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Sunday, June 1, 2014
(Photo: IntelCenter / AFP - Getty Images) Juan Cole
What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan & the Taliban Today?
The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family, and America. But what does it tell...
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(Photo: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon) Tom Hastings
Department of Ironic Defense
Like so many other US military bases overseas, the Okinawan locals who oppose the base are told that the US military is there to protect them. Indigenous opposition is brushed aside by the...
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(Photo: Ted Eytan / Flickr) James Esseks
Transgender Health Care is a Human Right
The big LGBT-news that the mainstream media is buzzing about this week is that transgender actress Laverne Cox became the first transgender person to grace the cover of TIME magazine . Her...
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(Photo: World Coalition Against the Death Penalty / Flickr Creative Commons) Christopher Brauchli
Life and Death in a Civilized Place
Executions, far from being useful examples to the survivors, have, I am persuaded, a quite contrary effect. . . . —Mary Wollstonecraft, Letter 19 (1796) It makes you proud to be an American. I mean a...
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(Photo: United Workers) Donna Smith
Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum? Killing People, Dreams and Ambition
It has been nine days since I updated my numbers of health care dead and broke. Who noticed? Well, I am sure the dead and the broke did. The profit-first, greedy health care system in the U.S...
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People gather at a park for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of Friday night's mass shooting on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Michael Winship
Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.
This is the way it goes, because this is the way it always goes. First, another horrific spree of violence and mass murder as we saw just last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, fueled by...
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