Views for 2013-01-18

Friday, January 18, 2013
Terry O'Neill
40 Years After Roe v. Wade, We Still Fall Short of Reproductive Justice
Forty years ago this month, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in the United States, forever changing...
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Brooke Jarvis
Don't Ignore the Drought: It's Bad, and It's Not Going Away
Droughts, it could be argued, are the opposite of news. By definition, they represent the absence of something (namely, adequate rain) happening. And they only occur when that something has already...
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Simon Tisdall
Mali: Fragile Democracy and Clumsy US Policy
The Algeria hostage siege debacle , coming hard on the heels of France's intervention in neighbouring Mali , has heightened fears that a "third generation" of al-Qaida-affiliated jihadis is creating...
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Jonathan Schell
How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?
For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn’t know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting), it...
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Robert Jensen
Torture Is Trivial
The great American torture debate has been rekindled by the nationwide release of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the hot new movie about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.
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Robert Pollin
A Modest Proposal for Jacob Lew: Acknowledge Three Simple Facts about U.S. Fiscal Reality
In a reasonable world, in which we recognized the culpability of big-time D.C. politicians and bureaucrats who allowed Wall Street hyper-speculation to run wild and eventually cause the 2008-09 crash...
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Barry Yeoman
Rebel Towns, Local Democracy, and the Common Good
The 600 residents of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, have done a laudable job of keeping the vulgarities of modern life at bay. There are no fast-food restaurants, no neon signs. Instead, the former iron-...
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Greg Kaufmann
An Antipoverty Contract for 2013?
This past year I’ve had the opportunity to cover the antipoverty movement—and I do believe it’s a movement—it’s just a little too much of a well-kept secret right now. But I think in 2013, the people...
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Jesse Hagopian
Why As Teachers We Refuse to Administer 'Misguided' Standardized Tests
Walking the same halls once trod by Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Bruce Lee, Brandon Roy and Macklemore makes teaching at Garfield High School exhilarating.
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George Monbiot
Wolf Killings are Based on the Most Cynical of Premises
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Parker Higgins, Trevor Timm
What the FBI Doesn't Want You To Know About Its "Secret" Surveillance Techniques
The FBI had to rewrite the book on its domestic surveillance activities in the wake of last January’s landmark Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones . In Jones , a unanimous court held...
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Robert Weissman, Mark Green
Money Out... Voters In
It’s time to stop moneyed conservative interests from trying to buy or steal our democracy. We know the problem—let’s get to the solutions.
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Ellen Brown
The Trillion Dollar Coin: A Debt Solution for the People
On Friday, January 11, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman urged the White House to mint a platinum coin worth $1 trillion, as a counter to what was then a threat to block federal...
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Robert Scheer
Zero Dark Thirty's 'Almost Journalism': Another Word For Propaganda
Why aren’t film director Kathryn Bigelow’s claimed government sources, including employees of the CIA, in jail like Pfc. Bradley Manning? Or, at the very least, being investigated for their role in...
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Ira Chernus
Guns and Mental Illness: A Second Look
On the day of the mass murder in Newtown I wrote a column, too quickly. That’s how I deal with overwhelming, unbearable feelings. Some people cry. Some call their friends. Some go to vigils. I write...
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