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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Shepherd Bliss
Oklahoma City, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Now Ft. Hood
Oklahoma City (1995--168 killed), Columbine High (1999--12 killed), Virginia Tech University (2007--32 killed), and now Ft. Hood (13 killed). What do these memorable places have in common? They are...
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Ralph Nader
Still Waiting for Health Care
The House of Representatives debate on the health insurance "reform" is over with the Democrats failing the people and the Republicans disgracing themselves as having left their minds back in the...
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Jonathan Safran Foer
Quitting Meat: A Process Of Change
Mark Twain said that quitting smoking is among the easiest things one can do; he did it all the time. I would add vegetarianism to the list of easy things. In high school I became a vegetarian more...
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Ali Abunimah
Israeli Jews and The One-State Solution
Anyone who rejects the two-state solution, won't bring a one-state solution. They will instead bring one war, not one state. A bloody war with no end. -- Israeli President Shimon Peres, 7 November...
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David Sirota
Obama Helping Lobbyists Weaken Offshore Tax Crackdown Dems Passed in 2002 over GOP Opposition
One of the few - and I sincerely stress the word "few" - concrete legislative successes progressives notched in the Republican Congress under President George W. Bush came on the evening of July 26th...
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Malalai Joya
US Is Doing No Good in Afghanistan
As an Afghan woman who was elected to Parliament, I am in the United States to ask President Barack Obama to immediately end the occupation of my country. Eight years ago, women's rights were used as...
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Frank Smyth
El Salvador’s Cold War Martyrs
The curfew broke after dawn. But the massacre took place in the middle of the night. The high command of the Salvadoran armed forces, who were receiving a million dollars a day in U.S. aid, made...
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Robert Scheer
Gorbachev’s Sermon on the Mount
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." That biblical quotation certainly applies to Mikhail Gorbachev, a man not honored enough for the example he set and whose...
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Jim Hightower
Real Recovery Is Easy to Spell: J-O-B-S
The recession is over! The economy is growing! The Dow Jones is above 10,000! Bankers are pocketing profits and fat bonuses! Happy days are here again! Unless, of course, you're just a regular...
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Moira Birss
Signing of Colombia Bases Deal Could Set the Stage for 'Expeditionary Warfare'
After several months of secrecy and controversy , on October 30th the US and Colombia signed an agreement to allow the United States military extensive access to s
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Amy Goodman
The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and families will be gathering to share a meal and, perhaps, enjoy another annual telecast of "The Wizard of Oz." The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching...
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Tom Engelhardt
Drone Race to a Known Future: Why Military Dreams Fail -- and Why It Doesn't Matter
For drone freaks (and these days Washington seems full of them), here's the good news: Drones are hot! Not long ago -- 2006 to be exact -- the Air Force could barely get a few armed unmanned aerial...
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Matthis Chiroux
The Violence Within Is The Veteran Without
It's time to take care of your troops, America. We are mired in violence and gun lust, post traumatic stress and substance abuse; outward anxiety and inward extremism. Maj. Nidal Hassan is one of us...
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Phyllis Bennis
Can Talks with Iran Lead to Obama's 'World without Nuclear Weapons'?
In one key conflict area-Iran-President Barack Obama appears to be keeping, at least for the moment, his campaign commitment to engage rather than threaten, to use diplomacy rather than force. As...
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Thom Hartmann
Major Hasan and The Legacy of George W Bush
If Bill Clinton - or, presumably, Al Gore (or even Ralph Nader) - had been President in 2001, the Ft. Hood massacre almost certainly wouldn't have happened. Because George W. Bush was president, it...
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