Views for 2014-04-21

Monday, April 21, 2014
Ray McGovern
Trying Not to Give Peace a Chance
The unnecessary and regrettable conflict between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine brings to mind sad remembrances of important junctures at which I watched – as a citizen and a CIA analyst – chances...
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Felice Cohen-Joppa, David Polden
Ten Years After His Release From Prison, Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu Is Still Not Free
Ten years ago, on April 21, 2004, several hundred of us from around the world waited with great anticipation outside the gates of Israel’s Ashkelon Prison, holding up signs saying “Thank you,...
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Jackie Smith
Mother Earth Day 2014: Time for a Paradigm Change
With each day’s headlines it becomes more and more clear that our modern, industrialized culture is a suicide machine. Not only has our consumption of fossil fuels polluted our air, land, and water...
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Dave Zirin
On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter
“They can incarcerate my body but never my mind” —Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
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Medea Benjamin, Kate Chandley
Behind the Egyptian Junta’s Iron Curtain
After a recent CODEPINK delegation to Egypt ended up in deportations and assault , we have become acutely aware of some of the horrors Egyptians are facing in the aftermath of the July 3 coup that...
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Genna Reed
Monsanto’s Dream Bill is a Nightmare for State GMO Labeling Efforts
Last week, Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” (HR 4432), a brainchild of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) that would serve as a...
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Paul Buchheit
The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money
Warren Buffett once claimed that the "genius of the American economy, our emphasis on a meritocracy and a market system and a rule of law has enabled generation after generation to live better than...
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Robert Borosage
Can Democracy Tame Plutocracy?
We are headed into a national reckoning. To paraphrase the unlamented Donald Rumsfeld, there are the known knowns and the known unknowns.
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Chris Hedges
The Rhetoric of Violence
At least nine people were killed and at least 35 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday police announced that a man had been arrested on charges...
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Tom Engelhardt
Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington
How the mighty have fallen. Once known as “Obama’s favorite general,” James Cartwright will soon don a prison uniform and, thanks to a plea deal, spend 13 months behind bars. Involved in setting up...
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