Views for 2009-12-06

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Helen Thomas
This Sure Seems Like Vietnam
President Barack Obama insists that his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in 30,000 more troops is not Vietnam all over again. Well, it sure reminds me of the perils and the...
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Bill McKibben
Why Copenhagen May Be a Disaster
Most political arguments don't really have a right and a wrong, no matter how passionately they're argued.
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Medea Benjamin
International Participation in December 31 Gaza Freedom March Tops 1,000 As Registration Closes
Over 1,000 delegates from 42 countries have signed up to participate in the December 31 Gaza Freedom March that will mark the one-year anniversary of the Israeli invasion and call for an end to the...
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Nicholas D. Kristof
Cancer From the Kitchen?
The battle over health care focuses on access to insurance, or tempests like the one that erupted over new mammogram guidelines. But what about broader public health challenges? What if breast cancer...
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Dr. Matthew G. Masiello
War No Longer an Option for Our Nation
"In the counsels of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential for the disastrous rise...
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Robert P. Pearson
Afghanistan: Why We Can't Win There
Gen. Stanley McChrystal has asked the Obama administration for an additional 40,000 troops to win the war in Afghanistan. Unless you have lived or traveled extensively in Afghanistan, it is hard to...
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Jody Williams
U.S. Land Mine Policy is Shameful
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly revealed that President Barack Obama would follow in President George W. Bush's footsteps and not sign the international...
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Joss Garman
Climate Change Deniers Cost the Earth
A generation of young conservative politicians and journalists across the English-speaking world have put down a historic bet that could decimate their movement. From the Senate chamber in Canberra,...
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Frank Rich
Obama’s Logic Is No Match for Afghanistan
AFTER the dramatic three-month buildup, you'd think that Barack Obama's speech announcing his policy for Afghanistan would be the most significant news story of the moment. History may take a...
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Pierre Tristam
Soldiers, Kids Reunite, But Cameras Exploit
In one video, Army Master Sgt. Joseph Myers walks unannounced into his 10-year-old daughter Hanna's classroom in Texas after a long deployment. In split seconds Hanna's expression goes from blank to...
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Eric Margolis
America's 'Surge' May Only Expand, Intensify and Prolong the Afghan Conflict
NEW YORK -- There were no surprises in President Barack Obama's historic speech at West Point last Tuesday. Obama faced the choice between guns (Afghanistan) or butter (his national health plan). The...
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