Views for 2009-06-26

Friday, June 26, 2009
George Monbiot
The Failed State of US Climate Change Policy
It would be laughable anywhere else. But, so everyone says, the Waxman-Markey bill which is likely to be passed in Congress today or tomorrow, is the best we can expect - from America.
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Greg Kaufmann
Fighting Like Hell for Healthcare Now
At Upper Senate Park on the grounds of the US Capitol yesterday, on a hot, humid DC summer day, 10,000 people from across the country rallied for healthcare reform with a real public option. They...
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Robert Parry
False Health-Scare Ad on CNN
A right-wing group called Conservatives for Patients’ Rights is airing a political attack ad against the idea of a public option for health insurance by turning upside down an analysis showing that...
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Richard Kim
Obama's Stonewall
In 1996, when Barack Obama was running for the Illinois Senate, he was asked in a survey by Outlines, a gay community newspaper in Chicago, if he supported same-sex marriage. Unlike most candidates,...
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Daniel Schulman
Guess Who's Selling Wall Street's Bull?
The strategic communications specialist advising a financial industry effort to enhance Wall Street's image has plenty of experience in spinning the American public: In the Bush White House, he was...
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Andy Worthington
Never Forget: The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
Eleven years ago, the United Nations designated June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture . Then-Secretary General Kofi Annan explained, "This is a day on which we pay our...
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Kelly Jean Cogswell
Celebrating Stonewall When the State of the Gay Union Stinks
It’s that time of year when queers hold barbecues and parades, and lift their Cosmopolitans to the dykes and drag queens that helped start the modern LGBT movement. Our institutions honor an activist...
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Ramzy Baroud
People for Sale in a Hungry World
One might be tempted to dismiss the recent findings of the US State Department on human trafficking as largely political. But do not be too hasty. Criticism of the State Department's report on...
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Randall Amster
Saving Ourselves: Consuming Within Recharge Rates
In bygone days, the environmental movement would often cast its lot with a "Save the [blank]" ideology that generally included non-human components such as "world" or "whales" or "spotted owls" in...
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Ira Chernus
Palestinian Violence Overstated, Jewish Violence Understated
The Israel Project hired pollster Stanley Greenberg to test American opinion on the Middle East conflict -- and got a big surprise. In September 2008, 69% of Americans called themselves pro-Israel...
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Paul Krugman
Not Enough Audacity
When it comes to domestic policy, there are two Barack Obamas. On one side there's Barack the Policy Wonk, whose command of the issues - and ability to explain those issues in plain English - is a...
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Robert Greenwald
Farrah Fawcett, the Burning Bed Fighter
Farrah and Ryan came to visit me about a month ago. Her spirit and passion and intelligence were as sharp as ever. The deep connection between Farrah and Ryan stronger then ever, with the teasing and...
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John Nichols
Michael Jackson: Imperfect Icon
This is a big world, with many remote corners where America is known only as a distant and different land. But Michael Jackson touched almost all of them. The music star's death Thursday , at age 50...
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Peter Tatchell
Our Lost Gay Radicalism
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York when, for the first time in history, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people fought back against ­decades of...
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Tom Andrews
Glass Half Full: House Democratic Caucus Backs McGovern Afghanistan Exit Amendment
For those concerned the U.S. is becoming mired in a military quagmire in Afghanistan there was good news and bad news on the House floor Thursday afternoon: The good news is that a majority of House...
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