Views for 2011-06-24

Friday, June 24, 2011
John Nichols
Boehner's Incoherent House Refuses to Authorize Obama's Libya War, But Agrees to Fund It
House Speaker John Boehner, whose incoherent approach to the constitutional mandate that Congress check and balance presidential war-making has so served the interests of the Obama administration’s...
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Eric Augenbraun
America, Land of the Free to Go Hungry
As unfortunate as our current age of austerity is claimed to be, legislators at both the federal and state levels seem to relish the opportunity it has provided them to dismantle the last vestiges of...
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David Sirota
Is Obama Embracing Unconstitutional Powers?
Thursday's Hill newspaper story on the White House's new Libya War is one for the history books. It is probably the most concise summation of two of the most powerful post-9/11 tropes in our politics.
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Joseph Dana
With the Gaza Aid Flotilla: Israeli Assault on the Flotilla is Well Underway
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Peter Prontzos
Greece at a Crossroads
Now that the Greek government has survived a confidence vote in Parliament, the stage is set for further confrontations in the lead-up to next week’s decision on whether to accept the new “austerity...
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Rethinking Schools Editorial
This Is What Solidarity Looks Like
All of us have learned some lessons about the meaning of solidarity from the recent events in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” was a draconian assault on workers’ rights...
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Robin E. Johnson
Cancer Disparities: An Environmental Justice Issue for Policy Makers
Policy makers must address the disparities in the rates of cancers affecting people of color, ethnic minority, and low-income populations. There is an expanding body of scientific evidence showing...
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Walden Bello
Capital Is a Fickle Lover
"China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for capital, with the state doing the 'dirty job' of controlling the workers,” writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. “China as...
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Grace Lee Boggs, Scott Kurashige
Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit
In 1988, we in Detroit were at one of the great turning points in history. Detroit’s deindustrialization, devastation, and depopulation had turned the city into a wasteland, but it had also created...
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Johann Hari
How to Survive the Age of Distraction
In the 20th century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined that books would be burnt. In the 21st century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten. To pluck just one, Gary...
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Anne Landman
What Happened to Media Coverage of Fukushima?
While the U.S. media has been occupied with Anthony Weiner, the Republican presidential candidates and Bristol Palin's memoir, coverage of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has...
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Isabel Macdonald
Disaster Capitalism in Haiti Leaves Displaced With Few Good Choices
From the balcony of her second story Port-au-Prince apartment, Mary Ander had a particularly good view of former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s tour last week of Haiti’s soon-to-be-launched “Building...
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