Views for 2011-04-19

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Adam Federman
Pressure Mounts on Khimki Developers
Russian activists have held off construction of a major highway through an old growth forest outside of Moscow much longer than most would have imagined. What began as a seemingly provincial standoff...
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John Feffer
Worshiping the Sacred Pig
Washington is a slaughterhouse these days, as politicians from across the political spectrum take their knives to the budget. Going under the blade are dozens of social programs that provide food for...
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Robert Reich
Extortion Politics: Why Won’t American Business Stop the GOP From Threatening to Blow Up the Economy?
As the government approaches its borrowing limit of $14.3 trillion, Republicans are seeking political advantage over what conditions should be attached to raising that limit. This is a scandal — or...
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Tyson Slocum
BP Oil Spill: It Could Happen Again
On Wednesday, 365 days will have passed since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and triggered the worst environmental disaster our country has ever seen. The most...
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Jessica Stewart and Daniel Burns
Why We Are Walking to Hancock Air Force Base
Drone operators in Nevada mistakenly attacked, using an unmanned predator drone, a convoy of Afghan civilians. "No way to know — no way to tell from here" said the "pilot" and camera operator as they...
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Donna Smith
Why Is a Trump Bankruptcy (or Two) OK?
Donald Trump has benefited from bankruptcy twice. Donald Trump has grown his personal fortune following his two bankruptcies and now may run for President of the United States. Clearly, the rules for...
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Ted Rall
Stamped Out: The Statue of Liberty Stamp Error and the End of America
NEW YORK--It may seem like a minor thing. Objectively it is a minor thing. But the Great Statue of Liberty Stamp Screw-up of 2011 presents a picture-perfect portrait of a society in the midst of...
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Laura Flanders
Demonizing Taxes, Heightening Inequality
Yesterday was Tax Day in the US, and that's almost universally greeted with groans and complaints. That tax word's been so effectively demonized that it may be there's no coming back. Is it time for...
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Tom Engelhardt
Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark
This can’t end well. But then, how often do empires end well, really? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves, to suck their own blood,...
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Mark Weisbrot
Emerging Out of the IMF's Shadow
As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank gathered in Washington for their annual spring meetings, there was more talk about how much the IMF has changed. Its managing director,...
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Daphne Wysham
Obama's Dirty Energy Fixation
Just days after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami unleashed a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, President Barack Obama signed a nuclear power cooperation agreement with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera...
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Ralph Nader
Waiting for the Spark
What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless...
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Kate Gould
In Congress’s Attack on Goldstone Report, Fourth Geneva Conventions Takes a Hit
Leading Israeli politicians have claimed that Israel's conduct has been vindicated, distorting Justice Goldstone's op-ed so comprehensively that Amnesty International excoriated the Israeli spin as...
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Ed Bruske
NY Times’ Sugar Bombshell
We may look back on this week as the moment when public opinion finally turned against the idea that fat is what makes us ill and embraced the emerging science implicating sugar as the nation’s...
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Dave Lindorff
An 'Oh Please!' Moment: Is S&P Running Interference for the Right to Help Crush Social Security and Medicare?
Today’s breathless anxiety-inducing headline was that Standard & Poors, the rating agency, has issued a “negative outlook” warning on US sovereign debt, claiming that the US, in comparison with...
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David Korten
The World of Our Dreams
This is the sixteenth of a series of blogs based on excerpts adapted from the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth . I wrote Agenda to spur a national...
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Tim Karr
Astroturfing Net Neutrality
Free speech online has come under withering attack from the Astroturf lobby -- corporate front groups that are determined to hand control of the Internet to companies like AT&T and Comcast.
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