Views for 2012-02-14

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Brooke Jarvis
Tapping a Pipeline of Grassroots Energy
In the latest act of what has become a long political saga, Senate Republicans are trying to bypass the permitting process altogether and pass a law mandating the construction of the controversial...
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Annie Leonard
Don't Be Stupid, Cupid: How to Show Your Love Responsibly
For holidays tainted by commercialism, Valentine's Day gives Christmas a run for the money— big money. The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $17.6 billion on Valentine's gifts...
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Adam Federman
Russia’s Winter of Discontent
In just under two months Russia’s increasingly diverse opposition movement has held three larger than expected rallies in the center of Moscow. Each one has defied expectations. The first, held one...
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Tom Engelhardt
In Afghanistan: 'Absence of Success on Virtually Every Level'
In Afghanistan, “victory” came early -- with the U.S. invasion of 2001. Only then did the trouble begin.
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Noam Chomsky
Hegemony and Its Dilemmas
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example. Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about...
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David Macaray
Lockouts: The Empire Strikes Back
If you’re looking for evidence of just how confident, militant, and insufferably arrogant companies have become in recent years, look no further than the phenomenon of the lockout. A lockout is where...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Money Throws Democracy Overboard
Watching what’s happening to our democracy is like watching the cruise ship Costa Concordia founder and sink slowly into the sea off the coast of Italy, as the passengers, shorn of life vests,...
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Danny Schechter
Special Ops Now Defines the Pentagon's Expanding Wars
William H McRaven is an admiral in Obama’s Navy. He was a member of Seal Team 3 and oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden. He’s the consummate Special Ops warrior and wants more special ops forces,...
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Mark Weisbrot
President Obama’s Budget is Disappointing
President Obama's proposed budget has a few interesting proposals for reforms over the next decade. Among the best are the proposals to rescind the Bush tax cuts for households with incomes of more...
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Bartlett Naylor
Risky Business: Astronomic Compensation Still the Norm on Wall Street
What makes Wall Street so attractive to ambitious workers and bright minds? It's the same thing that also makes it so reckless: big paychecks.
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John Atcheson
A Redo on the Walmartization of America, Redux
Readers responded to my December 16 th article, entitled The Walmartization of America, Redux , with a fascinating and informed discussion about the evils of box stores. Well, yes, but the article...
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Kathy Kelly
Cold, Cold Heart
It's Valentine's Day, and opening the little cartoon on the Google page brings up a sentimental animation with Tony Bennett singing "why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart...
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