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Friday, November 9, 2007
Eugene Robinson
Driving the Masses Mad
It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. Bush apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to frustrated, sputtering rage than any other president since...
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Daniel Smith
Paying for the Wars' Wounded
The Bureau of the Census has issued a lengthy summary of "facts" about the nation's 23.7 million veterans in time for Veteran's Day. Considering that there are two significant ongoing armed conflicts...
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Tony Norman
Congress' Majority Wimps
A year ago today, this newspaper published a column under the headline "Say It Loud: I'm a Democrat and I'm Proud." That veiled homage to James Brown came a few days after the the 2006 midterm...
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Paul Krugman
Health Care Excuses
The United States spends far more on health care per person than any other nation. Yet we have lower life expectancy than most other rich countries. Furthermore, every other advanced country provides...
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Glenn Greenwald
What Happened to the Senate's '60-Vote Requirement'?
Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get...
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Russell Mokhiber
AFL-CIO Leaders Work to Derail Rank and File Drive for Single Payer
Does the leadership of the AFL-CIO favor a single payer, Canadian-style, Medicare-for-all, health insurance system? They do not. The California Nurses Association, which joined the AFL executive...
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Cindy Sheehan
Faith and War
A friend of mine, who is Chair of the Economics Department, invited me to speak to the students and faculty at the University of Dallas (where the Veterans for Peace convention was that I spoke at...
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
President George W. Bush and President Pervez Musharraf, of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Ali Eteraz
Pakistan, Prince of Denmark
The only way to explain why the US and its allies do not abandon a leader who is less popular with his people than the terrorist whom he is being paid billions to hunt is that the people of Pakistan...
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Move to Impeach Not Another Distraction
Tuesday's attempt by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to introduce a motion calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney was a perfect illustration of why Congress has a lower approval...
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Jon Soltz
Yet Another Alarm Sounded on Homeless Vets and PTSD. But, Who's Listening?
How many times do we need to hear an alarm? Once again, major studies are finding a swiftly growing number of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and a coming tsunami . One out of four homeless...
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Joliange Wright
Environmentalism With a Social Conscience
The face of the environmental movement is changing. No longer strictly the domain of nature enthusiasts, a new socially conscious environmentalism is becoming mainstream. In Oakland, teenagers from...
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Johann Hari
Stop This Strategy of Strangulation
The Israeli Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, will this week decide whether to tighten to slow the strangulation of an entire people. Since the democratically elected Hamas government took power in...
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Rosa Brooks
Torture: The New Abortion
Remember that golden, innocent time -- the 1980s and '90s -- when the phrase "political litmus test" was associated with the debate about abortion rights, and torture was associated with the Spanish...
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Jeff Halper
Whose Road Map?
As did his pronouncements last August in Jericho, where Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated a willingness to withdraw from an area equivalent to 100% of the occupied territories, his latest...
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David Antoon
The Cancer from Within
"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. ..." -Oath of Office "Our mission is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become...
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Avi Lewis
Think Twice Before Imitating the Irish Miracle
Susie Long couldn't believe it. Sitting in the clinic, waiting for her dose of chemotherapy, she'd been making small talk with the wife of a fellow patient. The man's doctor had recommended a...
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Marcus Raskin and Robert Spero
Bush's Dangerous 14 Months--And Ours
After the 2006 congressional elections, pundits declared that President Bush was a lame duck. Each day his power and capacity to pursue his neoconservative agenda was supposed to drain away until he...
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Corporate Crime Reporter
Democracy, Corpocracy, Kleptocracy
Democracy - government by the people.Corpocracy - government by the corporation. Kleptocracy - government by the corporate criminals. Now there's a three step program Wall Street can relate to...
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Lynne K. Varner
Please, Please, Please, FCC
"I don't want nobody to give me nothing. (Open up the door, I'll get it myself.)" - James Brown The Godfather of Soul could have easily been singing to the Federal Communications Commission, a body...
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Daniel M. Smith
Lies Make the War Go Round
Question: When is truth relative? Answer: In war - especially counterinsurgency - always. With photographers in tow, armed helicopters overhead, and a heavily armed escort, generals and politicians...
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Pat LaMarche
Count Votes and Mark a Real Holiday
So, how did you celebrate? Did you fire up the old barbecue, whip up some potato salad, invite the in-laws and toss a few horseshoes around the backyard? Did you light sparklers while you waited for...
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Ted Rall
The Time-to-Make-the-Doughnuts Candidate
"The fact that a lot of people dislike you is troubling," says the director of the Quinnipiac University poll, talking about Hillary Clinton (D-Carpetbagger, Slept Her Way Into National Prominence,...
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Lewis Diuguid
Building Peace While Picking Up the Pieces
Cries for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq have gained a lot of political traction. But world and Iraqi leaders must develop earnest plans to rebuild the war-torn nation. That concern is the...
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Michael Winship
Why We Want Our Words' Worth
Groucho Marx said, "Who needs writers? Give me a competent director and two intelligent actors, and at the end of eight weeks I'll show you three of the most nervous people you ever saw." Groucho got...
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Joe Brewer
Climate and the Psychology of Loss
An article today in the Washington Post is using fear to inhibit action. Juliet Eilperin boldly declares " climate is a risky issue ." Essentially saying, "Be careful! You are going to lose something...
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Michael Schwalbe
Common Wealth and the 'Entirely Self-Made' Myth
Every year since 1982 Forbes magazine has published a list of the 400 richest Americans. Anyone who wants to attach names and faces to the abstract notion of a "ruling class" should pick up a copy of...
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Rev. John Dear
The Legacy of Franz Jagerstatter
Two weeks ago, on October 26, 2007, an astonishing event happened in the Catholic Church. Anti-war hero Franz Jagerstatter was beatified, (that is, officially recognized as "blessed" by God), in the...
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Joyce Marcel
Hillary and the Rat
"Why can't a woman be more like a man?" is the question that Professor Henry Higgins famously asks in Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner's "My Fair Lady." "Why is thinking something women never do...
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Bonnie Raitt and Harvey Wasserman
No Government Subsidies for New Nuclear Plants
A clause in the landmark energy bill now before Congress could open the door for massive loan guarantees meant to entice investors to build nuclear power plants. This is an extremely important piece...
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Robert Scheer
Our Man in Pakistan
So, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, treated ever so respectfully by George Bush throughout his administration, in which he became the first Pakistani leader to visit Camp David, has turned out to be just...
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Amy Goodman
A Vote for Mukasey Is a Vote for Torture
Judge Michael Mukasey admits waterboarding is repugnant, but refuses to say whether it amounts to torture. Yet Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein voted for his confirmation as U.S...
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Pierre Tristam
Tibbets Did Duty in Dropping Bomb, But Then Reveled in It
How convenient, this forgetting -- this respected ignorance -- that the only nation to have ever used the deadliest of all weapons of mass destruction, the only nation to have terrorized a country by...
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Jesse Jackson
Trade Pacts Have Paved Way for Toxic Toys
Our children are at risk. Some of the Halloween buckets that children put their candy in were found to have levels of lead that massively exceed legal limits. So do the elongated vampire teeth that...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Democratic Majority Meaningless Once Again
Evidence of a Democratic majority in Congress keeps fading away. The party rode antiwar sentiment back into leadership of the House and Senate a year ago, but we are no closer to withdrawal. And now...
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Frida Berrigan
How Much is Enough?
Once upon a time, people researched and wrote reports about lower defense spending and converting the military-industrial complex into a peacetime economy. These reports came from university research...
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John Laughland
On the Path to Barbarity
It is no accident that those who advocate war for humanitarian reasons end up justifying torture
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The Guardian/UK
The Western Appetite for Biofuels Is Causing Starvation in the Poor World
Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food - all thanks to political expediency
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James Moore
Freedom's on the March!!!!!
Irony is what makes the Bush administration entertaining even as the world catches fire. Of course, it's probably more succinctly called hypocrisy but irony has that shrug of sweetness that makes us...
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William Greider
Citigroup: Too Big to Fail?
The fall of Citigroup is a resonant political event--akin to the Republican Party's failure to win reform of Social Security--only this time the bell tolls for the Democratic Party. The creation of...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Musharraf Plays His Hand Craftily
It is being said that Gen. Pervez Musharraf, America's favourite dictator, may have miscalculated American reaction to his declaration of a state of emergency. On the contrary, in calling Washington'...
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Marie Cocco
Smearing Code Pink
In the beginning-back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when Donald Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq...
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James Carroll
For Turkey, the War Is Real
Here in Turkey, Condoleezza Rice offered sage advice to Turkish leaders ahead of the Washington meeting between President Bush and Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan. "Effective action means action...
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Tom Hayden
Rating the Presidential Candidates on Iraq, Another Agonizing Year Ahead
While most peace activists are evaluating the Democrats, I would rank Rudolph Giuliani as the most dangerous of all the presidential candidates in a long while , because his Iraq and Iran policies...
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Guy Reel
The Party of Chumps
One of the Republicans' key talking points on the war is that Democrats "sound like bin Laden" or that Democrats make the "same arguments that the terrorists make." That is, they claim Democrats make...
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Keith Olbermann
The Presidency Is Now a Criminal Conspiracy
Bush may not observe the rules, but the country abides by them
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Twenty-four Former Intelligence and National Security Officials
Former US Intelligence Officers: On Mukasey and Waterboarding
Twenty-four former intelligence and national security officials delivered an urgent message yesterday morning to the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,...
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Ira Chernus
US Hypocrisy, and Worse, on Pakistan Democracy
Sometimes you get the real news only by reading between the headlines. Consider the New York Times front page, November 5. Top story: "Pakistan Rounds Up Musharraf's Political Foes." Below it: "U.S...
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Glenn W. Smith
Slippery Scribes Shaft Striking Screenwriters
Well, that didn't take long. No sooner did the writers grab their picket signs and head for Rockefeller Center than the New York Times belittled and mocked them, paragraph after paragraph. A bit...
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Adrian Boutureira
The Hidden Costs of Free Trade
We have already seen the devastating effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement in Massachusetts. According to conservative estimates, more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in...
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Neal Peirce
Fire, Water and Denial
Could there be a pattern here? The San Diego and Los Angeles areas are hit by a raging series of high-impact wildfires - the worst in the state's history. Many of the blazes coincide with areas...
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John Nichols
Mukasey Is (Much) Worse Than Gonzales
George Bush's nominee to replace disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, retired Federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey, must be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee for the same reason...
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Paul Krugman
Wobbled by Wealth?
At just about every stop I've made so far on my book tour, what I've come to think of as The Question comes up. I talk about the origins of the long right-wing dominance of American politics, and the...
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Cynthia Tucker
Interrogation Abuses Undercut Our Moral Authority in Eyes of World
Does it matter what the rest of the world thinks of the United States? Does it matter that our recent foreign policy has frayed alliances and created enemies? Since we remain the world's only...
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Madeleine Bunting
The Iraq War Has Become a Disaster That We Have Chosen to Forget
With the media subdued, governments have not been held to account for the biggest political calamity of our time
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Michael Tomasky
This Is One Dangerous Man: It's George Bush with Brains
New York's former mayor Rudy Giuliani is living up to his reputation as someone who will do and say anything for power
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Asma Jahangir
Musharraf Has Lost His Marbles and Is Targeting Progressives
The situation in the country is uncertain. There is a strong crackdown on the press and lawyers. A majority of the judges of the Supreme Court and four judges of the High Court have not taken their...
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Bianca Jagger
Cluster Bombs and Teddy Bears
This November 5 sees an international day of action to raise awareness of the human suffering caused by cluster bombs. Ten years after a treaty banning landmines, there is now an international...
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Jennifer Matesa
Blood Diamonds and Sweatshop Shirts
Over the summer, the film Blood Diamonds told the story of the forced-mining of precious stones, often at the point of a gun or machete. Despite regulations to the diamond market, it's not known for...
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Tom Engelhardt
Advice to a Young Builder in Tough Times
Imperial Opportunities Abound
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Naomi Wolf
A 'Paper Coup,' and Blackwater Eyes Midtown Manhattan
I have argued that in the closing stages of a `fascist shift', events cascade. I am hearing about them, even across the globe. Here in Australia I hear from the nation's best-know feminist activist,...
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Mary Trotochaud
Cluster Bombs in Iraq: The Deadly Footprint
In late April 2003, I was traveling back to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad from the northern city of Mosul where I had been making an assessment of humanitarian needs after the U.S. invasion of Iraq...
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Leonard Pitts Jr.
Serving Up Fear du Jour
You might want to wash your hands after reading this. After all, many other folks touched this paper (or screen, as the case may be) before you, and you don't know where their hands have been. For...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Waterboarding Justice
Maybe it's to be expected that a Bush Administration nominee for Attorney General refuses to say whether waterboarding--an interrogation tactic that simulates drowing and that has been prosecuted as...
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Rami G. Khouri
Karen Hughes' Two-Year Halloween
I could not help but notice that Karen Hughes announced her resignation as US public diplomacy chief Wednesday on Halloween day here in the United States. This was an apt moment for her to hit the...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Humanitarian Tsunami Sweeping Across Iraq
The United States cannot solve the crisis in Iraq and beyond unless it takes responsibility for the unprecedented humanitarian crisis it has created in Iraq. Imagine 1.5 million Canadians being...
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Tom Hayden
San Francisco No Longer Sweat-Free
Antisweatshop advocates are stunned by progressive San Francisco's granting to garment contractors five-year exemptions from the city's historic "sweat-free" procurement ordinance. When Mayor Gavin...
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Tariq Ali
Pakistan Takes Yet Another Step into the Dark Night
For anyone marinated in the history of Pakistan yesterday's decision by the military to impose a state of emergency comes as no surprise. Martial law in this country has become an antibiotic: in...
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Michael Pollan
Weed It and Reap
For Americans who have been looking to Congress to reform the food system, these past few weeks have been, well, the best of times and the worst of times. A new politics has sprouted up around the...
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Frank Rich
Noun + Verb + 9/11 + Iran = Democrats' Defeat?
When President Bush started making noises about World War III, he only confirmed what has been a Democratic article of faith all year: Between now and Election Day he and Dick Cheney, cheered on by...
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Joseph L. Galloway
Attacking Iran Makes No Sense
There were some things far more frightening last week than Halloween's small ghouls and goblins -- and the scariest of all is the Bush administration's seemingly inexorable march toward military...
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César Chelala
Indigenous Rights Champion Fights On
That Rigoberta Menchú, a Nobel peace laureate and Unesco's goodwill ambassador, wasn't able to reach the runoff presidential election in Guatemala doesn't diminish the tremendous achievement of...
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Ian Williams
Déjà Vu All Over Again
The US is smearing IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei for not finding evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons. Sound familiar?
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
Tim Rutten
Regarding Media
Among the news media's many failings, none may be more pernicious than the persistent confusion between fairness and moral indifference. Regular readers of Regarding Media may recall that the late...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Gap: New Frontiers in Child Abuse
It was enough to make you vomit all over your new denim jacket. The Gap has been caught using child labor in an Indian sweatshop, and not just child labor--child slaves. As extensively reported on...
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Robert Fisk
Warning, This Film Could Make You Very Angry
At university, we male students used to say that it was impossible to take a beautiful young woman to the cinema and concentrate on the film. But in Canada, I've at last proved this to be untrue...
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Josh Freedman Berthoud
Friends and Enemies
Jews would be well advised not to regard evangelical American Christians as their allies in a battle against Muslims.
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Snowflakes and Scare-Mongering
Fear-mongering, arrogance and bureaucratic bullying. By such tools, Donald Rumsfeld became one of the most powerful, most unpopular and ultimately most unsuccessful Pentagon chiefs in history. Any...
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Amitabh Pal
Hiroshima Bomber Unrepentant till Death
I'm making a partial exception to my self-imposed rule of not speaking ill of the dead. Paul Tibbets, the pilot who dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, died Nov. 1, unrepentant till the very end. "I...
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Ray McGovern
Iraq's Early Vietnam Moment
Four years ago - on Nov. 2, 2003 - a U.S. helicopter was shot down over Iraq, killing 16 U.S. troops, an early "Vietnam moment" in what was emerging as a powerful Iraqi insurgency. The incident...
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Christopher Brauchli
'The Tongue Can No Man Tame'
The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil. -- The General Epistle of James The fault lies not with its proprietor, but with his tongue. It keeps saying things that surprise both proprietor and...
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John Brown
Out to Pasture
Under Karen Hughes, President Bush's retiring public diplomacy tsar, efforts to improve America's image never had a chance.
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Robert Shetterly
Mountaintop Removal and Kitty Genovese
But for my children, I would have them keep their distance from the thickening center; corruption Never has been compulsory, when the cities lie at the monster's feet there are left the mountains...
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Tony Norman
The Tortured Logic of the Torturers
The terrorists have won. Despite its roots as a tool of interrogation during the Spanish Inquisition, the nominee for U.S. attorney general isn't prepared to call waterboarding what it is -- torture...
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Arianna Huffington
Unhinged: Giuliani Buys Into His Own Testosterone-Fueled Myth
With each passing day -- and each bellicose, over-the-top, spittle-enhanced pronouncement -- Rudy Giuliani is revealing that he has the soul of a thug and the disposition of a tyrant. His behavior on...
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Naomi Klein
Rapture Rescue 911: Disaster Response for the Chosen
I used to worry that the United States was in the grip of extremists who sincerely believed that the Apocalypse was coming and that they and their friends would be airlifted to heavenly safety. I...
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Helen Thomas
Giuliani Follows Hard-Liners' Script
What planet is Rudy Giuliani living on? The Republican presidential aspirant wants to widen the Mideast war by bombing Iran. The Iraqi debacle obviously has taught him nothing. It's not enough that...
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Paul Krugman
Prostates and Prejudices
"My chance of surviving prostate cancer - and thank God I was cured of it - in the United States? Eighty-two percent," says Rudy Giuliani in a new radio ad attacking Democratic plans for universal...
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John Nichols
Frances Moore Lappé's Recipe for Radical Renewal
Frances Moore Lappé has, for the better part of four decades, done her very best to guide the United States toward a more rational relationship with the planet and its inhabitants. It has not been...
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Robert Naiman
Deescalate with Iran: Free the Irbil Five
Here's a very modest step the United States could take to deescalate tension with Iran and avoid war: free five Iranian officials that the U.S. arrested in Iraq and has been detaining for the last 10...
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Arnie Alpert
Hillary Clinton Must Speak Clearly on Nukes
14 years ago, I pressed her husband on issue
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John Dean
Political Processes Matter: Although They Are Often Ignored by American News Media, a New British Import Has Addressed the Issue Directly
To understand the way our country operates, one must understand the functioning of its government. To understand the functioning of government, in turn, one truly must understand its processes. I am...
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Chris Cooper
It Don't Look Like They're Here to Deliver the Mail
Daylight declines and the leaves fall. We imagine it is frost that colors then looses them, because the heat declines more or less during the same weeks as the erosion of daylength reaches the...
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Medea Benjamin
George Bush and CODEPINK: Women for Peace
On November 1, while CODEPINK was outside the Heritage Foundation protesting the appearance of George Bush, Bush himself was inside talking about CODEPINK. "When it comes to funding our troops, some...
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David Haven Blake
Prophetic Face in the Crowd
Frank Capra's film " Mr. Smith Goes to Washington " (1939) pervades American political culture. For decades, the film's account of an idealistic young senator who battles government corruption has...
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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Mike Davis
San Diego Builds a Statue to an Arsonist
Developers with Matches
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Shahid Masood
Where Wrongs Make Right
"Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights." - Friedrich Hebbel Two wrongs never make a right. But blatantly wrong policies...
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John Nichols
Kucinich's Challenge
If Presidential politics actually worked like it does in the movies-or in the imaginings of patriots-the hot August night would have been one of those epic moments when everything starts to change...
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Seumas Milne
The Siege of Gaza Is Going to Lead to a Violent Escalation
Far from helping settle the Middle East conflict, the US and Europe are fuelling it with their contempt for democracy
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Haroon Siddiqui
Iraq's Little-Known Humanitarian Crisis
It is said that Iraq is the world's best-known conflict but the least well-known humanitarian crisis. In the United States, where public attention span is low but the capacity for denial high, Iraq's...
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Arthur J. Magida
Disconnect Between Anti-War Activism Then and Now
A bunch of unrepentant '60s activists and socially concerned students met recently at Georgetown University. The usual suspects were there - people such as Todd Gitlin, a former leader of Students...
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