Views for 2009-09-21

Monday, September 21, 2009
Laura Carlsen
Zelaya's Return to Tegucigalpa Brings Coup Closer to its End
At midday today, 86 days since the military coup d'etat in Honduras, President Zelaya returned to join the resistance movement in the final stretch of the long fight to restore constitutional order...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama Leaves Bush-Cheney Repressive Apparatus Standing
Civil libertarians cheered the election of Barack Obama, and with good reason. Bush and Cheney had trampled all over our rights and liberties. And as someone who taught constitutional law, Obama...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama Leaves Bush-Cheney Repressive Apparatus Standing
Civil libertarians cheered the election of Barack Obama, and with good reason. Bush and Cheney had trampled all over our rights and liberties. And as someone who taught constitutional law, Obama...
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Glenn Greenwald
Our War-Loving Foreign Policy Community Hasn't Gone Anywhere
Advocates of escalation in Afghanistan chose Bob Woodward to " reprise his role as warmonger hagiagropher " by publishing Gen. Stanley McChrystal's "confidential" memo to the President arguing for...
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Dean Baker
Break Up America's Banks
The large number of people who protested against Barack Obama 's healthcare plan in Washington last week drew an enormous amount of media attention . Clearly some of the leaders are certifiably crazy...
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Tim Karr
FCC Chief 'Boldly' Commits to Net Neutrality
The fight for Net Neutrality just took a big step forward on Monday with the chair of the Federal Communications Commission announcing plans to expand the rules to protect a free and open Internet...
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Marc J. Hetherington & Jonathan D. Weiler
Health Care, Race and Political Polarization
Former president Jimmy Carter caused a stir when he suggested that opposition to health care reform reflected negative racial attitudes. While there is surely anecdotal evidence to suggest Carter is...
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Andy Worthington
The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Secure Mohammed Jawad’s Release From Guantánamo
On August 24, Mohammed Jawad, an Afghan prisoner who was, perhaps, as young as 12 when he was seized after a grenade attack in Kabul in December 2002 and transported to Guantánamo, was finally freed...
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James Lovelock
Drastic Climate Therapy Could Make Things Worse
The idea of serious scientists and engineers gathering to discuss schemes for controlling the world's climate would a mere 10 years ago have seemed bizarre, or something from science fiction. But now...
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John Nichols
What Obama Should've Said on the Talk Shows
President Obama did all the Sunday morning talk shows, as part of a ramped-up campaign to promote his sincere if ill-defined belief that health care should be reformed. and he continued to argue,...
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Paul Krugman
Reform or Bust
In the grim period that followed Lehman's failure, it seemed inconceivable that bankers would, just a few months later, be going right back to the practices that brought the world's financial system...
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Randall Amster
Does Anyone in the Healthcare Debate Really Care About Health?
In all of the invectives thrown around during the healthcare dialogue, amidst the shouting of the neo-Brown Shirts and among the talking heads speaking out of both sides of their mouths, something...
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Ray McGovern
CIA Torturers Running Scared
For the CIA supervisors and operatives who were responsible for torture, the chickens are coming home to roost. That is, if President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder mean it when they...
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Michael Winship
Let’s Make a Deal: Beltway Edition
If you ever needed proof that Washington is governed by the Golden Rule -- the one that says, he who has the gold, rules -- you only have to look at the wagonloads of cash being dumped by big...
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Ann Jones
Is the Afghan Army a Figment of Washington's Imagination?
The big Afghanistan debate in Washington is not over whether more troops are needed, but just who they should be: Americans or Afghans -- Us or Them. Having just spent time in Afghanistan seeing how...
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Chris Hedges
Globalization Goes Bankrupt
The rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that have lost...
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