Best Web OpEds

Marianne Williamson writes to Hillary Hi, Hillary. You know me. I mean, we're not friends, exactly, but we're acquaintances. You were wonderful to me back in 1994 when you invited me to the White House. It's a memory I will treasure always, and you gave it to me. I thank you... In the final analysis, we really do love democracy -- and watching it dismantled as it's being dismantled, and corrupted like it's being corrupted, has taken a lot of us from denial to ...

Israeli, Hamas war crimes becoming increasingly hard to distinguish Lawyer Lolita Brayman considers the dilemma of finding out which side, Israel or Hamas, shelled a UN-run school on Thursday morning. In the fog of war that has engulfed Israel's Operation Protective Edge, answering such a question is incredibly difficult. Nonetheless, a guilty verdict for either combatant would carry serious ramifications, putting the responsible party in breach of international law. After the UN Human Rights ...

Anti-Semitism has no place in Palestine advocacy Yasmeen Serhan decries the violent, anti-Semitic protests that have occurred in France since the start of the latest Gaza war. Ostensibly in protest against Israel's war crimes over the past month, these protests have done more harm than good for the Palestinian cause, and need to stop. 1 

Paul Krugman: Left Coast Rising California has long suffered from political paralysis, with budget rules that allowed an increasingly extreme Republican minority to hamstring a Democratic majority; when the state's housing bubble burst, it plunged into fiscal crisis. In 2012, however, Democratic dominance finally became strong enough to overcome the paralysis, and Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending i... 2 

US Invents Reports of Russia Attacking Ukraine Bases Apparently still laying the groundwork for their own planned military intervention, the US government has invented a narrative of massive Russian artillery strikes against Ukrainian military bases along the border. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf introduced the story to the press at today's briefing, claiming that the US has secret evidence from "human intelligence information" that the attacks are taking place. The Pe...
Why The World Is Spinning Into Crisis Everywhere-by Howard Fineman Six years after he wrote his original article, Haass is busy writing another, and it's an even more timely call for a new understanding of how to manage world crises. The evidence that we need to do better is in the headlines and the videos. "Things have gotten much worse; It's even more urgent that we figure out a new form of world governance, because the old ones don't work." The disruptive forces he wrote about before h... 3 

7 Ways U.S. Foreign Policy Would Be Even More Disastrous If There Were a Republican in the White House It's hard to recall a time when the world presented more crises with fewer easy solutions. And for the Republicans, all of these woes have a common genesis: American weakness projected by Barack Obama. People in the Middle East, former Vice President Dick Cheney said recently, "are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president." H... 2 
An Idiot's Guide to Inequality The rush to purchase Piketty's book suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we're human. So let me satisfy this demand with my own "Idiot's Guide to Inequality." Here are five points...

TTIP: It's Not About Trade - Your Opinion - Atlantic Community With TTIP, not all is as it seems. Officials from the EU and US would have citizens believe the promotion of trade is the impetus behind free trade negotiations. But slashing already-low tariffs is hardly worth the effort. Instead, the real goal is the implementation of a new regulatory structure. The result: an international policing mechanism unlikely to have been approved via the normal political processes in each country. ...
Videos - Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Big Banks Spend $1 Million a Day to Fight Financial Reform Jump to 15:00 to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren's inspiring speech to Netroots Nation. Financial reform is the crucial issue if another crisis is to be avoided. The big banks, who are already too big to fail, spend $1 Million a Day to Fight Financial Reform 1 
An Ominous Health Care Ruling - By THE EDITORIAL BOARD- NYTimes " A Crippling Blow to the ability of the Affordable Care Act! Millions of low- and moderate-income people who signed up for health insurance with the help of federal tax-credit subsidies could find themselves without coverage or facing big premium bills if a destructive decision handed down by a federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday is not reversed. It would be to reduce the ranks of the uninsured with grievous conse... 4 
A 401(k) for All - By GENE B. SPERLING; NYTimes "ONE compelling way to turn the ongoing national discussion on wealth inequality into a tangible policy to help Americans increase their wealth and savings would be to fix our "upside-down" tax incentive system for retirement savings. In its current form, it makes higher-income Americans triple winners and people earning less money triple losers. How so? First, the federal government's use of tax deductibility to encourage sav... 1 
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Short Life of the Moreland Commission - SUSANNE CRAIG, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and NYTimes With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars' worth of advertisements for the NYS Democratic Party.The subpoena was swi... 1 
Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack - By HENRY FOUNTAIN; NYTimes "Even the most modern coal plants, its smokestacks still emit enormous amounts of carbon dioxide,; if there is any hope of staving off the worst effects of climate change, many scientists say, this must be part of it capturing the carbon that spews from power plants and locking it away, permanently. For now, they contend, the world is too dependent on fossil fuels to do anything less. Despite President Obama's push torein in ... 2 

Daniel Ellsberg on Chelsea Manning On the official Chelsea Manning Support Network, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower defends Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, whose release of classified documents in association with WikiLeaks has seen both of their lives changed forever. Manning recently began her prison sentence of 35 years; Snowden languishes in temporary political asylum in Russia. Applauding these two martyrs' contribution to history, decrying the lack ...

Borowitz: Perry Boosts Presidential Stature By deploying a thousand National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, Perry has shown that as President he would be "ready and willing" to use troops without a defined objective, mission, or exit strategy, the aide confirmed. "Sending troops someplace with no clear idea of why they are going or what they are supposed to be doing once they get there is a key part of the Presidential skill set," said the aide, Harland Dorrinson....
Essay: Hey, Publishers: Stop fooling us, and yourselves For an industry built on a foundation of truth-telling, the newspaper business sure has trouble telling the truth about itself. Last month at the World Newspaper Congress in Turin, Italy, the chief spokesperson for U.S.-based dailies, Newspaper Association of America President Caroline Little, gave publishers, editors and educators from around the world a presentation on "the current state of newspaper media in the United S...

Flight MH17: Are we stumbling into world war like 100 years ago? - Stop the War Coalition Matt Carr dubs the MH17 crash a potential catalyst to world conflict, in the manner of Archduke Ferdinand's assassination a hundred years ago. In light of the other unnerving similarities between the international stages of then and now, such as the development of prominent alliances between powers, Carr warns that every party involved should take a good, long look at history before launching into wild, inflammatory accusation...

Koch Brothers Pay Greg Abbott to Play Chemical Russian Roulette With Texas Residents Take one Greg Abbott add some Koch money and you get policies that put Koch profit over the safety of people in Texas. According to Abbott's latest campaign finance report, the Koch Brothers donated a total of $100,000 to the Abbott campaign. Koch interests donated $75,000 following the deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. That explosion killed 15 and injured 160 people. It destroyed 200 homes and caused a tot...

Will the Current Generations of Americans Betrayal Every Preceding and Future Generation? The linked article highlights how the normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, during President Nixon's first term, has been an unmitigated disaster, with one of the worst political systems in the world and China's growth coming at America's expense. Nixon's discussion to float the U.S. Dollar, has led to our increasing trade deficit and ongoing currency manipulation by China since 1994, which has structurall...
Paul Horton: Will the Market Destroy Public Education? The End of Public Schools: "Paul Horton, who teaches history at the University of Chicago Lab School, here analyzes the origins of neoliberalism and its attack on the public sector. The "rhetoric of economic freedom" has put a price tag everything. Self-interest and me-first have become the ideology of the day, and anyone who dares to think of what is he best interest of society or how to raise up the poor is scorned as a Marx... 2 
America's Test at the Border This volatile border" situation demands courage and calm. Mr. Obama has the calm, but does he have the courage? Can he send a clear message like the one given by Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, who told fellow governors: "It is contrary to everything we stand for as a people to try to summarily send children back to death." Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse wrote to Mr. Obama offering shelter in her city for the children... 5 

Paul Krugman: An Imaginary Budget and Debt Crisis For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now. President Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged fiscal crisis, and spent much of ...

CBO--Still Out of Paradigm after All These Years What we see from these four points made by CBO is that the real danger to policymakers isn't large deficits and debt. The real danger is that they will pay attention to analysis done of large deficits and debt by CBO and others like it--such as most economists--and unfortunately they are all paying attention and echoing this same sort of analysis. And here we all sit in a six year trough relative to potential GDP (the Output...

Net Neutrality, Monopoly, and the Death of the Democratic Internet Net neutrality is an anti-discrimination policy for the net, and we are on the verge of losing it. "Perhaps most damaging of all, network operators would have a powerful incentive to continue to under-invest in infrastructure. Capacity constraints on their network would be transformed into profit opportunities. They would be allowed to charge for preferential access to a resource they could manage to ensure remained artificia... 5 

These Kids Today In the fiscal year that ended in June, 52,193 undocumented minors were caught crossing the United States's Southern border. That is twice as many as the previous year. The House of Representatives, Boehner says, isn't about to give Obama a "blank check." That got me thinking (considering what we taxpayers spend on, say, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other fabulously expensive weapons) about what $3.7 billion could buy...

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile Since arriving in Moscow, Snowden has been keeping late and solitary hours -- effectively living on US time, tapping away on one of his three computers (three to be safe; he uses encrypted chat, too). If anything, he appears more connected and outgoing than he could be in his former life as an agent. Of his life now, he says, "There's actually not that much difference. You know, I think there are guys who are just hoping to se...

John McCain Betrays Our Commander In Chief Senator John McCain called the Obama administration "cowardly" for waiting for the facts before taking action on the downed Malaysian Airlines Flight. Republicans can't stand the Obama doctrine. John McCain would rather be bomb, bomb, bombing any and everyone before the facts come in -- you know, just in case. Sen. McCain is so frustrated by the fact that the Obama foreign policy has worked where his neo-con warmongering has f... 3 
Jeff Bryant: The Media Doesn't Understand Why Teachers and Parents Are Angry Jeff Bryant notes that many in the national media were stunned when the NEA called for Secretary Duncan's resignation. For years, they believed the Secretary's press releases instead of investigating the festering discontent against his ill-informed policies. Many journalists are oblivious to the protests by teachers--Many journalists never noticed growing protests by students against obsessive testing in cities like Providenc... 2 
Bonanza! Silicon Valley Sees Gold in Corporate-Driven School Reforms by Bill Raden and Gary Cohn Tenure is the story in ed... and at last the truth is being sought! When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu struck down the tenure rights of the state's public school teachers in Vergara v. California, his decision was hailed by Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., lead attorney for the plaintiffs, as "a terrific, wonderful day for California students and for the California education system." The lawsuit, which had been brou... 1 

More Best Web OpEds...

Tell a Friend: Tell A Friend


Copyright © 2002-2014, OpEdNews

Powered by Populum