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Friday, August 6, 2010
Fouad Pervez
Blackwater: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
Blackwater (rebranded as Xe in an effort to escape the negative publicity associated with their former name), recently received a $100 million contract from the CIA to secure its bases in Afghanistan...
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Robert Dodge
Ending the Nuclear Threat
Sixty five years ago this week, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in a flash. Instantly the nuclear bombs that caused those flashes killed over 200 thousand people with scores of...
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Bill Quigley, Davida Finger
Katrina Pain Index 2010 New Orleans – Five Years Later
It will be five years since Katrina on August 29. The impact of Katrina is quite painful for regular people in the area. This article looks at what has happened since Katrina not from the perspective...
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Jane Braxton Little
Coming of Age in Hiroshima
"Let us be alert—alert in a two-fold sense. Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. Since Hiroshima we know what is at stake." -Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning I arrived in Hiroshima...
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Gwynne Dyer
Today Russia, Tomorrow the World
It cannot be proved that the wildfires now devastating western Russia are evidence of global warming. Once-in-a-century extreme weather events happen, on average, once a century. But the Russian...
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Ralph Nader
New York's Rebatable Bailout
You can't make up the following realities in New York State! Note the following series of events driven by the preposterous plutocrats and see if you get steamed. Greed, power, reckless speculation...
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Erik Hoffner
Moscow Forest Battle Boils Over
It's a punishing summer in Moscow with record highs and poor air quality. The last place you want to be is crammed into a jail cell, passing out repeatedly from the heat and lack of water, but that's...
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Duncan Green
Poor Countries Suffer a Hangover for a Party They Didn't Attend
Sometimes the things we don't know about what is happening in the world take your breath away. A global economic crisis strikes just a few years before the world's 2015 deadline for achieving the...
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Bruce Friedrich
Resolved: Eating Animals Is Indefensible
For the past few years, I've been spending a lot of time on college campuses, discussing the ethics of eating animals with college debate teams; I argue that vegetarianism is an ethical imperative...
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John Stauber
Gavin Newsom Hopes to Leave His Sludge in San Francisco
Last month, I wrote Chez Sludge , the first inside report on the sewage sludge scandal unfolding in San Francisco, based on internal documents obtained by the
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Norman Solomon
Nuke U: How the University of California Is Helping to Blow Up the World
On my way to the Los Alamos National Laboratory a few years ago, I found it listed in a New Mexico phone book—under "University of California." Since the early 1940s, UC has managed the nation's top...
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Linh Dinh
House Slave Syndrome
A recent article declares, "Tired of war, thousands of Iraqis want to go to U.S." What it fails to mention is who triggered all the bloodshed. Who made conditions in Iraq so intolerable that these...
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Johann Hari
And Now for Some Good News
At first, this isn't going to sound like a good news story, never mind one of the most inspiring stories in the world today. But trust me: it is. Yan Li spent his life tweaking tiny bolts, on a...
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Isabel Macdonald
Haiti's Ransom
It has been nearly seven months since a devastating earthquake killed upwards of 250,000 people in Haiti. But judging from recent media coverage, it would appear the country's future hinges on just...
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