Norman Solomon

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Monday, March 17, 2014
When Hope Turns Rancid: From LBJ to Obama
Hope makes history. So does betrayal of hope. Early in his presidency, Lyndon Johnson inspired enormous hope. But the promise for a Great Society imploded — and disappointment jolted many former supporters, with trust and optimism turning into alienation and bitterness. The negative ripple effects lasted for decades.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Feinstein Syndrome: “The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”
Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?"
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Friday, March 07, 2014
Hillary Clinton on Putin: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card
The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game -- comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler.
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Monday, March 03, 2014
Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?
International law is suddenly very popular in Washington.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a US Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination
President Obama is now considering whether to order the Central Intelligence Agency to kill a U.S. citizen in Pakistan. That’s big news this week. But hidden in plain sight is the fact that Amazon would be an accessory to the assassination.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Resisting the Surveillance State of Mind
Eight months after whistle-blower Edward Snowden set off a huge uproar by shedding light on the National Security Agency’s unscrupulous surveillance practices, we are still learning about the vast extent of the snooping.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The State of Phony Populism
Barack Obama put on a deft performance Tuesday night. With trills of empathy, the president’s voice soared to hit the high notes. He easily carried a tune of economic populism. But after five years of Obama in the White House, Americans should know by now that he was lip-syncing the words.
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Cut Off the NSA’s Juice
The National Security Agency depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA’s top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice to keep Big Brother nourished is essential—and any interference with that flow is unthinkable. But interference isn’t unthinkable. And in fact, it may be doable.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism
Since its founding six years ago, J Street has emerged as a major Jewish organization under the banner “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace.” By now J Street is able to be a partial counterweight to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The contrast between the two U.S. groups is sometimes stark. J Street applauds diplomacy with Iran, while AIPAC works to undermine it. J Street encourages U.S. support for “the peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, while AIPAC opposes any meaningful Israeli concessions.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
The CIA, Amazon, Bezos and the Washington Post: An Exchange with Executive Editor Martin Baron
To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, and Kevin Merida, Managing Editor, The Washington Post Dear Mr. Baron and Mr. Merida: On behalf of more than 25,000 signers of a petition to The Washington Post, I’m writing this letter to request a brief meeting to present the petition at a time that would be convenient for you on Jan. 14 or 15.
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