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Friday, August 18, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Tampers with War Prisoner Rights
Why does the Bush administration insist on tinkering with the long-established laws on military conduct and treaties of this land? Bush administration officials are drafting amendments to the 1996...
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Ralph Nader
Bush -- "Take Your Time"
Open letter to President George W. Bush: The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon-its civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment-is a grim and indelible testament to...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Michael Schwalbe
Six Lessons for Young Men on the Edge of War
Military service was a rite of passage into adulthood for males in my family. My grandfather and two uncles served in the navy. One uncle served in the air force. And my father spent three years in...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Pols Who Cried Wolf
AUSTIN, Texas - We have nothing to fear but fear itself, especially since fear is now being fomented and manipulated for political purposes by a bunch of shameless hacks. Who is trying to make you...
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Monday, August 14, 2006
John Atcheson
What We Learned from Mainstream Media Last Week (and What We Didn't)
Lesson #1: The thwarted attempt of the English-born PAKISTANI terrorists justifies Bush's IRAQI misadventures.
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Norman Solomon
Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?
The leading pro-war Democrat in the Senate is hoping for a landslide in the New York primary next month. And unless progressives quickly mobilize to dent her vote total, she's likely to get it.
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Sunday, August 13, 2006
William Greider
Fear and Smear
An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody...
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Friday, August 11, 2006
Helen Thomas
Rice is in Way over Her Head
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has flunked her first foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. She went to the turbulent region last month in the early days of the war that began...
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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Eugene Jarecki
Truman Haunts Us
61 years ago this week, the United States became the first and (to this day) only nation ever to use a nuclear weapon. It happened twice. First "Little Boy" was dropped on the Japanese city of...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Lamont's Victory -- A Media Defeat
Besides defeating Sen. Joe Lieberman, challenger Ned Lamont has also registered a triumph over much of the Washington press corps that had rallied so ridiculously to Lieberman's defense. A victory...
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Debi Smith
A Bowl of Cucumbers and a Pot of Beans
Maybe it was just midnight mind talking. You know, that tendency to get all worried, scared, panicky, stressed about things in the middle of the dark and silent night that wouldn't ordinarily bother...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
John Buell
Democrats and the New Axis of Evil
With the signs of a failed war in Iraq all around them, most congressional Democrats are strangely eager to join the Bush administration's support of Israel's war of pre-emption against Hamas,...
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Rachel Shteir
The Shame of America
The Public Humiliation of Offenders has Spread Throughout the Country, But It Is No Panacea
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Monday, August 7, 2006
James Carroll
The Nagasaki Principle
Today is the anniversary of what did not happen. Sixty-one years ago yesterday, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The scale of nuclear devastation was apparent at once. The next day, no...
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Sunday, August 6, 2006
HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMB - August 1945 Robert Freeman
Was the Atomic Bombing of Japan Necessary?
There was no pressing military necessity for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan
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Saturday, August 5, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
A Global Pursuit of Eden Begins in Our Own Backyard
Columbia, South Carolina -- Escaping the hammering yammering of television�s incessant talking heads, who hype out-of-control war and weather, and blather on about Armageddon, I find refuge on our...
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Saul Landau
So You Say You Want a Revolución?
On July 26, five days before Fidel Castro entered the hospital for intestinal surgery, he led a celebration of the 53rd anniversary of his attack on Fort Moncada, which kick-started the Cuban...
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Friday, August 4, 2006
Helen Thomas
Voting Iraq War Up or Down
The political fate of Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman will be on the line in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Connecticut, an election that has become a referendum on the war in Iraq. Lieberman, an all-...
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Jeff Cohen
Being a TV Expert Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
Watching the nightly news last night was a hair-pulling experience -- even more than normal. The top story on national TV was the Senate testimony of the top military brass, who basically admitted...
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Thursday, August 3, 2006
Molly Ivins
Media With No Guts, No Grace
San Francisco -- Do you think the Bush administration is going after the press? The San Francisco Chronicle said on the front page, "Cameraman Jailed for Not Yielding Tape," whereas The New York...
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Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Dr. Gottlieb is Not Happy
It was an uncomfortable moment. There they sat -- next to each other. Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. And Dr. Scott Gottlieb...
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Monday, July 31, 2006
James Carroll
America Transforms the Middle East, But Not As Envisioned
In one way, the Bush administration's Middle East policies from Iraq to Israel have been a smashing success. The watchword with which Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Condoleezza...
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Friday, July 28, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Who Grieves For Dead Iraqis?
What is the worth of a single Iraqi life?
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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Jonathan Schell
Too Late For Empire
Repetition
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Molly Ivins
24/7 Coverage Doesn’t Cover It
State of play in the Middle East: Lebanon, extensively damaged, plus a half-million refugees; Syria, tired of being dissed; Israel, disproportionate. Are you kidding? Did it work last time they...
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Huck Gutman
A Modest Step Toward Fixing Our Health Care System
Almost unnoticed last week, a federal judge ruled that a recent Maryland statute requiring Wal-Mart to spend more on health care was invalid under federal law.
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William Greider
Whither the WTO
The announcement from Geneva that the "Doha Round" negotiations for another global trade agreement is in "collapse" lacked high drama since impending failure was already clear to all but the most...
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Norman Solomon
Applauding While Lebanon Burns
Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on Tuesday that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a roasted wild pig beside U.S. President George W. Bush during a barbecue with residents in the northeastern German village of Trinwillershagen at the German Baltic sea July 13, 2006. Bush on Thursday defended Israel 's attacks on targets in Lebanon. Donald Kaul
Dear Israel: Bombing Doesn't Work
I am always amazed at the childlike faith that powerful nations put in bombing. In the past 70 years we have seen nation after nation launch hideous bombing attacks on enemies, confident that the...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Molly Ivins
Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously
Dear desperate Democrats: Here's what we do. We run Bill Moyers for president. I am serious as a stroke about this. It's simple, cheap, and effective, and it will move the entire spectrum of...
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Phyllis Bennis
Washington's Latest Middle East War
The Israeli war against Lebanon and Palestine, euphemistically depicted as "self-defense" against Hezbollah and Hamas, is simultaneously an Israeli war for domination, and a regional war to "remap"...
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Friday, July 21, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Far From Neutral Player in Mideast
President Bush has abdicated the United States' role as an honest broker in the Middle East crisis exploding on two fronts, Lebanon and Palestine. In failing to call for a U.N-sponsored cease-fire...
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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Norman Solomon
The Most Dangerous Alliance in the World
After getting out of Lebanon, writer June Rugh told Reuters on Tuesday: "As an American, I'm embarrassed and ashamed. My administration is letting it happen [by giving] tacit permission for Israel to...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Can Al Gore Be Trusted?
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
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Huck Gutman
Lying about the Ruinous Cost of the War in Iraq
While Congress was in session this week debating such momentous issues as whether to prevent the courts from interfering with the Pledge of Allegiance and whether to make it illegal to use women's...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Ralph Nader
Please, President Bush: Don't Continue to Be Weak on Lebanon Crisis
Dear President Bush: You have been a weak president, despite your strutting and barking, when it comes to doing the right things for the American people within the Constitution and its rule of law...
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David Korten
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
By what name will future generations know our time?
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Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
At the End Of Cowboy Diplomacy: How Can We Support Our Cannon Fodder and Shell Shocked Soldiers?
I see Support Our Troops and Bush/Cheney bumper stickers everywhere. What if I put a Support Our Cannon Fodder or Support Our Shell-Shocked Soldiers sticker on my car? Would a driver of one of those...
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Gila Svirsky
The Occupation? Fuggedaboudit!
What a stroke of luck - 10 days before a war breaks out in Lebanon, we buy an apartment in Nahariya.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006
Chris Hedges
Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East
Israel's air, land and sea blockade of Lebanon, which includes jet fighter strikes against the airport in Beirut, presages a new era in the Middle East, one in which the center has collapsed and...
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Iraq War Was Lost the Day It Started
If we "cut and run" from Iraq, Republican senators argued recently, we will lose our credibility, dishonor the memory of those who have already died there, break our promise to the Iraqi people and...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Needs Lesson in Statesmanship
President Bush has discovered diplomacy and is saying goodbye to his disastrous pre-emptive military policy. But, as he says so often, diplomacy is "hard work." The escalating violence in the Iraq...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Peter Singer
Meat Production Today Is Not Just Inhumane, It's Inefficient
Beaks seared off with hot blades; pregnant sows with barely room to take a step. And the scale of suffering is set to soar
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Politics of Greed
"Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers-this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts."...
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Ru Freeman
A Guantanamo State of Mind
"Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."- Pastor Martin Niemöller
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Sunday, July 9, 2006
Ralph Nader
Break Down Barriers to Minority Parties
In no other Western democracy do third-party or independent candidates confront more obstacles and exclusions from contributing to a competitive democratic process than in the United States. These...
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Saturday, July 8, 2006
Ralph Nader
Save Our Oceans
Millions of Americans will enjoy the ocean beaches this coming weekend. Tens of millions live within a few miles of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Yet if they could, these oceans would be crying out...
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Pierre Tristam
North Korea, Bush Ally
There is of course no danger of a Kim Jong Il-starred missile ever grazing so much as a Pentagon radar’s anxieties: North Korea is a nation where even ants starve and technology runs on the digestive...
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Friday, July 7, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Thinks He Can Rule By Fiat
President Bush is learning that there are limits to presidential power. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president has used his commander-in-chief hat to expand his imperial reach beyond what...
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Andrew Greeley
Cheney Really Wants US Dictator
In the winter of 1933, before Franklin Roosevelt's first inauguration on March 4, there was a clamor in the United States for a military dictatorship. The banks were closing, a quarter of Americans...
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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Molly Ivins
More Immigrant-Bashing On the Way
While the rest of you were celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I was keeping an eye on Karl Rove -- because someone has to. A "Bush Signals Shift in Stance on Immigrants" headline...
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Jeff Cohen
Go to Venezuela, You Idiot!
I don't usually take the advice of rightwingers. But I did this time. After receiving inflamed email messages from dozens of angry rightists that I should get the hell out of the USA and go to...
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Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming the Issues: "It's an Illegal Employer Problem"
Every time the media - or a Democrat - uses the phrase "Illegal Immigration" they are promoting one of Karl Rove's most potent Republican Party frames. The reality is that we don't have an "Illegal...
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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Visceral Emotion Threatens What the Flag Represents
As the U.S. Senate contributed mightily to global warming while debating a constitutional amendment to ban flag-desecration last week, the Citizens Flag Alliance ("representing 147 organizations and...
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Julia Olmstead
The Biofuel Illusion
There's been a lot of talk lately about the promise of biofuels -- liquid fuels like ethanol and biodiesel made from plants -- to reduce our dependence on oil. Even President Bush beat the biofuel...
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Monday, July 3, 2006
Howard Zinn
Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed...
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Saturday, July 1, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Edisto Island: A Historical Wonder of Nature On the Ecological Edge
On the week including the Fourth of July our family has gathered on Edisto Island and its Beach on the South Carolina coast for the past 30 years. Edisto Beach is a fragile barrier island on the...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Philip Kovacs
Gates, Buffett, and the Corporatization of Children
Last week Warren Buffett gave 31 billion dollars to the Gates Foundation. As usual, the mainstream media missed the real story. Leaving aside the creation of an Ameristocracy for another day, parents...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Molly Ivins
An Epic Week of Cutting and Running
And then along comes Cut'n'Run Casey. We spend all last week listening to cut'n'run Democrats talking about their cut'n'run strategy for Iraq, and the only issue is whether they want to cut'n'run by...
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Pierre Tristam
Bait A Predator "to Catch A Voyeur"
Network news was once about authority: Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Ted Koppel, even Dan Rather in his reporter days. But when was the last time a network, as opposed to a newspaper or a magazine,...
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Ru Freeman
Censorship – The American Version
I am an activist with a predilection for supporting progressive causes the world over. From tortured prisoners to under-funded public schools, I'm prepared to walk the walk. So it was with great...
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Independence, Imperialism and Immigrants
Was the American War for Independence morally justifiable? Is any war?
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Saturday, June 24, 2006
William Greider
Dirty Money
The New York Times devoted a lot of ink to the Bush Administration's practice of secretly rummaging through international banking transactions in pursuit of terrorists. But, frankly, I had a hard...
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Friday, June 23, 2006
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Iraq is a Full-scale Military Balls-Up. Our Best Move Now is to Cut and Run
If the US is going to wait until the time is right before withdrawing, we could be in for another hundred years war
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William Greider
Cheney and HAL
Amid all his other troubles, Vice President Richard Cheney is now stalked by a ghost from his past--the Richard Cheney who for five years was CEO of the Halliburton Company. When he left Halliburton...
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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Stacy Bannerman
No Surprise in Bush "Emergencies"
President Bush has yet another supposed "emergency" on his hands. This time it's illegal immigration. His response is to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border. The tactic...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Molly Ivins
Without DeLay, Has the GOP Lost its Moral Compass?
Gee, the Republicans seem to have lost their moral compass since Tom DeLay quit. Who knew it could get worse without that pillar of rectitude from Texas? What a snakes' nest of corruption and...
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Monday, June 19, 2006
James Carroll
Sending Shameful Signals
"No question Guantanamo sends, you know, a signal," President Bush said last week. ``It provides an excuse, for example, to say the United States is not upholding the values that they're trying to...
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Helen Thomas
Al-Zarqawi's Death Doesn't Slow War
President Bush says the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi offers an opportunity for Iraq's new government to "turn the tide in this struggle." But, in contrast to his triumphal claims in 2003 about "...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Corporate Democrats
If you wonder why things never change in Washington, look no further than a report released yesterday by Russ Baker's Real News Project ( www.realnews.org ). The report documents 25 corporate...
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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Norman Solomon
A Big Problem for Hillary Clinton: "Premature Triangulation"
Two years from now, Hillary Clinton might be pleased to hear the kind of boos and antiwar chants that greeted her days ago when she spoke at the annual Take Back America conference of Democratic...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Elisa Noemí Orellana Faulstich
Graduation Speech: Fetal Eyes
New Roads School, Santa Monica, California Class of 2006, June 4, 2006
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Medea Benjamin
Peace Activists at Hillary Clinton’s Speech Try to Take Back “Take Back America”
The Take Back America conference, an annual event held in Washington DC this year from June 12-14, is supposed to be a venue for prominent progressives to gather and debate the major issues of our...
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Sunday, June 11, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Justice, Victory and Opportunity in Iraq: Another Woman and Child Are Killed With Zarqawi
Commenting on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, President Bush said our troops have "delivered justice" to the "operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq". Bush called Zarqawi's death...
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
Ralph Nader
The Gospel According to the Dixie Chicks
Who would have thought when the Dixie Chicks were selling more than 10 million copies each of "Wide Open Spaces" (1998) and "Fly" (1999) that they would become the most controversial band in America...
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Thursday, June 8, 2006
Molly Ivins
An About Face on Iran: Bush Administration Goes From Tough Talk to Diplomacy
AUSTIN, Texas -- It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and...
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Monday, June 5, 2006
James Carroll
The Roots of the Holocaust
``The place where we are standing," Pope Benedict XVI said last week, ``is a place of memory." He was standing at Auschwitz, but what he said and did there raised questions less about remembering...
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Saturday, June 3, 2006
Sam Husseini
Can Pacifica Radio Live Up to Its Promise?
In an age when "progressives" seem segmented at times, each faction focusing on specific issue areas; and at a time when the power of media seems central, the promise of the Pacifica network could be...
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Caroline Arnold
A Martian's Electic Observations of Earthlings
I, Naitram, formerly of the Planet Mars, am pleased to offer you Earthlings who call yourselves Americans a few eclectic observations on your lives and prospects on Planet Earth. Notwithstanding the...
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Thursday, June 1, 2006
Molly Ivins
Iran Badge Fabricator Goes to Washington
AUSTIN, Texas -- So, Haditha becomes another of the names at which we wince, along with Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and My Lai. Tell you what: Let's not use the "stress of combat" excuse this time...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House
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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Ira Chernus
Hamas Officials Already Recognize Israel's Right to Exist, Apparently
It looks like the topelected officials in the Palestinian Hamas party are signaling that they accept Israel's right to exist. Last week the highest-ranking Hamas leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Molly Ivins
Reform the System or Lose the Democracy
A Houston jury convicted both Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, despite the fact that Kenny Boy packed his Bible to the courtroom every day.
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John Buell
Our Vacations, Ourselves
A fifth-grader from Rye, New York, who summers on Mount Desert Island, recently asked me: "Do you think that it is a good idea to have homework assigned on vacations?" His mother had read " The End...
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Monday, May 29, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Did Bush's "Bring it On" Bravado Bring On the Haditha Massacre: Iraq's My Lai?
In a rather subdued effort to rally support for their war of choice as questions arise about their continued tenures in office, a somewhat contrite and stammering President George W. Bush and his war...
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Sunday, May 28, 2006
Helen Thomas
Tony Snow: New Face, Same Old Spin
WASHINGTON -- The new White House spokesman has been on the job now for two weeks and has held several briefings for the news media. So it's time to give him a preliminary report card. Tony Snow,...
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Monday, May 22, 2006
Ralph Nader
Coerced Confessions - A Corporate Abuse
In a recent column I wrote about police interrogation tactics that lead a surprising number of people to confess to crimes they didn't commit. It turns out that corporate America has followed suit...
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Bill Moyers
Pass the Bread
Text of Baccalaureate Address Hamilton College, Clinton, NY May 20, 2006 I will make this brief because I know you have much to do between now and your farewell to Hamilton tomorrow, and that you are...
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James Carroll
Old Hands Against War
IRAQ HAS become more savage (a rising tide of Iraqi blood, an air war escalating -- along with rates of American mortality); increasing numbers of US citizens have moved from dismay to action. (Only...
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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Jeff Faux
South of the Border - The Impact of Mexico's Economic Woes
In his speech Monday night, President Bush once again ignored the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the center of the immigration debate -- Mexico, the source of more than three-quarters of illegal...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
John Buell
Democratizing Communications
Conservatives frequently tell us that they are committed to extending "freedom and democracy" around the world. Freedom is an elusive concept. It seems to be equated with our modern corporate economy...
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Monday, May 15, 2006
James Carroll
America the Titanic
The last living American survivor of the Titanic died last week. Lillian Gertrud Asplund was 5 when the luxury liner sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912. Her father and three brothers were lost...
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Ghada Karmi
Where is the Global Outcry at This Continuing Cruelty?
Nearly 60 years after most Palestinians were first forced from our homes, the killings and blockades carry on with impunity
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Sunday, May 14, 2006
Robert Freeman
A Tale of Two Theories: Supply Side and Demand Side Economics
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the era of low taxes. It was the age of high deficits. Prices were up. Wages were down. Oil and gold soared. Housing and big cars cratered...
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Saturday, May 13, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Our Presidential Prophet of God and Great Decider
Many disastrous conflicts in human history were led by men who spoke as if they were directed by God to lead the slaughter. President Bush asserts that "I trust God speaks through me and without that...
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Friday, May 12, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Has Two Views About Leakers
Americans now know there is widespread warrantless wiretapping by their government and that the United States sends detainees to secret prisons abroad. The wiretapping is an illegal invasion of...
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John Grant
The Lessons of War That Few Have Learned
As I exited the Staten Island Ferry recently for an antiwar demonstration of 300,000 people down Broadway, a young man next to me noticed my Veterans for Peace T-shirt . "What war?" he asked. "...
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Medea Benjamin
The Gift of Peace for Mother's Day
It's true. Mothers Day was NOT invented by Hallmark. Or by 1-800-FLOWERS or even Sees Candies. In fact, Julia Ward Howe, the woman credited with initiating Mothers Day in 1870, would have been...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ru Freeman
Ahmadinejad v. Bush : The Village Druid v. The Zygote
On January 20th, 1977, for the first time in history, a newly inaugurated president got out of his limousine and walked to the White House. In 2001, a president appointed by the Supreme Court,...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary, Rupert, and the Culture of Corruption
Excuse me for not getting fired up when I hear Democratic leaders bleating about the "culture of corruption" in Washington under GOP rule. Sometimes I have to laugh. . .and not because the charges...
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