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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tom Engelhardt
How the US Brings “Security” to the Planet
In late December 2001, not long after Washington’s second Afghan War began, there was that wedding celebration in eastern Afghanistan in which 110 of 112 villagers were reportedly killed by American...
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Mark Hertsgaard
President Obama: Start the Climate Conversation Now
Dear Mr. President, You promised, days after you were re-elected, that you would lead a national conversation about climate change during your second term. Well, here’s your chance, sir. Yesterday...
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Bernie Sanders
The Soul of America
Despite such terminology as "fiscal cliff" and "debt ceiling," the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all...
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Sandra Postel
On Climate Change, We’re Heading Into the Rapids All Wrong
Lately, as I ponder our societal response, or lack of it, to the challenging times ahead – the droughts and floods and heat waves and crop failures, which we’ve tasted only as appetizers so far – I...
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Matt Taibbi
Hank Greenberg Should Be Shot into Space For Suing the Government over the AIG Bailout
A lot of people are wondering what to think about the news that the board of AIG is considering joining the lawsuit filed by former AIG head Maurice "Hank" Greenberg against the Fed and the U.S.
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Phyllis Bennis
Will Chuck Hagel's Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?
Chuck Hagel isn’t anyone I’d pick to be in a position of power. He’s a conservative Republican, a military guy who volunteered to fight in Vietnam. According to Forbes magazine, during Hagel’s tenure...
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Ray McGovern
Excusing Torture, Again
Would-be tough guys like former CIA torturer-in-chief José A. Rodriguez Jr. brag that “enhanced interrogation” of terrorists – or doing what the rest of us would call “torturing” – has made Americans...
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Bryce Covert
Social Issues Are Economic Issues (Exhibit 1,463)
We’re barely more than a week into 2013, but Michigan has been very busy lately. As a pre-holiday gift to workers, Governor Rick Snyder signed a “right-to-work” bill into law after the Republican-...
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Kari Ann Rinker
In the Wake of Newtown: Still Clinging to Guns, Religion, and Abortion in Kansas
The quote deemed disastrous during President Obama’s 2008 campaign about small town people “ clinging to their guns and religion ” rings true in Kansas. You cannot throw a rock in the Kansas...
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William Greider
AIG Investors Break the World Record for Arrogance
Wall Street’s ingratitude is not exactly a secret. After Washington came to the rescue four years ago with the $800 billion bank bailout and ignored flagrant criminal behavior in high places, the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
All of Earth Now a Mercury Hotspot
Nearly a year ago, I interviewed David Evers, the executive director of Maine’s Biodiversity Research Institute, on the revelation that insect-eating inland songbirds can accumulate mercury at...
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Pratap Chatterjee
US Banks Win Mortgage Fraud Settlement, Borrowers Lose
Ten major U.S. banks settled charges of illegally kicking people out of their homes for pennies on the dollar, under two agreements with the government announced this week.
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Phyllis Bennis
Human Rights Watch: Time to Stand with Human Rights Defenders
When the UN Human Rights Council sends its independent investigators, known as Special Rapporteurs, around the globe to investigate the denial of various human rights, it's not unusual for...
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Glenn Greenwald
Even a Military Judge Recognizes What Many Progressives Deny: Bradley Manning Was Mistreated
"With respect to Private Manning, I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards...
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Medea Benjamin
John Brennan vs. a Sixteen-Year-Old Boy
In October 2011, 16-year-old Tariq Aziz attended a gathering in Islamabad where he was taught how to use a video camera so he could document the drones that were constantly circling over his...
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Norman Solomon
The Progressive Caucus: Enabling Obama's Rightward Moves
The failure of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to stand up to President Obama on many vital matters of principle is one of the most important – and least mentioned – political dynamics of this...
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