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Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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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Paul Krugman
Don't Blame Bush
I've been looking at the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and I've come to a disturbing conclusion: maybe we've all been too hard on President Bush. No, I haven't lost my mind. Mr...
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Darwin BondGraham
UC Legitimizes Nuclear Weapons Industry
The U.S. nuclear weapons complex is hurriedly finalizing the design and preparations to build a new hydrogen bomb, called the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW). According to a recent National...
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Ari Berman
Hillary Inc.
In a packed ballroom in midtown Manhattan, Hillary Clinton is addressing hundreds of civil rights activists and labor leaders convened by the Rev. Al Sharpton for his annual National Action Network...
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David Michael Green
Now, I Am Become Death, The Destroyer of Worlds
The destructive force of Hurricane Bush continues to roll across the countryside, leaving in its wake devastation worthy of a Cormac McCarthy novel. And still, a third of all Americans think this guy...
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Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman
Will Al Gore Face His Inconvenient Truths About Our Stolen Elections?
Al Gore has just made his second major contribution to our national political dialog. His first, "An Inconvenient Truth," has helped make the perils of global warming real to the American mainstream...
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Thursday, May 17, 2007
New York Times Editorial
Mr. Gonzales's Incredible Adventure
There were many fascinating threads to the testimony on Tuesday by the former deputy attorney general, James Comey, who described the night in March 2004 when two top White House officials tried to...
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Jerry Lanson
When Morality Fails Us
Just how pervasively and insidiously the grinding and open-ended Iraq war has eroded our moral foundations became clear to me late last week when I came across an article titled "Plan B for Iraq:...
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Yifat Susskind
The Murder of Du'a Aswad
Recently, a mob of frenzied men beat and stoned to death a 17-year-old girl, Du'a Khalil Aswad, in northern Iraq. She was murdered by relatives and neighbors for falling in love with someone that her...
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Hamilton Nolan
Anti-War Movies Are a Growth Industry
Last night, I attended the premiere of the movie "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." It was a documentary-style film version of the 2005 book by the same name...
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Stephen Marshall
Bittersweet Symphony
This summer, concert goers will get a chance to save the world by rocking out to loud music and buying Earth-friendly cotton t-shirts. The Live Earth concert for our "climate in crisis" will surely...
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John Edwards
A Deeper Purpose
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. My wife Elizabeth grew up on military bases around the world, as the daughter of an Air Force pilot, and...
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Tom Engelhardt
Close Your Eyes: The Graduation Speech I'll Never Give
'm off for a few days to attend a graduation ceremony. I admit to a weakness for graduation speeches, most of which, as glazed, bored graduates can tell you, are worthless. (Typically, I can't...
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Matt Taibbi
Tasting Their Own Medicine
Republicans Complain About The Congressional Shaft
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John Kaminski
Making A Case For Impeachment
Impeachment is the constitutional remedy for extremely serious offenses that pose major threats to our democratic form of government. Maine Lawyers for Democracy, a statewide group of 65 lawyers,...
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Rev. John Dear
The Trouble With Our State
This week, my trouble-making friends and I, after several postponements, were expecting to stand trial for our attempt in Santa Fe last September 26th to pay a visit to Senator Pete Domenici and urge...
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Cindy Sheehan
Will He Make Money From Our Dead Soldiers?
Before the Iraq war I thought Tony Blair had some courage and integrity because of the British support after the attacks of 9/11. Of course, we are very close allies. But when he went along with...
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Al Gore
Book Excerpt: The Assault on Reason
Not long before our nation launched the invasion of Iraq, our longest-serving Senator, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, stood on the Senate floor and said: "This chamber is, for the most part, silent—...
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Stephen Zunes
The Democrats and the "Human Shields" Myth
Israelis from across the political spectrum, emboldened by the interim report from the government's Winograd Commission, which investigated Israel's ill-fated assault on Lebanon, are expressing...
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Garrison Keillor
America Revels In Spring, Awaits A Worthy Leader
Gorgeous green spring came suddenly to Minnesota this year after weeks of tedious budding and blooming, a great burgeoning of foliage, and Bleak Street became the Via Paradiso, and we pale stoics...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Racing A Power Play Through D.C. Streets
Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card's hospital ambush three years ago wasn't just distasteful, improper and in bad taste. As recounted in electrifying congressional testimony this week by James Comey...
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Andi Zeisler
Going Postal on Rate Hikes for Independent Periodicals
It's been a crappy few years for independent publications and the progressive press. The slow collapse of the distribution arm of the Independent Press Association --the mission-driven nonprofit...
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Carol Browner and Marilyn Heiman
Protect Canada's Boreal For Real
Birds already know what has become increasingly apparent to humans: Global warming knows no international borders. Choices that Canada is making right now could affect not only America's backyard...
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Max Blumenthal
Jerry Falwell: Agent of Intolerance
Jerry Falwell, found unconscious in his office Tuesday, expired at age 73, spent much of his life hurling maledictions, and it is probably best to let him speak for himself. He was, after all, a...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Iraqi Memoir Industry
The Iraq-official memoir publishing industry is beginning to resemble a circular firing squad. In last Sunday's Washington Post , Paul Bremer duked it out with those who've accused him of...
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Marie Cocco
Watergate Without the Break-In
WASHINGTON—It is time to stop referring to the "fired U.S attorneys scandal" by that misnomer, and call it what it is: a White House-coordinated effort to use the vast powers of the Justice...
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Jeff Cohen
Falwell and Me
It was fitting to see so much gushing on TV news about Rev. Jerry Falwell in the hours after his death. He and TV news held the same things sacred: fame, soundbites and uninformed fear-mongering. At...
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Joyce Marcel
He Gave Religion A Bad Name
My well-mannered 89-year-old mother taught me not to speak ill of the dead, but even she was laughing when she heard that Jerry Falwell had died. "I guess not too many people are going to miss him,"...
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Matthew Rothschild
Vet Prosecuted for Opposing Recruitment in Library
T im Coil served in the first Gulf War and now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On March 12, he and his wife, Yvette, went to the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Ohio. At 37, she is a...
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Jane Smiley
Are We Done Yet?
The Guardian reports today that, according to the Wolfowitz/World Bank investigation, when Wolfie's senior staff objected to Shaha Riza's compensation package (and, where, once again, did she get her...
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Michelle Goldberg
The Late Jerry Falwell
The Man Who Called The Teletubbies Gay Also Opposed Civil Rights, Blamed 9/11 On Lesbians, and Built A More Conservative America.
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Mark Morford
Oh Right, We're Still At War
How Horrifying Is It When Bush's Unwinnable Disaster Becomes So Dreary and Forgettable?
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Rory O'Connor
The Imus Effect: CBS Shock-Jocks Strike Again
What do recent radio references to nappy-headed hos, raping Condi Rice, and slimp flied lice have in common? Other than the desire to shock listeners — and thereby create controversy, grow audiences...
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Pat Gerber
What Do You Mean "If" Iraq's Parliament Asks Us to Leave?
People laugh when I tell them that my favorite way out of the Iraq quagmire is to offer a bribe of $100,000,000.00 (one hundred million dollars) to every member of the Iraqi parliament. Perhaps a few...
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Stephen Zunes
Bring 'Em Home, Bring 'Em Home
I first heard it while driving home from work on a college FM station. It was a song I had forgotten about but had known, with slightly different opening lyrics, in my childhood: If you love this...
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Robert Reich
A Better Idea for College Loans
One of my former students who graduates from business school next week has already landed a job with a private-equity firm paying $240,000 next year, which I can tell you is a lot more than the...
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Chalmers Johnson
Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?
In politics, as in medicine, a cure based on a false diagnosis is almost always worthless, often worsening the condition that is supposed to be healed. The United States, today, suffers from a...
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Ray McGovern
Four-letter Word for Tenet: Liar
If they question why we died, Tell them because our fathers lied. -Rudyard Kipling Mercifully, the flurry of media coverage of former CIA director George Tenet hawking his memoir, "At the Center of...
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Sally Kohn
Ding, Dong, Falwell's Dead
Perhaps there's something tacky about celebrating someone's death. Perhaps, but I'm doing it anyway. I remember when Ronald Reagan died. There were eloquent eulogies from conservatives and liberals...
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John Nichols
The Old Time Hypocrisy Hour
The various and sundry Republican presidential contenders will be stumbling over one another tonight--as they debate in South Carolina--and in the days ahead to curry favor with the religious right...
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Amy Goodman
Give 'Em Hell, Mr. Terkel
Studs Terkel, the great journalist, raconteur and listener, turns 95 this week. He was born in New York City on May 16, 1912, to a tailor and a seamstress. He says: "I was born in the year the...
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Robert Scheer
Iran's Nukes Call Bush's Bluff
On Sunday came news from the U.N. inspectors on the ground that Iran has made a breakthrough in the enrichment of uranium. It was previously thought that the Iranians were having trouble developing...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
the Corporate Crime Reporter
Big Pharma Commits the Crime, Doesn't Do the Time
How does street crime work? You commit the crime, you do the time. How does corporate crime work? Big pharma corporation commits a crime and hires a highly paid white collar crime defense lawyer...
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Hilda L. Solis
TV à la Carte? I'll Take the Buffet
In 2002, arch-conservative civic groups joined with consumer groups to fight the Federal Communications Commission-proposed "media concentration" rules that would have given large media companies the...
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Pierre Tristam
Dismal Presidency Plunges US into Dark Arctic Night
Every presidency has its drawbacks. Economic depressions, wars (few of them necessary), hubris and graft could dim the luster on the best of them. But no presidency that I know of, including James...
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Matthew Rothschild
Cheney Sabotages Talks with Tehran
Leave it to Dick Cheney to dash hopes for any cooler heads to prevail between Washington and Tehran. Remember, it was Cheney who did everything in his power to hype the Iraq War and scuttle any...
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John Nichols
The Danny Glover Primary
Few prominent activists are more willing to put their time and energy into the struggle for economic and social justice than actor Danny Glover. The man who describes himself "as a child of the Civil...
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Alain Gresh
Bush Doesn't Want Detente. He Wants to Attack Iran
In the next few days an unprecedented meeting between US and Iranian officials is expected to take place in Baghdad; both sides have insisted that discussions are limited to Iraq. Could this first...
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George Monbiot
A Million Road Deaths Every Year? It's Just the Price of Doing Business
Corporate social responsibility often resembles the adventures of The Good Soldier Svejk. In 1914, about to be conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian army, Svejk puts on his old uniform and a...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Jane Fonda: She's Always Known How to Get Our Attention
Last Wednesday, when Jane Fonda sat in Stephen Colbert's lap, I stood up and cheered. Currently doing the promotional thang for her not-so-good flick Georgia Rule, she gave the blustery fake cable...
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Bob Burnett
Reconsidering Impeachment
In Berkeley, it's difficult to travel more than a few blocks without seeing an "Impeach Bush" bumper sticker. And whenever I write a column about the 43rd President, I receive emails suggesting that...
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Joseph A. Palermo
Can We Please Impeach Gonzales and Rice Now?
The deliberative nature of the legislative process has slowed the Democrats' momentum after winning the elections last November. The "100 hours" are long over, and if the Democrats have any chance of...
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Dean Baker
Loser Liberalism Versus Power Populism
The Democrats like to portray themselves as the party of humble masses. This is in contrast to the Republicans, who President Bush once jokingly described as the party of the "haves and have mores."
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William D. Hartung
Economics, Not Arms, to Shape U.S.-China Relationship
While all eyes are on Iraq, the United States is quietly promoting a new arms race in Asia. Example number one of this new arms push is a campaign to pressure the parliament of Taiwan to approve the...
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Susan Paynter
Mothers See The Tide Turn Toward Peace
The colors on "These Colors Don't Run" bumper stickers now seem sun-faded and dimmer than the ones I see declaring "Out of Iraq Now." It's just an observation. I haven't applied a CSI kit to check...
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Steven Weber
Sorry, Johnny
The American soldier has at turns been revered, embraced, reviled. And now, decades after the acknowledged shame of his mishandling upon returning from that other relic of a war in the 1960s, the...
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