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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Jonathan Curiel
Vets Are Home and Homeless
Three years ago, when he returned from Iraq and a stint in the U.S. Army, Herold Noel thought he'd be treated as a hero. Instead, he faced a series of degradations, including learning he was...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Let Canada Lead Peace Drive in Afghanistan
Ottawa Should Propose A Regional Conference To Explore Ways to End Conflict
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Elizabeth DiNovella
The War of Ideas
A s part of its four-part special series, "News War," PBS's Frontline tackles the role of the Arab media. "The War of Ideas [1]," the last episode of the series, looks at "the media revolution [2]...
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Benjamin R. Barber
Overselling Capitalism with Consumerism
The crisis in subprime mortgages betrays a deeper predicament facing consumer capitalism triumphant: The "Protestant ethos" of hard work and deferred gratification has been replaced by an infantilist...
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Frank Rich
Everybody Hates Don Imus
Familiar as I am with the warp speed of media, I was still taken aback by the velocity of Don Imus's fall after he uttered an indefensible racist and sexist slur about the Rutgers women's basketball...
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Al Meyerhoff
Science For Sale at UC Berkeley -- Also Known As 'UCBP'
BP, which likes to tout itself as "Beyond Petroleum," is the oil company that knows how to be a good corporate citizen. Never mind the pesky oil spill in Alaska last year that shut down the pipeline...
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H. Candace Gorman
Kangaroo Tribunals Give a Kafkaesque Edge to Guantanamo
The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay -- or Azkaban, as one of my clients, a Harry Potter fan, calls it -- have had no access to a hearing in a court of law. Instead, Guantanamo's inmates are subjected to...
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan Fight Will Only Get Tougher
The death last Sunday of six Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan reminds us of Santayana's famous maxim that those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. The soldiers were killed...
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Rupert Cornwell
Out of America
Fall of Wolfowitz Marks Twilight of the Neo-Cons
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Stéphane Dion
Time To Put Big Industry On a Carbon Diet
Canada Needs To Set Absolute Targets To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Stephen Soldz
Psychology and Coercive Interrogations in Historical Perspective
Aid and Comfort for Torturers
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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Dr. César Chelala
The Growing Toll of Iraqi Civilian Deaths
"The suffering that Iraqi men, women and children are enduring today is unbearable and unacceptable," the director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Pierre Kraehenbuehl,...
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William Greider
The Establishment Rethinks Globalization
The church of global free trade, which rules American politics with infallible pretensions, may have finally met its Martin Luther. An unlikely dissenter has come forward with a revised understanding...
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Neil Clark
Silence of The Hawks
As The Humanitarian Crisis In Iraq Goes From Bad To Worse, The War Propagandists Are Turning To More Trivial Matters.
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Ann McFeatters
Need For 'Czar' Shows Chaos of War
WASHINGTON -- While the nation has been fixated on the fiasco of Don Imus, a virulently self-obsessed radio/TV shock jock who should have been fired long ago for trying to pose as an adult, a much...
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Marjorie Cohn
U.S. Attorneys and Voting Rights
The Bush administration is shocked, shocked, that the firing of a few U.S. attorneys has caused such a stir in Washington. After all, the Oval Office says, the President can choose whomever he wants...
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David Swanson
Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS
Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq War to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led...
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Christopher Brauchli
Their Arms and Their Man: Musharraf Gives and Takes For Bush-Cheney
Obsequiousness begets friends. . . . Publius Terentius Afer , Andria If you thought all the Pakistanis got for their friendship with George W. Bush was a lawsuit and eventually a bunch of F-16s think...
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William Greider
The Establishment Rethinks Globalization
The church of global free trade, which rules American politics with infallible pretensions, may have finally met its Martin Luther. An unlikely dissenter has come forward with a revised understanding...
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Friday, April 13, 2007
Larry Elliott
Wolf At The Door:
The Controversial Pay Package He Arranged For His Girlfriend Isn't Paul Wolfowitz's Only Problem at the World Bank.
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Helen Thomas
Pelosi's 'Mixed Message' to Syria Is More Direct Than The President's
Vice President Dick Cheney has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of "bad behavior" for visiting Damascus and talking to Syrian President Bashar Assad.Look who's talking -- the man who told the world...
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Rosa Brooks
To The Rest of the World, We're Cheapskates
The U.S. International Affairs Budget -- Which Helps Fight AIDS, Poverty and More -- Is Just 1% of Total Spending.
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New York Times Editorial
Loosening the Stem Cell Binds
The Senate easily approved a bill this week that would free embryonic stem cell research from the worst shackles imposed by the Bush administration. The House passed its version earlier. A...
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Paul Krugman
For God's Sake
In 1981, Gary North, a leader of the Christian Reconstructionist movement — the openly theocratic wing of the Christian right — suggested that the movement could achieve power by stealth. "Christians...
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Stephen Hale
Stirring Speeches Won't Tackle Climate Change
Overall There is Little Prospect of Action On the Scale Needed On Either Side of the Commons
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Seth Freedman
'Never Forget' Is Never Enough
We Jews Must Admit It: Today's Human Rights Abuses Are Just as Bad as What Happened in The Holocaust.
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We Cannot Look From The Sides As We Are Led Towards Crisis Over Iran
Bush and Blair Have Spent Four Years Preparing an Onslaught That is About Oil, Rather Than Non-Existent Nuclear Weapons
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Peter Rothberg
The Green Festival
Step It Up! takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Check out an event near you .
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Scott Ritter
The Final Act of Submission
In the months leading up to President Bush's ill-fated invasion of Iraq, I traveled around the world speaking to various international groups, including many parliamentary assemblies. I spoke about...
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Dave Lindorff
Bush's Greatest Impeachable Crime
When my co-author Barbara Olshansky and I wrote The Case for Impeachment during the waning months of 2005 and early 2006, it seemed clear to us that the biggest impeachable crimes of the Bush regime...
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Harvey Wasserman
Peace Be With You, Kurt Vonnegut
As the media fills with whimsical good-byes to one of America's greatest writers, lets not forget one of the great engines driving this wonderful man---he HATED war. Including this one in Iraq. And...
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Robert B. Reich
The Real Scandal of Student Loans
The emerging scandal over college financial aid administrators that have cozy relationships with companies that lend students money to attend is only the tip of a much bigger scandalous iceberg. Take...
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David Michael Green
Dark of Heartness:
A Journey Into The (Reputed) Soul of Conservatism
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Terence L. Kindlon
The Few and Proud Can Certainly Be Female
Kathleen Parker's Easter Sunday column castigating the English Navy for sending a female sailor to war is a caveman's delight. Turning a blind eye to mountains of contrary evidence, Ms. Parker...
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Ruth Conniff
Imus and Other Big, Fat Idiots
Back in the 1990s, when I was coaching high school girls in track and cross-country, a book came out called The Stronger Women Get The More Men Love Football, by Mariah Burton Nelson, a former pro...
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Zine Magubane
Why 'Nappy' Is Offensive
Nappy, a historically derogatory term used to describe hair that is short and tightly coiled, is a preeminent example of how social and cultural ideas are transmitted through bodies.
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Michael Shank and Samuel Rizk
Turning A Blind Eye to Egypt Gives U.S. a Black Eye In Region
Parents and teachers know that consistent enforcement is critical. A child or student does not thrive with mixed messages; the policies of the home or classroom must be reliable to ensure effective...
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Reza Dibadj
Can Postmodernism Save World?
Contemporary political discourse is strikingly polarized: good nations vs. evil nations, welfare state vs. watchman state, free markets vs. bureaucrats, Republicans vs. Democrats. While everyone is...
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John Nichols
Senators Expand Inquiry of Political Prosecutions
The question of whether any of the 85 U.S. Attorneys who were not fired by the Bush administration may have engaged in political prosecutions blew open Tuesday, when key members of the Senate...
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Haifa Zangana
The Iraqi Resistance Only Exists To End The Occupation
The Escalating Attacks Are Not Usually Aimed at Civilians, But Are a Direct Response to the Brutal Actions of US-Led Troops
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Cindy Sheehan
Number 3291
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few -- the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of...
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Behzad Yaghmaian
Bonded at Birth
How a CIA Coup d'État in Iran and My Life Became One
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Johann Hari
The Selfishness of The Self-Help Industry
The Cult of Positive Thinking Blames All The People Who Falter or Fail in Life For Their Own Misfortune
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Malalai Joya
The US has Returned Fundamentalism to Afghanistan
The following is a transcript of the speech given by Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, given at the University of Los Angeles on Tuesday April, 10th: In the name of Democracy and Peace...
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Norman Solomon
Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack, John... and Whitewash
The Pentagon's most likely next target is Iran.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Amy Goodman
Take Back the Airwaves
As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don't talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks...
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Sally Kohn
'The Condemned' Reflects Real Life: People Are Disposable
Later this month, "The Condemned" will open in movie theaters nationwide. In the film, a wealthy television mogul buys ten inmates from death rows around the world. He puts them on an island to kill...
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Dean Baker
The IMF: A Sandbox to Play In
Shortly after protests in Seattle nearly shut down a round of negotiations for the World Trade Organization (WTO), a group of academics, trade negotiators and business people met in Washington to...
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Debi Smith
March's Fallen
Most of all we learned about death at an early age when it is common to think of oneself as immortal. Everyone loses that illusion eventually, but in civilian life it is lost in installments over the...
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Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith
Labor Confronts Global Warming
The reality of global warming and its catastrophic consequences are today beyond debate. But American labor is caught in an internal stalemate among those who fear job loss from efforts to deal with...
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Robert Malley
Forget Pelosi. What about Syria?
U.S. Isolation of Damascus Rests in a Misunderstanding of Syria's Position in the Mideast.
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Matthew Rothschild
Feingold Leads the Way on Iraq Again, But Does Not Go Far Enough
T his morning, April 10, Senator Russ Feingold introduced an important piece of legislation on the Iraq War. But unfortunately it does not go far enough. The bill provides enough loopholes for Bush,...
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Barbara Stocking
The World Before Iraq
The fallout From Our Foreign Policy is a Tide of Anti-British Sentiment in Global Conflict Zones
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Mark Klempner
Time for New Marshall Plan to Rebuild, Heal World
But what if millions of ordinary people with common sense and common decency rose up to affirm a different vision?
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Ted Rall
Ban The Banks: Corrupt Student Loan Biz Can't Be Reformed
NEW YORK--I was 17, and it was the summer between my high school graduation and freshman orientation week in college. My mom drove me downtown to the Gem City Savings building, where I signed a pile...
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Robert Scheer
Iraqis Finally Unite—Against the U.S.
You have to hand it to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., for having the chutzpah to cite the fiercely anti-American rally that dominated the anniversary of Iraq's fourth year of U.S. occupation as...
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Dave Lindorff
A Terrifying Truth
It wasn't too long ago that the death of socialism, the triumph of capitalism and the end of history were being widely hailed. What a difference a few years and a few fractions of a degree in world...
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Paul Campos
An Orwellian PR Stunt
Last week, Sen. John McCain staged a truly Orwellian publicity stunt in a Baghdad market. In a desperate attempt to give some sliver of credence to claims that the dreaded "liberal media" are failing...
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Gwen Ifill
Trash Talk Radio
Let's say a word about the girls. The young women with the musical names. Kia and Epiphanny and Matee and Essence. Katie and Dee Dee and Rashidat and Myia and Brittany and Heather. The Scarlet...
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Dilip Hiro
The New Power in Iraq
Despite The Efforts of Coalition Forces, A Powerful Islamist Leader Has Emerged Out of the Ashes of Saddam Hussein.
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Salim Lone
Somalia: Islamic Courts Unexpected Stand Offers Way Out of Deepening War
Even as former prime ministers and ministers met yesterday today with senior Somali intellectuals and activists to plan regaining control of the country from the invading Ethiopian army, the Islamic...
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Robert Jensen
Impeachment, All Down The Line
A speech delivered to the "Impeachment: Our Right, Our Duty" rally in Houston, TX, April 9, 2007. Whether one believes the impeachment of George W. Bush is a realistic possibility or is simply a...
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Harvey Wasserman
Why Must Nuke-Power Lemmings Again Flock to the Radioactive Sea?
It's baaaaaack. The fifty-year multi-trillion dollar failure of atomic energy has resumed its lemming-like march to madness. Why? Isn't the definition of insanity the belief that if you do the same...
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Sean Gonsalves
'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle'
My Dear Kids: You probably won't remember this, but back in your diaper years, your mother and I would sometimes rock you to sleep with a lullaby. But don't think lullabies are just for kids. In this...
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John Nichols
Which US Attorneys Did Rove's Bidding?
The real story of the U.S. Attorneys scandal that has so endangered the tenure of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is not that of the eight fired prosecutors. It is that of the 85 U.S. Attorneys...
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Nicholas Von Hoffman
The Ethanol Hoax
The other day the French, who we Americans know cannot do anything right, sent one of their trains hurtling down a railroad track at 357 miles per hour. France has more than 1,000 miles of high-speed...
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Stephen Burd
The Student-Loan Scam
Under a Republican Congress, For-Profit Lenders Pursued Their Own Interests -- Often With The Help of Colleges.
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Scot Lehigh
A Long, Contentious Grind
George W. Bush was at his best at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner two weeks ago, self-deprecating, funny, and gracious as he addressed the broadcasters.So why is it this...
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George Monbiot
There Is Climate Change Censorship - And It's The Deniers Who Dish It Out
Global Warming Scientists Are Under Intense Pressure to Water Down Findings, and Are Then Accused of Silencing Their Critics
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Tom Matthews
Sometimes, These Colors Must Run
Running away.It is taboo to even utter the words in relation to battle. Once the war is engaged, once the armaments start roaring, once your fellow soldiers begin falling dead on either side of you...
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H.D.S. Greenway
Cambodia Reflected in Iran Waters
When I saw pictures of the British sailors and marines, on the eve of their freedom from Iran, dressed in ill-fitting suits that Iranian tailors had run up for them, memory raced back nearly 40 years...
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Pierre Tristam
Recipe For The Republic Depends On Diluted Power; Not Bush Rule
James Madison believed in a strong, central government, but not a unilateral one. He also believed in states' rights, and above all in individual rights. In other words, he wanted his constitutional...
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Monday, April 9, 2007
John Brown
Karen Hughes and Her "Diplomacy of Deeds"
"Propaganda of the deed," a phrase attributed to the Italian revolutionary Carlo Pisacane (1818-1857), has long been associated with the tactics of terrorism. The Bush administration's image czarina...
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Peter Rothberg
Step It Up 2007
A new global warming report issued on April 5 by the United Nations paints a near-apocalyptic vision of Earth's future: hundreds of millions of people short of water, extreme food shortages in Africa...
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Adam Howard
No More Imus
Black people have a great sense of humor about themselves. I don't just say this because I happen to be black but because there's ample evidence to support this. For instance, arguably the most...
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Neal Peirce
Paving The Way For Smarter Roads
Decaying roads, rising traffic congestion, and voters distrustful of government and extraordinarily leery about increased gas taxes. What are political leaders to do? The "hot" new idea is "...
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Andrew J. Bacevich
'Your Iraq Plan?' Is a Pointless Question
Candidates Should Acknowledge That Bush's War is a Failure and Look Beyond Iraq.
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James Carroll
Fingerprint Foreboding
I was jolted to read last week that public schools in Taunton are planning to use a fingerprint scan as a way to enable students to pay for lunch. At the cash register, the student will simply tap a...
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David Abromowitz and Joan Ruttenberg
Sharing The Burden of War and Taxes
TAX DAY is coming. For most Americans, it's merely a reminder to get that paperwork done. But for many years, tax day reminded Americans that war means sacrifice.Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush...
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Miami Herald Editorial
Secrecy, Coercion, Torture: This Is Legal?
Our Opinion: Shut Down Guatanamo Facility For Terror Suspects
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Tom Engelhardt
Six Crises in Search of an Author
How the Bush Administration Destabilized the "Arc of Instability"
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Media's Ideological View of Pelosi's Trip
As Glenn Greenwald rightly points out in a recent post from his Unclaimed Territory blog, media coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent trip to Syria can fairly be labeled "hysteria-driven."
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Cynthia Tucker
The Bloody Results of America's Bizarre Love Affair With Guns
Atlanta, GA- Last Tuesday, a man followed a woman into a downtown Atlanta hotel - in the same complex as CNN's headquarters - and shot her in the face and upper body, leaving her fatally wounded. He...
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Paul Krugman
Sweet Little Lies
Four years into a war fought to eliminate a nonexistent threat, we all have renewed appreciation for the power of the Big Lie: people tend to believe false official claims about big issues, because...
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Chris Hedges
Praying for the Apocalypse
The Gilead Baptist Church, outside Detroit, is on a four-lane highway called South Telegraph Road. The drive down South Telegraph Road to the church, a warehouse-like structure surrounded by black...
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Linda Milazzo
Tell Me, William Donohue, Would A Vanilla Jesus Do? The Real Truth About Chocolate Jesus
Once in a while I see Norman Lear. Not surprising. In Los Angeles' progressive community it's bound to happen. Eerie how he never seems to age. I first met Mr. Lear in 1982. I was happily ensconced...
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Sunday, April 8, 2007
Ezra Klein
This Time, We Want Healthcare Reform
On March 24, every major Democratic presidential candidate - and a handful of minor ones - gathered in Las Vegas to spend a long afternoon getting grilled on the precise details of their healthcare...
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Eric Margolis
Power to the Pelosi
President George Bush charges that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's trip this week to Syria was undermining U.S. foreign policy. He's absolutely correct. If ever there was an administration whose...
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John Nichols
Exit Iraq? Republicans say "Yes!"
QUESTION: Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months?ANSWER: Yes 52% No 39% Undecided 9% No, those are not particularly shocking numbers. We have...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Address Root Causes of Terror, Expert Advises
When I was in Singapore recently, I learned about two interesting anti-terrorism initiatives: Detained terrorism suspects on that island state are being cured of their militancy by Islamic...
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Mark LeVine
Moderation Rocks in Pakistan
Driving into Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, there is a sign on the road that welcomes you to "the land of hospitality." This is not what you'd expect to find on your way to Peshawar,...
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Christopher Cooper
The Blessings Of Liberty To Ourselves And Our Posterity
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David Lindorff
Torture Blowback and Selective Outrage
The alleged torture of British Navy personnel by Iraqi Revolutionary Guards was page one news in the New York Times and other US publications on Saturday, and the outrage in America and Britain was...
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Caroline Arnold
The High Price of Mediocrity
According to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, the top issues for Democratic voters are: war, Iraq, universal medical care (not necessarily health insurance) and torture/detentions. Next tier, in...
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Saturday, April 7, 2007
Johann Hari
Big Oil's Vendetta Against the Electric Car
Somewhere out there, in the dusty basements of the Chevron-Texaco corporate headquarters, there is a technology that can - in one swoop - slash global warming emissions, save millions of people from...
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Alka Chandna, Ph.D.
FDA is MIA on Safe Pet Food Regulation
When dogs and cats began to sicken and die after eating certain brands of commercial food, the public had the right to expect swift action from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resolve the...
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Ralph Nader
Get Your Telephone Excise Tax Refund: It's Your Money
The IRS has a $10 billion tax credit for 140 million Americans. But the deadline is April 17th - unless you file for an automatic extension.On May 25, 2006 the U.S. Treasury Department decided to...
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Andrew Christie
The Big Circus Tent: Industry Hucksters Get in on Global Warming
Did you hear? Genetic engineering will curb global warming!Liquefied natural gas will curb global warming! Nuclear power will curb global warming! All of these claims are from actual press releases,...
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Cesar Chelala
Pelosi's Visit Offers New Peace Opportunities
NEW YORK - One of the most famous characters in fiction, Cervantes' Don Quijote de la Mancha, is credited with saying, "The dogs are barking at us, Sancho, a signal that we are making strides." To...
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Eric Alterman
The Politics of Pundit Prestige...
Back in the pre-Internet days of yore, political punditry was the best job in journalism and one of the best anywhere. You could spout off on anything you wanted, and almost nobody would call you on...
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