Views for 2011-01-25

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
John Nichols
SOTU Signals: What Will Obama Say on Social Security, Trade and Green Jobs?
Rarely has a president delivered a State of the Union Address from such a suddenly encouraging position as President Obama will find himself in Tuesday night.
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David Korten
System Failure? Look Upstream
Many years ago a wise Canadian colleague, Tim Brodhead, explained to me why most efforts to end poverty fail. "They stop at treating the symptoms of poverty, such as hunger and poor health, with food...
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Jenn Ettinger
The Not-So-Neutral Net
The Internet was created as an “open” or “neutral” platform, and net neutrality is the principle that ensures that Internet providers can’t interfere with a user’s ability to access any content on...
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Sam Pizzigati
Squeezing Ordinary Citizens from NY to California
Following World War II, the United States produced something the world had never seen: a mass middle class. For the first time, a majority of a major nation's people had real money left over after...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Can New York Be Model for Democracy Reform?
With the Citizens United ruling one year ago, Chief Justice Roberts and the Koch Brothers’ allies on the Supreme Court made an already lousy US campaign finance system much worse. In the 2010...
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Juan Cole
US Foreign Policy and the Corruption Game: What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World
Here's one obvious lesson of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011: paranoia about Muslim fundamentalist movements and terrorism is causing Washington to make bad choices that will ultimately harm American...
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Robert Naiman
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
A key resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict is now before the UN Security Council. Largely echoing stated US policy, the resolution embraces negotiations, endorses the creation of a Palestinian...
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Joe Emersberger
NYT Promotes Destructive Myths About Aristide
Ginger Thompson wrote in the New York Times on January 19 that former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide “rose to power as a champion of Haiti’s poor but became notorious for his violent...
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Ralph Nader
Overuse of Antibiotics
Reading a recent issue of Public Citizen's excellent Health Letter titled "Know When Antibiotics Work," I recalled the recent tragic loss of a healthy history professor who was rushed to a fine urban...
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Stephen Zunes
ROTC Policy on Wikileaks Threatens Academic Freedom
In my more than 15 years teaching at the University of San Francisco, I have found ROTC cadets to be among my favorite students, most of them being unusually bright, motivated, disciplined and a...
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Thomas Schaller
Violence on the Right: More Evidence
In my previous column I argued that radical, even violent rhetoric coming from the political right is more incendiary and aggressive than that coming from the left. I received a lot of angry e-mails...
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Amanda Marcotte
The Rhetoric of Fear Feeds Terror
It should have been a national story with heavy coverage. The hook, on its face, seems tailor-made for breathless coverage: last week in Spokane, Washington state, a suspected rightwing terrorist...
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Ruth Conniff
Glenn Beck Incites Violence; Keith Olbermann Departs
Even as the rightwing shouters get more extreme, with Glenn Beck inciting death threats against liberal academic Frances Fox Piven , MSNBC got rid of its leading progressive voice, showing Keith...
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Ray McGovern
Torture at the Justice Department? Better Not to Ask
On Sunday, I attended an informal talk given in a parish hall by the Justice Department's Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His topic: "The way his work for justice is...
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George Lakoff
The “New Centrism” and Its Discontents
There is no ideology of the "center." What is called a "centrist" or a "moderate" is actually very different - a bi-conceptual, someone who is conservative on some issues and progressive on others,...
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Maureen Murphy
Activism Is Not a Crime: Why I Will Not Testify Before This Federal Grand Jury
I have been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago on January 25. But I will not testify, even at the risk of being put in jail for contempt of court, because I believe that our...
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