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Obscene
From a N.Y. TImes piece on Afghanistan – with the questionable headline, "Civiilian Deaths Imperil Support for Afghan War" – come images of villagers, "crazed with grief," collecting parts of mangled bodies in blankets and piling them on tractors. “It would scare a man if he saw it in a dream,”...
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We All Need Somebody To Lean On
Photograph: Dan Chung A year after China's worst earthquake in 30 years devastated most of the country's main panda reserve at Wolong, six panda cubs left behind have been reunited with 50 other survivors at the Bifengxia Panda breeding centre in Sichuan. Workers are diligently working to help them...
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Frankly, We Were Never That Fond of the Mice
With President Obama proposing a public health insurance plan to compete with the often-rapacious private ones, health insurance lobbyists and their Republican cohorts are protesting they wouldn't stand a chance – an option that might sit well with Americans now paying obscene premiums for...
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Protest and Help
The horrific reports of civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan only reaffirm the folly of American escalation there. Besides campaigning to get our troops out, you can help the Afghan people through Afghans4Tomorrow, a humanitarian group dedicated to the country's reconstruction through...
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Dodd on Torture: "You Gotta Go Where You Gotta Go"
In a new interview , Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) says he supports a truth commission on torture and recognizes an investigation could lead to Dick Cheney's office: "You gotta go where you gotta go." He also criticizes the Obama administration for hedging on further investigation or prosecution on...
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He's Not The Only One
Based on the result of government "stress tests," regulators now say the Bank of America needs another $34 billion in capital to stay afloat – this, having already given the Ken-Lewis-led, bonus-bloated Titanic $45 billion in bailout funds. J. Steele Alphin, the bank’s chief administrative officer...
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Playing For Change
Grampa Elliott of New Orleans. Believing that "music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race," the Playing For Change movement has recorded and brought together musicians around the world, from Santa Monica to Argentina to South Africa to Nepal. Having travelled the...
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U.N: Israeli Military Negligent and Reckless in Gaza
A United Nations report today accused Israel of "negligence or recklessness" in its conduct of the war in Gaza and said the organization should press for reparations in seven incidents of U.N.-related deaths and damages. In the most serious incident, 30 to 40 Palestininan civilians were killed...
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The (Malleable) Rule of Law
A thoughtful, chilling look at the recent interview with Alberto Gonzales – whose job, lest we forget, was to uphold laws – about torture, which he said "may be necessary in the future." "It is now a tenet of Republican political philosophy that illegal and unconstitutional practices can be...
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Savage, Wacko, Nazi Hate-Mongerers Not Welcome
The usually mild-mannered British have banned from their green and pleasant land right-wing U.S. radio host Michael Savage and 21 others "who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages." Savage has made it clear he hates immigrants, Muslims, autistic children and anyone else who isn't a...
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