All Views Articles for 2011-view-2009

Monday, January 24, 2011
Maureen Paul
Freedom of Choice: Living for What You Would Die For
I was a teenager in 1968 when I learned that I was pregnant. Through a friend, I tried to arrange for an illegal abortion, only to be sent down a rabbit hole that involved a uniformed police officer...
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Chris Hedges
Where Liberals Go to Feel Good
Barack Obama is another stock character in the cyclical political theater embraced by the liberal class. Act I is the burst of enthusiasm for a Democratic candidate who, through clever branding and...
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Harvey Wasserman
Obama and Our Disney Nukes
Barack Obama is about to address a nation whose greatest potential liability is its Disneyesque illusion of atomic power. Despite the nation's huge debts and fears of foreign terror, America's 104...
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Dean Baker
Hu Jintao's Visit: The Story the Media Missed
The one issue that mattered for ordinary Americans was whether Obama pushed China hard enough on undervaluing the yuan
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Jay Walljasper
The Commons Moment is Now
How a small, dedicated group of people can transform the world—really
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Michael T. Klare
Resource Revolts: The Year of Living Dangerously: Rising Commodity Prices and Extreme Weather Events Threaten Global Stability
Get ready for a rocky year. From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society, producing...
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Sunday, January 23, 2011
Karma Nabulsi
This Seemingly Endless and Ugly Game of the Peace Process is Now Finally Over
The peace process is a sham. Palestinians must reject their officials and rebuild their movement
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Jonathan Freedland
Palestine Papers: Now We Know. Israel had a Peace Partner
The classified documents show Palestinians willing to go to extreme lengths and Israel holding a firm line on any peace deal
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Nicole Gelinas
The Market Won’t Fix States’ Woes
Bond-market brinkmanship and bankruptcy threats can't save the states from themselves. As budget season opens, many states - including Massachusetts - face their toughest choices yet on education,...
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Fernando Henrique Cardoso
The War on Drugs is Lost
SAO PAULO—The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public health, human rights and common sense...
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Robert Reich
The State of the Union: What the President Should Say
The President will have to devote a big part of his speech to the economy, but which economy? Corporate profits are up but jobs and wages remain in the doldrums. People with lots of financial assets...
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Austin McCann
Meet Kyle Wesolowski, Conscientious Objector
Resisting the War at its Core
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Glenn Greenwald
America's Treatment of Detainees
Amnesty International has written a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates objecting to the conditions of Bradley Manning's detention, which was first reported here .
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Karen Greenberg
Obama's Reneging on Guantánamo
In January 2009, President Obama promised a clean break with Bush era detentions. Two years on, only continuity is visible
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Jackson Katz
Guns, Mental Illness and American Manhood
A consensus seems to have developed that some in media precipitously and inaccurately blamed violent rhetoric from the right for the shooting in Tucson on January 8. But whether or not they were...
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David Korten
The Illusion of Money
Real wealth or phantom assets? David Korten explores the difference between the kind of wealth that makes life better and the phantom wealth created by financial speculation.
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Steven Hill
China's Half Steps Towards Democracy
During the state visit for Chinese President Hu Jintao, President Barack Obama pressed President Hu on human rights , but he also should have pushed a message about the importance of spreading...
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Chris Kromm
One Year after Citizens United
A year ago this week, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision about the role of money in elections -- a ruling so momentous that many are still grappling to take stock of its impact on our...
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Eric Allen Bell
Reflections on the Age of Anxiety
We're not one big happy family. But everyone around you is in some way your relative. We share the same DNA. We all originated from the same place. In a vast dark universe, we share the same tiny...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Executioner and the FDA
For want of a nail the shoe was lost, For want of a shoe the horse was lost; [For want of a drug a life was prolonged-briefly]
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Peter Dreier
Glenn Beck's Attacks on Frances Fox Piven Trigger Death Threats
If anyone thinks that the vitriol that Glenn Beck spews on his radio and TV shows doesn't stir people to aggressive and hateful action, they should take a look at the postings on his website, The...
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Lizzy Ratner
Two Years After Gaza
In January 2009, during a lull in the bombing of Israel's "Cast Lead" operation against Gaza, I spoke by telephone with an old family friend, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, from his home on Gaza's Salah al-...
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Andy Worthington
What Does Tunisia’s Revolution Mean for Political Prisoners, Including Guantánamo Detainees?
For the twelve Tunisians held in Guantánamo over the last nine years, the news that a popular uprising forced the hated dictator, President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to flee the country for Saudi...
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Brooke Jarvis
Citizens United?
The need to get money out of politics may be the one thing Americans agree on.
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Stephen Zunes
The United States and the Prospects for Democracy in Islamic Countries
The unarmed insurrection that overthrew the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia has opened up debate regarding prospects for democratization in Arab and other predominately Muslim countries. Many in the West...
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Dave Lindorff
Are GE and Jeffrey Immelt Really American?
If President Barack Obama had announced this week that he was appointing Japan’s Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda, to head his new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, one can imagine the...
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Anna Lappé
Why We Should Question Walmart’s Latest PR Blitz
Walmart made big news this week with a press conference alongside the First Lady to announce new company commitments. Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Walmart announcement seemed to buy...
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Steve Rendall
Glenn Beck's Dangerous Obsession With Frances Fox Piven
In addition to his repeated murder fantasies , Glenn Beck harbors apocalyptic fantasies of mass death-- suggesting , for instance, that if the direction of the country doesn't change, "God will wash...
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Michelle Chen
Will Obama’s Campaign Against Red Tape Unravel the Safety Net?
This week, while lawmakers on Capitol Hill waved their menacing budget axe over social programs, Obama quietly sharpened his magic shears for another set of cuts that seems more benign. His latest...
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Kim Ives
WikiLeaks Points to US Meddling in Haiti
US embassy cables reveal how anxious the US was to enlist Brazil to keep the deposed Jean-Bertrand Aristide out of Haiti
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Juan Cole
Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further
People are blaming the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC on that company’s merger with Comcast and Olbermann’s loss of the protection and patronage of Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC...
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Jim Horn
The State of the Union’s Schools: What We'd Like to Hear from Obama, But Won’t
While everyone knows that Barack Obama's State of the Union speech is likely to continue to push for the agenda that we've been facing in Race to the Top — privatization, more testing and test based...
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Tom Engelhardt
Do You Feel Safer Yet?
In New York City, my hometown, as in so many cities across the country, a hard-pressed local government and a desperate transit authority are cutting back on services while hiking prices for a...
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Marianne Williamson
An Extremist for Love
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Then and Now
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Friday, January 21, 2011
Robert Weissman
One Year Later, Movement Is Growing to Overturn 'Citizens United'
The theory and practice of the U.S. Supreme Court’s dreadful decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission are incompatible with a well-functioning democracy.
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Les Leopold
Financial Socialism by and for Wall Street Elites?
More than 70 percent of Americans say big bonuses should be banned this year at Wall Street firms that took taxpayer bailouts, a Bloomberg National Poll shows. An additional one in six favors...
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Elizabeth DiNovella
No Fracking Way to Balance a State Budget
More than half of all states are getting a new governor this year, making this incoming class one of the largest in American history. The Republicans made huge gains in the states, with 18 new GOP...
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John Pilger
WikiLeaks Defies the “War on Hi-Tech Terror”
The attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are a response to an information revolution that threatens old power orders, in politics and in journalism. The incitement to murder...
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Ian Williams
Obama Must Call Israeli Settlements Illegal
US support for a UN resolution on the settlements would remind Netanyahu that there are consequences for breaking the law
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Robert McChesney
Comcast/NBC Merger Takes Media Consolidation to the 'Disaster' Level
Senator Al Franken, the former media personality who has emerged as one of the savviest analysts of media policy in Washington, got it exactly right when he termed the anticipated merger of Comcast...
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Dean Baker
Who Can Fight Off the Social Security Pillagers?
That is the question that supporters of Social Security should be asking as we brace for President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Specifically, the question is whether Senator Majority...
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Jeff Biggers
Big Coal's Rally of Denial: Coalfield Citizens Bring Message of Growing Health Care Crisis to State Capitol
Besieged citizens from the central Appalachian coalfields faced down Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and a large crowd of Big Coal lobbyists and inflamed coal miners at a rally inside the...
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Chuck Collins, Sarah Byrnes
Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.
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Marcy Wheeler
Obama’s Kabuki Jobs Council, Brought to You By “Nut on China” Jeff Immelt
When Google announced that Eric Schmidt was stepping down yesterday, I joked that Schmidt must be leaving to lead Obama’s campaign economy — the one he’ll use to get re-elected with. After all,...
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Jamin Raskin
Happy Birthday, Citizens United!
Happy Birthday, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission! You're one year old today, big boy. But just think of all the fine things you've done already:
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Ed Weisbart
Mental Illness, Tucson and the Urgent Need for Universal Care
I don’t know whether Jared Loughner had health insurance coverage, but the terrible events in Tucson got me thinking about an uninsured patient I saw last month at a massive one-day mobile free...
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Ramzy Baroud
Generalizing Tunisia: Context Overrides Story
When faced with problems, most authoritarian regimes maintain a policy of rigidity when the appropriate response would be flexibility, political wisdom and concessions. This policy gives...
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Robert Naiman
Europeans Freeze Assets Linked to Deposed Tunisian President; What About US?
Last Friday, popular protests over unemployment and corruption forced Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to resign after 23 years in power. A Tunisian prosecutor has opened an investigation...
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Marcy Wheeler
Some Terrorism Scares Are More Useful Than Other Terrorism Scares
Particularly at those increasingly frequent times when our country experiences political violence and terrorism, it’s important to read David Neiwert, not least because his running list of domestic...
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Michael Winship
Court and Chevron's "Crude" Attacks Continue
Joe Berlinger's back is against the wall. Last week the independent filmmaker, already facing crushing debt from legal bills, was dealt a major blow in his continuing fight against the third largest...
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Mark Weisbrot
Aristide Should Be Allowed to Return to Haiti
Haiti's infamous dictator "Baby Doc" Duvalier, returned to his country this week, while the country's first elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is kept out. These two facts really say...
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Michelle Chen
Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn’t Earned His Nobel Prize
When President Obama took office, he vowed to repair the damage done to America’s moral standing on the global stage. You may have hoped that human rights would become an organizing principle of our...
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Russ Wellen
Gen. Petraeus Makes McChrystal Look Like a Pacifist
A woman named Paula Broadwell , whose book about Gen. David Petraeus will be published shortly, touched some tender nerves with a couple of posts at Thomas Ricks's Best Defense at Foreign Policy...
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David Korten
Microcredit: 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Unraveling the confusion behind microcredit: how some models help alleviate poverty, while others exploit the poor to make the rich richer.
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Ira Chernus
How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War
Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?
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Russell Mokhiber
Insurance Execs Not Happy with Vermont's Single Payer Ideas
Harvard Professor William Hsiao is a single payer supporter. Twenty years ago, he helped push through a single payer system for Taiwan. And now, he wants to do something similar in Vermont.
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Richard Wolff
Bonuses for Bankers, Bankruptcy for Public Services
So, now we know about the $15bn-plus 2010 pay package for Goldman Sachs partners and employees . The top rungs will get their many millions each , with lesser and lesser amounts going down the GS...
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Laura Carlsen
The Murdered Women of Juarez
Marisela Escobedo’s life changed forever in August 2008 when her 16-year-old daughter Rubi failed to come home. What was left of Rubi’s body was found months later in a dump -- 39 pieces of charred...
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James Ridgeway, Jean Casella
Beyond Bradley Manning: The Lonely Battle Against Solitary Confinement
For the past few weeks, progressive commentators have been burning with outrage over the prison conditions endured by accused WikiLeaks source, Private Bradley Manning. For more than seven months,...
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Tom Turnipseed
Honoring King: Creating a Coalition for Social Justice
The 12th annual King Day at the Dome march and rally at the South Carolina State House on January 17 brought together a coalition of organizations and individuals who are working to fulfill the...
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Michael Parenti
Banksters, Racketeers and the 'Mafioso' We Should Be Worried About
The Mafia and Me: Reflections on Being Italian
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Robert C. Koehler
War, Violence, and Spiritual Death
The easy violence of empire washes over everything. It washes into our psyches.
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Paul Buchheit
The Big Obscenity: A Trillion Dollars a Year to the Richest 1%
(That's seven times more than the budget deficits of all 50 states combined)
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Robert Reich
The Real Economic Lesson China Could Teach Us
Highlighting today’s summit between Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Obama is China’s agreement to buy $45 billion of American exports. The President says this will create more American jobs...
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Glenn Greenwald
Obama Officials Caught Deceiving about WikiLeaks
Whenever the U.S. Government wants to demonize a person or group in order to justify attacks on them, it follows the same playbook: it manufactures falsehoods about them, baselessly warns that they...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Reversing 'Citizens United'
It will be a year this week since Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative activist colleagues on the Supreme Court joined together in a dramatic assault on American democracy. Their decision...
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Dean Baker
Lying, Cheating and Stealing to Gut Social Security
Making Social Security More Progressive: The Games They Play in Washington
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Cecile Richards
Health Care and the Healing of America
In the wake of the tragic shooting last week in Arizona, President Obama called on all Americans to speak to one another "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." These words echo the physicians...
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Adriana Velez
Worldwatch Report Reveals Real Agricultural Solutions
We’ve started 2011 with a lot of bad news. But the newest Worldwatch Institute report, State of the World 2011 , has a lot of good news: agricultural innovations that address hunger and protect our...
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John Nichols
Big Media Gets a Whole Lot Bigger as Obama's FCC and Justice Department OK Comcast/NBC Merger
As brutal ironies go, it will be tough to beat this one. On the same day that President Obama launched a drive to identify what he referred to as "excessive" regulation of business, the Federal...
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James K. Galbraith
Actually, The Retirement Age is Too High
The most dangerous conventional wisdom in the world today is the idea that with an older population, people must work longer and retire with less. This idea is being used to rationalize cuts in old-...
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Jim Hightower
Republicans Give Government Back to Their Corporate Paymasters
Early this month, when John Boehner was sworn in as the new speaker of the House of Representatives, he tipped his hat to the teabag activists across the country who had fueled the Republican...
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John R. MacArthur
A Country with Chicago in Charge
Back in the summer of 2008, when Barack Obama was still the bright new hope of liberals, I found myself chastised for raining on the future president's parade. My essential point - that an...
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Mark Levine
Tunisia: How the US Got It Wrong (and How to Make It Right)
The events in Tunisia again show how US foreign policy in the Middle East fails to fully understand the region.
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Danny Schechter
Hu's on First: It's US/China Summit Time
On the eve of the Chinese President's visit to the United States, and the intense speculation about his intentions -- and ours -- I found myself in a dark room at the Anthology Film Archive in the...
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Mary Bottari
Booya! Latest Wall Street Innovation – Twitter Trading
Two years after a catastrophic financial collapse and six months after the passage of a Wall Street reform bill, astonishing tales of volatility in the market are all too common. If you think...
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Robert Scheer
Obama Pulls a Clinton
Here we go again. When Bill Clinton suffered an electoral reversal after his first two years in office, he abruptly embraced the corporate money guys who had financed his congressional opposition in...
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Amy Goodman
Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban
The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock's website, "ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions" and...
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Mark Weisbrot
Haiti's Democracy in the Balance
'Baby Doc' Duvalier's return does not change the basic issue for Haiti: only an election re-run can thwart foreign interference
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Raj Patel
Food Crises Pummel the Poor, Austerity Multiplies Pain
Anyone in Britain alarmed by rising inflation should look to an Indian villager for understanding about the latest worry in the global economy.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Josh Silver
Comcastrophe: Comcast/NBC Merger Approved
Today, the Federal Communications Commission blessed the merger of Comcast, the nation's largest cable and residential Internet provider, with NBC-Universal. The Justice Department is expected to...
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Lindsay Beyerstein
What Will The GOP Cut?
The Republicans won control of the House and picked up seats in the Senate in the midterm election on nebulous promises to slash spending and reduce the size of the federal government. House Speaker...
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Nir Rosen and Marika Theros
Afghanistan: Losing the Afghan People
President Barack Obama came to power promising to get the United States out of Iraq and refocus attention and resources back to the “good” but “forgotten” war in Afghanistan. After conducting perhaps...
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Jason Mark
Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Young Green Activists for a Warming World
Can a new group of young environmental leaders reinvigorate greens’ grassroots spirit?
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Michael Lemonick
Can We Trust Climate Models? Increasingly, the Answer is ‘Yes’
A chart appears on page 45 of the 2007 Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), laying out projections for what global temperature and sea level should look like by...
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Tom Engelhardt
In the Crosshairs: From Tucson to Kabul
“Slowly a humped shape rose out of the pit, and the ghost of a beam of light seemed to flicker out from it. Forthwith flashes of actual flame, a bright glare leaping from one to another, sprang from...
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Barbara Miner
Supersized Dollars Drive 'Waiting for Superman' Agenda
In 1972, two young Washington Post reporters were investigating a low-level burglary at the Watergate Hotel and stumbled upon a host of unexplained coincidences and connections that reached to the...
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Soumaya Ghannoushi
Tunisians Must Dismantle the Monster Ben Ali Built
The people have toppled a dictator. Now they have to forge a coalition of socialists, Islamists and liberals for real change
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Richard Wolff
The Myth of 'American Exceptionalism' Implodes
Until the 1970s, US capitalism shared its spoils with American workers. But since 2008, it has made them pay for its failures
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Glenn Greenwald
The Vindication (by Barack Obama) of Dick Cheney
In the early months of Obama's presidency, the American Right did to him what they do to every Democratic politician: they accused him of being soft of defense (specifically "soft on Terror") and...
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Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon
A Time for Action - Not Servility
While Washington pundits are talking up a new civility, many progressives are bracing for the old servility -- a bipartisanship that is servile to a corporate elite that is unquenchably greedy and...
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Margaret Flowers
Revolution of Values: From MLK, Jr. to Bradley Manning
Yesterday I stood with 200 activists at the gates of Quantico Marine Base to protest the imprisonment and torture of a young patriot, Bradley Manning, who has not been convicted of any crime. It was...
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Monday, January 17, 2011
Isabeau Doucet
Baby Doc's Return Haunts Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The return to Haiti of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier on Sunday has brought a chilling new element of chaos an insult to a country already in the grips of a...
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Rahul Mahajan
What Would Dr. King Say About...? I Don't Give a Crap
Pentagon general counsel Jeh C. Johnson recently created a stir on the left with a speech he gave on January 13 for "Martin Luther King Observance Day" (apparently, the Pentagon has to do everything...
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Gareth Porter
From Military-Industrial Complex to Permanent War State
Fifty years after Dwight D. Eisenhower's January 17, 1961 speech on the "military-industrial complex", that threat has morphed into a far more powerful and sinister force than Eisenhower could have...
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Tim Wise
We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare
It’s been a rough year for Martin Luther King, Jr., and for his legacy.
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Eric Stoner
The Tragic US Strategy in Afghanistan
Either the administration has deluded itself or it can't muster the courage to tell the American public the truth.
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Matthew Rothschild
US Empire Mocks Martin Luther King Day
I was watching the great Green Bay Packers game Saturday night, and at half time there was a presentation of colors. The honor guard was representing, we were told, the men and women in uniform who...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Putting Poverty on the Agenda
"There is definitely a story going untold," says Melissa Boteach, manager of Half in Ten, a national campaign to reduce poverty by 50 percent over the next ten years. "When you have 1 in 7 Americans...
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Stephan Salisbury
Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King
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