Views for 2011-05-09

Monday, May 9, 2011
Robert Weissman
The US Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland
It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S.
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Peter Dreier
How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?
The ideas of Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) are making a comeback, in large part due to Glenn Beck, who has touted the libertarian economist and philosopher's views on his TV show. The essence of Hayek'...
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Peter Weiss
Torture: Immoral, Illegal, Counterproductive, and Un-American
Osama bin Laden's death has laid to rest the mystery of his whereabouts. His body lies under the ocean. But now his death raises another increasingly popular question. Was he tracked down thanks to...
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Jess Hunter-Bowman
Colombia Free Trade Deal Could Boost Cocaine Exports
Manuel Esteban Tejada was a teacher in the Colombian province of Cordoba, near the Panamanian border. Unfortunately for him, he was also a union member. On January 10, paramilitary gunmen broke into...
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Janine Jackson
Disability Rights Activists Are Even Invisible Getting Arrested on Capitol Hill
Elite media’s selective disdain for public activism is well known. Still, you’d think some things would garner a word or two. Like 300 disability rights activists, a couple hundred in wheelchairs,...
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Luis Hernández Navarro
Mexico's Failed War Against the Drug Gangs
On Sunday thousands of Mexicans marched in the capital, Mexico City, to demand an end to the " war on drug trafficking " launched by President Felipe Calderón. They view it is an absurd war that has...
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Glenn Greenwald
Bin Laden's Death Doesn't End His Fear-Mongering Value
On Friday, government officials anonymously claimed that "a rushed examination" of the "trove" of documents and computer files taken from the bin Laden home prove -- contrary to the widely held view...
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Russell Mokhiber
Capito, Obama, Warren and the Big Banks
There is no doubt that Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) was doing the bidding of the big banks last Wednesday. As chair of a powerful House Financial Services subcommittee, Capito...
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Vivian Norris
Deadly Silence on Fukushima
I received the following email a few days ago from a Russian nuclear physicist friend who is an expert on the kinds of gases being released at Fukushima. Here is what he wrote:
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Kathy Kelly
The Predators: Where is Your Democracy?
On May 4, 2011, CNN World News asked whether killing Osama bin Laden was legal under international law. Other news commentary has questioned whether it would have been both possible and advantageous...
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Gary Younge
The "Humanitarian" Bombing of Libya
'Despite the enormous power of the American government," argued the renowned Trinidadian intellectual and activist CLR James in 1950, "its spokesman, the man on whom it depends and has depended for...
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Paul Krugman
A Crisis from the Top: The Unwisdom of Elites
The past three years have been a disaster for most Western economies. The United States has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s. Meanwhile, Europe’s single currency is...
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Chris Hedges
Your Taxes Fund Anti-Muslim Hatred
News personalities, politicians, self-appointed experts on the Muslim world, and law enforcement and intelligence officials, as well as the Christian right, have successfully demonized Muslims in the...
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Rania Khalek
Republicans in Liberal Clothing
I can’t understand why the GOP is always so angry at the President. After all, Obama has shown himself to be a committed conservative. What’s that? He is a Democrat you say? Well he had me fooled.
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Andy Kroll
How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
Think of it as a parable for these grim economic times. On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some...
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Deena Guzder
Daniel Berrigan: A Lifetime of Peace Activism
Jingoistic crowds erupted with frat-boy glee shortly after President Barack Obama announced the extrajudicial assassination of Osama Bin Laden earlier this month. After all, America’s public enemy...
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