Dave Lindorff

Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. He is author of Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains (BantamBooks, 1992), and his latest book "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006). He is the founding editor of ThisCantBeHappening.

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Monday, March 15, 2010 - 9:26am
This Time It's Pregnant Women: Another US Atrocity in the Bush-Obama War in Afghanistan
Another night-time raid on a housing compound in Afghanistan. Another bunch of innocent Afghans killed. Another round of lies by the US-led forces of the so-called International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Only this time, among the dead are two pregnant mothers and a teenage girl. And once again the US media remain mute, accepting the official story, which was of ISAF forces responding to an attack which in reality appears never to have happened.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:50am
Where Are This War’s Heroes, Military and Journalistic?
When Charlie Company's Lt. William Calley ordered and encouraged his men to rape, maim and slaughter over 400 women and children and old people in My Lai in Vietnam back in 1968, there were at least four heroes who tried to stop him or bring him and higher officers to justice. One was helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson Jr., who evacuated some of the wounded victims, and who set his chopper down between a group of Vietnamese and Calley's men, ordering his door gunner to open fire on the US soldiers if they shot any more people.
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Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:57am
An Accidental Experience with a Health System that Seems to Work
As I write this article, I'm seated in a hotel room across from the train station in Geneva, Switzerland. There's a slight, dull pain in my forehead from a two-inch line of stitches that are pulling together a gash that runs diagonally across my brow, thanks to a stumble on a high step on a sidewalk in the rain last night, that sent me flying airborne headfirst into a round metal lamppost.
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Friday, February 19, 2010 - 10:28am
Wake Up America: The Looming Threat of Terrorists in Small Aircraft... and Cars
The deliberate suicide crash bombing by a domestic terrorist pilot of a small plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas has exposed a grave failure of the Homeland Security Department to protect us Americans from the threat posed by the virtually unregulated use in this country of small aircraft. Just about anyone can own and fly a small plane, and these, as we have now seen, are readily adaptable into kamikazi missiles capable of destroying large buildings.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 11:36am
Battle for Marjah: The US Has Already Lost
The fighting is still underway in the town of Marjah, in what is being described as the first battle in Obama's War in Afghanistan, or alternatively as the biggest battle of the US War in Afghanistan. But already, the US has lost that battle. It lost it from day one, when troops fired missiles in to a Marjah house, killing 12 civilian occupants--half of them children. And it lost it further when another three more civilians were blown away by US-led forces. Finally, it lost the battle as much of the town has been simply destroyed by the fighting.
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Monday, February 1, 2010 - 9:43am
Talk Now With the Taliban (We’re Going to End Up Having to Talk With Them Anyhow)
You had to love the headline the Philadelphia Inquirer put on the jump page of columnist Trudy Rubin's Sunday commentary about word that the Obama administration is hoping to talk with at least some mid-level Taliban leaders about giving up the fight and "coming over" to the "government" side.
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Friday, January 15, 2010 - 10:30am
Cuba is Missing... From US Reports on the International Response to Haiti’s Earthquake
There are only two US media outlets that have reported on Cuba’s response to the deadly 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti. One was Fox News, which claimed, wrongly, that the Cubans were absent from the list of neighboring Caribbean countries providing aid. The other was the Christian Science Monitor (a respected news organization that recently shut down its print edition), which reported correctly that Cuba had dispatched 30 doctors to the stricken nation.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 8:51am
Democrats and the Corporate Media: Looking for Green Shoots in an Economic Desert?
So much for economic "green shoots." The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve, along with the servile corporate media, have been quick to grasp at and trumpet every little suggestion that things might be improving, as they did when the Labor Dept. announced last week that new unemployment claims had dropped to "just" 434,000, from a high of 684,000 in the week ended March 28 or last year. Or when the Commerce Dept. reported last month that November housing starts had risen by 8.9% compared to the prior month.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:34am
Sue the Bastards: Why are Only Republican AGs Threatening to Go to Court to Fight Health Care 'Reform’?
Attorneys General from 13 states--all of them Republicans--are saying that they are going to sue to block the health insurance reform bill if, when it is finally passed, it still includes a measure giving Nebraska an extra $100 million in Medicaid funds. They charge that this "bribe" was used to get Nebraska's conservative Democratic Senator Ben Nelson to join fellow Democrats to get the Senate's version of the bill passed.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:45pm
Paul Krugman’s Health Care Sell-Out: The Health 'Reform' Bill in Congress Is Worse Than Nothing
Paul Krugman, one of the few liberal columnists writing for the New York Times, claims that at some point in the hoary past when he "began writing a lot about health care," he was in favor of a Canadian-style single-payer health care system. He adds that even today if he thought there was "any chance of creating Medicare for All any time in the next decade," he would be "pushing for single-payer now."
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