Views for 2013-02-14

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Laura Flanders
One Billion Rising: Globalizing the Battle for Women's Rights
There’s talk about union, and then there’s acting in unison. As the President was talking about the State of the Union this week, the organizers of V-day were working with activists all around the...
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Mark M. Jaycox
CISPA, the Privacy-Invading Cybersecurity Spying Bill, is Back in Congress
It's official: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives yesterday. CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year,...
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Katha Pollitt
'America Doesn't Torture'—It Kills
If the president can order the killing of 
American citizens abroad should he decide they are involved with Al Qaeda, can he assassinate suspected Al Qaeda–connected US citizens in London or Berlin?...
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Matt Taibbi
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail
The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and...
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Michael German
Radically Wrong: A Counterproductive Approach to Counterterrorism
Governments often interpret radical ideas that challenge the existing social and political orthodoxy as threatening, which is why they often attempt to suppress them. Our country's founders...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama DOJ Again Refuses to Tell a Court Whether CIA Drone Program Even Exists
It is not news that the US government systematically abuses its secrecy powers to shield its actions from public scrutiny, democratic accountability, and judicial review.
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Amy Goodman
Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door
For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address. The group joined scores of...
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Ramzy Baroud
Iraq at the Brink: A Decade After the US Invasion
Soon after the joint US-British bombing campaign ‘Operation Desert Fox’ devastated parts of Iraq in Dec 1998, I was complaining to a friend in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad.
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Jasmine Whitbread
Everywhere, Forever: End Violence Against Girls
When a 23-year-old student in Delhi was beaten and gang raped as she rode a bus home, it shocked the world and sparked mass protests against violent attitudes toward women.
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Eve Ensler
Why One Billion Women and Girls Will Rise
This February 14 2013, V-Day will be 15 years old. It was never our intention to be around that long. Our mission was to end violence against women and girls, and so we planned to be out of business...
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Robert Naiman
Senate Intelligence Committee Oversight of CIA: It Would Be a Good Idea
Different Senate committees are supposed to do oversight of different federal agencies. The Senate Judiciary Committee is supposed to oversee the Department of Justice. The Senate Armed Services...
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Robert C. Koehler
An Incubator for Peace
You’re young and prone to trouble. You get triggered quickly. Someone tells you that you’ve screwed up and you’re about to lash back. Then, instead, you think: 1. Look at the other person. 2. Say “OK...
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