Views for 2009-07-27

Monday, July 27, 2009
Isabel Macdonald
Prescription for a Real Healthcare Debate
The debate about health reform is clearly in critical condition, with the prospects for President Barack Obama's proposed "public option" looking increasingly uncertain. The U.S. is the only...
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Helena Cobban
Afghanistan: 'Armed Nation Building'?
The generally sane and realistic military analyst Tony Cordesman published a 28-page paper (PDF) last on the US war in Afghanistan, which to me merely underlined how deeply un-winnable this US war...
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Rob Smart
Guess Who’s Controlling Our Food Supply
I have a difficult time accepting genetically modified (GM) foods at face value. My primary concerns have to do with what we know, and, more importantly don’t know about how this “promising”...
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Bruce Dixon
Is the Obama Health Care Plan Really Better Than Nothing?
Candidate Barack Obama told us to judge his first term by whether he delivers quality affordable health care for all Americans, including nearly fifty million uninsured. So why does his proposal not...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Washington Post Endorses Abu Ghraib Scapegoating for Torture
The Washington Post Editorial Page -- keeper of all establishment Washington wisdom -- today advocates that low-level CIA interrogators who went beyond John Yoo's torture guidelines, and only them,...
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Robert Kuttner
Wall Street on Speed
The New York Times recently reported that the latest scheme--or scam--on Wall Street is something called High Frequency Trading. Very sophisticated financial firms, such as Goldman Sachs, are tipped...
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Colin Horgan
The Truth About Canadian Healthcare
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the debate over a public healthcare option in the US is that in some ways, it's turning into a debate over the efficacy of the healthcare system in Canada ...
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John Nichols
Single-Payer Advocates Must Seize This Opening
It is unsettling to listen as President Obama and House Speaker Pelosi talk up a health-care reform "plan" that has yet to take shape in any realistic form. The vagueness on the part of the president...
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Paul Krugman
An Incoherent Truth
Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats — mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, created in 1995. And you might be tempted to say...
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Danny Schechter
When Wall Street is the Problem, Is Bernanke the Answer?
Memo to CNN: Consider this as a theme for Black In America 3. In his recent press conference, after which President Obama would be called to task for lambasting the police in Cambridge Mass for...
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Roger Burbach
Obama and Clinton Nix Change in Honduras
The situation in Honduras and Central America is growing increasingly tumultuous with each passing day as deposed President Manuel Zelaya confronts the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti with...
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Chris Hedges
Happiness Consultants Won't Stop a Depression
Anthony Vasquez, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, worked at FedEx Kinkos for about two years. His store's slogan was: "Yes We Can." "It meant that if a customer asked us to do a...
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Thom Hartmann
Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that "Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the US... Highly paid employees received nearly $2.1...
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