Views for 2012-10-04

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Medea Benjamin
Drones and Revenge: How a Pashtun Man Pursues Justice
During the CODEPINK delegation to Pakistan, the delegates had a chance to meet with many of the drone victims and family members from Waziristan. One man they met was Karim Khan, from the tiny...
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Sarah Byrnes, Thomas Atwood
For Real Change, Conversations Not Debates
No matter who wins a debate or ultimately the election, we know our nation and our communities will continue to face complex economic, ecological, political, and social challenges.
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Murtaza Hussain
Sanctions Against Iran Are Form of War, Not Alternative to It
After over three decades of service with the United Nations, working across the world on development and humanitarian assistance projects, in 1998 the UN Chief Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Denis...
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Donna Smith
Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations
The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not...
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Mark Weisbrot
Washington Doesn’t Like Democratic Elections in Venezuela, Because of the Result
On 30 May, Dan Rather, one of America's best-known journalists, announced that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez would die "in a couple of months at most".
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Michael T. Klare
Extreme Energy Means an Extreme Planet
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Sandra Steingraber, Kathleen Nolan
No to NY Fracking: 'We Will Not Compromise On the Health of Our Families'
As Governor, Andrew Cuomo will continue to be an environmental champion by . . . making sure health and environmental risks are comprehensively studied before natural gas exploration in New York’s...
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Amy Davidson
7 Chances Obama Missed
President Obama did badly in his first debate—by his standards, by those of his supporters, and in comparison to Mitt Romney. As Ann Romney said recently, this is hard; it’s easy to criticize from...
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Robert Kuttner
GOP in Florida: Crying Fraud, Then Creating It
For once, the Republicans were right.
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Peter Hart
Time Magazine: Obama's Lies Are Worse Because They're More Accurate
In Time magazine's new cover story ("Blue Truth, Red Truth," 10/3/12 ), Michael Scherer attempts to sort out the puzzle of campaign season factchecking.
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Michael Moore
'No O!': A Twitter Recap
"Romney is channeling the look and sound of Reagan. Obama is giving a professor's lecture. Note to O: Don't wait til later to throw a punch." "Is Bill Clinton coming in to sub for the next quarter? O...
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Richard Kim
Debate's Worst Performance? PBS' Jim Lehrer
I’ll leave it to the horserace pundits to decide who won tonight’s debate and to the voters to decide who will win the election. I know who lost: Jim Lehrer, PBS, old media and the myth of the “...
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Karen Dolan
The Biggest Losers: Big Bird and the American People
Who won the first 2012 presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? If you ask the Twitterverse, Big Bird nailed an easy victory. Huh? In case you missed it, the sole quasi-joke either...
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George Lakoff
Why Obama Lost the First Debate
You don’t win a presidential debate by being a policy wonk. Obama violated all the basics of presidential debating. The best defense is a good offense. You have to set the terms of the debate and...
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Charles Ferguson
America's Duopoly of Money in Politics and Manipulation of Public Opinion
Presidential campaigns aren't where you look for honest, serious discussion of economic policy. Usually, the candidates confine themselves to slogans; sometimes, as with George W Bush, we also get a...
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