Views for 2009-12-11

Friday, December 11, 2009
Viggo Mortensen
'Great Man' Theory? History Is Driven by the Little Guy
Actors have the privilege of exploring fictional characters, to see the world from the perspective of another person's imagined life. Sometimes, usually less often, we have the opportunity to speak...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Strange Consensus on Obama's Nobel Address
Reactions to Obama's Nobel speech yesterday were remarkably consistent across the political spectrum, and there were two points on which virtually everyone seemed to agree: (1) it was the most...
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Burt Cohen
Populism: Democrats Ignore at Our Peril
As we approach 2010, populism appears to be the exclusive province of the passionate right wingers. But it remains an opportunity for Democrats in the coming election. Democratic Party insiders...
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Donna Smith
Senate Tweaks Away Your Healthcare
As my grandmother used to say, "I was born on a weekend but not last weekend." The latest insult to Americans hungry for a bit of healthcare justice for all comes from the news that the Senate health...
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Harvey Wasserman
Now WE Must Earn Obama's Nobel
The Nobel Prize given to Barack Obama must now be earned by a grassroots movement dedicated to peace. The award was given to an American president now ignobly intent on waging war. So the task of...
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Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
We’re Number One – In Financial Damage From Climate Change
This week, just in time for the Copenhagen climate convention, the annual Global Climate Risk Index was released, telling how vulnerable each country in the world is to the costs of climate change...
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Ruth Conniff
The Tortured Logic of Health Care's Abortion Foes
The importance of this debate may be that it galvanizes more women to stand up to elected officials like Stupak who want to interfere with their health care and dictate what services they can and...
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Sarah van Gelder
We Hold the Key to Copenhagen
Few believe the Copenhagen Summit will result in a deal strong enough to keep climate change within safe limits.
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Antonia Zerbisias
My Spirits of Christmas Past and Present
Maybe it's because the youngest kidlets in my family are Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas that I am not feeling the ho-ho-holiday spirit. There's none of the screaming excitement that my siblings...
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Paul Krugman
Bernanke’s Unfinished Mission
Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, recently had some downbeat things to say about our economic prospects. The economy, he warned, “confronts some formidable headwinds.” All we can expect, he...
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Jeremy Scahill
Contractors Watching Contractors
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has hired a private corporation to help prepare government reports for Congress about US government contracts with other...
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Johann Hari
Leaders of the Rich World Are Enacting a Giant Fraud
Every delegate to the Copenhagen summit is being greeted by the sight of a vast fake planet dominating the city's central square. This swirling globe is covered with corporate logos - the Coke brand...
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