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Monday, March 21, 2011
Selma James
With Aristide's Return Comes Hope
The return of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his family to Haiti ends seven long years of campaigning – the 92% of voters who elected him had never accepted his overthrow in 2004 by a US...
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John Nichols
Wars Should Be Declared by Congress, Not Merely Launched by Presidents
The grotesque extremes to which Muammar Qaddafi has gone to threaten the people of Libya—and to act on those threats—have left the self-proclaimed “king of kings” with few defenders in northern...
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Robert Kuttner
Brown Shoots: Obama's Missed Opportunities for Economic Change
As spring dawns, the economy's green shoots have been trampled once again, first by the economic fallout from Japan's tsunami, and again by rising worldwide commodity prices. The disruption of Japan'...
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Robert Naiman
Congress Must Debate the Libya War
The U.S. is now at war in a third Muslim country, according to the "official tally" (that is, counting Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya but not Pakistan or Yemen, for example.) But Congress has never...
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Sam Pizzigati
CEO Pay Bashing, Tea Party Style
Even hypocrites can sometimes have a point. Take Jim DeMint, for instance, the U.S. senator--and tea party favorite--from South Carolina. Earlier this month, DeMint came out swinging against the...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama’s Libya War: Unconstitutional, Naïve, Hypocritical
Our founders would be appalled that a President of the United States could launch the country into an armed conflict half a world away without a formal declaration of war by Congress, much less...
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Chris Hedges
The Body Baggers of Iraq
Jess Goodell enlisted in the Marines immediately after she graduated from high school in 2001. She volunteered three years later to serve in the Marine Corps’ first officially declared Mortuary...
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Pablo Ouziel
One More War and Another Collective Silence
I assume that to some, I dare say, to the majority of Western citizens, it must be a relief to see that ‘our’ force for good has not lost its momentum – that humanitarian benevolence which...
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Paul Krugman
The War on Warren
Last week, at a House hearing on financial institutions and consumer credit, Republicans lined up to grill and attack Elizabeth Warren, the law professor and bankruptcy expert who is in charge of...
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Robert Parry
Protecting Libyan Civilians, Not Others
Even if you think that the incipient Libyan civil war was an unfolding humanitarian tragedy that justified some international intervention, it is hard not to take note of the endless double standards...
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James Carroll
Our Silent Spring
When Rachel Carson entitled her prescient 1962 book “Silent Spring,’’ she was imagining the dawning of the season without the sweet sounds of wildlife. She noted that, even then, in many parts of the...
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Robert Alvarez
Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States
As this photograph shows, the spent fuel pools at Units 3 and 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex are exposed to the open sky and might be draining. The radioactive dose rates coming...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Human Cost of Slashonomics
An important new initiative from Half in Ten, a national campaign to reduce poverty by 50 percent over the next ten years, and the Coalition on Human Needs, is putting a face on irresponsible “slash...
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Danny Schechter
Beyond Fukishima: A World in Denial About Nuclear Risks
What will it take for our world to recognize the dangers that nuclear scientists and even Albert Einstein were warning about at the “dawn” of the nuclear age?
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Paul Buchheit
March Madness for Corporate Tax Dodgers
The small companies and public didn't have a chance in the early rounds. Now it's down to a few formidable corporate teams, the Cheat 16: - General Electric made $10.3 billion in 2009, but received a...
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