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Monday, June 11, 2007
Paul Krugman
Authentic? Never Mind
Rich liberals who claim they'll help America's less fortunate are phonies. Let me give you one example — a Democrat who said he'd work on behalf of workers and the poor. He even said he'd take on Big...
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Gregory Rodriguez
A Sanitized Betrayal of America's History
The "merit-based" immigration system enshrined in the all-but-dead Senate "grand bargain" was one of the reform bill's more controversial elements. Those who railed against it might think it's a...
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Samuel Gross
Weeding Out The Innocents
The first innocent American defendant to be exonerated by DNA evidence was Gary Dotson of Chicago. Before his conviction was overturned on Aug. 14, 1989, he'd spent 10 years in prison and on parole...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Michael Corcoran
Education For All
Paying for a college education has become a burden many Americans can no longer afford. Tuition has outpaced the rate of inflation for the last 16 years, some private schools are charging more than $...
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Nancy Dickeman
We Live Amid The Power To Block The Sun
When she was grown up and about to be married, my oldest niece told her fleet of aunts that we had struck fear in the heart of her childhood with our talk, with our out-loud worries about nuclear war...
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David Swanson
War Opposition Made Easy
The new film " War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death " makes arguing against wars easy. If you get into a debate about war, just make the points made so clearly in this...
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Dilip Hiro
A Catch-22 Nuclear World
Nuclear Weapons Programs Are about Regime Survival
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Doris "Granny D" Haddock
What Do Subsidized Corn, A Militarized Border, and Finance Reform Have To Do With It?
The following remarks were offered at a Democracy for America gathering in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday morning, June 9th, 2007: It is normally expected that, when given an opportunity to...
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Norman Solomon
The Silence of the Bombs
Three years have passed since most Americans came to the conclusion that the Iraq war was a "mistake." Reporting the results of a Gallup poll in June 2004, USA Today declared: "It is the first time...
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
New York Times Editorial
The Democrats Lag on Warming
When Americans elected a Democratic Congress last November, they were voting to end politics as usual and special interest legislation. On the vital issues of energy independence and global warming...
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Barry Payne
Suppressing Free Speech with Market Power
"There's a problem. It's called Net Neutrality," Whitacre told the heirs to AT&T's telecommunications empire on June 5. "Well, frankly, we say to hell with that. We're gonna put up some toll...
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Joe Lauria
Maverick Mike Gravel
Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel is running for President in the Democratic primaries. At seventy-six, he has been out of politics for two and a half decades. Now he wants back in. And he's making...
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Carlo Strenger
Why Israel Does Not Engage With The Saudi Initiative
One of the most puzzling aspects of Israeli policy over the last five years is that neither the Sharon nor the Olmert governments have given the Saudi peace initiative any serious consideration. For...
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Ann McFeatters
Again, Bush Delays the Inevitable
WASHINGTON -- U.S. automakers, on a collision course with catastrophe, are involved in behind-the-scenes machinations in Washington that could well sound the death knell for the industry. Just as...
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Rosa Miriam Elizalde
In Venezuela, Reality TV
CARACAS-On Sunday night, May 27, at 11:59, the big switch took place. RCTV broadcast the National Hymn of Venezuela, sung by faces as pale as those you would find in any country, but this one a...
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Saturday, June 9, 2007
Danny Schechter
Is There a 'Foxification' Underway at Al Jazeera Television?
Sources inside Al Jazeera who are in a position to know what is going on now confirm to that there is an internal struggle underway that may dilute Al Jazeera's independence and...
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Monica Benderman
Fighting Back
"These are the times that try men's souls: the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and...
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Dave Lindorff
Impeachment on a Roll
Down the shore yesterday, as we say in Philly, I was body surfing in the Atlantic and it got me to thinking. On the East Coast, where the prevailing winds are offshore, the surf tends to be pretty...
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Sean Gonsalves
Ron Paul for President?
A belated, Texas-sized, Ten-Gallon Hats-off to Congressman Ron Paul. I still haven't gotten over what he said during the Republican presidential debate in South Carolina a few weeks back on live TV!...
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Christopher R. Brauchli
James Dobson as Cotton Mather
An Army of Devils is horribly broke in upon the place which is our center . . . . And the houses of the good people there are filled with the doleful shrieks of their children. . . tormented by...
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Patrick Seale
Withdrawal Won't Happen
The US plans permanent military bases in Iraq, confirming to many that it really was all about oil
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John Nichols
Neoconned Again
One vote decided the race for World Bank president: that of the only world leader who thought neoconservative lothario Paul Wolfowitz was doing a heckuva job managing the troubled lender of last...
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Froma Harrop
The Disgusting Business of Milking the Working Poor
The working poor make great victims. They are often trusting and financially unsophisticated, and with wages stagnant, they're desperate for cash. These folks hold jobs, so they have a money stream...
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Martha Burk
High Court Vs. Working Women
On May 29, the Bush Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts delivered what could be a devastating blow to women experiencing discrimination in pay and promotion. After many years of employment...
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James P. Pinkerton
Homeland Security Weak as its Leader
HERE ARE TWO REASONS the American people don't trust the federal government to keep them secure - and why the immigration deal is likely to fail, cracking up on the rocks of public mistrust. Consider...
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Aziz Huq
Bush's Plan to Erode Our Liberties
Early this week, judge advocates halted two prosecutions in the Guantánamo military commissions established under the 2006 Military Commissions Act (MCA). This is not the first setback the...
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Charles N. Davis
Holding Back the Public's Right to Information
CONGRESS, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of...
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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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The G8 leaders at the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany Thursday June 7, 2007. From Left to Right:  British Prime Minister Tony Blair,  Russian President Vladimir Putin,  European Commission President Juan Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, President George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. G8 Photo 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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