Views for 2012-03-16

Friday, March 16, 2012
Marian Wright Edelman
Giving Jailed Juveniles A Second Chance at Life
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon!
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Lance Tapley
Silencing Occupy: Big Protests Are Planned. Will Suppression Follow?
Get ready for the protests. Get ready for the warm American spring — and maybe a hot summer and fall. Vast economic inequality has not disappeared and, in a presidential election year, the supremacy...
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Emily Douglas
Women's Rights, Another Round of Defensive Victories
In recent months, a bubbling stew of Republican extremism, tone-deafness and rank misogyny aimed at a series of poorly chosen targets (Planned Parenthood, Sandra Fluke, breast cancer activists who...
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John LaForge
‘Sick-Minded American Savages’ at War
The U.S. Army Staff Sgt. who walked through two villages in Afghanistan around 3 a.m. March 11 is reported to have methodically killed, using single shots to the head, 16 civilians that he’d dragged...
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Frances Fox Piven
Occupy! and Make Them Do It
The spring months are likely to see the expansion of the Occupy movement. Evicted from the little parks where they were encamped, the activists are joining housing occupations and other protests...
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Denis Thoet
We're Each Carrying Our Own Special Concoction of Internal Toxins
Dinosaurs: small brains, big bodies. Extinct. Humans: Large brains, small bodies. Not extinct. Not yet, anyway. Our large brains, however, have created a world bathed in chemicals, engineered foods,...
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Peter Hart
Why Is It Hard to Believe President Obama Would Want a Journalist in Prison?
Jeremy Scahill's piece at the Nation website ("Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?," 3/13/12 ) about imprisoned Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye is riveting and...
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Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
What Do World Bank Poverty Statistics Really Tell Us?
Now here is what sounds like a New York Times headline to celebrate: “ Dire Poverty Falls Despite Global Slump, Report Finds. ” That report would be a 6-page World Bank briefing note, the press...
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Olivia Ward
Real Housewives of the Arab Spring: Dictators’ Big-Spending Spouses Draw Citizens’ Ire
Asma’s jewels, Safia’s stash, Leila’s family fortune. They’re the Baronesses of Bling, the Empresses of Excess.
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Harvey Wasserman
Nuclear Power's Green Mountain Grassroots Demise
In the wake of Fukushima, grassroots citizen action is shutting the worldwide nuclear power industry. A Solartopian tipping point is upon us in the US, Europe and Japan which will re-define how the...
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Michael Winship
Giving Up Your Bank for Lent
Growing up Protestant in a small town in upstate New York, the commemoration of Lent was not as major an event as it would be in, say, a Catholic household. We didn’t give up chocolate or gum or...
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Laura Carlsen
Honduras and the US: When Engagement Becomes Complicity
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Honduras on March 6 with a double mission: to quell talk of drug legalization and reinforce the U.S.-sponsored drug war in Central America, and to bolster...
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David Macaray
Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?
Despite well-meaning attempts at mitigating or sugar-coating it, organized labor has always known, deep-down, that the only true friend it had was labor itself. Yes, the Democrats have thrown a few...
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Michelle Chen
Makers, Takers and $2-a-dayers
One official measure of poverty around the world is surviving on $2 per day or less. It’s a condition many Americans could barely imagine living in. And yet the official data suggests that while...
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Shamus Cooke
Why Labor's Rank and File Won't Campaign for Obama
A surreal fog hangs over U.S. labor unions’ enthusiastic endorsement of Barack Obama. When AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced the labor federation's recent endorsement, the exaggerated pro-...
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