All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Thursday, June 2, 2011
Beau Hodai
Selling the Anti-Immigration Story
Media blitz gains attention--but little scrutiny--for nativist Federation
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Bill McKibben
Three Strikes and You’re Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List
In our globalized world, old-fashioned geography is not supposed to count for much: mountain ranges, deep-water ports, railroad grades -- those seem so nineteenth century. The earth is flat, or so I...
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Paul Buchheit
War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. Tax Cuts Generate Revenue
The political system may be different from Orwell's time, but the corruption and propaganda remain. We all have to 'sacrifice' to balance the budget. As Time Magazine wailed : "Do the nation's...
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Ruth Conniff
In the Midst of Economic Destruction, Inspiration
As things go from bad to worse in Wisconsin and other states, with massive cuts to schools, medical care, voter rights, and, as of last night in Wisconsin, the Earned Income Tax Credit , it's easy to...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Bad Day That Never Changes
I get so soul-sick of the war news because it’s a bad day that never changes. Over the weekend, NATO kills 14 people in an airstrike in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Ten of them are children...
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Brandon Nida, Dustin Steele
Build it Up, Appalachia!
We were born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, and so we’ve experienced our share of jokes and stereotypes from people outside the region. Calling someone a hillbilly is accepted by the...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
David Suzuki
Humans May Have Loaded the Bases, but Nature Bats Last
Humanity is facing a challenge unlike any we've ever had to confront. We are in an unprecedented period of change. Exponential growth is causing an already huge human population to double in shorter...
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John Feffer
A Tale of Two Raids
They were both responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in causes they believed were righteous. They both occupied top spots on the World's Most Wanted list. They were both the subject of raids...
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Benjamin Dangl
Blood in the Amazon: Brazilian Activists Murdered as Deforestation Increases
Early in the morning on May 24, in the northern Brazilian Amazon, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva got onto a motorcycle near the nature reserve they had...
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David Benjamin
Louie Velazquez, We Hardly Knew Ye
BROOKLYN — It was probably appropriate that Monday, Memorial Day, the Times’ “Names of the Dead” box, listing U.S. GI’s killed in Afghanistan, was unusually lengthy. Ten men joined America’s long,...
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Peter Custers
Fears of Depleted Uranium Use in Libya
LEIDEN, The Netherlands - The pattern of deception to gain legitimacy for war in the eyes of the public by now is familiar. In the middle of March, Western powers led by the U.S., Britain and France...
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Jim Hightower
Nothing Merry About Old King Coal
If some predator were stalking fourth-graders in your community, there'd be a mighty uproar to make the predator get away and stay away from your schools. But what if the stalker is the coal industry...
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Robert Scheer
Geithner and Goldman, Thick as Thieves
What was Timothy Geithner thinking back in 2008 when, as president of the New York Fed, he decided to give Goldman Sachs a $30 billion interest-free loan as part of an $80 billion secret float to...
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David Korten
But What About My 401(k)?
Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: How to fulfill our basic financial needs without Wall Street.
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Karen Hansen-Kuhn
A Volatile Agenda on Agriculture
The U.S.-Colombia free trade pact would reinforce a system that leaves farmers and consumers at the mercy of volatile prices and markets.
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Amy Goodman
Hope and Resistance in Honduras
While most in the United States were recognizing Memorial Day with a three-day weekend, the people of Honduras were engaged in a historic event: the return of President Manuel Zelaya, 23 months after...
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Chuck Collins
iHate Tax Dodgers Like Apple Computer
I’m an Apple fan. I’m writing on my third Mac laptop in a decade. I’ve purchased over $100,000 of Apple products on behalf of a company I’ve worked for over the same period. Plus all those iTunes...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jon Walker
Boehner Performs the Ultimate in Debt Ceiling Kabuki
The House Republican leadership is planning to bring up for a vote a “clean bill” to raise the government’s borrowing limit. The House leadership intends for this vote to fail in order to prove the...
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Peter Hart, Julie Hollar
'Serious’ Republicans vs.‘Starry-Eyed’ Progressives
Beltway media scorn People’s Budget, hail Ryan hoax
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Ralph Nader
Contracts Against Americans
It is time to shine the light on the big, affluent corporate lawyers who anonymously create those non-competitive fine print contracts we all have to sign to purchase goods and services. It’s time...
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James Gustave Speth
Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth
Is anything in America more faithfully followed than economic growth? Its movements are constantly watched, measured to the decimal place, deplored or praised, diagnosed as weak or judged healthy and...
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Robert Reich
The Truth about the US Economy
The U.S. economy continues to stagnate. It’s growing at the rate of 1.8 percent, which is barely growing at all. Consumer spending is down. Home prices are down. Jobs and wages are going nowhere. It’...
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Wendell Potter
Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance
Of the many supporters of a single-payer health care system in the United States, some of the most ardent are small business owners who have struggled to continue offering coverage to their workers...
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Sahil Kapur
Climate 'Trutherism': The Conspiracy Theory That's No Joke
To its eternal shame, the Republican party has taken climate change denial out of the crank fringe and made it mainstream
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Lester Brown
The New Geopolitics of Food
From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars.
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Glenn Greenwald
Afghanistan "Sovereignty"
A spate of horrific civilian killings by NATO in Afghanistan has led Afghan President Hamid Karzai to demand that NATO cease all air attacks on homes. That is likely to be exactly as significant you...
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Rania Khalek
For Sale: The Desperate States of America
While we have been frantically playing defense against relentless assaults on multiple fronts, from anti-union legislation to draconian anti-choice laws to the attempted privatization of Medicare,...
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Jenn Ettinger
Mobile Mugging: The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
If AT&T is allowed to acquire T-Mobile, just two wireless giants will control nearly 80 percent of the nation's cellphone market.
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Tom Engelhardt
Welcome to Post-Legal America
Post-Legal America and the National Security Complex
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Monday, May 30, 2011
Anthony Gregory
Obama's War Policy More and More Like Bush's
After more than two years, President Obama's national security policy looks all too familiar: like President Bush's policy. You remember the Bush doctrine? Its most prominent tenet was the policy of...
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John Nichols
On Memorial Day, America Should Honor Her Troops by Bringing Them Home
It is unfortunate but true that on this Memorial Day -- when we pause to honor those Americans who have fought the good fights against British colonialism, the sin of slavery and the menace of...
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Chris Hedges
The Sky Really Is Falling
The rapid and terrifying acceleration of global warming, which is disfiguring the ecosystem at a swifter pace than even the gloomiest scientific studies predicted a few years ago, has been confronted...
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Chuck Collins
A Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking
The 2001 Bush tax cuts added $2.5 trillion to the national debt and disproportionately benefited the wealthiest households. Have we learned anything?
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Robert Fisk
Who Cares in the Middle East What Obama Says?
This month, in the Middle East, has seen the unmaking of the President of the United States. More than that, it has witnessed the lowest prestige of America in the region since Roosevelt met King...
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Dave Lindorff
Don’t Blame America’s Debt Crisis on Social Security and Medicare (Especially on Memorial Day)
Amid all the nonsense and gobbledegook that has been written about banking industry and about the economic slump during the last four years of the global financial crisis, New York Times reporter...
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David Michael Green
Dispatches from the End of Empire
Well folks, there’s good news, and there’s bad news in America today. The good news is that people seem to be waking up just a bit to what’s being done to them. The bad news is that it really is just...
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Ann Wright
One Year from Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Another on the Horizon
On May 27, 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in letters sent to countries in the Mediterranean stated that the Gaza situation was “unsustainable” and Israel should take "further meaningful and...
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Donna Smith
Memorial to Another Day
It’s impossible for me to allow Memorial Day to pass without thinking of the sacrifices my father and his generation made to build better lives for future generations like mine. And so it is today,...
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Glen Ford
The Corporate Dream: Teachers as Temps
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Jim Hightower
A Little Less Corporate Political Corruption
Obama is thinking about issuing an executive order that would mitigate some of the damage done to our democracy by the Supreme Court's dastardly Citizens United edict.
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Peter Rothberg
Remembering Gil Scott-Heron
I first saw Gil Scott-Heron perform in 1985 at the Brazilian club SOB's [1] in Manhattan, which during that period functioned as his home-base. His unique musical fusion of jazz, blues, rap, funk,...
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Robert Naiman
Egypt Opens Rafah Crossing: This Is What Democracy Looks Like
There was a slogan on the streets of Seattle: "This is what democracy looks like." You can't love democracy and denigrate protest, because protest is part of democracy. It's a package deal. Likewise...
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Michelle Chen
Labor in Palestine: The Work of Resistance Gets a New Push
There are a few values that trade unionists generally agree on: the power of collective action, basic economic security, fair job opportunities. Things get messy when those bread-and-butter issues...
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Conn Hallinan
The New Face of War
The assassination of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden did more than knock off U.S. Public Enemy Number One. It formalized a new kind of warfare, where sovereignty is irrelevant, armies tangential, and...
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Tim Karr
AT&T Wants to Give You an 80s Makeover
If you were around in the 80s, you might be experiencing a horrible flashback right about now. No, it’s not because legwarmers and spandex are in style again. It’s because AT&T, that monopoly...
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Dave Lindorff
Jarring Disconnect: If Joblessness and Hopelessness Undermine Democracy in the Middle East, What About Here at Home?
In his latest speeches on the Middle East, President Obama, both at the State Department and at the G8 meeting in France, has pledged billions of dollars in economic aid to Middle Eastern countries,...
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Mark Weisbrot
What Manuel Zelaya's Return Means for Honduras
The former president's return is welcome, but human rights remain at risk in Honduras after the coup that deposed him
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Jay Walljasper
Expanding Bike Programs Makes Sense in a Time of Shrinking Budgets and Soaring Gas Prices
Gas prices have raced toward four bucks for the second time in three years. So it’s more crucial than ever to find quick, enduring ways to free our nation from overdependence on oil. Millions of...
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Tom Engelhardt
In Washington, Middle Eastern Sound and Fury Signifying… Nothing?
It’s been like dueling banjos in Washington this week. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu each got to say the same thing at length and at least twice. Last Thursday, the...
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Jeff Biggers
Arizona's Historic Recall Campaign Reaches Final Lap: Will Senate President Pearce Step Down?
In one of the most surprising grassroots campaigns this year, the Citizens for a Better Arizona will make history next Tuesday, May 31st, when they present Secretary of State Ken Bennett with more...
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César Chelala
Gaza Will Survive
The decision by Egypt’s military rulers to open the Rafah border with Gaza will not only allow the movement of people and goods across the border. Perhaps more importantly, it will end the feeling of...
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Pablo Ouziel
Cleaning up City Squares in Democratic Spain
On Friday the 27th of May, five days after an overwhelming victory by center-right political parties in the local and regional elections across Spain, the country woke up to the bitter reality of how...
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Robert Naiman
Asserting War Powers, House Moves To End Afghanistan, Libya Wars
Voting on amendments on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives took action to hasten the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Libya. Afghanistan
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Gar Alperovitz
The New-Economy Movement
The idea that we need a “new economy”—that the entire economic system must be radically restructured if critical social and environmental goals are to be met—runs directly counter to the American...
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Robert Parry
Taking the Side of the Billionaires
America’s Right – from the NFL lockout to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget – side with the billionaires in what amounts to an escalating class war against the middle class and the poor
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Greg Guma
Truth Decay: Theories and Hoaxes Are Blurring Reality
With all the theories, predictions and prophecies out there it’s hard to know what to believe. Why do some extreme ideas get all the attention while more credible ones are buried? And don’t we need some follow up and accountability?
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Nesrine Malik
Dubai's Skyscrapers, Stained by the Blood of Migrant Workers
Dubai seems to be a place where the worst of western capitalism and Gulf Arab racism meet in a horrible vortex
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Dana Frank
Ousted President’s Return to Honduras Doesn’t Mean Repression is Over
The return of deposed President Manuel Zelaya to Honduras doesn’t mean democracy, civil liberties and the basic rule of law are returning to that country any time soon. Far from it. The very same...
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Michelle Chen
Women Rise to the Challenge in the Arab Spring
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Jonathan Paige
UK Uncut is Great, but It Needs Some More Yes Men
Andy Bichlbaum, one of the Yes Men, appears on BBC World impersonating a Dow spokesman accepting full responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mary Bottari
Wisconsin Judge Declares Walker’s Collective Bargaining Bill “Null and Void”
Today, Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi ruled Governor Scott Walker's "budget repair bill," which would eviscerate collective bargaining rights for most public workers in the state, "null and void." Sumi...
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Peter Hart
Friedman's Bogus Advice on Palestinian Nonviolence
In yesterday's New York Times ( 5/25/11 ), columnist Tom Friedman issues yet another call for Palestinians to practice non-violence:
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Gordon Lafer
"Right-to-Work" Laws and Jim DeMint's Race to the Bottom
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has a new study touting his state’s “right to work” environment as a model of economic development. But the truth is DeMint is promoting policies that force hard-working...
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Harvey Wasserman
Is Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls into the Sea?
New readings show levels of radioisotopes found up to 30 kilometers offshore from the on-going crisis at Fukushima are ten times higher tha
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Johann Hari
A Turning-Point We Miss at Our Peril
We have the choice of burning all the oil left and hacking down all the remaining rainforests - or saving humanity
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Soumaya Ghannoushi
Obama, Hands Off Our Spring
The US wants to turn the Arab revolutions into eastern Europe part 2. It is destined to fail
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Amy Goodman
Single-Payer in Vermont, A State of Healthy Firsts
Vermont is a land of proud firsts. This small, New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free...
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David Zonderman
Reasons All Workers Should Support Unions
The current assault on collective-bargaining rights shows that ideology and smash-mouth politics can triumph over economic reality. Unions did not cause our economic mess: Greedy bankers drove the...
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Ira Chernus
Ass-Backwards in the Middle East
The Myths That Underpin the Failure of American Policy in the Middle East
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Robert C. Koehler
Ignorant Certainty: On Apocalypse and Empire
Now that the end of the world didn’t happen, I can’t stop thinking about it. What chutzpah, what a diminished worldview, not simply to make such a prediction, but — even more incomprehensible, to my...
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Norman Solomon
The Search for War
In times of war, U.S. presidents have often talked about yearning for peace. But the last decade has brought a gradual shift in the rhetorical zeitgeist while a tacit assumption has taken hold -- war...
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Michael Winship
Democracy Talks -- Listen Up
Bill Moyers has a new book out. In the interest of full disclosure, I edited the book with him and co-wrote its introduction. And in the interest of what may seem to be shameless self-promotion, I...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sally Kohn
Don't Believe the Hype about US Debt
The way politicians from both parties are shouting from the rooftops about the dangers of the federal debt, you'd think such high rates of borrowing are always cause for alarm. But some of our nation...
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Robert Reich
Paul Ryan Still Doesn’t Get It
Republican House Budget chief Paul Ryan still doesn’t get it. He blames Tuesday’s upset victory of Democrat Kathy Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin to represent New York’s 26 th congressional...
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Mary Bottari
Move Over Machiavelli: WI GOP Kills Public Financing to Pay for Voter Suppression
You are a new Governor pursuing a radical, budget slashing agenda. In your spare time, you work to pass the most restrictive Voter ID law in the nation, which turns out to be quite costly. What to do...
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Gregory Michie
Race to the Bottom: The Trouble with “Innovation” in Schools
I was sitting among a large crowd of students and teachers at the Chicago Public Schools Video Fair. It was 1998 — four years before No Child Left Behind was signed into law, but already three years...
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Cecile Richards
Governor Mitch Daniels' Women Problem Is the GOP's, Too
Governor Mitch Daniels' recent decision to pass on a presidential run should serve as a warning to all Republican leaders. Governor Daniels said that his wife and daughters had "veto power" over the...
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Russ Wellen
Fukushima Be Damned, Federal Court Brushes Off Seismic Nuke Risks
Regular readers are aware of how alarmed we are by the construction of a facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico intended, in large part, to manufacture something known as plutonium...
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John Nichols
Kathy Hochul Wins NY-26 as Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan Costs GOP a House Seat
Newly-elected Congresswoman Kathy Hochul , D-New York, was a terrific candidate, as good a contender as the Democratic Party could have asked for in the special election to fill the open...
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David Korten
7 Ways to Stop Wall Street's Con Game
Wikipedia defines a “confidence trick” as “an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. The victim is known as the mark, the trickster is called a confidence man, con man,...
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Susan Feiner
GOP's Block-Grant Plan Merits the Chopping Block
All those federal programs that GOP politicians want to turn over to the states are especially important to women. So watch out for that 2012 GOP budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan. It's stirring...
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Michelle Chen
Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue
This month, Port-au-Prince hailed Michel Martelly as he took office as president, trumpeting new hope for his disaster-stricken country. Elsewhere in the Haitian capital, hope was stifled in the...
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Greg Mitchell
'Frontline' WikiLeaks Program: No Meat, Just a Goldfish
The mountain labored, and in the end, it gave birth to a mouse. Or rather, a goldfish. One of the only bits of new information in the much-ballyhooded PBS Frontline program on WikiLeaks, Assange and...
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Robert Scheer
Access Journalism: The Movie
It is not true, as a Wall Street Journal reviewer claimed, that the HBO movie version of Andrew Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail” was “Too Boring to Watch.” On the contrary, the problem with the film,...
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Jim Hightower
Privatization: The Road to Hell
Billionaires are different from you and me, for obvious reasons, including the fact that they buy much pricier baubles than we do.
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Amanda Duprey and Crystal Pulle
Teenage Students Speak Out: Fund Schools NOT Prisons
On Tuesday, April 26, Crystal and I boarded a bus to Harrisburg with other students, parents, and teachers to demand that Pennsylvania prioritize education funding over prison expansion.
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Tom Engelhardt
Washington Held Hostage in Pakistan
In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, outrage against Pakistan has become commonplace in Washington, as exasperation grows , pressure builds , and the threats multiply. Members of Congress...
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Brian Tierney
Attacking the Memory of Workers’ Struggle
If you thought the bipartisan crusade against workers to roll back union rights would be enough to soften the saber rattling of corporate class warfare, think again. Not content with the legislative...
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Pablo Ouziel
Will Indignation Salvage Spain?
Indignation is the catch phrase in Spain these days, most feel it and most express it, but the collective shouting seems to fall into a vacuum that can soon lead to despair. Much has been said about...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
FAIR
Libya and the Law: Media Show Slight Interest in War Powers, Geneva
Media debates over the U.S./NATO war in Libya have often amounted to proponents arguing for "humanitarian" intervention while conservative critics worry about Barack Obama's management of the war...
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Robert Naiman
Days of Decision on Ending the Wars
If you don't see yourself as the sort of person who calls your representatives in Congress and urges them to vote to end the war in Afghanistan, stand up and take a bow. This is your moment of...
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John Feffer
Obama: Surrendered Wife?
It's time for the United States to change its submissive relationship with Israel.
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Jennifer Abel
A Patriotic Duty: Repeal the Patriot Act
This draconian law was never about public safety. Americans' constitutional liberties have been trashed for the war on drugs
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Ilan Pappe
Throwing a Shoe at Obama’s Betrayal
At 4:17pm GMT on Sunday, I threw a shoe at my television screen, aimed at US President Barack Obama, precisely at the moment he began to explain that the reference in his Thursday speech at the State...
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Bill McKibben
A Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornadoes? Never!
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections.
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Jake Olzen
Libya: ‘Vital Interests,’ Samantha Power, and US Intervention
Congress needs to decide if U.S. involvement with the NATO intervention in Libya must continue. President Obama’s March 19 declaration committing American troops and resouraces to aid Libyan rebels...
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César Chelala, Alejandro Garro
Keeping "Secrets and Lies" on Argentina's Past
For a relatively slight margin, the US Congress rejected an amendment by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D) to declassify files on Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The refusal to declassify files...
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Dilip Hiro
China: Pakistan's Other Partner. Has the Obama Administration Miscalculated in Pakistan?
Washington often acts as if Pakistan were its client state, with no other possible patron but the United States. It assumes that Pakistani leaders, having made all the usual declarations about...
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Jordan Ash
Desmond Tutu, Israel, and Me
When I was growing up, my mother instilled a very strong sense of right and wrong in me. The morals she imparted were firmly rooted in the history of the Jewish people. My mother taught me about the...
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Danny Schechter
Too Big to Jail
This week the financial crisis finally went prime time in the form of a big budget HBO docudrama called “Too Big To Fail.”
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