Views for 2011-01-11

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Saul Landau
A Lousy New Year for Workers
"What's good for General Motors is good for the country," Defense Secretary nominee--and former GM CEO--Charles Wilson famously told the Senate Armed Services Committee in 1953. These weren't his...
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Laura Flanders
Children Become Collateral Damage
Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old. She was born on September 11, 2001. She died on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, along with a federal judge and four others in a shooting targeting her...
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Eugene Robinson
Gun Crazy
We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation's insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns...
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Nancy Talanian
Close Guantánamo
Two presidents have called for Guantánamo Bay Prison's closure to preserve the safety of the United States, and yet today, nine years after the first load of prisoners arrived there, 173 prisoners...
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Robert Greenwald
Tell Joe Klein It's Stupid NOT to Get Out of Afghanistan
Joe Klein thinks you're stupid for wanting to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan . Here's what he said on a recent CNN appearance:
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Dean Baker
The Progressive Case Against Obama's New Team
Most reports on the selection of William Daley as President Obama's new chief of staff and Gene Sperling as the head of his National Economic Council included a few lines of criticism from...
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William Hartung
Big 'Corporate' Brother: Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?
Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you? No? Then you haven't been paying much attention. Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is...
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Bill Quigley, Jeena Shah
Million Plus Remain Homeless and Displaced in Haiti: One Year After Quake
One year after the January 12 2010 earthquake, more than a million people remain homeless in Haiti. Homemade shelters and tents are everywhere in Port au Prince. People are living under plastic tarps...
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Robert Naiman
If Palin Lived in Pakistan, Could She Face a Drone Strike?
Suppose that Sarah Palin lived in Pakistan. Suppose that Jared Loughner, the alleged killer of federal Judge John Roll and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staffer Gabe Zimmerman, had once traveled to...
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Dana Frank
In Honduras, the Holiday Season Brings Repression
As we settle into our warm winter naps in the United States, a new wave of military repression is sweeping through Honduras, directed at the campesino movement. In December troops moved in and once...
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Alan Nasser and Kelly Norman
A Primer on the The Student Loan Debt Bubble
It was announced last summer that total student loan debt, at $830 billion, now exceeds total US credit card debt, itself bloated to the bubble level of $827 billion. And student loan debt is growing...
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Robert Jensen
The Machine Changes, the Work Remains the Same
When I first got involved in left/radical political organizing in the 1990s, I don't recall any of us referring to our efforts as "phone activism" or calling ourselves "fax activists." A friend who...
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Peter Hart
Violent Rhetoric and Media False Balance
Yesterday in the New York Times Paul Krugman ( 1/10/11 ) suggests that we not pretend that "both sides" are responsible for toxic political rhetoric:
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