Views for 2009-10-18

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Frank Rich
Goldman Can Spare You a Dime
AT the dawn of the progressive era early in the last century, muckrakers attacked the first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, for creating capitalism's most ruthless monster. "The Octopus" was their...
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Glenn Greenwald
David Rohde's Insights Into What Motivates the Taliban
The New York Times' David Rohde writes about the seven months he was held hostage by a group of extremist Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan and conveys this observation about what motivates them:
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Glenn W. Smith
Corporate Supremacy and the Rape of a Human Girl
We are fast approaching the time of the next great battle over evolution. The Neo-creationists will be corporations, and they will argue that they could not possibly be descended from human beings...
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Harvey Wasserman
Is the Climate Bill Being Fossil/Nuked?
Is the Climate Bill morphing into an excuse to promote fossil fuels and new nuclear power plants?
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Jeremy Scahill
The ACORN Standard
The nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight and Reform recently revealed that the top 100 government contractors made nearly $300 billion from federal contracts in 2007 alone. Since 1995 these...
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Ari Melber
Maddow Responds to Bush Sr. - And 9 of 10 Republicans Fear Her
Rachel Maddow invites Republican officials to appear on her show "every day," the popular MSNBC anchor said Saturday, but only about one out of ten take up her offer.
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Joan Smith
Our 'Don't Ask' Policy on Torture Demands Some Answers
Shortly after the suicide bombings on the East Coast in the autumn of 2001, a debate began in the US about whether it could ever be right to use torture to thwart further terrorist attacks. Most...
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Haroon Siddiqui
It Matters Not Whether Obama Sends 20,000 or 40,000 Troops to Afghanistan
should be happy, at least professionally satisfied, that at long last there's recognition of what I've been harping on since 2006 - that, contrary to official hype, the NATO mission in Afghanistan,...
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Eric Margolis
War Next Door Creates Havoc in Pakistan
Pakistan, increasingly destabilized by the U.S.-led war in neighbouring Afghanistan, is getting closer to blowing apart. Bombings and shootings have rocked this nation of 167 million, including a...
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Pierre Tristam
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Try to Survive Crushing Stones
When the Taliban controlled Kabul in the late 1990s, the only permissible mode of mass entertainment was stadium day. People accused of crimes were trucked into Kabul Stadium and maimed or executed...
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