Views for 2011-06-22

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Glen Ford
Imperial President Obama Pretends Not to Wage War
President Obama’s contention that the United States is not engaged in “hostilities,” much less war, against the sovereign state of Libya shows him to be fully as sick and arrogant an imperial...
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Mairead Maguire
On US Government's Violence and Revenge: An Open Letter to President Obama
June 22 th , 2011 Dear Mr. President, As you know, on May 1 st , NATO forces tried unsuccessfully to assassinate the Libyan Head of State, Muammar Gadaffi. This attempt to assassinate the Libyan Head...
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Tim Karr
Apple's Pre-Emptive Strike Against Free Speech
So you think you control your smartphone? Think again. Late last week reports uncovered a plan by Apple, manufacturer of the iPhone, to patent technology that can detect when people are using their...
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Dave Lindorff
Journalism with a Smerc: Gullibility and Fiction at the Philadelphia Inquirer
Let me state from the outset: I have no problem with soldiers who inflate their war stories, any more than I am bothered by anybody who likes to spice up the tale of a youthful exploit. It’s...
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Ed Bruske
Wake Up, Parents! Or Let Kids Run the Cafeteria
Suddenly a debate over chocolate milk in school is heating up in the pages of The Washington Post. Or should I say our hometown paper has finally noticed there’s a food revolution going on in D.C.
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Robert Scheer
Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Denial
Does Bill Clinton still not grasp that the current economic crisis is in large measure his legacy? Obviously that’s the case, or he wouldn’t have had the temerity to write a 14-point memo for...
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Medea Benjamin
Setting Sail for Gaza, Armed with Love Letters and a Missive from Dr. King
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him,” said Dr. Martin Luther King as he accepted the...
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Al Gore
Climate of Denial: Can Science and the Truth Withstand the Merchants of Poison?
The first time I remember hearing the question "is it real?" was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by "professional wrestlers" one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River...
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Sarah Azaransky
Wal-Mart Ruling Erodes Rights of Women of Color
The Supreme Court’s ruling to throw out the sex discrimination class action lawsuit against Wal-mart undermines employment rights of women of color. First to the ruling. The Court ruled that women...
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Michelle Chen
Too Big to Sue? High Court Thwarts Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Case
As legions of Walmart workers shuffled into work on Monday, the Supreme Court smacked down a major class-action lawsuit that might potentially have shifted the legal landscape on women's rights in...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Barcelona Chronicle: Last Week’s 'Siege' of the Catalan Parliament
The Catalan Parliament is located in a gated park in the middle of the city of Barcelona, a space that I often cross on my morning walk to work. Last Wednesday, when I got to the entrance I usually...
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Amy Goodman
Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking
New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in...
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Tom Engelhardt
'Regime Change,' 'Shock and Awe, 'Imperial Presidency:' Missing Words from the Bush Era
Nobody seems to have noticed, but in the nearly two and a half years of the Obama administration at least three commonplace phrases of the George W. Bush era have slipped into oblivion: “regime...
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