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Thursday, June 19, 2014
(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr) William Hartung
Five Reasons to Stay Out of Iraq
There are plenty of reasons for President Obama to resist the growing chorus of voices calling for military action in Iraq. Five of them are set out below. 1) The Law of Unintended Consequences: Just...
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(Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon) Matt Lee-Ashley
How Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America’s Public Lands
The recent Cliven Bundy debacle in Nevada put a national spotlight on the long-running, and long-failing, effort by right-wing Western legislators to seize federal public lands and either turn them...
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(Credit: Liz West/cc/flickr) Timothy Karr
How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist
Last Tuesday, Rep. Eric Cantor learned the hard way that crony capitalism comes at a political cost. In a decisive 10-point upset , Cantor’s Republican primary opponent David Brat defeated the...
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Making every veteran eligible for Medicare would provide them with more choice of doctors, hospitals and other providers, and relieve some of the short- and long-term pressure on the VA. (Photo: Public domain) Philip Caper
Expand Medicare to Serve All Veterans
The problem of long wait times for veterans seeking care at some (but not all) Veterans Health Administration facilities has been front-page news for the past several weeks, and seems to be resulting...
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(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr) Tom Engelhardt
Who Won Iraq?
As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002. At the time,...
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(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr) Robin Claremont
We Can't Afford to Spend More Money on War in Iraq
Over the past decade, American taxpayers have sunk hundreds of billions of dollars into funding the war in Iraq -- $816 billion since 2003, and counting. Meanwhile, domestic human, social, and...
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If we can have zero tolerance for poverty, surely we can mobilize the public behind zero tolerance for assault weapons. (Photo: Rob Marquardt / Flickr) John Feffer
Guys with Guns
Back in the 1950s, the far right-wing John Birch Society worried that Communists were secretly behind the fluoridation of the American drinking water. This particular conspiracy theory probably would...
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Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has had the support of the US government. That is now changing. (Credit: flick / cc /United States Forces Iraq) Juan Cole
As US Pressures Maliki to Resign, will Iraqi Gov’t Collapse?
A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about...
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President Obama receives Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. (Photo: MFA Norway / cc / Per Thrana) Robert Parry
Obama at a Crossroad of War or Peace
Barack Obama is at a crossroads of his presidency: one path leads to heightened conflicts favored by Official Washington’s neoconservatives and liberal interventionists; the other requires...
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Ralph Nader
Hillary’s Haughty Hyperbole!
Last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review section featured a one page interview with Hillary Clinton, author of the just released Hard Choices which brought her a $14 million advance from Viacom’s...
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The urgent task before us is saving our world from the clutches of war and delivering it to fields of unending peace. (Credit": flickr / cc / Hartwig HKD) Marianne Williamson
War, Iraq, Enlightenment
Sometimes, it’s when all hope is seemingly lost that the greatest breakthroughs occur in life. Whatever forces us to recognize the limit to what we can do by ourselves, opens the mind to consider the...
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