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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Scott Ritter
Oil, Israel, and America: The Root Cause of the Crisis
There is no shortage of examples of historical points of friction between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States to draw upon in order to illustrate the genesis of the current level of...
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Ned Resnikoff
Corporations Versus Democracy
The most important issue to young people in the 2008 campaign is one that no presidential candidate will discuss. In fact, even touching on this subject is taboo for anyone with aspirations to...
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John W. Warnock
Depleted Uranium: Enduring Risk
Six years ago this past Sunday, the U.S. government launched a war against the government of Afghanistan. Air power was the key. Two B-2 Stealth bombers flew from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri...
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Nicholas von Hoffman
Bonehead U
Good news at last. The nation's collegiate athletic deficit is being addressed. The disturbing neglect of college athletics is finally being remedied. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education...
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Pierre Tristam
Outrunning 'The Kite Runner'
Two-thirds of the way into "The Kite Runner," the popular 2003 novel by Khaled Hosseini about the friendship of two Afghan men through the decades, Amir, the narrator, returns to Kabul after years of...
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Paul Campos
Combating 'Noble Lies'
I was at an academic conference recently, dedicated to the proposition that black is white. I had been invited to present the alternative viewpoint that black is really black, or at least dark gray...
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Jesse Jackson
It Saves Money and Makes Kids Healthy -- What's the Problem?
Nine million children go without health insurance in this country. A broad bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress, including such rock-ribbed conservatives as Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and...
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Bob Herbert
High-Stakes Flimflam
It's time to rein in the test zealots who have gotten such a stranglehold on the public schools in the U.S. Politicians and others have promoted high-stakes testing as a panacea that would bring...
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H.D.S. Greenway
A Tortured Stance on Torture
In half a century of reporting around the world, I have found that there was usually a feeling that the United States stood for standards of liberty, human rights, and the dignity of mankind. The...
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Tom Gilroy
How Pelosi Ended 'The War With Iraq'
Perhaps you haven't noticed, but The War With Iraq is over. Like everything with the Bush administration's relationship to it's gullible public, the point is never what they're doing, but what they...
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Glenn Greenwald
What FISA Capitulations Are Democrats Planning Next?
An article in this morning's NYT reports what many have long been expecting -- that Congressional Democrats are ready to capitulate to the White House again on warrantless eavesdropping just as they...
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Robert Stormer
Nuke Transportation Story Has Explosive Implications
Last month, six W80-1 nuclear-armed AGM-129 advanced cruise missiles were flown from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and sat on the tarmac for 10 hours undetected. Press...
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Marjorie Cohn
Torture Endorsed, Torture Denied
The April 2004 publication of grotesque photographs of naked Iraqis piled on top of each other, forced to masturbate, and led around on leashes like dogs, sent shock waves around the world. George W...
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Monday, October 8, 2007
Paul Brown
Glacial Acceleration - A Sea of Troubles
It is hard to shock journalists and at the same time leave them in awe of the power of nature. A group returning from a helicopter trip flying over, then landing on, the Greenland ice cap at the time...
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Dante Zappala
The Not-So-Small Price of Iraq
Until recently, I thought America agreed that the death of over 3,800 troops in Iraq is a tremendous loss to this country. My brother, Sgt. Sherwood Baker, is just one in that number. He was a...
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Scott Ritter
The Big Lie: 'Iran Is a Threat'
Iran has never manifested itself as a serious threat to the national security of the United States, or by extension as a security threat to global security. At the height of Iran's "exportation of...
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Ira Chernus
Laughing and Crying with Thomas Friedman
I often laugh and cry at the absurdities of Thomas Friedman, the New York Times' arch-liberal columnist that we love to hate. Recently Tom wrote that he sometimes both laughs and cries too, as he did...
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Thom Hartmann
Columbus Day - As Rape Rules Africa and American Churches Embrace Violent 'Christian' Video Games
"Gold is most excellent; gold constitutes treasure; and he who has it does all he wants in the world, and can even lift souls up to Paradise." -- Christopher Columbus, 1503 letter to the king and...
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Beth Quinn
President Offers Noogies Instead of Health Care
When George Bush ran for president the first time out, he told an aide, "I never met a poor person before. I wouldn't know what to say to one."He apparently decided against trying. He's managed to...
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Neal Peirce
Get Cool with Smart Growth
Increasing the fuel efficiency of the cars we drive is a great cause. But it's not enough. We have to go a giant step further with sharp cuts in how far, and how often, we drive. If we don't, there's...
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Amy Goodman
Chevron's Pipeline Is Regime's Lifeline
The image was stunning: tens of thousands of saffron-robed Buddhist monks marching through the streets of Rangoon, protesting the military dictatorship of Burma. The monks marched in front of the...
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Steve Chapman
McCain Should Know the Truth about Medical Marijuana
Through all his years in politics, despite the endless obligation to shake hands, smile for the cameras and coax money out of contributors, John McCain has somehow avoided becoming a complete phony-...
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James Carroll
A Troubling Turn in American History
If Columbus is the beginning of the story, and, say, Lincoln is the middle, what is the end? Each episode of the American narrative surfaced a problem, which prompted attempts to resolve it, which...
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Cynthia Tucker
The Damage Is Done
Just imagine that Vice President Dick Cheney went on a visit to a foreign country - Great Britain, let's say - and that one of his Secret Service agents was shot several times and killed by a drunken...
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David A. Love
Academic McCarthyism Threatens Democracy
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger recently took a lot of heat when he allowed Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to make a speech at the Ivy League institution. Bollinger, a First...
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Sunday, October 7, 2007
Noam Chomsky
US/Indo Nuclear Agreement: Derailing a Deal
NUCLEAR-armed states are criminal states. They have a legal obligation, confirmed by the World Court, to live up to Article 6 of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which calls on them to carry out...
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Mario M. Cuomo
How Congress Forgot Its Own Strength
SENATORS Jim Webb of Virginia and Hillary Clinton of New York are right to demand that the president go before Congress to ask for a "declaration of war" before proceeding with an attack against Iran...
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Norman Solomon
How Sputnik Contributed to the Marriage of Science and Weaponry
When the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite on Oct. 4, 1957, American horizons darkened with self-reproach and fear. Sputnik was a shock to the system. "The fact that we...
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Robert Weiner
Orwell in 2007
In " 1984 ," the novel that most baby boomers read in high school, George Orwell creates a theoretical modern-day government with absolute power -- a state in which government, called the Party,...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
How the Law Lost Out to Laws of Politics at the Justice Department
The rule of law in American governance should be like post-season baseball: reassuringly ritualistic in all of its ramifications. Partisanship has to be a passing phenomenon, like LeBron James...
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Peter Rothberg
Bush v. Children
The State Children's Health Insurance Program was created by the federal government in 1997 to provide medical insurance coverage for children of families with annual incomes too large to qualify for...
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John J. Sweeney and Mike Cerbo
Veto Funding for Children's Health Care? What Could You Be Thinking?
The single most compelling reason to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program is also the simplest: it's the right thing to do. In America, every child should have a fair shot at growing...
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Rupert Cornwell
Privatizing the Iraq War has Created a Trigger-happy Mercenary Army Subject to No Laws
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guardians? Or, when discussing the conduct in Iraq of America's largest and most notorious private security contractor, Blackwater, who will protect...
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Daniel Baer
The Immorality of Blackwater
American soldiers in Iraq should fight because the cause is right, not because the price is right.
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James Bovard
Are Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners?
What is the common term for ordering soldiers to kill vast numbers of innocent people? A war crime. But not when it is done on the command of the U.S. president. Killing innocent foreigners seems to...
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Cynthia Boaz and Shaazka Beyerle
Burma's Saffron Revolution: Goodbye, Generals.
Just because we can't see protestors any longer doesn't mean they aren't there. The Burmese regime wants us to believe their claims that they have "restored normalcy" to the country. They want us to...
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Pope Benedict XVI talks to President George W. Bush upon his arrival as he is escorted by a joint honor guard April 15 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The pope is visiting the United States for a week and will meet with President Bush at the White House, address the presidents of Roman Catholic colleges and universities, and celebrate Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and Yankee Stadium in New York City. The pontiff was selected as the 265th pope on April 19, 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airm Heather Wokusch
Pope Versus President
The Vatican's recent snub of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is only the latest salvo in the battle between Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush. This tug of war has profound...
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Saturday, October 6, 2007
Johann Hari
The Last Green Taboo: Engineering the Planet
"Geo-engineering" sounds like a bland and technical term but it is actually a Messianic movement to save the world from global warming, through dust and iron and thousands of tiny mirrors in space...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders
Fair Trade
Costa Rica on Sunday will become the first country where citizens have the opportunity to vote for or against a trade agreement. Despite being heavily outspent by the moneyed interests, despite...
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Brian Eno
This Ban Will Not Stop Us
Parliament might want to forget about Iraq, but we will march on Monday to remind them
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Jeremy Scahill
The Scandal of Blackwater
The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home
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Christopher Brauchli
A Panglossian View of Success
Mr. Bush never ceases to amaze with his clever way of using words to divest himself of thoughts. His most recent foray into the thicket of thought (where as usual he appeared to be slightly lost)...
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Ray McGovern
So Who's Afraid of the Israel Lobby?
Virtually everyone: Republican, Democrat-Conservative, Liberal. The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say, and palpable. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) brags that it is the...
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Mark Weisbrot
Threats, Dirty Tricks, Fake Polls: Costa Rica Votes Under Duress on 'Free Trade'
No country has ever had a national referendum on a "free trade" agreement before - which is not surprising since most of these agreements wouldn't be approved by the citizenry. Bill Clinton couldn't...
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Friday, October 5, 2007
Mark Hertsgaard
The Making of a Climate Movement
Public awareness of the climate crisis has grown enormously in the United States over the past two years, but the government's response lags far behind. Now, however, Washington's sluggish pace is...
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Seumas Milne
The Fallout from an Attack on Iran Would Be Devastating
The drumbeat of war in Washington is growing - and so must public pressure against British involvement in such folly
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Helen Thomas
The Democrats Who Enable Bush
President Bush has no better friends than the spineless Democratic congressional leadership and the party's leading presidential candidates when it comes to his failing Iraq policy. Those Democrats...
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Clive Stafford Smith
Gitmo: America's Black Hole
I am writing from the Combined Bachelors' Quarters on the leeward side of Guantanamo Bay. Particularly in the age of "don't ask, don't tell," it is a strange name for a military barracks. Yet the...
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John Bailey
Global Warming Requires Local Solutions
Cities should use bonding authority to promote energy conservation. The savings would easily pay back the expense.
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Margaret Krome
We Need Peacemakers to Counteract Warmongers
Headlines about averting or creating the conditions that seed wars and violent disputes will never flash past your Internet screen. Big disputes usually have countless small origins, few of which are...
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Paul Krugman
Conservatives Are Such Jokers
In 1960, John F. Kennedy, who had been shocked by the hunger he saw in West Virginia, made the fight against hunger a theme of his presidential campaign. After his election he created the modern food...
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Andrew Greeley
Why Are There No War Crimes Trials?
I've watched two episodes of Ken Burns' "The War." I don't think I'll watch any more. It was young men of my generation who fought those battles. The kids killed on Guadalcanal or storming Monte...
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Paige Doughty and Maureen Thompson
Unencumbered Travel: Environmental Impacts on the Border, Disposable Cups, and Old Band-Aids
"Illegal migrants really degrade the environment. I've seen pictures of human waste, garbage, discarded bottles and other human artifact in pristine areas, and believe me, that is the worst thing you...
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Christopher Cooper
To Find Out Something Only Dead Men Know
So much of life is happenstance, incidental to where we think we're bound and who we imagine or pretend we are. A chance encounter, an unanticipated experience, a man we meet or a book we read or...
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Glenn Greenwald
The Latest Revelations of Lawbreaking, Torture and Extremism
Much outrage has been provoked by the generally excellent New York Times article this morning revealing the Bush administration's recent violations of legal restrictions on the use of torture and...
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David Michael Green
Murdering Butter with Guns
A funny thing happened on the way to the White House in 1981. Ronald Reagan had been talking throughout the previous year's campaign about taking a meat-axe to federal taxes (and therefore, also,...
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Rosa María Pegueros
'The War'? I'm Sticking to 'Law and Order'
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns may have done Latinos a favor: By initially excluding Latinos from his production of The War and grudgingly tacking afterthoughts on African- and Latino-Americans to...
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Jeff Cohen
Pundit Elite Enraptured by Hillary's 'Flawless Campaign'
The satirical video short "Harlan McCraney, Presidential Speechalist" offers a comedic explanation of why George W. Bush comes off to many Americans as an inarticulate, even stupid politician. It's...
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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Patt Morrison
Blackwater: Not in Our Backyards
Schwarzenegger should never turn over the state's security to mercenaries, even after an emergency.
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Adrian Hamilton
Sanctions Won't Bring Down Burma's Government
Darfur. Zimbabwe. Burma. On each occasion the world rouses itself to a passion of concern. Threats are made. Sanctions are discussed. And at the end of it, nothing very much happens at all. The...
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Charlie Cray
"More than in most criminal law areas, prosecution of corporate criminals has a significant element of general deterrence," the Department of Justice's new strategic plan for 2007-2012 suggests. Yet...
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Ramesh Thakur
US, Iran Play with Fire
The recent in-your-face introduction by Columbia University president Lee Bollinger of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have delighted the US audience, but it has compounded America's image...
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James P. McGovern
The Iraq Money Pit
I recently came across a photo of a handwritten sign in a US military facility in Ramadi, Iraq. The sign read, "America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war; America is at the mall." The sign...
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Matthew Yglesias
Who's Giving Money to Bill Clinton?
When Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is asked on the campaign trail what her husband would do in the unprecedented role of "first laddy," she suggests that he'd serve as a kind of...
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Leonard Pitts
A Thousand Ways to Disconnect, and Now a Hugging Ban, Too
"Is there anybody alive out there?" - Bruce Springsteen, from Radio Nowhere I needed a hug. This is two years ago, outside the village of Tykocin, Poland. I was on assignment, traveling with a...
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David Lebedoff
New Quiz Should Leave Prospective Immigrants at a Loss for Words
There are no stupid questions -- only ones that couldn't possibly be answered.
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Megan Tady
Recipe For Disaster
What’s (not) in a food label?
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Rev. John Dear
The Martyrdom of Burma's Marching Monks
Imagine this: thousands of priests, nuns, monks, bishops and cardinals dropping everything and taking to the streets. Around the White House they march, week after week, and then off they head to the...
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Peter F. Spalding
Myanmar: It is Time to Play the Olympics Card.
The moral authority of the United States has been generally absent from the world stage during the Bush Administration's tenure, but it is not too late for the Administration to make one last effort...
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Cecilie Surasky
Dissenting at Your Own Risk
Last year, I agreed to speak to a Jewish youth group about my organization, Jewish Voice for Peace , and our opposition to Israel's occupation. My talk was to follow one from a member of the American...
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Norman Solomon
Sputnik, 50 Years Later: The Launch of Techno-Power
[This is an excerpt from Norman Solomon's new book " Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State ."] A story could start almost anywhere. This one begins at a moment startled by...
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Cindy Sheehan
Imagine Peace
Imagine all the people, living life in peace. John Winston Ono Lennon October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980 A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. Yoko Ono Lennon...
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Joyce Marcel
Demonize This!
In the grand tradition of the loopy conservative patriarchy, right up there with Ronald Reagan's 1981 comment, "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do," we now have Homeland Security Chairman...
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Joan Chittister
Ahmadinejad's US Visit Was a Missed Opportunity for Us
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, part of President George Bush's "Evil Empire" came to town last week. The question is who knows and who cares and who knows enough to care anything rational...
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Zia Mian
How Not to Win Friends and Influence People
The United States sells death, destruction, and terror as a fundamental instrument of its foreign policy. It sees arms sales as a way of making and keeping strategic friends and tying countries more...
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John Frohnmayer
At the Heart of Who We Are As a People
Suppose you hire a person to check groceries but, instead of doing so, he tells customers to put their items back on the shelves. Do you fire him? Of course you do. Now suppose we hire a president...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Obama and Edwards Get It on Nukes
Today, Senator Barack Obama will propose setting a goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons in the world. This proposal should be be celebrated. It is a sign of Obama's commitment to a sane security...
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Maureen Dowd
Sinking in a Swamp Full of Blackwater
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster," Nietzsche said. "And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." We're gazing into the abyss...
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Mark Morford
Is It OK to Love Whole Foods?
The overpriced ultra-yuppie grocery wonderland gets so much right, you want to hate it
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Robert Scheer
The State Dept.'s Murderous Guardians
How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians? More urgently...
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Jeff Leys
Our Bonhoeffer Moment
The Bonhoeffer Moment of nonviolent civil resistance and disobedience to the world war being waged by the United States is clearly at hand. As Congress considers an additional $190 billion to fund...
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Robert Naiman and Susan Chenelle
Prove the Intensity of Anti-War Sentiment on October 27
A clear majority of the people of this country want decisive steps to end the Iraq war now, not years from now, as the Pentagon is planning. As the Christian Science Monitor noted recently, the...
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Tom Engelhardt
We Count, They Don't
At least Caesar was just commenting on reality when he wrote that "all Gaul is divided into three parts." Last week, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joe Biden attempted to create reality when an...
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Sally Kohn
From Here to Junta: Stop Shopping At Wal-Mart, Save The UN And Help Burma
At his speech at the United Nations last week, President Bush denounced the "19-year reign of fear" by the military dictatorship in Burma. About time our president starts denouncing reigns of fear...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Scott Horton
Beating the Drums for the Next War
Last week brought heads of state and senior diplomats in number to New York for the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It also brought President Bush and President Ahmadinejad to...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Clinton Campaign: Running on Ambien
Just a year ago the hot question was: Is America ready for a black or female president? As the campaigns wear on, the question has shifted to: Can America survive the tedium of its black and female...
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Arianna Huffington
McCain and the Monks of Myanmar: Two Very Different Ways of Mixing Religion and Politics
The blending of religion and politics is back in the headlines. Again. And the latest examples make it clear that combining these two isn't inherently good or inherently bad. It all depends on how it...
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Paul Campos
Delusion of Exceptionalism
Nationalism is perhaps the most interesting delusion of modern times. Its power is illustrated by the fact that lots of otherwise sensible people are unapologetic nationalists, even though...
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Jesse Jackson
Jena 6 Case Highlights Racial Disparity in American Justice
'We are the Jena Six," read a demonstrator's T-shirt, as tens of thousands gathered in Jena, La., to protest the treatment of the Jena 6. Last week, Mychal Bell was released from prison after serving...
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George Monbiot
The Junta's Accomplices: Western Interests
China has become the world's excuse for inaction. If there is anything that a government or a business does not want to do, it invokes the Yellow Peril. Raise the minimum wage to £6 an hour? Not when...
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Barbara F. Walter
You Can't Win with Civil Wars
Since the beginning of the Iraq war, President Bush has made it very clear that we will stay in that country for as long as it takes to get the job done, and that the United States will prevail in...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Admiral Mullen Reports for Duty
We have a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The question is: What will happen if he says something that the commander-in-chief does not want to hear? Navy Admiral Mike Mullen yesterday...
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Dean Baker
From WMDs to Social Security: More Bush Stories
You remember George W. Bush, the guy who tricked the country into a never-ending war in Iraq with stories about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and links to Osama bin Laden. Well, he...
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Michael Winship
My Thermonuclear Coloring Book
When I heard about last week's ostensibly successful test of the missile defense shield, I thought back forty-five years to the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, when we feared ourselves...
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Frida Berrigan
The War Resisters League Bestows Its Peace Award.
Frida Berrigan, a member of the WRL's National Committee, introduced the award with these words: There are many jokes about lawyers... What do you call ten lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good...
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Marianne Schnall
Hillary, Condi, Aung Sun Suu Kyi and You
Consider these two images from recent news events: 20,000 monks marching past Burmese Nobel Laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi's home to protest the democracy leader's 11-year house arrest and the country's...
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Laura Flanders
A Campaign to Love
I just may have found a campaign to love. Not a candidate, necessarily, but a campaign. We met one moonlit night in Washington Square Park. Illinois Senator Barack Obama was there, but what excited...
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Paul Rogat Loeb
Pre-Empting the Next War
With the Senate embracing the reckless Kyl-Lieberman amendment, we've moved one step closer to attacking Iran. But there's still time for Congress to assert itself against yet another needless war...
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Gary Younge
This City Is Not Nearly As Liberal or Different As New Yorkers Believe
The frontrunning presidential candidates show that the US is no longer polarised between heartland and coast
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Craig and Marc Kielburger
Non-Violent Protest Has Gone Online
Their weapons were no match for the frail man draped in a simple white cloth.Often facing the barrel of British guns, it was the soft-spoken voice of Mahatma Gandhi that repeatedly encouraged Indian...
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