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Friday, June 8, 2007
Daniel Vallin
Separate and Not Equal-- the G8 Reveals our Apartheid Style Democracy
By the time you read this, another G8 summit meeting will be over. And, to quote the ever-quotable Shakespeare, it will once again have been a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,...
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David Michael Green
The Gore Door
It's fair to say that this is not the very worst of times in American history. The British are not marching through the homeland, burning down the White House. We are not murdering each other by the...
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Rosa María Pegueros
Bobby Kennedy: In Memory Yet Green
Thirty-nine years ago today, I came of age. I was seventeen, about to graduate from high school and I had spent that exhilarating spring volunteering for Senator Bobby Kennedy's campaign. I wasn't...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Life In The 00's
Yes, I sure wish we could go back and live the life of the 1950s. It was a happy, simpler time. America was booming economically and other nations of the world liked us, even admired us. True, we had...
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Mark Morford
iPhone Will Broker World Peace
Luscious Uber-Gizmo Also Rumored To Cure Brain Cancer, Provide Oral Sex. All True!
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Andrew Greeley
'Long War' Plan Short On Substance
Plan B is beginning to emerge -- the followup to the strategy of the "the surge," which is the current strategy. The president recently has been comparing the Iraq war with the Korean War. Both, he...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush Traveling With An Old Script
Backdropped by the Slovenian Alps and a sparkling blue sky, Presi dent Bush first looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes six years ago and grasped "a sense of his soul." The warmth of the two leaders'...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Great American Disconnect
Iraq Has Always Been "South Korea" for the Bush Administration
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P. H. Liotta
We're Nearing Climate's Tipping Point
MARK TWAIN once quipped that "everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it." While Twain's remarks were tongue-in-cheek, they took on resonance in the wake of NASA...
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Ellen Goodman
President Heats Up The Cold War
WASHINGTON -- President Bush says the Cold War is over but his latest military move and the reaction of Russian President Vladimir Putin make me wonder. Despite his reassuring words, Bush triggered a...
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Simon Jenkins
In Iraq's Four-Year Looting Frenzy, The Allies Have Become The Vandals
British and American Collusion In The Pillaging of Iraq's Heritage Is A Scandal That Will Outlive Any Passing Conflict
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Ronald Aronson
The New Atheists
What began with publisher W.W. Norton taking a chance on a gutsy, hyperbolic and idiosyncratic attack on religion by a graduate student in neuroscience has grown into a remarkable intellectual wave...
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The Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Bush in "Fantasyland"
Last month's failed missile defense test was categorized as a "No Test" by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The target missile didn't fly into range of the interceptor so it was never launched. Even...
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Marie Cocco
Improvisational Justice
WASHINGTON-Now we've bungled our own kangaroo courts. Two military judges, acting separately in the cases of two alleged terrorists, have dismissed war crimes charges against both. The legal...
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Rosa Brooks
At Gitmo, It All Hinges On A Word
If Military Tribunals Can Only Try 'Unlawful' Enemy Combatants, They May Have No Authority Over Guantanamo Detainees.
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New York Times Editorial
It's Subpeona Time
For months, senators have listened to a parade of well-coached Justice Department witnesses claiming to know nothing about how nine prosecutors were chosen for firing. This week, it was the turn of...
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Paul Krugman
Lies, Sighs and Politics
In Tuesday's Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan's birthday. Guess which...
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Thursday, June 7, 2007
Marjorie Cohn
No Unlawful Enemy Combatants at Guantanamo
In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld famously called the detainees at Guantánamo "the worst of the worst." General Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned they were "very dangerous...
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Heather Wokusch
Yet Another G8 Farce
Few expect the G8 summit taking place in Heiligendamm, Germany from June 6-8 to yield positive results. The main question is how much damage Bush will do to US international standing during these...
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Michael Shaw
Reading The Pictures: Have We Just Seen The Last Combat Injury In Iraq?
©Michael Kamber: Latifiyah, Iraq. May 19, 2007. What you're looking at, I'm afraid, is a potentially historic image. Specifically, the photo above -- taken by embedded photojournalist Michael Kamber...
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Paul Reickhoff
As The Turkish Army Storms Into Iraq, CNN Is Stupider Than Usual
Yesterday, when I heard that thousands of Turkish troops may have crossed the border into Iraq, I was extremely concerned. Turkey has been building up its military forces on the Iraqi border for some...
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Zachary Katznelson
In Guantanamo, Men Shadow-Box For Their Lives
Have Your Hopes Dashed Enough and You Start To Question If There Is Ever A Way Out
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Roberto Rodriguez
Climate of Fear, Hate Makes Immigrants Villains
Is anyone old enough to remember the expression "Go back to Africa"? Can anyone remember when the lynchings of blacks and Asians and the hunting down of American Indians and Mexicans were commonplace...
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Dilip Hiro
Putin's Popularity
Russian Voters Crave Stability and Security, Which Is Why Vladimir Putin's Quasi-Authoritarian System Continues To Score An Enviable Approval Rating
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Richard Gott
The Battle Over The Media Is About Race As Well As Class
The Protests in Venezuela Are Motivated By More Than A TV Station. The Oligarchy Fears It Is Losing Its Right To Run The Country
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Matthew Rothschild
Why Bush Will Pardon Libby, Soon
T he only thing that dampens my cheer at the Scooter Libby sentence is the lead-pipe likelihood of a Bush pardon. There's a lot of speculation that even if Bush decides to pardon Libby, he wouldn't...
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Philip Mattera
The Greenwashing Of America
In the business world these days, it appears that just about everything is for sale. Multibillion-dollar deals are commonplace, and even venerable institutions such as the Wall Street Journal find...
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Bill Boyarsky
The Biggest Loser
In the contest for Worst President Ever, who's the winner—Richard M. Nixon or George W. Bush? It's a depressing question but relevant now that we are picking Bush's replacement. For Nixon had, just...
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Garrison Keillor
Making A Case For SimpleLife In A Small Town
I bought a jar of elderberry jelly and an armload of rhubarb at a small-town festival last week, simply because the seller was a slender, fair-haired, luminous beauty who happened to be Amish,...
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Robert S. McElvaine
Is It Anti-Americanism or Just Anti-Bushism?
Australia - "In Papua New Guinea," a woman said to my wife when we were in that country recently, "we used to look up to the United States, see it as our father, our model. Now we are afraid of the...
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Patt Morrison
Green Guilt Trip
Too Lazy To Recycle? Here's How Much You're Wasting.
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Martin Wachtelborn
A Democratic World Is Possible
"Another world is possible" is the motto of those who are protesting against this year's Group of Eight summit, which began Wednesday at the German resort town of Heiligendamm. For globalization...
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Leutisha Stills
The Black Caucus' Fatal FOX News Embrace
The leadership and majority of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is certainly "dancing with the Devil" in their obscene pursuit of presidential debate face-time on FOX News, the...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Financing The Imperial Armed Forces: A Trillion Dollars and Nowhere to Go but Up
War critics are rightly disappointed over the inability of congressional Democrats to mount an effective challenge to President Bush's Iraq adventure. What began as a frontal assault on the war, with...
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Corporate Crime Reporter
NYU Professor Robert Boyden Lamb Cares Deeply about Nuclear Power
Who is professor Robert Boyden Lamb?And why does he care so deeply about nuclear power? On May 25, 2007, USA Today published a letter from Robert Boyden Lamb, a professor at New York University's...
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Robert Shetterly
What Would Jonah Do?
And heaved and heaved, still unrestingly heaved the black sea, as if its vast tides were a conscience; and the great mundane soul were in anguish and remorse for the long sin and suffering it had...
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Ira Chernus
Six Day War Transformed American Jewish Life
The Six-Day War transformed the world of Palestinians, Israelis, and also -- lest we forget -- American Jews. Here in the U.S. "Jewish" and "Israel" have been linked so closely for the last forty...
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Doug Grow
Through His Work For Wellstone Act, Son Is Adding To His Father's Legacy
There are places David Wellstone would rather be. On the charter fishing boat he operates in Hawaii, for example. Or his home near Santa Cruz, Calif., not far from brother Mark's place. But...
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Ted Rall
Left Turn: The Political Pendulum Swings Back
America's experiment with neofascism is coming to an end. He came to office in a coup d'etat and consolidated power after 9/11. George W. Bush may be our worst president in history--certainly in...
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Pat LaMarche
US Failing To Support Our Soldiers
No just society should allow profit for the powerful from the suffering of the few.
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Andrea Otanez
A Menacing Tide Against Women Who Speak Their Minds
The glorious Internet offers us more ways than ever to triangulate the truth and then opine about it on our favorite blog. But, oh my, the inglorious invective that pockmarks those virtual town...
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Chris Huhne
Warm Words Won't Save Us
The G8 Must Show Bush That On Climate Change Compromise Is Futile
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Lou Dobbs and Leprosy
Last week, New York Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote of Lou Dobbs' tenuous relationship with the truth — "a somewhat flexible relationship with reality"— and his refusal to own up to an...
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Jane Smiley
Cheney Is No Joke
One of the most irritating editorials of the week-end was the New York TImes piece on Dick Cheney, entitled " Dick Cheney Rules ". On Monday, it was one of the Times' most emailed pieces. Surely the...
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Amy Goodman
A Hypocritical Oath: Psychologists and Torture
First, do no harm. This tenet of medicine applies equally to psychologists, yet they are increasingly implicated in abusive interrogations, dare we say torture, at U.S. military detention facilities...
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Robert Scheer
Iraq Is the New Korea
The 50-year Iraq war—bring it on. Not that the media or the Democrats made much of it, but the White House's admission that President Bush is modeling America's presence in Iraq upon the 54-year-old...
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007
George Monbiot
G8: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say
It is time once again for that touching annual ritual, in which the world's most powerful people move themselves to tears. At Heiligendamm they will emote with the wretched of the earth. They will...
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Jesse Jackson
Poverty Should Be At The Top of Our National Agenda
We haven't even mentioned poverty," John Edwards noted toward the end of Sunday night's Democratic presidential candidate debate. The CNN host, Wolf Blitzer, grilled candidates about Iraq,...
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Pierre Tristam
Tallying Bush Progress on Democracy
President Bush projected a more democratic Middle East, a more secure world and a safer America when he launched the invasion of Iraq more than four years ago. Let's tally up the results so far. IRAQ...
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Clarence Page
Supreme Injustice On Worker Equality
WASHINGTON -- Did you ever have the feeling that you might be getting the shaft at your workplace? That other people might be making more money than you for doing the same work? If anything unites...
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James Carroll
The Paradox of Missile Defense
One man picked up a club, and the other answered with a stone. A knife was parried with a sword. The shield followed, then the spear, the mace, the longbow, the fortified wall, the catapult, the...
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Bob Herbert
The Passion of Al Gore
Al Gore is earnestly talking about the long-term implications of the energy and climate crises, and how the Arctic ice cap is receding much faster than computer models had predicted, and how...
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John MacArthur
Saying Nothing, But Still Power-Hungry
They say America is the land of the second chance - the chance to make good on a promise, a project or a virtuous deed that might lead to redemption. But in the case of Henry Kissinger, the chances...
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Hieu Nguyen
Refugees Personify Iraq War
In April, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees convened a conference in Geneva on the growing refugee crisis in Iraq. Approximately 4 million Iraqi citizens, of a population of 24...
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Frank Field
Start The Fightback To Save Our Planet
Protecting The Rainforests Offers The World One Last Crucial Breathing Space
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Martin Woollacott
1967: The Price of Victory
It Was Israel's Stunning Success In The 1967 War That Led To Many of The Middle East's Problems Today.
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Jon Wiener
The Six-Day War, 40 Years Later
Israel went to war 40 years ago this week more because of "psychological weakness" than because of a genuine strategic threat--that's the conclusion of Tom Segev, one of Israel's leading historians,...
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John Nichols
Clinton Beats Blitzer in CNN Debate
Maybe the Democratic presidential candidates should rethink their decision not to debate on the Fox New Channel. It couldn't be worse than the theater of the absurd CNN organized Sunday night at New...
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Ruth Conniff
Democrats Bob and Weave
Just to make sure everyone knew who the real candidates were at last night's Democratic debate, CNN placed the outsiders literally in the wings. Way out on the right and left margins of the line-up...
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James Ridgeway
M.I.A. from the Immigration Debate, Creating Economic Opportunity in Mexico
For all the talk about immigration reform on the Hill, there has been notably little discussion about what is driving Mexican immigrants to pour over the border into the U.S., let alone any debate...
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Michael Winship
Poor Little Rich Boys (and Girl)
When John F. Kennedy was running for president and asked how he became a war hero, he had the wit and grace to reply, "It was entirely involuntary. They sank my boat." Rudy Giuliani, on the other...
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Monday, June 4, 2007
Rufus Wanning
Devil or Angel, We Should Give Chavez a Chance
"Chavez is a miracle!" "Someone should shoot Chavez in the head!" We heard both these opinions on a single day during a recent trip to Venezuela to check out the revolution there. Our group was a...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Art of Aphorism
If it's true that "syllables govern the world," then you gotta give it up for aphorists. What's an aphorist? Aphorists create aphorisms, of course. Aphorism - you know, a phrase that illuminates the...
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Joe Brewer
Bush's Trade Barriers to Climate Success
President Bush announced his international development agenda yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where he made headlines for declaring that the world's wealthiest...
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Steven Rose
Why Pick On Israel? Because Its Actions Are Wrong
Academic freedom, It Appears, Applies To Israelis But Not To Palestinians
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Shlomo Ben-Ami
The 40-year Palestinian Tragedy
Forty years ago, Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after a lightning six-day war that repelled the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Today, ending the occupation of...
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New York Times Editorial
Immigration Sabotage
The Senate plans to resume debate today on its proposed immigration overhaul, which has withstood more than a week of bombardment from critics right and left. More than 100 amendments are circling,...
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Johann Hari
Iraq's Mercenaries - With A Licence To Kill
'These private contractors can get away with murder... They aren't subject to any laws at all'
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Dems Debate - While Bush Widens "War on Terror"
Here's something that didn't come up at Sunday's Democratic debate: Under what authorization did President Bush order a military strike on Somalia this past Friday--essentially widening the "war on...
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Elizabeth de la Vega
Sentencing for Dummies: The Fate of I. Lewis Libby
If the memorandum filed by defense attorneys in anticipation of former top White House adviser I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's June 5th sentencing is any indication, it appears that Libby -- one of the...
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Chris Hedges
Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation
Israel captured and occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank 40 years ago this week. The victory was celebrated as a great triumph, at once tripling the size of the land under Israeli control,...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Losers? Innocent Victims.
The Democrats still blink. Debate moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Dennis Kucinich if he would try to knock off Osama bin Laden with a missile even if it would kill some innocent civilians.Kucinich said...
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Zahi Khouri
Unfinished Victory: Israel Won a Spectacular Military Victory In 1967. It Has Yet To Win The Peace.
'I don't know what I would do if my daughter had to go through that humiliation." A U.S. congressman said those words to me while watching Qalandia checkpoint, the key Israeli roadblock between...
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David Michael Green
Our Loss: Cindy Sheehan Departs the American Public Sphere
Cindy Sheehan announced her departure from the American public sphere last week, and the loss of her voice touched me deeply. I am saddened for her personally, for few have sacrificed so much for...
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Sunday, June 3, 2007
Chris Hedges
What If Our Mercenaries Turn On Us?
Armed units from the private security firm Blackwater USA opened fire in Baghdad streets twice in two days last week. It triggered a standoff between the security contractors and Iraqi forces, a...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Israel Won A Victory Studded With Thorns
The survival of their nation was on the line as Israeli war jets took off to bomb Egypt's air force on the ground. The pre-emptive strikes worked. Arab states -- Egypt, Syria, Jordan -- were...
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David Sarasohn
Only Some Of Us Are At War -- The Rest Just Watch It On TV
For a bureaucratic policy, at least paragraph 11(a) of IAW Change 3, DOD Directive 5122.5 reads pretty clearly: "Names, video, identifiable written/oral descriptions or identifiable photographs of...
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César Chelala
U.S. Health Care Is Bad For Your Health
One of the most contentious issues of the U.S. presidential campaign will be how to fix what many agree is a malfunctional health-care system. Adding fuel to the fire is a study published last month...
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Tom McGlamery
Dying People Shouldn't Be Denied Basic Liberty
Dr. Jack Kevorkian left prison Friday after eight years -- more than one-tenth of his life -- for giving suffering, terminally ill people what was rightfully theirs. Kevorkian's crime was to restore...
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Geoffrey Lean
The World Must Isolate Bush Over Climate Change
Tony Blair may have only a little more than three weeks left in office, but that gives him plenty of time for his greatest ever international triumph, or for his biggest betrayal yet. How he handles...
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Tom Hayden
Democrats Likely To Harden Anti-War Stance As "Surge" Fails and Election Year Approaches
Seeking to keep pace with public opinion, key Democratic leaders will soon be considering a peace initiative including full withdrawal from Iraq, revision of the United Nations authorization, and a...
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Saturday, June 2, 2007
Matt Taibbi
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush
He's Cashing in on 9/11, Working with Karl Rove's Henchmen and in Cahoots With a Swift Boat-Style Attack on Hillary. Will Rudy Giuliani Be Bush III?
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Ralph Nader
In Memory of David Halberstam
Anybody who played schoolboy sandlot baseball in Winsted, Connecticut with David Halberstam back in the nineteen forties would not have been very surprised to observe his spectacular journalistic...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Eighth Wonder of The World
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. - Lau Tzu, The way of Lau Tzu September promises to be an exciting month in Iraq. That is the month in which funding for the war in Iraq runs out and...
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Anthony D. Romero
Stopping the Torture Flights
In July 2002, an Ethiopian citizen named Binyam Mohamed, held by the CIA, was strapped to the seat of a nondescript plane, shackled, blindfolded, stripped and secretly flown to Morocco, where he was...
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Ruth MacNeille
Free Trade, Chemicals Threaten Village-Based Farming in Thailand
Thailand - Rural Thai farmers were told that free-trade agreements and profit-based agriculture would help them. But now many find themselves without enough food to feed their families. The Nakhudsim...
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Matthew Rothschild
Iraq Vet Faces Penalty for Protesting War
A dam Kokesh joined the Marines in 1999. He served as a Marine sergeant in Fallujah and was given an honorable discharge last November, remaining in the Individual Ready Reserve until his time was up...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
When The Prince of Darkness Visits
"I want to know when the Prince of Darkness comes to visit Mr. Cheney," the wife of a colleague said in response to the Vice President's most recent power grab . The most secretive VP in US history...
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Eugene Robinson
America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore
WASHINGTON-Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, " The Assault on Reason ," and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn't have...
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John Sweeney
Freedom To Unionize
America's working families today are running faster than ever to keep up, and still falling behind. High costs in healthcare, housing, energy, and college tuition are suffocating families' budgets...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Ignorance of Global Warming
If Rachel Carson were alive and writing 45 years after "Silent Spring," her new book would be "Stagnant Summer."Among her subjects would be NASA administrator Michael Griffin. His own top climate...
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Joseph Margulies
Gitmo: A Fetid and Cancerous Symbol
The Offshore Prison Breeds Terror; It Must Be Closed Now.
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Michael Copps
The Price of Free Airwaves
As a member of the Federal Communications Commission, I often hear how fed up Americans are with the news media. Too much "if it bleeds it leads" on the evening news and not enough real coverage of...
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Friday, June 1, 2007
Jon Wiener
A Day in the Life: Sgt. Pepper Turns 40
It was forty years ago today: the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . "It's certainly a thrill," the Beatles sang; but listening today, much of the thrill is gone--except for one song...
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Stephen Zunes
The Democrats' Support for Bush's War
The capitulation of the Democratic Party's congressional leadership to the Bush administration's request for nearly $100 billion of unconditional supplementary government spending, primarily to...
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Robert W. McChesney & Mark Weisbrot
Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction
To read and view the U.S. news media over the past week, there is an episode of grand tyranny unfolding, one repugnant to all who cherish democratic freedoms. The Venezuelan government under "...
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Bob Mitchell
The Partisan Versions Of The Ant and The Grasshopper
I recently received an email that retold the famous fable of the ant and the grasshopper in a modern light from a Republican point of view. It was cute, but I felt that it need to be responded to, so...
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John Dean
The Bush Administration's Dilemma Regarding a Possible Libby Pardon
And How Outsiders Such as Fred Thompson Appear to Be Working on a Solution
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Mark Danner
Taking the Measure of the First Rhetoric-Major President
This commencement address was given to graduates of the Department of Rhetoric at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on May 10, 2007 : When my assistant greeted me, a number of...
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John Kirby
How The Ruling Class Thwarts Democracy
With the 2008-presidential-election cycle already in full swing, it seems a good time to revisit a perennial question in our country's political life, namely, "Who really rules America?" So many of...
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