Views for 2012-03-21

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Bill Moyers
The Enemies of Campaign Ad Transparency
Sometimes in a dumbfounded moment the only response to the news is to rub your eyes in disbelief. Both of mine are quite irritated today at the audacity of corporate broadcasters as reported in a...
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Paul Haydon
Greece's Austerity Doesn't Extend to Its Arms Budget
In the wake of the private sector debt swap agreed last week, European leaders have continued to call for major structural reforms to Greece's economy and society. The current EU-IMF bailout remains...
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Luke Tonachel
Fact: US Drilling Doesn't Lower Gas Prices
The ‘drill, baby, drill’ approach to energy won’t ease your pain at the pump according to an analysis by the Associated Press. In an article running in papers across the country, AP puts it simply...
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Mijin Cha
Obama Picks Sides on Tar Sands: TransCanada Wins. Earth, Everyone Else Loses
A lesson in how not to reduce gas prices: the White House is backing TransCanada’s bid to build the southern portion of the controversial pipeline Keystone XL pipeline.
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Hatty Lee
As Supreme Court Listens, Here’s a Look at What It Means to Lock Kids Away for Life
On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court revisited the question of whether juveniles convicted of murder should be given mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. This is...
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Danny Schechter
OWS Spring Offensive Need Not Repeat Fall Tactics
For years, in the last century, when I was in School and learning about the early days of journalism, we were taught that author Horace Greeley who founded the New York Herald Tribune, was famous for...
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Neve Gordon
Preparing Israel for War
In response to the recent assassination of Zuhair al-Qaisi, the Secretary General of the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip, along with another fighter, Palestinians fired rockets at...
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Luis Hernández Navarro
Bolivia Has Transformed Itself by Ignoring the Washington Consensus
Gabriela Oviedo is a fashion model and TV personality. She is a 28-year-old brunette, almost six feet tall. Born in the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz, she was elected as the national beauty queen...
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Qais Azimy
No One Asked Their Names
In the days following the rogue US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar, most of the media, us included, focused on the “backlash” and how it might further strain the relations with the US.
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Joan Walsh
GOP Rides Paul Ryan’s Road to Ruin (But Will Dems Blow Opportunity?)
Most Democrats rejoiced when the newly elected House Tea Party extremists got behind Paul Ryan’s tax-slashing and program-cutting budget plan almost a year ago. The budget had no chance of passing...
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Gareth Porter
Details of Talks with IAEA Belie Charge Iran Refused Cooperation
The first detailed account of negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran last month belies earlier statements by unnamed Western officials portraying Iran as refusing to...
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Jim Hightower
Banker Hubris Knows No Bounds
Have you heard about the earthquake that has shaken Wall Street to its very core? Well, brace yourself, for this really is a shocker: Bonus payments are down.
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Stephen Zunes
Democracy Imperiled in the Maldives
Well before the launch of the Arab Spring, the people of the Maldives, a Muslim nation located on a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean, were engaged in widespread nonviolent resistance against...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Silent Spring Dawns Hot, Dry and Merciless
This week, turning the corner into the astronomical Spring, we have gone abruptly from warm winter to hot summer. And I mean hot: it was 84 degrees Farenheit in western Massachusetts today, brightly...
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Robert Weissman
The (Larry) Summers of Our Discontent
"Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?" Do those sound like the words of a man who should...
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