Views for 2009-07-22

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
George Monbiot
US Continues Down Perilous Biofuels Path
When the motor manufacturers are in dispute with the US Environmental Protection Agency , you wouldn't win much for guessing which side I'm likely to be on. But this time you'd be wrong.
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John McQuaid
Mountaintop Mining Legacy: Destroying Appalachian Streams
Laurel Branch Hollow was once a small West Virginia mountain valley, with steep, forested hillsides and a stream that, depending on the season and the rains, flowed or trickled down into the Mud...
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Amitabh Pal
Hillary Peddles Worst Sort of Wares in India
To assist the corporate bottom line, the Obama Administration is peddling the worst sort of wares abroad.
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Nancy Kricorian
Stolen Beauty: The Struggle for a Just Peace in the Middle East Coming to a Store Near You
As the dust settled on the destroyed homes, schools and lives in the aftermath of Israel’s assault on Gaza earlier this year, mainstream human rights groups from Amnesty International to Physicians...
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Drs. Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein
Why Obama's Public Option Is Defective, and Why We Need Single-Payer
Once Congress finishes mandating that we all buy private health insurance, it can move on to requiring Americans to purchase other defective products. A Ford Pinto in every garage? Lead-painted toys...
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Kwaku Osei
Fighting the Forgotten War: Students' Activism for the Congo
Kambale Musavuli isn't your average student. For one, he's not attached to his cell phone. In the first few days of trying to reach him for this article, the only response I received was the...
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Naomi Starkman
The Seeds of a New Economy
With the economy in shambles and banks closing across the country, a ray of light has appeared: a former bank in Petaluma, California has been reborn as a new heirloom seed bank. And the timing could...
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Laura Carlsen
Twenty-first Century Coups d'Etat
The consolidation of power through brute force represents a serious step backward for the region. How is it possible that a coup d'etat could take place and survive in the 21st century? This is the...
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David Bromwich
How Serial War Became the American Way of Life
On July 16, in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the "central question" for the defense of the United States was how the military should be "...
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James Bamford
The NSA Is Still Listening to You
This summer, on a remote stretch of desert in central Utah, the National Security Agency will begin work on a massive, 1 million-square-foot data warehouse. Costing more than $1.5 billion, the highly...
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Jim Hightower
Real Competition Can Stop Health Insurance Gouging
Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama is all for the congressional effort to produce health-care reform — as long as the legislation we end up with doesn't contain any actual reform. Indeed, the senator...
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Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Lessons from Hard Times Past
We’re all struggling with how to think -- and what to do -- in the face of the “great recession.” An initial progressive response was to advocate better regulation; then Keynesian economic stimulus;...
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Glenn Greenwald
Stephen Colbert on Chuck Todd and Torture Investigations
Amazingly, reports that Eric Holder is considering commencing an investigation into Bush-era torure crimes has created extreme consternation in multiple Beltway circles despite how narrow and limited...
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Robert Scheer
Deep-Sixing the F-22
I’ll believe it when it finally happens. But the news that Congress might actually stop production of a high-tech, job-generating and, most of all, high-profit weapons system because it fills no...
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Amy Goodman
The 21st Century Color Line
W.E.B. Du Bois' classic 1903 work "The Souls of Black Folk" opens with "The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." Du Bois helped form the NAACP, the National Association...
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