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Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Tom Hayden
Stop The Dirty War
Why Should American Blood and Taxes Be Spent on Propping Up a Sectarian Shi’a State Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing and Daily Human Rights Abuses?A Time For Congressional Hearings
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Mark Weisbrot
Is Hugo Chavez a Threat to Stability? No.
I have been asked to comment on the question of "whether President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela poses a threat to regional stability and how his critics, including the Bush administration, should respond...
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Benjamin R. Barber
Overselling Capitalism
Why Today's Markets Are Headed For Disaster Unless There is a Shift in Focus.
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Bill Quigley
Protesting Priests Escape Jail Before Torture Trial
Despite calls by federal prosecutors to jail two priests protesting against torture training at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, a federal judge has allowed them to remain free until their trial, which is set...
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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Scott Bontz
How Will Our Grandchildren See Us?
Thirty years ago, Alex Haley's "Roots" on television inspired millions to sleuth their blood ties to history. On this anniversary, let's imagine what our own descendants will make of us when they...
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Jesse Jackson
Invest In Hope, America, Not Despair
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a pretty good working definition of insanity. But that is the state of America's failed policy for poor children. For the...
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John Buell
Climate Science and The Politics of Economic Growth
The business press worries a lot about "moral hazards." They remind us that government beneficence corrupts hard-working citizens. Social Security deters citizens from saving for retirement,...
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Eugene Robinson
Torture of Terror Suspect Surprises No One
HERE'S WHAT the Bush administration has done to the values, traditions and honor of the United States of America: An accused terrorist claims he confessed to heinous crimes so that agents of the U.S...
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DeWayne Wickham
Bush Conjures Up Tortured Defense of Executive Privilege
George W. Bush isn't the first president to make the case for executive privilege. He just does it badly.His assertion that he has a right to keep secret the advice he gets from his staff is about as...
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Pierre Tristam
The Talented Mr. Dowd
Matthew Dowd was once a Texas Democrat. Then he wasn't. In the 1990s he fell in love with George Bush. He loved his knack for bi-partisanship, his talk of going beyond business as usual, his focus on...
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George Monbiot
Sharks Deserve The Conservation Status We Give To The Giant Panda
Marine Predators Are On The Verge of Extinction, But The Fishing Industry Still Rips The Nnvironment to Shreds With Impunity
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John Burke
300 Seen as a Tool To Work Up Anti-Iran Sentiment
The overseas press: The Movie Draws Much Attention and Scorn, its East v. West Theme is Seen as Hollywood Joining The Bush Administration in the March to Tehran.
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Brendan Smith, Tim Costello, and Jeremy Brecher
Undue Influence
Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China’s New Labor Lawâ€â€But Human Rights and Labor Advocates Are Pushing Back
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Robert Naiman
Senator Obama, Congress Has Many Options Besides Full Funding Without Withdrawal
One of the things that appeals to many progressives about Barack Obama's presidential candidacy is his background as a community organizer. It's not just that he can claim familiarity with the...
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Jennifer O’Connor
Iditarod Deaths Stain Race's Reputation
Now that the last dog has crossed the finish line, Iditarod organizers are rushing to patch up "The Last Great Race's" tattered reputation after three dogs died and a veteran musher, Ramy Brooks, was...
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Ralph Nader
Community Garden Decontamination
Years ago, when leaded gasoline was what gas stations sold to motorists, I would be driving through the fertile valleys in California and see the crops growing right up to shoulders of the narrow...
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Mark Weisbrot
Every Uninsured Child Should Have Access to Health Care
When Medicare and Medicaid - our government programs to provide health care for the elderly and the poor - were approved in 1965, they were widely seen as a step toward the universal health care that...
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Larry Beinhart
Ah, Alberto Gonzales
About a year from now pundits and instant historians will point back at the firing of the federal prosecutors and say, 'That's where the impeachment began.'I'm glad that it began with, or at least...
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Monday, April 2, 2007
David Michael Green
American Mugabe: George W. Bush
Most Americans really don't understand their president. And, no, I'm not even talking about the thirty percent or so who still give him a positive approval rating. I'm not sure those folks understand...
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Monica Benderman
On Keeping Men Alive
Ft. Stewart, Georgia. Home of the "Mighty Third Infantry, Rock of the Marne." I always find it interesting as I drive through the gate onto post. As the contracted gate guards check my ID and verify...
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Robert C. Hinkley
Another Inconvenient Truth
Government in the liberal democracies of the developed world is based on an experiment undertaken in the last half of the 18th century. That experiment theorized that the public interest could be...
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Norman Solomon,
While McCain Walks in McNamara's Footsteps
The media spectacle that John McCain made of himself in Baghdad on Sunday was yet another reprise of a ghastly ritual. Senator McCain expressed "very cautious optimism" and told reporters that the...
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Harry P. Pachon
Paying Too Much To Be American
Increasing Naturalization Fees Would Alienate Foreign-born Residents From Our Political System.
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Kevin Watkins
Tide of Suffering
The Rich World Created The Climate Change Threat. It Must Help The Rest Deal with The Consequences
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Carol Pier
A Pact With The Devil
Washington -- Carmen Cecilia Santana Romaña, a 28-year-old mother of three and a national trade union officer, was shot dead in her home in Antioquia, Colombia, on Feb. 7. Her murder came as little...
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Michael Gawenda
U.S. Values on Trial Alongside Hicks
Two days before David Hicks arrived at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba on January 11, 2002, flown there in a military transport from Afghanistan where he had been captured by Northern Alliance forces and sold...
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Lyse Doucet
Mideast Facing Iraq Refugee Crisis
Jordan and Syria are Home to Millions Fleeing Relentless Violence at Home
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Jay Bookman
When Myths Take Priority Over Facts
By the time we become adults, we've all compiled a personal mythology. These are the stories that tell us how the world works, why things are the way they are and what roles various people and forces...
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Chris Hayes
The Sum of Our Fears
If you were to draw a single conclusion from the past six years, it might very well be this: Fear does not bring out the best in the United States of America.
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Melinda Burns
Unionizing to Save The Santa Barbara News-Press
How The Proposed Employee Free Choice Act Could Have Rescued the Newsroom From Its Owner.
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Paul Krugman
Distract and Disenfranchise
I have a theory about the Bush administration abuses of power that are now, finally, coming to light. Ultimately, I believe, they were driven by rising income inequality. Let me explain.
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Dennis Jett
Get Out - Now
Despite all the rhetoric and resolutions emanating from Washington, two fundamental facts about the war in Iraq won't change. The killing will continue, but not all of it has to.Iraqis will continue...
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Sunday, April 1, 2007
Clint Talbott
Spurned Whistle-Blower
Congress Should Fix High Court's Troubling Ruling
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Let's Vote The Detainees Off The Island
Last week's big insider challenge to administration policy came not from the tell-all ex-chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. It came from the nation's new Pen tagon boss. Defense...
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Michael K. Dorsey
Carbon Trading Won't Work
Experiments with the Market Scheme Favored By Schwarzenegger Shows Trading Favors Big Polluters Without Curbing Global Warming Gases.
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Nancy Wohlforth and Fred Mason
Iraqi Oil Belongs To The Iraqi People
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost the American people more than $500 billion, the deaths of 3200 U.S. troops, 25,000 others wounded, and countless Iraqi lives. The total price tag is...
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Jennifer Daskal
This Was A Trial?
GUANTÃÂNAMO BAY, Cuba: While the Bush administration might try to paint the guilty plea by David Hicks plea as a triumph, the truth is that the Australian's conviction shows in painful detail just...
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Rosa Maria Pegueros
Cringing at the Stars
What do Alberto Gonzalez, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Miguel Estrada, Linda Chavez, and Clarence Thomas have in common? If you do not know, then you have not been paying attention.
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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Scott Stedjan and Laura Weis
A Cluster Bomb Treaty: Again, It's the U.S. vs the World
On March 6, 2007, the U.S. Department of State released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006 . This annual report to Congress details the human rights practices of foreign...
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Robert Kuttner
Comeback Attempt For The Labor Movement
THE NEW York Times recently reported that the earnings gap is now the widest since 1928, with the richest 1 percent of Americans having captured most of the economy's 2005 growth, and the bottom 90...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Football Socialism
YOU WOULD think the National Football League and the wage gap have nothing in common. But if the nation shared its resources like the NFL, we would be in a much better place. For instance, even...
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David Segal and Miguel Luna
U.S. Shares Blame For Immigration Woes
IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY thing to leave behind one's loved ones and trek thousands of miles to a place where one will be greeted with disdain and derision. When most people hear the word "alien," they...
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Michael Evans
'Para-politics' Goes Bananas
In a scandal with wide-ranging implications for US-Colombia ties, Chiquita Brands International, the mega-fruit company, agreed earlier this month to pay $25 million in fines to the US government for...
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Salam Fayyad
Palestinian Hope Held Hostage:
Economic Sanctions are Keeping Palestinians From Building a Life.
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Joel McNally
Today's Young Protesters Get No Adult Sympathy
When a small group of high school kids and young college students vandalized an Army recruiting center near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, it was a golden moment of nostalgia for those...
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Kenro Oshidari & Felix Bamezon
Darfurian Crisis Spreads
CROUCHED IN A FILTHY CAMP in Darfur, Hawa Hamed, 25, tells a tragic but too familiar story. Three months ago her village was attacked by an Arab militia. Her hut was burned and several of her...
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Terry Jones
Call That Humiliation?
No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians Clearly Are a Very Uncivilised Bunch
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Felicity Arbuthnot
'Cruel, Callous, Inhumane and Unacceptable.'
An Open Letter to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, M.P. Dear Mr Brown, Standing in Afghanistan, you called the Iranian holding of fifteen British sailors who it is likely strayed in...
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Christopher Brauchli
What's In A Lie?
And when at last the police came, Her little pranks she did not deny, For to do so she would have had to lie, And lying she knew was a sin. -Tom Lehrer, About a young maiden I'll sing a song
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Friday, March 30, 2007
Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia L. Cooper
Questions for Karl Rove — and President Bush
The stealth dismissal of U.S. attorneys by the Bush administration carries echoes of the Nixon administration firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973. Now, as then, we may be witnessing...
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Matthew Norman
We've Lost The Authority to Lecture Iran
The Iraqi Misadventure has Rendered Britain Too Demoralised to Respond With Serious Force
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Diann Rust-Tierney
Alberto Gonzales and the Death Penalty:
At Time For Candor. A Time For Fairness
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Richard W. Behan
George Bush's Land Mine:
If the Iraqi People Get Revenue Sharing, They Lose Their Oil to Exxon
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Andrew Fiala
Seeing the Suffering We Cause
The South Carolina legislature is still considering a bill--passed by the State Assembly last week--that would require those who want abortions to see an ultrasound image of the fetus to be aborted...
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Robert Naiman
The Courage To Withdraw
"Cut and run, cut and run," taunt the Congressional supporters of the President, suggesting that those who want to withdraw from Iraq are cowards. But maybe those who want to stay are the cowards...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters
MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters The frenzy in America's corporate media over Iran's detainment of 15 British...
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John Nichols
Time is Right For Impeachment Vote
Stoughton will vote next Tuesday on the audacious question of whether the president and vice president of the United States should be impeached.
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Tom Engelhardt
Diplomats to the Sidelines
Ever since September 2001, the President's central operative image has been "war" -- specifically, his "global war on terror" (promptly transformed into the grim acronym GWOT). With it went the...
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Andrew Greeley
Bush Team Is Adept Only at Bungling
The Bush administration reminds me of Jimmy Breslin's comic novel, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight . The premise of the novel was what if you had a Mafia gang whose members were incompetent at...
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Christopher Phelps
The New SDS
Twenty-year-old Will Klatt, wearing a green knit hat, baggy jeans and black jacket pulled over a hoodie, stands before a Civil War monument at the center of Ohio University's main campus in Athens...
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Ronan Bennett
A Peculiar Outrage
The Treatment of Faye Turney is Wrong - But Not in the Same League as British and US Abuses
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Jonathan Steele
Brown Should Take His Lead on Iraq From the Democrats
US Resolve Has Leapfrogged Beyond Britain's in a Way That Labour Seems Not To Have Taken on Board
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Ryan Blethen
Feisty, Independent Newspapers Help Democracy Function
WASHINGTON — It is easy to get distracted by the bad news in this business. The usual worries that permeate a workplace have been superseded by a grinding fear that the newspaper industry will die...
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New York Times Editorial
Story Time in the Senate
In his Senate testimony yesterday, Kyle Sampson, the former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, tried to be a "loyal Bushie," a term Mr. Sampson used in his infamous e-mail message...
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David Sirota
Windows Into Populism's Rise
A rule of thumb for understanding American politics: The federal government only reacts to popular will when the upper-middle professional class starts making noise. Everyone else's voice falls on...
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Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sarah Olson
Opposition to the War Growing Among Troops
"I joined the Army to go to war, and now I'm fighting to get out," says Pfc. Ryan Follan, laughing nervously. He quickly becomes serious. "Some of the causes are good, but I don't think the war is...
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Gwynne Dyer
Better That Iranians Didn't Go After Yanks
A Similar Attack on Americans Could Have Led to Casualties and an Excuse For Bush to Bomb Iran.
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Marie Cocco
No Longer Bush's War But The GOP's
From its inception, the Iraq War has been President Bush's signature project. It was conceived by a small band of neoconservatives who had on their side the vice president's robust agreement and...
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Garrison Keillor
The Day Mr. Bush Left The White House For a Stroll in The Park
The Current Occupant decided to go for a walk one fine spring morning, and he strolled down the White House drive to the main gate and chatted with the cops in the guardhouse and then strolled down...
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William Greider
Message To The Man In The Bunker
Take a deep breath. The nation has arrived at an extraordinary political moment. The Congress is about to instruct the President he should withdraw from the ongoing war. Yes, I know the fine print in...
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Liza Featherstone
Buddying Up To Walmart
Last week, in a remarkable interview with the American Prospect magazine's Ezra Klein, SEIU president Andy Stern, normally one of the more articulate leaders of the American labor movement, was...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Plays Superhero in Iraq
B ush just raised the stakes again in Iraq. In his defiant speech Wednesday morning, he cast the battle in Iraq in the starkest terms yet. It's a battle, he said, against "pure evil." Bush now says...
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Liliana Segura
Prosecutors and the Death Penalty
As the scandal over the US Attorney purge intensifies, each day brings stark revelations. From intimidating phone calls made to prosecutors' homes to incriminating e-mails from the office of former...
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ELizabeth Sullivan
Putting Out Fires Again in Tal Afar
A year ago, President Bush lauded the city of Tal Afar in his City Club speech in Cleveland as a "concrete example of progress in Iraq." He described how U.S. troops, operating with Iraqi forces, had...
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Tara McKelvey
'We Were Torturing People For No Reason'
Tony Lagouranis is a 37-year-old bouncer at a bar in Chicago's Humboldt Park. He is also a former torturer. That was how he was described in an e-mail promoting a panel discussion, "24: Torture...
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Katherine Pryor
New Voices For A New War
The war in Iraq is four years old, and I finally live in a city as outraged as I am. I sent out a mass e-mail asking friends to join me at the anti-war demonstration in downtown Seattle. When no one...
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Jospeh D. Rich
Bush's Long History of Tilting Justice
The Administration Began Skewing Federal Law Enforcement Before the Current U.S. Attorney Scandal, Says a Former Department of Justice Lawyer.
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L.J. Williamson
Let Kids Outdoors
Crime is Down, But Parents Shelter Their Children As If There's a Child Predator On Every Corner.
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Jay Bookman
Will Congress Finally Dare To Tell Bush No?
For more than four years, President Bush has controlled every aspect of the war in Iraq. For more than four years, a docile Congress has given the president every penny he has sought to fight the so-...
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Theo Stein
This Is How The Train Goes Completely Off The Tracks
Good news: U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has pledged to get to the bottom of the ruckus over the firing of well-regarded Republican U.S. Attorneys who may or may not have been canned for...
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Tehran, Iran Heather Wokusch
Easter Surprise: Attack on Iran, New 9/11 -- or Worse
"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." — George W. Bush,...
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Dean Baker
Thailand Takes the Lead in Promoting Free Trade
Thailand's government has taken the unusual step of challenging one of the world's most powerful industries in order to better the health of its population. Thailand's government issued compulsory...
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Milton Viorst
Richard Nixon's Mideast Blunder
What Might Have Been if Nixon Had Supported His Secretary of State's Efforts to Secure Israel-Palestine Peace?
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Mary Beth Sullivan
Conversion for Survival
In the words of the great economist and engineer Seymour Melman, we live in a "permanent war economy." Since the end of World War II, the federal government has spent more than half its tax dollars...
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Dave Lindorff
Impeachment, Like Spring, is in the Air
It's time for impeachment to come out of the deep freeze. For a year now, Democratic leaders like Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Rep. Nancy Pelosi D-CA), Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and DNC head Howard Dean...
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David Michael Green
Torture Her!
So Monica Goodling doesn't want to answer questions on Capitol Hill, eh? This top official in the Justice Department, who serves as its liaison to the White House, is now refusing to answer any...
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David Corn
The Cunningham Scandal: A White House Link?
It's a cliche: what a difference a Democratic congressional majority makes. The US attorney scandal, Walter Reed, the suppression of global warming data, the FBI's misuse of national security letters...
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Bryan Farrell
Hooked On Weapons: Unfortunately It's Us
Vice President Dick Cheney has said it would be "a serious mistake if a nation such as Iran were allowed to become a nuclear power." He did not enumerate the reasons, but a logical person would...
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Amy Goodman
American Kangaroo Court Claims Its First Victim
It is appropriate that a person from Australia, home of the kangaroo, should be the first one dragged before the kangaroo court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. David Hicks, imprisoned there...
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Robert Scheer
Pentagon Cowers Behind Wordplay
C'MON! The Pentagon's inspector general concludes that nine top officers were involved in the cover-up of NFL football star Cpl. Pat Tillman's "friendly fire" death, yet insists that this apparent...
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David Case
Iraq Needs Educated Who Flee Terror
SAN FRANCISCO -- CONSIDERING the persistent bad news from Iraq, it's hard to imagine that adding a mere 21,500 troops will bring security. But even if it does, the surge is only a small step toward...
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Matthew Rothschild
Iran Plays Into Bush's Hand
T his is how wars often start. With little provocations that escalate out of control. When Tehran seized 15 British sailors on Friday for allegedly being in Iranian waters, George Bush and Dick...
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Peter Rothberg
Exxon's Shame
Alaskan wood carver Mike Webber unveiled his "Shame Pole" this past Friday in Cordova to mark the 18th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill , which devastated the area and ruined lucrative...
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Mark Morford
When Liberals Rule The World
Stats Say The GOP is Dying. But Red-Staters Are Breeding Like Drunken Ferrets. Who Wins?
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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Michael Winship
A False Sense of Security
A couple of weeks ago, I was awakened just a little before three in the morning by flashing lights bouncing off the walls of my bedroom. It wasn't the usual time for my weekly alien abduction, so,...
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Sam Provance
The American Ghosts of Abu Ghraib
Editor's Note: Former Army Sgt. Sam Provance was one of the heroes of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the only uniformed military intelligence officer at the Iraqi prison to testify about the abuses during...
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Jesse Jackson
Young African-American Boys Are In Crisis - And Nation Is Silent
Dr. James A. Williams is on a mission. "We have a crisis in this country," he says, "and no one is talking sense about it." Williams is not a rebel. He is the superintendent of the Buffalo Public...
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Laura Flanders
No Special Rights
Nonbinding this and that, deadline lah-di-dah, Bush/Cheney are going to ignore the mandate of the midterm elections and every pressure from Congress on Iraq, because Bush/Cheney know their opponents...
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Harvey Wasserman
Can Al Gore Get Us to Solartopia?
Al Gore has leapt to center stage with well-founded concerns about global warming. He has been gratefully successful in publicizing the fact that there is a virtual library of irrefutable evidence...
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Stewart Acuff
Health Care and the Freedom to Form Unions
The following is based on remarks offered at the Health Care Industry Conference in Chicago on March 21, 2007. The U.S. health care system is in deep crisis. The number of Americans without health...
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