Views for 2011-01-22

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Lizzy Ratner
Two Years After Gaza
In January 2009, during a lull in the bombing of Israel's "Cast Lead" operation against Gaza, I spoke by telephone with an old family friend, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, from his home on Gaza's Salah al-...
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Andy Worthington
What Does Tunisia’s Revolution Mean for Political Prisoners, Including Guantánamo Detainees?
For the twelve Tunisians held in Guantánamo over the last nine years, the news that a popular uprising forced the hated dictator, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee the country for Saudi...
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Brooke Jarvis
Citizens United?
These days, it often seems that Americans don't have much to agree about. But when it comes to what democracy is (and isn’t), it turns out we’re on the same page.
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Stephen Zunes
The United States and the Prospects for Democracy in Islamic Countries
The unarmed insurrection that overthrew the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia has opened up debate regarding prospects for democratization in Arab and other predominately Muslim countries. Many in the West...
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Dave Lindorff
Are GE and Jeffrey Immelt Really American?
If President Barack Obama had announced this week that he was appointing Japan’s Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda, to head his new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, one can imagine the...
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Anna Lappé
Why We Should Question Walmart’s Latest PR Blitz
Walmart made big news this week with a press conference alongside the First Lady to announce new company commitments. Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Walmart announcement seemed to buy...
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Steve Rendall
Glenn Beck's Dangerous Obsession With Frances Fox Piven
In addition to his repeated murder fantasies , Glenn Beck harbors apocalyptic fantasies of mass death-- suggesting , for instance, that if the direction of the country doesn't change, "God will wash...
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Michelle Chen
Will Obama’s Campaign Against Red Tape Unravel the Safety Net?
This week, while lawmakers on Capitol Hill waved their menacing budget axe over social programs, Obama quietly sharpened his magic shears for another set of cuts that seems more benign. His latest...
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Kim Ives
WikiLeaks Points to US Meddling in Haiti
Confidential US diplomatic cables from 2005 and 2006 released this week by WikiLeaks reveal Washington's well-known obsession to keep exiled former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide out of Haiti and...
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Juan Cole
Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further
People are blaming the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC on that company’s merger with Comcast and Olbermann’s loss of the protection and patronage of Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC...
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Jim Horn
The State of the Union’s Schools: What We'd Like to Hear from Obama, But Won’t
While everyone knows that Barack Obama's State of the Union speech is likely to continue to push for the agenda that we've been facing in Race to the Top — privatization, more testing and test based...
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Tom Engelhardt
Do You Feel Safer Yet?
In New York City, my hometown, as in so many cities across the country, a hard-pressed local government and a desperate transit authority are cutting back on services while hiking prices for a...
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Marianne Williamson
An Extremist for Love
Turning Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday into a national holiday is one of the things that America got right. It's a day set apart from all others, when all generations will pause to think about a...
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