Robert Parry

Robert Parry

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat. His two previous books are Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth'.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
'One More Bubble!'
When I took an editing job at Bloomberg News in March 2000, my arrival coincided with the bursting of the Internet bubble. As once-hot IPOs tanked and the Nasdaq crashed. I would joke to other editors that what the U.S. economy needed was "to build a better bubble."
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Friday, May 01, 2009
Who Betrayed Objective Journalism?
The mainstream U.S. news media often laments the decline of objective journalism, pointing disapprovingly at the more subjective news that comes from the Internet or from ideological programming whether Fox News on the Right or some MSNBC hosts on the Left. But one could argue that the U.S. mainstream press has inflicted the severest damage to the concept of objective journalism by routinely ignoring those principles, which demand that a reporter set aside personal prejudices (as best one can) and approach each story with a common standard of fairness.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
How Bush's Torture Helped Al-Qaeda
Captured al-Qaeda operatives, facing the threat or reality of torture, appear to have fed the Bush administration's obsession about Iraq, buying Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders time to rebuild their organization inside nuclear-armed Pakistan.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Connecting CIA Torture to Abu Ghraib
By blurring the lines between terrorism and combat - and by linking the 9/11 rationale to groups only tangentially connected to al-Qaeda - the Bush administration spread the policy of harsh interrogations far beyond terror suspects who worked directly for Osama bin Laden, newly released Justice Department memos reveal.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
US News Media Fails America, Again
Watching Glenn Beck of Fox News rant about “progressive fascism” – and muse about armed insurrection – or listening to mainstream pundits prattle on about Barack Obama as the “most polarizing President ever,” it is hard to escape the conclusion that today’s U.S. news media represents a danger to the Republic.
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Friday, April 10, 2009
America, Torture and Hypocrisy
The International Committee of the Red Cross's torture report should be required reading for all Americans not just because its contents are shocking - which they are - but because it reveals that the United States is not the special nation that it often pretends to be, and won't be as long as it chooses to look away from such crimes. A sad lesson from 9/11 is that the United States, which has long lectured the rest of the world about human rights, is no different than any other place after some shocking attack on its national security.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Another Bush Intelligence Failure
Add to the list of President George W. Bush's failures his inability to straighten out what he regarded as one of the top national security needs, a more effective U.S. intelligence community.
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Sunday, April 05, 2009
WPost Sees Neocon Hope in Obama
When reading Washington Post editorials, one often is reminded of the famous question from "Shawshank Redemption": "How can you be so obtuse?" Of course, in the movie, the warden wasn't being "obtuse" as much as he was obfuscating and obstructing. And similarly, one has to wonder if the Post's apparent obtuseness is really something willful, that there is a method to the maddening stupidity.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
To Bush's GWOT, RIP
President Barack Obama has come under some criticism for slowing his promised withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and for beefing up U.S. forces in Afghanistan, but his 70-day-old administration at least has dumped one part of George W. Bush's bellicose foreign policy: the phrase "global war on terror."
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
War Crimes and Double Standards
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof - like many of his American colleagues - is applauding the International Criminal Court's arrest order against Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for his role in the Darfur conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
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