Views for 2011-01-24

Monday, January 24, 2011
Johann Hari
The Choking of China - and the World
The world is watching China's economic surge with understandable awe - while politely and passively ignoring the country's ecological disintegration. When the journalist Jonathan Watts was a child,...
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Ghada Karmi
Only Palestinian Refugees Can Give Up Their Right of Return
No issue has been so thorny or so fundamental to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the Palestinian right of return. Long dismissed by Israel as an unjustified threat to its existence, and...
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Mark Weisbrot
The Great Fear of Haitian Self-Government
The controversy over the return of the infamous dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, to Haiti, is in many ways a distraction. Certainly it is important that he stand trial for crimes against...
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Amy Dean
Mr. President: The Fight for the Middle Class Isn't in Washington
Tuesday night the nation will focus its attention on the president's State of the Union address, looking for solutions to the economic crisis in this country and in their own lives. We can hope to...
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Dave Saldana
Mega-Mega-Merger: Meet the New Media Monopoly
For more than a century, American law has recognized the destructive power of corporate monopolies. When one company controls an entire resource, means of production, or delivery system for products...
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Ari Berman
Obama: Triangulation 2.0?
Immediately following the Democrats' 2010 electoral shellacking, a broad spectrum of pundits urged President Obama to "pull a Clinton," in the words of Politico: move to the center (as if he wasn't...
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John Nichols
What President Obama Shouldn't Say in the State of the Union Address
The great guessing game in official Washington – and the surrounding punditocracy – this week goes to the question of whether President Obama will use his State of the Union Address to open a...
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David Michael Green
Civility? Whatever. Capitulation? No Thanks.
Civility in politics is - pardon the anti-pun - all the rage nowadays. Go figure. I guess assassinating members of the ruling class tends to have that kind of sobering effect. So everyone's talking...
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Hannah Gurman, Hannah Gurman
Operation Desert Storm: Our Last "Clean" War
I was in seventh grade when the U.S. invaded Kuwait. I can remember the excitement of thinking that for the first time in my life, the U.S. was in a real war. (I guess my young self was unaware of...
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Peter Certo
Proposal: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending
“I think we have started an adult conversation” about the federal deficit, mused Deficit Commission co-chairman Erskine Bowles last year. Well then. Let’s have it. By now, the commission’s more...
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Maureen Paul
Freedom of Choice: Living for What You Would Die For
I was a teenager in 1968 when I learned that I was pregnant. Through a friend, I tried to arrange for an illegal abortion, only to be sent down a rabbit hole that involved a uniformed police officer...
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Chris Hedges
Where Liberals Go to Feel Good
Barack Obama is another stock character in the cyclical political theater embraced by the liberal class. Act I is the burst of enthusiasm for a Democratic candidate who, through clever branding and...
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Harvey Wasserman
Obama and Our Disney Nukes
Barack Obama is about to address a nation whose greatest potential liability is its Disneyesque illusion of atomic power. Despite the nation's huge debts and fears of foreign terror, America's 104...
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Dean Baker
Hu Jintao's Visit: The Story the Media Missed
When China's President Hu Jintao came for his state visit last week, the White House press corps completely ignored almost all the substantive issues raised by Hu's visit. The domestic policy issues...
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Jay Walljasper
The Commons Moment is Now
Social change is not something easily diagrammed on a chart. Sweeping transformations that rearrange the workings of an entire culture begin imperceptibly, quietly but steadily entering people’s...
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Michael T. Klare
Resource Revolts: The Year of Living Dangerously: Rising Commodity Prices and Extreme Weather Events Threaten Global Stability
Get ready for a rocky year. From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society, producing...
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