Views for 2011-01-06

Thursday, January 6, 2011
Helen Thomas
Privatizing Social Security Again?
This year, 2011, marks the beginning of baby boomers receiving Social Security checks and they should be alerted of past perennial Republican attempts to partially privatize the program. Heaven...
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Glenn Greenwald
US Teenager Tortured in Kuwait and Barred Re-Entry into the US
Gulet Mohamed is an 18-year-old American citizen whose family is Somalian. His parents moved with him to the U.S. when he was 2 or 3 years old, and he has lived in the U.S.
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Ann Wright
Obama: No Whistleblowing on My Watch
Candidate Obama said "Government whistleblowers are part of a healthy democracy and must be protected from reprisal."
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Russell Mokhiber
No Contest Politics
Fox, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span? Or ESPN? Politics v. Sports. A friend of mine — a life long political junkie — told me recently that he used to watch more politics than sports. Now, it’s the opposite. Now,...
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Marielena Hincapié
Attacking Immigrants, and the Constitution
Yesterday, a group of state legislators launched an attack on the fundamental American values in the U.S. Constitution by announcing their intent to target babies born in the United States. This...
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William Astore
Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire
Words matter, as candidate Barack Obama said in the 2008 election campaign. What to make, then, of President Obama's pep talk last month to U.S.
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David Korten
The Missing Vision for a New Economy
This is the first of a series of blogs based on excerpts adapted from the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth . I wrote Agenda to spur a national conversation...
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Hannah Gurman
Will US Use Punjab Governor's Death as Pretext for More Drone Attacks?
On Tuesday morning, the reports of Salman Taseer’s assassination topped headlines around the world. Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, had been killed by one of his own...
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Robert Shetterly
The Death of Judy Bonds, and Life
A successful autocracy rests on the universal failure of individual courage. -- Marilynne Robinson What magic occurs to make an invisible person visible, visible and powerful? Well, sometimes it’s...
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Robert Reich
The Shameful Attack on Public Employees
In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its...
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César Chelala
Don't Just Close Guantánamo, Return It
To restore good relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, damaged by several years of neglect, is one of many difficult tasks facing the Obama administration. A measure that could have far-...
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Michael Winship
At Year’s End, A Tale of Two Cities
We probably should have stayed in New Orleans.
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