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Monday, June 20, 2011
Sharif Abdel Kouddous
After Mubarak, Fighting For Press Freedom in Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt - Under Mubarak, state-owned media was a propaganda arm of the government, parroting party dogma while dismissing public criticism and political opposition. During the 18-day uprising...
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Gwynne Dyer
Leaving Afghanistan
It’s beyond satire. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling the New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure under Presidents Bush and Obama, explained that “I will always be an...
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Chris Hedges
Tim DeChristopher: This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance
Tim DeChristopher is scheduled to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City courtroom by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on July 26. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $750,000 fine for fraudulently...
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Zack Kaldveer
The Patriot Act and the Quiet Death of the US Bill of Rights
With the stroke of an autopen from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the once articulate critic of the Patriot Act signed a four year extension of the most dangerous assault on American civil...
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David Macaray
Organized Labor's Ultimate Weapon
The practice known as “union-busting” isn’t limited to goon squads cracking heads, or companies hiring public relations firms that specialize in scare tactics and intimidation. In its broadest sense...
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Antonio Villaraigosa
Time for Mayors to Take the Lead
Today, I am honored to take the reins as President of the United States Conference of Mayors. Founded in 1932 during the darkest days of the Great Depression, the US Conference of Mayors has long...
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Pepe Escobar
NATO, The Ultimate Transformer
Forget about the Hollywood Transformer franchise; as facts on the ground go, the ultimate transformer in real life is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). NATO has just admitted it was "...
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Robert Kuttner
If Only Greece Were AIG
Here comes Financial Crisis 2.0. Like its predecessor, it was caused by the banks. The first crisis was the result of banks inventing toxic financial products and then promoting bets on different...
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Tom Engelhardt
It Just Couldn’t Be Uglier: Annals of the War on Terror
Every time we get a peek inside Washington’s war on terror, it just couldn’t be uglier. Last week, three little home-grown nightmares from that “war” caught my attention. One you could hardly miss...
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Eric Margolis
Turkey: The Mideast's Real Revolution
The revolutions and uprising that have been sweeping across the Mideast are widely believed to have begun in Tunisia. In fact, the first seeds of revolution were planted in 2002 in Turkey, as its...
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R. Andreas Kraemer
The Nuclear Endgame Begins in Germany
Germany may well be regarded as the nation where the endgame of nuclear power began. The conservative and pro-business German government proposed a law to switch off all nuclear power plants by the...
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John Feffer
Jim Webb: A Politician Who Distinguishes Fact from Fiction
I'd like to propose a new electoral law that would require all Senate candidates to be novelists. If we had 100 novelists in the Senate, the body might finally be able, like Sen. Jim Webb, to...
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Shawna Bethell
Let's Teach About War
At what age are young people emotionally mature enough to discuss war as more than an abstract historical event? Eight? Fifteen? Twenty-one? I teach at a small community college, where the number of...
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James Carroll
A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed
ONCE, HUMANS were intimate with the cycles of nature, and never more than on the summer solstice. Vestiges of such awareness survive in White Nights and Midnight Sun festivals in far northern climes...
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Tom Gallagher
President Earns Peace Prize: Redefines 'Hostilities'
Nice one, Mr. President – It ain’t war if they can’t fight back, is it? The recent White House Report to the U.S. House of Representatives, “United States Activities in Libya,” tells us we are...
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