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LA Progressive: 22 to 29 November, 2009

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Medicare in Crisis: The Devastating Impacts of a Corporate Health Care Bill.But now the dust is starting to settle, and the Congressional vision for health care in the U.S. is emerging. Instead of being “progressive,” it will amount to a massive, corporate-inspired attack on American workers, the elderly, and the poor. -Shamus Cooke

False Atrocity Tales from the War in Vietnam. A young lance corporal, who could not distinguish between a legal and an illegal order, shot an unresisting, unarmed, and unnamed woman in the back, in front of children that were likely hers. He and his company commander were court-martialed. -Gary Kulik

Beyond Diversity: The Cosmopolitan Dilemma. There is, of course, an enormous difference between diversity as an idea and diversity as a reality. Moreover, many of those who profess to support the ideal harbor doubts and hostility toward it, doubts and hostility that typically focus less on attacking diversity itself than what it is interpreted to mean -Jim Cullen

International Corruption Fuels Congo’s Repressive War. Considering that the United States, China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and rotating member Uganda are all on the Security Council and all have been implicated in the report, it is no wonder the report was disseminated by rogues before it was dissected. -Georgianne Nienaber

Kicking the Can Down the Street. I am afraid to say that President Obama is even risking his presidency by this decision. From this point forward, he will lack the support of the rank and file Democratic majority and become dependent on the very Republicans whose highest priority is to defeat him in 2012. -Tom Hayden

Giving Thanks to Activist Heroes in 2009. The week of Thanksgiving offers the perfect opportunity for us to give thanks and appreciation for those in 2009 who have worked for social and economic justice. -Randy Shaw

Laughing So Hard . So, right, it’s a wonderful movie, and as much as the LA Progressive does such things, we give it four stars, a kiss and a hug and a pat on the behind, and recommend that you see it. But I think we were touched with something more that night. -Dick Price


LAPD’s New Police Chief Charlie Beck: Reformer or Redeemer? Was Beck truly the best man for the job, or a nice parting gift to Bratton and a pacification gift the Police Protection League. We certainly shouldn’t be afraid to ask the question, as suspicious as it sounds. -Anthony Asadullah Samad

Will the GOP Find a New Reagan? The question is whether today’s conservative Republicans understand that they cannot save their party by destroying it. Too many on the right have tried to conciliate a base that craves ideological purity. But ideological purity does not lead to victory. It leads to irrelevance. -Derek Catsam

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