Views for 2011-11-02

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Van Jones
Tax the One Percent -- Make Wall Street Fund America
The giant cries of protest sweeping across the country are starting to reverberate in the halls of Congress. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are proposing a Wall...
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Ralph Nader
The Road to Twenty One Presidential Debates
What people would not want Presidential Debates in multiple cities all over America in September and October 2012? Why, the people at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). CPD is a private...
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Yifat Susskind
Occupy France: Calling for Change at the G20 Summit
This week marks the beginning of the G20 summit in Cannes, where representatives from the 20 richest countries will gather to discuss global economic policy. The G20 has been meeting since the late...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Oblivious Committee
Congress has now achieved the remarkable feat of making itself less popular than Wall Street bankers. And the way it is heading, it hasn’t hit bottom yet — there’s still 9 percent of the public that...
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Immanuel Wallerstein
US Withdrawal and Defeat in Iraq
It is now official. All uniformed U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. There are two major ways of describing this. One is by President Obama, who says that he is thereby keeping...
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John Feffer
Breaking Down Bases
It has been like a cross between a suspense and a horror movie. If the committee doesn’t come up with a compromise by the Thanksgiving deadline, the axes will come out. Perhaps only Washington...
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Alaa Abd El Fattah
After Egypt's Revolution, I Never Expected to Be Back in Mubarak's Jails
I never expected to repeat the experience of five years ago: after a revolution that deposed the tyrant, I go back to his jails? The memories come back to me, all the details of imprisonment; the...
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Tawakkol Karman
The World Must Not Forsake Yemen's Struggle for Freedom
We in Yemen are no less thirsty for freedom and dignity than our brothers and sisters in Tunis. After the fall of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, our own vigils took a new direction when thousands...
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Tom Engelhardt
Corruption, America-Style
In the U.S., corruption is seldom “corruption.” Take as an example our president, who has been utterly clear: he will not take money for his electoral campaign from lobbyists. Only problem: according...
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Margaret Kimberley
Shaking the System: A Greek Gift to Occupy USA
The Greek government, after months of demonstrations by a citizenry that rejects impoverishment for the sake of the bankers, has promised to submit the bailout plan to a referendum. This should be a...
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Tom Hayden
Heart-Attack Iraq: Lessons From an Antiwar Movement
On October 21, when President Obama announced that all American troops would be withdrawing from Iraq, I learned that I needed surgery on a blocked carotid artery, and soon. Ten years earlier,...
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Bruce Friedrich
Is Sea World a Slave Plantation? Lawsuit for Animals Garners High-Power Support
Carl Sagan, who was the faculty sponsor of Cornell University’s animal rights group, once asked, “How smart does an animal have to be before killing him constitutes murder?” A variation on that might...
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Paul Buchheit
Three Reasonable Demands. And Two Requests.
Occupy Wall Street has been accused of failing to provide specific demands of Wall Street and Congress. But the following three recurring themes are specific and sensible: (1) Eliminate the 15%...
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Amy Goodman
Call of Duty: Veterans Join the 99 Percent
11-11-11 is not a variant of Herman Cain’s much-touted 9-9-9 tax plan, but rather the date of this year’s Veterans Day. This is especially relevant, as the U.S. has now entered its second decade of...
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Carl Gibson
The Corporatocracy is the 1%
In October of 2003 Steve Jobs first learned that he had pancreatic cancer. His doctors and family members urged, even pleaded with him to have surgery, but he opted instead to try alternative and...
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