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Friday, May 25, 2007
Saeed Taji Farouky
Gaza's Innocents Suffer Amid The Anarchy
Amid the Israeli air strikes there is a lull in the infighting, which had once again threatened to bring Gaza to the brink of civil war. Many Palestinians here fear it could be short-lived. For Gaza'...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Pundit Defines Fearlessness
Midway through Arianna Huffington's latest book, On Becoming Fearless ... In Love, Work and Life , she writes, "If you want to succeed big, there is no substitute for simply sticking your neck out.''
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Bill Distler
We Can't Win An Immoral War
George W. Bush and Gen. David Petraeus, the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, both want U.S. forces to stay in Iraq, but for different reasons. Bush wants to turn the oil and natural gas...
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Colin Burgon
We Should Back Chávez
It's Not Too Late For Britain To Stand Against The Washington Consensus On Latin America
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Matthew Rothschild
Feingold, Kucinich Denounce the Democratic Cave
A nd so the Democrats caved, pathetically, to Bush and to Bush's war. "It tells American workers that the only way they will get an increase in wages is to continue to support funding the war which...
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John Nichols
"A Big Mistake" Vote Gives Bush His Iraq Money
Despite the results of last November's elections, which gave them the authority to check and balance George Bush, and despite polls that show roughly two-thirds of Americans want them to do so,...
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Rosa Brooks
The Good, The Bad and The Prosecuted
The Feds Swarm In On A Navy Lawyer Who Held Them Accountable by Leaking The Identities of Gitmo Detainees.
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David Sirota
We Gave Them Our Hearts, They Gave Him A Blank Check
It is a dark day in our nation's history. That sounds melodramatic - but it is true. Today America watched a Democratic Party kick them square in the teeth - all in order to continue the most...
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CommonDreams.org
Finkelstein Tenure Case Exposes The Commonplace Cowardice of "Responsible" Professors
For two years I have served at the University of Texas at Austin on the faculty committee on "academic freedom and responsibility," a pairing of concepts that is common in higher education. While...
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Olga Bonfiglio
A Memorial Day Reflection
Over the past 5,600 years, historians estimate that 14,600 wars have been waged. In the twentieth century alone, over 100 million people were killed in wars all over the world although some...
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David Michael Green
Winston Churchill Bush? Nah. Guess Again.
George W. Bush's all-in gamble of other people's stakes in Iraq has become the mother of all disasters. Even relatively conservative members of the Washington establishment have labeled it the...
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Andrew Bard Schmookler
Why Didn't You Stand Your Ground, Mr. Carter?
I don't get it. First you speak an important truth to the American people. Then you take it back. Why didn't you stand your ground? I'm sure I'm only one of millions who felt heartened to hear the...
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John Stauber
Democratic Spin Won't End the War in Iraq
After several months of empty posturing against the war in Iraq, politicians in Washington have made what Democratic congressman James P. Moran called a " concession to reality " by agreeing to give...
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Michael Parenti
Globalization and Democracy: Some Basics
The goal of the transnational corporation is to become truly transnational, poised above the sovereign power of any particu­lar nation, while being served by the sovereign powers of all nations...
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Robert Naiman
Are "Democrats" Afraid to Cut War Funding, or Pretending to Be Afraid?
There is a Washington gambit where you trick people into accusing you of doing something bad, in order to distract attention from the fact that you are doing something far more sinister. For example...
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Senator Russ Feingold
In Opposition to the Iraq Supplemental Conference Report
As delivered from the Senate Floor, today, May 24, 2007: Mr. President, I rise today to express my disappointment both in the final version of the supplemental spending bill that we expect to...
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Robert L. Borosage
Funding Bush's War: This Is No Game
President Bush forced Democrats to "fold," the press reports. He vetoed the Iraq funding bill that set a deadline for getting U.S. troops out of the war. The Republican minority blocked any effort to...
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John Nichols
Loyal to the White House, Not the Rule of Law
Regent University School of Law graduate Monica Goodling , whose meteoric rise to the highest levels of the Department of Justice put her in a position to aid and abet a program of politicizing...
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Al Gore
A Drive For Global Domination Has Put Us In Greater Danger
Moral Authority, Which Is Our Greatest Source of Strength, Has Been Recklessly Put at Risk by This Wilful President
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John Repp & Mike Yarrow
Is U.S. Occupation of Iraq Legal?
What is lost in the media attention to the fight between President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress over funding the troops in Iraq is the fact that the military occupation of Iraq is...
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Caroline Paul
My brother, The 'Terrorist'
The Government Is Distorting The Word To Get More Notches In Its Gun.
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Irene Khan
Report 2007: The State of the World's Human Rights
Our world today is deeply polarized. Comparisons are increasingly being made with the Cold War but in many ways it is more complex and dangerous now, because the opponents are not just governments...
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Sarah Olson
Iraq Veterans, Activists for Peace
"American Veterans are a bridge to the heartland," says Garett Reppenhagen, a former Army sniper who is now chairman of the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "Veterans give the...
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David Sirota
Vote Alert: Dick Cheney Dems Plan to Hide Votes On Iraq
Today is the day House Democrats are expected to vote on Iraq - except, news out of Washington this morning says the leadership has come up with a nifty little trick to try to prevent the public from...
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Nick Turse
The Shape of a Shadowy Air War
Did The U.S. Lie About Cluster Bomb Use in Iraq?
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Rabbi Michael Lerner
Funding and Crying: Why The Dems Capitulated To One of The Least Popular Presidents in US History to Support One of The Least Popular Wars in US History—A Response From The Religious Left
When I lived in Jerusalem and worked with the Israeli peace movement, we described our spineless Labor Party and some of the allegedly pro-peace intellectuals as "shooting and crying"-first they'd...
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Norman Solomon
Deadly Illusions, Rest in Peace
This week's cave-in on Capitol Hill -- supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq -- is surprising only to those who haven't grasped our current circumstances. Public...
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James Loney
No Future Without Forgiveness
On November 26th, 2005, I was kidnapped in Baghdad. My associates and I, all members of a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation, were held by Iraqi insurgents for four months. Tom Fox, an American (...
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Glenn Hurowitz
The Clinton-Obama Energy Plan
In their bids for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) have touted their environmental credentials. Yet despite compiling generally pro-...
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The Corporate Crime Reporter
House Democrats Buckle Under Pressure from Big Oil, Strip Down Price Gouging Bill
Behold the spineless Democratic Party.On Iraq, no deadlines. On trade, no enforceable worker protections. Now, today, on oil industry price gouging, collapse. In the face of withering pressure from...
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Laura Flanders
Sacrifice The Troops Bill
I spent some of Wednesday with a worried mom from Idaho Falls, Idaho, whose only son is in the National Guard. Once a month he drives 200 miles to train, then he drives 200 miles back home again. (...
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Harvery Wasserman
Criminal 9/11 Eco-Negligence by Bush, Rudy & Whitman is Now Coming Home to Roost
Widespread reports are now starting to show a devastating plague of ill-health and death among the people who helped clean up the World Trade Center terror site. In the coming years, the toll will...
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Shahid Buttar
Fire Gonzales or the Whole Junta?
A steady stream of disappointing news from the Justice Department has left the nation increasingly critical of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Offering inaccurate congressional testimony while...
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Jeff Cohen
Don't Think of a U.S. Soldier, Unarmed, Abandoned in Iraq's Civil War!
One need not be a linguist like George Lakoff to know that it's hard to win a debate on the other guy's assumptions. Or worse, the other guy's lies. For years Team Bush has sought to shroud their...
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Patrick McElwee
Is Free Speech Really at Stake? Venezuela and RCTV
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has been the subject of many controversies. His critics often accuse him of laying the groundwork for dictatorship, despite the democratic credentials of his...
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Debi Smith
The Peace Fence
Over Mother's Day weekend, a controversial fence that bisects two neighborhoods in Ashland, Oregon became the temporary home for an art installation entitled "The Peace Fence." The fence itself--...
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Robert Reich
What to Do About America's Rich Who Use Offshore Tax Havens
After suggesting a couple of weeks ago that the stratospheric earnings of equity-fund managers ought to be considered income rather than capital gains and therefore taxed at 35 percent rather than 15...
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Mark Morford
Rejoice, The Hummer Is Dead
It Might Be The End of The World's Most Phallically Sad SUV. But Has The Damage Been Done?
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Charles Komanoff
Strange Bedfellows in Climate Politics
Did lefty pundit Alexander Cockburn and corporate behemoth General Motors secretly agree to swap climate positions? It looks that way. GM, swallowing hard, recently joined the U.S. Climate Action...
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PR Watch.org
Has the Internet Changed the Propaganda Model?
This article is adapted from Sheldon Rampton's presentation at the University of Windsor's conference on " 20 Years of Propaganda? ": In their groundbreaking 1988 book, Manufacturing Consent,...
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Arianna Huffington
Congress Needs to Find Out: Did Bush Order Gonzales and Card to Put the Squeeze on Ashcroft?
In today's L.A. Times , Jonah Goldberg discusses the "redemption" of John Ashcroft and fantasizes that the same image rehab may one day happen for George Bush. Talk about your Extreme Make-Over! I'll...
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Charles C. Krulak & Joseph P. Hoar
Torture Betrays Us
Fear can be a strong motivator. It led Franklin Roosevelt to intern tens of thousands of innocent U.S. citizens during World War II; it led to Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt, which ruined the lives of...
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David Howarth
These Nonsensical Arguments For Nuclear Power
The Government Has Been Rushed Into A Bad Decision by A Clever Public Relations Campaign
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Lee Drutman
Bush Taps Fox For Consumer Henhouse
You almost have to admire the pure, unadulterated chutzpah. Of all the people out there to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Bush administration went ahead and chose Michael...
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Naomi Klein
Keep talking, Shawn
After a group of Mohawks from the Tyendinaga reserve blockaded the railway between Kingston and Toronto two weeks ago, a near unanimous cry rose up from the editorial pages of Ontario newspapers and...
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Jonathan Freedland
The Six-Day War Is Not Over. Today, It Brings The Spectre of Al-Qaida in Gaza
Victory In 1967 Was As Much Curse As Blessing. It Paved The Way For 40 Years of Mortal, Political and Moral Disaster
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John Nichols
This Is Not a "Compromise," It's a Blank Check
The question is not whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid flinched in their negotiations with the Bush administration over the continuation of the Iraq occupation...
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Amy Goodman
Trading Secrets
The Democratic Party leadership is stabbing its base in the back with secret "free trade" deals made behind closed doors with the White House. Now congressional Democrats may be on the verge of a...
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Robert Scheer
Worse Than Watergate, Part II
Let me offer a word in defense of Alberto R. Gonzales now that a majority of U.S. senators, including six Republicans, are poised to demand his resignation as the nation's top law enforcement officer...
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Bea Edwards and Dylan Blaylock
Protect Whistleblowers at World Bank
Paul Wolfowitz's resignation as president of the World Bank will mean little if that institution's true underlying flaw is not addressed. The real problem is the lack of whistleblower protections for...
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David Iglesias
'Cowboy up,' Alberto Gonzales
What happens in a presidential administration when loyalty, to borrow a phrase from "Star Trek," becomes the "prime directive"? What happens when its all-encompassing fog obscures all other values -...
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Ronald Brownstein
Climate Commitment
Washington Can Improve Vehicle Efficiency and Cut Emissions -- If It Wants To.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
James Ridgeway
Nader Redux: Should Dems Fear Mike Gravel?
The political establishment has been doing its best to brush aside Mike Gravel, the 76-year-old former senator from Alaska—and fairly successfully so, until Gravel's appearance at last month's sleepy...
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Robert Fisk
A Front-Row Seat For This Lebanese Tragedy
There is something obscene about watching the siege of Nahr el-Bared. The old Palestinian camp - home to 30,000 lost souls who will never go "home" - basks in the Mediterranean sunlight beyond a...
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Robert Naiman
Iraq War Funding: "Compromise" or "Sellout"?
"Democrats intend to draft an Iraq war-funding bill without a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops," AP reports . The article notes that "details remain subject to change," but says that the...
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Marie Cocco
A Loaded Issue
ANNANDALE, Va.—The question hovered around the suburban government center, though it was never directly asked. There was no need. It was spoken in the emblems that both sides carried. The members of...
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David Mas Masumoto
The Day Without Farm Workers
Last year for one day, no one came to work in my peach orchard. A row of ladders stood empty. This was my day without immigrant labor.Without workers, I cannot farm. If I cannot farm, my organic...
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Tom Hayden
The Fight Over Benchmarks in Iraq
As the Democratic consensus in Washington stumbles reluctantly towards acceptance of Congressional funding for Iraq, there needs to be a clearer focus on the forthcoming issue of "benchmarks". If the...
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Gary Kamiya
Why Bush Hasn't Been Impeached
Congress, The Media and Most of The American People Have Yet To Turn Decisively Against Bush because To Do So Would Be To Turn Against Some Part of Themselves.
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Arianna Huffington
Another Chapter in Hillary's Attempt to Rewrite History on Iraq
In a 1939 radio address, Franklin Roosevelt declared, "Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." When it comes to Iraq, Hillary Clinton is doing everything in her power to prove him wrong...
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E.J. Dionne, Jr.
Why Gore Won't Run
Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president -- fun for the voters, anyway. Imagine a candidate whose pre-election book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Time Canadians Stood Up To The CRTC
Last Thursday at the University of Windsor, where I attended the 20 Years of Propaganda? conference, I drank in all the youth and idealism juice of the media activists around me. Here were...
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Mark Curtis
It's Thriving, But Lethal
Britain's Decade of Arms Exports Puts The Lie To Any Notion of An Ethical Foreign Policy Under Blair
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Peter Rothberg
Save Internet Radio
The future of Internet radio is in doubt. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If...
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H.D.S. Greenway
'The Darkest Moment In Palestinian History'
By The Dead Sea, Jordan - When "The World Economic Forum On The Middle East" planned its conference it could not have foretold that the intra-Arab conflict in Gaza, the Israeli air strikes on that...
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Glenn Hurowitz
Deal On Immigration Threatens Environment
The biggest - and least talked about - loser in the immigration "grand bargain" announced last week is the planet. The deal amounts to an environmental double-whammy: If enacted, it would cause...
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The Chicago Sun-Times
Organize To Fight Gun Crime
We mourned the murder of Blair Holt on Friday at the House of Hope in Chicago. The 16-year-old died a hero, using his body to shield a friend as his crowded bus was shot up by what was apparently an...
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Monday, May 21, 2007
Willie Nelson
Take Action: Support a Better Farm Bill
I believe nothing is as central to our well-being as food — who grows it and how. When produced with the interests of the eater in mind, food makes our bodies strong. When produced with...
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David Sirota
Driving Triangulation "Over the Dead Bodies" of the Progressive Movement
The term "triangulation" in politics means a set of leaders trying joining with their opponents to pass measures that run counter to those leaders' own supporters. Typically, triangulation is...
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Judith Ernst
What Is It That You Fear, Mr. Bush?
As I fly out of Iran after a visit to the garden city of Shiraz, I am puzzled by your belligerence toward this hospitable country. Mr. Bush, who is it that you fear?Is it the women on the flight from...
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John Nichols
Who's Afraid of Jimmy Carter? George Bush
How touchy is the Bush administration about criticism? Very touchy, indeed, especially if the source of that criticism is a certain former president. When Jimmy Carter, whose approval ratings dwarf...
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Paul Krugman
Fear of Eating
Yesterday I did something risky: I ate a salad. These are anxious days at the lunch table. For all you know, there may be E. coli on your spinach, salmonella in your peanut butter and melamine in...
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Eric Margolis
Power First, Nation Second
In 1961 I went to Spain to visit my godfather, Count Ilyas Toptani, who had married the Duchess of Valencia. This fierce, regal woman was a leader of the Carlists, Spain's royalist party. She and...
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Dahr Jamail
Lebanon's Anti-Heroes
"The history of liberty is a history of resistance." —Woodrow T. Wilson "We rely on Hezbollah and these other countries which are helping us now because it's all we have," Abu Khalil, an unemployed...
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Agnès Poirier
Oh Yes, He's Got An Agenda
Michael Moore's New Film About The US Healthcare System Must Be Sseen In Europe As Well As The US
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Bill Boyarsky
Democrats' Faustian Bargain
In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil. That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be...
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Frida Berrigan
A Nation of Firsts Arms the World
They don't call us the sole superpower for nothing. Paul Wolfowitz might be looking for a new job right now, but the term he used to describe the pervasiveness of U.S. might back when he was a mere...
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Medea Benjamin
Have You Called Your Senator Today?
Some people get up early to have a leisurely breakfast and read the newspaper before going off to work, while others fly out the door with their coffee cup in hand. Whatever your morning routine, let...
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Stephen Zunes
Olmert Did Not Act Alone: The U.S. Role in the Lebanon Debacle
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues to resist pressure that he resign following the publication late last month of the interim report by a special Israeli commission on Israel's war on...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
The Haircut That Won't Die
The John Edwards haircut keeps getting resurrected, like a creature from a bad horror movie. The Republicans unearthed it most recently in their second debate, when former Arkansas Governor Mike...
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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Bill Moyers
Small Magazines, Big Ideas
It's time to send an SOS for the least among us--I mean small independent magazines. They are always struggling to survive while making a unique contribution to the conversation of democracy.
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Robert Fisk
Blair's Lies and Linguistic Manipulations
My Dad used to call people like Blair a 'twerp'. But I fear he is a vicious little man
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Sean Gonsalves
What Happened to 'Fill the Jails'?
You can't expect a chicken to produce a duck egg - Malcolm X Thank God, there are people willing go to jail in obedience to a higher law in protesting, say, the continued occupation of Iraq. It's...
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Danny Schechter
Manufacturing Indifference: Searching for a New 'Propaganda Model'
Twenty years ago, a professor of finance at the Wharton School in Philadelphia and a far better known professor of linguistics at MIT set out to come with a way to explain how our media really works...
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Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Mistakes Were Made . . . (But Not By George Bush)
This week's quiz question: What is the psychological difference between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's admission, "I acknowledge that mistakes were made here," and George Bush's comment in his...
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Robert Naiman
Who Were the Democrats Who Voted Against Preventing War with Iran?
On Wednesday, the House voted on two amendments to the defense authorization bill that would have restricted the ability of the Bush Administration to launch an attack on Iran. An amendment...
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Sally Kohn
Migration and Corn
Thankfully, immigration reform is progressing in Congress. There are 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States who have made invaluable contributions to our culture and economy and...
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Ralph Nader
Why the Current Antiwar Movement is So Impotent
The current issue of the UTNE Reader (May - June '07) carried a short but sensibly provocative article protesting the stagnation and the cul-de-sac nature of street protests that involve nonviolent...
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Christopher Brauchli
Compassion of the Conservatives
Carriages without horses shall go, And accidents fill the world with woe. —Attributed to Mother Shipton (1641) While Cowboy Dick is traveling around the Middle East telling the world of plans he has...
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Friday, May 18, 2007
Joseph L. Galloway
Hang In There, America: Competent Leadership Is Just 600-Plus Days Away
As of May 17th, there were 613 days left until Jan. 20, 2009, and the end of our long national nightmare as President George W. Bush and his Rasputin, Vice President Dick Cheney, shuffle off to their...
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Caroline Arnold
Media & Mediafication
media — something in the middle; something that transmits or carries something else; a plural form of medium, now widely understood as a singular noun for the aggregate of journalists and...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Making Sense of What Doesn't Make The News
WINDSOR, Ontario — Lucky the Ambassador Bridge is jammed with trucks. Otherwise, would-be media revolutionaries might storm it armed with digicams and laptops, ready to take on the corporate...
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Philippe Sands
Lessons In Disingenuousness
Wolfowitz's Approach To Governance At The World Bank, It Seems, Wasn't Very Different During His Tenure As Defence Secretary. Is Blair The Same?
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Christopher Cooper
As Some Warn Victory, Some Downfall
I guess we'll annoy some people here today. Ah, well, yes, and who's surprised about that? Anybody expecting this corner of the page to deliver comfortable conciliation will long since have learned...
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Robert C. Byrd
We Must End This Catastrophic, Unspeakable and Ongoing Calamity We Call Iraq
Remarks Delivered on the US Senate Floor --Thursday, May 17, 2007
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Jon Soltz
Bush Opposes More Money for Troops and Survivors - Explain That!
In the veto threat against the National Defense Authorization Act, the White House says they're opposed to two things: Increased survivor benefits of $40 a month to spouses of those who lost someone...
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Ricardo Sanchez
Making Immigrants' Dreams Come True
Following massive demonstrations across the country in 2006 for comprehensive immigration reform, the most visible results have been militarization of the border, congressional approval of a 700-mile...
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Eugene Robinson
How Low Can Gonzales Go?
WASHINGTON—It just gets worse and worse. We already knew that Alberto Gonzales—who, unbelievably, remains our attorney general—was willing to construe the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions...
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Fixing A System Where Children Die For Lack of Health Coverage
WASHINGTON -- Residents in and around the nation's capital woke up one recent morning to the sort of bad news that we like to think doesn't happen in America: A child died from lack of dental care...
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Rosa Brooks
The GOP's Torture Enthusiasts
This Week's Republican Debate Was a Jack Bauer Impersonation Contest
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