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Friday, May 6, 2011
Robert Naiman
Now is the Time for a Full Afghanistan Withdrawal
Following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the floodgates opened in Washington this week for reconsideration of U.S. plans to continue the open-ended war in Afghanistan.
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Raj Patel
At Glencore's Pinnacle of Capitalism, Even Hunger is a Commodity
What does it take to make the food speculators at Goldman Sachs look like they're playing for lunch money? A secretive Swiss-based company, and one of the world's largest commodity trading firms,...
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Robert Reich
Why Washington Should Pay Attention to the Economy Here and Now
After a week of non-stop Osama Bin Laden, Washington is now returning to the battle of the budget deficit and debt ceiling. All over Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats are debating spending caps...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Find True Centrism in the People's Budget
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) People’s Budget —the strongest rebuke to the Robin Hood in reverse “ Ryan Budget ” that was passed by the best Republican House Citizens United can buy—is...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Osama Bin Laden Exception
When I first wrote about the bin Laden killing on Monday , I suggested that the intense (and understandable) emotional response to his being dead would almost certainly drown out any discussions of...
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Peter Rothberg
Help Defeat The 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act'
Extremists in the House of Representatives won a vote to approve an anti-choice bill yesterday that would effectively end all insurance coverage of abortion-related services, and even "redefine rape...
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Carl Pope
The High Cost of Climate Change Denial
Not since 1927 has the Mississippi River crested so high for so long . This year has seen more tornadoes than ever before in U.S. history ; not since 1925 have so many people died from twisters.
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Mary Bottari
Big Bank Backlash: From Coast to Coast People are Moving their Money
As the economy continues to stutter and new unemployment claims surge to an eight month high, it hasn't escaped the notice of people on Main Street that the folks on Wall Street are back in the black.
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Mark Engler
Taboo Economics
I have a proposal: Let’s double US government funds devoted to promoting renewable energy. Let’s expand allocations for foreclosure prevention to help another million Americans keep their homes. Let’...
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Laura Flanders
Tony Kushner Denied Honors Over Palestine
This week, the news hit that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, perhaps best known for his Angels in America, was being blocked from receiving an honorary degree from the City University...
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Andy Worthington
The Unjustifiable Defense of Torture and Guantánamo
With the reported assassination of Osama bin Laden , one of the most alarming responses has been a kind of casual and widespread acceptance that the death of America’s number one bogeyman would not...
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Tiffany Williams
What Mom Really Wants this Mother's Day
This Sunday, American families will celebrate Mother's Day. For centuries, we have venerated mothers for the selflessness and the tender caregiving that allows us to feel safe and to thrive. Beyond...
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Steve Rendall
Right-Wing Political Violence: More Terror, Less Coverage
On the morning of January 17 in Spokane, Washington, city workers found a backpack with a bomb that was set to go off along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.
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Miranda Spencer
The Unrenewed Debate Over Renewable Energy
When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami shut down cooling systems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, U.S. government and nuclear industry spin control kicked in, asserting that a similar...
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