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Friday, August 28, 2009
James Ridgeway
The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina
Confronted with images of corpses floating in the blackened floodwaters or baking in the sun on abandoned highways, there aren't too many people left who see what happened following Hurricane Katrina...
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Jeremy Scahill
Flushing Blackwater
Blackwater, the private mercenary company owned by Erik Prince, has been thrust back into the spotlight by a series of stunning revelations about its role in covert US programs. Since at least 2002,...
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David Sirota
The Science Fiction of Military Marketing
I'm a video game geek, so as I sat through movie previews a few weeks ago, I was sure I was watching Nintendo ads. There on the cinema's screen was a supersleek plane flying over a moonscape while...
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Mary Kelly
Restoring Coastal Barriers Vital for Region
The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season, Hurricane Bill, developed into a dangerous Category 4 storm and served as a stark reminder that many of our coastal areas remain deeply vulnerable to...
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Greg Palast
Katrina, Four Years Later: Expert Fired Who Warned Levees Would Burst
There's another floater. Four years on, there's another victim face down in the waters of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Ivor van Heerden. I don't get to use the word "heroic" very often. Van Heerden is...
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Dave Lindorff
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...
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Robert Naiman
State Department Recommends Aid Cutoff to Honduras
After two months, the State Department is poised to formally declare what was obvious to most of the world: on June 28, Honduras experienced a military coup. State Department staff have recommended...
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Geoff Olson
Western Attitudes, Toxins Stunting African Growth
"Aliens Exist," Newsweek trumpets on its Aug. 15 cover story, which examines the latest scientific thinking on extraterrestrial life. It's always entertaining to imagine what visitors from space...
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Johann Hari
This Is an Idiot's Version of Her Masterpiece
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine is one of the most important political books of the past decade. She takes the central myth of the right, "that since the fall of Soviet tyranny, free elections and...
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Ryan Harvey, Sergio España
Many Different Enemies: Afghan Women Fight for Their Country
As the government of Afghanistan, under the watchful eye of Washington, prepared for its second national election since the U.S. invasion of 2001, we sat down with Shazia, a Kabul resident and member...
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Tom Engelhardt
G.I. Joe, Post-American Hero: The Long, Slow Death of American Triumphalism
The Prequel: In my childhood, I played endlessly with toy soldiers -- a crew of cowboys and bluecoats to defeat the Indians and win the West; a bag or two of tiny olive-green plastic Marines to storm...
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Glenn Greenwald
Even The New Republic Now Calls for a Party Purge of Corporate-Owned 'Centrists'
The New Republic, 2004, endorsing Joe Lieberman for President : But one day, Joe Lieberman's warnings in this campaign will look prophetic. And the principles he has espoused will once again guide...
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