Views for 2010-09-10

Friday, September 10, 2010
Robert Naiman
Why Peaceniks Should Care About the Afghanistan Study Group Report
There is a tradition among some peace activists of striking a pose of annoyed indifference to the question of how to get out of an unpopular war. "There are three ways to get out," goes one waggish...
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Jeff Biggers
Is Secretary Chu on a Mission to Save Big Coal?
Energy Secretary Steven Chu has officially gone over to the dark side of Big Coal. First, the question begs to be asked: Has Sec. Chu ever visited an underground coal mine or a strip-mine operation...
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Peter Hart
First, Bash the Teachers
Writing on the Wall Street Journal editorial page (10/1/09) under the headline “How Teachers Unions Lost the Media,” two education writers praised the press for turning on teachers, showing a “new...
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Naomi Sobel
Raise My Taxes, Please
In the coming months, Congress will be decide the future of the federal estate tax and whether or not to continue substantial tax cuts for the very wealthy.
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Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh
This 9/11, Let’s All Take Responsibility for Ending a Summer of Hate
Between the two us, we’ve spent a combined 59 years living, working and learning in the United States. In all that time, including the period immediately following September 11, 2001, this summer...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Pastor and Cheap, Selective Concern for "Blood-Spilling
After WikiLeaks published the Afghanistan war logs, political and media figures fell all over themselves to publicly condemn the group for having "blood on its hands," despite the fact that (1) there...
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Ingrid Newkirk
Will Obama Allow 60-Year-Old Space Program Veterans to Retire?
New Mexico's Governor Richardson met with National Institutes of Health (NIH) officials recently in a last-ditch effort to stop NIH from moving 202 "retired" chimpanzees out of Holloman Air Force...
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Danny Schechter
Engineers of Empire
The Secretary of State was shuttling between Washington where peace in the Middle East remains elusive to New York to where the poobahs and her protégés at the Council on Foreign Relations welcomed...
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Ramzy Baroud
The Photo Before the Storm: Peace Talks Already Failed
A picture is not always worth a thousand words. The recently released photographs of Palestinian and Israeli leaders in Washington during their first direct talks in many months certainly don't say...
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Jerry Lanson
When Sensationalism Rules the News
A marginal Florida minister with a flock smaller than 50 rivets the nation's attention with a threat to burn 50 Korans. Attention to his bigotry builds slowly, from scant attention to a 2009 sign...
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Winslow Myers
The Power of One, The Power of Oneness
“The Power of One,” a rousing novel about a young man who uses his boxing skills to triumph over the brutality of apartheid, is too suggestive a title to be confined to a single story published...
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Norman Solomon
Right-Wing Republicans vs. Corporate Democrats vs. Progressive Populists
At this bleak political moment, gaining congressional power for progressives might seem like pie in the sky. More and more desperate efforts are underway to stave off a Republican takeover of...
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Gwynne Dyer
Arctic Oil: The Good News and the Bad News
First, the good news. On 15 September, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre will sign an agreement in Murmansk that resolves the long dispute between...
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Sarah van Gelder
Eight Ways to Confront Extremism on 9/11
Who benefits when a pastor in a small town in Florida threatens to burn the Quran? Or when a proposal to build a Muslim cultural center in Manhattan erupts into a national controversy? And what can...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Letter to Young Americans
You’re young. You may have just started or returned to college for fall semester; maybe you’re starting senior year in high school; maybe you finished college last spring but haven't been able to...
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