Views for 2010-05-17

Monday, May 17, 2010
Elizabeth Kolbert
The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact
The Holocene - or "wholly recent" epoch - is what geologists call the 11,000 years or so since the end of the last ice age. As epochs go, the Holocene is barely out of diapers; its immediate...
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Ben Lilliston
Supremely Important: Genetically Engineered Crops
Fifteen years after farmers and agribusinesses began planting genetically engineered crops in our nation's fields, we still know very little about their long-term environmental, economic, and social...
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Michelle Chen
How Weak is the American Power Act?
While the ocean floor spews viscous goo into the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists are taking a hard look at what was supposed to be the sweeping climate change bill that would liberate America from...
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John Cavanagh
Marching on K Street to Transform Wall Street
On May 17, I will join thousands of others in a creative protest on a street that most Americans don't know exists. It is "K Street" in Washington, and it is home to thousands of corporate lobbyists...
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Jayati Ghosh
Greece's Debt Must Be Restructured
It is now clear that the problems of the Greek economy - and the eurozone - have not been and cannot be solved by the large infusion of emergency finance from the ECB and the IMF. The Greek...
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Timi Gerson
Five Questions Monsanto Needs to Answer about its Seed Donation to Haiti
Monsanto has donated $4 million in seeds to Haiti , sending 60 tons of conventional hybrid corn and vegetable seed, followed by 70 more tons of corn seed last week with an additional 345 tons of corn...
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John Nichols
A Constitutional Conventional Candidate
The United States was called into being by a Continental Congress, which delegated Thomas Jefferson to draft a Declaration of Independence and then, courageously, embraced the radical document. But...
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Marcos Martinez
Urban Internet Inequalities Reinforce Social Inequalities
The message couldn't have been more clear last month when FCC staff sat in a crowded Seattle conference room with about 80 local folks, gathered to share our opinions on preserving a fair and open...
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Robert Naiman
Can US Take 'Yes' for an Answer on Lula's Iran Mediation?
If I were in Washington this morning, I would run down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Congress with a big Brazilian flag, as the young Brazilians run down the Avenida Paulista in Sao...
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Chris Hedges
BP and the 'Little Eichmanns'
Cultures that do not recognize that human life and the natural world have a sacred dimension, an intrinsic value beyond monetary value, cannibalize themselves until they die. They ruthlessly exploit...
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Ira Chernus
How Many US Progressives Please the Right-Wing Israel Lobby
I was rather baffled by many of the comments to a column I posted last week. I offered what I thought was a modest and quite harmless suggestion: You should urge your representative in Congress to...
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Raed Jarrar
Necessary Vigilance for Iraq Withdrawal
Over the last week, rumors that the U.S. might delay the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq led to much confusion and concern. These rumors are thankfully not true, and both the U.S. and Iraqi...
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Joshua Brollier
From Prayer to Paralysis: Patient Waiting for War’s End
Through the Soviet invasion and occupation, the Afghan civil war and now the United States war and occupation, a young man named Zainullah, around 25 years of age, has seen war his whole life. But...
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Tom Engelhardt
Obama’s Flailing Wars
On stage, it would be farce. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, it’s bound to play out as tragedy.
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