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To The Women Of Gaza
In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day, CODEPINK is highlighting the plight of women in Gaza and seeking donations to an international delegation's delivery of humanitarian aid there. For as little as $10 per person, they will be giving out packages of everything from food and first-aid...
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Still Watching in Afghanistan
With the Obama administration evidently inclined, still and all, toward escalation in Afghanistan, we hope someone sends them a new study of public opinion in seven Muslim nations and the Palestinian territories showing a widespread backlash to U.S. efforts to fight terrorism with an expanded...
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Taking Charge of Our Future, But Listening To Our Past
Obama's speech last night was, as we have gladly, improbably come to expect of our president, elegant, thoughtful, and pitch-perfect in its mix of toughness with optimism. Duly noting the economic crisis engulfing us, he said the "day of reckoning has arrived, and the time to take charge of our...
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Yay Naomi!
The Canadian Globe & Mail is reporting : Naomi Klein has won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing . Klein won for her much-praised lefty tome The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Picador). Chair judge China Mieville called it "a brilliant, provocative, outstandingly written...
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No More Torture
In a necessary step toward rectifying the abuses of the past, two key senators plan to move ahead with a commission to investigate torture during the Bush administration. Sens. Pat Leahy of Vermont and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they will soon begin...
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They Still Totally Rule, Even If – So What? – It's On Their Own Planet
In a cool act of synchronicity, both Hell-No-We-Won't-Go brothers, former Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota and sort-of Senator Roland Burris of Chicago, acted out today in the bizarre fashion we have come to expect from two guys who both seem a few beans short of a burrito. Coleman showed up at a...
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On The Road to Recovery. Oh, Except For That Elephant-In-The-Room-Sized "Only If"
In a masterful turn at the ever-evolving art of spin, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday there is "a reasonable prospect" the recession will end this year and 2010 "will be a year of recovery" – if, that is, the Administration, Congress and Federal Reserve can get financial...
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Gramps Would See Idiots and Greed, Greed, Greed
We love the no-nonsense interview with the white-haired granddaughter of the guy who founded Bank of America – as Bank of Italy because existing banks wouldn't lend to immigrants – who asks the pertinent question of current goings-on, "What kind of idiots are running that bank?" Virginia Hammerness...
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Useless Marvels: Cutting the Military Budget
Progressive Democrats of America and other grassroots groups are urging people to contact their legislators to express support for a proposal by Rep. Barney Frank to cut wasteful military spending by 25 per cent in order to meet domestic needs like health care, green energy and education. Frank...
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Rage and Shame: Park of the Grateful
It is hard to read about the lives of Iraq's war widows – begging for food or blankets, sifting through garbage, forced into "temporary marriages" or prostitution, living with their children in gas station bathrooms – and not feel at least partly responsible. There is no mercy here: Of an estimated...
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