Views for 2011-06-25

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Mary Anne Hitt
Outrage: As Mountaintop Removal Linked to Birth Defects, Politicians Gut Clean Water Act
I just can't stop thinking about a new scientific study published this week that found there are "significantly higher" rates of birth defects near mountaintop removal coal mining operations.
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Sylvia Earle
If the Sea Is in Trouble, We Are All in Trouble
The report that the ocean is in trouble is no surprise. What is shocking is that it has taken so long for us to make the connection between the state of the ocean and everything we care about – the...
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Jessica Ritter
Federal Spending: With Regard to Children's Welfare, Bucks Stop Here
Think seniors are the victims in the current federal budget debate? Think again.
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Pierre Tristam
When Florida, Like New York State, Joins the Ranks of the Civilized on Gay Marriage
In the early morning of June 28, 1969—just after 3 a.m.—a posse of plainclothes cops raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar at 53 Christopher Street in Manhattan’s Village. The cops’ pretext: the bar...
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Mark Weisbrot
European Authorities Risking Financial Contagion in Greek Showdown; Where Is the U.S. Government?
The European authorities are playing a dangerous game of "chicken" with Greece right now. It is overdue for US members of Congress to exercise some oversight as to what our government's role is in...
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Christopher Brauchli
Alabama and Illegal Aliens
And I say that Your Highnesses ought not to consent that any foreigner does business or sets foot here, except Christian Catholics. . . . —Christopher Columbus, Journal of the First Voyage Now that...
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Michelle Chen
Chinese in Japan Caught in Tide of Exploited Labor
They're not what usually comes to mind when we hear the term “Chinese exports,” but around the world, and especially in Asia, a major commodity that China sends overseas is its own citizens. Parsing...
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Robert Naiman
Kucinich: Ensure Safety of U.S. Citizens on The Audacity of Hope
In many arenas of human endeavor, there is no plausible way to convince someone through abstract argument that an endeavor that appears to be incredibly difficult is nonetheless not impossible. There...
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