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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Andy Worthington
Four Prisoners Freed From Guantánamo: Three in Albania, One in Spain
On Wednesday, four prisoners were released from Guantánamo: an Egyptian, a Libyan and a Tunisian arrived in Albania, and a Palestinian arrived in Spain. All four had been cleared by military review...
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Mark Weisbrot
Latin America's Path to Independence
Latin America took another historic step forward this week with the creation of a new regional organisation of 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The United States and Canada were excluded...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Look Who Took Money From Toyota
We the people. Those are, of course, the first words of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. ``We the people of the United States . . .'' It doesn't say anything about corporations. So count me...
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Khadija Sharife
Climate Change's Secret Weapon
The water is crystalline, the sand is whiter than white, and elegantly bent palm trees sway in the breeze. This is how the Seychelles markets itself: as “another world.” Tourism is the mainstay of...
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Robert Reich
Bust Up the Health Insurance Trusts
Years ago I worked at an agency in Washington called the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC predates the New Deal. It was set up in 1914 during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, at a time when...
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Norman Solomon
War Politics: Numb and Number
Playwright Lillian Hellman said: "I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions." The statement was in a letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee. The year was 1952...
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Bill McKibben
The Attack on Climate-Change Science
Twenty-one years ago, in 1989, I wrote what many have called the first book for a general audience on global warming. One of the more interesting reviews came from the Wall Street Journal. It was a...
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Raed Jarrar
The Iraq Withdrawal: Obama vs. the Pentagon
This Monday, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, asked officials in DC to approve contingency plans to delay the withdrawal of US combat forces. The next day, the New York times...
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Ru Freeman
The Ignorant Righteous v. The Lower Merion School District: The Rush to Judgment
There is a reason why I ceased to support the ACLU after a brief affair with the organization as a college student. Whenever a group operates within a narrow framework that denies the nuance and...
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