Views for 2010-10-31

Sunday, October 31, 2010
Ted Sorensen
From Our Archives: A Time to Weep
Commencement speech at the New School University in New York on May 21, 2004 This is not a speech. Two weeks ago I set aside the speech I prepared. This is a cry from the heart, a lamentation for the...
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Harvey Wasserman
Legal Marijuana or Bust!
The simple truth about America's marijuana prohibition: any law that allows the easy incarceration of any citizen any time those in power want to do it is the ultimate enemy of democracy. With 800,...
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Danny Schechter
The Business of American Politics and Politics as a Business
We live in a country in economic distress. Millions are out of work and cutbacks in public services are pervasive at the city and state levels. The ‘great recession’ is deep and could go deeper. Most...
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Lucinda Marshall
Elect Or Genuflect? The Choices Going Forward
There is a whole lot to dislike about the electoral process in the United States. The low point for me is usually the few days before the election when the pundits start telling us who will win. Last...
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David Smith-Ferri
'Without Peace, Life is Impossible': What an Afghan Boy Knows that US Forces Don't
In a small storage shed at the edge of town, we watched as fourteen-year-old Sayed Qarim signed a simple contract agreeing to borrow and repay a no-interest, 25,000 afghani loan (roughly $555)...
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Julia Indichova
IVF: The Heavy Cost of the Nobel Prize
For the 4 million children conceived through in-vitro-fertilization, the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to Dr. Robert Edwards on October 4th, is understandably, good news. Congratulatory...
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Hiroaki Sato
Why Does Distance Ameliorate a War Crime?
NEW YORK - One aspect of the modern sense of war, be it delusional, duplicitous or both, was palpable in two articles paired at the top of the front page of The New York Times toward the end of...
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Michelle Chen
US May Back Indigenous Rights, Without Accountability for Them
Well before America was known as the land of plenty, it was a land of plunder. About four centuries after the first colonial encounter set off a wave of destruction, the continent’s displaced...
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Robert Freeman
If You Want More Debt Vote Republican
One of the most successful deceits of the past thirty years is that Republicans are the party of "fiscal discipline." In fact, Republicans are the party of fiscal wreckage. Simply put, Republicans...
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Robert Jensen
Elections: The Day After
November 2 is going to be a big day in our political lives. But November 3 will be far more important. On mid-term Election Day, voters will choose between candidates with different positions on...
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