Views for 2016-01-11

Monday, January 11, 2016
Cassady Sharp
The State of the Union Depends on the State of Our Democracy
Things feel pretty weird right now to Americans. Since we celebrated the New Year, we have seen President Obama’s executive action with rudimentary gun control measures met with widespread backlash...
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Peter Van Buren
A Game of Thrones in the Middle East
The execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and 46 convicted al-Qaeda members by the Saudis triggered a still-unfolding crisis between the Kingdom and Iran. Protesters in Tehran set fire to the...
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Lauren Wolfe
When Does the Violation of Women's Bodies Become a "Red Line"?
Two years ago I was on vacation in Maine when I started getting really, really mad. I’d been working to track sexualized violence in the Syrian war for a long time and had gotten very little response...
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Nick Dearden
Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology
Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned...
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Jeremy Brecher
Climate Insurgency After Paris
In December of 2015 – the earth’s hottest year since recordkeeping began -- 195 nations met in Paris to forge an agreement to combat global warming. The governments of the world acknowledged their...
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Garry Leech
The Hypocrisy of Obama’s Gun Control Crusade
President Barack Obama took to the stage last week to announce the latest initiative in his crusade to make it more difficult for Americans to purchase firearms. He even shed some tears for American...
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Rick Shenkman
Why “Collateral Damage” Elicits So Little Empathy Among Americans
After Senator Ted Cruz suggested that the United States begin carpet bombing Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria, the reaction was swift. Hillary Clinton mocked candidates who use “bluster and bigotry...
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Paul Buchheit
The Real Terrorists: The .01%
They consist of 16,000 individuals, about the size of a crowd at a professional basketball game. The inequality horror they've fomented is reaching far beyond the half of America that is in or near...
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Alli McCracken
Send Obama to Gitmo
President Obama should be given props for the progress made in thawing US-Cuban relations, but there’s a piece of unfinished business that he could—and should—still attend to: returning the US Naval...
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