Views for 2009-11-02

Monday, November 2, 2009
Matthew Rothschild
Afghanistan Just Got Messier
The mess that is Afghanistan just got messier for Washington. Abdullah's withdrawal from the presidential runoff leaves Hamid Karzai in power but without legitimacy. He's widely perceived to have...
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Dean Baker
Breaking Up the Banks is Hard to Do
Those who like banks that are too big to fail will love the latest financial reform proposals circulating in the US Congress . The bill put forward by Barney Frank , the chairman of the House finance...
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Jeff Biggers
Cowed Interior to Consider Mountaintop Removal Rule Once Plundering Is Over in 2011
It's funny how these embarrassing announcements always come on late Friday afternoon.
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John Nichols
'Tea Party Activists Are the New GOP'
Richard Viguerie, the legendary hard-right activist who spent much of the past decade arguing that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were too liberal, now declares that the days of even the most minimal...
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Adam Federman
Trading the Watershed to Trash the Catskills
Aerial photographs of land surrounding the millennium pipeline north of Sullivan County, NY show sweeping tracts of largely unspoiled forest. They are ecologically important for several species...
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Naomi Wolf
Renewing the News
NEW YORK - Last week, rumors from the world of print media were rife: a hundred reporters from The New York Times news desk to be bought out - or to lose their jobs if they refuse; steep cutbacks at...
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Kim Sengupta
Karzai Did the Deals That Made Him a Winner Anyway
The scene was evocative, Abdullah Abdullah making his stand against corruption in front of hundreds of grizzled old warriors and tribal chiefs.
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Greg Kaufmann
The Heart of Wall Street
When "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday , most members seemed quite pleased with his work. And why wouldn't they be?
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James Carroll
Our Sense of Troubled Normalcy Returns
A year ago, the panic was at full bore. October 2008 was the month in which the economic collapse seized the nation by the throat. After weeks in which Congress could not get a grip on the emergency...
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Robert Parry
Cheney and the Plame-Gate Cover-up
If Dick Cheney is to be believed, he wasn't very upset that former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson criticized the Bush administration for having "twisted" intelligence to support its false pre-war...
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Tom Engelhardt
Too Big to Fail? Why All the President's Afghan Options Are Bad Ones
In the worst of times, my father always used to say, "A good gambler cuts his losses." It's a formulation imprinted on my brain forever. That no-nonsense piece of advice still seems reasonable to me...
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Ira Chernus
US Words Thwart Middle East Peace
Two loud wake-up calls came in from the Middle East over the weekend. The next voice you hear will be from the U.S. House of Representatives, which will vote this week (perhaps as soon as Tuesday) on...
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Michael Ratner
Congress Should Not Reject the Goldstone Report
On Tuesday, November 3, Congress is poised to vote on H.Res.867, which calls on the “President and the Secretary of State to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the `...
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Tom Gallagher
Where Were the Anti-War Demonstrators?
The occasional sign at an antiwar demonstration used to ask, "What if they had a war and nobody came?" Unfortunately, right now the question is more like "What do we do when they have an antiwar...
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Chris Hedges
Opium, Rape and the American Way
The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban. The moral lines we...
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