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Schechter: Obama Electrifies
Jun 08, 2009
The President As Celebrity Conquers Europe Even Europe Moves Right
Jun 03, 2009
How Wall Street Is Fighting Back and Winning Their Fight For The Status Quo
May 27, 2009
Come to think of it. Over the last few years, there is more prosperity visible all around. More people have disposable incomes, more people are now travelling abroad, more people are flying around in the country, more people throng the super malls, more cars (including the luxury models) clog the roads, more restaurants are now dotting the streets, and so on. The rich have become super rich and the middle class is fast catching up.
Solomon: Green New Deal
May 26, 2009
In the Arctic, sea ice is melting. In the United States, houses are foreclosing.
Street: Radical Hope
May 22, 2009
Here is a statement that may surprise some of my more regular readers (yes, all four of you): it's a good thing that Barack Obama won the presidential election last fall.
Shiva: Third Pole
May 17, 2009
I write from Ladakh, where we are studying the impact of climate change and evolving participatory adaptation and disaster preparedness strategies with local communities.
Schechter: 100 Days
Apr 28, 2009
How would you do on a "stress test?" Even as the soundness of banks is supposedly measured-with many expected to show signs of insolvency---the whole stress idea demands a broader focus.
Shah: World Malaria Day
Apr 24, 2009
Last weekend, the mosquitoes emerged from the narrow stream that trickles by our house outside Baltimore, flitting around the ankles of my 9-year-old son, skipping stones with his pants rolled up to his knees.
Apr 23, 2009
As President Obama enters his fourth month in office, two tendencies among progressive-minded Americans seem most hazardous to the political health of the country. The gist of one approach is that Obama can't do anything seriously wrong; the other is that he can't do anything seriously right.
Street: Obama & Torture
Apr 22, 2009
The liberal and progressive civil libertarians I know who strongly supported Barack Obama's "change" campaign last year are having a difficult time processing some deeply disturbing recent developments in Washington.
Schechter: Obama's Techniques
Apr 20, 2009
The election of Barack Obama may be long over but the campaign for change is still underway. For the first time in American history, a president is using the techniques he deployed in running for office in pushing for deeper change. Those who want him to go even further might want to master the approach he used.
Solomon: War Escalation
Apr 08, 2009
Top Democrats and many prominent supporters -- with vocal agreement, tactical quibbles or total silence -- are assisting the escalation of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The predictable results will include much more killing and destruction. Back home, on the political front, the escalation will drive deep wedges into the Democratic Party.
Schechter: After The Summit
Apr 04, 2009
The eyes of the world have been on the Economic Summit in London but the ideas of the world were mostly conspicuous by their absence. Here we have a global crisis. The house is on fire. Unemployment is climbing. The real estate contagion is now claiming condos and even shopping malls. It's bad and by most accounts, getting worse. And, all the "leaders" of the world can do is devote ONE DAY to a forum that must have cost millions to stage.
Apr 01, 2009
Will Public Anger With The Ongoing Rip-off Have An Impact?
Sharma: G-20 Summit
Mar 30, 2009
Top leaders from the largest 20 economies of the world -- called G-20 -- will assemble in London on April 2. As the Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros said: "this will be the world's last chance to avert economic disaster."
Mar 26, 2009
Last week, some members of Congress sent President Obama a letter that urged him to "reconsider" his order deploying 17,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan.
Sharma: GM Crops
Mar 25, 2009
Lies, damn lies, and the Monsanto website. Tell a lie a hundred times, and the chances are that it will eventually appear to be true. When it comes to genetically modified crops, Monsanto makes such an effort â€“ and it could be that you too are duped into accepting their distortions as truth.
Street: Suicide Prevention
Mar 23, 2009
Recently I spoke to an acquaintance who happens to be a psychiatric nurse at a major hospital. She reports an epidemic of distraught people coming and brought into her facility's emergency room in the wake of mental breakdowns and, often, suicide attempts. She's seen more of this in recent months than in any previous time in her career.
Schechter: Is The Hunter Being Captured By The Game?
Mar 21, 2009
Some things don't change. Obama may be in the White House, shuffling between the safety of the center and the language of change ("changeguage?"), firm in his commitment to the doctrine of neo-prog pragmatism which all too often requires the abandonment of ideas and ideals that could offend both the right and wrong people.
Shiva: Globalization's Fall
Mar 16, 2009
Globalization was imposed on the world with a promise of peace and prosperity. Instead we are faced with war and economic crisis. Not only has prosperity proved elusive, the minimal economic securities of people and countries are fast disappearing.