Views for 2011-08-03

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ray McGovern
Obama Blows a Judas Kiss to the Poor
The unconscionable result of the manufactured crisis over the debt ceiling shows that the political Right knows how to play hardball, and that President Obama and his hapless party know how to get...
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Matt Taibbi
Debt Ceiling Deal: The Democrats Take a Dive
So the debt deal has finally been reached. As expected, the agreement arrives in a form that right-thinking people everywhere can feel terrible about with great confidence. The general consensus is...
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Matthew Norman
The Unmaking of a President
At 50, observed George Orwell, "everyone has the face he deserves". Unusually for that godliest of lefty seers, he was wrong. Rupert Murdoch passed that milestone three decades ago with no appendages...
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Michelle Chen
Under New Guidelines, Cheap Birth Control Pays Off for Working Women
Washington's Old Boy's club still has its knickers in a wad over the deficit "compromise," but women across the country can breathe a slight sight of relief this week. The White House just issued...
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Jim Rigby
Five Scriptures You Won’t Hear at Rick Perry’s Prayer Event
As a native Texan, I’m used to crazy religion and crazy politics. So, the announcement of Gov. Rick Perry’s plans for “The Response,” a prayer event scheduled for Aug. 6 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium...
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Julie Hollar
Desperate for Democracy in Iraq
The U.S.-based women’s rights group MADRE ( 6/10/11 ) reported that members of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq—its partner organization in Baghdad—and other protesters were brutally...
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Omar Barghouti
Dropping of the Last Mask of Democracy
"You should definitely postpone your book launch in Jerusalem," warned a close friend who felt that the planned event for launching my recently published book on the Palestinian-led movement for...
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Tom Engelhardt
Sacrifice-Lite: The American Way
Post-9/11, doesn’t it seem as though all American experience is blending into a single experience whose label is “your safety”? Which means, in practical terms, you get poked, prodded, searched, and...
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Medea Benjamin, Charles Davis
Enormous Cuts in Military Spending? Read the Fine Print
In this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Military Chase Protestors out of Tahrir Square
For the third time since the Egyptian revolution began, the army has forcibly cleared protesters staging a peaceful sit-in in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 18-day uprising that ousted former...
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Robert Scheer
The Recovery Is Dead, Long Live the Recovery
The die has been cast. Obama’s “nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists,” as an editorial in the normally sedate New York Times described the deal to raise...
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Amy Goodman
War, Debt and the President
President Barack Obama touted his debt ceiling deal Tuesday, saying, “We can’t balance the budget on the backs of the very people who have borne the biggest brunt of this recession.” Yet that is what...
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