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Sunday, September 30, 2007
Anna Husarska
Our Disgraceful Refugee Score Card
For those who help resettle refugees in this country, the big date annually is Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year. Because refugee arrivals are allotted per fiscal year, that's...
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Clint Talbott
Tough Luck, Kids: The President Wants to Veto Your Care
President Bush has vetoed only three bills in the last seven years. One vetoed bill would have hastened the U.S. withdrawal from the disastrous civil war in Iraq. The other two would have expanded...
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Janine R. Wedel
The Shadow Army
F THERE is a quagmire in Iraq, it was created more than a decade ago when the United States instituted a flawed system governing the use of contractors to perform governmental functions. Now, despite...
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David Giffey
Fight Back Against Giving Kids' Names to Military
The No Child Left Behind Act is up for reauthorization this month. There has been much necessary criticism and commentary about its unfunded mandates, forced standardized testing, and takeover...
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Harold Meyerson
The Rise of the Have-Nots
The American middle class has toppled into a world of temporary employment, jobs without benefits, and retirement without security.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Green Energy Meets Jobs
Even activists can stun themselves by speaking up. For a decade, Van Jones, a Yale-trained attorney and cofounder of Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, was mostly known in the Bay Area for...
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Glenn Greenwald
Guess Who Else Likes to Attack The Honor and Integrity of War Generals
As we learned from both our Senate and House last week, in the United States we must never "attack the honor and integrity . . . of members of the United States Armed Forces." All good patriots from...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Ending War for Profit
Based on the work of Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard public finance lecturer Linda J. Bilmes, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) recently determined that the...
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Bob Cesca
America Used To Be Really Goddamn Awesome
I've been captivated by Ken Burns' The War this week and it struck me how awesome America used to be. The prevailing attitude of the ladies and gentlemen featured in Burns' film, and by proxy all...
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Ralph Nader
The National Association of Manufacturers and The Wall Street Journal: A Symbiotic Relationship
On September 26, 2007, the powerful National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) bought two pages in the Wall Street Journal to tout a prosperous, expanding group of member-companies producing...
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James Bowlin
My Letter to Barack Obama
I've contributed to your campaign and I have your bumper sticker on the back of my car but I feel a little embarrassed by it now. I felt very frustrated that you missed the vote condemning MoveOn.org...
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Christopher Brauchli
China and the US: Whose Kettle Is Really Black?
It was beef and almonds. The whole time we were fussing about the Chinese government's failure to impose strict standards on production of toys and Mattel was recalling toys because of lead paint and...
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Stephen Zunes
My Meeting with Ahmadinejad
This past Wednesday, I was among a group of American religious leaders and scholars who met with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York. In what was billed as an inter-faith dialogue, we...
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Friday, September 28, 2007
Peter Schmidt
At The Elite Colleges - Dim White Kids
Autumn and a new academic year are upon us, which means that selective colleges are engaged in the annual ritual of singing the praises of their new freshman classes. Surf the websites of such...
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Rosa Brooks
The Bollinger/Ahmadinejad Farce: An Introduction Fit For A President
Imagine the scene: As angry protesters march outside, a nation's unpopular president prepares to address students and faculty at a prestigious university. Introducing the president, the head of the...
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Jim Sinclair & Rick Bender
Lives Wasted In An Impossible War
Working people from both sides of the border will gather Saturday at the Peace Arch border crossing to send a strong message to both our governments -- it's time to bring our troops home. It should...
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Jon Wiener
John Dean: From Nixon to Bush to Giuliani--"Much, Much Worse"
John Dean knows something about White House abuse of power. He wrote a bestseller in 2004 on the Bush White House called Worse Than Watergate . In a recent interview I asked him what he thinks of...
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David Bromwich
Hillary Clinton Votes for War -- Again
Yesterday, by a vote of 76-22, the Senate passed the Kyl-Lieberman amendment in support of military actions against Iran. This is the second such endorsement of the president by a senate majority in...
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John Nichols
Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War
The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion -- from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion -- and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the...
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Paul Krugman
Hired Gun Fetish
Sometimes it seems that the only way to make sense of the Bush administration is to imagine that it's a vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists who want to see what happens if a nation...
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Amitabh Pal
Bush Wrong at UN on Benefits of Free Trade
In a little-noticed portion of his speech to the United Nations on September 25, President Bush repeated a favorite hymn of his." In the long run, the best way to lift people out of poverty is...
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Mike Gravel
Democrats Were Charged To End A War, Not Start One
Hillary Clinton was either misinformed or economical with the truth in Wednesday night's debate when she responded to my challenge to her by saying the Senate's resolution earlier in the day on Iran...
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Jeremy Scahill
Making a Killing
It's being described as "Baghdad's bloody Sunday." On September 16 a heavily armed State Department convoy guarded by Blackwater USA was whizzing down the wrong side of the road near Nisour Square in...
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David Zirin
Soldier In Winter: Dr. John Carlos Speaks Out On The Jena 6
When thousands -- many young, many poor, overwhelmingly African-American -- marched in Jena, La., last Thursday, the political impact was felt around the country. Marching on behalf of six young men...
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Stop Corporate Media Mark Klempner
The Internet: Our Last Hope for a Free Press
The net has also proved invaluable as a way for concerned citizens to offer support to each other, and to act together for political and social change.
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Cindy Sheehan
Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism
"The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals," - George W. Bush Watching the pro-...
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David Michael Green
Buyer's Remorse: Their Purchase, Our Regret
I don't know about you, but I for one am getting sick and tired of all these right-wing hacks righteously and publicly jumping ship on the Bush administration and the national nightmare they've been...
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Karen J. Greenberg
Relax, Mitt
Guantanamo's Not Closing
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Ruben Garcia and Andrea Buffa
Wal-Mart: Still Unsustainable
Wal-Mart has been getting some great press lately. At the beginning of the week, newspapers were full of stories about Wal-Mart's plan to ask its suppliers to measure and reduce their carbon...
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Coleen Rowley
Is Spineless Better Than Evil?
This guy's sign at last week's peace rally on the St. Paul Capitol steps really connected with a lot of people. But is the answer that clear?
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sidney Blumenthal
Dan Rather Stands by His Story
His lawsuit will attempt to show that CBS tried to suppress the report on Bush's National Guard Service and the Abu Ghraib abuses.
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Pat LaMarche
God, Machiavelli, & Mercenaries
So I guess you know that Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers filed suit against God last week. Yep, the God. Turns out this week, God got a lawyer. Some Texas attorney who probably sees a good chance to...
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Ray McGovern
Bush, Oil -- and Moral Bankruptcy
It is an exceedingly dangerous time. Vice President Dick Cheney and his hard-core "neo-conservative" proteges in the administration and Congress are pushing harder and harder for President George W...
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Ira Chernus
The Theology of American Empire
American foreign policy is built on a deep foundation of Christian theology. Some of the people who make our foreign policy may understand that foundation. Most probably aren't even aware of it. But...
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David Corn
Bush Administration & State Dept.: Corruption in Iraq is Classified
Corruption in the Iraqi government--it's classified information. So says the State Department. In preparation for a September 27 hearing on corruption within the government of Prime Minister Nouri al...
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Peter Rothberg
The Monks Rebel
The situation in Myanmar (formerly Burma) continues to worsen with reports of escalating efforts by the government to violently repress ongoing nonviolent demonstrations. The protests, sparked by...
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Adrian Hamilton
Let's Start By Admitting We Were Wrong In Iraq
New New Labour hasn't changed its spots in one way. It still loves the overarching concept dressed up in marketing-speak. But even by old Blairite standards the new Foreign Secretary, David Miliband...
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Pierre Tristam
At The Mercy of Taser Torturers
It's a morbid game. I Google "Taser," click on the tab that brings up the latest news articles featuring the word, and scroll through the insanity. It never fails. Every search produces case after...
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Ruth Conniff
UAW Strike Points Up Need for Universal Health Care
The mainstream press coverage of the UAW strike in Detroit has been predictably thin. Labor reporters are scarce these days, and the business-section bias of even feature coverage of labor disputes...
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Kyi May Kaung
Monks Versus the Military
In Rangoon and other cities of Burma, Buddhist monks have confronted the military dictatorship with an unusual technique: they refused to accept alms. In Buddhist tradition, this boycott is the...
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John Atcheson
Bush Fiddles While World Burns
This week, Bush is hosting a global warming summit composed of the world's sixteen largest greenhouse gas emitters. Unlike the UN meeting held earlier in the week, it is not intended to actually deal...
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Joseph L. Galloway
The Evil That Men Do
Once again, the Bush administration is flimflamming the hapless Democratic majority in Congress into rushing an important piece of legislation into law without serious thought or debate about the...
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Scott Ritter
Iraq Will Have to Wait
The long-awaited "progress report" of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the status of the occupation of Iraq has been made, providing Americans, via the compliant media, with the...
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Daniel Ellsberg
This Coup and The Next One
I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Laura Flanders
Is Jena America?
"Jena is America," says Alan Bean, speaking of the Louisiana town where six black students are looking at decades in jail for a schoolyard brawl while white kids are facing nothing for hanging up...
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Bill Quigley
HUD Demolitions Draw Noose Tighter Around New Orleans
Odessa Lewis is 62 years old. When I saw her last week, she was crying because she is being evicted. A long-time resident of the Lafitte public housing apartments, since Katrina she has been locked...
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Glenn W. Smith
Credit Cards for Everyone, But a Voter ID for Thee
The war on voting rights continues. In the latest development, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a voting rights case over whether or not government identification requirements...
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Marie Cocco
Forget The Democratic Healthcare Plans, The GOP's Got It All Sorted For Us
Now that the hubbub over Hillary Clinton's health insurance plan has temporarily subsided, that silence you hear is the sound of Republican presidential candidates offering their own alternatives to...
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Ari Berman
Senate Neocons Provoke Iran
Listen up. Can you hear the drums beating for a third war? The neocons are in a bubbling rage over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University. The pro-surge propagandists at...
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Bill Wippel
The Local Voice of Radio Has Been Muffled by Greed
Local radio stations, left independent, are the best examples of freedom and democracy. Most are located in small markets where they mirror the community's image. Take Pullman. Station KOFE in 1964...
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Arianna Huffington
New Books By Alan Greenspan and Naomi Klein: One is Prophetic, One is Pathetic
A fascinating dispute on modern economics -- and the dominant role it plays in our politics - is currently taking place in America's bookstores. On one side is Alan Greenspan, whose The Age of...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Makes Mockery of UN Declaration of Human Rights in NY Speech
At his speech to the UN, Bush had the audacity to invoke the Universal Declaration of Human Rights several times, despite the fact that he's been violating it over and over again. He was quite...
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Dilip Hiro
How the Bush Administration's Iraqi Oil Grab Went Awry: Greenspan's Oil Claim in Context
Here is the sentence in The Age of Turbulence , the 531-page memoir of former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan, that caused so much turbulence in Washington last week: "I am saddened that it is...
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Robert Scheer
Biden One-Ups Bush
In for a penny, in for a pound. What the heck-the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already soaked up $808 billion, so why quarrel about the Bush administration's request this week for $50 billion...
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Amy Goodman
Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest
As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush's refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day-war and global warming-has been stunning. And...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Tough Talk, But Little Punch
Last November, Nancy Pelosi proclaimed, "The American people spoke with their votes and they spoke for change and they spoke in support of a new direction for all Americans . . . nowhere was the call...
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Mark Morford
The Republican Who Likes Gays
Behold, An Extraordinary Event, The Most Astonishing Speech You Will Hear All Year
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Ralph Nader
Make Them Sweat The Big Stuff
A society reveals its values, priorities and distribution of power in the way its rulers punish deviant behavior. Here are some examples for you to ponder: Members of Congress were in an uproar...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Scott Horton
Listen to the General(s)
Thank God for Tom Davis (R-Va.) He fully understands the constitutional role of the Congress. Davis has sent a letter to Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, with a very sharp demand...
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Ru Freeman
Ahmadinejad v. Bollinger: Words Were Spoken, But What Was Said?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, began his two hours at Columbia University with these words. "In Iran, tradition requires when you invite a person to be a speaker, we actually respect our...
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Lowell Monke
Unplugged Schools
Education Can Ameliorate, or Exacerbate, Society's Ills. Which Will It Be?
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Cindy Sheehan
Petty and Cruel Dictator
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the president of Iran spoke at Columbia University today. I heard that he was invited there because the President of Columbia wanted to foster a "free exchange of ideas." Even...
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Hank Edson
What Would Lincoln Do?
"Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." One of the often quoted facts about the American Civil War is that...
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Marjorie Cohn
Pursue Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United States has prompted an outcry, including protests and tabloid headlines calling him "evil" and a "madman." As Juan Cole says, "The real...
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Jesse Jackson
Leaders Should Intervene To Bring Justice (and Security) To The Jena 6
Last week, thousands of peaceful demonstrators came from across the country to protest the criminal injustice done to young African-American men in Jena, La. The protesters spanned the generations...
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Paul Campos
War-Monger vs. The Porn King: Is Bill Kristol Respectable?
Until I recently moved, my next-door neighbor was an extremely successful pornographer. He's made a fortune by transmitting pay-per-view satellite broadcasts of hard-core sex films to many of America...
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Pierre Tristam
Ahmadinejad Does New York
In an interview with the BBC's Newsnight in 2006, Philip Roth was asked about 9/11 and the Bush administration. This was his answer: "This I think criminal administration has hijacked the event to...
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Akbar Ganji
A Plea From the Iranian People
Editor's Note: As world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, Akbar Ganji, Iran's leading political dissident, sent this open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. As Iranians face...
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Cornel West and Sylvia Rhue
Fabricated Fears About Hate Crime Legislation
Americans who understand basic principles of justice have no problems with the hate crime bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act. This legislation, now awaiting a vote in the Senate, would finally...
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Monday, September 24, 2007
Chris Colin
Cleaning Up After The Bushes... Literally:
The Former President's Pool Boy Speaks Out
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Cynthia Tucker
America's Oil Lust Means Long Middle East Involvement
Should the United States invade a foreign country for its oil? If that question were posed in a poll, the vast majority of Americans would no doubt answer with a resounding "no." We're the good guys...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Whole (Jena 6) Story?
I spent my kindergarten and first-grade years at Glassbrook Elementary School in Hayward, Californ8ia - where two playground incidents, colored by racial taunts and retaliatory violence, left their...
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Cecilia Lucas
The Banality of Violence
On a recent trip to Palestine, I met two Israeli settlers who spoke of peace and hate, of victimization and violence. They reside in Efrat, an Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian...
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Olga Bonfiglio
The Peace Movement — Has It Been Worth It?
A Chance To Say So
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Donna Saggia
From "Support the Troops" to Condemning MoveOn: The Cult of the Military and the Decline of Democratic Values
Alarm bells should be ringing louder than ever in progressive circles as Congress, not content with forfeiting its powers to the unitary executive, has now decided to let the military plan foreign...
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Carol V. Hamilton
Conscience Voters
The Rovian wordsmiths on the Right have coined the phrase "values voters" to suggest that we on the Left, with our supposedly hedonistic lifestyles, our internationalism that apparently precludes any...
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John Brown
Sinking in the Polls: Karen Hughes' Public Diplomacy Moment
"Osama dyes his hair and nobody likes him -- what is this, grade six?" - Blogger byoolin Karen Hughes, George W. Bush's longtime confidante and spin-stress, is one of his few loyal creatures left on...
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Robert Kuttner
The Bubble Economy
The financial meltdown is the logical consequence of deregulation. Will we reverse field in time to prevent another 1929?
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Juan Cole
Turning Ahmadinejad Into Public Enemy No. 1
Demonizing the Iranian president and making his visit to New York seem controversial is all part of the neoconservative push for yet another war.
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Bruce Mirken
Spinning A Failed War on Drugs
Our government says we're winning the war on drugs. At a press conference to release results of the government's major annual drug use survey Sept. 6, both White House drug czar John Walters and...
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Chai Feldblum
Time To Ban Job Discrimination Against Gays
On Sept. 5, Michael Carney, an openly gay Massachusetts police officer, eloquently told members of the House of Representatives why the Employment Non-Discrimination Act continues to be essential. Mr...
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Tom Engelhardt
Freedom As Theft: Honoring American Liberators
Let's take a trip down memory lane.
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James Carroll
N.Y. Site Transcends Boundaries
So Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is forbidden by the United States to visit Ground Zero. Iran's president is to address the United Nations tomorrow, and while in New York, he had hoped to go to the World Trade...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Bush, the Bomb and Iran
To bomb or not to bomb Iran, that's the question the Bush Administration appears to be debating these days, once again revealing the extraordinary disconnect between the White House and the American...
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Thom Hartmann
Columbia University Shows True American Values
Columbia University, by inviting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, has shown confidence in the wisdom and adultness of their students and our republic. Ahmadinejad is the president of a...
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Rick Wilson
Who Owns Adam Smith?
Adam Smith is widely regarded as the patron saint of capitalism. His 1776 book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is still widely and justly celebrated.This wasn't his...
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Linda Milazzo
Corporate Media Love A Good Protest
Big Media Shows Turned Out For Jena, but Not For Anti-War.
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Eric Margolis
Hired Guns, Loose Cannons
Munich - Private armies have a very sinister reputation in Europe.Memories still linger of Germany's post First World War army veterans, the Stahlhelm, and Nazi Brownshirts, who battled Communist...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Cinema & The Airplane
The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives. - Walker Percy, The Moviegoer Who'd have thought it? The airlines...
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Marvin Kitman
Even Though The Nightly News Still Stinks... Olbermann Rules!
The launch of Katie Couric a year ago as the anchor of the CBS Evening News was hailed by CBS as the biggest thing in news since, well, the invention of denture fixative commercials. It was also the...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Counting The Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan
As if proving a widely held view that Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan tend to be trigger happy, Blackwater USA, a private security firm, is embroiled in a controversy over its involvement in a...
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Glenn Greenwald
Feinstein: Symbol of A Bush-Enabling Beltway Democrat
In the wake of the series of profound failures that define the 2007 Democratic Congress, there is much debate over what accounts for this behavior. There are almost 300 "Congressional Democrats" and...
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
Jeff Cohen
Senate Clown Show
This week, the U.S. Senate put on a clown show. With most Americans wanting troops out of Iraq, Democratic leaders in the Senate failed to get enough Republican votes to overcome GOP filibusters for...
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Bruce Friedrich
Nuggets and Hummers and Fish Sticks, Oh My!
Why Vegetarianism Is the Best Way to Help the Environment
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Ann McFeatters
Bush Returns to Full Campaign Mode
The passion in President Bush's latest news conference was reserved, not for terrorists or evil dictators or makers of dangerous toys for tots, but mainly for Democrats. He doesn't seem to like them...
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Gary Younge
'Jena Is America'
In the alleyway between de jure and de facto, Jim Crow conceived a son. Even though the deed took place in broad daylight, everybody tried not to notice, and in time some would even try to pretend it...
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John Nichols
Blackwater, Oil and the Colonial Enterprise
Blackwater USA's mercenary mission in Iraq is very much in the news this week, and rightly so. The private military contractor's war-for-profit program, which has been so brilliantly exposed by...
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Robert Borosage
Craven Fools
Craven fools. The 22 Democrats and supposed Republican moderates who paid homage to the right-wing slander machine by voting to disavow Moveon.org yesterday once more demonstrated why they're...
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Amitabh Pal
Pentagon Spending Totally Out of Control
The Pentagon is really raking it in. I'm as aware as the next person that there's a war on terror going on, in addition to a small bit of military action in Iraq, but the current military budget is...
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Jeremy Scahill
Blackwater: Hired Guns, Above the Law
This is an edited transcript of the prepared testimony of Jeremy Scahill before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, September 21, 2007. My name is Jeremy Scahill. I am an investigative reporter...
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