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Friday, June 4, 2010
Sarah Laskow
Oil Spill Could Bring Mass Extinction to the Gulf Coast
A cap placed over a severed pipe is siphoning some oil from the broken BP well in the Gulf Coast, the company said today. The company’s CEO said this morning on CBS that it was possible that this fix...
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Donald Carr
Greenwashing Corn: Industrial Ag Tries to Bolster Its Tarnished Image
Starting this week (June 1) in Washington, DC, the National Corn Growers Association and its affiliated state associations are rolling out a $1 million ad campaign to boost corn's tarnished image.
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Johann Hari
When Hands Across the Sea are Tied
Should you shut up about human rights abuses because they are happening far away, to people you don't know, who have a different culture or color or creed? There is now a growing movement across the...
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Norman Solomon
California's Prop. 14: A Bad Deal for Democracy
In this state, the Democratic and Republican parties rarely agree on anything -- but both oppose Proposition 14. Although its misleading ballot title promises to increase the "right to participate in...
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Jennie Joseph
American's Health-Care System Endangers Mothers' Lives
Here in my tiny outreach maternity clinic on the west side of Orlando, we achieved in 12 months something that the U.S. health care industry has failed to accomplish in more than a quarter century...
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Mark Morford
Behold Our Dark, Magnificent Horror
There is, you have to admit, a sort of savage grace, a tragic and terrible beauty, to the BP oil spill.
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Paul Gunter and Linda Gunter
A Nuclear Gamble on the Not-So-Distant Horizon
Much like Captain Renault in Casablanca, the White House is suddenly shocked, shocked to find that oil rigs can explode, destroying ecosystems and livelihoods. The Obama administration has backed...
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Jill Schneiderman
Slow Violence in the Gulf of Mexico: A Buddhist Response
The U.S. government and reporters have gone from calling the BP/Transocean calamity an accident to referring to it as an environmental crime . In my opinion, that’s an improvement in verbal accuracy...
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David Michael Green
What Lethal Arrogance Looks Like
I frequently find it useful to analogize countries to individuals. States will often have personalities and behavior sets quite similar to human beings. That means they can sometimes be noble and do...
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Alejandro Nadal
Gulf Oil Spill: America's Chernobyl
The Deepwater Horizon disaster has the familiar ingredients of deregulation, deception, and destruction that characterize the relations between governments and multinational corporations. It was a...
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Jeff Biggers
The Next Great Coal Spill? Massey's Billion Gallon Disaster in Waiting
As President Obama makes his third trip to the Gulf today to assess the worst crude oil spill in American history, residents in the coalfields can't help but sympathize with the stricken area.
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Nicole Johnston
The Week the World Remembered Gaza
Out of sight and out of mind. For almost 3 years the plight of Gaza’s 1.5 million people had gradually faded from view. The international condemnation from Israel’s conduct during the war with Gaza...
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Alex Main
Latin America Mostly at Odds With US on Israeli Raid
Israel's deadly storming of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters has unleashed a wave of criticism of the Netanyahu government's actions from nearly every country in the world. Turkey...
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Tom Engelhardt
Bitten by History: From the Gulf to Gaza and Afghanistan, the Familiar Way Proves the Wrong Way
History, or the future (however you want to look at it), has a funny way of rearing up and biting leaders who think they know what they're doing. Take Barack Obama. Only weeks before the Deepwater...
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Robert C. Koehler
David's Slingshot
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” — 1 Samuel 17:47
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