Views for 2014-05-05

Monday, May 5, 2014
Pro-Russian activists hold giant Russian flags during their rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on March 16, 2014. (AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply) Anatol Lieven
Ukraine: The Only Way to Peace
As the first heavy fighting begins in eastern Ukraine, with an attempt by Ukrainian forces to retake the town of Sloviansk, and as violent clashes spread elsewhere, including now Odessa, in the...
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Heather Weaver
Supreme Court Turns Blind Eye to Exclusionary Prayers at Government Meetings
This morning, the Supreme Court issued a disappointing and troubling decision upholding a town board's practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayers. For more than a decade , the town board...
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(Credit: Creative Commons / alexmartin81) Karen Hansen-Kuhn
The Anti-Localization Agenda in TTIP
When U.S. and EU officials talk about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), they say it will bring the two economies together as leaders in the global economy. Just this week,...
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Secretary of State John Kerry. 'The U.S. failure,' writes the author, 'goes well beyond the usual absurdity of the global superpower pretending to act as an honest broker in a conflict that involves an ally whose relationship with the U.S. is routinely described as “unshakeable” and is a regional superpower involved in a forty-seven year occupation of a completely powerless people.' Mitchell Plitnick
A Tragedy of Errors: US Incompetence in Israel-Palestine Talks
On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off the failure of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Robert Parry
Another NYT ‘Sort of’ Retraction on Ukraine
The New York Times, which has asserted for weeks that the Russian government is behind the unrest in Ukraine’s east, finally sent some reporters to the region to dig up the proof, but all they found...
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From 1979 to 2011, the average income of the bottom 99 percent of U.S. taxpayers grew by 18.9 percent, while the average income of the top 1 percent grew over 10 times as much—by 200.5 percent. (Image: Common Dreams) Robert Reich
The Four Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Inequality
Even though French economist Thomas Piketty has made an air-tight case that we’re heading toward levels of inequality not seen since the days of the nineteenth-century robber barons, right-wing...
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SWAT teams enter a suburban neighborhood to search an apartment for the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown. (Independent) Laila Murad
Urban Shield Will Not Make Boston Safer
Over the weekend, the city of Boston hosted Urban Shield , a training for police and first responders that simulates scenarios such as an explosive device on mass transit or a “terrorist takeover” of...
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The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power plant, on Lake Erie. (Photo: Flickr / cc / James Marvin Phelps) Harvey Wasserman
The NYT's Unintentional "Epitaph" for Nuclear Power
In support of the dying nuclear power industry, the New York Times Editorial Board has penned an inadvertent epitaph. Appearing in the May 2 edition, The Right Lessons from Chernobyl twists and...
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Activist Lauren DiGioia is arrested Jan. 3, 2012, during a demonstration in New York City’s Grand Central Station held to call attention to the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Barack Obama on the previous New Year’s Eve. (AP/Mary Altaffer) Chris Hedges
The Post-Constitutional Era
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to refuse to hear our case concerning Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold...
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Paul Buchheit
Why the Super-Rich Should Pay Super Taxes
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