Views for 2012-09-26

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity
On the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary, Congressman Keith Ellison introduced a much-needed common sense bill: HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act. The bill taxes financial...
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Maude Barlow
Nestlé: Malevolent Corporation Capitalizes on Global Water Crisis
I have just returned from a week in Switzerland to promote the right to water and to challenge the giant Swiss bottled water giant Nestlé. My visit was arranged by Franklin Frederick, an activist and...
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Matt Taibbi
This Presidential Race Should Never Have Been This Close
The press everywhere is buzzing this week with premature obituaries of the Romney campaign. New polls are out suggesting that Mitt Romney's electoral path to the presidency is all but blocked.
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Hadley Freeman
Voter Suppression Is the Last Resort of These Stop-at-Nothing Republicans
Throughout this US election, one of the most popular narratives among Democrats and in the liberal press is that the Republicans are doing their damnedest to wrest this election from any kind of...
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David Morris
We're the NFL. We Don't Have to Care
Watching professional football these days reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine the telephone operator on Saturday Night Live and her famous punch line, “We don’t care. We don’t have to. We’re the...
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Medea Benjamin
Americans Take Anti-Drone Stance Directly to Pakistan
“You’re not really going to Pakistan, are you?” “You’ve seen the State Department travel warning?” “Don’t they hate us over there?”
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Charlotte Silver
California's Prop 37: Monsanto, GMO Labelling and the Public Interest
While the initiative merely seeks to add a few words to nutrition labels, it has incurred the wrath and moneyed opposition of biotech and food giants - no doubt because they fear the initiative might...
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Matthew Rothschild
Obama at the UN: Pretty Words, Distorted Pictures, Veiled Threats
When President Obama spoke at the United Nations, he did his usual thing. He made some great points, he soared on the updrafts of his oratory, he distorted the U.S. role in the world, and after...
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Nancy Flanagan, Don Bartalo
Time for a People’s Education Platform
What if education policy guidelines and political platforms were shaped by rank-and-file citizens?
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Katharine Ainger
The Spanish Public Won't Accept Financial Coup D'etat
The attempt by the Spanish "Occupy" movement, the indignados, to surround the Congress in Madrid has been compared by the secretary general of the ruling rightwing People's party (PP) to an attempted...
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Jim Hightower
America's Pusillanimous Press
Let us now access the state of the free press in this land of ... well, of press freedom. The assessment? Pathetic. Not because of any government clampdown, but because of increasing press...
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Phil Rockstroh
A Crucible of Political Disenchantment: 'Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul'
Weltschmerz [from German; from Welt (world) + Schmerz (pain)] delineates the type of sadness experienced when the world revealed does not reflect the image of the world that one believes, or has been...
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