Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Truthout 5/25

Dumbing Down Teachers: Attacking Colleges of Education in the Name of Reform
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "As the Obama administration's educational reform movement increasingly adopts the interests and values of a "free-market' culture, many students graduate public schooling and higher education with an impoverished political imagination, unable to recognize injustice and unfairness."
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Beverly Bell | Haitian Farmers Resist GM Crops
Beverly Bell, Truthout: "In part II of an interview, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste discusses the role that agriculture can play in Haiti in addressing both the environmental and food crises. Jean-Baptiste is the executive director of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP)."
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Regulators Conducted Lax Oversight of Oil Industry, Report Uncovers
Yana Kunichoff, Truthout: "A new report to be released this week will detail inappropriate behavior by federal regulators charged with oversight of drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico, ranging from conducting inspections while under the influence of crystal methamphetamine to allowing industry officials to fill in their own inspection reports."
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Anti-Choice Woman-Hating Goes Mainstream
Carole Joffe, RH Reality Check: "'She consented in the murder of an unborn child. There are some situations where the mother may in fact die along with her child.' With this brief quote, the speaker, the Rev. John Ehrich, medical ethics director for the Diocese of Phoenix, deserves credit for achieving a twofer in a recently revived (if not formally declared) misogyny competition that is now sweeping the anti-choice world."
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From South Asia, With No Love for NPT
J. Sri Raman, Truthout: "Is New York hosting a historic event? Are the imposing United Nations headquarters witnessing intensive discussions of an international treaty that may prove a turning point in the human quest for nuclear disarmament? Where exactly is the 26-day Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon), to end on May 28, headed?"
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McChrystal Strategy Shifts to Raids - and Wali Karzai
Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service: "Gen. Stanley McChrystal's team once talked openly about the need to remove Ahmed Wali Karzai, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother and the most powerful man in Kandahar, from power. Last October, as reports of Wali Karzai's role in the opium trade were circulating, McChrystal's intelligence chief Gen. Michael T. Flynn said, 'If we are going to conduct a population-centric strategy in Afghanistan, and we are perceived as backing thugs, then we are just undermining ourselves.'"
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Chris Hedges | The Greeks Get It
Chris Hedges, Truthout: "Here's to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. They know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify economic data and then make billions betting that the Greek economy will collapse."
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Eugene Robinson | Give Some Answers, Dr. Paul
Eugene Robinson: "Not so fast, everybody. Rand Paul can't abruptly disavow the extremist views on civil rights that he's been espousing for years and expect us all to just move along. Was he lying then? Is he lying now? Or has the tea party movement's newly crowned Mad Hatter changed his mind?"
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Mark Weisbrot | "A New World Order"
Mark Weisbrot, The Center for Economic and Policy Research: "The efforts of Brazil and Turkey to find a negotiated solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, which generated a negotiated agreement with Iran last week, must be seen in the context of a growing challenge to the international political order."
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Another Jobless Benefits Fight Looms in Congress
David Lightman and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers: "Congress is braced for a new, unpredictable battle this week over whether to fund more aid for jobless workers as an estimated 1.2 million people face having their benefits cut off next month unless lawmakers act. The debate, expected to begin Tuesday in the House of Representatives, will be the third time this year that these provisions have faced expired funding."
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Will Glenn Beck's Common Nonsense Change Our Nation?
Sara Robinson, The Campaign for America's Future: "America has this long tradition of twisted, odd, widely beloved and yet darkly dangerous right-wing cultural impresarios that pop up out of our landscape like cultural tornadoes, leaving huge swaths of derangement and destruction in their wake. Aimee Semple McPherson."
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How Bad Is Gulf Oil Spill? A Global Q&A on Offshore Oil Spills
Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor: "The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has put a spotlight on the dangerous world of offshore oil drilling. With a well spewing thousands of barrels of crude (estimates range from 5,000 to 100,000 barrels) a day into the Gulf of Mexico, many are wondering if the industry has been too lightly regulated."
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Reagan Revolution Home to Roost: America Drowning in Debt
Dave Johnson, The Campaign for America's Future: "'Watch what we do, not what we say.' (Famous Republican advice.) The Reagan Revolution was first and foremost about cutting the taxes paid by the rich and corporations. Now, almost 30 years later, the United States of America is drowning in debt. And that is exactly what they wanted to happen."
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News in Brief: Administration Backs Compromise on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and More ...
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could be close to being repealed; global stock market takes heavy fall on Tuesday; clandestine military activity in the Middle East has been broadly expanded; North Korea ready for combat with South Korea; US continues to fund construction of segregated roads for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank.
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Making Latin America's Cities Women-Friendly
Marcela Valente, Inter Press Service: "'Violence against women is not only domestic, it also happens in the streets. Not having the right to feel safe in a city square or at a bus stop without someone bothering us, that's also violence.' This 'discovery,' as she called it, was described to IPS by Ofelia Retamoso, who lives in the east-central Argentine city of Rosario, 300 km northwest of Buenos Aires."
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