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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Andrew Simms
The Price of Environmental Destruction? There Is None
The economy is no stranger to creating its own fantasy world with little or no relation to the real one. We witnessed the damage that can cause when the banks thought they had stumbled on financial...
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Lucinda Marshall
Chase CHASE Away From Our Mountains
Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) hosts PUT CHASE ON THE RUN, a social media day of action, to convince Chase bank to stop funding mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachian Mountains.
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Dave Lindorff
Battle for Marjah: The US Has Already Lost
The fighting is still underway in the town of Marjah, in what is being described as the first battle in Obama's War in Afghanistan, or alternatively as the biggest battle of the US War in Afghanistan...
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William J. Astore
American Blitzkrieg
"Why do people have a fixation with the German military when they haven't won a war since 1871?" -- Tom Clancy
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Randy Shaw
Defying Progressives, Obama Revives Nuclear Power
Those who continue to insist that President Obama would implement progressive measures if he only had 60 Senate votes (ignoring that he had this for most of 2009) will have a hard time explaining his...
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Scott Ritter
The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke-Free World
As any student of foreign and national security policy well knows, the devil is in the details. Back in April 2009, in a speech delivered in Prague, the Czech Republic, President Barack Obama...
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John Nichols
Senator Mellencamp?
The guy who put populist politics on the charts with a song title "Pink Houses" John Mellencamp performed at the White House last week, as part of a program titled: "In Performance at the White House...
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Robert Naiman
We've Caught the Taliban Chief! Can We Go Home Now?
How the U.S. handles the Pakistani arrest of the top Afghan Taliban military commander, and the aftermath of the U.S. military assault in Marja, may have a decisive impact on whether we get to...
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Linh Dinh
Casino Time
The word recession, meaning a temporary dip in economic activity, was coined in 1929 during the start of the Great Depression, so even then, we were kidding ourselves. Now, after months of babbling...
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Susan Nemitz
On the Front Lines of the Digital Divide ...
At 3 p.m. on a weekday in the Maplewood Library, teens begin to sweep through the building to access the public computers. When asked why they choose to use the library, they cite required group...
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Michael B. Keegan
Fighting Back Against a Corporate Court
A recent Supreme Court decision may mark a turning point for our democracy. The decision on Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission could have been relatively limited. When it first arrived...
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Anthony Arnove
Lessons From Howard Zinn
Filming our documentary, The People Speak, in Boston one afternoon, Howard Zinn said that the camaraderie between our cast members, the sense of collective purpose and joy, was a feeling he hadn’t...
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Amy Goodman
Obama’s Nuclear Option
President Barack Obama is going nuclear. He announced the initial $8 billion in loan guarantees for construction of the first new nuclear power plants in the United States in close to three decades...
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