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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Roberto Rodriguez
Dreaming Bigger Dreams
How do you end a column after 16 years? With regrets and unfulfilled dreams? Perhaps, but truthfully, Column of the Americas as a deadline-based column ends with even bigger dreams. There indeed is...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Diary of a Wimpy Health Care Bill
Passage of President Obama's healthcare bill proves that Congress can enact comprehensive social legislation in the face of virulent rightwing opposition. Now that we have an insurance bill, can we...
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Julia Landau
Food Riots or Food Rebellions?
Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy recently partnered with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck to bring us Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger...
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Matthew Rothschild
Moving Guantanamo to Bagram Could Evade Court Jurisdiction
In President Obama's first week in office, he pledged to close down Guantanamo within a year. The year's been up for two months now, and Guantanamo still remains open. Making matters worse, it looks...
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Simon Johnson
Financial Reform: Will We Even Have a Debate?
The New York Times reports that financial reform is the next top priority for Democrats. Barney Frank, fresh from meeting with the president, sends a promising signal,
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Glenn Greenwald
When Presidential Sermons Collide
President Obama gave an interview earlier this week to an Indonesian television station in lieu of the scheduled trip to that country which was canceled due to the health care vote. In 2008,...
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Beverly Bell
Haiti's Women: 'Our Bodies Are Shaking Now'
"The way you saw the earth shake, that's how our bodies are shaking now," said a member of the grassroots anti-violence group Commission of Women Victim-to-Victim (KOFAVIV by its Creole acronym). She...
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Nicholas Kristof
Escaping from Poverty
Before I ask for a drumroll and reveal "the secrets" of fighting poverty, a bit of background: For a quarter-century after World War II, the United States made great progress against poverty. Then in...
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Ramzy Baroud
My Children, Ralph Nader and the South China Sea
I basked in the warm Borneo sun, following a long run somewhere at the edge of a rainforest. The beach was only partly clean, but the water was most inviting. My children ran excitedly, collecting...
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Ann Wright
GOP Leadership Acting Like Spoiled Brats — Suspend Hearing on Homeless Vets
The Republicans in U.S. Senate are acting like angry and spoiled brats since they lost the vote to provide healthcare to Americans and are dismissing the needs of the country by conducting childish...
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Danny Schechter
Next Up: Wall Street Reform
In Britain, the police are raiding Hedge Funds to bust insider traders. In America, the Hedge Funds are still raiding us, even as public opinion calls for a crackdown on Wall Street. One recent poll...
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Robert C. Koehler
Reflections on an Anniversary
"Everything feels obscene," a friend said seven years ago, when we carpet-bombed Baghdad, launching the invasion. It still does, but in a dull, chronic, "used to it" way - outrage mixed, these last...
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Tom Engelhardt
American Incredibility and Israel
Considering the Obama administration's ever wobblier attempt to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran, the New York Times' David Sanger recently wrote , "The delays and the potential for a...
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Pepe Escobar
Obama Squeezed Between Israel and Iran
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual show in Washington would hardly be out of place in a Quentin Tarantino movie; picture a giant hall crammed with 7,500 very powerful people...
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Pierre Tristam
'Pacific' a Sequel to Exalt War Passions, Not Reflection
Almost 10 years ago Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg teamed up to produce "Band of Brothers," the thick-blooded story of a U.S. Army company making its way from Normandy to the end of World War II in...
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