Views for 2012-05-07

Monday, May 7, 2012
Maria Margaronis
The Day After: Europe Rejects Austerity
So the voters have voted—in Britain, in France, in Greece, in Schleswig-Holstein—and the markets are tumbling.
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Elizabeth Parisian
The Most Powerful Company You've Never Heard of: Meet CME Group
Think of powerful, multi-billion dollar corporations, and many come readily to mind. Wal-Mart. General Electric. Exxon Mobil. Bank of America. McDonald's. Apple. We recognize their logos, know what...
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Dan Gillmor
Meanwhile, in the Land of the Free…
In December 2010, the major payment systems used to buy goods and services online decided that Wikileaks was no longer an acceptable customer. Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal summarily cut off service,...
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Wenonah Hauter
How Private Bottling Companies Water-Down Education to Boost Profits
Joe Camel. Ronald McDonald. Tony the Tiger. Spuds McKenzie. Kid-friendly advertising tricks by corporations seeking to lure young consumers clutter the annals of marketing history.
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Paul Krugman
Those Revolting Europeans: How Dare the French and Greeks Reject a Failed Strategy!
The French are revolting. The Greeks, too. And it’s about time.
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Glenn Greenwald
Surveillance State Democracy
CNET ‘s excellent technology reporter, Declan McCullagh, reports on ongoing efforts by the Obama administration to force the Internet industry to provide the U.S. Government with “backdoor” access to...
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Harvey Wasserman
The Nuclear Industry Has Melted in Japan and France
There are zero commercial reactors operating in Japan today. On March 10, 2011, there were 54 licensed to operate, well over 10% percent of the global fleet. But for the first time in 42 years, a...
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Paul Buchheit
Why America's Rich People Are Better Than Everyone Else's
A remarkable story appeared in Newsweek recently, a celebration by author Daniel Gross of America's re-emergence as the strongest economy and best darn nation in the world.
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Pat LaMarche
None of the Poor Children Matter
Officials in Clearwater, Fla., are working diligently to put the hungry in their place. In this case that place is eight miles out of town at a facility near the county jail. The St. Vincent de Paul...
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Ernest Callenbach
Epistle to the Ecotopians: Last Words to an America in Decline
[This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.]
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Jeff Cohen
Progressive Election Strategy and the Norman Solomon Campaign
We can’t devise a successful electoral strategy for “The Left”—meaning the forces of peace, social/economic justice and sustainability—unless we face a simple fact: We’re getting our asses kicked.
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