Views for 2009-10-29

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Robert C. Koehler
Single-Eyed Vision
"What is seen with one eye has no depth." I'm thinking, as I ponder the wisdom of Ursula LeGuin, that American culture is at the end of what it can accomplish with its single-eyed vision. For all our...
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Dilip Hiro
Why Obama's Iran Policy Will Fail: Stuck in Bush Mode in a Changed World
While the tone of the Obama administration is different from that of its predecessor, and some of its foreign policies diverge from those of George W. Bush, at their core both administrations...
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Michelle Chen
The Quest for Environmental Justice in Dixie
Some of the most toxic communities in the country confronted the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, hoping for a sign that the new administration is more willing than its predecessor to deal...
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John Nichols
Not-So-Robust Public Option
The public option was always a compromise for serious supporters of health-care reform, who -- like Barack Obama when he was running for the Senate in 2003 -- knew that a single-payer "Medicare for...
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Danny Schechter
What's the Word in Johannesburg as Financial Crisis Rocks 'The Rainbow Nation,' Hopes for Progress?
Johannesburg: There was lots of skepticism when I came to South Africa two years ago to show my film IN DEBT WE TRUST. While my critique of consumer debt resonated, the film's forecast of a financial...
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Harvey Wasserman
Is This Tom Friedman's 'Walter Cronkite Moment' on Afghanistan?
The Iraq war's chief New York Times cheerleader has reversed field on Afghanistan. Does it mean there will be no escalation? In early 1968, after the devastating Tet Offense, CBS News anchor Walter...
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Laura Flanders
Palin’s Pet Hoffman Has Taliban Ties
One week before Election Day, the special election to fill a vacant House seat in New York’s North Country is heating up. It’s a three-way split, pitting a Republican, a Democrat, and a Conservative...
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Nick Clark
Mississippi Diary: Operation Cajun
We’re driving down Highway One in deep south USA, alongside Bayou Layforche in Louisiana - the old course of the Mississippi river. We’ve nearly finished filming our story about the disappearing...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Investigating the Mortgage Crisis
In a press release last week, Chairman Edolphus Towns of the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform announced a major investigation "into whether mortgage companies employed deceptive...
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Dennis Keeney
Monsanto and Pioneer Duke It Out Over Biotech Corn, Farmers Take the Hit
There is an old African saying "Whether elephants make love or war, the grass suffers." The two elephants in the agricultural seed business are now making real war, although they have been wary of...
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