Views for 2010-12-07

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
William Astore
The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Poorer
More tax breaks for the rich in exchange for another year's worth of unemployment benefits for the desperate: Now there's a compromise that makes me proud to be an American. My father wouldn't have...
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Brian Terrell
Participate in a Real “December Review” of the War in Afghanistan
On November 25, 2010, the occupation of Afghanistan by United States and NATO forces had already lasted 9 years and 50 days. This date is a significant milestone, Jason Ditz of points out...
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Jeff Biggers
With Jailed Minister, DREAM Act Hunger Strike Nears Critical 30-Day Stage, Spreads Across Nation
On the heels of a new Congressional Budget Office report that the DREAM Act would reduce the deficit by $1.4 billion over the next decade and public support by Homeland Security Secretary Janet...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Still Needed: A Responsible Path to Energy Independence
In reversing controversial plans last week to expand offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, "As a result of the BP Deepwater...
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Tom Engelhardt
One November’s Dead: The American War Dead Disappear into the Darkness
America’s heroes? Not so much. Not anymore. Not when they’re dead, anyway.
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Stephen Zunes
Fraudulent Egyptian Election
The November 28 Egyptian parliamentary elections were a farce. The vast majority of Egyptians boycotted the charade. But even those who did try to vote witnessed massive ballot-stuffing, vote-buying...
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Nancy Lord
This Isn't Sarah Palin's Alaska
With the holidays upon us again, I think back with both pleasure and distress to the feast I was welcomed to a few seasons ago at the top of Alaska. The effects of climate change in polar regions are...
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Grace Lee Boggs
Reflections on Thanksgiving
I recall many Thanksgivings, some more enjoyable than others but each worth reflecting on. When I was a child, relatives who worked in my father's restaurant and lived bachelor lives because their...
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Julian Assange
The Truth Will Always Win
In 1958 a young Rupert Murdoch, then owner and editor of Adelaide's The News, wrote: "In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." His observation perhaps...
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Tom Gallagher
Why Are We in Afghanistan – Still?
You have to wonder what it might take to get the man in the White House to acknowledge just how absurd the current U.S. military effort in Afghanistan has become. Would the president of Afghanistan...
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Victor Grossman
All Quiet on the Western Front - Once Not So Quiet
On December 5th one or two hundred people left a movie theater in Berlin, mostly silent and deeply moved though the film they had seen was first released in 1930. This American-made epic had lost...
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