Views for 2009-10-23

Friday, October 23, 2009
Mark Weisbrot
America's Real Quagmire
What kind of a public debate can we have on the most vital issues of the day in the United States ? A lot depends on the media, which determines how these issues are framed for most people.
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David Suzuki, Faisal Moola
Forests Count in Climate Change
In 1992, I attended an event that filled me with hope. Canada and the rest of the world had just signed a climate change treaty at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. I remember being...
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Reese Erlich and Peter Coyote
The Murders at al-Sukariya
Akram Hamid scrubs the grease off his hands after a day of labor in Abu Kamal, a small Syrian town not far from the Iraqi border. Twenty minutes later, the mechanic rides his motorcycle past the...
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David Sirota, David Sirota
A Tale of Two Supermen
For better or worse, our American Idiocracy has come to rely on athletes as national pedagogues. Michael Jordan educated the country about commitment and just doing it. A.C. Green lectured us about...
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Daniel Gewertz
BS at BU: The O’Reilly Factor
Last month I received an e-mail from my alma mater, Boston University, containing the following invitation: “Save the Date! Alumni Weekend! October 23. A Conversation with Bill O’Reilly: ‘A Bold...
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Sandy LeonVest
US Workers Starved Into Service
It was only a matter of time before the nation’s skyrocketing unemployment translated into new recruits for the most powerful military force in the world. With the official US unemployment rate at 10...
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Laura Flanders
Where Are the Fighting Dems?
Let's hear it for false fact studies from lobbyists! This one seems to have served as a declaration of war. Last week, America's Health Insurance Plans released a study claiming that healthcare...
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Andy Worthington
Musicians (Finally) Say No to Music Torture
Well, that took a while. Nearly a year after George W.
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David Benjamin
'Booked on Suspicion'
In Louis Jordan’s classic song, “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” which recounts a riotous party on Rampart Street eventually raided by the police, the hapless protagonist is nabbed by the cops and “booked...
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Jeff Gates
Will Israel Ensure That History Repeats Itself?
The lead-up to the first U.S.-Iran talks in three decades saw a replay of the same modus operandi that induced the U.S. and its allies to invade Iraq in March 2003. Then as now, the invasion of Iran...
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Randall Amster
Getting One's Polar Bearings on Climate Change
It's an interesting phenomenon to live in a town where the level of public vitriol over nearly every political question runs incredibly high. Here in "high Sonoran" Arizona, we enjoy an amazingly...
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Donna Smith
'Weiner’s Amendment Breathes 45,000 Lives into HR3200'
Wow. Things are getting pretty tense out in the trenches where we’ve all seen Wall Street bailouts and bulging unemployment while Congress inches forward on the healthcare reform debate. Millions of...
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Margaret Knapke
Coup's Impact on Honduran Women
Ms. Magazine's inaugural cover featured President Obama in Superman pose, ripping open his suit coat and dress shirt to reveal a T-shirt that proclaims: "This is what a feminist looks like."...
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