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Friday, July 4, 2014
Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by (John Trumbull, 1797). Bill Moyers, Bernard Weisberger
Celebrate the Revolution — And Keep It Going
The Glorious Fourth is a day to let ‘er rip, be as red-white-and-blue as you like, hang out the flag, join the parade, keep an eye on the sky where those fireworks are bursting in air. Start early:...
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After helping to precipitate Iraq’s slide into sectarian violence, the U.S. should not make matters worse by providing money or arms or boots on the ground to a fundamentally compromised Iraqi government. (Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr) Adil E. Shamoo
US Forces: Stay Out of Iraq
The headlines and pundits alike are spouting the traditional clichés about Iraq: Baghdad is falling. Iraq is splitting into three parts. Shias and Sunnis have been fighting for a thousand years. We...
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald arriving in the U.S. prior to receiving both the Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year. (Photo: AP) Sonali Kolhatkar
Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald
There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even...
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Amitabh Pal
"Missing" Verdict: U.S. Guilty in Chile
In a remarkable judicial verdict in Chile, the U.S. government has been held responsible for the deaths of two of its own countrymen 40 years ago. “The United States military intelligence services...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / Alberto G.) Diane Ravitch
Good Riddance to Common Core Testing
A few years ago, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and a merry band of policy wonks had a grand plan. The non-governmental groups like Achieve, the National Governors Association, the Council...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / Austin Valley) Mary Ellen Kustin
Alert: Thousands Of Schools Would be Close To Toxic Spray Zones
There are 5,609 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / kathy) Medea Benjamin
On July 4, Be a Patriot: Stop Another US Military Intervention in Iraq
This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further...
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(Photo: flickr / cc / beverly) Bill Quigley
Sixty Five Million Left Out of July 4th Celebration
Over sixty five million people in the US, perhaps a fifth of our sisters and brothers, are not enjoying the “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” promised when the...
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