Views for 2014-05-09

Friday, May 9, 2014
President Obama addressed the crowd from inside a Walmart in Mountain View, Caliornia on Friday. (Photo: AP) Stacy Mitchell
Walmart is the Last Place Obama Should Have Made a Clean Energy Speech
Today President Obama spoke about clean energy and energy efficiency at a Walmart in Mountain View, Calif. Of all the places he might give a big speech on energy, a Walmart supercenter is a baffling...
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President Vladimir Putin replies to journalists’ questions at a press conference with President of Switzerland and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter on May 7, 2014. (Russian government photo) Robert Parry
Putin’s Subtle Message to Obama: Let's Talk
Official Washington’s shock and disbelief at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calming words about Ukraine reveal more about the widening chasm between real-world nuances and the U.S. political/...
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Students from the group Divest Harvard blockaded Massachusetts Hall on April 30 to call for a discussion of fossil fuel divestment with university administrators. (Photo: Courtesy Divest Harvard/Facebook) Krishna Dasaratha
Harvard Should Cut the Hypocrisy and Divest from Fossil Fuels
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A NOAA satellite captured this view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014. (Credit: NASA) Carl Safina
This Planet Comes with Limits
When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn't have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course,...
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'Even if Tony Blair uses his 'eel-like' powers to avoid prosecution while alive, he will not escape the history books.' (Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) Twiggy Garcia
Tony Blair Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes – Not Just Judged by History
Boris Johnson's sympathy isn't worth much; his sentiments during his LBC interview this week were touching, but he does not have the conviction to back the campaign to see Tony Blair face justice for...
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(Photo: Reuters) Joseph Hines
The President Should Make Walmart Part of the Minimum Wage Debate
“No family should work full time and live in poverty.” That’s been President Obama’s rallying cry on the stump, persuasively arguing for an increase in the federal (and state) minimum wage. Yet on...
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Juan Cole
Top 10 Reasons GOP Benghazi Witch Hunt Is Just a Campaign Fundraising Ploy
Since Obamacare is increasingly a wildly popular success, the GOP is flailing around looking for an issue, any issue to help fundraising for the fall congressional campaigns. In a vote that will live...
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Overuse of antibiotics, the tolerance of sweatshop labor, and a systematic refusal to address other key health concerns--is an indictment of our nation's mental well-being. Ralph Nader
Let's Call Out Institutional Insanities
What are the signs that an institution is clinically insane? For over thirty-five years I have been trying to persuade psychological and psychiatric specialists and their professional associations to...
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Jody Sokolower
Post-patriarchy? We Still Have Much to Learn (and Teach)
I came of age in the late 60s, when abortion was illegal, women were routinely blamed for getting raped, and we represented less than 5 percent of the lawyers in the country. When I came out in the...
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