Views for 2009-11-16

Monday, November 16, 2009
Steve Almond
Economic Lessons from the Playground
I HAVE a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son, so I spend a lot of time these days at the playground. Which is fine. I like playgrounds. I like any place where it's possible to make monkey noises...
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Robert Kuttner
A Wake Up Call on Jobs
President Obama has announced a White House Jobs Summit for next month. At least that's the beginning of recognition that the unemployment rate is unacceptable. The measured rate is now 10.2 percent...
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Johann Hari
Renouncing Islamism: To the Brink and Back Again
Ever since I started meeting jihadis, I have been struck by one thing - their Britishness. I am from the East End of London, and at some point in the past decade I became used to hearing a hoarse and...
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Bill Maher
Vaccination: A Conversation Worth Having
While America is still in the grips of swine flu mania, let me use this opportunity to clear up a few things about my beliefs concerning the flu shot, vaccines, and health in general. I do this...
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Paula Crossfield
Hunger’s Solution Might Not Be Found at the FAO World Summit on Food Security
Big news came on Friday, when the USDA announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan would lead the United States delegation to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the...
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Ralph Seliger
J Street Grows, But Can It Change the Game?
WASHINGTON, DC - The 18-month old liberal "pro-Israel, pro-peace" Washington lobby, J Street , went into its first annual conference with huge momentum and a major news spotlight that only grew with...
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Carol Miller
Health Deform
A very complex, mandatory private insurance scheme recently passed the U.S. House. The public is being overwhelmed by sound bites on one hand about how great it is, on the other, how terrible. We are...
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Norman Solomon
Biggest State Party to Obama: Get Out of Afghanistan
This week begins with a significant new straw in the political wind for President Obama to consider. The California Democratic Party has just sent him a formal and clear message: Stop making war in...
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Ray McGovern
Shining Light on Roots of Terrorism
Media commentary on the upcoming 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has raised concern that state secrets may be divulged, including details about how the Bush administration used torture to...
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Chris Hedges
The New State Solution
The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel's 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state...
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