Views for 2009-12-28

Monday, December 28, 2009
Dean Baker
Christmas Presents for Bankers
On Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led a surprise attack on a group of Hessian mercenaries employed by the British to suppress the American revolution.
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Bruce Wark
Changing Climates
My favourite media moment at the Copenhagen climate conference came last Thursday when Evo Morales declared: "Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity." Bolivia's president was being interviewed by...
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Holly Sklar
Wall Street Scroogism Wrecking America
The Scrooges of Wall Street were surprised a year ago by visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The Ghost of Christmas Past took them back to 1973, when the poverty rate was...
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Emily Ratner
Freedom Marching in Circles While Winding Our Way to Gaza
CAIRO, Egypt -- Yesterday we joined the people of Gaza, the people of all of Palestine, and allies around the world in remembering the anniversary of the inhuman and illegal Israeli attacks that...
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Lucinda Marshall
My New Decade’s Resolution
Most years, my New Year's resolutions are the usual mundane fantasy items -- lose weight, spend less money, improve my love life, yada yada. The other day, however, I received a lovely little notepad...
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David Sirota
Democracy's Baseline Need for Transparency
This month, a British government report admitted that one of the major rationales for invading Iraq — the claim that Saddam could deploy WMDs in 45 minutes — probably came from a cabdriver. Had the...
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Jill Richardson
Sick of Corporate Control Over Your Food?
Have you ever played Monopoly? You know how it goes. It’s pretty fun for a while, until one player puts hotels and Boardwalk and Park Place and then amasses crazy amounts of money while the other...
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Ali Abunimah
'Israel Resembles a Failed State'
One year has passed since the savage Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, but for the people there time might as well have stood still. Since Palestinians in Gaza buried their loved ones -- more than 1,...
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Paul Krugman
The Big Zero
Maybe we knew, at some unconscious, instinctive level, that it would be an era best forgotten. Whatever the reason, we got through the first decade of the new millennium without ever agreeing on what...
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Chris Hedges
One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists
Syed Fahad Hashmi can tell you about the dark heart of America. He knows that our First Amendment rights have become a joke, that habeas corpus no longer exists and that we torture, not only in black...
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