Views for 2013-01-24

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Carolyn Raffensperger
A Prescription for Injuries of the Soul: Healing the Earth Healing Us
Most people suffer from a sense of moral failure over environmental matters. The mismatch between being told to change our light bulbs when the planet seems in free fall—melting ice caps, polluted...
Read more
Robert Naiman
What Will Happen in Palestine Friday Morning?
Last Friday, Palestinian peace activists created the village of Bab al-Karama on the lands of Beit Iksa village to prevent their confiscation by the Netanyahu government.
Read more
Rebecca Solnit
The Longest War is the One Against Women
Read more
Lindsay Abrams
When Trees Die, People Die
The blight was first detected in June 2002, when the trees in Canton, Michigan, got sick. The culprit, the emerald ash borer, had arrived from overseas, and it rapidly spread -- a literal bug --...
Read more
Ari Berman
Election Reform Should Be a Top Priority for the New Congress
On two major occasions—during his election-night speech and second inaugural address—President Obama has highlighted the need for election reform .
Read more
Peter Schurmann
The Last of the Big Money Elections?
Last November, Americans did more than suffer through the first SuperPAC presidential election, and they accomplished something more than the election of a president.
Read more
John Nichols
GOP Version2013: Battling Not Just Democrats but Democracy
On a day when most Americans were focused on the stirring second inaugural address of President Barack Obama —and on the broader majesty of the transference of an election result into a governing...
Read more
Lee Drutman
Dear Philanthropists: How about One Percent for Democracy?
Here’s something I just learned: The annual budget for political reform groups in the U.S. is a combined $45 million, which amounts to roughly .01 percent of the $300 billion in total charitable...
Read more
Michelle Chen
Invisible Workers, Global Struggles
Like countless other migrant girls toiling far from home, her life was invisible—except for the chilling way it ended.
Read more
Arjun Sethi
Military Contracting: Our New Era of Corporate Mercenaries
In early 1995, Sierra Leone was on the brink of collapse. A violent civil war had ravaged the country, leaving thousands dead and countless others wounded.
Read more
Obama to the Left? Media Avoid Reality Behind Inaugural Rhetoric
If there was one consistent media message about the Obama inauguration ceremony, it was the idea that he was announcing a clear shift to the left. But coverage failed to provide much background on...
Read more
Stephen Zunes
Israel's Settlements Flout International Law
In mid-December, Israeli officials approved plans for the construction of more than 2,600 new homes to be built on Givat Hamatos, a hill on the outskirts of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.
Read more
Ross Jackson
A Simple Solution to the Debt Ceiling Problem
A great deal has been written recently about the problem of the ceiling on US government debt, which is a threat to the proper functioning of the US government.
Read more
Amy Goodman
Obama’s Dirty Wars Exposed at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah—As President Barack Obama prepared to be sworn in for his second term as the 44th president of the United States, two courageous journalists premiered a documentary at the annual...
Read more