Views for 2012-05-08

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Matt Taibbi
Austerity Can't Be Just For Regular People
It didn’t take long to crank up the backlash against European voters. This is inevitable whenever a socialist wins a major election, but particularly now, when new French president François Hollande...
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Linda McQuaig
Quebec Students Send a Message Against Austerity
No wonder those Quebec student protestors have been spooking the English Canadian establishment. If they get their way, the same ideas could catch on here, leaving the best-laid plans for austerity...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
On Saving Good Journalism
Last week, we awoke to a headline as sensational as anything the now-defunct News of the World might have printed: “ Rupert Murdoch not fit to run a major company.” It was quite the fall for someone...
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Jackie Smith, Patrick Rafail
Media Attention and the Political Impacts of Occupy Wall Street
This May Day brought unprecedented numbers of Americans out in the streets to mark international worker’s day. But in Pittsburgh, one wouldn’t know that a few hundred residents also gathered to...
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Shamus Cooke
One Town's Struggle to Fight Austerity
On May 5th in Portland, Oregon, a group of 80 activists from a broad array of labor and community groups met to discuss the region's ongoing budget crises. Instead of simply complaining of cuts,...
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Jay Walljasper
How Cities Can Learn to Ride Bikes
From a bicyclist’s perspective, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Randstad—a part of the Netherlands encompassing Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague—seem to have little in common. There’s...
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Glenn Greenwald
US Attack Kills 5 Afghan Kids
Yesterday, I noted several reports from Afghanistan that as many as 20 civilians were killed by two NATO airstrikes, including a mother and her five children. Today, the U.S.
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Ali Abunimah
Slamming the Door to Justice on Palestinians
There is a determined international effort to ensure that Palestinians are shut out of every legal forum where they could pursue justice for Israel's crimes against them. Nothing illustrates this...
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Richard Falk
The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling below the Western Radar
Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? It would be featured day...
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Eric Holt-Giménez
We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People… and Still Can’t End Hunger
A new a study* from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature compared organic and conventional yields from 66 studies and over 300 trials. Researchers found...
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Noam Chomsky
A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?
The Occupy movement has been an extremely exciting development. Unprecedented, in fact. There’s never been anything like it that I can think of. If the bonds and associations it has established can...
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Tom Engelhardt
Words From Beyond the Grave on a Darkening Future
Thirty-five years later, it was still on my bookshelf in a little section on utopias (as well it should have been, being a modern classic). A friend had written his name inside the cover and even...
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John Atcheson
Arsonists Posing As Firemen: US Austerity and the Destruction of a Nation
By now, it should be official: austerity in the midst of a jobs crisis doesn’t work. The elections in the Netherlands, Greece and France show that Europeans have figured this out from bitter...
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