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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Michael Stewart
I Don't Want to Talk About Gun Control
As nearly everyone in the Western world knows by now, a 20-year-old man took two guns into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and murdered 27 people, 20 of them children between the ages of...
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Richard Eskow
A Still, Small Voice
From a tragic weekend, a return to the daily grind of politics. Our hearts may not be in it, but the challenge is undying and the struggle is one struggle: to preserve each other, and our humanity,...
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John Nichols
How ALEC Thwarts Honest Debate About Gun Violence
The first response of any country to violence of the sort seen in Connecticut must be one of horror. And sorrow.
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Liza Long
Thinking the Unthinkable: On Mental Health, My Son, and Gun Violence
Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was...
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Frida Berrigan
The Road to Guantánamo and Back
Hard to believe it was seven years ago this week that 20 or so friends and I were fasting and vigiling outside of the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay. It was a dusty and inauspicious place. A very...
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Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Standing Strong Against the Furies
Just as people in places like the Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan may have shook their heads at the cluelessness of Americans who suddenly woke up to climate change when Sandy came to town, people...
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Patrick Cockburn
US Stupidity in Syria: This Is No Fight Between Goodies and Baddies
It is one of the most horrifying videos of the war in Syria. It shows two men being beheaded by Syrian rebels, one of them by a child. He hacks with a machete at the neck of a middle-aged man who has...
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Glenn Greenwald
Court Highlights the Meaninglessness and Menace of the Term 'Terrorism'
Valuable revelations are often found in unlikely places. Such is the case with a fascinating ruling released last week by the New York Court of Appeals, that state's highest court, in the criminal...
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Peter Schurmann
Gaza Youth: Growing Up in 'The World's Largest Jail'
SAN FRANCISCO – A series of drawings is spread across the table in front of Ayman Nijim. One of them, in hues of yellow and blue, shows a row of helmeted stick figures – the Star of David carefully...
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Phil Rockstroh
Grappling with Phantoms: A Financial Cliff, a War on Christmas, and Other Dim Tidings of Political Disconnect
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ―James Baldwin As we draw near to...
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