All Views Articles for 2008-archive-2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008
Pierre Tristam
Compelling Journalism Persists Despite Media's Business Struggle
Contrary to popular assumptions, or desires, American journalism isn't dead. It isn't even unwell. It's as good, and sometimes as great, as it's ever been.
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Eric Margolis
America Needs a Period of Pain
Recessions Vital Part of Capitalist System
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Sarah van Gelder
Health Care By and For the People
The Obama transition team is asking you to help create a new health care policy. Really. Host a meeting , invite friends and associates, look at the Obama team's proposal , and let the transition...
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John Brown
Thoughts on the So-Called 'War of Ideas'
"No matter how powerful our military is, we will not be powerful if we lose the war of ideas." - Senator Joe Biden, soon after 9/11; cited in Ira Teinowitz, "Congress will support the war of ideas" (...
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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Christopher Brauchli
The Formerly Wealthy Meet the Newly Unemployed
Men have been swindled by other men on many occasions. The autumn of 1929 was, perhaps, the first occasion when men succeeded on a large scale in swindling themselves. — John Kenneth Galbraith, The...
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Michael Winship
Corruption Destroys Afghanistan
Just when you've finally gotten your mind around the enormous $700 billion financial bailout -- even if none of us are really sure where all that money's going -- there comes an even greater,...
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Dianne Farsetta
America Scams You: Allison Barber's Many "No-No's"
There's a telling email exchange quoted in the Defense Department Inspector General's report on America Supports You (ASY), a Pentagon program launched in 2004, ostensibly to boost troop morale.
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Donna Smith
Would We Sell Our Children's Future to a Health Insurance Company?
WASHINGTON, DC -- If I asked any of you to whom you would sell your child's future, you'd quickly deny that you'd sell your child's future to anyone, I suspect. Yet, as the nation prepares to embrace...
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Robert Weissman
Auto Bailout: Ecological Sustainability Before Economic Viability
Thank you, George Bush. The federal government is finally acting to protect the auto industry from failure. The $17.4 billion in loans for GM and Chrysler is not going to be enough to rescue the...
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Coleen Rowley, Ray McGovern
Deterring Torture Through the Law
"First, let's kill all the lawyers" may have made sense in that Shakespearian scene, but there is a far simpler solution to the legal ambiguities regarding what to do now about the torture approved...
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Bob Herbert
Hope Amid the Gloom
Is the end of the war in sight? I don't mean Iraq. I'm talking about the war against working people in the U.S. that has taken such a vicious economic toll over the past three decades. Even as...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
8 Years on the Dark Side
VICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney said this week that he directly approved waterboarding to torture terror suspects. "I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared...
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Glenn Greenwald, Glenn Greenwald
If Criminal Penalties Are Removed, What Will Deter Lawbreaking by Political Officials?
The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus today perfectly expresses the consensus view of establishment Washington regarding the exemption which political elites should and do enjoy from the rule of law, and...
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Friday, December 19, 2008
Tom Engelhardt
The Axe, the Book, and the Ad
On Reading in an Age of Depression
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A.C. Thomas
Katrina's Hidden Race War
The way Donnell Herrington tells it, there was no warning. One second he was trudging through the heat. The next he was lying prostrate on the pavement, his life spilling out of a hole in his throat...
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Jonathan Freedland
Deep Throat's Big Impact
In the United States , the film of the festive season is It's a Wonderful Life - the Frank Capra classic in which a beleaguered James Stewart, contemplating suicide, is visited by an angel who shows...
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Beth Schwartzapfel
Lullabies Behind Bars
It's midday on a recent Tuesday, and Rachael Irwin, 27, scurries across the floor on her hands and knees, playing peekaboo with her 10-month-old daughter, Gabriella. The baby's big blue eyes dance...
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Josh Silver
Mr. Obama, Make Media Reform a Priority
On Thursday, an alliance of more than 100 groups, unions, musicians, bloggers and media and technology leaders sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama calling on his administration to appoint...
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Van Jones
New Labor Secretary is Brown and Green
President-elect Barack Obama got it right when he announced Representative Hilda Solis as his pick for the next secretary of labor. Headlines are heralding her as the first Latino to hold the post...
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Richard Falk
My Expulsion from Israel
On December 14, I arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel to carry out my UN role as special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories. I was leading a mission that had intended to visit...
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Glenn Greenwald
Demands for War Crimes Prosecutions Are Now Growing in The Mainstream
For obvious reasons, the most blindly loyal Bush followers of the last eight years are desperate to claim that nobody cares any longer about what happened during the Bush administration, that...
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Conn Hallinan
Guns, Butter, and Obama
Over the next several months there will be a battle for hearts and minds, but not in Iraq or Afghanistan. The war will be here at home, waged mostly in the halls of Congress, where grim lobbyists for...
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Robert Parry
Obama v. Washington Mythmaking
Over the years, Washington has evolved into a city of deceptions where semantics cloud reality and where a hazy mix of lies, half-truths and mythology can combine to unleash the devastating military...
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Pat LaMarche
US Voting Access A Work in Progress
Last week the Pew Center on the States sponsored a summit called "Voting in America - The Road Ahead," which detailed our ballot booth access inconsistencies. And it wasn't just about Florida's...
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John Young
America - The Whole Package
Colin Powell had better watch out or he'll become the conscience of a nation. That's a title he doesn't seek. It's already claimed anyway, by Rush Limbaugh. Powell recently said that his party, the...
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Richard Thieme
The Betrayal of The Commons
The cornerstone of capitalism, it has been said, is a handshake. The legal embellishments that constitute the law books lining the shelves of any lawyer, those laws are footnotes to the many ways...
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Danny Schechter
License to Steal: $50 Billion Con Rocks Wall Street
No One Escapes The Greeders: Tears for The Rich, Contempt for the Poor
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Marjorie Cohn
Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes
Dick Cheney has publicly confessed to ordering war crimes. Asked about waterboarding in an ABC News interview, Cheney replied, "I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the...
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Dave Lindorff
Prosecuting Bush and Cheney for Torture: No One Can Be Above the Law
A month before he takes office, it has become the conventional wisdom in our conventional media that Barack "No Drama" Obama will not seek or even allow any prosecution of Bush administration...
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Gary Olson
Capitalism Short Circuits Our Moral Hard-Wiring
In a recent New Yorker piece, Naomi Klein astutely observes that "The crash on Wall Street should be for Friedmanism what the fall of the Berlin Wall was for authoritarian Communism, an indictment of...
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Thom Hartmann
Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren
Rick Warren is providing the invocation for the presidential inauguration. As a pastor whose books have been read by tens of millions of Americans and whose voice is respected by an equal or larger...
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A New York Times Editorial
The Torture Report
Most Americans have long known that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were not the work of a few low-ranking sociopaths. All but President Bush's most unquestioning supporters recognized the chain of...
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John Nichols
The Trouble With Appointing Caroline Kennedy
Anyone who purports to be seriously concerned that an untested Caroline Kennedy might "inherit" the U.S. Senate seat from New York has not been paying attention.
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Michelle Goldberg
Rick Warren: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
If nothing else, Rick Warren is a miracle worker in the realm of public relations. He is a man who compares legal abortion to the Holocaust and gay marriage to incest and pedophilia . He believes...
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Amy Goodman
Workers Laid Off, Execs Paid Off
The global financial crisis deepens, with more than 10 million in the U.S. out of work, according to the Department of Labor. Unemployment hit 6.7 percent in November. Add the 7.3 million "...
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Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Will War Crimes Be Outed?
As the officials of the Bush administration pack up in Washington and move into their posh suburban homes around the country, will they be able to rest easy, or will they be haunted by the fear that...
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Glenn Greenwald
Committing War Crimes for The "Right Reasons"
The Atlantic's Ross Douthat has a post today -- "Thinking About Torture" -- which, he acknowledges quite remarkably, is the first time he has "written anything substantial, ever, about America's...
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Larry Beinhart
Why We Need To Study God
"Religious faith will be of the same significance to the 21st Century as political ideology was to the 20th Century." -- Tony Blair Mumbai. 9/11. Chechnya. Sectarian violence in Iraq. Somalia...
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Kirk Anderson
The Correct Way to Sell a Senate Seat
Blago didn't do anything so very unusual. He just went about it the wrong way.
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Robert C. Koehler
The Pacifist Tree
"Dad, did you know the governor of Illinois was arrested?" Well, no. This was last week. I was in Denmark, visiting my daughter, and this was my first news from Crazy Land in a while. It's dangerous...
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Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon
Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2008
Now in their seventeenth year, the P.U.-litzer Prizes recognize some of the nation's stinkiest media performances. As the judges for these annual awards, we do our best to identify the most deserving...
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Courage to Resist
Taking a Stand With Our Fellow War-Resisters
An Open Letter of Solidarity for Resisting Israeli Shministim from US War Resisters
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Robert Redford
Stand Up Against Bush's Giveaway of America's Redrock Wilderness
You can't put a price on silence or solitude. You can't quantify the beauty of wilderness. And yet that's not going to stop the Bush administration from trying to sell off what should be the...
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Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
Media's Failing Grade on Education 'Debate'
President-elect Barack Obama chose Chicago schools superintendent Arne Duncan as his nominee for Education secretary after an almost entirely one-sided media discussion that portrayed the most...
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Alyssa Roy
Federal Law Turns Nation’s Public Schools into 'No-Think Zones'
DILLINGHAM-In January 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law by President George W. Bush. This federal mandate enforces standards-based education reform centered on high...
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Glenn Greenwald
Prostitution v. War Crimes: The Real Moral Offense
In October, the extremely pro-war, neoconservative New York Sun ceased operations , and its journalists are now finding a warm and welcoming home, appropriately and revealingly enough, at The New...
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Matthew Duss
Cheney: The Failed Architect
More than any other person, the US vice-president is responsible for the Bush administration's torture policy
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Sami Ramadani
The Shoes We Longed For
The young journalist who took on Bush has become a unifying Iraqi symbol, a national hero
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Mark Morford
12 Things to Throw at Bush
A shoe? Not bad. But surely we can do better
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Roberto Rodriguez
Obama Should Tear Down The Walls
After President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in, one of his first orders of business should be to order the cessation of the construction of the walls along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. One of...
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Mohammed Mesbahi and Adam Parsons
America: The Choice Ahead
The presidential election of Barack Obama is a milestone in American history, deeply significant for two reasons; firstly, he not only represents the non-white population of the US, but also the poor...
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John R. MacArthur
A Hypocrite as Our Diplomat in Chief
WHEN IT COMES to foreign affairs, Barack Obama seems like a serious person with an authentic liberal's concern about the health of the world beyond our borders. After all, he campaigned for president...
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Scott Ritter
Dick Cheney's Fantasy World
Despite the facts, the vice-president still insists that Saddam Hussein could have produced weapons of mass destruction
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Deepak Chopra
George W. Bush Has Been Throwing Shoes at Us
Most commentators took the shoe-throwing incident that happened over the weekend as a bit of grotesque political slapstick. The Iraqi television reporter who threw his shoes at President Bush...
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Tom Gallagher
If Obama Wants Them To Keep Their Shoes On
While everyone else is trying to figure out how Muntadar al-Zeidi got that second shoe off so fast or whether it was just that Iraqi security didn't bother to tackle him until he ran out of shoes,...
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Ira Chernus
Israeli Youth Resist Palestinian Occupation
If I were a Palestinian, watching Jews in Israel and around the world preparing to celebrate Hanukkah, I might be a bit confused. The holiday recalls a time, way back in the second century BCE, when...
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Thom Hartmann
Alexander Hamilton's Advice To The Obama Administration
Alexander Hamilton, in 1791, proposed to the United States our first true industrial policy. We adopted it over the next few years, Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed it fourscore years later, and it was...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
John Nichols
Obama's Farm and Food Appointment
The most telling Cabinet pick that Barack Obama will make -- and from a long-term standpoint perhaps the most meaningful one -- is not his selection for secretary of State, secretary of Defense,...
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Greg Palast
Obama Slam-Duncans Education
Hey, you Liberal Democrats. You may have won the election, but you're getting CREAMED in the transition. Today, President-elect Barack Obama stuck it to you. He's chosen Arne Duncan as Secretary of...
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Karyn Strickler
Reverse Climate Change: Reduce Greenhouse Gases 80% below 1990 Levels by 2025
If your doctor told you in 1990 that someone you love had breast cancer and that 80% of her breast would have to be removed immediately in order to save her life - you would not wait until 2025 and...
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Robert Kuttner
Bailouts: The Ultimate Double Standard
Imagine if the automakers had been offered the same kind of government assistance as the banks. Detroit's Big Three would each get new government capital totaling many tens of billions to replace...
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Laura Carlsen
Coping with Crisis, Latin America Bucks the System
As the U.S. economy tumbles into greater depths of disaster and ignominy--dragging the rest of the world with it--some countries in Latin America have decided it's time to strike out on their own.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Keep Guns Out of The Parks
Ending a 25-year-old ban, the Department of the Interior announced on Dec. 5 that people who have a concealed weapons permit in their state can bring a loaded weapon into national parks, forests, and...
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Neil Watkins and Sarah Anderson
Ecuador's Debt Default: Exposing a Gap in the Global Financial Architecture
When the government of Ecuador failed to make a scheduled interest payment on private bonds today, it was hardly the first time a country had defaulted in the middle of a financial crisis. In fact,...
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William Borden and Carol Vecchio
Give Till It Makes You Feel Good
Recent article titles from Philanthropy Today sound like real downers: "National Cathedral faces deep cuts"; "Arts institutions face financial distress"; "International Red Cross braces for cutbacks...
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Bill McKibben
The Most Important Number on Earth
Sooner or later, you have to draw a line. We've spent the last 20 years in the opening scenes of what historians will one day call the Global Warming Era-the preamble to the biggest drama that humans...
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Patrick Cockburn
Keep Out... A Message for Foreign Leaders
The sight of the Iraqi reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi hurling his shoes at President Bush at a press conference in Baghdad will gladden the heart of any journalist forced to attend these tedious, useless...
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Nick Turse
A Recipe For Corporate Success in Tough Times?
SaladShooters, Adult Diapers, and Tactical Ammo
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Dahr Jamail
As Usual, NYT Ignores Iraqi Opinion
Anecdotes trump polls on withdrawal
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Fran Quigley
Nigerians Get Their Day in Court On Human Rights Claims Against Oil Companies
If IkpoBari Senewo had not been conducting an exam for his secondary school students in the Niger Delta village of Bane one afternoon in May of 1994, he believes he would have been killed. As it was...
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
Senate Report Links Bush to Detainee Homicides; Media Yawns
The bipartisan Senate Armed Services Committee report issued on Thursday -- which documents that "former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior U.S. officials share much of the blame for...
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David Michael Green
Still Lying, Still Allowed To Lie
I'm sorry, but there are moments when I just feel like a total alien who stumbled onto some planet full of bizarre life forms. They call this place America, and it sure is weird. And, lemme tell ya,...
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Khaled Diab
Shock and Awe on A Shoestring
Muntadar al-Zaidi will go down in the annals of popular protest as the man who kissed the Bush presidency goodbye by hurling his shoes at the outgoing president.
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Chris Hedges
Israel’s ‘Crime Against Humanity’
Israel's siege of Gaza, largely unseen by the outside world because of Jerusalem's refusal to allow humanitarian aid workers, reporters and photographers access to Gaza, rivals the most egregious...
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Harold Meyerson
A Global New Deal
The next New Deal won't work if it's only American. Fixing our economy will require fixing international systems.
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Seven Deadly Deficits
When president George W. Bush assumed office, most of those disgruntled about the stolen election contented themselves with this thought: Given our system of checks and balances, given the gridlock...
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James Carroll
The Window and Door Factory
'We're here and we're not going anywhere," said the protest leader last week, "until we get what's fair and what's ours." With that, 200 laid-off workers began the occupation of the Republic Windows...
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Dave Lindorff
Muntadar al-Zaidi Did What We Journalists Should Have Done Long Ago
When Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi heaved his two shoes at the head of President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, he did something that the White House press corps should...
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Oliver Fein
There Is A Cure
The report last week that the U.S. economy lost nearly 2 million jobs this year, and 533,000 jobs in November alone, sent shudders through our nation's households. That's the biggest one-month plunge...
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Scott Horton
The Torture Presidency
President George W. Bush has launched "Operation Legacy," which he placed in the hands of his ultimate advisor, indeed his "brain," Karl Rove. Remember Rove? He's the man who refused to testify under...
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Pierre Tristam
Answer to Martyrdom Bids: Oblivion in An Idaho Cell
The Pentagon's claim that five of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay want to put an end to their legal proceedings and confess to their alleged roles in the 9/11 attacks made me think of a few lines in...
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Timothy Egan
Final Days Fire Sale
Imagine if President Bush, on his last day in office, invited his friends to lift the Lincoln portrait from the White House Dining Room, take the 18th- century furniture from the Map Room and - for...
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Ellen Brown
A Radical Plan for Funding the New Deal
"This isn't about big government or small government. It's about building a smarter government that focuses on what works." - Barack Obama, November 26, 2008
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Alfie Kohn
Beware School 'Reformers'
If we taught babies to talk as most skills are taught in school, they would memorize lists of sounds in a predetermined order and practice them alone in a closet. --Linda Darling-Hammond
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Eyad El-Sarraj
Catastrophe for Gaza
An Israeli blockade curtails food, fuel, medicine and travel.
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Frank Rich
Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich
Rod Blagojevich is the perfect holiday treat for a country fighting off depression. He gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce. From a safe distance outside Illinois, it's...
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Juan Cole
Does Obama Understand His Biggest Foreign-Policy Challenge?
The president-elect wants to work with the Pakistani government to "stamp out" terror. It's not nearly that simple.
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Eve Ensler and Stephen Lewis
The Never Ending War
There is a modest rush to bring humanitarian aid to the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After weeks of escalating conflict, during which hundreds of thousands have been displaced,...
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Glenn Greenwald
Observations On Concision
My appearance on Bill Moyers' Journal, broadcast last night (and re-broadcast throughout this weekend on PBS), can be viewed here , and a transcript is here . The show's format, as well as Moyers'...
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Michael Winship
Bush's Farewell Hallelujah Chorus
With all the interviews President Bush has been giving out lately, you’d think he has a new movie coming out for Christmas. ABC, NBC, National Review, Middle East Broadcasting, the Real Clear...
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Christopher Brauchli
Birth-Places and Mothers
What mighty contests rise from trivial things! - Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock The Internet is rapidly proving itself the best friend of those who seek to be truly informed-not limited by the...
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Arundhati Roy
9 Is Not 11: (And November Isn't September)
We've forfeited the rights to our own tragedies. As the carnage in Mumbai raged on, day after horrible day, our 24-hour news channels informed us that we were watching "India's 9/11." And like actors...
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Ramzy Baroud
Cluster Bomb Treaty and The World's Unfinished Business
The United States, Russia and China are sending a terrible message to the rest of the world by refusing to take part in the historic signing of a treaty that bans the production and use of cluster...
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Christopher R. Martin
Detroit's Problem: It's Health Care, not the Union
The Senate's failure to pass the bailout of the U.S. auto industry strikes a big blow at one of labor's last stands in manufacturing in the U.S. What's at stake? According to the bill: 355,000...
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Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
How the American Healthcare System Got That Way
As Americans respond to President-elect Obama call for town hall meetings on reform the American health care system, an understanding of how that system came to be the way it is can be crucial for...
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Michael Moore
Senate to Middle Class: Drop Dead
Friends, They could have given the loan on the condition that the automakers start building only cars and mass transit that reduce our dependency on oil. They could have given the loan on the...
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Robert Weissman
The Nasty Class and Anti-Union Bias of Auto Bailout Opposition
Nancy Pelosi says the Congressional Republicans are playing Russian Roulette with the economy by refusing to agree to an auto industry bailout. But for that metaphor to work, you have to add that...
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Friday, December 12, 2008
David Sirota
We Told You
Please, forgive me for saying it. I know it's a tad annoying, but it has to be said to America's ruling class in this humble column space. Because if it's not said here you can bet it won't be said...
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Liv Ullman
Making Life Safer for Refugee Women
Aa the global financial and economic crisis continues to throw countless numbers of people out of work, millions of refugee women and girls in developing countries continue to toil at a task that is...
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Fred Edwords
Riding the Atheist Bus
It's a simple question: "Why not try Jesus?" Equally simple is an opposite: "Why believe in a god?" Yet in the United States the first question is widely viewed as positive, or at least ordinary,...
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