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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Robert C. Koehler
Pseudo-Reporting
Many U.S. media outlets were quick to give us a primer on Islamic terrorism in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination last week, even though actual evidence points the finger far more at our ally...
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Mark Weisbrot
A Lesson From the Last, and Next, Recession
In the baseball-and-sex classic " Bull Durham " Susan Sarandon accidentally calls out the wrong name in the heat of passion and makes a remarkably quick recovery. She asks her partner which he would...
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Norman Solomon,
Edwards Reconsidered
There have been good reasons not to support John Edwards for president. For years, his foreign-policy outlook has been a hodgepodge of insights and dangerous conventional wisdom; his health-care...
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
David Bromwich
Maxims of Peace and War
"The thing we ask ourselves these days is, 'What will the Americans do next?'" This was said in 2004 by a London editor of wide experience; how strange for an American to hear! For, though gently...
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Amy Goodman
Musharraf Still Stands
Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan's military regime. The country's...
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Robert Scheer
What 'Good Time Charlie' Brought
In the film "Charlie Wilson's War," the nitwit and deeply corrupt congressman elevated to heroic status through Tom Hanks' ever-charming performance has a meeting with Pakistan's then-dictator Zia ul...
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Jared Diamond
What's Your Consumption Factor?
To mathematicians, 32 is an interesting number: it's 2 raised to the fifth power, 2 times 2 times 2 times 2 times 2. To economists, 32 is even more special, because it measures the difference in...
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Dean Baker
The Cost of Living: Healthcare costs are about to skyrocket for US senior citizens
Thanks to a payment plan designed to profit insurance and pharmaceutical companies
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Arthur Donner and Doug Peters
Welcome to Third World, USA
"What we're seeing (in the U.S.) isn't the rise of a fairly broad class of knowledge workers. Instead, we're seeing the rise of a narrow oligarchy: Income and wealth are becoming increasingly...
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John Atcheson
William Kristol and the NYT: Symptom of a Greater Malady
The decision by the New York Times to put William Kristol on their op-ed page exposes all that is wrong with the Mainstream Media. Kristol's introduction into the MSM is what phlegm is to the flu- a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Journey to the Dark Side
The Bush Legacy (Take One)
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Tom Hayden
Edwards First Major Candidate Calling for All Troops Out, Breaks with Establishment Consensus on Iraq
One day before the Iowa caucuses, John Edwards has become the first major presidential candidate to favor withdrawing all American troops, including advisers, from Iraq, doing so in response to...
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Ashley Casale
Our Spring Break Will End the War!
I was sitting in a small café this summer in the tiny corn-town of Ashland, Nebraska. I had walked there from San Francisco on a student-organized March for Peace that was D.C.-bound. A native of...
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Ira Chernus
Re-Create '68?
The coming of 2008 has triggered a spate of articles about how we were 40 years ago, in 1968. 40 seems to be a magic number, packing some powerful symbolism. Maybe it goes back to the Bible. Have we...
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Debi Smith
Teatime with Gods, Goddesses, Angels, and Demons
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Glenn Greenwald
9/11 Commission: Our Investigation Was 'Obstructed'
The bi-partisan co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, jointly published an Op-Ed in today's New York Times which contains some extremely emphatic and serious accusations...
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Michael Moore
Who Do We Vote For This Time Around?
Friends, A new year has begun. And before we've had a chance to break our New Year's resolutions, we find ourselves with a little more than 24 hours before the good people of Iowa tell us whom they...
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Matthew Yglesias
The Year When Nothing Happened
For liberals in the US, 2007 seems destined to go down as a year of dashed hopes and frustrations. After six years in the political wilderness, including an infuriating 2005 when we were treated to...
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Matthew Rothschild
William Kristol, Coronated by the Times
Does William Kristol really need another platform? He's the co-founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, which Rupert Murdoch owns. For years, he's been all over the airwaves, first on ABC's Sunday...
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Peter Rothberg
Don't Forget Iraq
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John Nichols
The Most Valuable Progressives
Let down by a dangerous Republican White House, a compromising Democratic Congress and a distracting and dysfunctional mainstream media, progressives persevered in 2007, laying the groundwork for...
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Cindy Sheehan
The White Rose and the Rose Parade
Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way ... The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these...
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Robert Weissman
Victories in 2007
It's easy enough to recount what went wrong in 2007. But it wasn't all bad. Not only did grassroots movements and citizen campaigns -- and sometimes governments responsive to public demands -- defeat...
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Monday, December 31, 2007
Editorial
Looking at America
There are too many moments these days when we cannot recognize our country. Sunday was one of them, as we read the account in The Times of how men in some of the most trusted posts in the nation...
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John Nichols
Edwards Wins the Mellencamp Primary
The news that singer John Mellencamp with cap the Iowa caucus campaign of John Edwards had not provoked the media frenzy that accompanied Oprah Winfrey's Des Moines tarmac tap on behalf of rival...
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Paul Krugman
The Great Divide
Yesterday The Times published a highly informative chart laying out the positions of the presidential candidates on major issues. It was, I'd argue, a useful reality check for those who believe that...
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Brooke Jarvis
Pirates on the Open Airwaves
"It's like radio used to be during World War II, when the airwaves were used to get messages out to families and friends ... to get important information out to the community." Renessa Lopez may...
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Bruce Friedrich
Why Not Give a Vegetarian Diet a Try for the New Year?
The New Year is upon us, and at PETA, we're encouraging people to, for their new year's resolution, give a healthy vegetarian diet a try. Just last month, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta...
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Scott Ritter
The Five Iraqs
It has become a mantra of sorts among the faltering Republican candidates: Victory is at hand in Iraq. Mitt Romney, in particular, has taken to so openly embracing the "success" of the U.S. troop "...
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Johann Hari
Bush Has Been Chasing The Wrong Nukes
The suicide-murder of Benazir Bhutto by her moral and intellectual inferiors seems to have made the world notice - just for a moment - the nuclear warning-light that has been flashing angrily all...
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Shahid Mahmood
The Dream that was Benazir Bhutto
"There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile." - Marcus Aurelius
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Sean Gonsalves
Visions of Utopia or Eutopia?
It's the start of a new year. 'Tis the season to frolic in the Future - a time to consider our utopian dreams and confront our dystopian nightmares. Or, as my grandfather is fond of saying, now's a...
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Medea Benjamin
Let's Toast to Ten Good Things About 2007
As we close this year on the low of Congress giving Bush more billions for war, and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan, let's remember some of the year's gains that can revive our...
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Danny Schechter
Has Mao Become A Role Model For Our Media
China Seems To Be Having More Influence Than We Think
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Tom Gallagher
Presidential Debates Don't Reflect American Views on Iraq
If you've ever watched one of the ongoing series of presidential primary debates and gotten the feeling that there was something a little off about it, well it turns out that on the subject of the...
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Sunday, December 30, 2007
Helen Thomas
Burning of Tapes Is Like Watergate All Over Again
When a fire broke out in Vice President Dick Cheney's ceremonial office earlier this month, reporters quipped that someone must be burning the videotapes of the CIA interrogation of two al-Qaida...
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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
An Endorsement from the Wilderness
Tired of playing cop, some in the Minuteman movement are trying to influence the 2008 presidential election by playing powerbroker. And like just about everything this bunch does, the results are sad...
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Clint Talbott
Health Care Crises
Hospital sale just tip of iceberg
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Glenn Greenwald
Oligarchical Decay
A new lengthy article in this morning's New York Times purports to set forth "new details about why the [CIA interrogation] tapes were made and then eliminated." Written by Scott Shane and Mark...
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Harvey Wasserman
Bringing Leonard Peltier to Iowa and New Hampshire
The Clintons are running for a third term in the White House. As expected, their first eight years in office are being given thorough scrutiny. Everything from NAFTA to Bosnia, from Monica to health...
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Saturday, December 29, 2007
Ralph Nader
The Next Step Not Taken
The conscientious quest for turning around our fragile democracy can usefully turn its attention to a widespread but sub-visible phenomenon that can be called "The Next Step Not Taken." Let's look at...
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Robert Fulford
Primary Lessons
In Canada, U.S. politics has traditionally been cherished for its entertainment value. Every four years, in November, we put on our solemn faces and earnestly discuss who should lead the world's only...
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Christopher Brauchli
Air That Kills
Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows. . . . A. E. Housman, To an athlete dying young * * * Boy. With all the Environmental Protection Agency has been doing in the last few weeks...
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Bill McKibben
Gandhi: A Man for All Seasons
What we still need to learn from the example of Gandhi.
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Robert Fisk
They Don't Blame Al-Qa'ida. They Blame Musharraf.
Weird, isn't it, how swiftly the narrative is laid down for us. Benazir Bhutto, the courageous leader of the Pakistan People's Party, is assassinated in Rawalpindi - attached to the very capital of...
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Friday, December 28, 2007
Juan Cole
With Bhutto Gone, Does Bush Have a Plan B?
Bush's failed policies in Pakistan, a nuclear power that al-Qaida still uses to plot against the West, threatens U.S. security more than Iraq ever did.
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Ellen Goodman
War and Peace with the Environment
Since this is the list-making time of year, allow me to add a tiny trophy to Al Gore's very full shelf: the prize for the most elegant speech of 2007. I wasn't sure how the politician-turned-...
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David Sirota
The Path to a National Popular Vote
Right now, many are frustrated about Iowa and New Hampshire voters having such oversized influence in America's presidential elections. In a few months, as the general election campaign unfolds, we...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Growth of Local Power Is a Bright Spot in Seven Bleak Years of Bush
American cities, counties and states have offered a crucial counterweight to the White House on the issues that really matter
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The Brattleboro Reformer Editorial
Law-Abiding Nation
The CIA calls them "enhanced interrogation methods." The rest of the world calls it torture. Despite the denials of the Bush administration, the United States -- aided and abetted by Congress --...
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Tariq Ali
A Tragedy Born of Military Despotism and Anarchy
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto heaps despair upon Pakistan. Now her party must be democratically rebuilt
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Paul Krugman
Trouble with Trade
While the United States has long imported oil and other raw materials from the third world, we used to import manufactured goods mainly from other rich countries like Canada, European nations and...
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David Michael Green
You're Damn Right I'm Angry. Why Isn't Everybody?
I write articles each week with titles like " Everything I Need to Know About the Regressive Right I Learned In Junior High ", or " Conservatism Is Politics For Kindergartners ", or " Schadenfreude...
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Medea Benjamin
In Memory of Benazir Bhutto, Cut US Ties to Musharraf
Our hearts and thoughts are with the Pakistani people as they mourn the death of Benazir Bhutto. We extend our deep sorrow to her family and the millions of supporters who for decades have seen the...
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Heather Wokusch
Bush in Your Bedroom: Top Ten Worst Appointees for Reproductive Rights (So Far)
"On September 11, we saw clearly that evil exists in this world, and that it does not value life ... Now we are engaged in a fight against evil and tyranny to preserve and protect life." - George W...
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Thursday, December 27, 2007
Ray McGovern
Creeping Fascism: Lessons From the Past
"There are few things as odd as the calm, superior indifference with which I and those like me watched the beginnings of the Nazi revolution in Germany, as if from a box at the theater...Perhaps the...
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Martha Rosenberg
Disgraced Former FDA Official Now Marketing Lilly Drug
As a 33-year-old Wall Street insider known for recommending hot medical stocks, many were surprised when physician Scott Gottlieb was named FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs...
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Margaret Krome
Social Glue Most Effective When It's in Positive Form
I've been searching for reliable social glue. It's an elusive holiday gift.With the presidential primary season upon us, aflame with anti-immigration rhetoric and partisanship, we've seen some of the...
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Giles Fraser
A Very Lefty Festival: No Wonder The Christmas Story Sounds So Progressive, There's Nothing For The Right
Why do the seasonal messages from all the world's Christian leaders sound like Guardian editorials? The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of our duty to the environment - no surprise there from a self-...
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H.D.S. Greenway
Hope in Times of War
'Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men" is the operative aphorism for this season, but the United States is at war on two fronts with no end in sight. The Iraq war is going better for the United States...
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Boston Globe Editorial
Sue The EPA, For Earth's Sake
In the 37 years since the Clean Air Act gave smog-plagued California the right to set tougher antipollution standards than the federal government, Washington has granted the state 50 waivers, never...
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Bill Wickersham
Research Shows That War Isn't Caused by Instinct
When writing or speaking on issues of war and peace, it is not unusual for pundits and others to make the case that war is due primarily to a human instinct that causes nation-states to engage in...
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Sanho Tree
What Darwin Teaches About the Drug War
With every passing year the drug problem seems to get worse. The U.S. government responds by pumping billions more dollars into the war on drugs. Federal spending for this "war without end" is more...
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Jon Wiener
What Hillary Hasn't Done in Foreign Policy
During the eight years Hillary was First Lady, she didn't deal with terrorism, Osama bin Laden, or Al Qaeda. She wasn't a decision-maker on any of the other big foreign policy issues of her husband's...
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John Nichols
Behind the Edwards Surge: Right Message at the Right Time
Much was made of Illinois Senator Barack Obama's superb speech to a huge crowd of Iowa Democrats at the mid-November Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in Des Moines. Without a doubt, it helped to propel...
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Norman Solomon,
Channeling Suze Orman
I was near the deadline for a column when I glanced at a TV screen. "The Suze Orman Show," airing on CNBC at prime time, exerted a powerful force in my hotel room. And the fate of this column was...
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Marjorie Cohn
The Torture Tape Cover-up: How High Does It Go?
When the hideous photographs of torture and abuse emerged from Abu Ghraib in the spring of 2004, they created a public relations disaster for the Bush administration. The White House had...
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Bill Quigley
Locked Outside the Gates: Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Arrests in the Struggle for Affordable Housing in New Orleans
In a remarkable symbol of the injustices of post-Katrina reconstruction, hundreds of people were locked out of a public New Orleans City Council meeting addressing demolition of 4500 public housing...
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Joyce Marcel
The Goddess of Serendipity
Winter is the time of cold and dark, when we implore all our gods and goddesses to bring back the light and warmth of the sun. So I thought I might put in a plug for the goddess I worship most. Her...
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Seattle PI Editorial
Cluster Bombs: It's Still Not OK
Surprise, surprise: After a year investigating itself, the Israeli military (OK, its prosecutors) concluded that it was justified in using cluster bomblets -- millions of them -- in its war with...
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John Nichols
"On the Side of the Rebel Jesus"
The finest Christmas songs are never just Christmas songs. Though linked by reference of sentiment to the Christmastide, they are sufficiently universal in their themes to have meaning throughout the...
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Amy Goodman
The FCC's Christmas Gift to Big Media
On Dec. 18, the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission met in Washington, D.C., and, by a 3 to 2 vote, passed new regulations that would allow more media consolidation. This,...
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Monday, December 24, 2007
Nina Rothschild Utne
I Won't Pay My Taxes If You Won't Pay Yours
War tax resistance is far from a new idea. But there is a bold initiative brewing that has an elegantly simple new angle: There is safety in numbers. The idea is to get people to sign a pledge that...
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Bernice Lott
Psychologists Should Play No Role in Interrogations
Faculty members of the Psychology Department at the University of Rhode Island, by majority vote, have signed a resolution stating that "direct or indirect participation by psychologists in...
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Chris Hedges
The Evangelical Rebellion
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Paul Krugman
State of the Unions
Once upon a time, back when America had a strong middle class, it also had a strong union movement. These two facts were connected. Unions negotiated good wages and benefits for their workers, gains...
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Janet Redman
Bali's Business-As-Usual Mandate
Following two weeks of climate talks in Bali that brought together nearly 190 countries and more than 10,000 delegates, observers and activists, it looks like there's very little to show for...
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Cindy Sheehan
What's on Our Holiday Table
For many people, 2007 started as a promising year: The Democrats had regained both Houses of Congress and we finally had a female Speaker of the House. I, however, had a sinking feeling in the pit of...
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Dewayne Wickham
Democrats Need to Jettison Lieberman As a Troublesome Traitor
Joseph Lieberman is a political bad penny. The Connecticut senator and pseudo-Democrat just won't go away - or stop undermining the political party that he clings to like a barnacle to the side of a...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Who I Give To
Because I write books on citizen movements, people have often asked me what social change groups I personally support. I'm not a wealthy donor and have often had to fundraise for different projects...
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Ira Chernus
Faith and Politics: Rules of the Game
At the Republican CNN/YouTube debate in Iowa, Joseph from Dallas appeared on the screen, staring the candidates right in the eye. "How you answer this question will tell us everything we need to know...
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Joseph Nevins
'Illegal Aliens' in Our Midst: What Would Jesus Do?
With unauthorized immigration a central issue in the presidential campaign and the leading candidates defining themselves as strong adherents to some form of Christianity, the Christmas season is an...
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Nomi Prins
And Justice for All: We Must Reverse Our Zeal to Incarcerate
The movie Atonement is a heart-breaking love-story, a historical WWII saga. Without giving away the ending, which must be seen to be adequately felt, it tells the tale of two lovers' lives...
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Harold Meyerson
GOP: God's Own Party?
As Christians across the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it's a fitting moment to contemplate the mountain of moral, and mortal, hypocrisy that is our Christianized Republican Party...
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John E. Bonine
Auto Emissions and Environmental Protection
In turning down California's request to set stricter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new automobiles, George W. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency has struck a blow against both states'...
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Glenn Greenwald
Mitt Romney's Pursuit of Tyrannical Power, Literally
In yet another superb piece of journalism , the peerless Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe submitted to the leading presidential candidates a questionnaire asking their views on 12 key questions...
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Tim Watkin
Tax Lunacy
America's tax system may be complex. But Mike Huckabee's plan to institute a flat tax is sheer madness
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Stephen Zunes
The Israel Lobby Revisited
It has been 21 months since John Mearsheimer and Steve Walt published their article "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" in The London Review of Books and four months since their publication of...
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Dave Lindorff
Global Warming Will Save America from the Right ... Eventually
Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining. Look at a map of the US. The area that will by...
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Mark Engler
Progressive Good Tidings of 2007
Understanding what is wrong in our society; speaking out against injustice; denouncing abuses by the powerful. All of these are crucial tasks. Many of us devote a large part of the year to them, and...
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Peter Dreier
Bush's Class Warfare
Just a week before Christmas, President Bush gave corporate America two big presents. On Tuesday, his Federal Communications Commission changed the rules to allow the nation's giant conglomerates to...
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Sasha Abramsky
The EPA, California, and Standard Bearers
In refusing to allow California to enact tougher environmental regulations, the Bush administration contradicts 40 years of precedent
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Spying on Us
The thought that telecommunications companies might be granted retroactive immunity from lawsuits for cooperating with the government's warrantless wiretapping programs ought to keep lawmakers up at...
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Ralph Nader
Big Oil's Profit and Plunder
While many impoverished American families are shivering in the winter cold for lack of money to pay the oil baron their exorbitant price for home heating oil, ex-oil man, George W. Bush sleeps in a...
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Christopher Brauchli
Paper vs. Toxins
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice-there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. - Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book The...
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Naomi Klein
The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans
Readers of The Shock Doctrine know that one of the most shameless examples of disaster capitalism has been the attempt to exploit the disastrous flooding of New Orleans to close down that city's...
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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus
On Global Warming
What the UN can learn from Google
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Naomi Klein
Zapatista Code Red
It is high season for "Zapatourism", the industry of international travellers that has sprung up around the indigenous uprising here
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Gary Younge
In Europe, Where's the Hate?
Over the past year or so the rural Italian idyll of Colle di Val d'Elsa has played host to a bitter battle for Enlightenment values. On one side, the hamlet's small Muslim community has raised a...
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David Bromwich
The Vote for Endless War
On Tuesday, December 18, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate combined to give President Bush $70 billion to carry the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into next summer. Only 23 Democrats and one...
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