All Views Articles for 2012-headline-2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Robert Naiman
David Gregory Should Tell Rick Santorum There Are UN Inspectors in Iran
Rick Santorum is running as the "more AIPAC than thou" candidate. But David Gregory wants people to think of him as a "journalist." We can hold David Gregory to a higher standard.
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Dave Lindorff
Killing Kids is So American
According to news reports , 15-year-old eighth-grader Jaime Gonzalez, who was shot and killed yesterday by police in his middle school in Brownsville, TX, was hit at least two times: in the chest and...
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Janet Redman
Durban's Climate Debacle
I arrived at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa with the news fresh in my mind that 2010 was a record year for global warming pollution—and that if we don’t start reducing global emissions...
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Coleen Rowley
Memo to Obama: Avoid Another Long War
Obama's re-election campaign may be focusing almost exclusively on domestic economic issues but there are strong forces pushing him and the U.S to war again, this time with Iran. The dangerous...
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Bill McKibben
Time to Stop Being Cynical About Corporate Money in Politics and Start Being Angry
Buying Congress in 2012
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sweet Victories: Lessons for 2012
As we head into 2012, there are a lot of questions about where the Occupy energy will go from here.
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Laura Flanders
The Iron Lady: The Margaret Thatcher Movie We Don't Need
The Iron Lady just opened in London where, let's hope, it generates some serious critique. The critical silence in the US has been astounding only made worse by the praise, not just for the film but...
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Ray McGovern
Defiling the Constitution, Betraying the Founders
President Barack Obama desecrated the Constitution that he and I swore to defend when he signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which includes language violating the Bill of Rights...
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Phil Rockstroh
Secrets of Empire And Self-Deceptions Of Partisans
A howling defiance into the darkness of the corporate state night
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Robert Scheer
Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default
Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance.
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Jay Walljasper
12 Reasons You'll Be Hearing More About the Commons in 2012
We Power stands at the convergence of economic and cultural trends
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Salvatore Babones
America's Skimpy Minimum Wage
In 2012, the 63 million Americans who depend on Social Security are getting their first cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in three years: a 3.6 percent increase in benefits. In other words, one in...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Lisa Graves
Super PACs Are Super Ruining Our Democracy
Contrary to most press accounts, there was a decisive winner in the Iowa caucuses last night, and it was neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney. The "winner" was the so-called "Super" PACs (political...
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Mark Weisbrot
Appeal To Brazil: Please Help Stop US Government Before They Kill Again
It is as if they learned nothing at all from the lies and imperial lust for power that dragged us into a murderous, multi-trillion dollar war with Iraq. On Friday, the New York Times editorial board...
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Robert Weissman
Pity Poor Newt (And Us)
Pity poor Newt Gingrich. Alright, I admit it’s hard to muster much pity for Gingrich. Still, he now stands as not the first, but the most recent, prominent victim of the Supreme Court’s abysmal...
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David Macaray
Nordic Whoring: US Workers Get Cheap
Sociologists tell us that the reason an otherwise happily married man will seek the services of a prostitute is because he knows she will do things his wife would never consent to do. Whether or not...
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Carl Pope
Solar Power Off the Grid: Energy Access for World’s Poor
After the Durban talks last month, climate realists must face the reality that “shared sacrifice,” however necessary eventually, has proven a catastrophically bad starting point for global...
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Michael Schwalbe
Escaping the Inequality Trap
You don’t have to be a Marxist to see that capitalism generates inequalities in wealth and income.
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Thomas Linzey, Jeff Reifman
A Bill of Rights for Occupied Communities
A bill of rights that protects the rights to people and nature, but removes them from corporations? Your community could be next.
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Fawaz Gerges
Debunking the Terrorism Narrative
The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda
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Tim Karr
Iowa Kicks Off the Media's Mud Season
If you flip on a local television station and watch for an hour or so, you're likely to see at least one: a political ad that attacks a local or national candidate. If you live in any of the "...
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Peter Hart
Time Magazine Cheers the Drone War
The new issue of Time magazine promises on its cover "Essential Info for the Year Ahead." One apparently essential report: U.S. drones are awesome . The report --written by Mark Thompson, available...
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Mark Engler
Iowa: Republican for a Day
Say what you will about the justice and propriety of Iowa’s perennial first-in-the-nation shot at naming presidential front-runners, the state’s caucuses have a lot going for them as democratic...
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David A. Love
The Racial Bias of the US Death Penalty
What does it mean that just a handful of counties, mostly in the South, are responsible for the majority of executions in the US?
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Harvey Wasserman
2012 Is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power
The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima's radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health...
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Pat Elder
Forced Military Testing in America's Schools
The invasion of student privacy associated with military testing in U.S. high schools has been well documented by mainstream media sources, like USA Today and NPR Radio. The practice of mandatory...
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John Nichols
Three-Quarters of Iowa GOP Voters Reject Romney, as Santorum Surges
Mitt Romney said on the eve of the Iowa Caucus vote that he would win the frst Republican presidential competition. Instead, the former governor of Massachusetts ended up in a nip-and-tuck race with...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Matt Taibbi
Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins
The 2012 presidential race officially begins today with the caucuses in Iowa, and we all know what that means …
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Ralph Nader
The Politics of Lowered Expectations
Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the "Washington Post" believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the "administration's bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the...
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Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael P. Nelson
What Is Morally Required?
In a high, trembling voice, Middlebury student Abigail Borah interrupted the UN climate change talks in Durban last week, shouting over US Climate Envoy Todd Stern until she was led away by guards...
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Jamie Henn
You Can't Eat Tar Sands
A startling new study from the Center for Global Development shows that full development of the Canadian Tar Sands would have a devastating effect on global food production, especially in climate...
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Sarah Lazare
The End of War for Whom?
On the day I heard that President Obama had officially declared the Iraq war over, I was at the Danville Veterans’ Administration hospital (VA) with my partner S, an Iraq War veteran. S is six months...
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David Atkins
No, Stoller and Sullivan: There is No Liberal Conflict Over Ron Paul
A few days ago, Matt Stoller wrote a post declaring liberals to be hypocrites over what he presumes to be their ad hominem mistreatment of Ron Paul.
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Roberto Rodriguez
Arizona’s Apartheid War Against Mexican American Studies
Early on the morning of the 7th day, God wrote HB 2281; then he rested. That’s the way conservative Arizonans view this clearly unconstitutional and immoral anti-Ethnic Studies measure.
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Tom Engelhardt
Debacle! Iraq, Afghanistan and the End of US Supremacy
How Two Wars in the Greater Middle East Revealed the Weakness of the Global Superpower
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Dean Baker
Climate Change – Our Real Bequest to Future Generations
Deficit hawks try to scare us about the debt we're leaving. That's economic nonsense – unlike the costs of global warming
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Bill Quigley, Amber Ramanauskas
Haiti: Seven Places Where Earthquake Money Did and Did Not Go
Haiti, a close neighbor of the US with over nine million people, was devastated by earthquake on January 12, 2010. Hundreds of thousands were killed and many more wounded. The UN estimated...
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John Nichols
Six Ways Progressives Will Challenge Conventional Wisdom of Iowa Caucuses
Mickey Davis is a smart, politically engaged progressive Iowan with lots of opinions about the presidential race. And, like a lot of Iowa progressives, he will be caucusing on Tuesday night.
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Paul Buchheit
Only $5 Billion a Year? C'mon, Finance Grad, You Can Do Better
It's an exciting time for you guys. You know you can beat those hedge fund managers. You're better educated, you're ambitious and creative. Go for $10 billion.
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Mike Klink
TransCanada Whistleblower: Keystone XL Pipeline Not Safe
There has been a lot of talk about the safety of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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Monday, January 2, 2012
Immanuel Wallerstein
The World Left After 2011
By any definition, 2011 was a good year for the world left – however narrowly or broadly one defines the world left. The basic reason was the negative economic conditions from which most of the world...
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Jonathan Turley
The NDAA's Historic Assault on American Liberty
By signing into law the NDAA, the president has awarded the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens without trial
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Russ Baker
Obama’s Only Friend Left?
Is it just me or does anyone else find it poignant how isolated the president is? Has very few friends, and fewer all the time? Is it just me or is anyone else curious about the only real outsider in...
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Amira Hass
On Anniversary of Gaza War, We Will Remember IDF Soldiers Who Destroyed Palestinian Families
On the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, we must recall the other, nameless soldiers, guided by the spirit of the army's top brass.
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Delly Mawazo Sesete
Apple: Time to Make a Conflict-Free iPhone
I've witnessed firsthand the horror caused in the Congo by the militias' trade in minerals, which is why I'm petitioning Apple
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Peter Dreier
Conservativism, Compassion, and Cruelty: A Response to David Brooks
Through a story of personal tragedy and the virtues of small-town life, voluntarism, and compassion, the New York Times' David Brooks has written a column that unwittingly exposes our nation's...
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Marian Wright Edelman
Education Cuts Aren't Smart
Too many states are choosing to balance budgets on the backs of children.
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Glenn Greenwald
End of the Pro-Democracy Pretense
Media coverage of the Arab Spring somehow depicted the U.S. as sympathetic to and supportive of the democratic protesters notwithstanding the nation’s decades-long financial and military support for...
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Gina Glantz
To #Occupy and Beyond: The Movement Lives On
The hashtag occupywallstreet inspired the most basic of organizing strategies: sit-ins. Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sit-ins became encampments, many of which are now being dismantled by law enfor cement...
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Gary Younge
US Primaries Promise Little – and 2012 Could Deliver Even Less
'They are in a terminal panic," said Pat Buchanan in February 1996 of the Republican establishment, as his insurgent campaign against Senate leader Bob Dole gathered pace. "All the knights and barons...
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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Dave Lindorff
Murder is Somehow Less Hard to Bear than the Humane Termination of an Injured Animal
The officer rested his arm holding the stock of the assault rifle on the top of a log pile, and aimed directly between the target’s eyes. She was looking directly at him, unblinking, from 30 feet...
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Heather Stewart
Economics in 2012: No Gain, Just Pain as Austerity Brings Misery to All
With the eurozone on the brink of a new recession, this will be the year when millions of people bear the brunt
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Anjum Niaz
View from US: Sparkle of Hope
As you read this column, the crystal ball in New York’s Time Square will drop. Boom! A brand new year will arrive. Millions will celebrate 2012, kissing and hugging; vowing and loving; screaming and...
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Doug Harvey
The Delusional Assumptions of Capitalism
One of the more delusional aspects of capitalism is the idea that if one pursues the acquisition of private wealth with abandon, that this is somehow automatically “good” for human society.
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Geoffrey Wheatcroft
A World in Denial of What It Knows
COULD there be a single phrase that explains the woes of our time, this dismal age of political miscalculations and deceptions, of reckless and disastrous wars, of financial boom and bust and...
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Robert Freeman
How We Got Here With the Economy and How to Get Out
It’s easy to get fixated with small-bore issues on the economy, even if they don’t seem so small-bore at the time. Stimulus packages. Bailouts. Debt ceilings. Deficit commissions. Payroll tax-cut...
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