Views for 2012-01-31

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Ted Rall
Taxing the Rich Won't Help the Poor
Reacting to and attempting to co-opt the Occupy Wall Street movement, President Obama used his 2012 State of the Union address to discuss what he now calls "the defining issue of our time"--the...
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Scott Edwards
Monsanto Returns to the Scene of the Crime
Whenever I hear the name Monsanto I can’t help but think about one of the greatest environmental crimes in the history of the United States. Back in 1935 Monsanto bought out a small chemical company...
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Frances Beinecke
Keep the Tax Bill Clean: Republicans Should Not Permit the Keystone XL Pipeline
House Republicans are once again talking about weighing down the tax relief bill with riders designed to force the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block clean air standards. But, even these...
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John Feffer
The Next Marx: We Stand at the Verge of a New Financial Era
Lenin graces the cover of a recent issue of The Economist . The Financial Times is running an entire series on the “crisis in capitalism.” Francis Fukuyama, a recovering neoconservative, makes a plea...
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Michael T. Klare
Hormuz-Mania: Why Closure of the Strait of Hormuz Could Ignite a War and a Global Depression
Ever since December 27th, war clouds have been gathering over the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow body of water connecting the Persian Gulf with the Indian Ocean and the seas beyond. On that day,...
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Mark Weisbrot
Why American 'Democracy Promotion' Rings Hollow in the Middle East
I have to laugh when I see the International Republican Institute (IRI) described by the international media as an "organization that promotes democracy" ( in this case, on NPR ). The IRI is in the...
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Salvatore Babones
Immobility Nation: The Fable of the 'Land of Opportunity'
America is becoming "a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by," President Barack Obama declared during his State of the Union...
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George Monbiot
With Its Deadly Drones, the US is Fighting a Coward's War
The ancient Greeks, unlike the Jews or the Christians, invested their gods with human failings. Divine judgment, they believed, was neither flawless nor dispassionate; it was warped by lust,...
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Robert Reich
The Biggest Risk to the Economy in 2012, and What’s the Economy For Anyway?
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos a few days ago, said the “critical risks” facing the American economy this year were a worsening of Europe’s chronic...
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Marjorie Cohn
The Haditha Massacre: No Justice for Iraqis
They ranged from little babies to adult males and females. I'll never be able to get that out of my head. I can still smell the blood. This left something in my head and heart. -Lance Cpl. Roel Ryan...
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