Views for 2011-05-11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mehdi Hasan
Forget Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: Obama Needs a Challenge from the Left
Cast your minds back to November. Barack Obama had received his " shellacking " in the midterm elections, as the Republicans regained a majority in the House of Representatives and seized control of...
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Joe Burns
Look Past Public Workers—the Root of Labor’s Crisis Lies in Private Sector
When I remember the heroic upsurge in Madison this winter, the subtitle of labor journalist Steve Early ’s latest book comes to mind: “The Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or the Death Throes of the...
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Michael Keegan
Think Congress's Anti-Choice Legislation is Extreme? Look at the States.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed the latest in a series of extreme, but effectively symbolic, anti-choice measures.
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Dean Baker
The Only Real Solution for Budget Deficits: Job Growth
People in Washington have incredibly bad memories. The last time that the United States balanced its budget was just a decade ago. Even though this is not distant history, almost no one in a...
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Robert Lipsyte
NFL Lockout: Millionaires v. Billionaires or Them v. Us?
There’s nothing like a little dust-up between millionaires and billionaires to start us thousandaires yawning. And when the upcoming pro football season is in danger of being cancelled because of it...
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Glen Ford
Libyan “Humanitarian” War Creates Humanitarian Crisis
Europe and America’s ghastly military intervention in Libya’s civil strife – supposedly for humanitarian reasons – has created its own humanitarian crisis, especially for Black African migrant...
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Amy Goodman
Tony Kushner and the Angels of Dissent
Tony Kushner will be receiving an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. This shouldn’t be big news. Kushner is a renowned playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize...
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Laura Carlsen
Mexicans Reject US-Backed Drug War
Tens of thousands of Mexicans made history on May 8 in a march through the nation’s capital, protesting the war on drugs. Behind a black banner reading “We are fed up. Stop the War.
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Glenn Greenwald
The WikiLeaks Grand Jury and the Still Escalating War on Whistleblowing
The contrast between these two headlines from this morning tells a significant story: From The Guardian ( click image to enlarge ):
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Sarah van Gelder
How Can We Solve the Jobs Crisis?
At a time when millions of Americans are without work, the political debate has taken a bizarre turn. Instead of discussing how to make the public investments necessary to get Americans back to work...
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John Feffer
After Osama: China?
If the killing of Osama bin Laden were a Hollywood murder mystery, the shootout scene in Abbottabad would be followed by the unveiling of the sponsor who arranged for the al-Qaeda safe house. Is it...
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Steffie Woolhandler, David Himmelstein
Obama Health Law Unlikely to Stem Medical Bankruptcies
When President Obama kicked off his health reform push, he highlighted our research finding that 2 million Americans suffer medical bankruptcy each year, promising to end this disgrace. Our latest...
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Greg Grandin, Miguel Tinker Salas
What the 'Farc Files' Really Reveal
The release Tuesday of a "dossier" of Farc files , which were supposedly seized by the Colombian government in 2008, is truly a non-event.
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Robert Scheer
What’s the GOP Without bin Laden?
Pity Bill O’Reilly and the rest of the Republican right wing led by the forlorn slate of candidates gearing up to challenge Barack Obama in the next presidential election. They lost their cherished...
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Ted Rall
What if the US Were a Nation of Laws?
President Obama murdered Osama bin Laden. I am surprised that the left has been so supportive—not of the end result, but of the way it was carried out.
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Michelle Chen
After Osama Bin Laden, the Spectacle of War Plays On
Now that we’ve gotten “one of the greatest intelligence and military operations in our nation’s history” out of he way, Americans can get on with their post-Osama bin Laden lives. And it’s now...
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Jim Hightower
Helping the Neediest Among Us: The Yachters
To be fair to lawmakers, it's not easy making the tough spending choices in these dire times of rising public need and inadequate tax revenues. Legislators in my state of Texas, for example, are...
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Neve Gordon
Israel's New Laws Promote Repression
"Bad laws," Edmund Burke once said, "are the worst sort of tyranny."
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Harvey Wasserman
Let's Join Japan and Junk New Nukes
Japan will build no new nuclear reactors. It's a huge body blow to the global industry, and could mark a major turning point in the future of energy. Says Prime Minister Naoto Kan: "We need to start...
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