All Views Articles for 2016–08-23-dear

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Tom Engelhardt
Impunity in the Billionaire Class and the National Security State
What a scam! Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen described it this way in a front-page New York Times report on how a small group of incredibly wealthy Americans funded their way into another tax...
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Rebecca Gordon
American War Crimes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
America revisits the "Dark Side" as candidates compete to promise the most torture and slaughter
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Eli Clifton
Washington’s Multi-Million-Dollar Saudi PR Machine
Public image isn’t something one can always control, but Saudi Arabia is spending millions of dollars on Washington lobbyists and PR firms to improve the Kingdom’s reputation in the West. The...
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Robert C. Koehler
Taking on the Nuclear Goliath
Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And . . . as the only nuclear power to have...
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Mary Bottari
Bernie Sander's Plan to Tame Wall Street Riles Team Clinton
Millions of Americans saw “The Big Short” over the holidays. The blockbuster movie, based on the book by Michael Lewis , is a primer on how the crookedness and fraud rampant in the U.S. financial...
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Jamie Henn
TransCanada's Pathetic Keystone XL Lawsuit Could Galvanize Resistance to New Trade Agreements
Talk about sore losers. The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada announced this afternoon that it is suing Obama Administration over its decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit won'...
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Guy Taylor
Trans-Canada Sue US Government for $15 Billion over Tar Sands Pipeline Cancellation
In a dramatic example of the powers assumed by the corporate world through trade deals, energy infrastructure corporation TransCanada commenced legal actions yesterday against the US president for...
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Michael Moore
Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail
"I'm asking everyone who agrees with me to sign on to this petition and call for your arrest."
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Walden Bello
The Ultimate Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy? Donald Trump.
How the CIA, bad trade deals, and wanton military intervention caused the social crises that gave us the Donald. (Really.)
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Robert Dodge
North Korea’s Nuclear Ambition and the US Presidential Campaign
With the news of North Korea testing another nuclear weapon its leadership continues the fallacy of nuclear deterrence promoted by the nuclear powers of the world. This action by North Korea must be...
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Khaled Beydoun
Why Obama's Gun Control Efforts Will Fail
In the US, guns are far more than weapons - they are ideological talismans.
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Andy Rowell
Climate Change Altering Greenland Ice-Sheet: Accelerating Sea Level Rise
Not long into the New Year and already a new warning about climate change and rising sea levels. A new scientific study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change , is warning that...
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Larry Cohen
Bernie Sanders and ‘The Big Short’
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ major policy speech at Town Hall in New York City on Tuesday – in which he declared that he will “break up any banks that are too big to fail and...
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Robert Parry
Saudi Game-Changing Head-Chopping
Saudi Arabia likes to distinguish itself from the head-choppers of the Islamic State but the recent mass executions, including decapitating a top Shiite dissident, reveals the Saudi royals to be just better-dressed jihadists, while creating an opening for a U.S. realignment in the Mideast
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Andrea Fuller
Surviving the Holidays While Poor
While the holiday season is meant to be a joyful time, for many of us it is a time of great financial challenge and worry. Throughout December, as Christmas and New Year’s Eve drew closer, I felt...
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Beatrice Fihn
Stop the New Arms Race: North Korea’s Nuclear Test Highlights Worrying Development
'It is urgent that states concerned about humanitarian law and humanitarian values act upon these beliefs and prohibit the most destructive and inhume weapon of them all.'
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Lane Filler
Why Bernie Sanders Deserves More Attention Than Hillary Clinton
Have the media stopped feeling “the Bern”? Or has the Democratic Party, which should probably be renamed the Clintoncratic National Committee, extinguished the fire? It’s both. Sen. Bernie Sanders...
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Jim Hightower
Should Big Corporations Pay the Taxes They Owe?
Carl Icahn, noted corporate predator and takeover specialist who made billions of dollars in corporate deals, has recently begun pushing a charitable cause involving a group of people who, through no...
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Dean Baker
Convincing the Young to Blame the Old, Not the Rich
The Washington Post ‘s Catherine Rampell devoted a column ( 12/24/15 ) to a popular Washington pastime: trying to get young people angry at their parents and grandparents so that they are not...
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
2016 Will Be a Test for Super PACs
What do Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common? Pause for requisite awful hair joke . No really. From a campaign finance perspective, they have one distinctive thing in common: they have no...
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Bernie Sanders
'Greed Is Not Good'
Speaking a few subway stops away from the epicenter of the global financial crisis, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders promised to remake the financial system to serve America’s working families in a speech in...
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David Hearst
Saudi-Iran Crisis Spells a Long Syrian War
The balance of power must be drawn between Iran and Saudi Arabia - or else 2016 is doomed to be even more violent than 2015
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Richard Falk
You Can’t Report Truthfully on Israel Without Facing Its Wrath
Makarim Wibisono has announced his resignation as UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the position I held for six years until June 2014. The Indonesian...
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Kezia Dugdale
People My Age Have Had Their Aspirations Crushed by Austerity - It's Time to Change That
We know the devastating impact austerity has had on our most vulnerable, but what we don't talk about is how it has resulted in crushed aspirations for a whole generation. That generation are people...
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Tom Engelhardt
Why the Islamic State Is the Minor Leagues of Terror
The fate of our Earth and putting threats into perspective for 2016
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Roger Hickey
Why Sanders’ Economic Plan Is Best For The 99 Percent
The Democratic presidential campaign – unlike the Republican circus – has actually produced a debate in which each candidate’s economic agenda has gotten better and more populist. But as you can see...
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Zinn Education Project
Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice
Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the Vietnam War, issued three days after the murder of military veteran Sammy Younge Jr. on January 3, 1966
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Russell Mokhiber
What’s Being Fined? Not Corporate Crime
One way to check on government action against corporate crime is to type into Google News the word “fined.” Who is getting fined for wrongdoing? Five years or so ago, if you did this, you would get a...
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Kevin Gosztola
What’s Wrong With Laughing & Labeling Oregon Militants "Terrorists"
Militants have taken over the headquarters for a a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The militants took control of the federal building in the afternoon on January 2 and, thus far, United States...
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Monday, January 4, 2016
Dave Johnson
Debate Schedule Is Allowing GOP To Frame Election Narrative
There’s just no way around it: the Democrats are intentionally hiding their presidential candidates from the public. The last Democratic presidential debate was buried on a Saturday night up against...
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Robert Reich
The Economy in 2016: On the Edge of Recession
Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but I’ll hazard a guess. I expect the U.S. economy to sputter in 2016. That’s because the economy faces a deep structural problem: not enough...
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Medea Benjamin
The Execution of Nimr Al-Nimr: One More Reason to Re-evaluate the Toxic US-Saudi Alliance
The brutal Saudi execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr has led to protests around the globe, as well as the burning of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, followed by the Saudi severing of relations...
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Gareth Porter
US ‘Regime Change’ Madness in the Middle East
Bureaucratic self-interest trumped US military’s conviction that American security is being endangered by Obama’s policy of regime change
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Charles P. Pierce
What's Happening in Oregon Is Nothing Less Than Armed Sedition
Its roots in our politics are deep and tangled.
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Janell Ross
Why Aren’t We Calling the Oregon Occupiers 'Terrorists'?
As of Sunday afternoon, The Washington Post called them " occupiers ." The New York Times opted for " armed activists " and "militia men." And the Associated Press put the situation this way: "A...
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Chris Hedges
The American Empire: Murder Inc.
Terror, intimidation and violence are the glue that holds empire together. Aerial bombardment, drone and missile attacks, artillery and mortar strikes, targeted assassinations, massacres, the...
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Robert Fisk
Saudi Arabia Has Little to Worry About – No State Has the Moral Authority or Will to Attack This Butchery
We have to remember that on the UN Council we can find such vigorous defenders of human rights as China and Russia
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Paul Buchheit
Three Middle-Class-Killing Industries for 2016
Capitalist enterprises have little incentive to work for ordinary people, and instead they do whatever is necessary to enrich the owners of their corporate stock. Choosing the leading job-killing...
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Sunday, January 3, 2016
John Nichols
Resolution for 2016: More Debate!
The last Democratic presidential debate of 2015 was held on the Saturday night before Christmas. Viewership was roughly one-quarter that of the first Republican debate and dramatically lower than all...
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Great Malaise Continues
NEW YORK – The year 2015 was a hard one all around. Brazil fell into recession. China’s economy experienced its first serious bumps after almost four decades of breakneck growth. The eurozone managed...
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Robert Reich
At Stake in 2016: Ending the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power
What’s at stake this election year? Let me put as directly as I can. America has succumbed to a vicious cycle in which great wealth translates into political power, which generates even more wealth,...
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Gilbert Doctorow
Hearing the Russian Perspective
The neocons and liberal hawks who dominate the U.S. foreign policy and media establishment are pushing the world toward a nuclear showdown with Russia as few people hear a comprehensive response from the other side, an imbalance that a new Russian documentary addresses
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Kathy Kelly
Visits and Conversations in a Kabul Winter
Here in Kabul, last week, at the Afghan Peace Volunteer (APV) community home that hosts me, I watched Abdulhai and visiting activist Aaron Hughes work out ways to secure the greenhouse which they had...
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Saturday, January 2, 2016
Peter Dreier
'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson
Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post's editorial page editor, has fired columnist Harold Meyerson, one of the nation's finest journalists and perhaps the only self-proclaimed socialist to write a weekly...
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John Foran
To Change Everything, It’s Going To Take Everything We’ve Got
OK, here’s the idea. We’re in a crisis so deep, so knotted, so unprecedented, and so urgent that, well, we have to change everything, pretty much. Or else. And there’s no one to do it for us. There’s...
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Jesse Hagopian
Arne Duncan: Testocracy Tsar. Educational Alchemist. Corporate Lackey.
Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, was set to resign at the close of the 2015, ending his tenure as one of the most destructive forces against public education in history. “He’s done more...
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Peter Van Buren
We Are Still Alive (Non-Terrorism Edition)
I survived. America, and the world, and you, survived. We awoke the first day of 2016 to find that once again, using the extraordinary power of fear, we defeated the terrorists. Hard as it is to...
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Friday, January 1, 2016
Yonatan Moskowitz, Lee Tien
Human Research Loopholes: Alive and Well
In one of the darkest chapters in medical ethics, the United States government ran an experiment from the 1930s to the 1970s in which it withheld treatment and medical information from rural African-...
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Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha
Our Favorite Books on How to Live a Happy and Meaningful Life
Thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Here are 13 of this year’s most thought-provoking and useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
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Mairead Maguire
Syria ­- A Light to the World
BELFAST - In November 2015 I visited Syria together with an International Peace delegation. This was my third visit to Syria in the last three years. As on previous occasions I was moved by the...
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Ralph Nader
The Rumble from the People Can Work
If only the people who engage in “road rage” would engage in “corporate rage” when they are harmed by cover-ups or hazardous products and gouging services, aloof CEOs would start getting serious...
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Carolyn Coe
Notes from Kabul
They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a...
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Jim Hightower
Why Isn’t the Media Feeling the Bern?
Polls show that Bernie Sanders would trounce Donald Trump, but you’d never know that from watching TV news.
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