Views for 2011-12-29

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Matt Hern
Someday I Want to Own a Yacht
As year-end reviews for 2011 start rolling in there is the inevitable attempt to rebrand, reinscribe and reimagine the memory of particular events. As banal and trite as many (most?) of these Year in...
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Adnan Al-Daini
The Agony of Iraq, the Country of My Birth
As a seventeen year old, in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd and the rest were Muslims...
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David Macaray
10 Reasons Why Labor Unions Are Going to Win
Yes, congressional Democrats and President Obama have been major disappointments, and yes, the forces arrayed against organized labor have done considerable damage. But despite the damage, despite...
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Bill Bigelow
‘Repeat After Me: The United States Is Not an Imperialist Country—Oh, and Don’t Get Emotional About War’
You may have seen that an administrative law judge in Arizona, Lewis Kowal, just upheld the decree by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction that Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program...
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Jake Olzen
2012: The Year of Nonviolence?
If 2011 was the year of the protester, 2012 may prove to be the year of nonviolence. What’s the difference? It’s as great as between yes and no. A crucial awakening that envelopes humanity’s...
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Danny Schechter
It’s Time to Occupy a New Year
Out with the old. I would say good riddance to 2011 even as I fear 2012 may be worse, given the financial trends, social chaos and political idiocy that we confront every day. Every time I believe it...
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Rebecca Jeschke
Time for Supreme Court to Weigh in on Forced DNA Collection
Can the government force people who are arrested – but not yet convicted of a crime – to give a DNA sample without a search warrant, or does that violate the Fourth Amendment? One arrestee is asking...
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The Guardian Editorial
United States as a Global Power: New World Disorder
The time has long since past when it became fashionable to talk about a new world order. The collapse of the Soviet Union provided an opportunity to fashion one. But instead of using that opportunity...
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Mike Ervin
Why the Payroll Tax Deal Is Bad for People With Disabilities
Hold the applause: Extending the payroll tax cuts is a bad deal for nearly 9 million disabled Americans who rely on Social Security Disability Insurance for survival.
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Robert Pallitto
The Return of Waterboarding?
During the recent Republican presidential primary debates , three candidates said without hesitation that they would authorize waterboarding as an interrogation technique if elected president. In...
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