Views for 2009-12-21

Monday, December 21, 2009
Ralph Nader
Agent of Change
The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus (535-475 BC) said that "character is destiny." He might have added that "personality is decisive." Where is Barack Obama in this framework? The venerable...
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Naomi Klein
For Obama, No Opportunity Too Big To Blow
Contrary to countless reports, the debacle in Copenhagen was not everyone's fault. It did not happen because human beings are incapable of agreeing, or are inherently self-destructive. Nor was it all...
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Donna Smith
Health Reform 2009: Would Nataline’s Life Be Spared?
Two years ago, on December 20, 2007, Nataline Sarkisyan died. She was just 17 years old. Her mother and father grieve the loss of their angel. And every Christmas season from now until they pass from...
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Drew Westen
Leadership, Obama Style, and the Looming Losses in 2010: Pretty Speeches, Compromised Values, and the Quest for the Lowest Common Denominator
As the president's job performance numbers and ratings on his handling of virtually every domestic issue have fallen below 50 percent, the Democratic base has become demoralized, and Independents...
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Jane Hamsher
10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill
FDL has become the go-to place for coverage of the health care bill due to the work of our incredible team.
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Johann Hari
After the Catastrophe in Copenhagen, It's Up To Us
Buried deep in our subconscious, there still lays the belief that our political leaders are collective Daddies and Mummies who will - in the last instance - guarantee our safety. Sure, they might...
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Rebecca Solnit
Terminator 2009: Judgment Days in Copenhagen
For Isaac Francisco Solnit, born December 17, 2009
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Tiffany Williams
In 2010, Let’s Treat Domestic Workers Better
The holidays can be stressful for overscheduled families. The kids are home from school and daycare. The in-laws visit. There are year-end deadlines to meet, awkward office holiday parties to attend...
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Andy Worthington
The Stories of the Two Somalis Freed from Guantánamo
Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald broke the news on Saturday that 12 prisoners have been released from Guantánamo.
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Gary Younge
Smalltown America's Growing Voice of Rage is a Force to be Reckoned With
One of the paradoxes of being a foreign reporter in smalltown America is that within any one day, you will hear people insist that they stand at the centre of global affairs and simultaneously act as...
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Jayati Ghosh
Beyond Ecological Imperialism
So the Copenhagen summit did not deliver any hope of substantive change, or even any indication that the world's leaders are sufficiently aware of the vastness and urgency of the problem. But is that...
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Paul Krugman
A Dangerous Dysfunction
Unless some legislator pulls off a last-minute double-cross, health care reform will pass the Senate this week. Count me among those who consider this an awesome achievement. It's a seriously flawed...
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Chris Hedges
Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph
Ralph Nader's new novel, " Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us ," is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create. It is a world where the...
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Marjorie Cohn
Obama’s Af-Pak War is Illegal
President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize nine days after he announced he would send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. His escalation of that war is not what the Nobel committee envisioned when...
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