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Friday, May 8, 2009
Glenn Greenwald
If the US Does It, It's Not Torture
There's been a major editorial breach at The New York Times today, in this obituary of an American fighter pilot who was captured by the Chinese: Harold E. Fischer Jr., an American Flier Tortured in...
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Frida Berrigan
The News on Nukes
It's not on the front pages of what is left of U.S. newspapers. The headlines are dominated by violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, by Miss America's semi-nude photo scandal, and by the...
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John Nichols
A Democrat Calls for Executive Accountability
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency may have caused some Democratic members of Congress to think that the constitutional questions raised by the executive excesses of the Bush-Cheney era...
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Tom Porteous
Gaza: Pursuit of the Laws of War
The Israeli government and its supporters have lashed out at the report of the UN board of inquiry into Israeli attacks on UN installations during Israel's latest offensive in Gaza. The report, they...
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Johann Hari
Dear God, Stop Brainwashing Children
Let us now put our hands together and pray. O God, we gather here today to ask you to free our schoolchildren from being forced to go through this charade every day. As you know, O Lord, because You...
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Robert Kuttner
A Stalled Counter-Revolution
There is no shortage of books attempting to sort out the dynamics of the great financial collapse that began in the summer of 2007. Since we are still in an early phase of the crisis and don't yet...
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George Monbiot
Climate Change Displacement Has Begun – but Hardly Anyone Has Noticed
Journalists - they're never around when you want one. Two weeks ago a momentous event occurred: the beginning of the world's first evacuation of an entire people as a result of manmade global warming...
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Eric Alterman
David Broder: Eyes Wide Shut
More than eighty years ago, in his argument with Walter Lippmann about the proper role of the press in a democracy, John Dewey warned that "a class of experts is inevitably so removed from common...
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David Sirota
Piggish Capitalism Endangers Us All
Even if you don't dig on swine, it has become impossible to avoid them. If you're not pummeled by television reports about Wall Street oinkers, you're bombarded by talk-radio rants about...
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Marcy Wheeler
Breaking News! CIA Manipulating Briefing Process
No. Not really breaking. We knew that CIA was playing around with its obligation to inform the intelligence committees before it starts any big new projects--like opening torture factories around the...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel & Greg Kaufmann
Smart Power in Pakistan/Afghanistan?
Inside the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill Tuesday, there were two distinctly different hearings on Pakistan. One featured the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and...
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Dave Lindorff
Stain Removal in the Ninth Circuit: The Bybee Challenge
In December 2001, an appellate judicial panel in the state of New York ruled that Yonkers City Court Judge Edmund G. Fitzgerald had to step down from his bench and leave his position following his...
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Ramzy Baroud
War without Context: Fatah, Hamas and Flawed Language
From a distance, the struggle between Hamas and Fatah appears commonplace, a typical third world country's political scuffle over interpretation of democracy that went out of control, or simply a ‘...
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Diane Farsetta
Pentagon Rejects Its Own Pundit Program Whitewash
The continuing saga of the Pentagon pundit program just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, as Alice in Wonderland might say.
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Denny LeBoeuf
Obama Can't Fix the Military Commissions
I watched the inauguration of President Obama from Guantánamo. Military and civilian defense lawyers had been in pretrial hearings in the 9/11 death penalty cases only the day before, and were...
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Julie Hollar
Congo Ignored, Not Forgotten: When 5 million dead aren’t worth two stories a year
The wars that have wracked the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1996, killing well over 5 million people (International Rescue Committee, 1/08 ) in what may be the deadliest conflict since...
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Paul Krugman
Stressing the Positive
Hooray! The banking crisis is over! Let's party! O.K., maybe not. In the end, the actual release of the much-hyped bank stress tests on Thursday came as an anticlimax. Everyone knew more or less what...
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William Greider
Stress Test: Obama's Rosy Scenario
Now it's official. Prosperity is right around the corner. We have heard the good news from both Wall Street and Washington. President Obama is careful not to use those very words, since this is what...
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