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US Foreclosure Image is 2008 World Press Photo
From the Independent/UK today: This picture by US photographer Anthony Suau, for Time won the World Press Photo of the Year 2008 award, it was announced by the organisers on 13 February 2009 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. US Economy in Crisis: Following eviction, Detective Robert Kole must ensure...
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Large Whole Wheat, With Mushrooms and Cash
It's in equal parts unsurprising and disheartening to read that corruption – sometimes in the comic-book-worthy form of wads of cash stuffed into pizza boxes – may have helped derail the $125-billion, U.S. effort to rebuild Iraq after the disastrous 2003 invasion. The fact that senior American...
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Jeez, Now Why Would Anyone Think That?
Proving that the Rod Blagojevich story is truly the gift that keeps on giving, Sen. Roland Burris admitted Saturday the former governor's brother asked him for a campaign contribution before Burris' appointment to the Senate, thus contradicting his own testimony in January before an Illinois House...
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Hearts and Flowers: From Israel With Love, Sort Of
The news that Israel has opened the Gaza border to exports for the first time in a year to allow the shipping of 25,000 carnations to Europe for Valentine's Day is surreal, and heartbreaking. How's about letting out some people to get medical care, food, or land instead? Israeli spokesmen said the...
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'My Silence Cannot Be Bought'
On Thursday night, Beverly Eckert, whose husband died on 9/11, died herself in the Buffalo plane crash. From our archives we wanted to share a piece Beverly wrote over 5 years ago: http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1220-04.htm Published on Friday, December 19, 2003 by USA Today My Silence Cannot...
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Small Steps: First Rachel Maddow, Now This
Saudi King Abdullah has appointed a woman to the council of ministers for the first time as part of a Cabinet reshuffle, the Saudi state-run Channel One reported Saturday. Noor Al-Fayez will serve in the new position of deputy minister for women's education in the Saudi Council of Ministers. Good...
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Human Rights Activist Alison Des Forges Dies in Buffalo Plane Crash
Historian Alison Des Forges, 66, a prominent human rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was one of 50 people killed in Thursday's Continental Airlines crash near Buffalo. Kenneth Roth, president of Human Rights Watch, said Des Forges, "epitomized the human rights activist - principled...
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In Gaza, 13 vs. 1,360 and No Winners
The horrifying news out of Gaza in Conn Hallinan's CD Views piece confirms once more the need to change an American policy where, in David Bromwich's words, "fiction pervades the commentary." Increasingly, critics of Israel's invasion in Gaza are calling for the U.S. and other western countries to...
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Stop The Presses: We're Losing Another One
A commission headed by three former Latin American heads of state has reached the shocking conclusion that the U.S.-led, so-called war on drugs is a failure. With drug violence on the rise, the panel said it is time to break a longstanding "taboo" and consider new antidrug approaches, including...
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Question Afghanistan Now
With alarming signs of both increased internal turmoil and likely American escalation in Afghanistan, input from peace advocates is more crucial than ever at today's hearing by the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategy there. United For Peace and Justice is urging people to contact their...
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