Views for 2012-02-29

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Ralph Nader
Minimum Wage: Catching up with 1968
How inert can the Democratic Party be? Do they really want to defeat the Congressional Republicans in the fall by doing the right thing? A winning issue is to raise the federal minimum wage, stuck at...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
The Real Cure for "Obamacare": Medicare for All
With the approaching Supreme Court showdown on the President Obama’s 2010 health care law (the Affordable Care Act, modeled on Mitt Romney’s law in Massachusetts), the U.S. healthcare system remains...
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Lauren Carasik
Haiti, Cholera and the United Nations: Negligence and the Rule of Law
When the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti last week to assess its reconstruction progress, it should have evaluated the impact of the UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for the claims...
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Gareth Porter
How the Media Got the Iran/IAEA Access Story Wrong
News media reported last week that Iran had flatly refused the IAEA access to its Parchin military test facility, based on the statement to reporters by IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts...
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Jennifer Robinson
Time for Government to Stand Ground and Protect Assange
WikiLeaks's latest release of confidential emails obtained from the US private intelligence firm Stratfor indicate the US Department of Justice has issued a secret, sealed indictment against Julian...
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Sue Sturgis
BP Funds Gulf Research, but not the Boats Needed to Conduct It
In the wake of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, BP pledged up to $500 million over a decade to create an independent program to conduct scientific research at institutions in the U.S. Gulf...
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Robert Reich
Stop Starving Public Universities and Shrinking the Middle Class
Last week Rick Santorum called the President “a snob” for wanting everyone to get a college education (in fact, Obama never actually called for universal college education but only for a year or more...
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John Nichols
Union Bashing Defines GOP Field
Much is being made, and appropriately so, about the extremism of the Republican presidential field when it comes to reproductive rights and the ripping down of Thomas Jefferson’s wall of separation...
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Jeff Biggers
Historic Victory: Coal Free Chicago Will Electrify Clean Energy Movement
In a move that should electrify the clean energy movement across the country, the tireless champions with the Chicago Clean Power Coalition have announced that Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of...
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Matthew Rothschild
Don’t Lower the Corporate Tax Rate
Republicans love to talk about how high the U.S. corporate tax rate is, and how bad that is. But when you examine their arguments, their case falls apart. They predicate it on the fact that the...
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Gary Younge
Mitt Romney Limps Towards Republican Nomination with Michigan Win
With Mitt Romney , ever silvery lining comes with its own cloud. Tuesday night, he won primaries in Michigan and Arizona , re-establishing his position as the frontrunner for the presidential...
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Jim Hightower
The Keystone XL Flim-Flam
For Rep. Allen West, the skyrocketing price of gasoline is not just a policy matter, it's a personal pocketbook issue. The Florida tea-party Republican (who, of course, blames President Obama for the...
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Glenn Greenwald
Gen. McCaffrey Privately Briefs NBC Execs on War with Iran
In 2009, The New York Times ‘ David Barstow won the Pulitzer Prize for his two - part series on the use by television networks of retired Generals posing as objective “analysts” at exactly the same...
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Kathy Kelly, Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers
The Ghost and the Machine: Drone Warfare and Accountability
Fazillah, age 25, lives in Maidan Shar, the central city of Afghanistan’s Wardak province. She married about six years ago, and gave birth to a son, Aymal, who just turned five without a father...
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Paul Buchheit
G8, These Are Our Demands
It's fitting that the G8 is meeting in my beloved but beleaguered hometown of Chicago this May. In a city with the highest sales tax in the country, where the state tax rate was recently increased by...
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Tom Gallagher
People Who Fly Drones Shouldn’t Throw Stones
War is a delusional activity by its very nature. When two sides both claim their cause is right and just, you know one of them has to be wrong, and maybe both. Still, even in time of war some...
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Phil Rockstroh
On Regaining a Spirit of Defiance: 'I'm Worried Now but I Won't Be Worried Long'
The course of action taken by the present day U.S. political class in addressing the era's rising tide of economic hardship and ecological peril has proven as helpful as tossing an anvil to a...
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