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Vital Truths on Guantanamo
A compelling piece by Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, on the incompetence, illegality and ultimate pointlessness – no actionable intelligence – that is Guantanamo. A true accounting of the abuses there, he says, is crucial. Wilkerson offers a litany of...
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The Price of Occupation
Days after U.S. activist Tristan Anderson was shot in the head by Israeli forces in the West Bank – and days before a March 21 protest in Washington D.C. to end the Israeli occupation – the International Solidarity Movement has posted a video of the event and its aftermath. The blood, the chaos,...
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With Their Record, We Didn't Want Those Guys Working There Anyway, But We Still Want Our Money Back
Thanks to intrepid New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, we now find out that AIG paid $1 million "retention" bonuses to 73 employees whose dismal performance brought the company down – including 11 people who have already left, rendering the retention issue moot. In a letter Tuesday to Rep...
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A Helpful Reminder of How Truly Scary Those Other Guys Were, And How Much Progress We've Made
In his first television interview since sacking the vice-presidency, Dick Cheney on Iraq: "We accomplished nearly everything we set out to do."
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A Win for The People
Principled protest has won a remarkable victory in Pakistan, where president Asif Ali Zardari gave in to lawyers, activist and thousands of angry citizens demanding reinstatement of a former chief justice many see as symbolizing an independent judiciary. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, who...
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Celebrate: Change Happens
The victory of El Salvador's leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), former Marxist guerrillas led by a journalist, is a stunning shift in power that represents what FMLN leader Mauricio Funes called "choosing the path of hope." The time has come, he said, " for the excluded...for...
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You're Kidding, Right?
In finally releasing the list of "counterparties" to receive billions in bailout funds – Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and European banks Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank got the most – bonus-crazy insurance giant AIG said that it "recognizes the importance of upholding a high degree of...
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War Crimes in Gaza
An international group of judges, prosecutors and activists have called on the U.N. to conduct an impartial investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during Israel's assault on Gaza. Their letter, distributed by Amnesty International, cited the need to adhere to the Geneva Conventions...
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Look Ma, No Wrinkles, Menopause, Debt or Grief!
Born as a slut, she has persevered through a billion outfits, 50,000 makeovers and 108 careers, including astronaut, lifeguard, doctor, paleontologist, fighter pilot, yoga instructor, Canadian Mountie, Mary Kay consultant, World Cup soccer player, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, rapper, and oh yes,...
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Talk About Your Priorities
With so much on America's plate – two wars, global warming, a sinkhole of an economy, etc – it's supremely reassuring to see that Republicans are on the job. Rep. Bill Posey of Florida has introduced legislation requiring presidential candidates to produce a birth certificate. A spokesman said the...
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