All Further Articles for 2012-02-02

Thursday, February 2, 2012
A Failed Policy in Iran
Former Obama advisor and Iran expert Vali Nasr cogently explains how a White House push for escalating sanctions makes war, intended or not, more likely. Video, with Jonathan Tepperman.
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Verily, Verily, I Say Unto You: Do Not Pay Your Teachers A Living Wage, Lest They Defile Their Godly Calling
Alabama state Sen. Shadrack McGill said this week that raising teachers’ salaries would hurt, not help, education because keeping teacher pay low is "a Biblical principle." Oddly, McGill couldn't find the verse in the Bible that mandates low legislators' pay, which he voted to raise. "These teachers that are called to teach, regardless of the pay scale, they would teach. It's just in them to do. It's the ability that God give 'em."
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A Warm and Fuzzy Cancer: Beneath the Komen Hype
In an intriguing bit of timing, the film Pink Ribbons Inc. opens this week just as the pink-swathed Susan G. Komen Foundation succumbed to right-wing pressure and cut its support for Planned Parenthood, and its yearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings. The new Canadian documentary takes an unsparing look at how effectively the fundraising giant fights - or profits from - breast cancer. More to make you mad. Trailer.
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Renting the Snow
After police denied them permits to protest Putin's "win" in disputed elections, ingenious Russian activists in Siberia's Barnaul rolled out mini-protests by dolls, Lego men and South Park figures with mini-placards. The police, not amused, charged them with using illegal "new technologies." "In our opinion, this is still an unsanctioned public event."
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