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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Dean Baker
Subsidies for Fund Managers: Wall Street's Giant Trough
We all know about the proper role of government - giving as much money as possible to those who already have the most. That is the principle behind the special tax treatment of compensation for...
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Barry Payne
FTC on Net Neutrality: Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence
The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Deborah Platt Majoras, speaks in riddles about net neutrality the way Donald Rumsfeld spoke about the Iraq War. (See "The Communicators", C-SPAN, July 12;...
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Tom Turnipseed
George Bush and Lindsey Graham Push the Power of the President and Generals Over People and Troops
"How hard is it for you to conduct the war without popular support? Do you ever have trouble balancing between doing what you think is the right thing and following the will of the majority of the...
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Dave Lindorff
Feingold Turns to Dross
In a diary entry on DailyKos , Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), one of the most consistently progressive liberals in the Senate, surrendered to the Democratic Party Establishment, with an embarrassing...
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Pierre Tristam
Sen. Theodore G. Bilbo's Legacy of Hate
Theodore G. Bilbo was governor of Mississippi for two terms and a U.S. Senator for two, from 1935 to 1947. He ranks high and shrill among the crowded thicketry of openly racist and violence-loving...
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Jesse Jackson
To Save Our Cities, Resist Gun Lobby
House Panel Approves Amendment Crippling Police Efforts vs. Guns
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Marjorie Cohn
Reining In an Out-of-Control Executive
Our Founding Fathers created three separate but co-equal branches of government to check and balance each other so no one branch would become all powerful. Indeed, James Madison wrote in the...
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Arianna Huffington
Bill Kristol: On the Train to Delusionville
I know it's a pretty high bar, but Bill Kristol, the founder of the Project for a New American Century that spawned the Iraq war, the man whose editorials often seem to be inserted directly into the...
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Nicholas Von Hoffman
Why Milk Costs More Than Gas
The other day milk was selling in a New England supermarket at $4.79 a gallon. Down the street, regular gasoline was going for about $3.04 a gallon. One of the factors driving up the cost of milk is...
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John Nichols
Harry Reid Finally Starts to Fight Smart
Harry Reid is finally coming to the realization reached months ago by the American people: That Democrats in Congress have been played for suckers by the Bush White House and its Republican allies on...
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Sean Gonsalves
'A Cruel Distortion of History'
The Roberts Supreme Court didn't reinstitute segregation as the law of the land in its recent ruling on Seattle's and Louisville's integration plans but in a land where schools are, in fact, still...
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Leslie Sheridan
A Dissenters 4th of July Experience:
America: Stripped of Her Rights Happy Independence Day?
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Beth Quinn
A Mid-Summer Review of Things Gone Badly Awry
I know it's dangerous to think for yourself in America these days, but please take a couple of minutes to consider how far we've traveled from common sense these past few years. Here's the short list...
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David Clark
Britain Must Take The Lead in Iraq - by Getting Out First
Only the most implacable critics of the government could fail to appreciate the shift in foreign policy since Tony Blair left office three weeks ago. This was always going to be a difficult and...
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Cynthia Tucker
President Hostile To Scientific Facts That Conflict With Right-Wing Views
A veteran of combat and police sieges, Dr. Richard H. Carmona thought he knew a dangerous assignment when he saw it. But he didn't know what he was getting into when he signed up to be U.S. surgeon...
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Neal Peirce
Plan For Growth -- or Get Swamped
BELLAGIO, Italy - Will Planet Earth be able to handle the mega-surge of people pouring into the cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America? Back in 1950, there were 2.2 billion of us, mostly spread...
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Nolan Bowie
Treating Money as Free Speech
MONEY, by definition, is a medium that can be exchanged for goods and services and is used as a measure of their values in the market. We are taught that the value of some things, such as our...
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Hooman Majd
Bush's Big Iran Problem
The White House is foolish not to recognize that the only way out of the Iraq mess now includes serious negotiations with Iran.
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Matthew Rothschild
Come on, Obama, and Clinton, and Edwards, and Pelosi: All Aboard the Impeachment Train
With Bush stiff-arming Congress with one specious claim of executive privilege after another, impeachment is more imperative than ever. The people understand this. It's the politicians, even most...
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Paul Krugman
The Waiting Game
Being without health insurance is no big deal. Just ask President Bush. "I mean, people have access to health care in America," he said last week. "After all, you just go to an emergency room." This...
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Adil E. Shamoo
America Should Leave Iraq, But For The Right Reasons
"Our course in Iraq has lost contact with our vital national security interests in the Middle East and beyond. ... The vitality of the U.S. economy and the economies of much of the world depend on...
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Glenn W. Smith
Stubborn Media Frame Bush as "Firm"
Why does the national media insist on characterizing President Bush's refusal to alter his Iraq policy as firmness, rather than stubbornness? Because, in the strict father morality that emphasizes...
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Tom Engelhardt
Wrong Again: Bush's Logic and Ours
Okay, it's another lemon, the second you've bought from the same used-car lot -- and for $1,000 more than the first. The transmission is a mess; the muffler's clunking; smoke's seeping out of the...
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Ross Dreyer
Ballot Censorship
In 2004, I represented Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo at trial and on appeal in their battle to enforce their right to appear (and our right to have them appear) on the presidential ballot in...
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Harvey Wasserman
California's New Nukes War
A major pro-nuke "surge" against the renewable solution to global warming is about to erupt in California. State assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) has moved for a statewide vote to allow new...
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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Torture Is A War Crime
Journey For Humanity and Accountability - Day 5 Today our Journey took us to Ft. Benning, Ga, where the cancer of the School of Americas (WINSEC) is housed. I have written on torture before and I...
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Allan J. Lichtman
The D. C. Madam's Public Service
This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage...
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Dave Lindorff
Bill Moyers Puts Impeachment On the Media Table
Bill Moyers has put impeachment in the news, in the process shaming both the national media and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Congressional leadership. In his Saturday program, Bill...
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Danny Schechter
Conrad and His Media Comrades
They Are Not Just Stealing from Media Companies But Stealing the Media From Us
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Ray McGovern
July 14, 2003: Ill-Starred Day
For those tracking the long train of abuses and usurpations of a modern-day George who would be King and his eminence grise behind the throne, July 14 has a resonance far beyond the fireworks of...
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Eric Margolis
Fib Factory Running Full Tilt
White House Tells Some Whoppers In Bid to Depict Wars As Battles Against al-Qaida
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ann Wright
Bush, Impeachment, Strong Women and Dallas, Texas
Seems like strong women are not afraid of taking on George Bush and his war on Iraq in his home state of Texas and particularly in the city of Dallas. In August, 2005, Cindy Sheehan began her 26 days...
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Richard Eskow
Lieberman Lays the Groundwork For Another War
This week Joe Lieberman reprised a role he played so well in 2002. He paved the way for another needless and tragic war by outmaneuvering his Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor. This time he...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Surge Mentality: White House in Denial
Reading the White House's report, released Thursday, on whether President Bush's January 2007 "surge" of 30,000 troops is working, you'd never know that a real-life, flesh-and-blood war is being...
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Tom Hayden
Harvard's Humanitarian Hawks
Should a human rights center at the nation's most prestigious university be collaborating with the top US general in Iraq in designing the counter-insurgency doctrine behind the current military...
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John Nichols
Cheney's Actions Put Impeachment on the Table
Four more members of the U.S. House signed on this week as cosponsors of H. Res. 333, the measure that outlines articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney for actively and...
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Chris Hedges
Iraq, The Vets' View: A Reckless Minority of Troops Has Declared War On All Iraqis.
After four years of war, most Americans still remain sheltered from the day-to-day realities of the occupation of Iraq, especially its effects on Iraqis. With reporter Laila Al-Arian, I spent the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Whole Food Fight
Just when I was about to praise fiddleheads, farmers markets, and the joy of true freshness, along comes John Mackey. Mackey is the chief executive officer of Whole Foods. The more appropriate title...
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Ian Jack
There Are Very Few Causes Worth Dying For - Iraq Is Not One of Them
The British are past masters of the speedy exit, as events in India 60 years ago show
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Robert Fisk
TE Lawrence Had It Right About Iraq
'Rebellions can be made by 2 per cent active and 98 per cent passively sympathetic'
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Bill Moyers
The War Debate
As we just heard from Bruce Fein and John Nichols, our country is in a constitutional crisis that could change the nature of our democracy. There was a sense it earlier in the week as the Senate...
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M.J. Rosenberg
Why Are Dems Such Cowards on Impeachment?
I don't get it.The Constitution prescribes a remedy when a President or Vice-President commits "high crimes and misdemeanors." It is impeachment. And everyday we learn more about the unconstitutional...
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Michael Moore
An Open Letter to CNN
7/14/07 Dear CNN, Well, the week is over -- and still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes. I bet you thought my dust-up with Wolf Blitzer was just a cool ratings coup,...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Blesses Libby With New and Improved Compassionate Conservatism
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. - Chuang Tzu , On Leveling All Things I'm almost turning into a Republican what with defending the administration at every turn. Being an...
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Ralph Nader,
Bush-Cheney Making Things Worse Day by Day
Thursday, July 12, 2007's Washington Post was another day of well-supported headlines chronicling the lawless, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, bumbling and multiple perils to our nation's security...
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Friday, July 13, 2007
Sam Husseini
Killing the Constitution: How I Became a Radical Twenty Years Ago Today
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom for trying to change the system from within I'm coming now -- I'm coming to reward them First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin -- Leonard Cohen Many...
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Chris Hedges, Laila Al-Arian
The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness
Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on...
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Ezra Klein
The Mainstream Media's Michael Moore Inferiority Complex
In a world full of political provocateurs and public hotheads, why is it that only Michael Moore triggers the media's all-too-absent obsession with factual accuracy? Because he scares them.
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Health Care vs. the Profit Principle
It's always nice to see the President take a principled stand on something. The man formerly known as "43," and now perhaps better named "29" for his record-breaking approval rating, is promising to...
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Arianna Huffington
Why Bush's Balanced Assessment of Iraq is Utterly Unbalanced
So to hear the president and the White House spin it (and the media dutiful report it), the interim progress report on Iraq the administration will submit to Congress today is " a mixed bag ."...
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Eric Lotke
Arbitrary Justice, Hidden Truth
Purely by chance, I was in the middle of reading Katharine Graham's autobiography when President Bush commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence. I had just reached the part where Graham, the...
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John Nichols
Congress Moves Toward Contempt Citation
"Are congressional subpoenas to be honored or are they optional?" House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers asked Thursday. It was a rhetorical question. Conyers, who has served on the Judiciary...
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Rosa Brooks
Clear-Eyed Questions About Iraq
Time's up. On Jan. 10, President Bush announced a troop surge in Iraq, billed as a final effort to reestablish security and "hasten the day our troops begin coming home." But White House officials...
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Dahr Jamail
Iraq on My Mind: Thousands of Stories to Tell -- And No One to Listen
"In violence we forget who we are" --Mary McCarthy, novelist and critic 1. Statistically Speaking Having spent a fair amount of time in occupied Iraq, I now find living in the United States nothing...
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Pierre Tristam
Bush in His Labyrinth
It's all about perceptions. Mr. Bush knows it. Iraq could be eleven circles of hell wrapped in one and served cold on a bed of baba ghannoush. It wouldn't make a difference as long as Bush could...
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Johann Hari
Ship of Fools: Setting Sail With 'The National Review'
The Iraq war has been an amazing success, global warming is just a myth - and as for Guantanamo Bay, it's practically a holiday camp... The annual cruise organized by the 'National Review',...
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Leonard Rodberg & Don McCanne
Upgrading To National Health Insurance (Medicare 2.0)
The Case For Eliminating Obsolete Private Health Insurance
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Ari Melber
The Virtual Primary
Long before votes are cast in modern presidential elections, elite donors narrow the race by picking a few acceptable candidates, who are then crowned frontrunners for leading the "money primary."...
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John Dean
Harriet Miers's Contempt of Congress: Are Conservatives About To Neuter Congress, While Claiming Full Legal Justification for this Separation-of-Powers Violation?
President George Bush has issued an instruction to his former White House counsel Harriet Miers to defy the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena. The Committee had sought to ask her about her role -...
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Charles Knight
After Iraq, Pakistan? Is Worrying About Pakistani Nukes Serving To Keep Us In Iraq?
The bloody assault by Pakistani troops on the Islamic militants occupying The Red Mosque in Islamabad just might mark the beginning of the end of the Musharraf regime and the beginning of a period of...
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Glenn W. Smith
Seeing with Tucker Carlson's Eyes
I can empathize with MSNBC's Tucker Carlson. It's not easy, but I can do it. Maybe even with President Bush. Our religious traditions and classical philosophers extol the importance of seeing with...
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Kasia Anderson
Flynt to Capitol Hill Hypocrites: 'Payback's a Bitch'
Watch out, philandering politicos: Larry Flynt is hot on your heels. The Hustler impresario is as tenacious as an irate pit bull in his latest crusade to expose hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, and his...
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David Michael Green
In The Last Throes, Judiciously
David Labowitz, an insurance salesman here [Narberth, Pennsylvania], said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 and was eager for the next election to come along so he could rectify what he called his...
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Corporate Crime Reporter
Corporate Bribe Givers Fight Back
At the National Press Club today, Trace International held a press conference to unveil its new creation - bribeline.org. Trace is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that specializes in anti-bribery...
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Jennifer Hunter
Democrats Must Stop Living In Past: What We Need Now Is The Guts To Get Us Out of Iraq
"The troops will march in; the bands will play; the crowds will cheer; and in four days everyone will have forgotten. Then we will be told to send in more troops. It's like taking a drink. The effect...
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John Nichols
Bush's Royal Edict: Don't Cooperate With Congress
President Bush has treated Congress with contempt for more than six years.But the most regal executive to reign over the United States since King George III was deposed has never displayed that...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush Will Let Iraq Keep Drifting
President Bush removed any doubts in Cleveland on Tuesday: It will be up to someone else to face up to the damage done in Iraq.It's someone else's problem that the world's most powerful military is...
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James MacGregor Burns & Susan Dunn
A 'Kitchen Cabinet' of One
Even many Republicans today recognize Franklin D. Roosevelt as the greatest president of the last century. The anti-Franklin Roosevelt, however, is George W. Bush.From his regressive tax codes and...
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Margaret Krome
Doing The Right Thing For Justice, Peace Costs
Offer me a helping of potatoes and sugar snaps from a local farmer or a plate full of war and carnage, and I'll take the vegetables, thanks.Invite me to sit on a cushion in a chair made locally from...
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Marie Cocco
Save the (Republican) Senators
To understand the debate on Iraq now unfolding in the Senate, it is necessary first to give it a proper name: save the senators. The Republican senators, that is.The rules are simple. Find a way-any...
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David Cole
Bush and Cheney's Tortured Secrecy
Can The White House Win a Constitutional Showdown With Congress Over Executive Privilege After Shredding The Nation's Trust?
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Moisés Kaufman
A New Monument To Matthew Shepard
Here's something few people know: After Matthew Shepard was murdered, people from all over the country visited the fence where he had hung for 18 hours before being discovered. The fence quickly...
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Peter Rothberg
Justice for Troy Davis
Troy Anthony Davis is currently scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 17. Davis has been on death row in Georgia for more than 15 years for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen McPhail at a...
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Paul F. deLespinasse
A Pro-Impeachment Republican's Defense of Nancy Pelosi
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan recently announced that she will run as an independent against Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, unless Pelosi moves to impeach President Bush within two weeks...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Peace Pilgrims
It was truly inspiring to hear that Ashley Casale, 19, and Michael Israel, 18, decided to walk 3,000 miles across the country for peace. They began their journey on May 21 in San Francisco and plan...
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Chris Damon
El Salvador's Anti-terrorism Law Claims Victims
The tiny Central American nation of El Salvador has long been out of sight, out of mind to most U.S. residents. Once the guns of the 12 year civil war went silent in 1992, the country signed peace...
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Mark Weisbrot
Congress Should Reject Trade Agreement with Colombia
A May 22 news report in the Washington Post summed up Colombia's ever-widening scandal: "Top paramilitary commanders have in recent days confirmed what human rights groups and others have long...
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Robert Jensen
Lessons From The Lal Masjid Tragedy
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- For my first three days in Pakistan, no conversation could go more than a few minutes without a reference to the crisis at the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) compound. I had landed in...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Robert Naiman
Is the U.S. Responsible for the Death of Nearly a Million Iraqis?
This week and next the Senate is considering amendments to the FY 2008 authorization for the Pentagon, an authorization that includes more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the...
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Debra McNutt
Is the Iraq Occupation Enabling Prostitution?
Military prostitution has long been seen around U.S. bases in the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and other countries. But since the U.S. has begun to deploy forces to many Muslim countries, it...
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Annette Bernhardt
What We Owe the Working Poor
The Supreme Court handed down an astonishing decision June 11, ruling that under federal law, home-care workers are not entitled to overtime pay or the minimum wage. Upholding outdated distinctions...
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John Nichols
Michael Moore Takes On CNN
The frequently ridiculous Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the always ridiculous Wolf Blitzer tried to take apart filmmaker Michael Moore case against the failed U.S. health care system this week on CNN's " The...
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Marsha Meyers
Bush Alone In The Car Pool Lane
On July Fourth, President Bush predictably gave another spirited defense of staying the course in Iraq, and he asked every American to find a way to thank the men and women in the military and their...
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Jack Lessenberry
Bush vs. America
George W. Bush is more and more frequently referred to as "the worst president in the history of America" by those who know the background and pay attention to what's going on. However, that...
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Amy Goodman
Presidential Scholars Tell the President 'No' on Torture
President Bush got a lesson from a group of recent high school graduates. They were Presidential Scholars, a program designed "to recognize and provide leadership development experiences for some of...
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Robert Scheer
Bush's Pakistan Paradox
As Iraq continues to disintegrate, and our top generals and in-country ambassador predict that U.S. troops will need to die there for decades in order to prevent a full-scale regional blood bath, it...
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Elizabeth Sawin
Climate Change: The Heart of The Problem
In the political maneuvering leading up to the release of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the Bush administration was lobbying for the report to include an...
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Robert Shetterly
The Language of Dead Bodies
everywhere instead of a name there is a lie... -- W. S. Merwin Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light .... -- Mary Oliver I've been cutting trees. The woods on the north...
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Bob Burnett
Faith and Politics
How important is it that presidential candidates tell us whether or not they are Christians? For many Berkeley residents it's not important at all; most of us feel that religious belief is a personal...
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TomDispatch.com
Planet Pentagon: How the Pentagon Came to Own the Earth, Seas, and Skies
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on a proposal, championed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq in exchange for bipartisan Congressional support...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Ramzy Baroud
Puppets In The Hands of Corporate Media
To speak of an alternative media is to acknowledge the deficiency of the prevailing media, the mainstream, in addressing the issues, catering to the concerns, and responding to the woes of the...
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Jon Carroll
I Wish I Was A Bushie
I really, really want to be a member of the Bush administration. I wish I'd realized what a cool job it was earlier, but there's still time. Let's look at the perks. For one thing, I could get a...
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Marie Cocco
While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil
If you're reading this while on vacation, great for you. If you're reading this at work, having just finished a vacation or a five-day weekend cobbled together around last week's celebration of...
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Mike Davis
Home-Front Ecology: What Our Grandparents Can Teach Us About Saving The World
Does this generation of Americans have the "right stuff" to meet the epic challenges of sustaining life on a rapidly warming planet? Sure, the mainstream media are full of talk about carbon credits,...
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Dave Lindorff
On the Road for Impeachment
Austin--I just spent the weekend in this state capital, talkin' impeachment at a meeting organized by the Texas Green Party, World Can't Wait and Austin Impeach ( www.austinimpeach.org ), and was...
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Stan Sorscher
NAFTA-Style Free Trade Policy Fails
Fast track expired at the end of June. It's just as well.Officially known as Trade Promotion Authority, it authorized the president to negotiate trade agreements, which Congress could accept or...
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Arianna Huffington
Democrats Can't Wait Around for GOP Defectors to End the War
This is the start of a critical stretch on Iraq, with the White House looking to run out the clock until Congress takes its summer vacation, and Senate Republicans struggling to split the Iraq war...
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John Nichols
Bush Erects Another Stonewall Against Accountability
arely a week after he commuted the 30-month sentence of a former White House insider who was convicted of engaging in felonious attempts to thwart investigations of administration wrongdoing,...
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Solon Economou
Every Day is Christmas For Big Energy
Massachussetts -- And you, dear taxpayer, are paying for the presents, the wrappings and the ribbons. Of the highly touted 2005 federal energy bill, for which we are being billed - or bilked - over $...
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Renata Rendón
Congress Could Cut Colombia Abuse
WASHINGTON -- In February 2005, in a rural hamlet in Apartadó, Colombia, eight people were massacred. The victims included an 18-month-old baby, an 11-year-old boy and two girls ages 6 and 17...
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