All Further Articles for 2009-12-29

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"Fear Grows In Darkness" – Dorothy Thompson
From Joel Pett for the Lexington Herald-Leader . More in More .
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Sam and Bertha and the Persistent American Dream
One of an estimated 65,000 undocumented kids who graduated from high school last year, Sam is an honor student and gifted musician struggling to pursue college and music despite the obstacles posed by his illegal status. An advocate for the DREAM Act to help undocumented students, he is profiled in a documentary by Long Haul Productions. The Dream Act will help so many people become all that they can be and so much more. Our family has been waiting for 14 years...There are families that have been waiting much longer."
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Some Perspective, Please
With the nation freaking out about "some loser who got on a plane with a bomb in his underwear," Firedoglake notes, it's helpful to offer some perspective on the dangers we face. Counting right-wing violence, 16 people in the U.S. have died of terrorism this year. 45,000 died because they lacked health insurance and 600 died from salmonella poisoning. Health care, it's clear, is beyond us; next up, salmonella.
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Yemen, Yemen Everywhere
Whether you've been forced to listen to Pat Buchanan (again) promote the suspension of rule of law, watched as the media machine chewed noisily on Joe Lieberman's latest pitch for preemptive war, or felt assuredly unassured by our President's promise to fight terrorism 'wherever it is', one thing ought to be certain by now: The US 'War on Terror' is neither at its beginning, its middle, and certainly not at its end.
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Monday, December 28, 2009
Something is Gelling Here
From the stalled, detoured Gaza Freedom March, a hope-filled report from Philip Weiss on the achievement it represents. Borders have fallen away, and an international conversation is taking place on the injustice that is Gaza. "They reflect an international consensus: the end of patience for war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and an ideology of Jewish exceptionalism supported by western governments. Those governments have failed to act, so we are speaking out as civil society."
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