Views for 2009-06-03

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Ruth Conniff
Getting the GM Bankruptcy All Wrong
To read the mainstream coverage of the GM bankruptcy, you would think President Obama's main enemy--and indeed the enemy of progress for the whole country--is a unionized labor force in the auto...
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Robert Fisk
Police State is the Wrong Venue for Obama's Speech
Maybe Barack Obama chose Egypt for his "great message" to Muslims tomorrow because it contains a quarter of the world's Arab population, but he is also coming to one of the region's most repressed,...
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David Swanson
America's Future Moves Forward
Every year in Washington, D.C., the Campaign for America's Future (CAF) convenes the largest conference of activists positioned anywhere to the left of wherever the center has drifted off to. Labor...
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Daniel Moss
Another Water World Is Possible
With climate change deepening the water crisis, wonky discussions of how to manage our water systems are suddenly attracting increased public attention. "Unlike oil, there's no substitute for fresh...
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Harold Meyerson
The GM 'Precedent'
"Any idiot can nationalize a company," the great American socialist Michael Harrington used to say, disparagingly. For socialists of Harrington's generation and thereafter -- the socialists and...
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Wayne Barrett
Barrett: Why Don't MSNBCers Question 'Morning Joe' About Abortion Doc Killings?
Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow devoted much of their MSNBC shows last night to the assassination of George Tiller. Maddow actually led with a headshot of Michael Griffin, the first abortion-doctor...
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Robert Parry
Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?
There's been talk that George W. Bush was so inept that he should trademark the phrase "Worst President Ever," though some historians would bestow that title on pre-Civil War President James Buchanan...
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Ira Chernus
Annotate This: Obama's Speech on National Security
I hate to admit it, but I've been suckered by the Obama administration. A few weeks ago the secretary of State announced, in effect, that the "war on terror" was over. From now on, the mass media...
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Medea Benjamin
Obama Should Visit Gaza
US President Barack Obama will give a major policy talk at Cairo University on 4 June, intended to start mending the rift between the United States and the Arab world. During the Bush years, many...
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Tom Engelhardt
To the Graduating Class of American Empire, 2009: Missing Word, Missing World
Graduates of the Bush years, initiates of the Obama era, if you think of a commencement address as a kind of sermon, then every sermon needs its text. Here's the one I've chosen for today, suitably...
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Amy Goodman
Dr. George Tiller Didn’t Have to Die
George Tiller did not have to die. He was assassinated while in church in Wichita, Kan., on Sunday, targeted for legally performing abortions. His death might have been prevented simply through...
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Free Gaza Movement
Mr. President, Help Us Free Gaza
Tomorrow you travel to Egypt to give one of the most important speeches of your presidency. With the words you deliver you have said that you want to "reset" U.S. relations with the Muslim world and...
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Jim Hightower
Stopping the Desecration of Mountaintop Removal
Obama spaketh, and it was good: "We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal than simply blowing the tops off mountains," he proclaimed. And, yea, in the mountains and down through...
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Robert Scheer
Reagan Didn’t Do It
How could Paul Krugman, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and author of generally excellent columns in The New York Times, get it so wrong? His column last Sunday-"Reagan Did It"-which stated...
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Glenn Greenwald
Another Club Gitmo Guest Kills Himself
Some of the most cartoonish pseudo-tough-guy, play-acting-warrior-low-lifes of the Right -- Rush Limbaugh , The Weekly Standard , National Review's Andy McCarthy -- have long referred to Guanta
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Andy Worthington
Yemeni Prisoner Muhammad Salih Dies At Guantánamo
It has just been reported that Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah Salih (also known as Mohammed al-Hanashi), a Yemeni prisoner at Guantánamo, has died, apparently by committing suicide.
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