Views for 2010-01-22

Friday, January 22, 2010
Robert Weissman
Shed a Tear for Our Democracy
Yesterday, in the case Citizens United v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence election outcomes. Money...
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Barbara Rhine
Rebuilding a Livable City in Haiti
We were eating dinner in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, when the earthquake struck at 4:53 p.m. As Californians, we knew the meaning of the pictures tumbling from the wall. We grabbed hands and ran outside...
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Juan Cole
Ignoring Gaza's Humanitarian Crisis
When a relief plane for Doctors Without Borders isn't allowed to land by U.S. military authorities at the airport in Port-au-Prince, there is an outcry. But Israeli military authorities will not...
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Naomi Klein
Revisiting The Shock Doctrine in the Wake of Haiti Disaster
Editor's note: In the aftermath of the January 12th earthquake that ravaged (and continues to ravage) Haiti , as we witness the bravery and dignity of survivors and relief workers, we are wise to...
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Michael Waldman
Campaign Finance Ruling Reflects Supreme Court's Growing Audacity
The Supreme Court on Thursday upended a century's worth of campaign finance law . An immediate question raised by the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision is whether this will...
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Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil
Whose Rights?
Yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-giving corporations the ability to spend money directly to influence federal elections under the Constitution...
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Juell Stewart
At Last! SCOTUS Finally Allows Corporations to Influence US Politics
In a move that’s sure to create such political offices as “Georgia’s Junior Senator, brought to you by Coca-Cola,” the New York Times reports that the Supreme Court has run roughshod over decades of...
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David Michael Green
How to Squander the Presidency in One Year
There's only one political party in the entire world that is so inept, cowardly and bungling that it could manage to simultaneously lick the boots of Wall Street bankers and then get blamed by the...
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Mark Danner
To Heal Haiti, Look to History, Not Nature
Haiti is everybody's cherished tragedy. Long before the great earthquake struck the country like a vengeful god, the outside world, and Americans especially, described, defined, marked Haiti most of...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama to Indefinitely Imprison Detainees without Charges
One of the most intense controversies of the Bush years was the administration's indefinite imprisoning of "War on Terror" detainees without charges of any kind. So absolute was the consensus among...
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Ingrid Newkirk
A Pragmatic Fight for Animal Rights
In recent years, there has been a controversy swirling in animal rights circles, as some people such as Victor Schonfeld object to the work of groups such as Peta , which, while abolitionist a
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Moazzam Begg
The Truth about Guantánamo
I have always believed that the secret detention sites - where prisoners were waterboarded - and military prisons, such as Bagram , were far worse than Guantánamo. Now I'm not so sure. They once...
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Nomi Prins
Obama's Half-Baked Bank Reform
Seeing Paul Volcker, former Fed Chair and chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, lord over President Obama yesterday as he made his proposal to limit the scope and size of financial...
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Johann Hari
The Age of the Killer Robot is No Longer a Sci-Fi Fantasy
In the dark, in the silence, in a blink, the age of the autonomous killer robot has arrived. It is happening. They are deployed. And - at their current rate of acceleration - they will become the...
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Sarah Lazare
US Policy: More War, Less Relief
As Haiti asks the world for help turning around the destruction wrought by the January 12 th earthquake, the U.S. is funding destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama is expected to ask...
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Scott Klinger
If Corporations Were Human
Yesterday's Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case removes all limits on large corporations to finance and influence federal elections. In its ruling the Court reverse a decades old...
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