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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Benjamin Lewis and Brandon Neely
As I See It
On this day, Veterans Day, we would like to express to the American public why we, veterans of the Global War on Terror, have chosen to refuse orders to reactivate into military service. We are...
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Joseph L. Galloway
For What Did They Die?
It is autumn, and the air is crisp and cool at night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It gets very quiet at The Wall around midnight. The tourists have gone home, and are all...
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Aaron Glantz
On Veterans Day, Don't Forget About the War
The War in Iraq has disappeared from the headlines. The ongoing economic crisis has Americans looking inward, wondering if they can keep their homes and their jobs, with little interest in death and...
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Patrick Cockburn
The US Can Quit Iraq, or It Can Stay. But It Can't Do Both
Iraqis have a clear idea who they believe funds their secret police
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Simon Tisdall
War Without Borders
Barack Obama will be surprised to learn about secret CIA raids endorsed by Bush – and how they crossed a line
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Sean Gonsalves
Opening Move: Charge the Center?
In upstate New York many summers ago, my father introduced me to the game of chess. Our first game went something like this: I moved my white pawn to f3. Dad moved his black pawn to e5. My next move...
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Marjorie Cohn
Obama Spells New Hope for Human Rights
Celebrations of Barack Obama's election as President of the United States erupted in countries around the world. From Europe to Africa to the Middle East, people were jubilant. After suffering though...
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Judith Siers-Poisson
How Far Have We Really Come From the 'One-Drop Rule'?
"Black man, black woman, black baby / White man, white woman, white baby / White man, black woman, black baby / Black man, white woman, black baby." Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet There is no...
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Ira Chernus
'Obama' for Lefties
When I was a boy I traveled to the Deep South. On my very first day there I saw two water fountains side by side, one labeled "Colored" and the other "Whites Only." Now, less than half a century...
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Mike Ferner
Remembering the War to End All Wars
At the stroke of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the roaring guns fell silent. Our holiday that marks the end of “The Great War” is now called Veterans Day, yet it’s worth...
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Kenny Ausubel
Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future
Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: To re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each...
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Lionel Beehner
Put the Bombs Away
Cluster bombs are dangerously inaccurate. Barack Obama should ban them, even if it means going against the Pentagon
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Al Gore
The Climate for Change
The inspiring and transformative choice by the American people to elect Barack Obama as our 44th president lays the foundation for another fateful choice that he -- and we -- must make this January...
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Sameer Dossani
The Case for US Withdrawal From Afghanistan
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the...
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The Vancouver Provice Editorial
Time to Zap the Taser
Canada all but abolished the death penalty in 1976. It still exists for special cases in the military, though it is never used. The last legal execution in this country was 1962 in Toronto's Don Jail...
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Stephen Zunes
The Disenfranchisement of My Daughter
Growing up in Mississippi and North Carolina in the late 1950s and early 1960s, I have vivid memories of African-Americans hoping to participate in their first election being turned away at the polls...
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Bill Quigley
Anger and Hope: Haitian Families Furious Over School Collapse
"No one cares about the children, living or dead," one furious father of children in the collapsed school outside of Port au Prince, Haiti swore Sunday in an interview. "No one has come to provide...
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Michael T. Klare
Obama's Toughest Challenge: America's Energy Crunch Comes Home
Of all the challenges facing President Barack Obama next January, none is likely to prove as daunting, or important to the future of this nation, as that of energy. After all, energy policy -- so...
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Danielle Maestretti
Shelf Life: A Criminally Insane System
Forget the sensational headlines about the mentally ill. The truth is in the alternative media.
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Walden Bello
Obama's Election: How To Spend The Honeymoon
It came together spontaneously, the rally at Lafayette Park across from the White House, even before the concession speech by John McCain. The crowd was multiracial, but the vast majority was white...
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Naomi Klein
The New Trough
The Wall Street bailout looks a lot like Iraq — a "free-fraud zone" where private contractors cash in on the mess they helped create
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Danny Schechter
The Reckoning: Obama Between A Rock and A Hard Place
How Will He Transform an Economy In Free-Fall
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Henry Porter
Activism, Involvement and A Pursuit of The Common Good - That's The Key
Standing at the edge of the area reserved for Obama's people in Grant Park, Chicago, I had a good view of the President-elect as he gave his victory speech, but a much better view of the campaigners...
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Frank Rich
It Still Felt Good The Morning After
On the morning after a black man won the White House, America's tears of catharsis gave way to unadulterated joy. Our nation was still in the same ditch it had been the day before, but the atmosphere...
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Ananya Mukherjee-Reed
Obama: What Is In Store For South Asia?
As I spent the last few months scouring over every poll and every commentary hoping for an Obama victory, I was also inundated by the news of a steady stream of US strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan...
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David Michael Green
My Michelle Moment: America Does Itself Proud
American democracy is a tattered thing. One could devote a lifetime to describing its major failings, many of which are baked right into the institutional structure of the practice. American...
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Tom Turnipseed
Obama's Victory Brings Hope for Peace, Not Fractious Tribalism
The mandate given to Barack Obama in our Presidential election means an impressive number of Americans got over their racial and ethnic hang-ups due to an extraordinarily eloquent, confident and...
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Peter Dreier
Shifting Gears: Transforming Obama's Campaign into a Movement for Change
For the first time in history, Americans elected a former community organizer as their President. Barack Obama is going to need all those organizing skills to be an effective leader. To achieve a...
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Guy Reel
The Truth Will Tell
In a few months, it should soon become apparent to all but the lowest knuckle-draggers that Barack Obama is not a terrorist sympathizer, he's not a Muslim, he's not going to take away your guns, he's...
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David Sirota
Obama, Be Progressive!
Voters want you to go big and go liberal -- and not channel Clinton-style incrementalism.
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Bill McKibben
President Obama’s Big Climate Challenge
As he assumes the presidency, Barack Obama must make climate-change legislation and investment in green energy top priorities. And he must be ready to take bold — and politically unpopular — action to address global warming.
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Joel McNally
The Threat of Fairness
As right-wing talk show hosts see their political power waning in America, they are now worried about a brand new threat to their bizarre version of democracy. After dominating the public airwaves...
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Bob Herbert
Take a Bow, America
The markets are battered and job losses are skyrocketing, but even in the midst of a national economic crisis, we should not lose sight of the profound significance of this week and what it tells us...
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Theresa Alt and Marty Luster
For the Left, This is Not the Time to Relax
Lest anyone misunderstand what we are about to say, let us make it perfectly clear that the election of Barack Obama and the strengthening of the Democratic majorities in Congress please us greatly.
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John Nichols
Obama's Best Advice Will Come From Reich, Bonior
Barack Obama appeared at his first press conference as the president-elect of the United States on a day of sobering economic news. Just hours earlier, the Department of Labor had reported that 240,...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush and Industry Vs The Rest of Us
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. — Sir William Osler, Montreal Medical Journal 1902 There was at least one bit of good news recently with respect to George Bush’s unending (but...
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Howard Zinn
Obama's Historic Victory
Those of us on the Left who have criticized Obama, as I have, for his failure to take bold positions on the war and on the economy, must join the exultation of those Americans, black and white, who...
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Ray McGovern
Try These on Your CIA Briefer, Mr. President-Elect
After a week lecturing at Kansas State University and in Kansas City, Missouri, and environs, I could not shake the feeling that what Kansas and Missouri need most is the equivalent of Radio Free...
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn Defends Studs Terkel From Red-Baiting in the Times
Reading Edward Rothstein's sour commentary on Studs Terkel in the New York Times on November 2 I was surprised that Rothstein, presumably a sophisticated thinker, seems to believe one can separate...
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Paul Krugman
The Obama Agenda
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, is a date that will live in fame (the opposite of infamy) forever. If the election of our first African-American president didn't stir you, if it didn't leave you teary-eyed...
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Jonathan Steele
Now He Must Declare That the War on Terror Is Over
Obama's preference for diplomacy can help to forge new, individual relationships with Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan
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Brattleboro Reformer Editorial
The Wrecking Crew Leaves
On its way out the door, the Bush administration is rushing to gut some important laws and regulations protecting the environment. Regarding the Endangered Species Act, for instance, the...
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John Nichols
Obama's Disappointing First Choice
House Minority Leader John Boehner and other Republican insiders in Washington are griping about President-elect Barack Obama's selection of Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel to serve as White House...
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Kate Sheppard
Energy: Can Obama Keep It Clean?
As pretty much every poll prior to the election told us, the American public still ranks environmental concerns way down the list of challenges they want their next president to address, while the...
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Katha Pollitt
Sayonara, Sarah
And so we bid farewell to Sarah Palin. How I'll miss her daily presence in my life! The mooseburgers, the wolf hunts, the kids named after bays and sports and trees and airplanes and who did not seem...
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Karyn Strickler
History and This Election Say: Don't Govern From the Middle
Even before the buzz of Barak Obama's historic victory has worn off, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said "A new President must govern from the middle." The lessons of...
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John Brown
Rejuvenate Public Diplomacy! Bring Culture Back to the White House
The many reports that have appeared on the failures of American public diplomacy during the Bush years have stressed its limitations in the area of information and educational programs. What some...
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Dante Zappala
Rest Easy, Dad. We Win
Don't think of an elephant and what's the first thing that comes to mind? And so it goes that I try not to think, 'Dad should be here.' Phillies win. Obama wins. It's a boy. He's missing it all. This...
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David Cook
American History X
I teach American history to students in eastern Tennessee. In the narrative that makes up our nine-month journey, we encounter the broken and bleeding body of the American black dozens of times:...
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Rebecca Solnit
A Great Day, Nine Years, Three or Four Centuries: The Jubilant Birth of the Obama Era
Citizenship is a passionate joy at times, and this is one of those times. You can feel it. Tuesday the world changed. It was a great day. Monday it rained hard for the first time this season and on...
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Ruth Rosen
Dancing in the Streets
The last time Americans danced and cheered in the streets was in 1945, when the nation finally defeated its enemies in the Second World War. I have no memories of those exuberant days. But I'm an...
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Steven Freeland
Destroying the Environment Is Also a War Crime
On November 5, 2001, the United Nations declared November 6 of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.
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Amy Goodman
Organizer in Chief
You could almost hear the world’s collective sigh of relief. This year’s U.S. presidential election was a global event in every sense. Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a...
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Naomi Klein
Real Change Depends on Stopping the Bailout Profiteers
To understand the meaning of the U.S. election results, it is worth looking back to the moment when everything changed for the Obama campaign. It was, without question, the moment when the economic...
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Dean Baker
Obama's Path to Greatness: Healthcare as Stimulus
President Obama will have a historic opportunity to establish himself as a truly great president in his first days in office. He can take advantage of the current economic crisis to announce plans to...
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Matt Peiken
Dear John McCain Voters
Dear John McCain voters:
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Rob Richie
Electoral Reform on the Ballot: Wins for Instant Runoff Voting and More
2008 was historic in terms of the election of the first African American to be president and the largest number of voters at the polls in our history. But in the modern era, there is no excuse for...
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Robert C. Koehler
Our Fragile Dream
It had already been a long day for me, and for the country, when I rode the train downtown to Grant Park on the night of Nov. 4. History was crowding against my thoughts — my car was full of joyful,...
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Harvey Wasserman
A Chicago-Area Electoral Victory Says 'No We Won't' to Nuke Power
As the world media filled with the victory of Barack Obama, a defeat for atomic power in his own back yard sent a Solartopian message to the new administration. In the Chicago-area communities of Oak...
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Tom Gallagher
San Franciscans Endorse Iraq War Funding Cutoff
By a 60-40 margin, San Francisco this past Tuesday adopted the strongest anti-Iraq War position yet taken by the voters of a major American city. In supporting Proposition U, they have declared it...
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Mike Lux
And So It Begins...
By "it", of course, I refer to the great post-election debate: why did we win? Far more importantly, now that we did win, what should we do now? I have been predicting for six months now that on the...
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Johann Hari
The New President Must Stay Strong
Time-bombs are ticking in Obama's intray. They need to be defused fast
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Gideon Levy
Repackaging America
This is the moment to let emotion speak and cynicism fall silent. This is the time to let go for a moment of all the anti-American feelings that have spread among many of us throughout the world for...
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Matthew Norman
When You Want Your Child to Share America's Moment
I tried to explain to the 11-year-old why we were moved to tears
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Norman Solomon
A Mandate for Spreading the Wealth
Two days before he lost the election, John McCain summarized what had become the central message of his campaign: "Redistribute the wealth, spread the wealth around -- we can't do that." Oh yes we...
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Andrew J. Bacevich
Evangelical Foreign Policy Is Over
With Barack Obama's election to the presidency, the evangelical moment in US foreign policy has come to an end. The United States remains a nation of believers, with Christianity the tradition to...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Cecile Richards
A Winning Night for Women
It is hard to overstate the landslide victory for women last night. The election of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden spells the end of eight long years of an...
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Aaron Hicklin
Gay Marriage: An Electoral Liability
California's vote against same-sex marriage was one negative consequence of Obama's victory
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Jeff Cohen
Big Election Winner: Indy Media
Of all the factors contributing to Obama's victory – luck, economic crisis, Bush, Palin – a major factor is now so second-nature to us that we may overlook its transformative impact since just four...
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Sean Gonsalves
Anything Is Possible
"The moral arc of universe is long is but it bends towards justice." — Martin Luther King It's tempting to be swept up in the emotion. It was only 50 years ago that black people were being regularly...
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John Nichols
Barack Obama's Many Majorities
"If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show," wrote the poet Walt Whitman on the occasion of a distant election, "I'd name the still-small voice vibrating – America's...
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Ru Freeman
America’s Choosing Day
America wakes tomorrow to a landscape created by its people. It is a landscape that has been tended over the days, hours and minutes of the last two years by the door-knockers, phone-callers and...
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Robert Scheer
Morning Again in America
It's time to gush! Later for the analysis of all the hard choices faced by our next president, Barack Obama, but for now, let's just thrill, unabashedly, to the sound of those words. Heck, both he...
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Mark Weisbrot
After Four Decades, Finally: The Beginning of the End
The nation's capital came alive after 11 p.m. on election eve, as thousands poured into the streets to celebrate a victory that everyone was calling historic. Car horns blaring, whooping and shouting...
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Robert Weissman
Mordor Brightens; Obama's Challenge -- And Ours
Good morning, America. Hello, world. Yes, the skies over Mordor are now brightening.* There is an almost palpable, physical sense of relief with the confirmation that the end of the Bush era is at...
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Medea Benjamin, Arun Gupta
Now That the Election Is Over, the Fight for Economic Justice Begins!
While millions of Americans are celebrating the election of Barack Obama, the wealthy and corporate interests who dished out billions of dollars this election season will be swarming over Washington...
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David Corn
Obama Wins and Redefines Real America
So who's a real American now?
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Mark Morford
Yes We Did
Party like it's 2009, 'cuz baby, now the real work begins
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Peter Rothberg
Combat Vote Suppression
This longest election campaign in American history, soon to be concluded, has seen a record number of new voters registered. In Connecticut, more than 300,000 new voters have added their names to the...
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H.D.S. Greenway
The Next President's Task in War on Terror
AND SO it ends. The longest, most expensive, and riveting campaign in living memory is finally over. It has been an international cliff-hanger, with people in Europe, Africa, and Asia following every...
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Tim Karr
Broadcasters: Don't Fence Those White Open Spaces
Tom Paine once urged Americans to "recover rights" that had been stolen from them by a British ruling class. His call came at the close of the 18th century, when the casting off of age-old tyrannies...
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Jesse Jackson
Bush's Last 100 Days the Ones to Watch
The air crackles with anticipation. Fingers are crossed. It gets hard to breathe. Hope, for so long locked in a closet, begins pounding on the door.
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the New York Times Editorial
So Little Time, So Much Damage
While Americans eagerly vote for the next president, here's a sobering reminder: As of Tuesday, George W. Bush still has 77 days left in the White House - and he's not wasting a minute. President...
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Nancy Snow
Obama Wins (Really!)
Four years ago I predicted that John Kerry would win the presidential election. My gut told me so based on Kerry's more favorable showing among women, not the so-called security Moms or "W is for...
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Linda McQuaig
'Common Good' Rediscovered
The pivotal moment for me in the U.S. presidential campaign came during the Republican convention last August, when Rudolph Giuliani couldn't get the words "community organizer" out of his mouth...
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The Rev. Madison Shockley
To This Minister, Prop. 8 Is Repugnant
As a minister for almost 30 years I have had the joy of performing many weddings. Ministers are called upon to participate in a variety of important moments in the lives of their people; none is more...
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Chuck Collins, Sam Pizzigati
Ike Wanted to Spread Wealth, Too
The wealthy of the Eisenhower years paid a hefty share of their income in taxes.
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Monday, November 3, 2008
Ken Brociner
Old Dreams, Present Opportunities
I have been doing a lot of soul searching as this momentous election has drawn closer. Of all the hopes and fears that have passed through my mind, one of the most powerful has been the sense that...
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Andy Worthington
More Treachery at Guantanamo
For many of the prisoners at Guantanamo, the forthcoming US presidential election holds little promise of change. Although both Barack Obama and John McCain have pledged to close Guantanamo, the...
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James Carroll
As New Doors Open, We Can't Shut Out the Past
America is a house with many rooms. In an image of the writer Philip Slater, our frontier legacy instilled in us the habit of taking possession of one pristine room at a time. Instead of occupying...
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John Cusack
No Currency Left to Buy the Big Lies
As I contemplated the real possibility of an Obama victory and listened to right wing pundits revise history still unfolding, I thought of titles for this blog: "Neocon Logic: This Statement is...
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Simon Schama
Nowhere Man: A Farewell to Dubya, All-Time Loser in Presidential History
"Forgotten but not gone" was the way in which the supremo of Boston politics, Billy Bulger, liked to dismiss the human irritants he had crushed beneath his trim boot. The same could now be said for...
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Johann Hari
In the Age of Transformation, Obama's Time Has Come
Can it happen? Are the Bush years going to end with the election of a cerebral, liberal black man born to a Muslim goat-herd from Kenya and an atheist farm-girl from Kansas? Will we witness it in...
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Joseph L. Galloway
They’ve Squandered Lives, Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor
Here’s to the American people, the electorate, for finally coming to their senses and voting for something different, for someone different and for a chance to fix the multitude of man-made disasters...
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David Sirota
Mandate '08: Reagan vs. FDR
So it has all come down to this. After two years and a quarter-billion dollars worth of ads, the pulverizing election has become a steel-cage match pitting rivals against each other — and not...
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Tom Engelhardt
Foreclosed: The George W. Bush Story
They may have been the most disastrous dreamers, the most reckless gamblers, and the most vigorous imperial hucksters and grifters in our history.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Victoria Brittain
From Goma to Gaza, Mr Miliband
While the foreign secretary is keen to be seen in Congo, another invisible humanitarian crisis receives none of his attention
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Van Jones
Working Together for a Green New Deal
This article is adapted from The Green Collar Economy , by Van Jones with Ariane Conrad.
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Christopher Brauchli
The Fertilized Egg and the Decapitated Flower
What's tough? Life's tough. What's life? A magazine. Where do you get it? Newstand? What's it cost? Ten cents. Only got a nickel. That's tough, etc. - A child's saying circa 1945.
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Pierre Tristam
Between Hope and Despair Over Who Will Define Nation's Identity
I got my one and only puppy in 1976, the year my father died and Jimmy Carter was elected president. The three events are oddly connected, considering that I was a boy living in Lebanon at the time...
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