All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Amy Goodman
From Japan (Again): A Warning to the World
A reporter, describing the devastation of one city in Japan, wrote: “It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence. I write these facts ... as a warning to...
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Julie Hollar
In Immigration Debate, Time to ‘Drop and Leave’ Loaded Language
From ‘illegals’ to ‘anchor babies,’ media warp immigration debate
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Medea Benjamin
Activists Stand Up for Bradley Manning - and PJ Crowley
When we heard on Sunday that P.J. Crowley had resigned as spokesman for the State Department after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of suspected whistleblower Army private Bradley Manning, my...
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Robert Scheer
No Nukes Is Good Nukes
When it comes to the safety of nuclear power plants, I am biased. And I’ll bet that if President Barack Obama had been with me on that trip to Chernobyl 24 years ago he wouldn’t be as sanguine about...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Robert Naiman
Washington Smackdown: Petraeus vs. "Substantial Drawdown"
Gen. David Petraeus spoke today before the Senate Armed Services Committee, and is speaking tomorrow before the House Armed Services Committee, selling Congress a "progress" story about the war in...
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Christian Parenti
Fukushima's Spent Fuel Rods Pose Grave Danger
Four atomic reactors in Fukushima, Japan, seem to be in partial meltdown. One of them, reactor No. 2, seems to have ruptured. The situation is spinning out of control as radiation levels spike.
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Nick Turse
The Arab Lobby: How the Tiny Kingdom of Bahrain Strong-Armed the President of the United States
The men walking down the street looked ordinary enough. Ordinary, at least, for these days of tumult and protest in the Middle East. They wore sneakers and jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts. Some waved...
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Daphne Wysham
French Government Advises its Citizens to Stay Away from Tokyo, Japan Stays Silent
It's ironic that the French are giving such strong advice to their citizens in Japan.
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Amitabh Pal
Calamity Reveals Folly of Nuclear Power
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now Fukushima—names that will forever remind us of the folly of nuclear power. Akira Kurosawa, Japan’s greatest filmmaker ever, made a movie called “Dreams” twenty...
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Tom Andrews
Sen. Snowe Puts Mainers Out in the Cold to Win Favor from Tea Party
WASHINGTON — Sen. Olympia Snowe has apparently decided that it is better to bow to political pressure from the tea party movement than to stand up for the interests of Maine.
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Dave Johnson
What "Free Trade" Has Cost The World
If you take a job away from someone who is paid a reasonable wage because they enjoy the protections and prosperity of democratic government, move it across a border, and give it to someone living...
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Andrew Davies
Nuclear Crisis in Japan Worsens and Effects Depend on Wind
Record high levels of radiation have now been found near the Fukushima 1, nuclear facility following explosions at reactors 1, 2, 3 and 4. Radiation 9 times the background levels have been found near...
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Tahiyya Lulu
Bahrain's Regime Talks Softly While Bringing the Big Guns In
The international community is taking weeks to decide whether to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.
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Stanley Aronowitz
Beyond the Crisis of Liberalism
There is a groundswell of popular resistance to the forces of reaction, but the left must break out of its defensive posture
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Rawan Abu-Shahla
Why Palestinians Will Protest on March 15th
We are a group of Palestinian youths who have come together for the sole purpose of leaving behind our political identities and affiliations, and deciding to put our best interests above all else,...
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Dean Baker
The Key to Rebuilding Workers' Power: Unrig the Rules
The battle in Wisconsin over the rights of public-sector workers holds the potential to reawaken workers across the country to demand their fair share of the economic pie. This could be an important...
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Ralph Nader
Our Right-Leaning Public Media
The tumultuous managerial shakeup at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public...
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David Krieger
Mother Nature and Nuclear Power
Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, who are suffering the horrendous effects of a massive earthquake and devastating tsunami. Watching the news clips of the natural disasters in Japan makes us...
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Tom Engelhardt
Egypt as a Giant WikiLeaks Machine
They can’t help themselves. Really, they can’t. Like children, the most monstrous of secret police outfits evidently come to believe themselves immortal. They lose all ability to imagine that they...
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Jill Schneiderman
The Japan Earthquake: Healing after Trauma
I just returned from a weeklong spring break field trip in West Texas with my geology students to news of the 8.9 (now upgraded to 9.0) magnitude earthquake, and related 30-foot tsunami, nuclear...
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Dave Lindorff
The Idiocy and Hubris of Engineers: Will GE Get Whacked for the Catastrophic Failure of its Nuke Plants in Fukushima?
GE, the company that boasts that it “brings good things to life,” was the designer of the nuclear plants that are blowing up like hot popcorn kernels at the Fukushima Dai-ichi generating plant north...
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Monday, March 14, 2011
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
The attacks on Elizabeth Warren and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) just keep coming, fast and furious, facts be damned.
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John Vidal
What Will Spark the Next Fukushima?
An untrustworthy nuclear industry, incompetently regulated, is leading the world into greater and greater danger
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Rodney Benson
The Case for Spending More on Public Broadcasting
Before political gamesmanship erases some of our most trusted sources of news and information, we should take a step back and take a serious look at the positive role that public media play around the world.
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Christian Parenti
Nuclear Hubris: Could Japan's Disaster Happen Here?
The “impossible” is underway in Japan. An 9.0 magnitude earthquake has badly shaken up several "indestructible" nuclear plants. Reactor No. 1 at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power...
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Glenn Greenwald
Abuse is Okay. Condemning Abuse? Grounds for Termination
WH Forces P.J. Crowley to Resign for Condemning Abuse of Manning
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Bernie Sanders
Deficit Reduction Requires Shared Sacrifice
The rich are getting richer. The middle class and poor are getting poorer. What is the Republican solution to the deficit crisis? More tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. Savage cuts in...
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Diane Ravitch
Eight Civics Lessons from Governor Walker
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has taught the nation some very important civics lessons. The price is high, but we should pay careful attention to what he teaches by example.
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Norman Solomon
Nuclear Power Madness
Like every other president since the 1940s, Barack Obama has promoted nuclear power. Now, with reactors melting down in Japan, the official stance is more disconnected from reality than ever...
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Douglas Haynes
Which Mob Are You In?
At a recent protest against Governor Scott Walker’s so-called Budget Repair Bill in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a 61 year-old woman waving an American flag told me her grandfather came from Russia to work in...
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Paul Buchheit
Pay Up Now, Corporations
We're organized, aware of your tax havens, and ready to boycott
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Richard Wolff
What's Left of the American Left?
There's no denying its historic decline, but the left does not lack for issues. It needs only organization.
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Pepe Escobar
Mummies and Models in the New Middle East
Is Egypt the Future IndoTurkeZil?
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Ritt Goldstein
Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare: The Price of Technological Optimism
We all make mistakes
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Chris Hedges
Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand
The liberal class is discovering what happens when you tolerate the intolerant. Let hate speech pollute the airways. Let corporations buy up your courts and state and federal legislative bodies. Let...
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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Robert Alvarez
Meltdowns Grow More Likely at the Fukushima Reactors
A hydrogen explosion yesterday at Unit 1 severely damaged the reactor building, blowing apart its roof.
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Anna Gyorgy
Fukushima in Germany
As photos of the explosion in the Fukushima Daiichi station reactor No. 1, just 170 miles north of Tokyo, went around the world on Saturday, 60,000 people in Germany joined hands to call for a...
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John Nichols
Undaunted! More Than 100,000 Wisconsinites Rally "To Take Our State Back!"
"Wow! You go away for a couple of weeks and look at what happened!" shouted state Senator Jon Erpenbach, as he surveyed a crowd that organizers estimated at well over 100,000 that had rallied to...
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Christopher Brauchli
Overrating Education
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. --Herbert George Wells, The Outline of History It shows perspicacity-the ongoing attacks on children, teachers and,...
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David Sirota
From Charlie Sheen to Reagan Nostalgia, the '80s Just Won't Go Away
Charlie Sheen is hogging the spotlight. "Tron" and "Wall Street" have just left theaters. Moammar Gaddafi is the planet's top bad guy. Millionaires are enjoying budget-busting tax cuts. Conservatives...
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Mary Bottari
WI Firefighters Spark "Move Your Money" Moment
On the day that the bill passed the Wisconsin Assembly effectively ending 50 years of collective bargaining in Wisconsin and eviscerating the ability of public unions to raise money through dues, a...
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Nicholas Kristof
Pay Teachers More
From the debates in Wisconsin and elsewhere about public sector unions, you might get the impression that we’re going bust because teachers are overpaid. That’s a pernicious fallacy. A basic...
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Ron Smith
Why is the United States Torturing Private Manning?
Ten months after his arrest on charges of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is systematically being stripped of his humanness by his warders at the brig inside the...
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
David Benjamin
Hey, Sweetheart, Can You Spare Your Uncle Sam a Dime?
BROOKLYN — The Tea Party Republicans who’ve taken over the budget process in Washington — as well as Trenton, Madison, Indianapolis and Columbus — need a refresher course in Willie Sutton. Asked why...
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Michelle Chen
Union Battleground Shifts From Wisconsin to Ohio—and Ballot Box
The movement has been set back for now, but the standoff in Madison captured labor's political imagination. Although the Republicans have cynically used the “ nuclear option ” to ram through the anti...
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Karl Grossman
Behind the Hydrogen Explosion at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant
There’s a huge problem with zirconium—it is highly volatile and when hot will explode spontaneously upon contact with air, water or steam.
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John Nichols
Tractors Roll Into Madison, As Wisconsin Readies For The Biggest Protest Yet
The numbers tell the story of Wisconsin's resistance, and its resilience. The tens. The hundreds. The thousands. The tens of thousands. The hundreds of thousands
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John Atcheson
Facts, Scmacts: Welcome to the New Age of Unreason
How the hell did this happen? Thirty-five and two hundred years ago, our Founders established a nation and Constitution based on the Enlightenment conviction that science and reason was the ultimate...
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Pierre Tristam
Peter King’s Muslim McCarthyism
New York Congressman Peter King’s so-called homeland security hearing on Muslim radicalization should surprise no one. We’ve been at war with Islam abroad for 10 years. It’s amazing it’s taken this...
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Daniel Ellsberg
This Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning
The WikiLeaks suspect's mistreatment amounts to torture. Either President Obama knows this or he should make it his business.
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Friday, March 11, 2011
John Hallinan
The Crisis is Our Unwillingness to Make Rich Pay Their Share
U.S. corporations are sitting on $2 trillion in cash -- trillion, not billion. The same people who shipped millions of jobs overseas, caused the financial crisis, and pay themselves multimillion-...
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Harvey Wasserman
An 8.9 Quake Could Have Irradiated the Entire US
Had the massive 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake that has just savaged Japan hit off the California coast, it could have ripped apart at least four coastal reactors and sent a lethal cloud of radiation...
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This October 2008 photo shows the Fukushima No. 1 power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan. Japan's top government spokesman says the country has issued a state of emergency at the nuclear power plant after its cooling system failed. (AP Photo) Robert Alvarez
On the Brink of Meltdown: The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
The devastating Japanese quake and its outcome could generate a political tsunami here in the United States.
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Elizabeth DiNovella
Wisconsin 'Citizens Cheated Out of Democracy'
Decades of labor law was undermined in ten quick seconds, as the Wisconsin Assembly voted 53-42 to strip workers of their right to collectively bargain. “Once again citizens cheated out of democracy...
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Subhankar Banerjee
Tim DeChristopher Showed Us 'We Must Act', Let's Not Let Him Down
Exactly a week ago on March 3, young climate change activist Tim DeChristopher was convicted for disrupting oil and gas lease sales on public lands in southern Utah. He is an international celebrity...
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Bill McKibben
Koch Brothers and US Chamber: Polluting Our Earth and Our Democracies
Wisconsin Workers and Enviros Everywhere Face Same Enemy
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Robert Reich
Emulating Clinton's 'Move to the Right' Perilous for Obama
Why Obama Isn’t Fighting the Budget Battle
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Johann Hari
Demanding Cheaper Oil is Disastrous
The most popular cry in politics today is a pledge to deny reality and cut petrol prices. Give us our fix! Make it cheap! Make it now!
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
In Defense of NPR
Come on now: Let’s take a breath and put this NPR fracas into perspective. Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from the its long-time nemesis -- the right-wing machine that...
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Michael Schwalbe
School Woes Rooted in Boardrooms, Not Classrooms
Champions of public education often claim that student achievement drives the economy. Economic innovation and competitiveness supposedly depend on how much students learn in school. Investing in...
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Don Taylor
Wisconsin Republicans Have Done Progressives a Huge Favor
I stood outside the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin last night. Late in the afternoon, I had been alerted via Facebook that Senate Republicans were readying a sudden legislative maneuver to...
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Jackie Smith
Amid Democratic Revolutions Abroad, Authoritarian Revolutions at Home
As Egyptians and other democracy advocates around the Middle East celebrate their gains in winning concessions from authoritarian regimes, at home we are witnessing a revolution of authoritarianism...
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Tom Engelhardt
Rule by Frat Boy
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates just made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, and talk about embarrassment, even if in a minor vein: he was met at the tarmac by Afghan War commander General David...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Time for a Main Street Contract for the American People
The ongoing battles in the streets and capitols in Madison, Columbus, Lansing, Indianapolis, and other American cities make it clear that the lines are no longer just drawn, they are exposed. There...
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Peter Rothberg
Do We Need a General Strike?
It seems to me that just the very fact that the idea of a general strike is being discussed shows how far our political discourse has come and how deeply Scott Walker and prolonged economic anxiety...
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Mark Weisbrot
Wisconsin Continues Right-Wing Structural Reforms That Have Decimated the United States
The real story of Wisconsin is the Republican right's long war to refashion American society without unions
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Sarah Anderson
Europe Takes the Lead in Drive to Tax Speculators
There are still places in the world where folks from across the political spectrum can have a rational discussion about fair taxation.
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Laura Flanders
New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters
It was tax day in 2009 that saw the first Tea Party protests, and the FOX-led media firestorm that's followed has made it seem as though the Tea Party's the only game in town if you want to complain...
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Michelle Chen
State Budget Battles Converge on Prison Labor Force
Prison isn't just about doing hard time. For many, it's about working full-time, too. These days, state governments seem ready to squeeze their captive workforces to plug budget gaps on the cheap.
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David Bromwich
The Embarrassments of Empire: Washington Wonders What to Say about Arab Freedom
From Egypt to Pakistan, February 2011 will be remembered as a month unusually full of the embarrassments of empire. Americans were enthralled by a spectacle of liberty in which we felt we should...
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Donna Smith
Forbes 400 or the SiCKO 12?
It’s a club I will never be in. Michael Moore told us about them this week. The Forbes 400. The richest 400 people in America. They own more stuff and have more cash and assets than half of the rest...
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Mike Thomspon
Michigan's 'Emergency Financial Management' Wrecking Crew
The bill granting expanded powers to emergency financial managers that appears destined to become law in Michigan isn’t a blatant attempt to kill collective bargaining rights for public employees ala...
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Tim Karr
House Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality
Late Wednesday, Republican members of a key House Commerce subcommittee decided to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. By a party-line vote of 15 to 8 they...
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Jeremy Scahill
A Real Sharia Law Promoter for Peter King to Investigate
As Representative Peter King begins his hunt for Islamic radicals in our midst, including infiltrators of the US government and military, I hope that part of his inquiry focuses on those who really...
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Glenn Greenwald
The "Bush-Tortured" Excuse for Indefinite Detention
Earlier this week, I wrote about the fictitious excuse being offered to justify why Obama is continuing the indefinite detentions and military commissions which defined the Bush/Cheney Guantanamo...
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Stephen Kinzer
Why the US Must Not Intervene in Libya
Americans are hardwired to expect their military to fix foreign crises, but we should resist the calls of DC's armchair generals
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John Tirman
The Real Threat Isn’t from Muslims
Is it fair to investigate the sources of extremism that may pose a threat to US security? That’s what Republican Representative Peter King of New York is doing this week as he holds hearings to probe...
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Brooke Jarvis
'This is Not Democracy' — Wisconsin's Anti-Union Bill Passes
"Enough is enough." That's what Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a statement about why, with what some observers are saying was less than the legally required notice,...
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John Nichols
"Shame! Shame! Shame!"
Lawless Legislators Approve Wisconsin Governor's Anti-Worker Agenda
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Ramzy Baroud
A Neoconservative ‘Shock and Awe’: The Rise of the Arabs
A pervading sense of awe seems to be engulfing Arab societies everywhere. What is underway in the Arab world is greater than simply revolution in a political or economic sense– it is, in fact,...
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Ira Chernus
Israel’s “Insecurity”: The Most Dangerous Myth
Sometimes it’s the good guys who do the most harm, because they know not what they do.
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Robert C. Koehler
The Healing Walls: Violence and Victimhood
“There’s something about creating beauty that reaches people and that in the end gives us hope that things can change. . . . It shifts the consciousness of a neighborhood.” Sometimes people really...
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Art Levine
After GOP’s Union-Stripping, Unions Launch Morning Protests Across Wisconsin. Strikes Next?
In the wake of the Wisconsin's Senate end-run to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, thousands of angry protesters descended again on the state capital.
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Capital Times Editorial
Progressive Wisconsin: A Tradition of Opposing Corporate Power
“The great issue before the American people today is the control of their own government. In the midst of political struggle, it is not easy to see the historical relations of the present Progressive...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Brian Tierney
The Wisconsin Effect: Union Power Rediscovered
Only four months ago the consensus among the political establishment was that of a right-wing resurgence in U.S. politics.
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Robert Naiman
'No Fly Zone'? Senator Kerry, the UN Charter is Supreme Law
Surely no-one has been surprised to see Senator McCain engaged in what Defense Secretary Gates has rightly called "loose talk" about the use of U.S. military force in Libya.
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E.J. Dionne
The GOP’s Ingenious Madman Strategy
WASHINGTON — Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.” It’s a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads...
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David Cay Johnston
Who 'Contributes' to Public Workers' Pensions?
When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees’ fight over collective bargaining...
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Anne Landman
Americans for Prosperity Road Show is Classic Astroturf
For some, when the going gets tough, the tough gas up the custom-painted luxury motorcoach.
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Laura Flanders
Philanthro-Feudalism Is the Future!
China’s new economic plan is a relic of the past. It focuses on raising standards of living. How quaint! When China’s leaders unveiled their latest five-year plan recently, they revealed that their...
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Bill Nemitz
Maine Librarian's Pointed Budget Message Hits the Mark
Some might have looked at the long lines of people waiting to testify on Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget and decided it wasn't worth it. After all, you can wait hours for your turn to speak. And...
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Amy Goodman
Don't Ice Out Public Media
The aspen grove on Kebler Pass in Colorado is one of the largest organisms in the world. Thousands of aspen share the same, interconnected root system. Last weekend, I snowmobiled over the pass, 10,...
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Simon Jenkins
'No-Fly Zone' is a Euphemism for War. We'd Be Mad to Try It
Happy days are back for the sofa strategists and beltway bombardiers . After the miseries of Iraq and Afghanistan, a Libyan no-fly zone is just the tonic they need. If you zero in from carrier A, you...
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Laura Carlsen
Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders
Josefina Reyes began her career as a human rights organizer the same way as thousands of women across the globe--defending her family and her community. The middle-aged mother staged a hunger strike...
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Paula Crossfield
UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World
For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat...
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Jim Hightower
The Corporate/GOP Attack on America's Middle Class
The most revealing comments by politicians are rarely revealed. This is because they're made in unrecorded conversations, when politicos let their guard down.
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Roberto Rodriguez
Arizona Refuses to Take Backseat to History
Sometimes columns just seem to write themselves. The world is aflame, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, and as a result, extremist Arizona legislators seems to be getting a complex…...
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Andrew Dornon
Open Letter to President Obama from a Student Who Wants to be a Teacher
Dear President Obama,
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Anika Rahman
International Women’s Day: Miles to Walk, in the US and Across the Seas
2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day – a day for the celebration of women worldwide.
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Ruth Conniff
Bullets, Snakes, and other Security Red Herrings As Wisconsin Republicans Scramble
Following two judges' court orders telling the governor he has to stop locking us out, the public has free, unfettered access to the Capitol building in Madison again . . . Well, sort of. You have to...
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