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May 17, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
Another Gitmo detainee is set free, making the tally 35-13 for freed detainees vs. those held indefinitely.
The financial reform bill is a start, but it looks like there's a few glaring loopholes.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is heading to the UK this week, as British troops face the most violent assault since the start of the war nine years ago. A report mentioned in the article says opium trade is behind the increase in violence. IPSer Phyllis Bennis says it'll take more players and less soldiers if we want peace there.
The Gulf Coast's Vietnamese and Cambodian fishing communities are some of the hardest hit in the wake of the BP oil crisis.
In related news, BP chose a more toxic, less effective oil dispersant because it hates the Earth is produced by a company with close ties to the oil giant. Jim Hightower's convinced we've been slicked by Big Oil.
Local DC group Save Our Safety Net is headed to City Council on Wednesday to call for progressive tax rates.
May 13, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
The forgotten men and women of America, via Firedoglake and The New York Times. Just more evidence that we need a new social safety net.
Salon: Arizona bans ethnic studies courses in schools, which "relies on is the assumption that white people's history is history, and everyone else’s is 'ethnic studies,' or worse, 'teaching hate.'"
The Boston Globe has horrible, striking photos from the Gulf.
Senators Jeff Merkley (OR) and Carl Levin (MI) have introduced an amendment to the financial reform bill that would "rein in proprietary trading (i.e. subprime securities, derivatives) by 'regular' banks; impose capital requirements on 'systemically important' nonbanks (think Goldman, AIG, Morgan Stanley) so when their crappy bets don’t pan out we don’t have to pick up the tab; and prevent investment banks from betting against the very securities they peddle to their clients."
Labor unions may have to abandon Obama to fight corporate power.
The New America Foundation has mapped areas of known drone strikes in Pakistan.
May 12, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
John Kerry and Joe Lieberman managed to introduce the climate bill today, despite both the growing off shore oil disaster in the Gulf (now with dying dolphins) and the recent coal mine tragedy. John Kerry believes the bill has a good chance of passing by the end of the year, despite Republicans throwing oil and gas industry fundraisers for some of their candidates. Lieberman said it "represents a market-driven partnership between the public and private sectors, to reduce carbon pollution and lessen the nation's dependence on foreign oil."
How does this bill compare with the House bill and the clean energy bill? There's a great chart, via ClimateProgress, that compares the three.
But this legislation, in whatever form the sausage-makers spit out, is far from perfect. Our own Daphne Wysham, who heads our environmental project (SEEN), is concerned that the bill does far too little. And in light of the BP oil disaster, it's clear that there needs to be much more regulation and oversight of corporations like oil companies that are involved with toxic substances. And Jeff Biggers wonders about the merits of "ensuring coal's future," as outlined in the bill.
We need to hold up the BP and Massey incidents as evidence that we need to move beyond petroleum and get serious about alternative energy and curbing emissions. Especially since, according to The Onion, the stupid environment isn't even willing to meet us halfway.
May 11, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
Sen. Benigno "NoyNoy" Aquino won the Philippine elections with about 75 percent of the vote, despite a communist rebel skirmish in the Mindinao region. He vowed to tamp down corruption (although FPIF columnist Walden Bello wonders if that's the real cause of poverty).
On Democracy Now!, Glenn Greenwald and Jamin Raskin debate the progressive reaction to Elena Kagan.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a comprehensive source for the latest citizen reports on what's happening in the Gulf, as a result of the BP oil spill. Oil is now washing up on the shores of the Mississippi Delta.
As Daphne Wysham reports, this isn't the first time BP has hurt people in the Gulf—but thanks to lax regulation, they were hardly punished for it. Representatives from BP, Halliburton, and Transocean will appear before a Senate committee investigating the spill today.
How can cultural boycott help the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement against Israel? Cathy Gulkin of Point of View magazine explains (via IMEU).
Two AlterNet reporters ask: Why do we let economically essential banks gamble with our money? Our own Sarah Anderson says that taxing financial speculation is key to halting the casino. OpenLeft has a great roundup of developments in financial reform.
May 10, 2010 · By Jennifer Doak
The seven stupidest statements made about the BP oil hemorrhage.
BP's first plan to contain the spill failed, but Alabama and Mississippi lawmakers still support offshore drilling.
In Iraq, at least 65 people were killed and 243 injured in a series of attacks. And the Taliban announced a new offensive starting today, against foreign troops, security contractors, and the Afghans that work with them.
Community health care clinics are a main source of care for the U.S. poor. With the reform bill's passage, what is their future?
Left-wing parties celebrate victory in Germany.
In Greece, protesters focus their wrath on the IMF, as a "majority of Greeks not only see it as the harbinger of harsh economic reforms but the symbol of foreign occupation."