Views for 2013-05-03

Friday, May 3, 2013
Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
Sandy Hook Promise: There Will Be Change
This week, we spent time with Francine and David Wheeler , parents of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, one of the 20 children and six educators shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown...
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Phyllis Bennis
Syria's Chemical Weapons...Iraq Redux?
News from the Middle East is growing more dire by the day. And unfortunately, most of the news from our own officials and influential sources continues to move in a direction that can only make that...
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Ruth Conniff
Move Over, Koch Brothers: A Bigger, Darker Rightwing Funder Is Out to Destroy Public Education
It's "the most powerful organization in America that no one seems to know about." That's how Scot Ross, executive director of the progressive think tank One Wisconsin Institute , describes the...
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The Nation Editors
Obama: Walk Your Talk on Guantánamo
“I will not eat until they restore my dignity.” That’s what Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel told his lawyer by phone from Guantánamo Bay.
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Noam Chomsky
Boston and Beyond: Terrorism at Home and Abroad
April is usually a cheerful month in New England, with the first signs of spring, and the harsh winter at last receding. Not this year.
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Randy Shaw
Celebrating Pete Seeger, America’s Troubadour, on his 94th Birthday
Pete Seeger, arguably the person most responsible for the revival and popularity of folk music in the United States, turns 94 on May 3.
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Lauren Carasik
More Blood Soaked Clothing in Bangladesh
Last Wednesday’s collapse of the Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Dhaka over 400 people dead, mostly young women, and the death toll may rise as more bodies are pulled from the building’s mangled...
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Peter Pearsall
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
Despite the ominous speculations that appeared in many media outlets prior to the procession and a spate of conflict-obsessed coverage afterward, the largest May Day march in Seattle was peaceful and...
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Chip Pitts
Privacy Rights and Corporate Accountability in the Age of "Big Data"
The American Library Association’s current celebration of “Choose Privacy Week” highlights the diminishing scope – yet increased importance – of this choice. After all, privacy is a fundamental human...
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Stephen Zunes
The US and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On
If, as alleged, the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons, it would indeed be a serious development, constituting a breach of the Geneva Protocol of 1925, one of the world’s most important...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Floor of Decency
“Everywhere near the building, the stench of death was overpowering. Men in surgical masks sprayed disinfectant in the air.”
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