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Saturday, May 12, 2007
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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Rosa Brooks
The Terrorist We Tolerate
The Administration's Botched Handling of Luis Posada Carriles Says A Lot About Bush's So-Called War on Terror.
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Ted Rall
The Case For Defeatism
Why Harry Reid Was Right
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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Globalization of Electronic Election Theft
From Ohio and California to Scotland and France, the disputes surrounding electronic voting machines have gone truly global. E-voting machines have already been extensively studied and condemned by a...
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Ingrid E. Newkirk
Food Czar Unlikely to Make Real Difference
Reports that millions of chickens were fed pet food tainted with the chemical melamine and then slaughtered and sold to consumers have raised questions about food safety. In response, the Food and...
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David Michael Green
Two Ideologies And A Funeral
Social scientists aren't generally blessed with the ability that those in the physical sciences have to manufacture artificial conditions allowing hypothesis testing. In a worst case scenario, a...
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Mark Floegel
The Moral Universe
Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister, reformer and abolitionist, died 147 years ago today. To save you from having to do the math, the year was 1860. He did not live to see emancipation, nor even the...
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Robert Naiman
Who Are the 59 Democrats Who Voted Against the McGovern Bill?
Thursday the House voted on a slightly revised version of the McGovern bill. It would have mandated the beginning of withdrawal ("redeployment") of U.S. forces from Iraq within 90 days and completion...
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Robert Shetterly
The Moral Obligation to Lose The War
Every act has moral and immoral potential. The girl scout who helps an unsteady old man across the street could also have pushed him aside. The aftermath of each action engenders a new range of moral...
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David Sirota
Blank Check Democrats & The Danger of Becoming A Blank Check Movement
blank check: n. 1. A signed check with no amount to be paid filled in 2. Total freedom of action; carte blanche. In this simple, two-pronged American Heritage Dictionary definition, we find the two...
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Rebecca J. Thomas
Impeachment Talk: Hold Bush and Cheney Accountable
Lately, I've been thinking about accountability. I wonder if anyone will ever be held accountable for a war that had nothing to do with terrorism and was based instead on lies, deceptions,...
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Cecile Richards
My Response to the McCain Campaign's Attacks on Planned Parenthood
John McCain's presidential campaign has taken a troubling turn. This week, the Los Angeles Times reported that John Weaver, a strategist for John McCain's presidential campaign, verbally attacked...
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William Dalrymple
Delhi, 1857: A Bloody Warning To Today's Imperial Occupiers
A Century and A Half After The Indian Mutiny, Echoes of The Arrogance and Lies That Sparked Insurgency Could Not Be Clearer
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Cindy Sheehan
Needless Carnage (And the Beat Goes On)
My son, Jon Michael, is the best son a dad can have. He will always be my pride and joy. - George Tenet: Former Director of Central Intelligence, 'At the Center of the Storm' (Page 520) I had...
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Joyce Marcel
The Pacifist's Conundrum
DUMMERSTON - I was watching a "M*A*S*H" rerun on television the other night when the oddest thing came on: a commercial for the Army. "Be Army strong" a hearty male voice boomed as images of soldiers...
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Allyson Schrier
Learn More About Toxic Chemicals
Mother's Day is a time to celebrate moms and honor the life, joy and protection they bring families and society. As a mother of two boys, it is the role of protector that I find most difficult to...
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Ruth Conniff
Happy (Feminist) Mother's Day!
A neighbor and I were sitting on a park bench, watching our children play, when we got talking about the perennial issue of housework: all that thankless toil that takes hours out of your life you...
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Matthew Rothschild
Muslim American Grilled at Border Over Religion, Letter to the Editor
Z akariya Muhammad Reed spent 20 years serving in the National Guard. For the last eleven years, he's been a firefighter in Toledo. But this hasn't kept him from being viewed with suspicion by his...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
A Surge of Insanity
Just one day after a majority of Iraqi lawmakers rejected the continuing occupation of their country, the Washington Post reports that the Pentagon will begin deploying 35,000 soldiers in 10 Army...
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Joe Conason
GOP's Reaganesque Tall Tales
Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald...
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Amy Dillard & Lisa Holmes
Rethinking School Lunch
Just as the scales beneath the feet of our nation's children are reaching a tipping point, so too is the social movement of providing local, organic foods for America's schoolchildren. This is...
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Jack Lessenberry
So Maybe I Was Wrong
I have been steadfastly against trying to impeach George W. Bush, even though he is clearly the worst president in the modern history of America.These were my main reasons for feeling that way: 1)...
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Alan S. Chartock
Fire Still Burns in Seeger
The legendary folk singing icon Pete Seeger once said that at the point when you have more than a few people talking about just about anything, you were "doing politics."Boy, was he ever right. As...
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Arnold Stieber
War is Slavery - An Awakening
It was January of 2003, late at night, and I was home alone. I turned on the TV. The movie Platoon was on. I had never watched any violent shows nor read anything about war or Viet Nam since I left...
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Russell Mokhiber
Corporate Democrats Escalate Attack on Single Payer
The Corporate Democratic Party is into snuff politics.The target this month — single payer, Medicare for all. The motive — protect the corporate health insurance industry. Democratic snuff politics...
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James Carroll
The Disappearance of War-Broken Soldiers
My earliest memory of a trip to the doctor is a happy one. I was 6 or 7. I had hurt my arm, and, because I desperately wanted a cast and a sling, I insisted it was broken. I remember that the doctor...
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Patrick Cockburn
What the Bush Administration Has Wrought in Iraq
At 3 am on January 11, 2007 a fleet of American helicopters made a sudden swoop on the long-established Iranian liaison office in the city of Arbil in northern Iraq. Their mission was to capture two...
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Paula Rothenberg
Snatched from the Jaws of Victory: Feminism Then and Now
It was the summer of 2002 and I was traveling through a medium-sized town in Hungary when I looked up and saw a young woman coming toward me. Fifteen or sixteen years old, she wore a shirt that...
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Jean Edward Smith
The Peace Presidents
On Feb. 8, 2004, George W. Bush proudly proclaimed to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press," "I am a war president." Like an 8-year-old playing with toy soldiers, Bush, an Air National Guard dropout,...
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Matthew Rothschild
Woman with MPEACHW Plates Prevails
H eather Morijah thought it would be cute to have a personalized license plate on her silver Prius that was almost identical to the one on her partner's blue Prius. He had IMPCH W. "This has been...
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Tom Engelhardt
What Good Reporting Has Meant in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn has been hailed by Sidney Blumenthal in Salon as "one of the most accurate and intrepid journalists in Iraq." And that's hardly praise enough, given what the man has done. The Middle...
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Sam Pizzigati
Coming Soon To A Toll Booth Near You
Fifty years ago, almost all major corporations and wealthy individuals in the United States paid a hefty chunk of their income in local, state and federal taxes. Those tax dollars, in turn, helped...
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Beth Shulman
Conservative Assault On America's Families
Shulman delivered these remarks at the Failure of Conservatism Conference on May 3 in Washington, sponored by the Campaign for America's Future and The American Prospect : Conservatism historically...
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Amy Goodman
A Shining Light Goes Out in Africa
On Saturday, May 5, Anthony Mitchell died in the crash of Kenyan Airways Flight 507, which killed all 114 people on board. Based in Nairobi, he was an Associated Press reporter who had recently...
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Robert Scheer
Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards
As Paul Wolfowitz twists in the wind after being found guilty in a World Bank investigation of public payola to his girlfriend, it does seem that his career might finally be coming to an end. Pity...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
For African-Americans, Folly of This War Hits Home
Military sociologist David R. Segal was asked Monday over the telephone what he hears in his surveys of soldiers. He quoted an African-American veteran of the Iraq invasion and occupation: "This is...
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Lee Iacocca
Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Excerpted from Where Have All the Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney Had Enough? Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage?...
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David Sirota
How Many "Free Trade" Senators Can PhRMA Turn Into Corporate Protectionists?
How many self-described "free" trade lawmakers in Congress can the drug industry make head to the floor of the Senate and bare their corporate protectionist corruption for all to see? Based on a key...
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Pierre Tristam
When Property's On The Line, Response To Dissent Turns Lethal
When a nation perpetrates large-scale violence abroad and calls it peace-making, as the United States has since Vietnam, it shouldn't be surprised when violence goes full circle and explodes at home...
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Jesse Jackson
Lives and Resources Lost in Iraq War Are Gone For Good
War costs. It costs the lives and the limbs of young men and women sent into battle. Their families, their loved ones, their communities and their nation lose the potential of some of its best...
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George Monbiot
In the Company of Wolves
The members of the Council of Europe Have Agreed To Overlook Each Other’s Abuses.
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Jonathan Hafetz
Perils of An Unchecked Executive
NEW YORK -- REMARKABLY, President Bush has not learned any lessons from the excesses of his "war on terrorism," now in its sixth year. Even though the president's own secretaries of state and defense...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Our Dysfunctional Democracy
Isn't it time that the US stop all the talk of democracy promotion abroad and start walking the walk here at home? As I suggested last November, let's bring democracy home . And while we're facing a...
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Marie Cocco
A Bridge To The 19th Century
WASHINGTON—You have to hand it to the Republican Party. It's made history again. When its field of presidential candidates strode onto the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for their...
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The San Francisco Chronicle
Who Is Served by Labor Dispute?
Workers Fight For Economic Equity
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Sean Gonsalves
The Global Warming Conspiracy?
From the assassination of JFK to 9/11, conspiracy theories are almost always regarded as nutty paranoid fantasies imagined by those hopelessly out-of-touch with reality; unworthy of serious debate...
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Paul Campos
A Look Back From 2017
Now that a decade has passed since the extraordinary events of the summer of 2007, it's possible to look back on that great national crisis with the benefit of some historical perspective. Everyone...
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Ari Berman
Spinning Hillary Centrist
Editor' s Note: This is an excerpt of a longer article about Hillary Clinton's circle of advisers, which will appear in May 16 in the print version of The Nation . As Hillary Clinton charges toward...
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Ralph Nader
Let the People Make the Laws
Like a fresh wind coming down from Alaska — the state he represented as a U.S. Senator from 1969 — 1981, Mike Gravel is determined to start a debate about the fundamentals of democracy in his quest...
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Dean Baker
The Economic Costs of the Iraq War
There have been several occasions where President Bush rejected suggestions that the United States adhere to the Kyoto agreement's targets to prevent global warming because this would hurt economic...
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Monday, May 7, 2007
Paul Hawken
To Remake The World
Something Earth-Changing is Afoot Among Civil Society
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Hate-Crime Bill: A Third Strike?
The House voted Thursday to include sexual orientation and gender to the categories protected by federal hate crimes law. Also being considered is a measure that would ban job discrimination based on...
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Melvin A. Goodman
Tenet's Defense of the Indefensible
George J. Tenet's At the Center of the Storm is a self-serving and misleading account of his role in helping the Bush administration make its private and public case to go to war against Iraq. As the...
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Eugene Robinson
The Decider Commands Everything But English
Is George W. Bush even trying to make sense anymore? On Wednesday, speaking to the Associated General Contractors of America, Bush gave himself a new nickname. Responding to a question from the...
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Chris Hedges
The Greatest Threat to Choice
Jeniece Learned stood amid a crowd of earnest-looking men and women, many with small gold crosses in their lapels or around their necks, in a hotel lobby in Valley Forge, Pa. She had an easy smile...
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Tom Engelhardt
The Mother of All Benchmarks in Iraq: Oil
In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2002-2003, oil was seldom mentioned. Yes, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz did describe the country as afloat " on a sea of oil " (which might fund...
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Larry Beinhart
A Modest Proposal
There is a great moral conundrum in the Iraq situation. The pro-war position that we cannot abandon the mess we've made does have great certain moral authority. There are now millions upon millions...
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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Lethal Media Silence on Kent State's Smoking Guns
The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder. But...
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Michael Schwartz
The Struggle Over Iraqi Oil:
Eyes Eternally on the Prize
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Debi Smith
Saving the World
"On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live." So begins the simple story that a woman in my town wrote...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Where Was God at Virginia Tech?
As we get over the shock of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the religious questions will soon begin: How could God let this happen? What kind of God allowed it? How can I believe in God when bad things...
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Sunday, May 6, 2007
Stephen Zunes
Divide and Rule: U.S. Blocks Israel-Syria Talks
Even as American officials reluctantly agreed to meet with Syrian representatives regarding Iraqi security issues, the Bush administration continues to block Israel from resuming negotiations with...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Ex-Analyst Tells a Tale of Twisted Iraq Intelligence
Paul Pillar lived through the quirks of the Reagan administration, when Soviet bogeymen were thought to lurk behind most Third World uprisings.Yet in nearly 28 years as a CIA uber-analyst, he says he...
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Eric Margolis
Torture a Kabul Speciality
Ottawa's deal to inspect prisoners shows it hasn't learned from war history in Afghanistan
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Leo Docherty
We Soldiers Once Assumed Our Political Bosses Would Not Lie to Us. That is Over.
We realized the actual issue was about long-term access to oil
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Michael Mansfield
The Emperor has No Clothes: The World is Returning to the Law of the Jungle, Thanks to Bush and Blair
An under-recognized English political philosopher said, in 1776, in his work entitled Common Sense : "In America the Law is King. For, as in absolute Governments, the king is law, so in free...
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Frank Rich
Is Condi Hiding the Smoking Gun?
IF, as J.F.K. had it, victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan, the defeat in Iraq is the most pitiful orphan imaginable. Its parents have not only tossed it to the wolves but are also...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Eloquence of Ellison's Invisible Man
IN THE PROLOGUE to " Invisible Man ," Ralph Ellison's narrator declares, "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." The character is a complex black man whom the world...
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Saturday, May 5, 2007
Karen Button
An Iraqi Blueprint for Peace
BEIRUT - "The US talks about withdrawal after bringing Iraqi security forces up to speed, yet has paid militias, allowed mercenaries, and, with few exceptions, ignored the blatant abuses and torture...
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Cherie Miner
The Reagan Myth
How much longer am I going to hear about the great Ronald Reagan? I was sick of it in 1980.Too young to vote by only five months, I watched helplessly as this B-movie actor "charmed" Americans out of...
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Norman Solomon,
On the Media Horizon: 'We Invest, You Decide'
Predictably, some critics have decried the current efforts by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the Dow Jones company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal. But let's imagine the dynamics that...
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Walden Bello
The World Social Forum at the Crossroads
A new stage in the evolution of the global justice movement was reached with the inauguration of the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2001.The WSF was the brainchild of...
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Nicholas von Hoffman
America's Idiotic Political Debates
Presidential debates get more intolerable with each passing quadrennium. A new low was reached Thursday when minder/moderator Chris Matthews, asked the ten aspirants to the Republican Presidential...
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John Nichols
In France, Running Against Bush
PARIS -- American elections do not usually turn on the question of how the candidates for president propose to relate to foreign countries.But elections in other countries often feature debates about...
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Desmond Tutu
This Fatal Complacency: Climate Change is Already Destroying Millions of Lives in the Poor World. But It Will Not Stop There
What if dealing with climate change meant more than a flick of a switch? Would our friends in the industrialized world think differently if the effects of climate change were worse than extended...
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Terry Jones
Saved by the Bomb: Senator McCain has Hit Upon a Solution to All the Republican Party's Woes: A Nuclear War with Iran
Campaigning in Oklahoma the other day, the Republican senator John McCain was asked what should be done about Iran. He responded by singing, "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran", to the tune of the Beach...
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Marianne Means
Reid Right: Iraq is a Lost Cause
WASHINGTON -- As the drama plays out on Capitol Hill over additional funding for the Iraq war, the issue of how best to pressure its shaky government to get moving is the real stickler.The president'...
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Shauna Rhone
War Machine Grinds Others Besides Pvt. Lynch
It was painful watching Jessica Lynch testify last week. Lynch sat with other betrayed Americans who had been thrust into the war machine and ground into legends not of their own making. The family...
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Cathy Renna
An Ellen for the Ages
It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since Ellen DeGeneres and her television character came out. How could you forget the iconic April 14, 1997, cover of Time ("Yep, I'm Gay") and the...
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Naomi Klein
More Than a Mine, A Metaphor
While The Mohawks and Ottawa Negotiated For The Land, The Land Itself Was Disappearing
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Air Melber
Dems Tangled in Netroots
"To clarify, Rep. Tauscher is not a blue dog." The emphatic one-line e-mail, dashed off by a spokesman for California Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, is one of the first signs that a new coalition of...
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David Sarasohn
Bush Still Telling Us Stories About Iraq
Five years ago, as he was preparing to invade Iraq, President Bush told tales of how Saddam Hussein was inches away from nuclear weapons, and how the Iraqi regime had vague but threatening ties with...
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Scott Lehigh
The Silence of George Tenet
When Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, Richardson didn't do the dirty deed.Rather, he resigned in protest. And when the...
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David Sirota
When The Class War Goes Local
When most non-Montanans think of Montana, they think of "A River Runs Through It" -- they don't think of the central front in the war on anything (except, maybe trout, if you consider fly fishermen "...
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Bonnie Erbe
'Family-Values' Cloak Lifted From GOP
President Bush's budget-busting, spendthrift tactics have robbed the GOP of its claim to the title, "Party of Fiscal Conservancy." Now the perverse antics of some high-level Bush appointees and his...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Whole Truth--and Nothing But
"It is time for the truth, the whole truth, versus misinformation and hype." Those were Jessica Lynch's words as she testified before Congress April 24-- along with the brother and mother of the late...
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Charles R. Larson
Where Is The Dissent In America?
Washington - When viewed through American eyes, the recent protests in Istanbul and Tel Aviv demanding that their governments become accountable are truly impressive and extraordinary. For a US...
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Michael T. Klare
Warships, Warships Everywhere, and Many a Bomb to Drop
Looking down from the captain's deck some six stories high, the flight deck of the USS Nimitz is an impressive sight indeed: 80 sleek warplanes armed with bombs and missiles are poised for takeoff at...
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Cindy Sheehan
Get Off it Bill O'Reilly
A recent Harris Poll indicated that only 22% of Americans support George's war of terror. I suspect that the less than one-fourth of our country who are still in favor of the hopeless mess BushCo has...
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Greg Palast
Hillary's Mother-F'ing Tour Business
Before his untimely death in a plane crash, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said, "I'm not Hillary's mother-f****** tour guide!" That wasn't a nice thing for a member of the President's cabinet to say...
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Danny Schechter
Time For A Fox Hunt As Murdoch Targets The Wall Street Journal
His network isn't known as FOX for nothing. Bear in mind that the term "Like a fox" was originally "derived from early European fox hunters, who had first thought the fox to be a stupid animal, only...
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