Views for 2009-06-08

Monday, June 8, 2009
Glenn Greenwald
ABC News' Interview with Lakhdar Boumediene and Our Current Policies
Lakhdar Boumediene is an Algerian (and Bosnian citizen) who, while living in Bosnia and working for the International Red Crescent, was arrested by the Bosnian government (at the behest of the Bush...
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Noam Chomsky
Turning Point?
The Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas meetings in May, followed by Obama's speech in Cairo, have been widely interpreted as a turning point in US Middle East policy, leading to consternation in some quarters,...
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Elizabeth DiNovella
Fighting Militarism’s Toxic Legacy
One of the most pernicious effects of the U.S. government’s commitment to militarism is a toxic landscape. Current legislation pending in the House, H.R. 672 , the Military Environmental...
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Robert Kuttner
Fantasies of Green Shoots
There is a huge reality gap between the happy talk about green shoots, banks passing stress tests, the rise in unemployment slowing -- and what's happening out in the real economy, especially if you...
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Robert Parry
119 Million Americans Must Be Wrong
As the health insurance industry and its defenders in Congress lay out their case against permitting a public option in a reform bill, perhaps their most curious argument is that some 119 million...
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John Sauven
The Amazon is Dying
Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, writing in the Guardian in March , offered us these words of hope: "No country has a larger stake in reversing the impact of global warming than Brazil...
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Phyllis Bennis
Changing the Discourse: First Step Toward Changing the Policy?
President Barack Obama's much-anticipated Cairo speech reflected a significant shift away from the ideological framework of militarism and unilateralism that shaped the Bush administration's war-...
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Alfred W. McCoy
Back to the Future in Torture Policy
If, like me, you've been following America's torture policies not just for the last few years, but for decades, you can't help but experience that eerie feeling of déjà vu these days. With the...
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Anna Brown
Grief and Solidarity on the Road to Gaza
The opening announcement at our first CodePink and Coalition of Women for Peace meeting was stunning and sobering: a 35 year-old Palestinian father of two children, with another child on the way, was...
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Chris Hedges
Hold Your Applause
Did they play Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in the prison corridors of Abu Ghraib, Bagram air base, Guantanamo or the dozens of secret sites where we hold thousands of Muslims around the...
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Gordon Bennet
Courage in Journalism: Chris Satullo on the Fourth of July
There are several Halls of Fame for journalists. But I don't know if there is a Hall of Fame for Remarkably Courageous Prophetic Journalists. If there is one, Chris Satullo should be voted in. Born...
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Tom Gallagher
Dick Cheney and Aunt Helen
When former Vice President Dick Cheney, instigator of invasion and defender of torture, reiterated his support for gay marriage, I thought of my cousin Helen – and the family roots of tolerance...
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Norman Solomon
Words and War
It takes at least tacit faith in massive violence to believe that after three decades of horrendous violence in Afghanistan, upping the violence there will improve the situation. Despite the...
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Cynthia Boaz
Why Torturing to Prove Torturing is Wrong is Never Okay: A Note to Keith Olbermann
Although it has been several weeks since Keith Olbermann has used his MSNBC show as a platform to call for the public water boarding of fellow commentator Sean Hannity of the Fox News Channel, my...
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