Views for 2011-09-15

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Timothy Wise
US Trade Policy: Moving Backwards in the 21st Century
Three years into the Obama Administration, progressives have no shortage of complaints about the president’s economic policies, which seem very much at odds with Candidate Obama’s soaring rhetoric...
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Peter Singer
Can We Increase Gross National Happiness?
The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known internationally for two things: high visa fees, which reduce the influx of tourists, and its policy of promoting “gross national happiness” instead of...
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Mary Bottari
On Lehman Day, Elizabeth Warren Runs Against “Wall Street’s Favorite”
Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren announced that she was running against Scott Brown for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts on the eve of the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse. For many,...
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Conn Hallinan
Libya, Oil, and the New Scramble for Africa
Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the right-wing Heritage Foundation , one of the most conservative think tanks in the world?
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David Dayen
Democrats Bicker on American Jobs Act
Weekly unemployment claims spiked up again today, and the NY Fed’s survey of regional manufacturing, a key indicator of the economy, was down sharply relative to expectations. This is a crisis time...
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Ann Wright
Instead of Attacking WikiLeaks, Fix What It Exposed
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was right when he suggested that the WikiLeaks revelations were “embarrassing” and “awkward.” But his assessment — and that of so many other government officials...
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Karen Dolan
Serving US Poor a Cold Cup of Bitter Tea
You may have been as aghast as I was at some comments from right-wing tea party types in the audiences of the two recent Republican presidential debates. At one debate, audience members...
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Matt Taibbi
The $2 Billion UBS Incident: 'Rogue Trader' My Ass
The news that a "rogue trader" (I hate that term – more on that in a moment) has soaked the Swiss banking giant UBS for $2 billion has rocked the international financial community and threatened to...
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Michael T. Klare
America and Oil: Declining Together?
America and Oil. It’s like bacon and eggs, Batman and Robin. As the old song lyric went, you can’t have one without the other. Once upon a time, it was also a surefire formula for national greatness...
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Ellen Brown
Banking for California's Future
AB 750, California’s bill to study the feasibility of establishing a state-owned bank that would receive deposits of state funds, has passed both houses of the legislature and is now on the desk of...
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Tereza Coraggio
Panama: Free-Trade Tax Haven
"Panama is the sink where the dirtiest money is laundered," writes Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens . Unfortunately, it is also...
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Ramzy Baroud
Taking on Turkey: Israel’s ‘Dangerous’ Game
The UN Palmer Report, which largely exonerated Israel for murdering nine unarmed Turkish civilians in international waters on May 31, 2010, seemed in some ways like the last straw. Prior to its...
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John Nichols
Elizabeth Warren Runs Against a DC That's 'Rigged for Big Corporations'
Elizabeth Warren is running for the United States Senate for the right reason and with the right message.
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Robert Scheer
Obama's Economic Policies: One Betrayal Too Many
It’s getting too late to give President Barack Obama a pass on the economy. Sure, he inherited an enormous mess from George W., who whistled “Dixie” while the banking system imploded.
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Yves Engler, Bianca Mugyenyi
PARK(ing) Day: Reclaiming Our Streets from Our Cars
On Friday activists and artists will be celebrating PARK(ing) Day in hundreds of cities around the world.
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John Atcheson
The Fall of the United States
We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling… the United States. --Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Monkey Trial. Welcome to the late great United States – a country in...
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Robert C. Koehler
The Theology of Armageddon
The woo-woo nuttiness of it all defies the imagination, beginning with the idea of a course in “Nuclear Ethics and Nuclear Warfare” at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Nuclear ethics? Does that mean no...
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