Views for 2009-07-20

Monday, July 20, 2009
Johanna Peace
Will Obama Break His $150 Billion Promise?
With last week's letter urging Obama to ensure "stable support" for a Clean Energy Technology Fund in the climate bill currently before the Senate, America's top scientists and energy experts...
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Megan Tady, Megan Tady
If You Love the Internet, Fight for It
It's official; I've become a geek. I love the Internet, gush over it like it's a newborn baby. In conversations, I relate everything back to the Internet. "Oh, that's great about you, but back to the...
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Bill Bigelow
Schools Foster Climate Illiteracy
While visiting Portland recently, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood proclaimed that "Portland is the green capital of our country." Well, maybe when it comes to streetcars and light rail,...
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Julie Mason
Canadian Health Care: A Reality Check on a Reality Check
I'm a secret CNN fan. I just can't get enough of those talking heads with their gleaming teeth, wet-look lipstick and perfect coiffures. Even at 4 a.m., some gorgeous thing with flawless makeup (men...
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Robert Kuttner
Smoking the Green Shoots
Question for the day: Where is the economic recovery going to come from?
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Robert Parry
Cronkite's Unintended Legacy
With his measured calm and seriousness of purpose, Walter Cronkite set a high standard for television journalism that has rarely been met since his retirement in 1981. But the legendary CBS anchorman...
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SF Chronicle Editorial
Still Wrong on Wiretapping
One of former President George W. Bush's most disastrous legacies - his warrantless wiretaps - has picked up a curious ally in President Obama. What the new White House wants is pretty much what the...
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Miriam Pemberton
Mass Transit Helps Cut Global Warming and War
Two subway cars on Washington, D.C.'s Red Line - which I usually ride to work - recently collided. It was the worst accident in this subway's history, killing nine D.C. residents and injuring scores...
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Benamar Benatta
Bitter Anniversary for Rendition Victim
I was the subject of an "extraordinary rendition" from Canada to the United States, where I was held for nearly five years and tortured as a terror suspect, even though I was innocent.
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Tom Hayden
Pentagon Enlists Feminists for War Aims
Over a decade ago a young woman approached me on the California Senate floor with a petition against the Taliban. Women are being repressed, tortured and killed by religious fundamentalists, she said...
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Jennifer Rogers
Regulation of Chemicals Needs Drastic Overhaul
I recently read an article about Bisphenol-A (BPA) that eerily reminded me of the movie "Thank You for Smoking." In the movie, the "merchants of death" or MOD Squad, as they call themselves, are...
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James Carroll
The End Is Near
It used to be that apocalyptic warnings about the approaching end of time came from sign-holding religious nutcases. Now they come from hard scientists. Most discussion of the threat of global...
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Jeff Biggers
Jimmy Carter's Next Urgent Mission: Polarized Appalachian Coalfields
Amid a volatile energy market and a lack of green job investments in the future, the divided Appalachian coalfields have reached a state of emergency this summer. And yet, the Obama administration...
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Norman Solomon
Beyond the Hype: Cronkite and the Vietnam War
Media eulogies for Walter Cronkite -- including from progressive commentators -- rarely talk about his coverage of the Vietnam War before 1968. This obit omit is essential to the myth of Cronkite as...
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César Chelala
Breaking the Silence on Gaza
A new set of revelations by soldiers who participated in the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) operation in Gaza offers a disturbing picture of the actions carried out in that territory. Testimony...
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Chris Hedges
War Without Purpose
Al-Qaida could not care less what we do in Afghanistan. We can bomb Afghan villages, hunt the Taliban in Helmand province, build a 100,000-strong client Afghan army, stand by passively as Afghan...
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