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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Friday, August 28, 2009 - 10:21am
Obama's War: Afghanistan Is Spelled V-I-E-T-N-A-M
President Barack Obama has staked his presidency on winning his “necessary” war in Afghanistan. Coming into office, one of his first acts, on Feb. 18, was to boost US troop levels in that country by 17,000, bringing the total number of soldiers and Marines in the country to about 57,000, to which one must also add about 33,000 other soldiers from NATO countries and Australia. That’s 100,000 foreign soldiers fighting against Taliban fighters.
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Monday, August 10, 2009 - 10:35am
Stop Complaining About Right-Wing Protests! The Left Should Be (Re)Learning How It's Done
OMG! Those protesters showing up at Democratic "town meetings" to promote the president's health care "reform" program are being bused in from out of town? Scandal! Que horrible! (Gasp!)
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Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:08am
Agent Orange Causes Blindness
Agent Orange, the herbicide used as a weapon by US military forces in Vietnam for nearly a decade to defoliate vast stretches of inhabited forest and jungle in an effort to deprive the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces of both cover and a supportive populace, has long been known to have caused a large number of serious and debilitating diseases, many of them passed on to children of those exposed. But now it also appears to cause a peculiar blindness among American journalists.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 9:56am
Dark Days But a Ray of Hope for Embattled Workers
The Democrats in Congress have sold out their supporters in the labor movement by giving up the so-called "card-check" feature of the embattled Employee Free Choice Act, which makes the "reform" legislation that has been billed as labor's "number one issue" much less of a reform.
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Friday, July 10, 2009 - 8:27am
With Friends Like These: Wal-Mart, Health 'Reform’ and Obama’s 'Public Option’
All you need to really know about the Obama health "reform" initiative is that it is being supported by retail giant Wal-Mart.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 10:01am
Obama's Health Reform Waterloo
The Obama administration and the Congressional Democrats are finally hitting the inevitable wall that was bound to confront them because of the president's congenital inability to be a bold leader, and because of the party's toxic decades-old decision to betray its working class New Deal base in favor of wholesale corporate whoredom. The wall is health care reform, which both Barack Obama and the Democratic Party had hoped would be the ticket for them to ride to victory in the 2010 Congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 8:52am
Blowing Our Chance for Real Health Care Reform
If you want to fix the disaster that is called the American healthcare system, the first thing to do is to clearly point out what its major failings are, and there are two of these. The first is cost. America is one of the most expensive places, or possibly the most expensive place, in the world to get sick or injured. The corollary of that is that it is one of the best places to make a killing if you are in the medical business, whether as a doctor, a hospital company, a pharmaceutical firm or a nursing home owner.
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Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 11:48am
If We Only Had a Leader with Guts: What a State-Run GM Could Do
If the government were to actually take charge of GM, instead of playing the pathetic role of passive owner, the bankrupt and seriously troubled auto giant could move beyond just making more cars and more problems to become a forward-thinking pioneer in acrually solving problems.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 11:05am
John Walker Lindh: The Original Bush Era Torture Victim?
As pressure mounts for an investigation or criminal prosecution of the officials and the decisions that led to an official government program of torture, the case of John Walker Liindh, the young American fighter arrested with the Taliban early in the Afghanistan invasion, may offer an example of the earliest case of documentable officially sanctioned torture.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 10:35am
Caught in a Lie: US is Using White Phosphorus in Afghanistan as a Weapon
When doctors started reporting that some of the victims of the US bombing of several villages in Farah Province last week—an attack that left between 117 and 147 civilians dead, most of them women and children—were turning up with deep, sharp burns on their body that “looked like” they’d been caused by white phosphorus, the US military was quick to deny responsibility.
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