Views for 2013-01-03

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Marcy Wheeler
Why Not Have a Hearing on Civilian Drone Casualties?
Yesterday, I suggested that Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger’s certainty that public accounts of drone casualties are overstated may say more about our failed intelligence oversight than it does...
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Peter Hart
Some Cluster Bombs More Newsworthy Than Others
Most people would probably agree that cluster bombs are hideous weapons–deadly, indiscriminate, and likely to kill or injure civilians.
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Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger
'Fix the Debt' Readies Its Trojan Horse for Next Budget Fight
Over the last three months, the Fix the Debt campaign, led by more than 100 big company CEOs, has unleashed a firestorm of ads, blanketing political news web sites and entirely plastering the Capitol...
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Jacob Devaney
Idle No More: Hints of a Global Super-Movement
What started as a murmur in early October from First Nations People in Canada in response to Bill C45 has become a movement that echoes the sentiments of people all over the world, a battle cry of...
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Gwynne Dyer
Natural Gas Fables and Energy Independence Myths
Which of the following statements is true? The United States now has a 100-year supply of natural gas, thanks to the miracle of shale gas. By 2017 it will once again be the world’s biggest oil...
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Ronnie Cummins
In 2013, Our Fight Against GMO Food Continues
On November 6, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor’s edge...
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Robert Borosage
'Shared Sacrifice' Is for Suckers: 7 Common Sense Thoughts on Washington's Budget Bedlam
Washington is careening off the fiscal cliff smack into the debt ceiling. These mind-numbing mixed metaphors are not the currency of a well-governed nation.
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Tom Engelhardt
2013 and Beyond: Fracking, Drone Wars, and an Apocalypse Foretold
Think of it as a simple formula: if you’ve been hired (and paid handsomely) to protect what is, you’re going to be congenitally ill-equipped to imagine what might be. And yet the urge not just to...
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Michael Moore
I Do Not Support the Troops
I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you. I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess what -- a lot of these soldiers and sailors and...
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César Chelala
Israeli Soldiers' Suicides: The Untold Story
Statistics released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) show that in the last 10 years, 237 soldiers killed themselves. That number represents an average of 24 soldiers taking their own lives every...
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David Suzuki
It’s Time to Stop Spinning Our Wheels on Climate Change
In 1988, hundreds of scientists and policy-makers met in Toronto for a major international conference on climate change.
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Thom Hartmann
Django Unchained: Tarantino Tells the South to Go Fuck Itself
I knew there was more to it than just being a movie when, for several days between Christmas and New Years, I watched Drudge implicitly trashing “Django Unchained” on his hard-right website.
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Sarah van Gelder
9 Stories That Will Change Your World in 2013
While the Earth didn’t end on December 21, 2012, the year’s end was marked by a new awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis. Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the preciousness and...
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Amy Goodman
Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: Protect the Status Quo
Amidst the White House and congressional theatrics surrounding the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations, a number of bills were signed into law by President Barack Obama that renew some of the worst...
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Philip Weiss
Endless ‘Debate over Two-State Solution’ Is Cover for the Real Story, Annexation of West Bank
One of the wiser political observations I've read lately was from Joseph Dana in the National : "the debate about the two-state solution has become an important diversion from discussing the true...
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Glenn Greenwald
France's Censorship Demands to Twitter Are More Dangerous Than 'Hate Speech'
Writing in the Guardian today, Jason Farago praises France's women's rights minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for demanding that Twitter help the French government criminalize ideas it dislikes.
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