Views for 2013-12-08

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sam Pizzigati
Inequality: A Sure Way to Kill a Good Time
World Bank economist Branko Milanovic does serious work . His explorations into global income distribution have won him a wide — and appreciative — audience in scholarly and policy-making circles all...
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Ellen Brown
Amend the Fed: We Need a Central Bank that Serves Main Street
December 23rd marks the 100 th anniversary of the Federal Reserve. Dissatisfaction with its track record has prompted calls to audit the Fed and end the Fed. At the least, Congress needs to amend the...
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Rev. John Dear
Remembering a Plowshares Action for Peace, Twenty Years Ago
On December 7, 1993, my friends Philip Berrigan, Lynn Fredriksson, Bruce Friedrich, and I walked onto the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina at four in the morning, passed...
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Marcy Wheeler
Sy Hersh Writing about Politicized Intelligence Again, Syria Edition
Sy Hersh has a long piece in the London Review of Books accusing the Obama Administration of cherry-picking intelligence to present its case that Bashar al-Assad launched the chemical weapons attack...
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Tom Gallagher
The Cold War Really Should Be Over For Everyone
“The Cold War should be over for everyone” says Angela Merkel. What’s specifically on the German Chancellor’s mind is the current uproar in Ukraine over a government decision to forego a closer...
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David Morris
Airline Deregulation: Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence
In November, in what history may judge the ultimate triumph of ideology over evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and United Airways.
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Jelani Cobb
Mandela and the Politics of Forgiveness
In 1966, Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech at the University of Cape Town. He began by stating that he was there to talk about a country settled by the Dutch, which fought a bloody war of...
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Digby
Why Privacy? 'The Power of Mind Over Mind'
I've noticed over the last few years that it's fairly common to pooh-pooh the concept of privacy. "It's dead already", who needs it, if you've got nothing to hide, etc. In this Facebook world in...
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Andrew Bacevich
With Iran, Obama Can End America’s Long War for the Middle East
What Jimmy Carter began, Barack Obama is ending.
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Juan Cole
Solar Would Be Cheaper: US Pentagon Has Spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in the Gulf on Friday at a conference of defense ministers from the region, including the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iran.
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Christopher Brauchli
Ropes, Drugs, and Death
Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to. — Sir Henry Wotton, The Disparity Between Buckingham and Essex [1651]
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Michael T. Klare
Rushing for the Arctic’s Riches
AMHERST, Mass. — While many existing oil and gas reserves in other parts of the world are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs.
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Jay Walljasper
Walking: A New Movement for Health and Happiness
Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California.
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