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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Michael Winship
Skating, Living, Dying on Thin Ice
One of the curiosities of life in the freelance scrivener's trade is that you find yourself in the oddest places, writing about the oddest things . Over some twenty-five years or so, I've taken...
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Paul Campos
Nonsense About Terrorism
For nearly six years now we've been hearing from politicians and pundits about how Sept. 11, 2001 "changed everything." One especially unwelcome change wrought by that day has been that, ever since,...
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Pierre Tristam
Iraq Awakenings, Four Years Late
The New York Times on Sunday devoted its entire editorial to Iraq . In a piece called "The Road Home," the Times finally discovers what should have been obvious, and was obvious to some of us, going...
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Monday, July 9, 2007
Ralph Nader,
Chinese Imports Highlight Woeful State of Consumer Safety
It has been a long time coming, but now the mass media and even the "look-the-other-way" Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are focusing on a stream of Chinese imports that are contaminated or...
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Eric Margolis
Prescribing World Terrorism
Pundits and self-appointed experts on Islam are wringing their hands and trying to explain why two Muslim doctors and at least six other medical workers were involved in this week's failed bombings...
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Sean Wilentz
Mr. Cheney's Minority Report
TWENTY years ago this week, Lt. Col. Oliver North testified for six days before a special joint House and Senate investigating committee. Permitted by the Democratic majority to appear in his...
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Christopher Moraff
A Crack in the System: Reforming Mandatory Cocaine Sentencing Policy
A flurry of recent legislative activity may finally signal an end to what critics call a blatantly racist federal sentencing policy. Now over 20 years old, the sentencing guidelines set forth in the...
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Matthew Rothschild
White House Manual for Silencing Critics
S o the truth comes out. After a myriad of stories about people being excluded from events where the President is speaking, now we know that the White House had a policy manual on just how to do so...
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John Nichols
Sheehan Versus Pelosi?
The Bush administration is no barrier to the burgeoning movement for impeachment. In fact, George Bush and Dick Cheney should probably be made honorary members of the various coalitions seeking to...
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Paul Krugman
Health Care Terror
These days terrorism is the first refuge of scoundrels. So when British authorities announced that a ring of Muslim doctors working for the National Health Service was behind the recent failed bomb...
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James Carroll
A New Declaration of Liberty
The holidays of July Fourth and July 14th are linked by the philosophical and chronological affinities between the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man...
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Tom Engelhardt
'Accidents of War':The Time Has Come for an Honest Discussion of Air Power
The first news stories about the most notorious massacre of the Vietnam War were picked up the morning after from an Army publicity release. These proved fairly typical for the war. On its front page...
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Sean Gonsalves
The President Hath Spoken
"You may object that it is not a trial at all; you are quite right. For it is only a trial if I recognize it as such." - Franz Kafka (The Trial). Is anyone surprised that Scooter Libby's 30-month...
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Paul Buchheit
Mainstream Media Where Are You?
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Joan Wile
Wednesday In The Park With Norman Siegel
Forget about fireworks, picnics, and barbecues. What have they got to do with the true meaning of Independence Day, anyway? No, we New York peace grannies and friends celebrated this important...
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Linda Milazzo
Nobody Marched to Impeach Bill Clinton
NOBODY marched to impeach Bill Clinton. Angry citizens DIDN'T fill the streets, carry signs and beg a non-responsive Congress to do its Constitutional duty and remove Bill Clinton from his job...
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Dave Zirin
The Doming of America
"You can't throw money at the problem." As a former public school teacher in Washington, I heard this cliche from countless bureaucrats. It was code for "Stop whining about ancient textbooks and...
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Bill Willers
Darwin and Friedman in the Corporate World
Darwinian selection - the "survival of the fittest" concept - is as applicable to human social structures as it is to the natural world. The question just becomes "Fit for what?". Whereas wild nature...
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John Atcheson
An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi
Madam Speaker: It is time to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney. We all know the case for doing so: the litany of this administration's offenses is long and tragic, the damage they have wrought to...
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Michael Parenti and Lucia Muñoz
Gender Savagery in Guatemala
On the outskirts of Guatemala City the body of an 18-year-old woman of indigenous ethnicity was recently discovered by her frantic parents who had been searching long and hard. Forensic evidence...
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Susan Lenfestey
Let's Declare Unity Day -- and Rally to Impeach Cheney
I don't know about you, but this year I didn't much feel like celebrating America's independence. Seems like cooperation and collaboration might be more to the point after six go-it-alone years of...
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The Road Home
It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit. • Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a...
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Frank Rich
A Profile in Cowardice
THERE was never any question that President Bush would grant amnesty to Scooter Libby, the man who knows too much about the lies told to sell the war in Iraq. The only questions were when, and how,...
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Kip Leitner
What is Reality Anyway?
My wife tells me that I should just stop listening to the all news, everywhere -- particularly about Iraq -- because of my habit of protesting minor factual idiocies with enormous tirades. But I just...
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Christopher Brauchli
The King Can Do No Wrong
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution. -- Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries It was not enough to select him president. Now they've gone...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Killing the Money Primary
July 4th's Washington Post featured a front-page story about how campaign contributors heavily favored Democrats in the three-month period that ended last weekend, giving three dollars to the party's...
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Ari Berman
A Clinton Spy Scandal?
When news of the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program became public, Senator Hillary Clinton called the eavesdropping "strange" and "far-fetched." In a fundraising email she went on...
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Live Earth Concerts: Enjoy the Show, Then Vote Green
On this day of the Live Earth concerts, it is appropriate to ask whether music performances can preserve the planet. A measure of skepticism is appropriate. For all the good intentions of George...
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Alaa Bayoumi
Another Futile PR Stunt Abroad
DOHA, Qatar -- PRESIDENT BUSH has a unique ability to stick to his policies and rhetoric even if reality and practice prove them wrong. His recent announcement that he will appoint a special envoy to...
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Harvey Wasserman
Freedom for Leonard Peltier, Jail for Scooter Libby
In all the hand-wringing about George Bush's ghastly commutation for Scooter Libby, the name that should resonate most is that of Leonard Peltier. While the junta's henchmen walk free, this great...
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Larry Beinhart
Coming Out of the Republican Closet: Queer for Segregation
One of the pillars of the contemporary Republican Party has been racism. They have made great efforts to mask it with euphemisms so that they can use code words to let anti-black voters know what...
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Friday, July 6, 2007
Michael Moore
BlueCross Secret Memo Re: 'Sicko'
Friends, An employee who works at Capital BlueCross has sent us a confidential memo written and circulated by its Vice President of Corporate Communications, Barclay Fitzpatrick. His job, it seems,...
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John Nichols
More Than The Money Primary
Let us establish a simple standard with regard to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination: Any candidate who raises more in a quarter than all the Democratic candidates did in a parallel...
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It's Contempt of Congress
No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced last week that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that...
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Corporate Crime Reporter
Corporate Crime Excised from the American Mainstream
On February 27, 2007, the Wall Street Journal ran a story under the following headline:"Korean Court Aids Push to Curb Corporate Crime." What is so unusual about this headline? What is so unusual is...
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David Michael Green
It's Scalia Time!
Thirty-three years ago, on assuming the presidency in the wake of Richard Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford famously sought to ease the worries of a troubled nation with these words: "My fellow...
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Carol Hamilton
The State, That's Me!
The presidential pardon is a vestige of monarchy. A few years ago a contributor to The Nation referred to Bush as George II. I wrote in to correct him; that's not how the Brits and other nations...
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Mark LeVine
Why Live Earth Will Fail
Tomorrow the world will once again be blessed with a world wide concert featuring the leading concerned citizens of the rock 'n roll world playing for free (although all the free publicity certainly...
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Scott Ritter
A Farewell to Arms Control
The organization that was at the center of the maelstrom of the Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction fiasco, responsible for bringing the world to the brink of war on no fewer than a half-dozen...
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Daniel Ellsberg
Scooter Libby and Mordechai Vanunu
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Rosa Brooks
Shame on Bush -- and Us
THE MEDIA'S Stockholm syndrome finally seems to be wearing off. Like freed hostages who gradually cease to identify with their captors, mainstream media outlets seem to have been seized by a new...
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Gen. William Odom
'Supporting the Troops' Means Withdrawing Them
Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to "...
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Patrick Cockburn
Smokescreen for the War Blown Away
If asparagus and not oil was Iraq's leading export then the determination of the US, Britain and Australia to continue occupying the country would certainly be less than it is. Asked why the US...
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Robert Shetterly
The Goop Pond
I began writing this essay on the morning of the 4th of July, 2007. It was a beneficent morning on the coast of Maine where I live. Cloudless sky, soft breeze, temperature in the seventies, a few...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Summer of Love '07: On a Journey for Humanity
The other day I came out of my short retirement due to yet another Bush flagrant abuse of power. We decided that we would walk from Atlanta to DC to gather a people's movement for humanity. The...
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Shannon Hall
Children in the Justice System Should Have the Same Rights as Scooter Libby
Does a defendant's background matter for sentencing purposes? President Bush apparently thinks that it does, because he cited Scooter Libby's background and service to his country as a reason to...
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Sidney Blumenthal
America's 21st Century Monarchy
Before Bush commuted Libby's sentence, did he bother to read the Declaration of Independence, or did he just consult Cheney?
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Michael Hardt
Take the Revolutionary Road
The US has been the world's principal anti-revolutionary force for almost a century. As Thomas Jefferson would have said, it's time to rebel.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush White House Likes a Guy with Conviction(s)
Now that Scooter Libby isn't going to jail, he can take heart at some of the employment prospects that could await him. Presidential clemency may be a long-honored tradition going back to George...
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Johann Hari
The Future of the Earth Depends on China
If you live in Beijing and simply breathe the air, it has the same effect as 20 cigarettes a day
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Haroon Siddiqui
Bush Duplicity Hinders Battle Against Extremism
So, it is the terrorist Hamas that gets the kidnapped BBC correspondent Alan Johnston released. That's just one of many ironies of the American-Israeli - and Canadian - approach to the Arab-Israeli...
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US Supreme Court Helen Thomas
High Court Takes Giant Steps Backward
WASHINGTON -- The new Supreme Court is more conservative than it has been in decades. It's also meaner. It is a dream come true for Republican presidencies dating back to the "strict constructionist...
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Next, A Libby Pardon
President George Bush can go no lower in the polls, so expect him to compound his disregard for justice with a full pardon of I. Lewis Libby. Commuting the sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney's...
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Rod Dreher
War: Doleful Pleas of a Father
I have spent the last two weeks carrying around a chunk of bloody flesh. It is masquerading as a paperback novel called All Quiet on the Western Front , but in truth, it's the ravaged heart of a man...
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Thom Hartmann
The Libby Commutation: Coincidence, or Conspiracy?
The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to...
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Norman Solomon
A Bloody Media Mirror
Many of America's most prominent journalists want us to forget what they were saying and writing more than four years ago to boost the invasion of Iraq. Now, they tiptoe around their own roles in...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Olga Bonfiglio
Walking the Talk of Peacemaking
Peacemaking is a passive activity, right? Or at least it's an absence of war. Yes?After spending 18 months of observing and talking with local peace activists since the start of this war with Iraq, I...
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Dave Lindorff
Pelosi on Impeachment and Defending the Constitution: It's Just Not Worth It
In a fascinating article interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reporters Mike Stark and Dave Johnson get Pelosi to admit that she had decided "at least a year ago," before Democrats had even...
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Linda Milazzo
Danny Schechter's "A Work In Progress: Putting The Me in Media"
Today I received an in-depth blog from Danny Schechter (The News Dissector), reporting from Durbin, South Africa where he's screening his film, "In Debt We Trust." This was the second blog Danny has...
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Phyllis Stenerson
Renewing America's Promise
"What the American people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." -- Barbara Jordan On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted as the foundational document...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Most Patriotic Act Of All
The Nation has always marched to a different drummer , opposing US involvement in the Spanish-American War and World War I and the Vietnam War , while giving all-out support to the US effort in World...
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Arianna Huffington
Memo to the Media: Libby Outrage is Not Confined to "the Left"
Here we go again. No sooner had President Bush commuted the sentence of Prisoner 28301-016 ("Cheney's Cheney" to his pals), and the champagne begun to flow at Mary Matalin's house, than the media...
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Robert Scheer
Independence Day for Libby
Whatever happened to "don't do the crime if you can't do the time," which allows tough-love conservatives to cheerfully sentence petty criminals to incarceration? Suddenly, no prison time for perjury...
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Amy Goodman
The High Cost of Libby's Silence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," says the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Unless, of course, you are a friend of the president. By commuting "...
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Keith Olbermann
I Accuse You, Mr. Bush...
"I didn't vote for him," an American once said, "But he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."That-on this eve of the 4th of July-is the essence of this democracy, in 17 words. And that is...
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Mark Morford
Scooter Libby In Hell
What do Dick Cheney, Paris Hilton, "The Sopranos" and colon spasms have in common? Find out here!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Call Out The Instigator
Call out the Instigator Because there's something in the air We got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution's here You know it's right! -Thunderclap Newman
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Richard Gwyn
Is The US Mirroring Rome's Fall?
Circling around Washington is a broad swath of highways known as The Beltway. Two Americas exist today: one, "inside the Beltway," is composed of all the people who run the country; the other, "...
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Marie Cocco
America's Approval Rating Takes a Hit
WASHINGTON -- Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity-the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the...
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Ari Melber
Bush Assaults Rule of Law to Save Libby
"The true saint is the person who whips and kills the people for the good of the people." - Charles Baudelaire It is tempting to view the commutation of prison time for Lewis Libby, the disgraced...
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Jesse Jackson
Activist Justices Target Diversity
A quarrelsome claque of five right-wing justices on the Supreme Court of the United States has abandoned the court's historic commitment to integration. These arrogant men scorned judicial precedent...
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George Monbiot
Global Warming: A Sudden Change of State
Reading a scientific paper on the train this weekend, I found, to my amazement, that my hands were shaking. This has never happened to me before, but nor have I ever read anything like it. Published...
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Pierre Tristam
Libby's Pardon: The Failure of Mr. Bush
There was always something excessively distasteful about the Lewis Libby trial. It wasn't the five felony counts of lying to investigators and misleading a grand jury, or his conviction on four of...
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Charles Karel Bouley
Paris Hilton Is Now A Martyr
It's official: Paris Hilton has served more jail time at the hands of an overzealous judge, seen more of the inside of a jail cell, eaten more prison food than Lewis Libby ever will. The Dictator In...
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Gwynne Dyer
Putting Terrorism in Perspective
As terrorists go, this was "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." One of the would-be London bombers on June 29 drove erratically down Haymarket Street in central London - presumably affected by...
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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial
Trumping the Rule of Law
In commuting the sentence of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, President Bush sent the message that perjury and obstruction of justice in the service of the president of the United...
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Megan Tady
Rocking Out To Our Demise
It’ll take more than outdoor concerts to stop global warming
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Bill Quigley
Injustice in Jena: The 'White Tree', A White Judge, White Jury, and White Prosecutor Calling White Witnesses Leads To Conviction of Black Youth
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Michael Winship
Libby: One More Twist in the Yellowcake Road
So much for, "No man is above the law." The chief prosecutor, jury, trial judge -- a Republican he himself appointed to the bench. The federal appeals panel. The majority of public opinion. All...
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Dilip Hiro
The Rising and Falling Power of Hydrocarbon States
The Oil Card is Good For Only a Few Rounds in The Long-Term Game of International Diplomacy
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John Kaminski
Impeachment: We've Got a Job to Do
The following remarks were offered by John Kaminski, Chair of the Maine Lawyers for Democracy, at the Citizens Summit for Impeachment Rally that took place in Kennebunkport, Maine on Sunday, July 1st...
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Dean Baker
The RX From "SiCKO:" More Choice
The pundits are working overtime trying to defuse the message from "SiCKO," Michael Moore's new film. They are trying to convince the public that the United States could not possibly do what every...
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Anne Miller & Kevin Martin
Earth to Bush: Iraq isn't South Korea
The Bush Administration recently pointed to the over-five-decades-long US military presence in South Korea as a successful model for Iraq. The implications of this comparison seemed to escape them...
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Monday, July 2, 2007
James Carroll
CIA's Darkest Secret
Every so often, the front page trumpets ethical and legal lapses committed by US intelligence agencies. In Iraq, they have run the gamut from pre war falsification of weapons data to surveillance of...
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Roger Cohen
The Filthy Rich Are Different From You and Me
With $1 billion in the bank, you have to try hard to avoid getting richer. Assuming a 10 percent rate of return, your arduous task is spending $100 million a year, or about $274,000 a day. Hermes...
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66 Wisconsin Citizens
Baldwin Must Join The Call to Impeach For Peace
Editor's note: This column is directed to Representative Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. If you would like to write the representative(s) from your state you can use the 'Write Your Representative' page...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
This Land is My Land
I took a micro-vacation last week--nine hours in Sun Valley before an evening speaking engagement. The sky was deep blue, the air crystalline, the hills green and not yet on fire. Strolling out of...
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Medea Benjamin
To Those Who Threw a Pie in My Face, Let's Swap Recipes
On the eve of the closing of the first ever US Social Forum in Atlanta, CODEPINK hosted a reception in the Peace and Justice Tent. We raised our glasses in a toast to the historic gathering and the...
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Dave Zweifel
Hightower Highlights Bush Abuses
If you want to know what's going on behind the scenes in George W. Bush's reign as U.S. president, you ought to be subscribing to Texas gadfly Jim Hightower's "Hightower Lowdown." The monthly four-...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
An Open Letter to America: Now Is The Time For Us To Stand Up and Stand Together
July 2, 2007 My Fellow Americans: The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting...
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John Nichols
To the Courts, Then, on Behalf of the Constitution!
The founder of the Republic, conscious of the excesses that resulted when King George III and his Parliament cooperated, endeavored to put the legislative and executive branches of the United States...
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Ira Chernus
Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan No Coincidence
NATO bombs killed at least 45 civilians in Afghanistan the other day. If you get your news from the front pages of the U.S. mainstream media, you wouldn't know it. The New York Times did run news...
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Ray McGovern
Bush/Cheney: Unimpeachably Impeachable
Last week's four-part Washington Post feature on Vice President Dick Cheney removed any doubt in my mind as to whether he and President George W. Bush have committed the kinds of high crimes and...
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The Times-Union (New York)
Rescue Plan: Single-Payer System Is The Answer To Public Health Insurance Woes
Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko" indicts private health insurance and calls for its abolition. "Sicko" joins an American tradition that includes Lewis Hine's photographs of child laborers (1908)...
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Chris Hedges,
A Declaration of Independence from Israel
Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed...
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Froma Harrop
These Democrats Do Billionaires' Bidding
One of the less appetizing sights in politics today is Democrats defending laws that tax high-finance buccaneers at lower rates than the police who guard their Aston Martins. While many Democrats are...
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Caroline Arnold
'It is Their Right, It is Their Duty, To Throw Off Such Government '
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such...
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Hank Edson
We Want Our Humanity Represented! Impeachment for Torture, Now!
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Daniel Vallin
Yet Another Look at Moore's Sicko -- Missing the Point
Michael Moore's film Sicko has only been in general release for three days, though over the last month I have read at least 25 reviews and commentaries. All of them seem to have missed the point. The...
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Ryan Blethen
The Loss of Airwave Democracy
PORTLAND, Maine - Localism, like many isms, means different things to different people. This was apparent Thursday night in the auditorium of a Maine high school. The Federal Communications...
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