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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Mark Weisbrot
Why Washington Is Worried About Peru
In just a few days, on Sunday 5 June, an election will take place that will have a significant influence on the western hemisphere. At the moment, it is too close to call. Most of official Washington...
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Judy Rebick
One Hoax to Rule Them All: The Hobbit Movie Tar Sands Story Revealed
Travelers at Terminal 3 in the Toronto airport were astounded Tuesday morning to see Gandalf the Grey and several hobbits march their handcuffed prisoner Stephen Harper, dressed as the evil lord...
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Vincent Iacopino
A Memo on Torture to John Yoo
Whether torture helped lead to the killing of Osama bin Laden or not, the beating of John Yoo's tell-tale heart has compelled him to speak.
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Stacy Mitchell
In South Africa, Wal-Mart Refuses to Buy Local, Threatens WTO Action, and Wins
Two things seem particularly noteworthy about the approval Wal-Mart won yesterday to acquire Massmart, a Johannesburg-based chain that operates across 13 African countries. One is that, despite the...
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Glenn Greenwald
The WH/Politico Attack on Seymour Hersh
Seymour Hersh has a new article in The New Yorker arguing that there is no credible evidence that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons; to the contrary, he writes, "the U.S.
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Margaret Kimberley
The Obama Surveillance State
The state security apparatus which came into being during the Bush administration is now supported just as strongly, if not more so, under president Barack Obama. There has been no let up, no change...
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Beau Hodai
Selling the Anti-Immigration Story
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (not to be confused with the media watch group FAIR), recently held its fourth “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. The April 5–7...
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Bill McKibben
Three Strikes and You’re Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List
In our globalized world, old-fashioned geography is not supposed to count for much: mountain ranges, deep-water ports, railroad grades -- those seem so nineteenth century. The earth is flat, or so I...
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Paul Buchheit
War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. Tax Cuts Generate Revenue
The political system may be different from Orwell's time, but the corruption and propaganda remain. We all have to 'sacrifice' to balance the budget. As Time Magazine wailed : "Do the nation's...
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Ruth Conniff
In the Midst of Economic Destruction, Inspiration
As things go from bad to worse in Wisconsin and other states, with massive cuts to schools, medical care, voter rights, and, as of last night in Wisconsin, the Earned Income Tax Credit , it's easy to...
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Robert C. Koehler
A Bad Day That Never Changes
I get so soul-sick of the war news because it’s a bad day that never changes. Over the weekend, NATO kills 14 people in an airstrike in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Ten of them are children...
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Brandon Nida, Dustin Steele
Build it Up, Appalachia!
We were born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, and so we’ve experienced our share of jokes and stereotypes from people outside the region. Calling someone a hillbilly is accepted by the...
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