. Nothing like getting out the old encrusted red paintbrush. But I hope some Democrats don't run...
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Jeremy Scahill
US Colonel Advocates US 'Military Attacks' on 'Partisan Media' in Essay for Neocon, Pro-Israel Group JINSA
In the era of embedded media, independent journalists have become the eyes and ears of the world. Without those un-embedded journalists willing to risk their lives to place themselves on the other...
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David Corn and Steve Aquino
Reid Helps GOP Go NIMBY on Gitmo
On Tuesday-after Democrats joined with Republicans in the Senate to vote against President Obama's request for $80 million to close the Guantanamo Bay prison-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev...
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Jodie Evans
Hiding Behind The Skirts Of Women
For eight years, many Americans have justified the war in Afghanistan as a moral battle to "protect" Afghan women. But Afghan women tell another story: more U.S. war will bear them more suffering.
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John R. MacArthur
As Hitler Tightened the Screws: Hypocrisy and Conniving in France
Have you ever asked yourself what you would have done if you had found yourself in Paris on June 14, 1940, when the German army rolled into town? Collaboration so quickly became the norm that this...
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Jane Hamsher
Alan Grayson says 'Audit the Fed'
Eighty thousand people have now seen the famous Youtube of Fed Vice Chair Donald Kohn refusing to answer Alan Grayson's questions about where all the money is going. By law he doesn't have to...
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Ted Rall
Bail Out Your Own Damn Self! Time for a Tax and Mortgage Strike
The calamari salad was world-class. Still, my friend the CPA's face screwed up. "You know what still has me pissed off? The bailouts. All wasted on CEO bonuses. But nobody cares!" I told him I...
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Danny Schechter
Frauds R' Us: The Scams and Crimes of Wall Street
So many of us know in detail about all the false warnings and exaggerated claims that were used to justify the war in Iraq. By now, six years later, and after many books, reports, news stories and...
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Russell Mokhiber
Baucus Flees From Single Payer Advocates
Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) drove up to the front door of the Kaiser Family Foundation in downtown Washington, D.C. this morning. His initial idea - park on G Street in front of the office...
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Janet Weil
It’s Time for the President To Get Real on Afghanistan
There's an old adage, "Show me what you spend your money on, and I will tell you your values." President Obama's request for a "speedy" congressional vote on $92.4 billion more in supplemental war...
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Jasmin Ramsey
Obama's Prison
Fyodor Dostoyevsky argued that the “degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” What does it mean when certain prisons are located on occupied territory and the...
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Joseph Gerson
Obama, Nuclear Weapons and Abolition
On May 19, as nuclear disarmament negotiations between the United States and Russia began in Moscow, President Obama welcomed a Gang of Four to the White House to provide him political reinforcement...
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Mark Weisbrot
Big Business Gearing Up to Defend Protectionism Against UN Climate Negotiators
The battle over intellectual property rights is likely to be one of the most important of this century. It has enormous economic, social and political implications in a wide range of areas, from...
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Norman Solomon
The March of Folly, Continued
To understand what's up with President Obama as he escalates the war in Afghanistan, there may be no better place to look than a book published 25 years ago.
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