Views for 2011-01-28

Friday, January 28, 2011
Peter Hart
Defining a Dictatorship: The US Role in Egypt
Yesterday (FAIR Blog, 1/27/11 ) the Washington Post tried to argue that U.S. policy under the Obama administration has shifted to one of open support for pro-democracy movements in Egypt and Tunisia...
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Michael Winship
The Bush Legacy Strikes Out American Justice
The Detroit Tigers are retiring the great baseball manager Sparky Anderson's number 11 this season. "It's a wonderful gesture," Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote. "I just wish...
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Tim Karr
One US Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown
The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed. Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications -- a troubling...
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Tom Andrews
State of the War in Afghanistan: The Good, The Bad and The Inaccurate
Just in case you missed it, there was good news and bad news in President Obama’s State of the Union speech when it came to the war in Afghanistan: The good news is that he reaffirmed his commitment...
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Richard Wolff, Max Fraad Wolff
The Consequences of Our Tax Cowardice
A national campaign is now fully launched to make local public-sector employees pick up a major share of the costs of economic crisis. Years of rising spending and falling revenue have carved a path...
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Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway
Did Congress Approve America's Longest War?
President Obama's state of the union was quickly followed by a second one in Afghanistan. President Karzai finally convened the newly-elected parliament with a Kennedyesque "Ask not what Afghanistan...
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Ronnie Cummins
The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto
"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." -- Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011
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Gary Olson
Washington's Egyptian Nightmare
As I watch events unfolding on the streets of Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and elsewere in the region I'm reminded of a summer I spent in Egypt studying Arabic language and Middle East politics at The...
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Russell Mokhiber
Corporate Crime and No Punishment
Leandro Andrade, 52, sits in Ironwood State Prison, about 200 miles east of Los Angeles, California. He's there for life. What did Leandro do wrong? In 1995, he stole five videotapes from a K-Mart in...
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Michelle Chen
How Come Funding For Global Health Care Leads to Poorer Health?
Wherever they fall on the scale of economic development, most countries generally provide some form of health care to the poor and sick. So what happens when that public responsibility winds up on...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Good Old Days at the Pentagon
Oh, the nostalgia of it all! As Nick Turse reminds us in his book The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives , when the media went after the Pentagon in the 1980s for outrageous...
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Naomi Klein
Goldstone's Legacy for Israel
This essay is adapted from the introduction to The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (Nation Books).
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Johann Hari
Why is it Wrong to Protect Gay Children?
I am exhausted. I have spent all week trying to brainwash small children into being gay, by relentlessly inserting homosexuality into their maths, geography and science lessons. Their little eyes...
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Ramzy Baroud
Tunisia: How We Got Here and the Task Ahead
Hunger strikes. These were the last resort for Tunisian activists as they fought against a brutal and highly oppressive regime. Prior to the ousting of Zineal-Abidine Ben Ali by an unprecedented...
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Sandy LeonVest
Dire Predictions, Conspicuous Omissions and Our Perilous Energy Future
Only days before President Obama delivered this year's State of the Union speech, a startlingly grim little piece appeared in IPS. The article, which highlighted a newly released assessment of global...
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Robert Fisk
Egypt's Day of Reckoning
A day of prayer or a day of rage? All Egypt was waiting for the Muslim Sabbath today – not to mention Egypt's fearful allies – as the country's ageing President clings to power after nights of...
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