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Friday, May 18, 2007
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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Robert Weitzel
The Trouble With The Entire World Is A Guy Named Ron
This is not a parody. I swear. It's all true. Just so you'll know that what follows is scientifically possible, I will acquaint you with a 2003 study funded by the National Institutes of Health and...
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Tom Engelhardt, Tom Engelhardt
What Price Slaughter? In New York and Jalalabad, Human Life Is Valued Differently -- by the U.S. Government
What value has a human life? We usually think of this in terms of sentiment -- of memories, grief, love, longing, of everything, in short, that is too deep and valuable to put a price upon. Then...
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George Bisharat
For Palestinians, Memory Matters
It Provides a Blueprint For Their Future
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Kate Riley
Ethics probe? Not in their House
Where is the House of Representatives ethics probe of the suspiciously over-the-line attempts by House members to influence U.S. attorneys in politically charged cases? Don't hold your breath. While...
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Jamie Court and Judy Dugan
Big Oil buys Sacramento
Why You're Not Hearing A Peep From California Politicians on Record-High Gas Prices.
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Cynthia Tucker
More Hadithas Are Likely With Stressed Military
In a scathing report on the aftermath of the massacre at Haditha, an Army general has concluded that Marine Corps commanders in Iraq simply didn't value the lives of Iraqi civilians very highly. It...
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It Is Not Only God That Will Be Blair's Judge Over Iraq
His Cravenly Pro-US Policy on The Middle East Misunderstood Bush's Real Agenda and Resulted In Catastrophic Failure
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Laura Flanders
The Hushing Season
The women of CodePink are calling for "a Mother of a March" the Monday after Mother's Day. Their plan is to surround the Congress in the spirit of anti-war activist, Julia Ward Howe, who in the 1870s...
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Jay Bookman
Bush Shifts Iraq Burden Onto General
An earthquake strikes with no warning and in mere seconds can rearrange the landscape. But look beneath the surface and you'll find that hidden pressures had been building for a long time, finding...
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Beth Quinn
Abstinence-Only Delusion Means Ignorance-Only
And now a word from the Bureau of Common Sense, where we leave the Right Wing Nuts in the hallway, sitting out there on the Group W bench. We need straight talk here, and that's because we've got...
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Taylor Owen & Ben Kiernan
Bombs Over Cambodia: New Light on US Air War
United States bombings in Afghanistan have "given a propaganda windfall to the Taliban." [1] Is history repeating itself? In 1975, Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge forces took power in Cambodia after...
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Tony Haymet, Mark Abbott and Jim Luyten
A Blind Eye: NASA's Shifting Priorities Imperil Satellites Crucial To Tracking Climate Change
Decades ago, a shift in NASA priorities sidelined progress in human space exploration. As momentum gathers to reinvigorate human space missions to the moon and Mars, we risk hurting ourselves, and...
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Les Payne
Lesson of Algeria Is Lost On Bush
When a high-ranking French leader suggested in a private meeting that President George W. Bush consider Algeria as a model for a staged disengagement from Iraq, the president reportedly listened, no...
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Frank Rich
Earth to G.O.P.: The Gipper Is Dead
Of course you didn't watch the first Republican presidential debate on MSNBC. Even the party's most loyal base didn't abandon Fox News, where Bill O'Reilly, interviewing the already overexposed...
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Sally Kohn
Blair: New Age Mouth, Old Age Fist
Tony Blair is to interdependence and international community and George W. Bush is to compassionate conservative. Meaning: It's just rhetoric, not action. In 1999, at a speech before the Chicago...
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Ann Marina
Raise Your Voice, This Mother's Day
A Note To Everyone Who Values Life
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Murray Polner
It's Mother's Day Again and We're Still at War
After the carnage of the Second World War the members of the now defunct Victory Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers in St. Petersburg, Florida, knew better than most what it was to lose their...
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Susan Lenfestey
A Mother's Day Plea
Dear Mr. President, Mother's Day has me thinking about what sort of present I'd like to receive this year. I realize this is of no interest to you -- I am so not your mother -- and yet, you are the...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Canada Should Lead Call For Ban on Cluster Bombs
Deadly Bomblets Can Kill Civilians Long After Conflict Ends
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Eric Margolis
Blair's Fatal Attraction
Outgoing British PM Was On A Roll Until He Fell For George Bush's War Policies
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Harvey Wasserman
How Creative Mass Non-Violence Beat a Nuke and Launched The Global Green Power Movement
Thirty years ago this month, in the small seacoast town of Seabrook, New Hampshire, a force of mass non-violent green advocacy collided with the nuke establishment. A definitive victory over...
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Liza Featherstone
We're Not Number One (Not Even Close)
Last week your humble correspondent learned, over a dry repast of catered chicken with some of our nation's most influential men, that unlike Canada and many other civilized democracies, we cannot...
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Anthony Asadullah Samad
LAPD's MacArthur Park Melee-A New Southern Resistance: Rubber Bullets Replace Hoses and Dogs
The nation, after 25 years, found its new Birmingham moment. In Los Angeles, to nobody's surprise. The nation's most abusive police department found a new way to capture the national headlines,...
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Debi Smith
April's Fallen
April's Fallen
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Danny Schechter
The Staple of Cable as Poster Child
"We are in an industry that benefits from a very deregulatory regime," boasts National Cable and Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow. "We think our customers benefit from that. We...
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Ralph Nader
Auctioning Journalistic Integrity
T. Christian Miller works hard year after year as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has reported on topics ranging from gross corporate profiteering in Iraq to the production and use here and...
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Christopher Brauchli
Sitting Here In Limbo
Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. -H.L. Mencken From time to time events ecclesiastical eclipse things political. It's happened before and will...
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Diane Farsetta
War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing
What does it mean to be a nation at war? Is it possible to exercise democratic control over a wartime government that dismisses honest criticism as unpatriotic? What should citizens do when members...
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Bill Moyers
"I'm Harry."
When people are having a good time, you don't want to be the skunk in the garden. And this week, people were having such a good time at that big White House welcome for the Queen. The New York Times...
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Jeffrey Sachs
The Poor Need Aid, Not Lectures
The Millennium Development Goals are the world's agreed goals to cut poverty, hunger and disease. Established in 2000, their targets were to be met by 2015. We are now at the halfway point. So far,...
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Tariq Ali
Famed As A Favourite Attack Dog In The Imperial Kennel
Blair's First Loyalty Was to The White House. The Result Has Been A Legacy of Hatred That Ultimately Ended His Premiership
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Elizabeth DiNovella
What's So Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding?
W hen it was announced that the Dalai Lama was coming to Madison in May, a few of my friends snatched up the pricey tickets right away. I had heard the Dalai Lama speak five years ago during his last...
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Jeremy Scahill
Outsourcing the War
Jeremy Scahill, bestselling author and investigative reporter for The Nation , testified May 10 before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the impact of private military contractors...
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David Sarasohn
As In Vietnam, Casualties Rise In Iraq While U.S. Dithers
The Wall Is A Reminder That It's Costly to Keep Troops In Combat While We Hope Another Idea Comes Up.
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Bob Herbert
The Millions Left Out
The United States may be the richest country in the world, but there are many millions — tens of millions — who are not sharing in that prosperity. According to the most recent government figures, 37...
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Friday, May 11, 2007
Antonia Zerbisias
I Can't Hack This Brand of Revolution
Call out the instigators Because there's something in the air We've got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution's here, and you know it's right And you know that it's right. —...
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Zia Mian
Congress Plays Politics over Iraq War
In the face of furious opposition from the White House, the U.S. Congress recently voted to end the U.S. war in Iraq. The bill required U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq before October 1 and an end...
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Linda McQuaig
Afghan Furor Shows We're Slipping Into US Orbit
It was almost enough to revive one's faith in Canada as a functioning democracy, not to mention a member of the civilized world. After two weeks of unrelenting pressure — led by the media and the...
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Jerry Landay
Iraq War Is All About Controlling The Oil
AFTER WORLD WAR II, the president's national security council propounded a policy that would shape the world's geopolitical future: "Oil operations are, for all practical purposes, instruments of our...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Passes The Buck On Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush still has to learn "the buck stops here" when it comes to presidential decisions.
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Matthew Rothschild
Top Teacher Shown the Door After Showing "Baghdad ER"
Michael Baker worked for the Lincoln, Nebraska, public schools since 1981. But after he showed the documentary " Baghdad ER " to his geography class on April 18, his career there was over. This,...
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John Nichols
A Browner Shade of Blair? Or Better?
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair will not step down until late June. But, with his announcement that he is leaving politics after ten years as the leader of Britain's government, the national...
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Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele
Labor Law Reform Not Just For Unions
A bill now moving through Congress to expand workers' rights could be the most important legislation in decades to advance the concerns of environmentalists, public schools, higher education, senior...
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Scott Ritter
The Good American
I joined the American Legion a few years back. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, I was eligible to do so for some time but always hesitated, perhaps out of a sense of trying to deny that...
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