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Obama Could Set an Earthquake Under the Established Electoral Map
The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has a compelling personal and political biography. One of eight children, he could not read until he was 10, left school soon after and by the age of 12 was working as a shoeshine boy. Lula was instrumental in setting up his own leftwing political...
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The Iran Trap
The failure by Barack Obama to chart another course in the Middle East, to defy the Israel lobby and to denounce the Bush administration's inexorable march toward a conflict with Iran is a failure to challenge the collective insanity that has gripped the political leadership in the United States...
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Collateral Damage
What It Really Means When America Goes to War
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The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy
Note: Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in Furman University's Younts Conference Center. The address was part of the protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college's decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address. When...
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The Way to Peace Can Be Paved With Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Negotiation
Peace activists are often accused of being naíve dreamers when it comes to dealing with conflict or dangerous enemies. So what is the alternative? Usually it's to fight fire with fire (i.e., revenge and retaliation). The very nature of peacemaking, however, is not to fight but rather to confront "...
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New Roadblocks Delay Tribunals at Guantánamo
Guantánamo, Cuba - When military officials announced war crimes charges against six detainees for the Sept. 11 attacks two months ago, the move was part of an effort to accelerate the Bush administration's sluggish military commission system, which has yet to hold a single trial. But the Sept. 11...
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Ecuador Sues Colombia to Stop Anti-Coca Herbicide Spray
THE HAGUE, The Netherlands- The government of Ecuador today filed suit at the International Court of Justice against the government of Colombia, in an effort to stop or restrict aerial anti-coca spraying that has allegedly sickened people on the Ecuadorean side of the border and harmed livestock,...
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Women Out in the Cold at Peace Talks
UNITED NATIONS - As the United Nations continues its two-week long discussions on the status of women worldwide, there is one nagging fact hovering around the conference rooms in the Secretariat: peacemaking is still largely in the hands of "men in suits, puffing on cigars". This is primarily male-...
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The Calm Before the Conflagration
The United States is funding and in many cases arming the three ethnic factions in Iraq-the Kurds , the Shiites and the Sunni Arabs . These factions rule over partitioned patches of Iraqi territory and brutally purge rival ethnic groups from their midst. Iraq no longer exists as a unified state. It...
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'End the War in 2009'
In his victory speech in Texas Tuesday, Barack Obama promised to end the Iraq war in 2009, a new commitment that parallels recent opinion pieces in The Nation. Prior to his Houston remarks, Obama's previous position favored an American combat troop withdrawal over a sixteen-to-eighteen-month...
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