Views for 2009-05-26

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Conn Hallinan
Shadow Wars
Sudan: The two F-16s caught the trucks deep in the northern desert. Within minutes, the column of vehicles was a string of shattered wrecks burning fiercely in the January sun. Surveillance drones...
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Jeff Biggers
New York is Burning
When the marquee signs on Broadway light up, a signal will most likely be sent from the New York Independent System Operator grid to the Lovett coal-fired plant, where the facility service will...
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Jay Walljasper
Here's Good News About Your Net Worth
Let me offer some good news about the state of your wealth. Sure, the 401(k) tanked, the house lost a big chunk of value, and things are looking shaky at work. Indeed, the Federal Reserve recently...
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Robert Naiman
IraqTortureGate: Powell Denies Knowing He Used Tortured Evidence for UN Case
The most damning credible allegation to emerge regarding the Bush Administration is arguably that Dick Cheney and other Bush Administration officials ordered the use of torture to produce false...
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Marcy Wheeler
The CIA's Torture Untruths
If you've been reading the Washington DC-based press of late, you might have the impression that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is the mastermind of the US's torture...
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Bob Fitrakis
Democratic Socialists? Democrats Not Half That Good
The Republican National Committee recently dropped its resolution to brand the moderate pro-corporate Democratic Party “Socialists.” As the late, great Democratic Socialist leader Michael Harrington...
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Peter Singer
The Value of a Pale Blue Dot
The eighteenth-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote: "Two things fill the heart with ever renewed and increasing awe and reverence, the more often and more steadily we meditate upon them:...
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Robert Kuttner
Tough Love for Obama
Barack Obama is one of three nominees I voted for with enthusiasm. The first, Lyndon Johnson (then in his 1964 civil-rights and anti-poverty phase), self-destructed over Vietnam. The second, George...
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Jeremy Scahill
If Iran Freed Roxanna Saberi, Why Won't the US Release Journalist Ibrahim Jassam?
Last week, we reported on how retired US Army Colonel Ralph Peters penned an essay for a leading neocon group calling for future US military attacks on media outlets and journalists. Writing for the...
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John Nichols
Obama's Pick, Sonia Sotomayor, Reflects America
When Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his planned retirement, the pressure was on President Obama to add a second woman to a bench. At the same time, Obama was encouraged to pick the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Deadly - Guns in National Parks
In its infinite cowardice, Congress is extending the same national park protections to guns as it does wildlife. Proving that some corners of Obamaworld are just as insane as the Bush administration...
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David Michael Green
Overcoming the Poverty of Ambition: Barack Obama and the Bully Pulpit
Presidents, and especially former presidents, sometimes say things that will surprise you.
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Andy Kroll
The Financial Bailout: How It Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and Props Up Our Broken Financial System
On October 3rd, as the spreading economic meltdown threatened to topple financial behemoths like American International Group (AIG) and Bank of America and plunged global markets into freefall, the U...
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Glenn Greenwald
Backlash Grows Against Obama's Preventive Detention Proposal
The backlash against President Obama's extraordinary proposal for indefinite "preventive detention" -- already widespread in the immediate aftermath of his speech -- continues to grow. On Friday, Sen.
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Dean Baker
Waterboard the Fed?
To my knowledge, no one has proposed waterboarding the US Federal Reserve . But the hostile reaction of much of the country's political leadership to suggestions that the Government Accountability...
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Robert Parry
Colin Powell Skates Free on Torture
There is no one, it seems, that the U.S. mainstream news media loves more than Colin Powell, a "moderate" Republican who gives a careerist journalist the chance to do some smart positioning in the "...
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Marjorie Cohn
Obama’s Guantánamo Appeasement Plan
Two days after his inauguration, President Obama pledged to close Guantánamo within one year. The Republicans, led by Senators John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts, immediately launched a...
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