Views for 2010-01-14

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ted Rall
Haitian Earthquake: Made in the USA
As grim accounts of the earthquake in Haiti came in, the accounts in U.S.-controlled state media all carried the same descriptive sentence: "Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere...
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Michael Whitney
Union Exemption from Excise Tax is a Bad, Bad Idea
Jane explained last night that unions have a tentative deal for a way out of the excise tax: exempting health care plans protected by collective bargaining agreements. That means union plans that...
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Bill Quigley
Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti
One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help...
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Ramzy Baroud
An Odyssey for Justice
The recent actions of people from around the world in support of the Palestinian people in Gaza have arguably represented the closest manifestation of international solidarity since the International...
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Ali Abunimah
The United States, Israel and the Retreat of Freedom
The world is suffering from a "freedom recession" according to a new report from the American think tank Freedom House (" Freedom in the World 2010 ," 12 January 2010).
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Bill Maher
Stop the Abuse: It's Time to Break Up With Your Big Bank
Hello, I'd like to take a moment to address the millions and millions of you all across America who are currently stuck in an abusive relationship. Now I know what some of you are thinking: Who is...
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Phyllis Bennis
Yemen: Deja Vu All Over Again
Barack Obama is not the first US president to find Yemen a challenge. And the current $70 million package of military and security assistance is not the first $70 million US aid program to Yemen.
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Paula Crossfield
The Farm Bureau: Denying Climate Change, Undermining Labor and Losing Relevancy in 2010
The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Bob Stallman, threw down the gauntlet on Sunday in his annual speech to his industrial cronies. What got him riled up? Not rising seed...
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Steven Hill
Europe's Post-Copenhagen View of Obama
The Copenhagen summit on climate change taught Europe a hard lesson about its trans-Atlantic partner. Great hope had greeted President Obama when he replaced George W. Bush at the American helm, but...
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Peter Hallward
Our Role in Haiti's Plight
Any large city in the world would have suffered extensive damage from an earthquake on the scale of the one that ravaged Haiti's capital city on Tuesday afternoon , but it's no accident that so much...
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Robert C. Koehler
Scratching the Itch
The whole point of so much of what we do seems to be to weed people out. We do it for fun, and without awareness. The following miniature news item, accompanied by a voyeuristic surveillance camera...
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Carl Lindskoog
What You're Not Hearing about Haiti (But Should Be)
In the hours following Haiti's devastating earthquake, CNN, the New York Times and other major news sources adopted a common interpretation for the severe destruction: the 7.0 earthquake was so...
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Mike Sandler
Reaping the Dividends of Reduced Emissions
Copenhagen produced practically nothing. Congress seems paralyzed. Powerful lobbies say we should delay responding to the climate crisis until after the economy recovers. But some good news recently...
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Greg Kaufmann
Can Commission Summon the Necessary Outrage?
If you were hoping for fireworks at the first hearing of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission yesterday--as most of us were--chances are you were disappointed.
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Pat LaMarche
Miep Gies (1909-2010): Who Saved More than a Diary
Miep died this week at the tender age of a hundred. She is possibly one of the world's most famous secretaries. Mostly because one day she found a little girl's diary and saved it for a time when she...
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