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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Alaa Bayoumi
Another Futile PR Stunt Abroad
DOHA, Qatar -- PRESIDENT BUSH has a unique ability to stick to his policies and rhetoric even if reality and practice prove them wrong. His recent announcement that he will appoint a special envoy to...
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Harvey Wasserman
Freedom for Leonard Peltier, Jail for Scooter Libby
In all the hand-wringing about George Bush's ghastly commutation for Scooter Libby, the name that should resonate most is that of Leonard Peltier. While the junta's henchmen walk free, this great...
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Larry Beinhart
Coming Out of the Republican Closet: Queer for Segregation
One of the pillars of the contemporary Republican Party has been racism. They have made great efforts to mask it with euphemisms so that they can use code words to let anti-black voters know what...
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Friday, July 6, 2007
Michael Moore
BlueCross Secret Memo Re: 'Sicko'
Friends, An employee who works at Capital BlueCross has sent us a confidential memo written and circulated by its Vice President of Corporate Communications, Barclay Fitzpatrick. His job, it seems,...
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John Nichols
More Than The Money Primary
Let us establish a simple standard with regard to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination: Any candidate who raises more in a quarter than all the Democratic candidates did in a parallel...
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It's Contempt of Congress
No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced last week that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that...
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Corporate Crime Reporter
Corporate Crime Excised from the American Mainstream
On February 27, 2007, the Wall Street Journal ran a story under the following headline:"Korean Court Aids Push to Curb Corporate Crime." What is so unusual about this headline? What is so unusual is...
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David Michael Green
It's Scalia Time!
Thirty-three years ago, on assuming the presidency in the wake of Richard Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford famously sought to ease the worries of a troubled nation with these words: "My fellow...
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Carol Hamilton
The State, That's Me!
The presidential pardon is a vestige of monarchy. A few years ago a contributor to The Nation referred to Bush as George II. I wrote in to correct him; that's not how the Brits and other nations...
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Mark LeVine
Why Live Earth Will Fail
Tomorrow the world will once again be blessed with a world wide concert featuring the leading concerned citizens of the rock 'n roll world playing for free (although all the free publicity certainly...
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Scott Ritter
A Farewell to Arms Control
The organization that was at the center of the maelstrom of the Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction fiasco, responsible for bringing the world to the brink of war on no fewer than a half-dozen...
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Daniel Ellsberg
Scooter Libby and Mordechai Vanunu
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Rosa Brooks
Shame on Bush -- and Us
THE MEDIA'S Stockholm syndrome finally seems to be wearing off. Like freed hostages who gradually cease to identify with their captors, mainstream media outlets seem to have been seized by a new...
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Gen. William Odom
'Supporting the Troops' Means Withdrawing Them
Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to "...
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Patrick Cockburn
Smokescreen for the War Blown Away
If asparagus and not oil was Iraq's leading export then the determination of the US, Britain and Australia to continue occupying the country would certainly be less than it is. Asked why the US...
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Robert Shetterly
The Goop Pond
I began writing this essay on the morning of the 4th of July, 2007. It was a beneficent morning on the coast of Maine where I live. Cloudless sky, soft breeze, temperature in the seventies, a few...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Summer of Love '07: On a Journey for Humanity
The other day I came out of my short retirement due to yet another Bush flagrant abuse of power. We decided that we would walk from Atlanta to DC to gather a people's movement for humanity. The...
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Shannon Hall
Children in the Justice System Should Have the Same Rights as Scooter Libby
Does a defendant's background matter for sentencing purposes? President Bush apparently thinks that it does, because he cited Scooter Libby's background and service to his country as a reason to...
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Sidney Blumenthal
America's 21st Century Monarchy
Before Bush commuted Libby's sentence, did he bother to read the Declaration of Independence, or did he just consult Cheney?
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Michael Hardt
Take the Revolutionary Road
The US has been the world's principal anti-revolutionary force for almost a century. As Thomas Jefferson would have said, it's time to rebel.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush White House Likes a Guy with Conviction(s)
Now that Scooter Libby isn't going to jail, he can take heart at some of the employment prospects that could await him. Presidential clemency may be a long-honored tradition going back to George...
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Johann Hari
The Future of the Earth Depends on China
If you live in Beijing and simply breathe the air, it has the same effect as 20 cigarettes a day
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Haroon Siddiqui
Bush Duplicity Hinders Battle Against Extremism
So, it is the terrorist Hamas that gets the kidnapped BBC correspondent Alan Johnston released. That's just one of many ironies of the American-Israeli - and Canadian - approach to the Arab-Israeli...
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US Supreme Court Helen Thomas
High Court Takes Giant Steps Backward
WASHINGTON -- The new Supreme Court is more conservative than it has been in decades. It's also meaner. It is a dream come true for Republican presidencies dating back to the "strict constructionist...
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Next, A Libby Pardon
President George Bush can go no lower in the polls, so expect him to compound his disregard for justice with a full pardon of I. Lewis Libby. Commuting the sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney's...
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Rod Dreher
War: Doleful Pleas of a Father
I have spent the last two weeks carrying around a chunk of bloody flesh. It is masquerading as a paperback novel called All Quiet on the Western Front , but in truth, it's the ravaged heart of a man...
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Thom Hartmann
The Libby Commutation: Coincidence, or Conspiracy?
The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to...
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Norman Solomon
A Bloody Media Mirror
Many of America's most prominent journalists want us to forget what they were saying and writing more than four years ago to boost the invasion of Iraq. Now, they tiptoe around their own roles in...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Olga Bonfiglio
Walking the Talk of Peacemaking
Peacemaking is a passive activity, right? Or at least it's an absence of war. Yes?After spending 18 months of observing and talking with local peace activists since the start of this war with Iraq, I...
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Dave Lindorff
Pelosi on Impeachment and Defending the Constitution: It's Just Not Worth It
In a fascinating article interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reporters Mike Stark and Dave Johnson get Pelosi to admit that she had decided "at least a year ago," before Democrats had even...
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Linda Milazzo
Danny Schechter's "A Work In Progress: Putting The Me in Media"
Today I received an in-depth blog from Danny Schechter (The News Dissector), reporting from Durbin, South Africa where he's screening his film, "In Debt We Trust." This was the second blog Danny has...
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Phyllis Stenerson
Renewing America's Promise
"What the American people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." -- Barbara Jordan On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted as the foundational document...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Most Patriotic Act Of All
The Nation has always marched to a different drummer , opposing US involvement in the Spanish-American War and World War I and the Vietnam War , while giving all-out support to the US effort in World...
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Arianna Huffington
Memo to the Media: Libby Outrage is Not Confined to "the Left"
Here we go again. No sooner had President Bush commuted the sentence of Prisoner 28301-016 ("Cheney's Cheney" to his pals), and the champagne begun to flow at Mary Matalin's house, than the media...
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Robert Scheer
Independence Day for Libby
Whatever happened to "don't do the crime if you can't do the time," which allows tough-love conservatives to cheerfully sentence petty criminals to incarceration? Suddenly, no prison time for perjury...
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Amy Goodman
The High Cost of Libby's Silence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," says the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Unless, of course, you are a friend of the president. By commuting "...
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Keith Olbermann
I Accuse You, Mr. Bush...
"I didn't vote for him," an American once said, "But he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."That-on this eve of the 4th of July-is the essence of this democracy, in 17 words. And that is...
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Mark Morford
Scooter Libby In Hell
What do Dick Cheney, Paris Hilton, "The Sopranos" and colon spasms have in common? Find out here!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Call Out The Instigator
Call out the Instigator Because there's something in the air We got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution's here You know it's right! -Thunderclap Newman
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Richard Gwyn
Is The US Mirroring Rome's Fall?
Circling around Washington is a broad swath of highways known as The Beltway. Two Americas exist today: one, "inside the Beltway," is composed of all the people who run the country; the other, "...
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Marie Cocco
America's Approval Rating Takes a Hit
WASHINGTON -- Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity-the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the...
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Ari Melber
Bush Assaults Rule of Law to Save Libby
"The true saint is the person who whips and kills the people for the good of the people." - Charles Baudelaire It is tempting to view the commutation of prison time for Lewis Libby, the disgraced...
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Jesse Jackson
Activist Justices Target Diversity
A quarrelsome claque of five right-wing justices on the Supreme Court of the United States has abandoned the court's historic commitment to integration. These arrogant men scorned judicial precedent...
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George Monbiot
Global Warming: A Sudden Change of State
Reading a scientific paper on the train this weekend, I found, to my amazement, that my hands were shaking. This has never happened to me before, but nor have I ever read anything like it. Published...
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Pierre Tristam
Libby's Pardon: The Failure of Mr. Bush
There was always something excessively distasteful about the Lewis Libby trial. It wasn't the five felony counts of lying to investigators and misleading a grand jury, or his conviction on four of...
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Charles Karel Bouley
Paris Hilton Is Now A Martyr
It's official: Paris Hilton has served more jail time at the hands of an overzealous judge, seen more of the inside of a jail cell, eaten more prison food than Lewis Libby ever will. The Dictator In...
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Gwynne Dyer
Putting Terrorism in Perspective
As terrorists go, this was "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." One of the would-be London bombers on June 29 drove erratically down Haymarket Street in central London - presumably affected by...
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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial
Trumping the Rule of Law
In commuting the sentence of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, President Bush sent the message that perjury and obstruction of justice in the service of the president of the United...
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Megan Tady
Rocking Out To Our Demise
It’ll take more than outdoor concerts to stop global warming
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Bill Quigley
Injustice in Jena: The 'White Tree', A White Judge, White Jury, and White Prosecutor Calling White Witnesses Leads To Conviction of Black Youth
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Michael Winship
Libby: One More Twist in the Yellowcake Road
So much for, "No man is above the law." The chief prosecutor, jury, trial judge -- a Republican he himself appointed to the bench. The federal appeals panel. The majority of public opinion. All...
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Dilip Hiro
The Rising and Falling Power of Hydrocarbon States
The Oil Card is Good For Only a Few Rounds in The Long-Term Game of International Diplomacy
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John Kaminski
Impeachment: We've Got a Job to Do
The following remarks were offered by John Kaminski, Chair of the Maine Lawyers for Democracy, at the Citizens Summit for Impeachment Rally that took place in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday, July 1st...
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Dean Baker
The RX From "SiCKO:" More Choice
The pundits are working overtime trying to defuse the message from "SiCKO," Michael Moore's new film. They are trying to convince the public that the United States could not possibly do what every...
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Anne Miller & Kevin Martin
Earth to Bush: Iraq isn't South Korea
The Bush Administration recently pointed to the over-five-decades-long US military presence in South Korea as a successful model for Iraq. The implications of this comparison seemed to escape them...
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Monday, July 2, 2007
James Carroll
CIA's Darkest Secret
Every so often, the front page trumpets ethical and legal lapses committed by US intelligence agencies. In Iraq, they have run the gamut from pre war falsification of weapons data to surveillance of...
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Roger Cohen
The Filthy Rich Are Different From You and Me
With $1 billion in the bank, you have to try hard to avoid getting richer. Assuming a 10 percent rate of return, your arduous task is spending $100 million a year, or about $274,000 a day. Hermes...
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66 Wisconsin Citizens
Baldwin Must Join The Call to Impeach For Peace
Editor's note: This column is directed to Representative Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. If you would like to write the representative(s) from your state you can use the 'Write Your Representative' page...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
This Land is My Land
I took a micro-vacation last week--nine hours in Sun Valley before an evening speaking engagement. The sky was deep blue, the air crystalline, the hills green and not yet on fire. Strolling out of...
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Medea Benjamin
To Those Who Threw a Pie in My Face, Let's Swap Recipes
On the eve of the closing of the first ever US Social Forum in Atlanta, CODEPINK hosted a reception in the Peace and Justice Tent. We raised our glasses in a toast to the historic gathering and the...
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Dave Zweifel
Hightower Highlights Bush Abuses
If you want to know what's going on behind the scenes in George W. Bush's reign as U.S. president, you ought to be subscribing to Texas gadfly Jim Hightower's "Hightower Lowdown." The monthly four-...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
An Open Letter to America: Now Is The Time For Us To Stand Up and Stand Together
July 2, 2007 My Fellow Americans: The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting...
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John Nichols
To the Courts, Then, on Behalf of the Constitution!
The founder of the Republic, conscious of the excesses that resulted when King George III and his Parliament cooperated, endeavored to put the legislative and executive branches of the United States...
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Ira Chernus
Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan No Coincidence
NATO bombs killed at least 45 civilians in Afghanistan the other day. If you get your news from the front pages of the U.S. mainstream media, you wouldn't know it. The New York Times did run news...
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Ray McGovern
Bush/Cheney: Unimpeachably Impeachable
Last week's four-part Washington Post feature on Vice President Dick Cheney removed any doubt in my mind as to whether he and President George W. Bush have committed the kinds of high crimes and...
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The Times-Union (New York)
Rescue Plan: Single-Payer System Is The Answer To Public Health Insurance Woes
Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko" indicts private health insurance and calls for its abolition. "Sicko" joins an American tradition that includes Lewis Hine's photographs of child laborers (1908)...
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Chris Hedges,
A Declaration of Independence from Israel
Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed...
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Froma Harrop
These Democrats Do Billionaires' Bidding
One of the less appetizing sights in politics today is Democrats defending laws that tax high-finance buccaneers at lower rates than the police who guard their Aston Martins. While many Democrats are...
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Caroline Arnold
'It is Their Right, It is Their Duty, To Throw Off Such Government '
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such...
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Hank Edson
We Want Our Humanity Represented! Impeachment for Torture, Now!
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Daniel Vallin
Yet Another Look at Moore's Sicko -- Missing the Point
Michael Moore's film Sicko has only been in general release for three days, though over the last month I have read at least 25 reviews and commentaries. All of them seem to have missed the point. The...
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Ryan Blethen
The Loss of Airwave Democracy
PORTLAND, Maine - Localism, like many isms, means different things to different people. This was apparent Thursday night in the auditorium of a Maine high school. The Federal Communications...
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Eric Margolis
Castro Among Many On List
The CIA's release last week of top secret files detailing its illegal activities from the 1960s to the 1970s offered few surprises. The agency's plans to assassinate foreign leaders like Fidel Castro...
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Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed...
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Al Gore
Moving Beyond Kyoto
NASHVILLE -- We -- the human species -- have arrived at a moment of decision. It is unprecedented and even laughable for us to imagine that we could actually make a conscious choice as a species, but...
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James Ross
Guantánamo Bay: A Military Insider Speaks Out
It's not every day that a 26-year veteran in U.S. military intelligence puts his career on the line by publicly criticizing a high-profile operation. But Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, an Army reservist...
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Secret Cheney Can't Hide
Vice President Dick Cheney isn't part of the executive branch? Next, Prince William will claim that he isn't a member of the royal family. Yes, Mr. Cheney's antics can be good for a laugh. Before his...
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Bill Moyers
Moyers on Murdoch
If Rupert Murdoch were the Angel Gabriel, you still wouldn't want him owning the sun, the moon, and the stars. That's too much prime real estate for even the pure in heart. But Rupert Murdoch is no...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush and Cheney Go Down the Nixon Slide
B ush and Cheney are going down the Nixon slide. Bush has decided not to comply with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees' subpoenas for documents dealing with the firing of the U.S. attorneys...
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John Nichols
Another World Is Possible; Another USA is Necessary
ATLANTA -- The political discussion in the United States is, for the most part, disappointing -- not merely because it is too ideologically and intellectually narrow but also because it is too...
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Bruce Shapiro
Supremely Bad Decisions
Chief Justice John Roberts's astonishing claim in the Supreme Court's final ruling of the term, that he is "faithful to the heritage" of Brown v. Board of Education--while explicitly invalidating...
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Jemima Lewis
America Could Do With a Few Feral Beasts
There is a thin line between respectable and supine, and US journalism is on the wrong side
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Ken Silverstein
Undercover, Under Fire
Earlier this year, I put on a brand-new tailored suit, picked up a sleek leather briefcase and headed to downtown Washington for meetings with some of the city's most prominent lobbyists. I had...
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Michael Markarian
Trying To Save The Polar Bears
The iconic symbol of global warming is the polar bear - that awesome creature so extraordinarily adapted to survive at the top of the world. We are all thunderstruck as we see footage of these bears...
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Bob Herbert
When Is Enough Enough?
Chances are you didn't hear it, but on Thursday night Senator Hillary Clinton said, "If H.I.V./AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an...
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Salim Lone
Africa Stirred Blair's Conscience. He Still Failed It.
With his passionate denunciation of Africa's impoverishment in Africa as "a stain on the conscience of the world" right after September 11, 2001, Mr. Blair gave voice to one of the key strains in the...
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Helen Thomas
As Clinton Flip-Flops, Where Does She Stand?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has great political skills, but her war-and-peace compass leaves something to be desired. Clinton has blown hot and cold on Middle East...
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Ralph Nader,
Summer Reading List
1. A Handful of Straw Blowing in the Wind by Thelma Doak (About Times Publishing, 2007). She reached her 104th birthday, remembering her life in the dust bowls of the nineteen thirties, of seeing the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Dick Cheney As Constitutionalist
Th' vice-preidincy is th'next highest an' the'lowest. It isn't a crime exactly. Ye can't be sint to jail f'r it but it's a kind iv a disgrace. It's like writing' anonymous letters. -Finley Peter...
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Kathy Freston
Shameless Name Dropping
There is a growing sense these days that the issues that plague our planet -- war, injustice, and blatant abuse of nature -- are intensifying and perhaps moving us toward the point of no return. And...
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Sean Gonsalves
Enjoying The Ride — Backwards?
OK, I admit it. I was excited when I first heard the CIA was going to show us the "family jewels." You could say I have an intelligence fetish; an affinity for analysis. But now that I've seen the "...
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Friday, June 29, 2007
Robert Shetterly
When Does Drowning Mean Drowning?
"I'm drowning my brother drowning." -- Eva Paterson A few weeks ago I finished painting a portrait of Eva Paterson, the founder of the Equal Justice Society in San Francisco. Eva's organization works...
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Jennifer Matesa
Sicko: Beyond the 'Health Care Horror Stories'
Last weekend in a sneak preview I watched Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko." I was prepared to see a bunch of nightmare stories about people getting cut off insurance and people suffering and...
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Wolfgang Brauner
Chomsky on Progressive Strategy
Noam Chomsky is one of the key figures on the American and global left. He is said to be one of the most widely quoted intellectuals in the world. In 2005, readers of AlterNet voted him MVP (Most...
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Harold Meyerson
Globalization's Stir-Fry
How the new global economy flips, reverses, scrambles, and perverts long-accepted notions and arguments.
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Gary Olson
Research on Human Nature Is Cause For Optimism
'We have a pending fortuitous marriage of science and morality of the most profound sort.''
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Thomas Powers
What Tenet Knew: Unanswered Questions
This essay, which considers At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet with Bill Harlow (HarperCollins, 549 pp., $30.00) appears in the July 19th, 2007 issue of the New York...
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Tad Daley
For Progressives, Gore's the One in 2008
In recent days, the word used more and more frequently to describe Hillary Clinton's march to the Democratic presidential nomination has been "inevitable." She consistently leads public opinion polls...
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John Dean
The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney:
The Vice President's Record of Willfully Violating the Law, And Wrongly Claiming Authority to Do So
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Bob Dreyfuss
Saving Iraq
Last week, a fierce critic of the Bush Administration's war in Iraq went, perhaps, a bridge too far. Pauline Baker, president of the Fund for Peace, flatly predicted that there is no hope for Iraq,...
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