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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Daphne Wysham
The World Bank Takes the Money and Runs From Chad
Now that the World Bank has announced its withdrawal of support for the $4.2 billion Chad-Cameroon pipeline, I can't help but remember the eyes of that boy. We were racing back from the Doba oil...
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Dean Baker
McCain Would Privatize Social Security
The Republicans have already turned to sick sexual innuendo and nonsense about their vice-presidential candidate, pigs and lipstick in order to distract the public from the real issues in this...
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Monday, September 15, 2008
James Carroll
Religious Comfort for bin Laden
Seven years ago last Thursday came the attack, but the American mistake came three days later. That was when President Bush, standing in the soaring space of the National Cathedral and invoking God,...
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Jeremy Seabrook
Who's to Blame for Market Failure? Clue: Not the Bankers
When money's being made, the denizens of the financial system are responsible. In a downturn, it's the collective 'we'
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Michelle Goldberg
Alaska Women Cool to Palin
Carol Thompson, a primary school teacher in Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, has been galled by the mainstream media's infatuation with the governor's rugged yet glamorous Danielle Boone...
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Larry Beinhart
Crash Course in Economics
The first time I was in a car crash, I was six or seven years old. That's a long time ago. But there are certain things about it that I remember quite vividly. My father was driving. The road was icy...
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Glenn Greenwald
What Illegal 'Things' Was the Government Doing in 2001-2004?
For the second consecutive day, The Washington Post has published an excerpt from reporter Barton Gellman's new book on the Cheney Vice Presidency , and it provides still more details on the intense...
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Danny Schechter
Who Will Protect Us From Plunge Protection?
Congress and the Press Must Probe This Secret 'Working Group'
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Frida Berrigan
Military Industrial Complex 2.0
Cubicle Mercenaries, Subcontracting Warriors, and Other Phenomena of a Privatizing Pentagon
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Ira Chernus
Obama-as-Sojourner v. McCain-as-Mythic-Hero
The economy is sinking, an incumbent Republican president has abysmally low ratings, and the Democrats outpoll the GOP on virtually every issue. A Republican should have no chance at all to win the...
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Gary Younge
Barack Is Playing the Incognegro, but It Is Not a Risk-Free Strategy
Historically, there's been a last-minute swing away from black candidates by white voters. Will Obama change things?
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Patrick Cockburn
The US Strategy for Afghanistan Won't Work
Covert operations only succeed when they have strong local allies who want outside support
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Chris Hedges
For Palin, It’s a (Christian) Man’s World
Sarah Palin may be a governor and a vice presidential candidate, but in the hyper-masculine world of the Christian right she is subservient to a male hierarchy that claims to speak for God.
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sanford Levinson
The Decider Can Become a Dictator
The Decider Can Become a Dictator
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Jessica Valenti
The F-Card Won't Wash
The New York Post calls her "a feminist dream". National Public Radio asks if she's the "new face of feminism". And the Wall Street Journal, ever subtle, calls it "Sarah Palin Feminism". I call it...
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Editorial
Sleeping with the Industry
FOR YEARS, critics have accused the Bush administration of being in bed with the oil industry. They thought they were speaking figuratively, but they weren't.
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Ian Bell
A letter to America: You Cannot be Serious
Dear America, Before you say it, I know: presumptuous. No one can speak to a multitude or to a nation, even if your presidential candidates entertain the fantasy. The United States is too big, too...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Our Deafening Silence on Afghanistan
Have Canadian soldiers been dying in vain in disproportionate numbers in Afghanistan? It's a reasonable question, given that NATO is panicking over the rise of the Taliban and also over the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Sarah and the Polar Bear
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. - George Orwell, Animal Farm
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Joanna Blythman
Small Protests Can Beat the Big Guys
Does the name Helen Steel ring a bell? She handed me a leaflet recently outlining an inspiring community sustainability initiative that she's involved in but I didn't realise who she was until a...
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Pierre Tristam
Flat-Out Lies Finding a Receptive Audience in Voters Seeking Denial
At the White House in 1983, Ronald Reagan told a visiting Israeli prime minister that he'd been among the first American photographers to take pictures of the liberated victims of Nazi death camps in...
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Saturday, September 13, 2008
Roberta Riley
McCain Presidency Would Mean More of Same for Women
Oh how John McCain courts women. With Sarah Palin at his side and our unpopular president sidelined, he promises huge, glass ceiling-shattering change. What is the substance behind his symbolism? On...
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Desmond Tutu
Advice for the Next US President
For several years now, American pundits have commented sadly on the alleged rise of anti-Americanism abroad. I am not aware of any such anti-Americanism. What has been growing is resentment of and...
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Mark Engler
There Is an Alternative to Corporate Rule
All over the world, truly democratic approaches are bubbling up from the grassroots.
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Robert Weissman
Executive Pay and the 'Market Economy'
It's pretty hard these days to justify astronomical executive pay. In 2007, the average CEO's pay of $10.5 million was 344 times higher on average than the average worker's wage, according to...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Order of Saint William
Got an email recently that argued - actually SHOUTED - the reason I am able to write the "tripe" that I do is because of the people like John McCain. My correspondent had a few other choice words for...
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Dave Lindorff
Experience Is Over-Rated
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Mark Hertsgaard
Our Polar Bears, Ourselves
It wasn't much noticed at the time, but three weeks before she was chosen as John McCain's vice presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin played a key supporting role in the latest...
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William Pfaff
Quagmire, Phase 2: The Invasion of Pakistan
The United States has just invaded Cambodia. The name of Cambodia this time is Pakistan, but otherwise it's the same story as in Indochina in 1970. An American army, deeply frustrated by its...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Value of One, the Value of None
An Anatomy of Collateral Damage in the Bush Era
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Stephen Zunes
Assessing the Republican Party Platform
While the foreign policy segments of the Democratic Party platform as outlined in my most recent article is disappointing in many respects, the Republican Party platform is downright scary.
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Jonathan Freedland
The World's Verdict Will Be Harsh if the US Rejects the Man It Yearns For
An America that disdains Obama for his global support risks turning current anti-Bush feeling into something far worse
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Deborah Stone
A Conservative Confidence Game
Leave it to Fannie and Freddie to do for American politics what reasoned argument failed to do--strip the clothes off the Emperor of Markets. The fuss over whether government should rescue naughty...
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Brittany Stalsburg and Scott Novakowski
88 Years Later: A Promise Unfulfilled for Millions of Disenfranchised Women Voters
All over America, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate women last month: August marked the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, which gave women the right to vote. Women's...
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
George Lakoff
Don’t Think of a Maverick!
Could the Obama Campaign Be Improved?
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Amy Goodman
The Party Police
The Democratic and Republican national conventions have passed, but controversy surrounds how they were funded and how they were run. Mass arrests of peaceful protesters, excessive police violence,...
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Kevin Grandia
Bees, Trees, Wind and Dynamite
There's a showdown in West Virginia today pitting old dirty energy against renewables -- and one side is armed with explosives. Coal giant Massey Energy is planning as early as today to begin blowing...
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Joseph Stiglitz
Occupational Hazards
America's neo-colonial Iraq adventure led it into a moral vacuum. Will the error be repeated in the renewed US Afghan campaign?
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Glenn Greenwald
The Government, the Media and Afghanistan
On the night of August 22, the U.S. committed what Chris Floyd, in a richly detailed and amply documented piece , calls an "atrocity" in the Afghan village of Azizabad, near the western city of Herat...
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Conn Hallinan
Danger in South Asia
If most Americans think Iran and Georgia are the two most volatile flashpoints in the world, one can hardly blame them. The possibility that the Bush administration might strike at Tehran's nuclear...
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Ray McGovern
Iran's Road Less Traveled to Nukes
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Peter Kornbluh
35 Years After Original 9/11: New Transcripts of Kissinger's Role in Chilean Coup
When Henry Kissinger began secretly taping all of his phone conversations in 1969, little did he know that he was giving history the gift that keeps on giving. Now, on the 35th anniversary of the...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Pit Bull Palin
When Sarah Palin joked about herself and her fellow hockey moms as pit bulls with lipstick, she may have revealed more than she intended. She made it sound a compliment -- portraying herself and her...
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Robert C. Koehler
An Embedded Prayer
The outrage and grief push against the edge of language: "A visitor to the village and to three graveyards within its limits on Aug. 31 counted 42 freshly dug graves," writes New York Times reporter...
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Keith Olbermann
Republicans Have Hijacked 9/11
This is supposed to be a day of remembrance. Remembrance of the attack, remembrance of the national unity which followed it. Most important of all, remembrance of the dead. But 9/11 has become a...
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Marjorie Cohn
A Palin Theocracy
John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate has invigorated a lackluster campaign. The media can't stop talking about her. Given McCain's age and state of health (his...
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Andrew J. Bacevich
9/11 Plus Seven
The events of the past seven years have yielded a definitive judgment on the strategy that the Bush administration conceived in the wake of 9/11 to wage its so-called Global War on Terror. That...
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Nat Parry
Mocking Constitutional Rights
On the third day of the Republican National Convention, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin mocked Barack Obama for believing that individuals accused of terrorism actually have rights under...
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Mark Morford
Evil: It's the New Good!
Shut up and drink your high fructose corn syrup, sucker
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Aaron Glantz
No 'Victory' in Iraq
Even Barack Obama seems to be embracing the Republican spin on Iraq. Speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week," the Democratic nominee for President talked about "enormous reductions in violence"...
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Robert Scheer
She’s Clueless, He’s Worse
Ignorance is bliss, which perhaps explains Gov. Sarah Palin being so confidently wrong about the root cause of the federalization of most of the nation's mortgage market. But what is Sen. John McCain...
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Norman Solomon
The Sickening Praise for 'The Daily Show'
As corporate media coverage of the presidential race becomes even more notably stingy with intrepid journalism, the mainstream press enthusiasm for "The Daily Show" seems more cloying than ever. The...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Crazy Legacy of 9/11
Tomorrow marks the day that has come to mean many things to many people. And because the plane-bombings of Sept. 11, 2001 had such a far-reaching ripple effect on our society, there is a ring of...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Derrick Z. Jackson
Drilling for a 'Comprehensive' Energy Plan
To drill or not to drill. We know the answer of the Republicans from their "drill, baby, drill" convention. Last weekend, President Bush again called for oil drilling on the outer continental shelf...
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Juan Cole
What's the Difference Between Palin and Muslim Fundamentalists? Lipstick
A theocrat is a theocrat, whether Muslim or Christian.
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Dave Zirin
Why We Need A People's History of Sports
There are those who insist that sports and politics don't belong in the same sentence, the same zip code, or the same universe. They mouth platitudes about how these two worlds must be hermetically...
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Ray McGovern
Trickle-Down Preemption: Baghdad on the Mississippi
Ten days ago, as the nation focused attention on the hurricane nearing the Mississippi delta, another storm was brewing far upstream in St. Paul, Minnesota -- a storm far more dangerous, it turned...
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Peter Dreier
From Organizer to Elected Official
Before Karen Bass was elected Speaker of the California Assembly--the second-most-powerful job in the nation's largest state, with over 36 million people--she was a community organizer.
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Dean Baker
The Whiner's Recession
Senator McCain and his friends no doubt still believe that the economy's fundamentals are strong, but Friday's jobs numbers clearly show how bad things have gotten. The 6.1 percent unemployment rate...
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David Krieger
Congress Has the Last Chance to Say No to the US-India Nuclear Proliferation Deal
India never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Instead, it developed and tested nuclear weapons. It is a known nuclear proliferator. India is now thought to have an arsenal of some 60...
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George Lakoff and Chris Shutes
Death by Definition: Save the Endangered Species Act! Now!
Introduction The Endangered Species Act is our primary legal tool for environmental protection. We have until September 15 -- about a week -- to save the Endangered Species Act. Not just some species...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Ten Ways the McCain/Palin GOP Is Now Stealing the Ohio Vote
The McCain/Palin GOP is already in the process of stealing the Ohio vote, as was done in 2004. Among those at the center of the GOP strategy is Bush Family computer operative Michael Connell, who...
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Peter Erlinder
Darfur Deception
An Open Letter to Human Rights Colleagues Concerned About Darfur…and Iraq
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Monday, September 8, 2008
David Sirota
David May Talk, Goliath May Walk
"This is a David-and-Goliath confrontation, but we believe we'll have enough stones in the sling to knock this out." That is a recent statement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when asked whether...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Right Dictates MSNBC's Programming Decisions
MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its main political events (the upcoming presidential debates and election) vividly...
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Ida Audeh
Another Sept. 11 Casualty
The Bush administration continues to use a criminal act committed seven years ago to justify sweeping restrictions on our civil liberties and the incarceration of more than 5,000 residents of Arab...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Doublespeak as Art Form
"We need change, all right. Change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington. We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington -- throw out the big-government...
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Ana Malinow
In Texas, the Health Care Crisis Is Only Getting Worse
Census statistics show state’s children at risk
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Michael Schwartz
Who Lost Iraq?
Is the Maliki Government Jumping Off the American Ship of State?
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Chris Hedges
Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention
St. Paul is a window into our future. It is a future where, as one protester told me by phone, "people have been pepper-gassed, thrown on the ground by police who had drawn their weapons, had their...
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David Michael Green
Country Last
Hey, did you know that John McCain was a POW? Did you also know that he was a POW, and that he was a POW? Now that I've recapped seventy percent of the Republican Convention last week, let me fill in...
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
The Mighty, Scary Press Corps
Criticizing the McCain campaign for refusing to allow reporters to question Sarah Palin, Time's Jay Carney writes :
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Lester Brown
Let's Use Wind to Power Cars
Legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is half right. We do need to harness this country's wind resources for a homegrown source of electricity, as he has been urging this summer in expensive...
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Layla Aslani
Create Your Own Workplace
An agenda that puts people first: Jobs
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Eric Margolis
Republicans Born Again
Bible Belt evangelicals unhappy with McCain take simplistic comfort in Palin as VP candidate
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Frank Rich
Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage
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Caroline Arnold
O Brave New World: What Forum for Common Values and Goals?
"[Arnold's] musings reflect misery and distain [sic] in 95% of her writing." "[Her] Sunday articles ... are silly, repetitious and 99% negative ..." "Look at Kent and what her way has done ... turned...
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Saturday, September 6, 2008
John Nichols
The Anti-Republican Who Is Really a Republican
ST. PAUL - In the eighth year of Republican dominance of the executive branch of the federal government, after an extended period in which Republicans also controlled the legislative branch of the...
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Peter Dreier, John Atlas
GOP Mocks Public Service
For the first time in American history, a major political party devoted a substantial portion of its national convention to attacking grassroots organizing. Speaking Wednesday at the Republican...
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Rosa Brooks
Taking A Closer Look at Palin's Independence
That John McCain -- he's such a maverick! Just when you thought you had him figured out, McCain threw another curveball -- picking rookie Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom he barely knows, as his running...
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Glenn Greenwald
Will The GOP's Negativity Produce A Backlash?
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Bill Maher
Republicans, Stop Calling Obama Elitist
Because the real reason you don't like him is that he's smarter than you.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Chasing Nuclear Energy Windmills
The Republican convention was a barren desert of diversity, with the lowest percentage of black delegates in 40 years. Yet this 93 percent white gathering blithely stole from the race riots of the '...
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Daina Saib
Doctor's Orders: Health Coverage for Everyone
An agenda that puts people first: Health Care
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Chris Carlsson
Building an Anti-Economy
Even while capitalism continues its inexorable push to corral every square inch of the globe into its logic of money and markets, new practices are emerging that redefine politics and open up spaces...
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Friday, September 5, 2008
Juan Cole
Rambo and the Mean Girl
The Republican Party convention in Minneapolis gave us two American film narratives in an attempt to shift the national political debate away from issues and accountability to personalities and...
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Stephen Zunes
The 2008 Democratic Party Platform and the Middle East
The excitement over the nomination of Barack Obama as the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party has been tempered by some key foreign policy planks in the 2008 platform , particularly those...
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Robert Parry
The Anti-Obama Hate-Fest
The Republican Party, which has defined modern-day negative politics, was back at it again, bashing Barack Obama and the news media in an ugly display that rivaled the old days of Nixon-Agnew - or...
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John Nichols
Spiro T. Palin
Forty years ago, mounting a comeback campaign after losing a presidential race eight years earlier, Richard Nixon secured the Republican nomination and then selected as his running-mate a former...
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Dave Lindorff
The Things They Left Behind (or Didn’t Remind You About)
The introduction to John McCain at the Republican National Convention last night was all about family values. There was the paean to his mother and father, the touching story of his and Cindy's...
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Naomi Klein
New Orleans: The City That Won't Be Ignored
The early results are in: Hurricane Gustav has helped John McCain's bid for the White House. This is nothing short of incredible.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
Sarah Palin and Mark Halperin's Complaints of 'Liberal Media'
In 2006, Mark Halperin -- then of ABC News, now of Time Magazine -- published a book with Politico's Editor-in-Chief John Harris, and Halperin's primary strategy for selling books was to appear on...
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Robert Weitzel
Obama’s Zionist Wannabe Veep
"If I were a Jew, I would be a Zionist. I am a Zionist. You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist."- Senator Joseph Biden Considering the last eight years and the current (viable) options, I'll...
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Robert B. Reich
Corporations and the Conventions
At the Democratic convention last week, I kept bumping into two different kinds of corporate professionals. Most have headed over to the Republican convention this week. One type says its job is "...
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Robert C. Koehler
Logical Consequences
Call it creative self-destruction, maybe. How surreal it's been this week to watch the Republicans reap a small portion of the divine comeuppance due them, first from a hurricane, then from a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Going on an Imperial Bender: How the U.S. Garrisons the Planet and Doesn't Even Notice
Here it is, as simply as I can put it: In the course of any year, there must be relatively few countries on this planet on which U.S. soldiers do not set foot, whether with guns blazing, humanitarian...
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Norman Solomon
Beyond the Conventions
With varying degrees of confidence or even complacency, many people have assumed that the jig is almost up for the horrendous political era that began when George W. Bush became president. Always...
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Rosa Maria Pegueros
Bristol Palin: What a Difference Four Decades Makes
It was 1972 in San Francisco, in the era before legalized abortions, when bearing a child out of wedlock was still a scandal. In the closed world of the Catholic university we attended, it was an...
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Amy Goodman
Why We Were Falsely Arrested
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Johann Hari
The Storm Clouds That Hang Over John McCain
Will Hurricane Gustav blow over the presidential election, or have the levees of Republicanism creaked a little more? The start of the Republican National Convention has been displaced by a 150mph...
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