Views for 2013-06-20

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Stan Sorscher
"Free Trade" Was Never Really About Trade
We need to think differently about trade. First, let me say that I am 100% in favor of trade. Trade is when we do what we do best, they do what they do best, and we trade. Trade, done right, will...
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Emily Schwartz Greco, William Collins
Locking Up Our Future
Finally, there’s a sign that our national passion for locking up more and more Americans could be subsiding. Our “correctional population” is gradually shrinking after decades of robust growth. We...
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Jim Hightower
Let Us Commence Toward the Common Good
Ironically, June is both the month of the summer solstice and of America’s biggest annual blizzard. I don’t mean a weather event blowing in from the Arctic, but a merciless storm of words blowing...
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Dean Baker, David Rosnick
Do Wall Street and the 1 Percent Thrive at the Expense of Our Kids?
One of the most compelling lines put forward by those seeking cuts in Social Security and Medicare is that spending on the elderly is coming at the expense of our children. The people putting forward...
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Jim Naureckas
NYT Pays Tribute to Hastings by Attacking Him After Death
When a journalist dies, how can you tell if they've had a career that's upheld the proudest journalistic traditions of challenging the powerful and fearlessly exposing the truth? The New York Times...
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Bonnie Bricker, Adil E. Shamoo
On the Brink of Another War of Choice
President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East.
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Medea Benjamin
For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense
“In Yemen we are close to the bottom in all kinds of measures like income and education, but there’s one statistic where we come out on top: the number of prisoners in Guantanamo,” laughed Mohammad...
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Patty Lovera
The House Finally Does the Farm Bill
After never getting around to it last year, the full House of Representatives is finally working on a farm bill and they seem to be trying to make up for lost time. Yesterday they set a very quick...
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Norman Solomon
Uncle Sam and Corporate Tech: Domestic Partners Raising Digital Big Brother
A terrible formula has taken hold: warfare state + corporate digital power = surveillance state .
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Amy Goodman
Dead Man Walking, 20 Years On
Thirty years ago, a Catholic nun working in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans was asked if she would be a pen pal to a death-row prisoner. Sister Helen Prejean agreed, forever changing her life, as...
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Bill Quigley
Spying by the Numbers: Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection
Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which...
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Robert C. Koehler
Your Government on War
“Our primary long range interest in Geneva, however, is general and complete disarmament, designed to take place by stages, permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of...
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