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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Salim Lone
Africa Stirred Blair's Conscience. He Still Failed It.
With his passionate denunciation of Africa's impoverishment in Africa as "a stain on the conscience of the world" right after September 11, 2001, Mr. Blair gave voice to one of the key strains in the...
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Helen Thomas
As Clinton Flip-Flops, Where Does She Stand?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has great political skills, but her war-and-peace compass leaves something to be desired. Clinton has blown hot and cold on Middle East...
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Ralph Nader,
Summer Reading List
1. A Handful of Straw Blowing in the Wind by Thelma Doak (About Times Publishing, 2007). She reached her 104th birthday, remembering her life in the dust bowls of the nineteen thirties, of seeing the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Dick Cheney As Constitutionalist
Th' vice-preidincy is th'next highest an' the'lowest. It isn't a crime exactly. Ye can't be sint to jail f'r it but it's a kind iv a disgrace. It's like writing' anonymous letters. -Finley Peter...
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Kathy Freston
Shameless Name Dropping
There is a growing sense these days that the issues that plague our planet -- war, injustice, and blatant abuse of nature -- are intensifying and perhaps moving us toward the point of no return. And...
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Sean Gonsalves
Enjoying The Ride — Backwards?
OK, I admit it. I was excited when I first heard the CIA was going to show us the "family jewels." You could say I have an intelligence fetish; an affinity for analysis. But now that I've seen the "...
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Friday, June 29, 2007
Robert Shetterly
When Does Drowning Mean Drowning?
"I'm drowning my brother drowning." -- Eva Paterson A few weeks ago I finished painting a portrait of Eva Paterson, the founder of the Equal Justice Society in San Francisco. Eva's organization works...
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Jennifer Matesa
Sicko: Beyond the 'Health Care Horror Stories'
Last weekend in a sneak preview I watched Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko." I was prepared to see a bunch of nightmare stories about people getting cut off insurance and people suffering and...
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Wolfgang Brauner
Chomsky on Progressive Strategy
Noam Chomsky is one of the key figures on the American and global left. He is said to be one of the most widely quoted intellectuals in the world. In 2005, readers of AlterNet voted him MVP (Most...
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Harold Meyerson
Globalization's Stir-Fry
How the new global economy flips, reverses, scrambles, and perverts long-accepted notions and arguments.
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Gary Olson
Research on Human Nature Is Cause For Optimism
'We have a pending fortuitous marriage of science and morality of the most profound sort.''
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Thomas Powers
What Tenet Knew: Unanswered Questions
This essay, which considers At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet with Bill Harlow (HarperCollins, 549 pp., $30.00) appears in the July 19th, 2007 issue of the New York...
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Tad Daley
For Progressives, Gore's the One in 2008
In recent days, the word used more and more frequently to describe Hillary Clinton's march to the Democratic presidential nomination has been "inevitable." She consistently leads public opinion polls...
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John Dean
The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney:
The Vice President's Record of Willfully Violating the Law, And Wrongly Claiming Authority to Do So
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Bob Dreyfuss
Saving Iraq
Last week, a fierce critic of the Bush Administration's war in Iraq went, perhaps, a bridge too far. Pauline Baker, president of the Fund for Peace, flatly predicted that there is no hope for Iraq,...
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John Nichols
Contempt of Congress
No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced Thursday that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that...
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Rosa Brooks
How Immigrants Improve The Curve
'The impact of immigration - legal and illegal - on jobs, schools, healthcare, the environment, national security, are all very serious problems," insists Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a man famed for...
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Paul Krugman
The Murdoch Factor
In October 2003, the nonpartisan Program on International Policy Attitudes published a study titled "Misperceptions, the media and the Iraq war." It found that 60 percent of Americans believed at...
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Ellen Goodman
The Transformation of Justice Ginsburg
Now, in the season of her discontent, it is well to remember that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always called a moderate. The word dangled from her wrist like an ID bracelet. In fact, when she was...
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David Michael Green
It Ain't For Free
Jefferson once famously offered that, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants". I am just enough of a bleeding-heart Pollyanna to hope that...
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Patti Marxsen
'Baby Doc's Millions' and Where to Send Them
Jean-Claude Duvalier has lived a strange and miserable life. Reportedly a quiet sort of boy, he was appointed by his father in 1971 as President of Haiti at the age of 19. As "Baby Doc" grew into the...
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Robert Weissman
Blackstone and Capital's Scam
Blackstone.That is the ultimate refutation to the unbelievably brazen campaign being run by Wall Street hucksters and the knee-jerk oppositionists to law and order at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...
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Emma Thompson
Cape Crusader: A Fruit Picker From South Africa Reveals The Human Cost of Cheap Food
When Tesco meets on Thursday for its AGM, it will need to answer some tough questions about how it treats people in poor countries. Already, one shareholder has gathered enough support to force a...
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John Nichols
Senate Subpoenas Cheney, White House Documents on Spying
After putting up with months of stonewalling by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their aides, the Senate Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas seeking information about internal debates...
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Sydney Blumenthal
The Imperial Vice Presidency
New details about his secret mission to expand the power of the president show that Cheney, at the end of his career, refuses to loosen his grip.
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Tom Engelhardt
Iraq by the Numbers: Surging Past the Gates of Hell
Sometimes, numbers can strip human beings of just about everything that makes us what we are. Numbers can silence pain, erase love, obliterate emotion, and blur individuality. But sometimes numbers...
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Theodore C. Sorensen
A New Vision: The Speech I Want the Democratic Nominee To Give
On the 15th of July, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. In his remarks, made at a moment of high tension in the...
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Donald Worster
Fiddling While America Burns
The United States is the richest, most powerful nation in history -- this you have heard many times before. What you have not heard so often is that America has also been, for nearly 200 years, the...
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Bill Quigley
How to Destroy an African-American City in Thirty Three Steps - Lessons from Katrina
Step One. Delay. If there is one word that sums up the way to destroy an African-American city after a disaster, that word is DELAY. If you are in doubt about any of the following steps — just...
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Joe Brewer
The Coming Biofuels Disaster
Have you ever tried to solve a problem only to discover that you made things worse in the process? This is happening right now with biofuels. We are on the road to disaster because the problem we are...
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Marie Cocco
Watch SiCKO and Call Your Congressman in the Morning
WASHINGTON—The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the...
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Nicholas Freudenberg
Sicko and the 2008 Election
Even before its national release this Friday, Michael Moore's "Sicko" has contributed to a renewed debate on the U.S. health care system. The film focuses on Americans who do have health care...
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Mike Warner
Telling the American Story
Mark Twain Saw The Need To Look Beyond The Imperial Robes
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Miles Mogulescu
To Tavis Smiley: Ask Clinton, Obama and Edwards Why They Oppose Single Payer Health Insurance
As moderator of Thursday's Democratic Presidential debate, here's a follow-up question: Do you think your plan is better than Medicare-For-All, or do you fear being attacked as an extremist by...
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Firmin DeBrabander
Cheney's Real Opinion of Democracy
I am forever amazed at the great irony that one of this nation's most bullish proponents of spreading democracy abroad- especially in the Middle East- is one of the greatest opponents of democracy at...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Women in Black: Mourning for All Victims of War and Violence
It's a warm summer day at noon and I'm standing on a major highway in my town with five other women who are dressed in a black top, pants and veil, wearing sunglasses, and holding a sign that says: "...
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John Logan
End of the Road for the Employee Free Choice Act, Or Just the Opening Salvo?
On Tuesday the Senate voted 51-48 to end a Republican filibuster of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would strengthen workers' right to choose a union. The House of Representatives had...
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Stephen Zunes
The US Role in the Gaza Tragedy
There is much blame to go around regarding the tragic turn of events in the Gaza Strip. While Hamas is the most immediate culprit, responsibility also rests with Fatah, Israel - and the United States.
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Paul Waldman
Bush's Loyal Mess: How the Bush Years Have Showed Us The Dark Side of a Grand Virtue
A year and a half before the Bush era comes to its merciful end, cataloging its failures and pathologies has become not merely a cottage industry but a kind of mass mobilization, a task so vast that...
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H. Candace Gorman
Portrait Of A Guantánamo Propagandist
Colonel Moe is at it again. Perhaps you remember when Moe wanted Major Mori, the military attorney that was appointed to represent the Guantánamo detainee from Australia, brought up on charges for...
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Amy Goodman
Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers
Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn't...
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Robert Scheer
The Banality of Greed
As the Iraq war that Vice President Dick Cheney created continues to shred American—and many more Iraqi—lives, further documentation has emerged proving that, even during failed wars, the merchants...
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Ruth Conniff
Hillary Clinton and the Woman Thing
I can't help asking women I know what they think about Hillary Clinton. Here is the historic, first viable woman candidate for President of the United States, and yet . . . ho-hum. I listened to a...
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David Corn
Where's the CIA's Missing Jewel?
What's the missing jewel? Today, the CIA released its infamous "Family Jewels" file. This is a set of internal memos compiled in the mid-1970s after press reports revealed numerous CIA dirty tricks...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
A Just Security
It's been clear for some time that when it comes to approaches to security and foreign policy, the people are way ahead of the Inside-the-Beltway politicians and pundits in believing there's a need...
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Aziz Huq
Cheney and the Constitution
If it weren't so frightening, the irony would be delicious: A Vice President who has done more than any other to push the envelope on executive privilege at the expense of the courts and Congress...
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Timothy Egan
Bush's Public Lands Legacy Is A Sad Sight To Behold
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. -- Most Americans don't own a summer home on Cape Cod, or a McMansion in the Rockies, but they have this birthright: an area more than four times the size of France. If you're a...
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New York Times Editorial
Guantánamos Across America
Toughness is the watchword in immigration policy these days. When you combine the new toughness with same-old bureaucratic indolence and ineptitude, you get a situation like that described by Nina...
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Thomas Schaller
Fight For Gay Rights Fits Into Long History of Progressive Struggles
Three years ago my wife and I attended our first - but, I suspect, not last - gay wedding. Two of our women friends exchanged vows in a most ironic location: a church directly behind the U.S. Supreme...
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
James Rothenberg
Hillary's Letter Misses The Mark
I received a letter from Hillary Clinton the other day noting my "concerns" regarding Iraq. She acknowledges the "seriousness" of the situation which is a "major and constant focus of hers". I'm sure...
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The Free Press
Totally Boom/Doom Solartopian Green by 2030
We are all now desperate runners in the epic race between doom and boom. It's a global- warmed dead heat between apocalyptic ecological collapse, versus a Solartopian green-powered prosperity. Defeat...
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Russell Mokhiber
California Nurses' DeMoro Says SEIU on the Side of the Bosses
Michael Moore has made a great movie.Sicko. Everyone should see it. And take the kids. The movie's message in a nutshell — we need single payer. In the United States. Now. But Senate Democrats are...
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Ralph Nader
Michael Moore and Health Care Reform
He sat there dejected and indignant—twenty years ago—in our office. His position as editor of the monthly muckraking magazine, Mother Jones, had broken up. He was looking for a job that would allow...
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Joan Chittister
June Graduations Beg The Question: What Is Our Future?
It's happening everywhere, I know. But I learned last week not to take it for granted. In fact, it may well be our major problem and it is hiding in plain sight.With a measure of curiosity short of...
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Glenn Hurowitz
Flirting With Liquid Coal
Democratic Primary Voters Want a Clean Break With The Bush Administration's Focus on Subsidizing Dirty Energy. The Party's Two Front-Runners for President Might Want to Listen Up.
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Cecile Richards
Just the Facts Ma'am
My college-aged daughter Lily, home for the summer, ran into the kitchen early Friday morning with The New York Times in her hand in disbelief. "Mom, have you seen this? It's just wrong." She opened...
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Sharon Bradford Franklin
Remember Checks And Balances?
Khaled El-Masri, a German car salesman and father, was on vacation in Macedonia when he was detained by local authorities. According to his sworn declaration, he was later transferred to U.S...
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Liza Featherstone
An Olympic Disgrace
The Olympics are always big business, and the next summer's Games in Beijing may well be the most profitable in history. Much of the money is made through licensing; sale of Beijing Games mascots...
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David Strahan
The Real Casus Belli: Peak Oil
In A World of Looming Fuel Shortage, Britain and The US Formalised Their Energy Fears With A War
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Clint Talbot
School Speech Takes A Hit
Now, Ambiguous Messages Can Be Sanctioned
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P.W. Singer
American Goodwill, In Shackles
Winning the war on terrorism depends on winning the war of ideas, perhaps even more so than during the Cold War. General David Petraeus, currently the top commander in Iraq, once said that the war of...
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John Buell
War and Politics of Everyday Life
In my previous column, I argued that the absence of a draft is a major reason for the lack of a strong political movement to end the Iraq occupation. Today college students need not fear a draft...
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Pierre Tristam
'Old-Line' Citizens Disconnecting To Own Democratic Institutions
The anti-immigration debate in the early 1990s was differently tinted from today's. Back then undocumented immigrants were fewer. But legal immigrants were surging in and, it was said, refusing to...
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Jesse Jackson
Challenge Our Violent Culture
"America is, by far, the most violent country in the world when measured against comparable, industrialized nations." That's the conclusion of a report by a conservative former California attorney...
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Patrick McElwee
Responsibility for Torture and Abu Ghraib: The Post Shows It Goes at Least as Far as the Vice President
Since the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, there has been widespread speculation that the abuses captured in the shocking photos were more than the work of a few "bad apples." Historian Alfred McCoy...
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Another head hangs lowly, Child is slowly taken. And the violence caused such silence, Who are we mistaken? But you see, it's not me, it's not my family. In your head, in your head they are fighting...
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Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein
FCC Coming To Maine To Hear What Media Consumers Want
The Regulators Seek Input On How Companies Using Our Air Waves Respond To Local Interests and Needs.
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Howard Kurtz--An Unreliable Source?
Here's a segment for next week's CNN show "Reliable Sources." Why is it that the mainstream media treats single-payer healthcare (Medicare for all) as a fringe idea --when, in fact, it has broad...
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Tom Hayden
A Call to Bring All Troops Home
The Center for American Progress will call on Monday for the withdrawal of virtually all American troops from Iraq, for the first time--including US trainers in addition to combat forces. The new...
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Robert Fisk
Murder of Peacekeepers Raises Stakes in Lebanon
At last it happened. Every one predicted - not least the United Nations officers on the team - that the international UN peacekeeping army in southern Lebanon would be attacked by a Sunni Muslim...
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Robert Kuttner
European Unity, Leadership on Climate Change
A EUROPEAN UNION divided on everything from farm subsidies to immigration, and reluctant to confront the United States over a war that most Europeans considered a disaster from the start, has found...
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Cynthia Tucker
Bush Nominee Needs a Refresher Course In Civics
Hans von Spakovsky is among the GOP hacks who perverted the U.S. Department of Justice - trashing constitutional principles, rewarding partisanship over competence and converting the entire machinery...
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Dr Cesar Chelala
China Faces Challenges on Environmental Health
In recent times, China has sustained significant economic expansion and at the same time has greatly improved the health status for the majority of the population. These achievements have been a...
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Bill Moyer
The Leaders and Ideas to Run the Country
Believe it or not, progressives are not satisfied perpetually organizing protests, holding down the negative pole of the dialectic, happily defined in opposition to the status quo. We long for more...
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Craig and Marc Kielburger
How to Buy Coffee with a Conscience
Are you reading this newspaper with a coffee in hand?For millions of Canadians, that's the beginning of a ritual that will see 40 million cups of coffee sold nationwide every day. But as we reach...
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John Feffer
Take Back American Foreign Policy
At the Take Back America conference last week in Washington, DC, the Bush foreign policy was clearly unpopular. References to the Iraq War debacle, to extraordinary renditions and Abu Ghraib and...
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Haroon Siddiqui
Canada Should Steer Clear of US Agenda
The United States is spending $80 million to train and equip Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard. In Kabul, Hamid Karzai dare not move out of the cocoon of his elaborate American security. In Baghdad,...
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Helen Thomas
US Muddles Along In The Middle East
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has a mess on its hands in the Middle East, due to its inept policies in Iraq and Palestine.
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Frank Rich
They'll Break the Bad News on 9/11
By this late date we should know the fix is in when the White House's top factotums fan out on the Sunday morning talk shows singing the same lyrics, often verbatim, from the same hymnal of spin. The...
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Joseph L. Galloway
Abu Ghraib: The Rest of The Story
We were reminded again last week that in this administration, no good deed goes unpunished, and that no scandal is so great that it can't be hidden until it's forgotten. The sad spectacle that...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Private Dick, Forever Undercover
It's lucky for vice presidential se crecy that Dick Cheney joined the legislative ranks only recently. Back in 2001, when Cheney secretly talked energy policy with oil company CEOs, he was a...
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Lucinda Marshall
Rethinking Patriotism
Several months ago when I wrote an essay questioning the appropriateness of military air shows as a form of community-sponsored family entertainment, I received a number of responses. The gist of...
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Max Blumenthal
Bush to New Orleans Jazz Legend: "Pick Up All the Trash"
Before Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and ruined many of its cultural landmarks, people from all over the city -- all over the country, in fact -- would flock to the Bywater section...
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John Nichols
No Confidence in a Congress that Bends to Bush
Confidence in Congress has hit an all-time low. A mere 14 percent of Americans tell Gallup pollsters that they have a great deal or quite a lot of faith in the US House and Senate.Since Gallup began...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Wallowed in the Adoration of the Albanian Mob
If I'd known you were coming I'd have baked a cake And invited all the neighbors in. - Song from the 1940s by Al Trace They were greeted somewhat differently. Fortunately the first to arrive did not...
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Evan Whitton
Bush's Secret War on America
Florian von Donnersmarck's haunting film The Lives of Others is a warning to us all. It shows how the East German secret police, the Stasi, went about their deadly work of spying on 17 million...
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Ashifa Kassam
It's Important to Communicate in the Global Village
"Until the lion learns to speak, the tales of hunting will be weak." - Canadian music artist K'Naan. For most of us, the term "global village" conjures up a picturesque place where countries from...
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Frida Berrigan
The Elephants of Missile Defense
In Albania, nearing the end of his six-nation tour of Europe, President George W. Bush hopped out of his limo to have his head rubbed and his cheeks kissed by an adoring crowd in what The New York...
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Frida Berrigan
The Elephants of Missile Defense
In Albania, nearing the end of his six-nation tour of Europe, President George W. Bush hopped out of his limo to have his head rubbed and his cheeks kissed by an adoring crowd in what The New York...
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Sean Gonsalves
Bombs Bursting in Air?
As we prepare to celebrate "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air" next week, arms control experts are meeting in Geneva to talk about crafting a treaty that would ban the use of cluster bombs...
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Friday, June 22, 2007
Robert Borosage
Progressives Have The Mojo Now
The Take Back America Conference this year drew 3,000 leaders and activists from 40 states, 150 speakers, a bloggers' boulevard and radio row larger than ever, and an energy that couldn't be...
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Rosa Brooks
Hillary's Tone-Deaf Campaign
AFTER MUCH trumped-up suspense, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced this week — via a YouTube spoof of the last episode of "The Sopranos" — that the votes are in. No, sorry, not those votes. You'll...
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Adam Elkus
The End of Supreme Command
George W. Bush has degraded many important American concepts and values, such as the rule of law, human rights, and just government. Civilian control of the military is his next victim. America's...
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Robert Weissman
SiCKO, Part II: Things Can Be Different
There are no talking head experts in Michael Moore's masterful new film, SiCKO.The first part of SiCKO features regular people detailing the horrors of the U.S. healthcare system, based on their own...
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Steve Fake & Kevin Funk
Saving Darfur or Salvation Delusion?
The United States has substantial ties with the Sudanese government. However, buoyed by a large grassroots movement to "Save Darfur," Washington has also strongly condemned Khartoum for the crisis in...
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David Michael Green
If Reid Were Rove
The state of American politics is dismal. To begin with, there are no third choices. And, truthfully, there's hardly a second one either. If you had asked me prior to 2001, I would have echoed the...
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Barry Lando
The Trial of Saddam Hussein We Never Saw
On June 24th in Baghdad the Special Iraqi Tribunal is due to hand down a verdict against several of Saddam Hussein's officials charged with the slaughter of some 180,000 Kurds during the Al Anfal...
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Sharon Scranage
The Education Blame Game
The No Child Left Behind Act has received criticism from educators and policy pundits, primarily because of unrealistic goals that often stigmatize schools and the teachers connected with them as "...
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Rick Perlstein
How Liberal Activists Outfoxed FOX
A really illuminating panel showed how a major right-wing organization was set back on its heels -- and how it can be done again and again and again. When the Nevada Democratic Party announced that...
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Matthew Rothschild
Kucinich Sings of the Centrality of Peace
A fter Hillary Clinton spoke to the Take Back America conference on June 20, it was Dennis Kucinich's turn. Before he could get on stage, about half the crowd left. But many of those who remained...
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