All Views Articles for 2008-archive-2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
John R. MacArthur
Americans Unwilling to Face Reality
It's not as though no one saw it coming. Here's the economist Michael Hudson, writing in the May 2006 issue of Harper's Magazine: "The reality is that, although home ownership may be a wise choice...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Volunteer Energy and Political Tipping Points
On election day four years ago, I was canvassing in home state of Washington, alternately knocking on doors for gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire and breaking to call Ohio and Florida. After...
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Robert Scheer
The Hoover-Palin Ticket
And the winner is ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Remember him-the great Democratic president who saved capitalism from the capitalists by reining in their exorbitant greed? Forget the Reagan...
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Stephen Kinzer
The Reality of War in Afghanistan
Despite their differences over how to pursue the US war in Iraq, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama both want to send more American troops to Afghanistan. Both are wrong. History cries out to them...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Isabel Macdonald, Steve Rendall
Islamofascism Awareness Week: Anti-Muslim Smearcasting On Campus
"Islamofascism Awareness Week" is back on college campuses across the nation this week.
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Laura Flanders
Defending ACORN and the Right to Vote
Barack Obama's poll numbers are up - and the McCain campaign's gloves are off. This time the GOP's target isn't merely the Democratic candidate -- it's a poor people's group - and if we're not...
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Tim Karr
AT&T Promises Not to Spy on You... Sort Of
You would think that AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner execs had turned a page and formed a new front in defense of your online rights. Late last month, they lined up before the Senate to mouth...
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Alan Cumming
Why Is America So Content With Mediocrity?
I had intended to write this entire piece and then go back and remove the 'g' from every word that ended in one. But then I thought that would make me a churlish, smart-arsed, lefty stereotype and...
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George Monbiot
This Stock Collapse Is Petty When Compared to the Nature Crunch
The financial crisis at least affords us an opportunity to now rethink our catastrophic ecological trajectory
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Derrick Z. Jackson
McCain Plays the Race Card
Having failed to convince voters that they represent a break from the tragic Bush presidency, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin are...
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Sean Gonsalves
We're Not in Kansas Anymore
The dominant news narrative of the past few weeks has been "it's the economy, stupid," where the only things trickling down are retirement savings, stocks and gas prices – not the rising-tide-that-...
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Rosa Maria Pegueros
Sins of Omission
Rhode Island has a long reputation of being a solidly Democratic state. Republicans in positions of power are so scarce that the fact that we have a Republican governor, Gov. Donald Carcieri, must be...
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Guy Reel
A Pit Bull Doesn't Lie
One of the complaints we hear from "ordinary" red-staters is that the Democrats mock them, condescend to them and look down upon them. Hmm. Have they for even a fleeting instant considered which is...
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Rory O'Connor
Seeds of Hatred
"What a man sow shall he reap - And you know that talk is cheap..." - Bob Marley John McCain was right in August when he called John Lewis one of the " wisest people " he knew.
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Cynthia Boaz
Why 'Change' Has Already Won
Guess what? Change has already won in Election 2008. Although the presidential election result itself has yet to be decided, it has become clear over the past weeks that John McCain is now attempting...
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Robert Naiman
Pentagon Challenge: Ask Iraqis How Many Have Died
The U.S. military is planning a large polling operation in Iraq over the next three years to help "build robust and positive relations with the people of Iraq and to assist the Iraqi people in...
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Jeanmarie Bishop, Jeanmarie Simpson
Jeannette Rankin, the Anti-Palin
America's 21st Century political landscape is nearly devoid of voices the likes of first US Congresswoman and lifelong pacifist, Jeannette Rankin, whose role in American history has been jaded by...
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Tom Engelhardt
My Depression -- or Ours?
Among my somewhat over-the-hill crowd -- I'm 64 -- there's one thing friends have said to me repeatedly since the stock market started to tumble, the global economic system began to melt down, and...
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Monday, October 13, 2008
Dave Zirin and Daniel Denvir
Palin Drops the Puck
You cannot make this up. Sarah Palin, the best-known hockey mom in the United States, gets booed Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. And the game is played, of all places, at the...
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Mark Anthony Rolo
On Columbus Day, Correcting Columbus’ Legacy
On Monday, Oct. 13, schoolteachers across the nation should find the courage to speak the truth about the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Trying to explain to youngsters how this country came...
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Gary Younge
The Politics of Smear Won't Work in the Middle of a Stockmarket Crash
Voters care too much about their homes and their retirement to be swayed by the McCain camp's desperate slurs
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Chris Hedges
America’s Political Cannibalism
It is no longer our economy but our democracy that is in peril. It was the economic meltdown of Yugoslavia that gave us Slobodan Milosevic. It was the collapse of the Weimar Republic that vomited up...
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Brian Moench
EPA Ignores the Toxic Threat in Our Drinking Water
Care for a glass of rocket fuel?: EPA ignores a toxic threat Melamine contamination of Chinese milk products has sickened more than 50,000 infants. Tens of thousands have been hospitalized, including...
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James Carroll
Preventing the Other Meltdown
The word "meltdown" came naturally to the lips last week, referring to the collapse of financial markets. But what about a real meltdown? The word came into popular usage to describe the melting of...
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Mary Shaw
Is John McCain Still Trapped in Vietnam?
Senator John McCain has become notorious for playing the POW card in his campaign for the presidency, as if that somehow qualifies him for the job. But, in McCain's case, I think his status as a...
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Norman Solomon
Requiem for the Bailout Storyline
It's mid-October, and the Wall Street bailout that was supposed to save the economy from collapse is a flop. Only two weeks ago, the media hype behind the $700 billion bailout was so intense that it...
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Frank Rich
The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama
IF you think way back to the start of this marathon campaign, back when it seemed preposterous that any black man could be a serious presidential contender, then you remember the biggest fear about...
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Václav Havel
Water: A Source of Middle East Peace?
The global financial crisis may be grabbing all the headlines, but resolving it should not be allowed to crowd out other vital issues. In the Middle East, for instance, Israelis and Palestinians - as...
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Pierre Tristam
'Kill him!'? Silence as McCain/Palin Response is Deafening
Dissonance is the soundtrack of any faltering political campaign. Things get said to jar the ear and maybe shock the conscience. It grabs attention that reasonable coherence alone couldn't deliver...
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Christopher Brauchli
I Spy
Some of these men had become abstrusely entangled with the spying departments of other nations and would give an amusing jump if you came from behind and tapped them on the shoulder. - Vladimir...
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Mitchell Rofsky
Lies, Damn Lies, and (Conservative) Statistics
Is it revealing of how little the Republicans have to offer during these tough economic times that they have to distort economic statistic after economic statistic? It might be useful, during an...
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Joel McNally
GOP Battles the Spread of Democracy
One Bush administration cover story for going to war in Iraq to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in no-bid contracts for Halliburton and other corporate cronies was that it was to spread...
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Rick Salutin
Blowback from Afghanistan
In the U.S. "debates," it was the bleakest moment for me so far when Barack Obama said he lamented the war in Iraq because it "weakened our capacity to project power around the world." Not because it...
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Boston Globe Editorial
Subprime Scapegoats
AMID A GLOBAL financial crisis that began with unsustainable loans to people with bad credit, it was only a matter of time before apologists for Wall Street excesses would try to pin the blame on the...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
GOP Attacks on American Voters Turn Desperate, Ugly and Dangerous
The GOP assault on American voters has hit full stride as the economy and John McCain tank in synch. With just over three weeks until election day, the Republicans have mounted an all-out attack...
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Mark Weisbrot
Wall Street Bailout Won't Do Much to Help Ailing Economy
It is now clear the approval by Congress of President Bush's $700 bailout package on Friday October 3rd has done nothing to ease the current financial crisis. Credit markets have worsened for several...
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Donna Smith
My Heart is Breaking Again Today
CHICAGO - You'd think I'd get over it already. After reading so many patient horror stories and knowing how many people are hurting for healthcare, you'd think I'd have thicker skin. But I sat alone...
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Isabel Macdonald
The Anti-Muslim Smear Machine Strikes Again?
In the midst of remarkably cynical election-time mud-slinging, the Obsession campaign is truly in a class of its own.
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David Michael Green
This Just In: Greed Is Not Good
So, um, prolly you've heard by now that we're having this little problem with the economy, eh?
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Robert Fisk
'Collateral Damage' or Targeted Killing, the Effect Is Much the Same
All kinds of horrors flop on to my Beirut doormat. There's The Independent's mobile phone bill, a slew of blood-soaked local Lebanese newspapers - "Saleh Aridi's blood consolidates [Druze]...
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Friday, October 10, 2008
Ari Berman
McCain and the Meltdown
The parallels between the collapse of the savings and loan industry in the late 1980s and the Wall Street meltdown of today are unmistakable. Few pieces explain the roots of the S&L debacle--and...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel, Katrina vanden Heuvel
The Woman Greenspan, Rubin & Summers Silenced
"Break the Glass" was the code-name high-level Treasury Department figures gave the $700 billion bailout; it was to be used only as a last- resort measure. Now millions have been sprayed and damaged...
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Thomas S. Harrington
Unequal Charges: When Balanced Is Not Fair
Tuesday morning, National Public Radio and The New York Times had stories about how the presidential campaign is starting to get "rough." The information adduced to justify the assertion is...
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Michael Pollan
Farmer in Chief
Dear Mr. President-Elect,
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Bill Kaufmann
Nuclear Not the Answer
The world's most recognizable anti-nuclear activist has just landed in Calgary and could still barely believe the news. Alberta, with an already well-deserved dismal international environmental...
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Ken Bode
Why McCain's Health Matters
Last week a full-page ad appeared in The New York Times with the names of 2,768 doctors who call on Sen. John McCain to issue a full, public release of his medical records.
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Bruce Fein
Palin vs. Palin
At the conclusion of the constitutional convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got-a Republic or a Monarchy?" He sagely responded, "A Republic, if you can keep it...
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Dean Baker
It's Time for Paulson to Cut the Crap and Do His Job
Just about every economist who supports bailing out the banks thinks that taking an equity stake through a direct infusion of capital is the way to go. While Secretary Paulson had pushed for his...
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Richard Murphy and John Christensen
The Threat Lying Offshore
Tax Havens Will Sabotage Attempts to Re-Regulate Global Finance. Democracy Demands We Tackle Them
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Glenn Greenwald
Major Shock: Eavesdropping Powers Abused Without Oversight
In the most unsurprising revelation imaginable, two former Army Reserve Arab linguists for the National Security Agency have said that they routinely eavesdropped on - "and recorded and transcribed...
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David Sirota
Crony Communist or Businessman?
Is Henry Paulson a crony communist or a businessman? The answer could be the difference between economic disaster and recovery. Understanding Paulson's role in stopping-or fueling-the credit crisis...
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John Walcott
Truth Is Not Subjective
Editor's note: John Walcott, Washington bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers, delivered this speech on Oct. 7, 2008, upon accepting the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence from Bob Giles...
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Noam Chomsky
Anti-Democratic Nature of US Capitalism is Being Exposed
Bretton Woods was the system of global financial management set up at the end of the second World War to ensure the interests of capital did not smother wider social concerns in post-war democracies. It was hated by the US neoliberals - the very people who created the banking crisis writes Noam...
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Jim Goodman
McCain and Obama Need to Talk Real Farm Policy
John McCain and Barack Obama need to start talking farm policy. With less than a month before the November elections in a year marked by a world wide food crisis, energy shortages, climate change and...
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Michael Winship
Say Anything
And so it has begun. The final month of the presidential race, the campaign that feels as if it commenced some time during the Coolidge administration. And as we slide into these last weeks, what we...
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Robert Dodge
The Earth Charter: A Declaration of Interdependence
Communities around the world will come together this Saturday to celebrate this year's Earth Charter International Summit. Global climate change is the theme of this year's Earth Charter...
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Jesse Hagopian
So There Is Money that Could Have Helped Schools
The secret is out. Like a note confiscated by the teacher and read aloud to the class, there can no longer be any doubt about the message being sent. With the passage of the bailout bill for Wall...
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Bertha Lewis and Steve Kest
The Truth About ACORN's Voter Registration Drive
Election Day is less than a month away, and our efforts to make sure that low-income and minority voters have a voice and vote on November 4th are in full swing. Unfortunately, just as we've seen in...
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Sarah Wildman
The Bush Sex Ed Doctrine
Even in its final months, the Bush administration is working hard to deny women around the world access to contraception
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Jeff Biggers
The Banality of Clean Coal: Extraction Crimes
Three more retired coal miners died of black lung today. Over 105,000 Americans have suffered and died from black lung related diseases; 10,000 miners, according to the National Institute for...
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Ken Gude
Guantánamo's Prisoners of Cowardice
The release of 17 Uighurs into the US is a long overdue correction to the Bush administration's mistaken terrorism policy
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Medea Benjamin
Should Henry 'The Fox' Paulson Guard the Henhouse?
On Tuesday, October 7, a group of CODEPINK pranksters pranced in front of the New York Stock Exchange. One, wearing an oversized papier maché head of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, grabbed at the...
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Anand Gopal
The Surge That Failed
Afghanistan Under the Bombs
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Christopher Cooper
Blowin’ Like a Circle ‘Round My Skull
It is altogether a good thing that we have abandoned certain terms formerly used to describe persons who, through accident of birth or subsequent injury, suffer from mental delays or disabilities...
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Danny Schechter
The Edge of the Abyss
As Economic War Threatens, It's Time to Fight Back. Let's Start With National Teach-Ins
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Robert C. Koehler
Brace Yourself
Call it, what, our crapshoot democracy? The looming election - the process itself, not merely the feints and jabs of the candidates - is actually getting some mainstream media attention, as in, ahem...
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Stephen Zunes
Haidar's Struggle
Aminatou Haidar, a nonviolent activist from Western Sahara and a key leader in her nation's struggle against the 33-year-old U.S.-backed Moroccan occupation of her country, won this year's Robert F...
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Tara Mahtafar
Sarah Palin and the Confederacy of Dunces
For weeks now the liberal media has been waxing incredulous at John McCain's stunt of a running mate. Righteously they decry her unpreparedness for potentially holding the most powerful office on...
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Amy Goodman
Open the Debates
The reviews are in, and the latest U.S. presidential debate, the "town hall" from Nashville, Tenn., was a snore. One problem is that in a debate it is important for the debaters to actually disagree...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Donna Smith
Wall Street Flops Cannot Become Patient 'Swaps'
There are a few good things about being broke. Not many, mind you. But at least during this past two weeks, I have no big savings accounts to worry about losing, no large sums in 401Ks or equity in a...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Actually, It's Pro-Family to Advocate Policies That Give Women Choices
Dear, dear Reader, May we clear something up? Just because I advocate for regulated child-care spaces, pay equity for women and reproductive freedom, does not mean I am anti-family. Nor does it mean...
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Mark Morford
Planet Obama
What would happen if the entire world could vote in our election? One guess
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Brattleboro Reformer Editorial
A Silent Disaster
It's been lost in the shuffle with the turmoil of the financial markets, but Hurricane Ike has been a disaster of epic proportions in western Louisiana and Texas. This powerful Category 2 hurricane...
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Peter Costantini
This Sucker Could Go Down
Crises seem to awaken the inner poet of the commentariat, and the Crash of 2008 is no exception. In the effort to wrap the mind around a phenomenon as expansive and convoluted as this one, literal...
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Dave Zirin
Sarah Palin's Extreme Sports
Ever since Andrew Johnson welcomed the New York Mutuals to the White House in 1867, presidential politics has exploited professional sports. It's a foolproof way for politicians to show voters they...
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Matthew Rothschild
Leahy Concerned About NorthCom’s New Army Unit
Senator Patrick Leahy is concerned about the Pentagon's decision to designate an Army unit to Northern Command. On October 1, the Pentagon, for the first time ever, dedicated an Army force...
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Robert Scheer
A Plague Upon the White House
I am not a conventionally religious man, or even a very superstitious one, but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America. Every time he does, we seem to be visited with another...
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Sam Oliker-Friedland
Make Absentee Voting Easier for All
I need to confess a shameful secret; a sin of omission from last year that I've regretted ever since. I didn't vote. By most measures, I am a politically engaged college student. I read the news and...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Ira Chernus
Lefties for Obama
If you have decided to vote for a third party candidate for president, or not to vote at all, because you can't stand voting for the "lesser of two evils," this message is for you. Though I'm...
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Kelly Campbell
On Anniversary of Bombing Afghanistan, We Need a Surge in Diplomacy
Seven years ago today we held a memorial service for my brother-in-law in his hometown of Anamosa, Iowa, four weeks after he was killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. As I walked out the door from the...
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Jesse Jackson
Wall St. Implodes, but Bad Ideas Survive
The largest savings and loan and the largest insurance company go belly up. One trillion dollars lost in the stock market in one day. Two trillion dollars lost in housing values. Congress hands the...
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David Nassar
Wal-Mart Moms Could Vote to Change Wal-Mart
"Wal-Mart Moms" or "Wal-Mart Women" are the new "it" demographic this election cycle. That may be good news for Wal-Mart shoppers, but it is not good news for Wal-Mart.
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Fran Quigley
Taking to the Streets for the Poor
Last week, I participated in a day-long downtown Indianapolis fast and demonstration asking Senator Bayh to join Senator Lugar in co-sponsoring the Global Poverty Act and Jubilee Act. By committing...
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Sam Leibowitz and Mazin Qumsiyeh
Can 'Shana Tova' and 'Eid Mubarak' Coexist in Israel/Palestine?
This year, just as the solemn fasts of Ramadan ended and Islam rejoiced in its renewed connection with God by celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Jewish people celebrated Rosh Hashana --the Jewish New Year...
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Harvey Wasserman
Casting Paper Ballots Is Our First Victory
My daughters and I have cast paper ballots in the opening days of the 2008 presidential election. It was their first time voting in a presidential election. That they have only voted with an African-...
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Chalmers Johnson
Voting the Fate of the Nation
Will Economic Meltdown, Race, or Regional Loyalty Be the Trump Card in Election 2008?
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George Monbiot
This Green Subsidy for Car Makers Is Just a Disguised Corporate Bailout
Having long sabotaged eco-innovations, the motor industry is now demanding billions to cut its carbon emissions
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Juan Gonzalez
Bailout Dish Has Heaping Side of Pork
Here we are, in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, and the members of the U.S. Senate are busy dispensing pork in a shameless fashion. In their vote on the $700...
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Linda McQuaig
Bulking up Pentagon North
With the prospect of a Harper majority hanging menacingly over the country, the mind inevitably turns to the question: Just what is the "secret agenda" lurking behind the friendly sweater? Actually,...
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Robert Fisk
Secrets of Iraq's Death Chamber
Prisoners are being summarily executed in the government's high-security detention centre in Baghdad.
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Stephen Gabow
Why America's Problem Is Cultural, Not Political
Here are some questions that ask the same thing in different ways. How can McCain/Palin even stand a chance in this election, given the state of the country? Why hasn't "conservative" become a dirty...
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Monday, October 6, 2008
James Carroll
Making Some Sense of $700b
How much is 700 billion? The mind registers the number with such imprecision as to make it meaningless. One blogger proposed this way of grasping the figure: As a stack of $100 bills, it would reach...
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Ann Wright
'My Daughter’s Dream Became a Nightmare': The Murder of Military Women Continues
"My daughter's dream became a nightmare," sadly said Gloria Barrios, seven months after her daughter, US Air Force Senior Airman Blanca Luna, was murdered on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
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Norman Solomon
Projecting an Obama Victory
Projection is a psychological hazard of politics. What's "obvious" to some doesn't occur to others. So, these days, it's hardly reassuring when some progressives roll their eyes at the latest McCain-...
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Jeffrey Locke
Population, Family Planning and Presidential Priorities
Over the last week, the American people and financial markets around the world watched as Congress debated an eye-popping $700 billion dollar economic rescue for the American economy. Lost amidst the...
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Johann Hari
McCain Is Deluding Himself Over the 'Surge'
There's a hole in the US argument, and blood is rushing through
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Tom Engelhardt
Spying on the Future
The US Intelligence Community as Seers Without Sizzle
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Chris Hedges
Dennis Kucinich on the Democrats’ Bailout Betrayal
The passing of the $850-billion bailout pulled the plug on the New Deal . The Great Society is now gasping for air, mortally wounded, coughing up blood. It will not recover. It was murdered by the...
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Sunday, October 5, 2008
Caroline Arnold
A High Price for Looking the Other Way
Retired U.S. Ambassador Charles Dunbar, speaking recently at Kent State University about the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, observed that "bombing civilians saves (our) soldiers' lives." Just...
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David Smith-Ferri
Building Peace in Iraq: A Careful Reordering of our Priorities and Assumptions
Recently I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in the state of Colorado, giving poetry readings and speaking to communities about a unique American-Iraqi partnership called Direct Aid Iraq ( www...
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