Views for 2012-01-12

Thursday, January 12, 2012
Mark Weisbrot
The Economic Idiocy of Economists
The American Economic Association's annual meetings are a scary sight, with thousands of economists all gathered in the same place – a veritable weapon of mass destruction. Chicago was the lucky city...
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David Gibbs
Libya and the New Warmongering
The NATO intervention in Libya is likely to produce a more militarized and insecure world, and this will be its most enduring legacy. The military “success” in Libya has increased the possibility of...
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Tom Engelhardt
Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?
Here’s the ad for this moment in Washington (as I imagine it): Militarized superpower adrift and anxious in alien world. Needs advice. Will pay. Pls respond qkly. PO Box 1776-2012, Washington, DC...
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Mark Engler
Guantanamo Has Got to Go: Protesting Ten Years of Indefinite Detention
“Prisoners of Guantanamo turn right,” yelled the marshal. “Prisoners forward!” In response to the call, several hundred people dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods turned in unison, faced east...
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David Atkins
Why Romney's "Firing" Gaffe Really Resonates
Much has been made of Mitt Romney's "I like being able to fire people" gaffe:
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Isabeau Doucet
Haiti's Hard Road to Recovery
In Haiti, you'll see a young man sitting on a crumbled wall blasting a song out of a bashed-up radio and singing along – apparently without irony – lyrics that just repeat "I love my life". You'll...
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Caitlyn Vernon
An Open Letter on the Proposed Tar Sands Enbridge Pipeline
An open letter to my fellow Canadians Hello friends, We are under attack. By our own government, flanked by the oil industry. I don't know how else to describe it.
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Is This Land Made for You and Me?
Over the next few weeks, on the air and on our new website, BillMoyers.com , we’ll be talking a lot about “winner-take-all” politics and how economic inequality – the vast gap between the rich and...
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Glenn Greenwald
Iran and the Terrorism Game
In the few venues which yesterday denounced as “Terrorism” the ongoing assassinations of Iranian scientists, there was intense backlash against the invocation of that term. That always happens...
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Gareth Porter
Clinton Revives Dubious Charge of "Covert" Iranian Nuclear Site
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's charge Tuesday that Iran had intended to keep the Fordow site secret until it was revealed by Western intelligence revived a claim the Barack Obama...
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Michelle Chen
States Attempt to Instill 'Work Ethic' by Rolling Back Child Labor Protections
It’s been a long time since the engines of American industry were driven by tiny fingers. So when Newt Gingrich recently proclaimed, “Young people ought to learn how to work,” and suggested that...
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Jeff Milchen
Montana Upholds Ban on Corporate Electioneering, Leads Growing National Revolt
On December 30, the Montana Supreme Court issued a stunning ruling, rejecting arguments that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United vs. FEC applied to Montana’s century-old ban...
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Robert C. Koehler
On the Momentum of Cynicism (and War)
“But no matter how futile, repulsive or dysfunctional war may be,” Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in her book Blood Rites , “it persists.” A fascinating story in the New York Times just after Christmas...
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