Views for 2011-01-12

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
John Nichols
Determined to Stifle Arizona Violence Debate, Palin Claims She's the Victim... of 'Blood Libel'
Echoing the new battle cry of the right, Sarah Palin has come out of hiding to accuse those who suggest over-the-top rhetoric and a volatile political climate might offer some explanation of Saturday...
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Riki Ott
Diary of a Disaster: 6 Months in the Gulf
America awoke the morning of April 21 to learn that BP's well, the Deepwater Horizon, had blown out in the Gulf of Mexico and was on fire. Eleven men were dead. BP began dumping dispersants (toxic...
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Bill C. Davis
Words and Bullets
Jared Loughner was like a piece of litmus paper - susceptible to the acidity and power of words as they swirl in a charged atmosphere - words that hang in the air and the air-waves. Certain...
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Wendell Potter
Deadly Spin on Health Care Repeal
Advocates of health care reform who are fearful -- or hopeful, as the case may be -- that Republicans will be able to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) need to...
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Glenn Greenwald
How Propaganda Poisons the Mind - and Our Discourse
Last week, on January 3, The Guardian published a scathing Op-Ed by James Richardson blaming WikiLeaks for endangering the life of Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the democratic opposition in...
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John Feffer
Gun Crazy: From NRA Glocks to Predator Drones
The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They're in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of...
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Isabel Macdonald
Haiti: Where's the Money?
After a devastating earthquake killed more than 200,000 people in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that there could be dire consequences “if the effort to rebuild...
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Amy Goodman
A Tale of Two Sheriffs
The Tucson massacre that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, brought into sharp public focus the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnik. He's been the sheriff of Pima County,...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Time to Follow Fields' Example and Quit Afghanistan
Arnold Fields, the special inspector general for Afghanistan, announced his resignation late on Monday evening – news that has virtually disappeared among all the other headlines from the Arizona...
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Christopher Cook
Conference on 'the Commons' Highlights Disparities and Challenges
Two days before the launch of a global commons conference here in Hyderabad, India, drawing more than 600 people from 69 countries, a roomful of activists and scholars from across South Asia found...
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Randall Amster
Healing the Wounds: Transforming Our Culture of Violence
Whatever your political leanings, you’d have to be incredibly hardhearted not to be moved by the shooting in Tucson that claimed the lives of a federal judge and a nine year old girl, among others,...
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Edwidge Danticat
Haiti: A Year and a Day
In the Haitian vodou tradition, it is believed by some that the souls of the newly dead slip into rivers and streams and remain there, under the water, for a year and a day. Then, lured by ritual...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti's Election: A Travesty of Democracy
What is it about Haiti that makes the "international community" think they have the right to decide the country's fate without the consent of the governed? Yes, Haiti is a poor country, but Haitians...
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Tom Engelhardt
From War Profiteer to For-Profit War
As a boy in the 1950s, I can remember my father, a World War II vet, becoming livid while insisting that our family not shop at a local grocery store. Its owners, he swore, had been “war profiteers”...
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