Views for 2011-03-10

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Peter Rothberg
Do We Need a General Strike?
It seems to me that just the very fact that the idea of a general strike is being discussed shows how far our political discourse has come and how deeply Scott Walker and prolonged economic anxiety...
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Mark Weisbrot
Wisconsin Continues Right-Wing Structural Reforms That Have Decimated the United States
With the latest turn of events in Wisconsin , Republican state senators have circumvented the need for a quorum vote on Scott Walker's budget bill by leaving out the fiscal clauses and passing the...
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Sarah Anderson
Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators
High-speed rail, universal health care, quality cheese. Let's face it -- the Europeans often leave us Yanks way behind. And now they appear on track again, with solid progress this week towards...
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Laura Flanders
New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters
It was tax day in 2009 that saw the first Tea Party protests, and the FOX-led media firestorm that's followed has made it seem as though the Tea Party's the only game in town if you want to complain...
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Michelle Chen
State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force
Prison isn't just about doing hard time. For many, it's about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.
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David Bromwich
The Embarrassments of Empire: Washington Wonders What to Say about Arab Freedom
From Egypt to Pakistan, February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire. Americans were enthralled by a spectacle of liberty in which we felt we should...
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Donna Smith
Forbes 400 or the SiCKO 12?
It’s a club I will never be in. Michael Moore told us about them this week. The Forbes 400. The richest 400 people in America. They own more stuff and have more cash and assets than half of the rest...
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Mike Thomspon
Michigan's 'Emergency Financial Management' Wrecking Crew
The bill granting expanded powers to emergency financial managers that appears destined to become law in Michigan isn’t a blatant attempt to kill collective bargaining rights for public employees ala...
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Tim Karr
House Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality
Late Wednesday, Republican members of a key House Commerce subcommittee decided to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. By a party-line vote of 15 to 8 they...
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Jeremy Scahill
A Real Sharia Law Promoter for Peter King to Investigate
As Representative Peter King begins his hunt for Islamic radicals in our midst, including infiltrators of the US government and military, I hope that part of his inquiry focuses on those who really...
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Glenn Greenwald
The "Bush-Tortured" Excuse for Indefinite Detention
Earlier this week, I wrote about the fictitious excuse being offered to justify why Obama is continuing the indefinite detentions and military commissions which defined the Bush/Cheney Guantanamo...
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Stephen Kinzer
Why the US Must Not Intervene in Libya
The urge to intervene around the world may truly have become hardwired into the American psyche. How else to explain the seriousness with which some in Washington are suggesting that the United...
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John Tirman
The Real Threat Isn’t from Muslims
Is it fair to investigate the sources of extremism that may pose a threat to US security? That’s what Republican Representative Peter King of New York is doing this week as he holds hearings to probe...
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Brooke Jarvis
'This is Not Democracy' — Wisconsin's Anti-Union Bill Passes
"Enough is enough." That's what Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a statement about why, with what some observers are saying was less than the legally required notice,...
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John Nichols
"Shame! Shame! Shame!"
Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan , the former co-chair of the legislature's powerful Joint Finance Committee, says he is starting to feel as if he lives in a “third world junta.”
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Ramzy Baroud
A Neoconservative ‘Shock and Awe’: The Rise of the Arabs
A pervading sense of awe seems to be engulfing Arab societies everywhere. What is underway in the Arab world is greater than simply revolution in a political or economic sense– it is, in fact,...
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Ira Chernus
Israel’s “Insecurity”: The Most Dangerous Myth
Sometimes it’s the good guys who do the most harm, because they know not what they do.
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Robert C. Koehler
The Healing Walls: Violence and Victimhood
“There’s something about creating beauty that reaches people and that in the end gives us hope that things can change. . . . It shifts the consciousness of a neighborhood.” Sometimes people really...
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Art Levine
After GOP’s Union-Stripping, Unions Launch Morning Protests Across Wisconsin. Strikes Next?
In the wake of the Wisconsin's Senate end-run to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, thousands of angry protesters descended again on the state capital.
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Capital Times Editorial
Progressive Wisconsin: A Tradition of Opposing Corporate Power
“The great issue before the American people today is the control of their own government. In the midst of political struggle, it is not easy to see the historical relations of the present Progressive...
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