Views for 2011-05-03

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Jill Richardson
I Never Promised You an Organic Garden
A story has been developing over the past month involving lies, toxic sludge, Hollywood celebrities, and poor, inner city school children. It centers around the Environmental Media Association (EMA...
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John Feffer
Dead Empire Walking: On Playing into Al Qaida's Hands
We have, once again, played right into Osama bin Laden's hands. This might seem like an odd assertion, since the al-Qaeda mastermind is finally dead at the hands of U.S. Special Forces, most heads of...
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Kristen Breitweiser
Osama's Death: Today Is Not a Day of Celebration for Me
When my husband was killed on the morning of 9/11, television stations around the world ran split-screen video. They showed the buildings still burning juxtaposed against young Arabs celebrating in...
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Gary Younge
Vengeance Led Us into War, It Won't Lead Us Out
In one episode of The Simpsons the school bell rings, prompting the students to sprint for the door before the end of a history lesson. The teacher pleads with them to let him finish. "Wait a minute...
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Timothy Wise
Good News on the Right to Food
Those of us advocating for changes in global and national policies on food and agriculture just got some good news. The UN Human Rights Council just renewed for another three years the mandate of...
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Jeffrey D. Sachs
World is Drowning in Corporate fraud
NEW YORK – The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries — those with supposedly “good governance.” Poor-country governments probably accept more...
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Mark Weisbrot
Bin Laden Provoked a US “War on Terror” That Strengthened His Movement
The killing of Osama bin Laden is being celebrated by the US media and government officials who spin it as one of the most important events since 11 September 2001. To the extent that it weakens al-...
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Kathy Kelly
Beyond Retaliation
This morning, a reporter called to talk about the news that the U.S. has killed Osama bin Laden. Referring to throngs of young people celebrating outside the White House, the reporter asked what...
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Jeff Biggers
Arizona's New Civil Rights Movement
Stumbling further into the quagmire of a national public relations disaster, drastic new measures by the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) officials have turned the “manufactured crisis” over the...
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Robert Jensen
Delivering Educational Products: The Job Formerly Known as Teaching
Hi, I’m Robert Jensen, a provider of educational products to consumers at the University of Texas at Austin. I used to introduce myself as a UT professor, but that was before I attended a Texas...
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Adam Hochschild
Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?
What if, from the beginning, everyone killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars had been buried in a single large cemetery easily accessible to the American public? Would it bring the fighting to a halt...
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Jim Goodman
Wisconsin's Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker campaigned as the “nice guy” who carried his lunch in a brown paper bag, a regular guy who just wanted to cut state spending. That, apparently resonated with the...
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Gary Engler
The Social Democrats Rise in Canada
That “wow” you heard late Monday night from north of the border was the sound of Canada electing a record number of social democratic Members of Parliament. The New Democratic Party (NDP) won 103...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bin Laden’s Crimes, and Ours
I always rejoice at the death of a mass murderer, and Osama bin Laden was definitely a mass murderer. He killed 3,000 people here on 9/11, and he killed more than 300 in August 1998 in the bombings...
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David Morris
All Hail the PUBLIC Library
"The word 'public' has been removed from the name of the Fort Worth Library. Why? Simply put, to keep up with the times. " --From the Media release on the rebranding of the Fort Worth Library
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