Views for 2012-05-11

Friday, May 11, 2012
Edmund White
Now Obama's Come Out on Same-Sex Marriage, Maybe So Will I
Barack Obama's decision to come out in favour of gay marriage may be a historic occasion but it is not an isolated one. His administration has been making pro-gay noises for some time; his...
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Owen Jones
Shock Doctrine Opponents Revolt: The Austerity Backlash Across Europe
When I first read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine a few years ago, I had no idea how prescient the book was. It was a polemic about "disaster capitalism", arguing that sudden crises are...
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Greg Kaufmann
Republicans Define 'Heartlessness' with Latest Budget Proposals
When Republican Congressman Paul Ryan released his budget , he charged six House committees with finding $309 billion in spending cuts over ten years in order to avert $55 billion in military cuts...
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Ellen Brown
Indentured Servitude for Seniors: Social Security Garnished for Student Debts
"The Social Security program…represents our commitment as a society to the belief that workers should not live in dread that a disability, death, or old age could leave them or their families...
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Mary Bottari
Caught on Tape: Walker's 'Divide and Conquer' Plan for a Single Party State
Video was obtained and released by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel less than a month before the June 5th recall election for Wisconsin governor that shows newly elected Governor Scott Walker in a...
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Matt Taibbi
How Wall Street Killed Financial Reform
Two years ago, when he signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, President Barack Obama bragged that he'd dealt a crushing blow to the extravagant financial corruption...
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Pratap Chatterjee
Enbridge, Bank of America CEOs Targeted for Extreme Energy Impacts
War has been declared on Enbridge, a Canadian oil company, by a chief from the Nadleh Whut'en in British Columbia. Chief Martin Louie was attending the company annual general meeting in Toronto where...
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Phyllis Bennis
We're Fighting in a War We Lost Before the War Began
It shouldn’t surprise anyone, but support for the longest U.S. war is dropping further and faster than ever. The latest national U.S. poll , released on May 9, shows 66 percent of Americans are...
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Carl Gibson
FCC: Break Up the Big Media Monopoly
Houston rapper Pimp C of UGK had a phrase that he frequently used for Texas rappers whom he felt inadequately represented his state. “You embarrassin’ us.” The same could be said for today’s...
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Jeff Blum
Pentagon Spending and the War on Children
What would you rather see your tax dollars fund? Food stamps for 46 million Americans? Or wars we don't need? The choice for most of us is clear. When asked, "What would you cut if you have to,"...
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Chris Woods
Why We Must Name All Drone Attack Victims
Sunday’s death of Fahd al-Quso in a CIA drone strike was a significant US success. The admitted al Qaeda bomber had long been sought for his role in the deadly attack on the US navy ship the USS Cole...
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Global Spring Movement
The 'Global May Manifesto'
We are living in a world controlled by forces incapable of giving freedom and dignity to the world's population. A world where we are told "there is no alternative" to the loss of rights gained...
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Robert Pollin, Heidi Garrett-Peltier
Don't Buy the Spin: How Cutting the Pentagon's Budget Could Boost the Economy
Should the enormous US military budget—which is more than double the combined levels of military spending by China, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and Germany—be cut? This question is finally on...
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