Views for 2009-09-17

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tom Engelhardt
Is America Hooked on War?
"War is peace" was one of the memorable slogans on the facade of the Ministry of Truth, Minitrue in "Newspeak," the language invented by George Orwell in 1948 for his dystopian novel 1984. Some 60...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Distracting Benefits of ACORN Hysteria
Earlier this week, I wrote about how the Fox-News/Glenn-Beck/Rush-Limbaugh leadership trains its protesting followers to focus the vast bulk of their resentment and anxieties on largely powerless and...
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David Korten
Who Really Crashed the Economy?
Mobs disrupt town meetings . Glenn Beck amplifies a careless remark by a mid-level White House staff member into a threat of a national communist takeover. The right wing spin machine creates a...
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John Buell
Reflections on Air Travel, Globalization, and 'Another World'
Labor Day weekend, I flew to Toronto for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. Not surprisingly, complexity, globalization and unpredictability were themes of the...
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Matthew Rothschild
Romell Broom and the Barbarism of the Death Penalty
You want to know how barbaric the death penalty is? Ask Romell Broom. The convicted rapist and murderer was brought into the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility on Tuesday...
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Mitchell Bard
The Baucus Debacle: So Democrats Can Win an Election But Can They Govern?
When it comes to policy positions, I certainly agree with the Democrats far more than the Republicans. (Do the Republicans still have policy positions? Does really, really hating the president,...
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Laura Flanders
What the Government and Big Banks Have Failed to Learn
Too big to fail -- do you ever wish you'd never heard that phrase. Put it up there with the global war on terror and the end of history. As president Obama addressed Wall Street and talked up modest...
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Ira Chernus
Obama's Israel-Palestine Gamble
President Barack Obama boasts that he's a good poker player. On Middle East policy, he seems to be betting all his chips on a high-stakes gamble. It's not clear yet, though, whether the gamble is...
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Jeremy Scahill
Why is Obama Still Using Blackwater?
Two years ago on September 16, 2007, on a steamy hot Baghdad day with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, a heavily armed Blackwater convoy entered a congested intersection at Nisour Square in the...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Tossed Shoe Award
"Businesses exist to serve the general welfare. Profit is the means, not the end. It is the reward a business receives for serving the general welfare. When a business fails to serve the general...
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Andy Worthington
Guantánamo Envoy: US Should Have Taken Cleared Prisoners; Some Should Never Have Been Held
In an exclusive interview with the BBC , Daniel Fried came across as an eminently reasonable man placed in a disturbingly unreasonable position by his bosses.
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Mike Gaworecki
Offsets Are a CROC
If you do something good for the environment, does it make any sense that you should then be entitled to do something bad to the environment? Of course it doesn’t. And yet that is basically what...
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Nada Elia
Nothing to Lose But Apartheid
This weekend at the eighth annual US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation national organizers' conference held in Chicago, delegates from the approximately 300 member groups that make up the US...
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Christopher Cooper
Once Again The Animals Were Conscious of A Vague Uneasiness
People tell me how wrong I am in my opinions concerning important public issues. Some of this instruction I receive by reading essays and interviews, and a good deal is delivered to me personally by...
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