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What Kind of Jewish State?
With Obama and Netanyahu meeting today, someone should send them the tragic, telling results of a new poll showing how profoundly alienated Arabs feel from their supposed home today, vs. in 2003. In the wake of Israel's turn to the right, only 41% recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state...
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The Fruits of Capitalism
Reminding us that hard times are relative – and sometimes not just a recessionary moment – is the plight of South African fruit pickers at the bottom of a supply chain for Britain's largest supermarket, now making record profits. Workers' advocates say giant retailer Tesco has reneged on an...
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It Keeps Getting Worse: Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division
The Center for American Progress' Think Progress blog is reporting : President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation's largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation's environmental laws. On Tuesday, Obama "announced his intent to nominate" Ignacia S. Moreno to be...
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So Much Sadness Here
A searing report from inside Guantanamo by the U.K.'s Times. One prisoner screams from inside his narrow cell. “What is freedom? Ask them, what is freedom?”
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Focus
As 51 Democrats opposed yesterday's House approval of $96 billion more to fund the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rep. Jim McGovern kept the focus where it should be – on getting out. "I'm tired of wars with no deadlines, no exits and no ends," he said.
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Gee, That Should Help
Having already proposed a mandatory loyalty pledge for anyone voting or holding office in Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's right-wing party now wants to ban Israeli Arabs from marking the anniversary of "the Catastrophe" or Nakba, when 700,000 Arabs lost their homes in the 1948 Israeli...
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Veterans For Peace to Obama: 'You Will Find Us in the Streets'
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 May 12, 2009 Dear President Obama, We write to you again, this time to say we are saddened to see that you now clearly believe in the tired, inhumane and unworkable assumption that violence will somehow work;...
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To Laugh Or To Cry: That is The Question
Nancy Pelosi's statement today on so-called CIA briefings on torture: "At every step of the way, the Administration was misleading the Congress." House Minority Leader John Boehner's response: "It's hard for me to imagine that anyone in our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress."
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Turning It Around
Signalling a shift away from incarceration and toward treatment, President Obama's new so-called drug czar Gil Kerlikowske says he wants to ditch the much-maligned, supremely ineffective "war on drugs" analogy, stressing, "We're not at war with people." Reform advocates are warily hopeful about the...
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Looking In The Mirror
President Obama's reversal on releasing more torture photos – coupled with his reluctance to prosecute – is dismaying evidence his administration is increasingly covering up – not bringing to light, as promised – the crimes of the Bush administration. It's a sad day. From the ACLU statement on the...
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