All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Sunday, February 20, 2011
Kristine Mattis
From the Front Lines in Madison, WI
As someone who has been involved in the protests in Madison for the past six days, I find the news media coverage of the momentous events in this town to in no way portray the reality of what is...
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John Nichols
Wisconsin Still Laboratory of Democracy
On my dad’s side, my ancestors came to Wisconsin in 1823 to mine lead near Mineral Point. My mom’s people arrived a decade later, settling in Wyoming Valley. I was raised with an outsized regard for...
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Bill Reck
False Dichotomies in Wisconsin and Beyond
We all knew it was coming, and the good folks at Fox News just could not help themselves. The pundits on America’s favorite (for one reason or another) “news” channel have responded seemingly...
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Robert Fisk
These Are Secular Popular Revolts – Yet Everyone is Blaming Religion
Our writer, who was in Cairo as the revolution took hold in Egypt, reports from Bahrain on why Islam has little to do with what is going on
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Jim Horn
The Education Reform Fig Leaf Is Finally Stripped Away
I worked as a Tennessee teacher for almost 20 year before coming to higher education, where I have taught for the past dozen years or so. Never would I have imagined when I left Tennessee schools in...
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Richard Wolff
The Real Reason for Public Finance Crisis
If you want to know why we have budget deficits all over, look no further than the roaring success of corporate tax avoidance
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George Lakoff
What Conservatives Really Want
--Dedicated to the peaceful protestors in Wisconsin, February 19, 2011. The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy. The...
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Robert Greenwald
Bringing Home 150 Troops From Afghanistan Would Fix Wisconsin's Budget "Crisis"
Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker is using phony budget projections to manufacture a staged “fiscal emergency” in his state so that he can whack programs and political opponents, but even his fake “...
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Zoe Weil
The World Becomes What We Teach
At the end of this school year approximately three million students will graduate from U.S. high schools. They will not be ready for what awaits them. These are the students who have passed their No...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bash the Bank
A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of...
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Ramzy Baroud
‘From the Gulf to the Ocean’: The Middle East is Changing
Now that the Egyptian people have finally wrestled their freedom from the hands of a very stubborn regime, accolades to the revolution are pouring in from all directions. Even those who initially...
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Michelle Chen
From Wisconsin to Washington, Budget Cuts Draw Battle Lines Against Public
It's remarkable how little the demonstrations in Wisconsin have to do with the budget battle that initially sparked it. The protesters today aren't talking about program cuts, but reinvigorating a...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Dignity: An Idea Gone Missing in the Land
Watching the recent coverage of the events in Tunisia and Egypt, I was struck by how often the pro-Democracy activists in those places, like the politically-minded citizens I have known in Spain and...
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Sarah van Gelder
Wisconsin: The First Stop in An American Uprising?
It took awhile, but Wisconsin shows that the poor and middle class of the U.S. may be ready to push back. Madison may be only the beginning.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
Yifat Susskind
Pressing Reset on the Afghanistan Debate: Toward Ending the War and Upholding Women’s Rights
This week, policy circles have been buzzing with the news of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s appointment of Marc Grossman, a career diplomat and former US Ambassador to Turkey, as the new...
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Michael Winship
Across the US, GOP Lawmakers Build States of Denial
Forced at gunpoint this weekend to clean out a lot of old paper files in anticipation of some home improvements, I ran across some articles and obituaries I had saved following the death, a little...
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Brooke Jarvis
“Localization is the Economics of Happiness”
We know what makes us happy—but too often our economic decisions stand in the way. Helena Norberg-Hodge, director of the Economics of Happiness, on how to change all that.
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John Nichols
Wisconsin People Employ 'First Amendment Remedies'
How Wisconsin Workers Grabbed the Constitution Back From the Right-Wing Royalists
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Gwynne Dyer
Arab Revolutions: Why Now?
Why now? Why revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt this year, rather than last year, or ten years ago, or never? The protestors now taking to the street daily in Jordan, Yemen, Bahrein, Libya and Algeria...
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David Sirota
The Submerged State
The Great Paradox—that is what future generations will likely call this era, and rightly so. Our children’s children will look back and see that just a few years after the deregulatory agenda of anti...
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Dahr Jamail
Climate: Putting People Over Money
Facing climate change, a social movement in El Salvador fights mass flooding and the toxic burning of cane fields.
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Thomas S. Harrington
America the Baroque
The term Baroque was coined in the Iberian Peninsula--it is said to come from the Portuguese term for deformed pearl--to speak of the ornate cultural products generated in Spain and Portugal during...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
A Time for Resistance
A friend e-mailed me this morning, "Do you think events taking place in Wisconsin might be as important as what's happening in Cairo, if the media really got the word out?
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Carmen Llanes
Austin’s Landscape: Searching for Equality in an Emerging Green Economy
Austin is a place like no other in the country. It is a town full of green and blue, with nature and humanity in a precious balance, and pulsing with liberal ideologies, bustling businesses, and...
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Michael McCarthy
It's Time Man Stopped to Consider Earth's Health
Are there any limits on what humans can do? Asked rhetorically, the question invites the smiling, triumphant answer, No!, complete with happy-clappy exclamation mark. But to ask it the other way –...
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Glenn Greenwald
U.S. Justice v. the World
In March, 2002, American citizen Jose Padilla was arrested in Chicago and publicly accused by then-Attorney-General John Ashcroft of being "The Dirty Bomber." Shortly thereafter, he was transferred...
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Matthew Rothschild
Glorious Rallies in Madison, Ground Zero of the Fight Back
What glory it is to be in Madison, Wisconsin, this week, where the people of this state have risen up in revolt against the Neanderthal Republicans who are trying to bust public sector unions and...
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Beverly Bell
“Haiti Needs a Social Policy for Housing”
Ronel Thelusmond is the director of the technical division of the National Institute for the Application of Agrarian Reform (INARA), part of the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture. An element of INARA’s...
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Robin Aura Kanegis
This Budget Cutting Math Doesn’t Add Up
It’s simple math: A military budget that has doubled in twelve years + worries about the resulting deficit = deep cuts to military spending. Yet in a display of backward logic, the House majority’s...
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Wayne Au
Neither Fair Nor Accurate: Research-Based Reasons Why High-Stakes Tests Should Not Be Used to Evaluate Teachers
A pitched battle raged in my hometown of Seattle this fall. Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and the Seattle Public Schools district fought with the Seattle Education Association over their most...
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Glen Ford
Obamaland, Where Right Meets Center-Right
A Black Agenda Radio commentary
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Tom Engelhardt
Cutting $100 Billion?... Easy: If Only Washington Had a Brain
Here’s the latest news from Congress, in case you’ve been in Afghanistan for the last couple of weeks. A debate about slashing the federal budget is now upon us, while fears of a possible government...
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Harvey Wasserman
Big Nuke Billions Lurk in Obama's Budget
Barack Obama's 2012 budget marks a major escalation in the nuclear war against a green-powered future, whose advocates are already fighting back. Amidst massive budget cuts for social and...
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Roger Bybee
Walker's Wisconsin Approach: Forsaking the Economy by Forsaking Workers
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed last week to suddenly erase 50 years of collective-bargaining rights for Wisconsin's public workers within a week, to be backed up by calling up the National...
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Tim Karr
Does Secretary Clinton Have a Double Standard on Internet Freedom?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday highlighted new U.S. Internet freedom policy that is designed to help democracy movements gain access to open networks and speak out against...
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Dave Lindorff
Diplomatic and Consular Immunity: One Rule for Foreign Consulates in US, Another for US Consulates Abroad
President Obama, before he was a President or a Senator, was a constitutional law professor. He should know the law.
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Stephen Zunes
Mubarak's Ouster: Good for Egypt, Good for Israel
The inspiring triumph of the Egyptian people in the nonviolent overthrow of the hated dictator Hosni Mubarak is a real triumph of the human spirit. While there will likely be continued struggle in...
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sam Husseini
Already Forgetting the Martyrs of Egypt
In his news conference yesterday, Obama appeared to suggest that hundreds of protesters were not killed by the Mubarak regime in the last several weeks. Obama said, "what has been true in Egypt is...
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Joseph Huff-Hannon, Andy Bichlbaum
How Big Business Subverts Democracy
Defendants had a common plan to engage in acts … that deceived the press and public … These infringing and fraudulent acts are antithetical to public debate on important issues, because they prevent...
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Donna Smith
Cold Day in Hell Arrives for Patients
When I saw the cut to the low income energy assistance programs proposed by President Obama in his budget, I knew that meant more energy/utility shut-off notices for people already struggling all...
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Robert Scheer
Home Sweet Wall Street
A most dastardly deed occurred last Friday when the Obama administration issued a 29-page policy statement totally abandoning the federal government’s time-honored role in helping Americans achieve...
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Brad Thomson
From Cairo to Chicago and Beyond: Resisting Oppression, Building Resistance
Recent weeks have seen waves of popular protest sweep through the Middle East in Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and notably the demonstrations in Egypt, which led to the fall of the dictator Hosni Mubarak...
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John R. MacArthur
ElBaradei’s Mendacious Foes
The journalism memento on my office wall that I most cherish is a framed note, dated May 26, 2003, from Mohamed ElBaradei, then director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency. In it, he...
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Jim Horn
Number 1 in the World, Mr. Duncan? Really? You Have Got to Be Kidding Me
Arne Duncan proclaimed a couple of days ago that he wants the U. S. to be #1 in educational achievement but that we have "a long way to go." But that's okay, boys, we're in a hole, so keep digging.
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Tom Engelhardt
How Intelligence Gets in the Way of Common Sense
The Obama Administration’s Egyptian Debacle
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Norman Solomon
When “Good” Dictators Go Bad
A standard zigzag of political rhetoric went for a jaunt along Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday (Feb. 15) with a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at George Washington University. “Iran is...
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Amy Goodman
Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor
President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. This freeze would cut the...
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Danielle Nierenberg, Elena Davert
Calling All Farmers
Although cell phones have become our constant companions and personal play-things, in many parts of the world, having access to a cell phone means more than being able to check email or update a...
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Jodi Jacobson
South Dakota Bill Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers
If you had any doubt that we are moving toward a hate-filled, vigilante society, you now have an unequivocal answer. Scott Roeder claimed justifiable homicide in the assassination of Dr. George...
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Christine Ahn, Albie Miles
Free Trade Kills Korean Farmers
The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (Korea FTA), which the Obama administration is promising to send to Congress for ratification in the next weeks, would be the largest international trade deal...
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Dean Baker
Alan Greenspan: Feted for Failure
Alan Greenspan was at the wheel, apparently asleep, when the US economy drove off a cliff. Why on earth is he still lionised?
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Margaret Flowers
A Better Approach to Health Care
As the current health law comes under attack and our national deficit continues to grow, single-payer plans are gaining more and more interest.
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John Nichols
House GOP Rejects Requirement That PATRIOT Act Surveillances Be Conducted in Compliance With Constitution
Less than a month after making a show of reading the U.S. Constitution into the Congressional Record, the leaders of the Republican-controlled U.S. House enginnered a vote to extend the surveillance...
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Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers: Is This a Private Fight or Can Anyone Get In It?
Bill Moyers was the keynote speaker at the History Makers 2011 convention on January 27, 2011, in New York City. The year 2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, the...
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Nathanael Greene
In Face of Hunger, Corn Ethanol Industry Says Blame Anyone But Us
In a Washington Post editorial last week, biofuels expert Tim Searchinger sheds much needed light on the link between two important trends in today’s markets for grains: the expansion of global...
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Glenn Greenwald
More Facts Emerge About the Leaked Smear Campaigns Aimed at WikiLeaks Supporters and Chamber of Commerce Critics
As I noted on Friday , the parties implicated in the smear campaigns aimed at WikiLeaks supporters and Chamber of Commerce critics have attempted to heap all the blame on HBGary Federal ("HBGary")...
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Michael Schwartz
Why Mubarak Fell: The (Sometimes) Incredible Power of Nonviolent Protest
Memo to President Obama: Given the absence of intelligent intelligence and the inadequacy of your advisers’ advice, it’s not surprising that your handling of the Egyptian uprising has set new...
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Margaret Krome
Egypt Can Learn From Pitfalls in U.S. Process
Like most Americans, I have followed the protests in Egypt, which have been fueled by the economic crisis, high unemployment, pent-up anger at decades of government repression, and the peaceful...
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Peter Hart
Al-Jazeera English: TV You Can't Watch on TV
Many Americans are starving for a cable news channel that covers international affairs in depth.
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Laura Flanders
Outsourcing Potential, Forgetting Workers
“We need better intelligence, the kind that is derived not from intercepting a president’s phone calls to his mistress but from hanging out with the powerless.”
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Ralph Nader
Civic Institutions Essential for Egypt’s Revolution
Colman McCarthy, a former Washington Post writer and founder of the Center for Teaching Peace, must be very happy with the news from Egypt. For twenty-five years, McCarthy has been persuading high...
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Valentine's Message: Home Is Where the Heart Is
This Valentine’s Day, tenant leaders representing millions of low-income families—some of whom face the prospect of homelessness due to draconian cuts proposed by the Republican-led House...
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Frances Fox Piven, Richard A. Cloward
1966's: The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty
The theory here, to force change through chaos, was among the most provocative of the 1960s.
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Ray McGovern
Mourning Iraqi Wives, Children on Valentine’s Day
Twenty years ago, as Americans were celebrating Valentine’s Day, Iraqi husbands and fathers in the Amiriyah section of Baghdad were peeling the remains of their wives and children off the walls and...
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Carl Finamore
Cairo, One Day After Mubarak
I arrived at a nearly empty Cairo airport one day after President Hosni Mubarak resigned, an act deemed unthinkable only 18 days ago. Over one million tourists left Egypt in the last week according...
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Frances Fox Piven
Crazy Talk and American Politics: or, My Glenn Beck Story
Most academics probably paid little attention at the end of January when Glenn Beck explained to his listeners that the protests in Egypt would lead to the establishment of a Muslim caliphate that...
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Naomi Klein
Democracy Born in Chains: South Africa's Constricted Freedom
The inspiring overthrow of Hosni Mubarak is only the first stage of the Egyptian struggle for full liberation. As earlier pro-democracy movements have learned the hard way, much can be lost in the...
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Paul Buchheit
How Wall Street Greed Fueled Egypt's Turmoil
Many reasons have been cited for the runaway food costs that have plagued Egypt's citizens: increased global demand, floods and drought in grain-producing nations, reduced supplies because of biofuel...
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Jackie Smith
Many Protests, One Revolution
The massive rise of popular protests around the Middle East and North Africa coincided with the convening of the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. While the former were the subject of deserved...
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Danny Schechter
Can the Egyptian People Sustain Their Momentum to Continue to Push for Deeper Change?
“ The Revolution Came and The Revolution Went; Unrest Turned Back Into Discontent ” --Marat Sade It is now the long morning after, as protesters returned to Tahrir Square to clean it up and savor...
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David Michael Green
Egypt, USA
Whatever happens next in Egypt – and that question remains wide open – it’s nice to see the good guys win one once in a while, ain’t it? If it seems like that’s a rare occurrence these days, that’s...
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Mary Bottari
The Day Egypt Disappeared
On February 11, 2011, after 30 years of dictatorship, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced he was stepping down. As ancient pharaohs slumbered inside, a crowd of over a million surrounded the...
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Gustavo Esteva
Mexico Goes Back to the Land
A steady dismantling of support for peasant farmers left Mexico importing half its grain supply. Now they are fighting back
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Jeff Biggers
One Love: The Nation Should Watch the Kentucky Rising Sit-in on Valentine's Day
Day 4 of the historic sit-in: Valentine's Day in the Kentucky governor's office.
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Jim Hightower
Our Corporate Courts
In its effort to scuttle President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, the right wing has gone court shopping.
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Tom Engelhardt
Egyptian Math
With Hosni Mubarak gone, let’s do a little Egyptian math on the Mubarak years.
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Katitza Rodriguez
Privacy in the Wake of Olympic Security: Wikileaks Sheds Light on How the U.S. Pressured Brazil
Privacy advocates have observed for years that countries hosting the Olympic Games introduce increasingly heightened security and surveillance measures for the event, but rarely cut back on public...
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Reese Erlich
“One Man, One Vote, One Time?”
Democracy demonstrators in Egypt had not yet overthrown the Mubarak dictatorship when American pundits were issuing dire warnings. “One Man, One Vote, One Time” became their mantra, indicating that...
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Chris Hedges
Fight for a World Without Coal
The writer and philosopher Wendell Berry , armed with little more than a copy of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and his conscience, has been camped out for three days with a handful of other...
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Sunday, February 13, 2011
Jen Marlowe
From An Israeli Prison to Tahrir Square
One Palestinian’s Odyssey in a Middle East Ablaze
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Gary Younge
The West Can No Longer Claim to Be an Honest Broker in the Search for Peace
'You think you know what Arab rage looks like," claimed an article in Time magazine last week. "Wild-eyed young men shouting bellicose verses from the Qur'an as they hurl themselves against authority...
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Will Wilkinson
The Invisible, Growing Leaderless Revolution in America
At first glance, the “leaderless revolution” in Egypt has nothing in common with the recent closing of Allyson’s, a local deli here in our small Oregon town. Until you hear why the bank called the...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Leaked Campaign to Attack WikiLeaks and Its Supporters
There's a very strange episode being widely discussed the past couple of days involving numerous parties, including me, that I now want to comment on. The story, first reported by The Tech Herald ,...
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Andrew Kennis, Jason McGahan
Mubarak’s Men to Reform Egypt? U.S. Diplomatic Cables Tell Another Story
For thirty years, Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt with an iron hand, enforcing his will through violence and holding the democratic rights of his people in contempt. In a mere matter of eighteen days, mass...
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Peter Singer
Tiger Mothers or Elephant Mothers?
MELBOURNE – Many years ago, my wife and I were driving somewhere with our three young daughters in the back, when one of them suddenly asked: “Would you rather that we were clever or that we were...
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Chris Floyd
Kairos in Cairo: Seizing the Moment of Moral Courage
I was among the million people who marched through London on February 15, 2003, to protest the imminent invasion of Iraq. I don't think anyone in the crowd thought a single march would stop the Anglo...
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Ken Butigan
Another Step Toward Mainstreaming Nonviolence
The movement that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s thirty year autocratic rule not only has created a spectacular breakthrough for Egyptian democracy, it has bequeathed a priceless gift to the rest of...
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Randall Amster
To Protect and Serve? Despite Harassment, Peace Activists Vow to Continue Work
On January 25, 2011, people gathered in cities across America to demonstrate against the ongoing harassment of peace organizations and individual activists by law enforcement agencies. In particular...
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Robert Fisk
A Tyrant's Exit. A Nation's Joy
Everyone suddenly burst out singing.
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Brian Moench
We're All Mad Here
As Alice (in Wonderland) stumbles upon the Matter Hatter's Tea Party, the Cheshire Cat greets her with "Come on in, we're all mad here." The Cheshire Cat should be posted at the door of the new House...
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Roni Krouzman
A Triumph of Hope
They did it. After 18 days of mass protest, the people of Egypt overthrew a 30-year dictatorship and opened the door to a real chance at freedom, dignity, and genuine democracy. Like millions...
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David Sirota
The Super Bowl of Socialism
The Super Bowl has become a true televisual non sequitur -- a bizarre “Rocky”-style montage mashing together as many divergent strands of American culture as possible.
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Pierre Tristam
Eid Mubarak: Two Down. Twenty To Go.
This is a great day. It is a great day for Egypt, a great day for the Middle East. It is one of those rare days when history is written in dignity instead of blood: the story of the Egyptian...
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Friday, February 11, 2011
David Porter
On “Leaderless Revolutions” and the Fall of Mubarak
“Leaderless revolutions,” as seen currently in North Africa, pose important challenges to outside media and to foreigners, generally, seeking authoritative voices to clarify the picture of fast-...
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Michael Winship
An Egyptian Voice of Democracy Says, Tell Old Pharaoh, Go
"The culture of democracy is still far away." That's what Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman told a group of the country's newspaper editors on Tuesday. It was just two days before President Hosni...
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Tariq Ali
Egypt's Joy as Mubarak Quits
With Hosni Mubarak's departure, the age of political reason is returning to Egypt and the wider Arab world
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Dave Lindorff, Dave Lindorff
The People of Egypt Have Done It! They Have Driven Mubarak Out!
Breaking News! Egypt's dictator for 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, has been driven from power by the uprising of the Egyptian people, who refused to accept his attempt last night to hang on to power.
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Michelle Chen
Bread and Butter Revolution: Egypt’s Workers Mobilize for a New Future
They weren't the first to make headlines in Tahrir Square, but Egypt's labor movement made an impressive debut this week in cities around the country. Workers from an array of industries launched...
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Greg Grandin
Building a Perfect Machine of Perpetual War: The Mexico to Colombia Security Corridor Advances
Last January, I wrote an essay for The Nation on Washington’s integration of Mexico, Central America and Colombia into a “security corridor.” I called it a “rump Monroe Doctrine,” an explosive mix of...
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John Stubley
The New Pharaohs of Egypt and the World
We are witnessing unfold in Egypt an expression of the inner reality of the human being in our time. No longer does the human being of today wish to subjugate themselves to the rulership of another...
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