Ted Rall

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Ethnic Cleansing in Kyrgyzstan: More American Chickens Come Home to Roost
NEW YORK--Believe it or not, I don't scour the headlines looking for tragedies and atrocities to blame on the United States. But that's how it often works out.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Nationalize BP and Other Criminal Corporations
The Supreme Court says that corporations have the same rights as individuals. When they misbehave, shouldn't they face consequences as serious as those imposed upon an individual?
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Coulda, Shoulda, Wouldn’tve: What Disasters Are We Creating Now?
No one could have known. That’s what they always say after a disaster. Well, it’s what the establishment—a good ’60s word, let’s bring it back!—says. “No one could have known” is the perfect excuse. Don’t blame us, we did the best we could, but we’re not clairvoyant. But it’s rarely true. Most of the time, the people in charge—the people responsible for what went wrong—were warned in advance. They simply chose to ignore the warnings.
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Thursday, April 01, 2010
Out-Republicaning the Republicans: Obama Revives Clinton's Disastrous Triangulation Strategy
"It was Bill Clinton who recognized that the categories of conservative and liberal played to Republican advantage and were inadequate to address our problems," President Obama wrote in his book The Audacity of Hope. "Clinton's third way...tapped into the pragmatic, non-ideological attitude of Americans."
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
The Contrarian Manifesto
NEW YORK -- My father taught me to go left. Not politically. He was a right-wing Republican. At the movies. "Most people choose the right entrance," he told me. "There are usually more seats on the left side of the theater." I've found that to be true.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Haitian Earthquake: Made in the USA
As grim accounts of the earthquake in Haiti came in, the accounts in U.S.-controlled state media all carried the same descriptive sentence: "Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere..." Gee, I wonder how that happened? You'd think Haiti would be loaded. After all, it made a lot of people rich. How did Haiti get so poor? Despite a century of American colonialism, occupation, and propping up corrupt dictators? Even though the CIA staged coups d'état against every democratically elected president they ever had?
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Saturday, December 19, 2009
Foreclose on the Banks: How to Give America Its Best Christmas Ever
NEW YORK - Citibank is suspending foreclosures and evictions for 30 days, until after the holidays. Mighty white of them. Who knew bankers could be so amusing? In an interview, Citi mortgage czar Sanjiv Das acknowledged that "moratoriums are not permanent solutions" and said his company was looking for "some long-term fundamental alternatives" to throwing people out of their homes because they've fallen behind on their payments. But he didn't offer a specific example.
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Eight Years Later, We Still Don’t Get It in Afghanistan
Eight years. We’ve been in Afghanistan longer than any other war in American history. The party of the president who invaded Afghanistan has been repudiated at the polls. Yet we still haven’t altered the flawed strategy that allowed uneducated tribesmen with outdated weapons to defeat us year after year. We haven’t learned a thing.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
An Early Call for Obama's Resignation: With Democrats Like Him, Who Needs Dictators?
We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama's inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Bail Out Your Own Damn Self! Time for a Tax and Mortgage Strike
The calamari salad was world-class. Still, my friend the CPA's face screwed up. "You know what still has me pissed off? The bailouts. All wasted on CEO bonuses. But nobody cares!" I told him I thought people cared, but they didn't know what they could do about it. "I'll tell you what we should do," he fumed. "Stop paying our taxes. And our mortgages. They can't throw us all in jail! They can't evict us all!" What should we demand?
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