Views for 2014-02-17

Monday, February 17, 2014
Heather Long
President's Day: Another Reminder How Messed Up US Holiday Policies Are
US government workers, teachers, postal service employees, and ( most ) bank tellers turned off their alarms this morning for President's Day. There were also noticeably fewer people on the Big Apple...
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph
If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism
As environmentalism goes mainstream, corporations are marketing the word “green” as a panacea for the world’s climate crisis. Today the word describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions...
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Dinah PoKempner
Privacy in the Age of Surveillance
President Obama had a signature opportunity in his January speech to limit the damage Edward Snowden’s revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance had done to U.S. foreign relations.
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Brendan Fischer
Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of "Stand Your Ground"
Once again, Florida's Stand Your Ground law has helped a man escape conviction for killing an African-American teenager. After thirty hours of deliberations, on February 15 a Florida jury declared it...
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Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
Secretary Kerry Is Right. Climate Change Needs to Be Tackled Like a "Weapon of Mass Destruction"
Secretary Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta . Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency,...
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Massoud Derhally
Israel and Palestine: Shifting Paradigms and a Single State
"I knew that people expected me to harbour anger towards whites," Nelson Mandela wrote in the Long Walk to Freedom, recalling the morning after his release from 27 years in jail. "But I had none. In...
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Joshua Holland
How Fear Beat the UAW in Tennessee
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Patrick Cockburn
Are Protesters Overthrowing a Brutal Despot, or Merely Bad Losers at the Polls?
In the spring of 2011 I was in Benghazi, standing in a crowd of anti-Gaddafi demonstrators protesting outside the hotel of a visiting delegation.
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Kevin Gosztola
‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer
A lawyer who represents National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and has spoken on his behalf numerous times was detained while going through customs at Heathrow airport in London.
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Chris Hedges
Our Sinister Dual State
On Thursday the former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William E.
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Peter Van Buren
The Divine Right of President Obama?
Terrorism (ter-ror-ism; see also terror) n. 1. When a foreign organization kills an American for political reasons.
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Paul Buchheit
How Privatization Perverts Education
Profit-seeking in the banking and health care industries has victimized Americans.
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