All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Phyllis Bennis
Tunisia's Spark & Egypt's Flame: The Middle East Is Rising
Is this how empires end, with people flooding the streets, demanding the resignation of their leaders and forcing local dictators out? Maybe not entirely, but the breadth and depth of the spreading...
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Walden Bello
Sexual Prey in the Saudi Jungle
He was an officer in the Saudi Royal Navy assigned to the strategic Saudi base of Jubail in the Persian Gulf, and he wanted to hire a maid. She was a single mom from Mindanao in the Philippines who...
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Slavoj Žižek
Why Fear the Arab Revolutionary Spirit?
The western liberal reaction to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia frequently shows hypocrisy and cynicism
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Jeremy Scahill
Washington's Sudden Embrace of Al Jazeera Won't Erase Past US Crimes Against the Network
If it weren't for Al Jazeera, much of the unfolding Egyptian revolution would never have been televised. Its Arabic and English language channels have provided the most comprehensive coverage of any...
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Laura Flanders
Inequality Drives Egyptians to Streets, But Ours Worse
It's amazing what inequality can drive people to, eventually. Just look at Egypt. “These big guys are stealing all the money,” one 24-year-old textile worker standing at his second job as a fruit...
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Matthew Rothschild
Who’s Hillary Clinton Kidding on Egypt?
It's been both exhilarating and infuriating to watch the grassroots revolution under way in Egypt right now. It's exhilarating because it proves once again that history is not stagnant, and that...
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Gareth Porter
Why Washington Clings to a Failed Middle East Strategy
The death throes of the Mubarak regime in Egypt signal a new level of crisis for a U.S. Middle East strategy that has shown itself over and over again in recent years to be based on nothing more than...
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Phyllis Bennis
What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?
What if the alleged gunman in Tucson were named Ali Mohammed instead of Jared Lee Loughner?
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Adil E. Shamoo
On the Wrong Side of History in the Middle East
For over sixty years, the U.S. and the West wanted stability in the Middle East while dividing and conquering the area. They installed and supported puppets, despots, and corrupt and totalitarian...
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Peter Barnes
A Brief History of Commons Destruction
And how people, from Thomas Paine to Bob Dole, have stood up for what’s ours
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Janan Abdu
Israel's Human Rights Abuses in the Name of Security
My husband and other Palestinian prisoners are being denied basic rights and subjected to harsh treatment in detention
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Robert Kuttner
Where's the Protest at Home?
On Saturday, I crossed paths with a few hundred protesters marching from Cambridge to Boston to call for the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak. By appearance, they were a mixture of Arab-...
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Gary Younge
US Troops Die Because of Their Country, Not For It
US admiration for its soldiers may be deep and widespread, but interest in what they are doing is shallow and fleeting
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Christopher Brauchli
Children and Deficits: Cause and Effect
The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day.
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Rev. John Dear
The Verdict: Guilty of Protesting US Drones
On Thursday, thirteen of us stood in a Las Vegas courtroom to hear the verdict from Judge Jansen regarding our September trial for trespassing on April 9, 2009 at Creech Air Force Base, headquarters...
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Chris Hedges
What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt
The uprising in Egypt, although united around the nearly universal desire to rid the country of the military dictator Hosni Mubarak, also presages the inevitable shift within the Arab world away from...
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Mona Eltahawy
We've Waited for This Revolution for Years. Other Despots Should Quail
Change is sweeping though the Middle East and it's the Facebook generation that has kickstarted it
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Jules Boykoff
Reheating the Climate Change Story
The media have dropped climate change, with its tricky science. But cast in economic terms, it could recapture public interest
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Robert Naiman
ElBaradei, Muslim Brotherhood Offer Political Path Out of Egyptian Confrontation
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Eryan said today that Egyptian opposition groups have agreed to back former IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei to negotiate with the government, Al Jazeera...
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Stephen Soldz
The Torture Career of Egypt's New Vice President: Omar Suleiman and the Rendition to Torture Program
In response to the mass protests of recent days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appointed his first Vice President in his over 30 years rule, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman. When Suleiman was...
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Robert Fisk
Egypt: Death Throes of a Dictatorship
Our writer joins protesters atop a Cairo tank as the army shows signs of backing the people against Mubarak's regime
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David Bromwich
Obama, Incorporated
Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union address was an organized sprawl of good intentions-a mostly fact-free summons to a new era of striving and achievement, and a solemn cheer to raise our spirits...
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Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Live From the Egyptian Revolution
CAIRO, Egypt -- I grew up in Egypt. I spent half my life here. But Saturday, when my plane from JFK airport touched down in Cairo, I arrived in a different country than the one I had known all my...
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Mona Eltahawy
Smashing Through Fear in Egypt
NEW YORK CITY -- As the people of my homeland, Egypt, stage a popular uprising against the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, the White Stripes keep singing in my head: "I'm gonna fight 'em off /...
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Mark LeVine
President Obama, Say the 'D-Word'
It's incredible, really. The president of the United States can't bring himself to talk about democracy in the Middle East. He can dance around it, use euphemisms, throw out words like "freedom" and...
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Robert Fisk
A People Defies Its Dictator, and a Nation's Future is in the Balance
A brutal regime is fighting, bloodily, for its life.
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Simon Tisdall
White House Wobbles on Egyptian Tightrope
Washington needs a friendly regime in Cairo more than it needs a democratic government
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Michelle Chen
Pushing Back Against Economic Crisis, Youth Unrest Ripples Around World
Has anyone noticed that new unemployment claims just climbed by 51,000 to 454,000 ? Maybe we're tired of being reminded about the jobless rate. It was politely ignored in President Obama's State of...
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Michael Abrams
Beyond the Economic Treadmill and Toward True Well-being
Life Satisfaction for Various Groups -Forbes magazine's ‘‘richest Americans'' 5.8 -Pennsylvania Amish 5.8 -Inughuit (Inuit people in northern Greenland) 5.8 -African Maasai 5.7 -Swedish probability...
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Jeff Cohen
Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington
In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned U.S. military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoking a JFK quote: "Those who make peaceful...
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Peter Hart
Defining a Dictatorship: The US Role in Egypt
Yesterday (FAIR Blog, 1/27/11 ) the Washington Post tried to argue that U.S. policy under the Obama administration has shifted to one of open support for pro-democracy movements in Egypt and Tunisia...
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Michael Winship
The Bush Legacy Strikes Out American Justice
The Detroit Tigers are retiring the great baseball manager Sparky Anderson's number 11 this season. "It's a wonderful gesture," Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg wrote. "I just wish...
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Tim Karr
One US Corporation's Role in Egypt's Brutal Crackdown
The open Internet's role in popular uprising is now undisputed. Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications -- a troubling...
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Tom Andrews
State of the War in Afghanistan: The Good, The Bad and The Inaccurate
Just in case you missed it, there was good news and bad news in President Obama’s State of the Union speech when it came to the war in Afghanistan: The good news is that he reaffirmed his commitment...
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Richard Wolff, Max Fraad Wolff
The Consequences of Our Tax Cowardice
If we permit public-sector workers to be scapegoated for state and city budget crises, we all stand to lose
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Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway
Did Congress Approve America's Longest War?
Congress did empower the president in 2001 to pursue al-Qaida in Afghanistan. But a decade later, where's the oversight?
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Ronnie Cummins
The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto
"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." -- Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011
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Gary Olson
Washington's Egyptian Nightmare
As I watch events unfolding on the streets of Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and elsewere in the region I'm reminded of a summer I spent in Egypt studying Arabic language and Middle East politics at The...
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Russell Mokhiber
Corporate Crime and No Punishment
Leandro Andrade, 52, sits in Ironwood State Prison, about 200 miles east of Los Angeles, California. He's there for life. What did Leandro do wrong? In 1995, he stole five videotapes from a K-Mart in...
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Michelle Chen
How Come Funding For Global Health Care Leads to Poorer Health?
Wherever they fall on the scale of economic development, most countries generally provide some form of health care to the poor and sick. So what happens when that public responsibility winds up on...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Good Old Days at the Pentagon
Oh, the nostalgia of it all! As Nick Turse reminds us in his book The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives , when the media went after the Pentagon in the 1980s for outrageous...
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Naomi Klein
Goldstone's Legacy for Israel
This essay is adapted from the introduction to The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict (Nation Books).
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Johann Hari
Why is it Wrong to Protect Gay Children?
To justify their discrimination against gay people, these few homophobes concoct a scenario in which they are The Real Victims
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Ramzy Baroud
Tunisia: How We Got Here and the Task Ahead
Hunger strikes. These were the last resort for Tunisian activists as they fought against a brutal and highly oppressive regime. Prior to the ousting of Zineal-Abidine Ben Ali by an unprecedented...
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Sandy LeonVest
Dire Predictions, Conspicuous Omissions and Our Perilous Energy Future
Only days before President Obama delivered this year's State of the Union speech, a startlingly grim little piece appeared in IPS. The article, which highlighted a newly released assessment of global...
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Robert Fisk
Egypt's Day of Reckoning
Mubarak regime may not survive new protests as flames of anger spread through Middle East
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Bill Quigley, Pam Spees
Honduras Human Rights Abuses Worse One Year After President Lobo Took Office
In recent remarks on U.S.-Latin American relations made at the Brookings Institute, Arturo Valenzuela, a State Department official with responsibility for the region, commented that Honduras, two...
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Amira Nowaira
Egypt's Day of Rage Goes On. Is the World Watching?
The scale of protests in Egypt has shaken a regime that has long relied on citizens' passivity to retain power
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Mary Bottari
US Chamber Attacks FCIC as "Job-killing" Wikileakers
In a response to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission releasing its final report on the financial crisis today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pitched a classic hissy fit calling the report an “...
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Andrew Bacevich
Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable
In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality. Any cuts exacted will at most reduce the rate of...
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Alaa Bayoumi
ElBaradei's Last Stand
ElBaradei's return to Egypt could offer the opportunity for a good alternative to the current leaership.
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Dedrick Muhammad, Chuck Collins
New Hope for Bridging America’s Economic Divide
The civil rights movement ended the legal basis of white supremacy in the United States several decades ago yet vast inequalities of wealth still persist, making equal rights a stubbornly elusive...
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Regina Gregory
Turning Things Around
The EcoTipping Points Project is a beacon of hope in a globally gloomy environmental landscape. In 2004, human ecologist Gerry Marten and journalist Amanda Suutari began collecting environmental...
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Russell Mokhiber
Single Payer, Arabs, Vietnam Vets, and the Internet
All throughout the Arab world, the despots are on the run. Fueled by Facebook and Twitter, the Arab street is aflame. In the United States, instead of fueling the resistance, social media is like a...
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Roberto Rodriguez
In Defense of Raza/Indigenous Studies: Five Sentenced, But Not Guilty!
It is the law that is illegal
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Robert C. Koehler
The National Empathy Divide
"The loose network among relatives offers the grim solace of knowing that others too have suffered the same curse." Every terrible rift is the occasion for peace and the place for the peacemaker. And...
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Yifat Susskind
Where There’s No Will, There’s No Way: State of the Union Ignores the World’s Poor
In Tuesday's State of the Union speech, we were presented with President Obama’s attempts to assuage our fears about the economy, about health care, about the state of public education, about the...
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Nicholas Mann
When "Clean Energy" Isn't Clean
Obama's use of the term is misleading, dangerous, and ultimately destructive. It must be challenged.
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Rahul Mahajan
Yes, We Can... Cut the Corporate Income Tax?
I listened to the State of the Union speech. What I heard, though, was not President Obama's string of irritating platitudes, but the sound of a nation bent on self-destruction.
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Alan Minsky
Howard Zinn, Pacifica, and the People's History of Today
The other day I was talking with a friend who was dismayed over the departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
David Morris
State of the Union: Why Do We Act Against Our Own Self-Interest?
It's time to speak hard truths. The U.S. is the richest country on earth. But the way we spend our money makes us one of the poorer.
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Capital Times Editorial
Insurance Company Profits vs. Care for All
Americans are divided over the question of how best to reform a dysfunctional health care system. But the new Republican majority in the House entertains no doubt about what must be done: The for-...
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Glen Ford
The Obama/GOP Consensus
As far as President Obama is concerned, the state of the Union is now in harmony, with the merging of Republican politics and his own. The new consensus is an austere one for most Americans, as Obama...
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Robert Fisk
A New Truth Dawns on the Arab World
The Palestine Papers are as damning as the Balfour Declaration. The Palestinian "Authority" - one has to put this word in quotation marks - was prepared, and is prepared to give up the "right of...
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Jonathan Cook
Palestine Papers Confirm Israeli Rejectionism
For more than a decade, since the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the mantra of Israeli politics has been the same: "There is no Palestinian partner for peace." This week, the first of...
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Tom Engelhardt
Brain Dead in Washington: Out of Ideas in a Changing World
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently took a four-day tour of the Middle East, at each stop telling various allies and enemies, in classic American fashion, what they must do. And yet as she...
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Laila El-Haddad
The View on the Ground of the Palestine Papers
The Palestine papers may have sent shockwaves around the world, but they came as no surprise to most Palestinians, particularly those living out the horrific reality on the ground that has been "non-...
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Michele Simon
Why the Happy Meal is a Crime—and Not Just a Culinary One
When it comes to food, everybody's got an opinion. Same goes for parenting. Mix the two together and you've got the makings of a culture war. Witness the recent scuffle between Sarah Palin and...
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Andy Worthington
Ghailani Sentence Shows Federal Courts Work, Reveals Extent of Republican Hysteria
For those of us seeking a grown-up debate about Guantánamo in the two years since President Obama came into office, the most troubling development has been the retrenchment of Republican opposition...
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Scott Harris
Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC Departure a Wake-up Call to Fix Broken US Corporate Media System
Like thousands of his fans around the country, I was shocked to hear the news that Keith Olbermann would no longer be hosting his weeknight "Countdown" show on MSNBC.
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Laura Flanders
Trade is NOT the Answer!
President Barack Obama delivered his take on the State of the Union tonight and while Congress has bragged about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyone sat because the profiteers who...
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Daphne Wysham
SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises
The sound of the president's silence on climate change and the BP oil disaster was deafening.
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Robert Scheer
Hogwash, Mr. President
What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn't tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out Tuesday evening. I had expected Barack Obama to be his eloquent self,...
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Jack Rasmus
Obama’s State of the Union: No Jobs but More Business Tax Cuts
Not a word about the 25 million still jobless. Nothing about how to help the more than 7 million homeowners who have, or the additional 4 million who will soon, face foreclosures and evictions...
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
John Nichols
SOTU Signals: What Will Obama Say on Social Security, Trade and Green Jobs?
Rarely has a president delivered a State of the Union Address from such a suddenly encouraging position as President Obama will find himself in Tuesday night.
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David Korten
System Failure? Look Upstream
Many years ago a wise Canadian colleague, Tim Brodhead, explained to me why most efforts to end poverty fail. "They stop at treating the symptoms of poverty, such as hunger and poor health, with food...
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Jenn Ettinger
The Not-So-Neutral Net
The FCC’s new rules on Net Neutrality open the Internet to corporate discrimination. But it’s not too late to preserve Internet freedom.
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Sam Pizzigati
Squeezing Ordinary Citizens from NY to California
Following World War II, the United States produced something the world had never seen: a mass middle class. For the first time, a majority of a major nation's people had real money left over after...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Can New York Be Model for Democracy Reform?
Cuomo's Reform Moment
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Juan Cole
US Foreign Policy and the Corruption Game: What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World
Here's one obvious lesson of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011: paranoia about Muslim fundamentalist movements and terrorism is causing Washington to make bad choices that will ultimately harm American...
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Robert Naiman
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
A key resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict is now before the UN Security Council. Largely echoing stated US policy, the resolution embraces negotiations, endorses the creation of a Palestinian...
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Joe Emersberger
NYT Promotes Destructive Myths About Aristide
Ginger Thompson wrote in the New York Times on January 19 that former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide “rose to power as a champion of Haiti’s poor but became notorious for his violent...
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Ralph Nader
Overuse of Antibiotics
Stop buying soaps, handwipes and cleaning agents whose vendors lure you with the label "antibacterial"
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Stephen Zunes
ROTC Policy on Wikileaks Threatens Academic Freedom
In my more than 15 years teaching at the University of San Francisco, I have found ROTC cadets to be among my favorite students, most of them being unusually bright, motivated, disciplined and a...
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Thomas Schaller
Violence on the Right: More Evidence
In my previous column I argued that radical, even violent rhetoric coming from the political right is more incendiary and aggressive than that coming from the left. I received a lot of angry e-mails...
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Amanda Marcotte
The Rhetoric of Fear Feeds Terror
An attempted bombing, likely by the far right, is hardly reported – a sign of how far liberals have been silenced after Tucson.
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Ruth Conniff
Glenn Beck Incites Violence; Keith Olbermann Departs
Even as the rightwing shouters get more extreme, with Glenn Beck inciting death threats against liberal academic Frances Fox Piven , MSNBC got rid of its leading progressive voice, showing Keith...
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Ray McGovern
Torture at the Justice Department? Better Not to Ask
On Sunday, I attended an informal talk given in a parish hall by the Justice Department's Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. His topic: "The way his work for justice is...
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George Lakoff
The “New Centrism” and Its Discontents
There is no ideology of the "center." What is called a "centrist" or a "moderate" is actually very different - a bi-conceptual, someone who is conservative on some issues and progressive on others,...
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Maureen Murphy
Activism Is Not a Crime: Why I Will Not Testify Before This Federal Grand Jury
I have been summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago on January 25. But I will not testify, even at the risk of being put in jail for contempt of court, because I believe that our...
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Monday, January 24, 2011
Johann Hari
The Choking of China - and the World
China's boom spells disaster for the world's environment
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Ghada Karmi
Only Palestinian Refugees Can Give Up Their Right of Return
As the Palestine papers reveal new proposals to deal with the refugee issue, it is worth remembering the legal restrictions
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Mark Weisbrot
The Great Fear of Haitian Self-Government
The controversy over the return of the infamous dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, to Haiti, is in many ways a distraction. Certainly it is important that he stand trial for crimes against...
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Amy Dean
Mr. President: The Fight for the Middle Class Isn't in Washington
Tuesday night the nation will focus its attention on the president's State of the Union address, looking for solutions to the economic crisis in this country and in their own lives. We can hope to...
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Dave Saldana
Mega-Mega-Merger: Meet the New Media Monopoly
With Comcast's takeover of NBC, the era of the mega-mega-merger is upon us.
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Ari Berman
Obama: Triangulation 2.0?
Immediately following the Democrats' 2010 electoral shellacking, a broad spectrum of pundits urged President Obama to "pull a Clinton," in the words of Politico: move to the center (as if he wasn't...
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John Nichols
What President Obama Shouldn't Say in the State of the Union Address
The great guessing game in official Washington – and the surrounding punditocracy – this week goes to the question of whether President Obama will use his State of the Union Address to open a...
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David Michael Green
Civility? Whatever. Capitulation? No Thanks.
Civility in politics is - pardon the anti-pun - all the rage nowadays. Go figure. I guess assassinating members of the ruling class tends to have that kind of sobering effect. So everyone's talking...
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Hannah Gurman, Hannah Gurman
Operation Desert Storm: Our Last "Clean" War
I was in seventh grade when the U.S. invaded Kuwait. I can remember the excitement of thinking that for the first time in my life, the U.S. was in a real war. (I guess my young self was unaware of...
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Peter Certo
Proposal: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending
“I think we have started an adult conversation” about the federal deficit, mused Deficit Commission co-chairman Erskine Bowles last year. Well then. Let’s have it. By now, the commission’s more...
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