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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Beth Shulman
Conservative Assault On America's Families
Shulman delivered these remarks at the Failure of Conservatism Conference on May 3 in Washington, sponored by the Campaign for America's Future and The American Prospect : Conservatism historically...
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Amy Goodman
A Shining Light Goes Out in Africa
On Saturday, May 5, Anthony Mitchell died in the crash of Kenyan Airways Flight 507, which killed all 114 people on board. Based in Nairobi, he was an Associated Press reporter who had recently...
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Robert Scheer
Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards
As Paul Wolfowitz twists in the wind after being found guilty in a World Bank investigation of public payola to his girlfriend, it does seem that his career might finally be coming to an end. Pity...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
For African-Americans, Folly of This War Hits Home
Military sociologist David R. Segal was asked Monday over the telephone what he hears in his surveys of soldiers. He quoted an African-American veteran of the Iraq invasion and occupation: "This is...
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Lee Iacocca
Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Excerpted from Where Have All the Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney Had Enough? Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage?...
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David Sirota
How Many "Free Trade" Senators Can PhRMA Turn Into Corporate Protectionists?
How many self-described "free" trade lawmakers in Congress can the drug industry make head to the floor of the Senate and bare their corporate protectionist corruption for all to see? Based on a key...
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Pierre Tristam
When Property's On The Line, Response To Dissent Turns Lethal
When a nation perpetrates large-scale violence abroad and calls it peace-making, as the United States has since Vietnam, it shouldn't be surprised when violence goes full circle and explodes at home...
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Jesse Jackson
Lives and Resources Lost in Iraq War Are Gone For Good
War costs. It costs the lives and the limbs of young men and women sent into battle. Their families, their loved ones, their communities and their nation lose the potential of some of its best...
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George Monbiot
In the Company of Wolves
The members of the Council of Europe Have Agreed To Overlook Each Other’s Abuses.
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Jonathan Hafetz
Perils of An Unchecked Executive
NEW YORK -- REMARKABLY, President Bush has not learned any lessons from the excesses of his "war on terrorism," now in its sixth year. Even though the president's own secretaries of state and defense...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Our Dysfunctional Democracy
Isn't it time that the US stop all the talk of democracy promotion abroad and start walking the walk here at home? As I suggested last November, let's bring democracy home . And while we're facing a...
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Marie Cocco
A Bridge To The 19th Century
WASHINGTON—You have to hand it to the Republican Party. It's made history again. When its field of presidential candidates strode onto the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for their...
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The San Francisco Chronicle
Who Is Served by Labor Dispute?
Workers Fight For Economic Equity
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Sean Gonsalves
The Global Warming Conspiracy?
From the assassination of JFK to 9/11, conspiracy theories are almost always regarded as nutty paranoid fantasies imagined by those hopelessly out-of-touch with reality; unworthy of serious debate...
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Paul Campos
A Look Back From 2017
Now that a decade has passed since the extraordinary events of the summer of 2007, it's possible to look back on that great national crisis with the benefit of some historical perspective. Everyone...
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Ari Berman
Spinning Hillary Centrist
Editor' s Note: This is an excerpt of a longer article about Hillary Clinton's circle of advisers, which will appear in May 16 in the print version of The Nation . As Hillary Clinton charges toward...
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Ralph Nader
Let the People Make the Laws
Like a fresh wind coming down from Alaska — the state he represented as a U.S. Senator from 1969 — 1981, Mike Gravel is determined to start a debate about the fundamentals of democracy in his quest...
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Dean Baker
The Economic Costs of the Iraq War
There have been several occasions where President Bush rejected suggestions that the United States adhere to the Kyoto agreement's targets to prevent global warming because this would hurt economic...
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Monday, May 7, 2007
Paul Hawken
To Remake The World
Something Earth-Changing is Afoot Among Civil Society
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Hate-Crime Bill: A Third Strike?
The House voted Thursday to include sexual orientation and gender to the categories protected by federal hate crimes law. Also being considered is a measure that would ban job discrimination based on...
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Melvin A. Goodman
Tenet's Defense of the Indefensible
George J. Tenet's At the Center of the Storm is a self-serving and misleading account of his role in helping the Bush administration make its private and public case to go to war against Iraq. As the...
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Eugene Robinson
The Decider Commands Everything But English
Is George W. Bush even trying to make sense anymore? On Wednesday, speaking to the Associated General Contractors of America, Bush gave himself a new nickname. Responding to a question from the...
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Chris Hedges
The Greatest Threat to Choice
Jeniece Learned stood amid a crowd of earnest-looking men and women, many with small gold crosses in their lapels or around their necks, in a hotel lobby in Valley Forge, Pa. She had an easy smile...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Mother of All Benchmarks in Iraq: Oil
In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002-2003, oil was seldom mentioned. Yes, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz did describe the country as afloat " on a sea of oil " (which might fund...
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Larry Beinhart
A Modest Proposal
There is a great moral conundrum in the Iraq situation. The pro-war position that we cannot abandon the mess we've made does have great certain moral authority. There are now millions upon millions...
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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Lethal Media Silence on Kent State's Smoking Guns
The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder. But...
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Michael Schwartz
The Struggle Over Iraqi Oil:
Eyes Eternally on the Prize
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Debi Smith
Saving the World
"On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live." So begins the simple story that a woman in my town wrote...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Where Was God at Virginia Tech?
As we get over the shock of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the religious questions will soon begin: How could God let this happen? What kind of God allowed it? How can I believe in God when bad things...
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Sunday, May 6, 2007
Stephen Zunes
Divide and Rule: U.S. Blocks Israel-Syria Talks
Even as American officials reluctantly agreed to meet with Syrian representatives regarding Iraqi security issues, the Bush administration continues to block Israel from resuming negotiations with...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Ex-Analyst Tells a Tale of Twisted Iraq Intelligence
Paul Pillar lived through the quirks of the Reagan administration, when Soviet bogeymen were thought to lurk behind most Third World uprisings.Yet in nearly 28 years as a CIA uber-analyst, he says he...
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Eric Margolis
Torture a Kabul Speciality
Ottawa's deal to inspect prisoners shows it hasn't learned from war history in Afghanistan
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Leo Docherty
We Soldiers Once Assumed Our Political Bosses Would Not Lie to Us. That is Over.
We realized the actual issue was about long-term access to oil
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Michael Mansfield
The Emperor has No Clothes: The World is Returning to the Law of the Jungle, Thanks to Bush and Blair
An under-recognized English political philosopher said, in 1776, in his work entitled Common Sense : "In America the Law is King. For, as in absolute Governments, the king is law, so in free...
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Frank Rich
Is Condi Hiding the Smoking Gun?
IF, as J.F.K. had it, victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan, the defeat in Iraq is the most pitiful orphan imaginable. Its parents have not only tossed it to the wolves but are also...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Eloquence of Ellison's Invisible Man
IN THE PROLOGUE to " Invisible Man ," Ralph Ellison's narrator declares, "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." The character is a complex black man whom the world...
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Saturday, May 5, 2007
Karen Button
An Iraqi Blueprint for Peace
BEIRUT - "The US talks about withdrawal after bringing Iraqi security forces up to speed, yet has paid militias, allowed mercenaries, and, with few exceptions, ignored the blatant abuses and torture...
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Cherie Miner
The Reagan Myth
How much longer am I going to hear about the great Ronald Reagan? I was sick of it in 1980.Too young to vote by only five months, I watched helplessly as this B-movie actor "charmed" Americans out of...
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Norman Solomon,
On the Media Horizon: 'We Invest, You Decide'
Predictably, some critics have decried the current efforts by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the Dow Jones company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal. But let's imagine the dynamics that...
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Walden Bello
The World Social Forum at the Crossroads
A new stage in the evolution of the global justice movement was reached with the inauguration of the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2001.The WSF was the brainchild of...
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Nicholas von Hoffman
America's Idiotic Political Debates
Presidential debates get more intolerable with each passing quadrennium. A new low was reached Thursday when minder/moderator Chris Matthews, asked the ten aspirants to the Republican Presidential...
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John Nichols
In France, Running Against Bush
PARIS -- American elections do not usually turn on the question of how the candidates for president propose to relate to foreign countries.But elections in other countries often feature debates about...
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Desmond Tutu
This Fatal Complacency: Climate Change is Already Destroying Millions of Lives in the Poor World. But It Will Not Stop There
What if dealing with climate change meant more than a flick of a switch? Would our friends in the industrialized world think differently if the effects of climate change were worse than extended...
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Terry Jones
Saved by the Bomb: Senator McCain has Hit Upon a Solution to All the Republican Party's Woes: A Nuclear War with Iran
Campaigning in Oklahoma the other day, the Republican senator John McCain was asked what should be done about Iran. He responded by singing, "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran", to the tune of the Beach...
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Marianne Means
Reid Right: Iraq is a Lost Cause
WASHINGTON -- As the drama plays out on Capitol Hill over additional funding for the Iraq war, the issue of how best to pressure its shaky government to get moving is the real stickler.The president'...
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Shauna Rhone
War Machine Grinds Others Besides Pvt. Lynch
It was painful watching Jessica Lynch testify last week. Lynch sat with other betrayed Americans who had been thrust into the war machine and ground into legends not of their own making. The family...
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Cathy Renna
An Ellen for the Ages
It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since Ellen DeGeneres and her television character came out. How could you forget the iconic April 14, 1997, cover of Time ("Yep, I'm Gay") and the...
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Naomi Klein
More Than a Mine, A Metaphor
While The Mohawks and Ottawa Negotiated For The Land, The Land Itself Was Disappearing
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Air Melber
Dems Tangled in Netroots
"To clarify, Rep. Tauscher is not a blue dog." The emphatic one-line e-mail, dashed off by a spokesman for California Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, is one of the first signs that a new coalition of...
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David Sarasohn
Bush Still Telling Us Stories About Iraq
Five years ago, as he was preparing to invade Iraq, President Bush told tales of how Saddam Hussein was inches away from nuclear weapons, and how the Iraqi regime had vague but threatening ties with...
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Scott Lehigh
The Silence of George Tenet
When Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, Richardson didn't do the dirty deed.Rather, he resigned in protest. And when the...
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David Sirota
When The Class War Goes Local
When most non-Montanans think of Montana, they think of "A River Runs Through It" -- they don't think of the central front in the war on anything (except, maybe trout, if you consider fly fishermen "...
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Bonnie Erbe
'Family-Values' Cloak Lifted From GOP
President Bush's budget-busting, spendthrift tactics have robbed the GOP of its claim to the title, "Party of Fiscal Conservancy." Now the perverse antics of some high-level Bush appointees and his...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Whole Truth--and Nothing But
"It is time for the truth, the whole truth, versus misinformation and hype." Those were Jessica Lynch's words as she testified before Congress April 24-- along with the brother and mother of the late...
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Charles R. Larson
Where Is The Dissent In America?
Washington - When viewed through American eyes, the recent protests in Istanbul and Tel Aviv demanding that their governments become accountable are truly impressive and extraordinary. For a US...
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Michael T. Klare
Warships, Warships Everywhere, and Many a Bomb to Drop
Looking down from the captain's deck some six stories high, the flight deck of the USS Nimitz is an impressive sight indeed: 80 sleek warplanes armed with bombs and missiles are poised for takeoff at...
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Cindy Sheehan
Get Off it Bill O'Reilly
A recent Harris Poll indicated that only 22% of Americans support George's war of terror. I suspect that the less than one-fourth of our country who are still in favor of the hopeless mess BushCo has...
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Greg Palast
Hillary's Mother-F'ing Tour Business
Before his untimely death in a plane crash, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said, "I'm not Hillary's mother-f****** tour guide!" That wasn't a nice thing for a member of the President's cabinet to say...
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Danny Schechter
Time For A Fox Hunt As Murdoch Targets The Wall Street Journal
His network isn't known as FOX for nothing. Bear in mind that the term "Like a fox" was originally "derived from early European fox hunters, who had first thought the fox to be a stupid animal, only...
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Holly Jarman
The Hidden Costs of Cheap Goods
The recent FDA debacle over the discovery of the toxic chemical melamine in pet food from China should remind us all that cheap goods, whether animal feed, denim jeans or the latest electronic...
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David Michael Green
One Day You're Gonna Wake Up
One day you're gonna wake up, America. And, like every other one since last you can remember, it's gonna be an ugly morning. One day you're gonna wake up and go to your lousy job with its lousy...
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Mark Weisbrot
IMF and World Bank Face Declining Authority as Venezuela Announces Withdrawal
Venezuela's decision this week to pull out of the IMF and the World Bank will be seen in the United States as just another example of the ongoing feud between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the...
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Norman Solomon
On the Media Horizon: "We Invest, You Decide"
Predictably, some critics have decried the current efforts by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the Dow Jones company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal. But let's imagine the dynamics that...
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Thursday, May 3, 2007
Bob Herbert
An Invisible War
Paul Rieckhoff looked across the crowded restaurant, which was not far from Times Square. "During World War II," he said, "we could be in this place and there would be a guy sitting at that table who...
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Mark Dery
Wimps, Wussies and W.
How Americans' Infatuation With Masculinity Has Perilous Consequences.
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Joe Conason
Tenet's Share of the Shame
While the natural human fascination with gossip and backbiting among our rulers guarantees media coverage and best-seller status for George Tenet's new memoir, the former CIA director cannot achieve...
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Azmi Bishara
Why Israel Is After Me
Amman, Jordan — I am a Palestinian from Nazareth, a citizen of Israel and was, until last month, a member of the Israeli parliament. But now, in an ironic twist reminiscent of France's Dreyfus affair...
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Matthew Rothschild
No Time for Compromise on Iraqi Withdrawal
The Democrats must stand strong against the current of compromise that is swirling around Washington concerning the funding of the Iraq War.After Bush's veto, there has already been lots of talk on...
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John Nichols
"The President Has Effectively Gone AWOL"
George Bush, the most ideologically-driven and politically calculating president in American history, wants Americans to believe that he has suddenly discovered a moral high ground from which to make...
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David Sirota
Capitol Hill Faces People Party Revolt On Trade & Health Care
Just after the 2006 elections, I wrote a series of widely-circulated posts on how the real divide that will be (and has been) defining politics is not the one between Republicans and Democrats, but...
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Joyce Marcel
Weapons of Mass Deception
Bill Moyers lost me during the first few minutes of his excellent PBS special, "Buying the War." Not because it was painful to watch - blood boils at about the same temperature as water, and you...
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Robert Koehler
The Crusaders
The Christian Taliban is Running the Department of Defense
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Howard Friel
The Winograd Report v. The New York Times
The government-appointed Winograd Commission in Israel was charged with investigating how Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his top officials made the decision to attack Lebanon on July 12, 2006, in...
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William Hartung
Ending Nuclear Hypocrisy
A few years back, when President Bush described Libya's decision to put aside its programs for nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, he applauded the Qaddafi regime for abandoning its quest for...
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Johann Hari
We Shop Until Chinese Workers Drop
She Was Expected To Work 360 Days a Year From 7.30am to 9.30pm With Only a Half-Hour Break
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JoAnn Wypijewski
Damned Weaklings: The Army's Abuse of Its Own Extends Far Beyond Walter Reed
Accidents," Alexander Cockburn once wrote, "are normalcy raised to the level of drama." The same may be said for scandal, the shocking event that turns out not to have been so shocking after all once...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Carla Blank
Worst U.S. Massacre?
The mass media coverage of how 32 students and faculty members were fatally shot and at least 15 injured on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., is punctuated by phrases such as, "the worst...
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New York Times Editorial
Spying on Americans
For more than five years, President Bush authorized government spying on phone calls and e-mail to and from the United States without warrants. He rejected offers from Congress to update the...
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Laurie Garrett
Sex and Foreign Aid
The Lessons Learned From a High-Level Administration Official's Resignation In The 'D.C. Madam' Scandal.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Here's What Our Mission Accomplished
These are just some of the stories on the four-year anniversary of Mission Accomplished:Washington Post: "The deaths of more than 100 troops in April made it the deadliest month so far this year for...
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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Our Chance For An Arms Treaty
MY COUNTRY, Liberia, has a coat of arms that shows the sun rising behind a 19th-century sailing ship bringing Africans back from slavery in America to start a new life in Africa. That voyage was the...
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Ruth Conniff
The War on Terror's Grand Snafu
T he story was so compelling, I sat in the driveway listening to it, hand hovering over the ignition, for almost half an hour. It turned out to be an update of This American Life's Peabody-Award-...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Higher Education Scam
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Ted Rall
Choose One: Loyalty or Glory: Bring Back the Principled Resignation
Four years late and half a trillion dollars short. Why didn't George Tenet tell us this stuff when it mattered--before we invaded Iraq?Tenet could have been a hero. He could have changed history...
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Mark Morford
The Hippies Were Right!
Green homes? Organic food? Nature is good? Time To Give The Ol' Tie-Dyers Some Respect
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Devin Helfrich
Build More Nukes? Forget It.
Over the past year, a group of nuclear physicists has been studying a site on the banks of a beautiful river. Hidden from international nuclear inspectors, they are drawing up plans for a new...
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Yifat Susskind
It's Not Just an Abortion Ban: The Christian Right's Global Agenda
After the initial shock of the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Bush's abortion ban, it's time to acknowledge the full reality of the decision. According to the American College of...
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Elizabeth R. Sawin
The First Step to Action on Climate Change is Facing Its Reality
In a past column I have written about a narrow window of opportunity, a period of perhaps as few as ten years within which humanity must make dramatic reductions in worldwide CO2 emissions or run the...
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Robert C. Byrd
President Bush Rejects a Plan for Peace
US Senate Floor Remarks -- May 1, 2007
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Robert B. Reich
The Supply-Side and the Record-Breaking Dow
I'm spending my spare time these days debating supply-siders who are convinced that the record-breaking Dow proves the correctness of the Bush tax cuts. Yes, the Dow did reach a record high last week...
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John R. MacArthur
I Deconstruct My Recent French Vote
NEW YORK -- A few days after I voted in the first round of the French presidential election, I dropped by the French Cultural Center on Fifth Avenue to attend a reception in honor of the American...
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Larry Beinhart
The Rise & Fall of America's Political Right
There is no real name for the movement that took over America six years ago and continues run it. That's part of the reason for its success. Its very vagueness makes it hard to attack. In actuality,...
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Cindy Sheehan
Four Dead in Ohio
May 4th, 2007 will be the 37th year since the Kent State, Ohio, massacre where four anti-war protesters were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during a protest against Richard Nixon's announced...
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The Corporate Crime Reporter
Big Pharma Gets its Hooks into Seton Hall Law School
For decades, the pharmaceutical industry has marinated the medical profession in millions of dollars of free samples, lunches, trips, and fees.The goal — influence, power, profits. Now, the industry...
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Willie and Amy Nelson
A Peaceful Solution
The following was written by Willie & Amy Nelson on April 29th, 2007 at 3:03 am on the bus in California, on the way to Coachella . To listen, click here . If you don't have a media player, you...
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Stephen Lendman
Worthy and Unworthy Victims
Economist and media critic Edward S. Herman and social and political critic Noam Chomsky note two kinds of victims in their classic 1988 book "Manufacturing Consent." So does journalist and...
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Amy Goodman
Voices From the Spanish Civil War
Clarence Kailin is 92 years old. He recently traveled to New York City to attend the annual reunion of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The brigade was originally made up of roughly 3,000...
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Robert Scheer
After Thousands Have Died, Tenet Comes Clean
The three short sentences at the beginning of Chapter 17 of former CIA Director George Tenet's memoir, "At the Center of the Storm," tell it all: "The United States did not go to war in Iraq solely...
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Clint Talbot
Acknowledging A Massacre: Sand Creek Site Critical
The initial judgment was that the Cheyenne and Arapaho people had it coming. It wasn't a massacre but a "battle." There weren't victims, only "savages." And the butchers were heroes.That was the view...
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George Monbiot
The Rich World's Policy on Greenhouse Gas Now Seems Clear: Millions Will Die
Rich nations seeking to cut climate change have this in common: they lie. You won't find this statement in the draft of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was...
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