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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Robert Naiman
The Gaza War is Completely Stoppable
We have seen this movie before. In the summer of 2006, Israel invaded Lebanon. Replace "Hizbullah" with "Hamas" and "Lebanon" with "Gaza," and much we have seen in the last few days is depressingly...
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Gush Shalom
Israeli Peace Group Say Stop the Bombing
This war is inhuman, superfluous and harmful. Nothing good for Israel will come out of it! The killing of hundreds of Palestinians and the destruction of the infrastructure of life in the Gaza Strip...
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Tim Dickinson
Bush's Final FU: Last-Minute Regulations That Will Screw America for Years to Come
With president-elect Barack Obama already taking command of the financial crisis, it's tempting to think that regime change in America is a done deal. But if George Bush has his way, the country will...
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Pat LaMarche
‘Little’ People Often Played Big ’08 Roles
Wow, just a few hours left. There have been many 2008 recaps; we certainly don't need another one. It's not that I don't care about the year's big moments - it's just that I figure somebody else has...
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Mark Steel
So What Have The Palestinians Got To Complain About?
When you read the statements from Israeli and US politicians, and try to match them with the pictures of devastation, there seems to be only one explanation. They must have one of those conditions,...
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John Brady
Insurance Hassles Killing Off Family Docs
I love being a family physician. I love the history rooted in the country doc who did his best to help comfort and heal his neighbors. I love the broad scope of practice where I am always seeing...
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William Hartung
Why Bush Was Good for Foreign Policy (Satirists)
George W. Bush. But it's long past time that someone looked at the up side of Bush. Here are 10 good reasons we're going to miss him, in no particular order. 1. Saying "nucular": Can't beat having a...
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Mustafa Qadri
Gaza Attacks: Murder with Impunity
It was about midnight last Sunday when my phone rang. "I'm not sure I will survive tonight, the Israelis are bombing us everywhere." It was Mahmoud, a young resident of Rafah, a city in the Gaza...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
A Trillion Dollar Recovery
Poverty is on the rise , record numbers of people are relying on food stamps and we've seen no relief for the foreclosure crisis.
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Robert Parry
How Hypocrisy on 'Terrorism' Kills
Israel, a nation that was born out of Zionist terrorism, has launched massive airstrikes against targets in Gaza using high-tech weapons produced by the United States, a country that often has aided...
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Kathleen Rogers
Green Stimulus
A massive stimulus package of nearly $600 billion holds promise for the economy, and could mean more federal spending on infrastructure and energy efficiency projects. An estimated $400 billion in...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
David Gregory Shows Why He's The Perfect Replacement for Tim Russert
Several months before he was named as moderator of Meet the Press, David Gregory went on MSNBC to categorically reject Scott McClellan's accusations that the American media failed to scrutinize the...
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Robert Fisk
Why Bombing Ashkelon is The Most Tragic Irony
How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which - in any other conflict - journalists would be...
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Bob Herbert
Add Up the Damage
Does anyone know where George W. Bush is? You don't hear much from him anymore. The last image most of us remember is of the president ducking a pair of size 10s that were hurled at him in Baghdad...
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Chris Hedges
Party to Murder editor's note: In light of the recent fighting in Gaza, Truthdig asked Chris Hedges, who covered the Mideast for The New York Times for seven years, to update a previous column on Gaza.
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Deena Guzder
Lights Out in Gaza, News Blackout in US
Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have decried Israel's continued aerial bombing campaign as unlawful and denounced the killing of more than 300 Palestinians since 27...
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Aaron Glantz
Obama Can End Homeless Veterans’ Disgrace
SAN FRANCISCO - Roy Lee Brantley shivers in the cold December morning as he waits in line for food outside the Ark of Refuge mission, which sits amid warehouses and artists lofts a stone's throw from...
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Jim Goodman
A Change We Can Believe In - Dumping Industrial Agriculture
As 2009 approaches, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) notes nearly a billion people a day go hungry worldwide. While India supplies Switzerland with 80% of its wheat, 350...
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Dan Radmacher
Lump This Myth with 'Frosty the Coalman'
ROANOKE - Maybe it's a consequence of spending so much time around heavy machinery, but people in the coal industry seem incapable of bringing a light touch to their marketing efforts. Take "The...
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Corporate Crime Reporter
Documentary Doc Says AARP Is Major Impediment to Single Payer
Paul Hochfeld is an emergency room doctor based in Corvallis, Oregon. He has just finished a documentary about the nation's health care system. It's in sixteen chapters. And it's up on the web at...
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Richard Falk
Israel's War Crimes
The Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent severe and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an...
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Cristina Page
Can Common Ground Prevail?
When it comes to the abortion conflict in the U.S. a fascinating new consensus is emerging: the need for common ground. Americans, it seems, are weary of the acrimonious and seemingly endless fight...
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Deborah Storie
War Will Not Bring Peace in Afghanistan
'What is Kevin Rudd like?" "What type of man is he?" "Will he win the election?" Afghan friends and colleagues assailed me with these questions when I returned to Afghanistan in October last year...
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Cecile Richards
Can You Hear Me Yet?
[Yesterday's] Washington Post features yet another article about the failure of abstinence-only sex education programs, which have been one of the best-funded far right programs under the Bush...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Is A Sustainable Food Strategy on Obama's Menu?
A PRIUS in every garage and a farmers market in every neighborhood! This is our moment! This is our time for slow food! Or so, people hope from President-elect Obama.
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Tariq Ali
From The Ashes of Gaza
In the face of Israel's latest onslaught, the only option for Palestinian nationalism is to embrace a one-state solution
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Jess Ghannam
New US Policy Needed Toward Israelis and Palestinians
Israeli forces have just killed and wounded hundreds of Palestinians in the very neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip where I have worked for decades to help establish clinics. As I walk the orderly San...
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Dave Cooper
A First Hand Account of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, TN
This is a monumental and unprecedented environmental catastrophe. The TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) disaster is now estimated at 5.3 million cubic yards of coal ash, or almost twice as large as...
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Amanda Fuller and Justin Mog
TransFARM the White House Lawn
Two Peace Corps volunteers decided to write a letter to Obama and suggest that he establish an organic "Hope Garden" at the White House, and of course hire them to manage it. They are part of a...
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Geoffrey Lean
Year of The Hungry: 1,000,000,000 Afflicted
Despite the West's pledge to halve world hunger, the number of people who are short of food will soon reach a shocking landmark
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Chris Hedges
Why I am a Socialist
The corporate forces that are looting the Treasury and have plunged us into a depression will not be contained by the two main political parties. The Democratic and Republican parties have become...
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John Nichols
Obama Should Engage Now for Middle East Peace
An Israeli air assault on Palestinian targets in Gaza has taken an estimated 300 lives over the course of the past several days, and the death toll is mounting rapidly. Dozens of children have been...
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Robert Fisk
Leaders Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History are Ignored
We've got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don't care any more - providing we don't offend the Israelis. It's not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of...
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Andrea Becker
Gaza: Where Civilians Become Targets
Israel accuses Hamas of hiding 'terrorist infrastructure' among civilians, but does that justify the slaughter of innocent Gazans?
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Nir Rosen
Gaza: The Logic of Colonial Power
As so often, the term 'terrorism' has proved a rhetorical smokescreen under cover of which the strong crush the weak
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Ali Abunimah
We Have No Words Left
"I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing." Those chilling words were spoken on al-Jazeera on Saturday by Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in the Sderot...
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Glenn Greenwald
Marty Peretz and The American Political Consensus on Israel
Opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are so entrenched that any single outbreak of violence is automatically evaluated through a pre-existing lens, shaped by one's typically immovable...
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James Carroll
Gorbachev's Model for Obama
Twenty years ago this month, Mikhail Gorbachev stood before the UN General Assembly and said, "The compelling necessity of freedom of choice is also clear to us. The failure to recognize this . . ...
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Bernie Sanders
Where Do We Go From Here?
When Barack Obama is sworn in as president of the United States on Jan. 20, he will inherit a series of problems more severe than at any time since the Great Depression. Here are just a few of the...
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Justin Alexander
The Assault on Gaza Will Not Stop Rockets, but Could Influence The Israeli Elections
Palestinian militants have been firing mortars and home-made rockets from Gaza since 2002, long before the Israeli disengagement. In the 20 months between the disengagement in September 2005 and...
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David Michael Green
What To Expect While We're Expecting: Politics In the Time of Obama
So who is Barack Obama? Not only do we still not know, but in a very real sense, I don't think he knows either. Presidencies have a nasty habit of being shaped by external events and pressures that...
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Ira Chernus
Israelis Get Truth About Gaza Attack
If you get your news from the American mass media, you know that there's a nice simple explanation for the massive Israeli attack on Gaza. That explanation comes straight from the Israeli government...
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Norman Solomon
A Hundred Eyes for an Eye
Israelis and Arabs "feel that only force can assure justice," I. F. Stone noted soon after the Six Day War in 1967. And he wrote: "A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. The...
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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wallace J. Nichols
Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
This may be a bad time to ask, being the holiday season and all, but what's your plastic footprint? You know what I mean -- the amount of disposable plastic stuff your lifestyle generates over the...
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Erika Stutzman
The Written Word: Is Writing on its Way Out?
"I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of...
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John Nichols, John Nichols
Eartha Kitt: An Anti-War Patriot
Forty years ago, America's cultural icons expressed the frustratation of the American people with the failure of then-President Lyndon Johnson to end this country's undeclared war in Vietnam by...
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Ewa Jasiewicz
Gaza Today: This is only the Beginning
As I write this, Israeli jets are bombing the areas of Zeitoun and Rimal in central Gaza City. The family I am staying with has moved into the internal corridor of their home to shelter from the...
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Ellen Goodman
Bush's No Regrets Tour
I WAS DOING fine until I saw the rocking chairs. My attacks of Bush-bashing were in remission. I told myself it was time to move on, to embrace the change you can believe in and, well, you get the...
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Frank Rich
You’re Likable Enough, Gay People
IN his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." We all know how...
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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Christopher Brauchli
The Traveller, The Suitcase and the Airline
For my part I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey The announcement came just in time to...
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Stephen Zunes
Feinstein: Bad Choice for Intelligence
Ignoring the pleas of those calling for a more credible figure, Senate Democrats have instead chosen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to lead the Senate Committee on Intelligence. Feinstein was among those...
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Robert Fisk
How Can Anyone Believe There Is 'Progress' in the Middle East?
A test of Obama’s gumption will come scarcely three months after his inauguration
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William A. Collins
Our Kids as Mercenaries
The Pentagon doesn't talk much about it, but over half of America's presence in Iraq today is made up of mercenaries. That's how we keep down the number of actual troops. We now hire civilians to do...
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Jay Bookman
A One-Word Explanation? Try 'Greed'
The secret to capitalism's success is its ability to take one of mankind's most powerful emotions - greed - and harness that emotion to drive economic progress. By greedily pursuing our own...
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Ann Wright
Iranians Ponder Future U.S.-Iranian Relations in an Obama Administration
Travelling to Iran as a Citizen Diplomat for Peace Just a month ago, while Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and U.S. President Bush met for the last time as heads of state in late November, 2008 in...
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César Chelala, Alejandro Garro
Lessons from Guantánamo
President's Obama promise to close Guantánamo will go a long way towards ending one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. legal history. An effective closure, however, calls for reflection on some...
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Friday, December 26, 2008
Glenn Greenwald
Torture Ambivalence Masquerading as Moral and Intellectual Superiority
Behold the now-solidified Smart, Reasonable American Consensus on torture: the agreed-upon method for dismissing away -- mitigating and even justifying -- the fact that our leaders, more or less out...
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Paul Krugman
Barack Be Good
Times have changed. In 1996, President Bill Clinton, under siege from the right, declared that "the era of big government is over." But President-elect Barack Obama, riding a wave of revulsion over...
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Andy Worthington
The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Parts I and II)
Part I On December 11, the Senate Armed Services Committee issued a compelling report into the torture and abuse of prisoners in US custody ( PDF ), based on a detailed analysis of how Chinese...
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Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver
Don't Fix The Economy - Change It
Sticking with the model that is driving us toward ecological catastrophe will eventually kill us
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Juan Cole
Top Ten Myths about Iraq, 2008
1. Iraqis are safer because of Bush's War. In fact, conditions of insecurity have helped created both an internal and external refugee problem:
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Amy Goodman
One Man’s Bid to Aid the Environment
Tim DeChristopher is an economics student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He had just finished his last final exam before winter break. One of the exam questions was: If the oil and gas...
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Joel Berg
New President Needs New Anti-Hunger Plan
Every holiday season for the past eight years, our nation's editorial and opinion pages have been filled with outrage against America's growing hunger problem. They often discussed the soaring number...
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Harold Pinter
Art, Truth and Politics
Harold Pinter's Nobel Lecture was pre-recorded, and shown on video December 7, 2005, in Börssalen at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
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Chris Johnson
Rep. Nadler (D-NY) Calls for an Investigation of Bush Administration Officials
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has written a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey urging him to appoint an independent council to investigate actions taken by Vice President Dick Cheney, Former...
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Ann Wright
Remembering Pinter: Is Our Conscience Dead?
On the news today of the death of Harold Pinter, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, I remembered hearing his Nobel Laureate lecture/acceptable speech. I was in London in December,...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Walden Bello
The Coming Capitalist Consensus
Not surprisingly, the swift unraveling of the global economy combined with the ascent to the U.S. presidency of an African-American liberal has left millions anticipating that the world is on the...
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Aziz Huq
Dismantling the Imperial Presidency
President-elect Obama's first appointments to the Justice, State and Defense Departments mark no radical change. Rather, they return to a centrist consensus familiar from the Clinton years. But...
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Jonathan Freedland
Seasonal Forgiveness Has a Limit. Bush and His Cronies Must Face a Reckoning
Heinous crimes are now synonymous with this US administration. If it isn't held to account, what does that say about us?
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Sadhbh Walshe
Christmas on the Margins
The idea of chief executives being bailed-out while more than 30 million Americans are living on food stamps is unappetising
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Peter Erlinder
Rwanda: No Conspiracy, No Genocide Planning ... No Genocide?
The media reports of the December 18 judgment of Chamber-1 at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda focused primarily on the convictions of three of four former top military leaders, who...
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Robert C. Koehler
Dark Prayer
The water churned and pushed against the ice with a dark seriousness that reminded me of prayer. Subzero Chicago night at the edge of the year, the edge of change, the edge of what's bearable. I...
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Bill Quigley
Five Bailout Lessons From Katrina
The U.S. has committed nearly three trillion dollars to the financial bailout so far. The Federal Reserve has made more than $2 trillion in emergency loans and another $700 million has been pledged...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Why Al Franken Should NOT Be Riding Private Planes
The tragic and suspicious death of Karl Rove's election thief in chief should send a clear message to Al Franken and other key liberals: don't be riding in any small private planes. Death by air...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
John Buell
Lessons taught by GM, United Auto Workers
The rhetoric surrounding the auto industry this holiday season is deja vu all over again. I grew up in a suburb of Detroit. My parents loathed Walter Reuther, legendary head of the United Auto...
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Sara Roy
If Gaza Falls . . .
Israel's siege of Gaza began on 5 November, the day after an Israeli attack inside the strip, no doubt designed finally to undermine the truce between Israel and Hamas established last June. Although...
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Phyllis Bennis
Detaining the United Nations
Richard Falk was detained at the airport and denied entry to Israel on December 13, when he arrived in Tel Aviv.
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Robert Parry
Cheney's Contempt for the Republic
As Vice President Dick Cheney goes public in exit interviews about his vision of expansive executive powers, it's getting clearer how close the American Republic came to suffering major deformity –...
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Clay Evans
Bad Company: US Fails Gay, Lesbian Citizens
You can hardly blame the gay-and-lesbian community for being upset these days. President-elect Barack Obama, for whose election many members of the gay community worked hard, has invited the Rev...
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H.D.S. Greenway
At Last, Giving Bush The Boot
The image of shoes being thrown at George W. Bush during his tarnished legacy tour of Iraq has already entered legend. That a Saudi offered to pay $10 million for just one of the shoes attests to the...
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Danny Schechter
TARP This: Paulson's Bailout Plan Riddled With Deception
How a Program To Save The Economy Ended Up Enriching Big Banks
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Jospeh Gerson
Afghanistan, Socks, and a Moral Compass
After a couple of rounds of snow shoveling this weekend, I am looking out my study window as still more of beautiful precipitation continues to fall in my part of New England, gracing tree branches,...
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Ira Chernus
Hannukah Lights Can Symbolize Non-Violence Too
Jews all over the world are lighting the candles on their Hanukkah menorahs this week to symbolize -- what? Well, they don't all have the same answer. They all agree that the holiday commemorates the...
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David Michael Green
Hey Reagan Democrats: Now Do You Get It?
Sometime in the future... "And now, ladies and gentlemen, if you'll just follow me over in this direction, I'd like to show you one of our rarest and most reviled species here at The Human Zoo - it's...
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Donna Smith
There's No Place Like Home for The Holidays, Until There is No Home
A little box arrived from Chicago last week to my temporary digs here in Washington, DC. Inside were some of the trinkets of Christmases long past. Ornaments that used to hang on trees surrounded by...
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Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith
Green Paper Gold
There's growing support for fighting global economic stagnation and global warming simultaneously with a "green New Deal" nationally and globally. Investing to cut greenhouse gasses can create "green...
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Adam Zemel
Will Energy Efficiency Stimulus Distract America from the Real Task at Hand?
The Efficiency Trap will be easy to fall into--it is politically expedient and it lies at the intersection of energy and economic issues that propelled voters to pull the lever for Barack Obama in the first place.
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Silver Donald Cameron
We Don’t Find Happiness at The Mall
I wish you a Merry Christmas. And a Happy New Year. I really do. But what would make Chistmas merry, and New Year's happy? Good question. Two-thirds of Americans apparently dread the holiday season,...
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Laura MacCleery and Zachary Proulx
A Big Pill for Healthcare to Swallow
President-Elect Obama has promised a system of universal healthcare, but enacting one will be far more difficult than it should be. Even with change coming to America, drug companies and other high-...
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Johann Hari
Tasers Are an Outrage We Must Resist
Daniel Sylvester can't forget the night the police fired 50,000 volts of electricity into his skull. The 46-year-old grandfather owns his own security business, and he was recently walking down the...
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Zubeida Mustafa
No Time for War: A Call for Peace Amid Rising Nuclear Tensions between Pakistan and India
Peace activists in Pakistan and India are attempting desperately to be heard above the din raised by warmongers - elitist by all counts and claiming to be patriotic as well - in the wake of the...
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Paul Krugman
Life Without Bubbles
Whatever the new administration does, we're in for months, perhaps even a year, of economic hell. After that, things should get better, as President Obama's stimulus plan - O.K., I'm told that the...
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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
They Lied About Iraq in 2003, and They're Still Lying Now
Triumphalists are getting off on Iraq again, intoning hallelujah songs as they did after staging the fall of Saddam's statue then again and again, sweet lullabies to send us into blissful sleep and...
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Dean Baker
Washington Post: The Problem is 'You', Not 'We'
Imagine a major national newspaper that never saw an $8 trillion dollar housing bubble. Suppose its most often cited expert on the housing market was the chief economist of the National Association...
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Chris Hedges
Man is a Cruel Animal
It was Joseph Conrad I thought of when I read an article in The Nation magazine this month about white vigilante groups that rose up out of the chaos of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to terrorize...
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Glenn Greenwald
Cheney says Top Congressional Democrats Complicit in Spying
Dick Cheney's interview yesterday with Fox's Chris Wallace was filled with significant claims, but certainly among the most significant was his detailed narration of how the administration, and...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Grinning Skull: The Homicides You Didn't Hear About in Hurricane Katrina
What do you do when you notice that there seems to have been a killing spree? While the national and international media were working themselves and much of the public into a frenzy about imaginary...
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Katha Pollitt
Rick Warren is an Insulting Choice
Preacher Rick Warren's views are simply too extreme for Obama's supporters.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tirdad Derakhshani
The American Cult of Consumerism
A Black Friday mob of frenzied shoppers breaks down the doors of a Walmart on Long Island, N.Y., and tramples an employee to death. Four others are injured, including a woman who is eight months...
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Frank Rich
Who Wants to Kick a Millionaire?
DURING the Great Depression, American moviegoers seeking escape could ogle platoons of glamorous chorus girls in "Gold Diggers of 1933." Our feel-good movie of the year is "Slumdog Millionaire," a...
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