Views for 2010-09-16

Thursday, September 16, 2010
Mark Weisbrot
Net Neutrality Absolutely Vital to Assuring Progressive Free Speech
The mass media remains one of the most powerful forces blocking social and economic progress in the 21st century. It is because of the mass media that tens of millions of Americans are convinced that...
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Mary Bottari
Bailed-Out Banks Finance Predatory Payday Lenders
American taxpayers bailed out the big banks. Now many of those banks are returning the favor by extending credit to payday lenders who sucker consumers into a spiraling debt trap.
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Laila El-Haddad
What Peace Talks? Gaza Left Out in the Cold
Ask any resident of Gaza what their thoughts are on the US-sponsored " direct talks " between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas's Ramallah government, and you're likely to hear one of three responses: 1)...
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John Nichols
Obama Prepares to Sort of Appoint Elizabeth Warren to Something
President Obama has been looking a little more focused and functional of late, talking about the need to invest in infrastructure projects to create jobs and rejecting Republican calls for the...
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Norman Solomon
Why Elections Are Not a Waste of Progressives' Time
A pithy idea -- now going around in some progressive circles -- is that elections are a waste of time. The idea can be catchy. It all depends on some tacit assumptions. For instance: elections are a...
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Robert C. Koehler
Holy War
It took the U.S. secretary of defense, for God’s sake, to get a Florida preacher to cancel his plans for pyrotechnic sacrilege on Sept. 11. A few days later, CNN asked some of its blog contributors...
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Kelly Hearn
Deep in Ecuador’s Rainforest, A Plan to Forego an Oil Bonanza
Hunched in the back of a pickup truck speeding down an oil road near the western border of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, Juan Carlos Acacho - a short, wiry Shuar Indian - says he's never heard of...
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Bill McKibben
My Road Trip With a Solar Rock Star
I got to see the now-famous enthusiasm gap up close and personal last week, and it wasn’t a pretty sight.
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Jeremy Scahill
Blackwater's Black Ops
Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as...
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Margaret Kimberley
Hedge Fund-Funded Charter School Lobby Buys Elections, Destroys Education
Rich people have always had the ability to bend electoral politics to their collective will. They determine who has the opportunity to run for office and sadly, more often than not, they determine...
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Chuck Collins
Five Reasons to Let the Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich Expire
Congress is actively debating whether to retain President Bush’s 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the wealthy that are due to expire at the end of this year. President Obama supports extending tax cuts for...
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Michael Moore
Never Forget: Bad Wars Aren't Possible Unless Good People Back Them
I know we've been "free" of the Iraq War for two weeks now and our minds have turned to the new football season and Fashion Week in New York. And how exciting that the new fall TV season is just days...
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Jeff Cohen
Christine O’Donnell and Me
I knew Christine O’Donnell as an ideologue of uptightness -- with a fervent position on every issue under the sun. I saw her up close when we debated during one of her several Phil Donahue show...
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