Views for 2010-03-26

Friday, March 26, 2010
Noam Chomsky
Globalization Marches On
Shifts in global power, ongoing or potential, are a lively topic among policy makers and observers. One question is whether (or when) China will displace the United States as the dominant global...
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John Atcheson
March Madness: Why Progressives Always Lose
Hurling Hail Mary's -- When is a victory more like a defeat? At the risk of being churlish, passing this health care bill was the palest of victories. Yes, it's better than nothing, but as the...
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Greg Kaufmann
Investigating 'Friedmanism at the Fed'
Earlier this month, The Nation reported on questions being raised by the House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform regarding former New York Federal Reserve Bank Chair Stephen Friedman's...
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Jane Mayer
Counterfactual: Marc Thiessen, The Torture Apologist
On September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of Al Qaeda's attacks on America, another devastating terrorist plot was meant to unfold. Radical Islamists had set in motion a conspiracy to hijack seven...
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Sarah Anderson
Enabling Wall Street's Secret Gambling Problem
After the financial meltdown of 2008, I remember thinking that I wouldn't be running into Wall Street lobbyists much anymore in the halls of Congress. If you'd just driven the economy off a cliff,...
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Amitabh Pal
US-Russia Nuclear Deal a Positive Step
All of us disarmament advocates should be happy about the just-agreed reductions in the arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers. But it's not reason enough to break out the champagne.
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Mark Weisbrot
Rethink the Euro to Save Economies
As the EU summit meeting convenes, Greece is dominating the agenda much more than Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel had wanted. This week she has thrown cold water on the idea that Germany and other...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
When Small Steps Yield Unforeseen Fruits
To keep the political hope to stay involved, it helps to remember that our actions can bear unforeseen fruits. Change comes, to be sure, when we shift governmental or corporate policies, elect better...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Horrible Prospect of Supreme Court Justice Cass Sunstein
A media consensus has emerged that the retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the 90-year-old Ford-appointee who became the leader of the Court's so-called "liberal wing," is now...
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Bruce Stutz
A Controversial Drilling Practice Hits Roadblock in NYC
The highly productive method of natural gas extraction known as "hydro fracturing" has spread rapidly across the United States in recent years, opening up vast new reserves in Texas, Wyoming,...
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Rinku Sen
What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle
I’ve been expecting it for months, but I was still bummed to see the official announcement : ACORN, a decades-old community organizing powerhouse, will be closing its operations permanently as of...
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Erin Rosa
200,000 March on DC, Call for Immigration Reform Now
As the health care debate comes to a close, there's no better time to introduce comprehensive immigration reform. Hundreds of thousands of immigrant rights supporters from all over the country...
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Richard Kim
The Mad Tea Party and the Cloward-Piven Conspiracy Theory
Leftists like to say that another world is possible, but I was never quite sure of that until I started reading tea party websites. There, a government of leftists is not only possible, it's on the...
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Esther Kaplan
Hilda Solis: Labor's New Sheriff
In 1984, on the Wasatch Plateau in southern Utah, the Wilberg coal mine, a property of Emery Mining, exploded into flames. Witnesses described plumes of dark gray smoke billowing up into the heavens...
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Megan Tady
Comcast and NBC's Real Diversity Issues
At last month's house hearing on the proposed Comcast-NBC takeover, execs from both companies shamefully acknowledged their diversity problems. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts sheepishly divulged that his...
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Nikhil Aziz
Ghosts Threaten to Return to Haiti
Some of the advice for how Haiti ought to rebuild after the earthquake sounds hauntingly familiar. There are echoes of the same bad development advice Haiti has received for decades, even before the...
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Tom Engelhardt
Exporting American Democracy to the World: When Was the Last Time You Visited Iraq?
Recently, I wrote about a crew of pundits and warrior-journalists eager not to see the U.S.
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