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Monday, January 28, 2008
John Nichols
What Pledge? Clinton Appears in Florida
Hillary Clinton has decided to rewrite the rules of the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Like other candidates, she pledged not to campaign in Florida after the state jumped...
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Mike Marqusee
The Ominous Lesson of Tet
The Vietnamese death toll after America's defeat 40 years ago is a terrifying pointer for the Iraq retreat
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Johann Hari
Beware the Internet's Looming Class Divide
As the web reshapes our minds and souls, we have to fight to keep it equally open
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Joe Amon
How Not to Fight HIV/Aids
The charity founded by Bill Gates is pouring millions into combating HIV in China. But it's repeating old mistakes
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Madeleine Bunting
From Buses to Blogs, a Pathological Individualism Is Poisoning Public Life
Our shared spaces have become a bear pit. This ever-crumbling civility risks our wellbeing and points to a bleak future
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James Carroll
Our One-Way Trip to Disaster
You and everyone you love are riding on a large bus. The bus driver, unskilled and careless, drives too fast, ignores traffic signals, and barrels off the road occasionally. Because the bus is huge,...
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Timothy M. Gay
America's Forgotten Genocide
Lost amid the controversy surrounding golf journalists' use of loathsome imagery in discussing biracial superstar Tiger Woods is its root cause. It's not bigotry, although as recent events in Jena,...
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Dahr Jamail
'Reality Is Totally Different': Iraqis on 'Success' and 'Progress' in Their Country
This March 19 will be the fifth anniversary of the shock-and-awe air assault on Baghdad that signaled the opening of the invasion of Iraq, and when it comes to the American occupation of that country...
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Caroline Arnold
Common Sense, Common Purposes, Common Dreams
I'm tired of the bashing, the negativism, I want to know what they will do. I'm pleased at the variety of winners - shows people are thinking. I like Obama,, he's honest and reasonable ... I think...
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Joel Connelly
Bush Moves on Alaska as Backs Are Turned
Whether it's outsourcing a war in Iraq, or greasing the skids for industry buddies in Alaska, the Bush administration has made the backdoor fix its fundamental operating maxim. The nation's attention...
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Medea Benjamin
ALBA, an Economic Alternative for Latin America
The sixth conference of the Latin American alternative trade alliance known as ALBA-which stands for the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas and means "Dawn" in Spanish-was held in Caracas on...
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
Elizabeth Holtzman
Judiciary Committee Should Move to Impeach Bush and Cheney
Since mid-December, members of the House Judiciary Committee Robert Wexler (D., Fla.), Luis Gutierrez (D., Ill.) and Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) have called for hearings on the impeachment of Vice...
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Michael O'Donnell
'Torture and Democracy' is Definitive
A"dunk" in water, said Vice President Dick Cheney in October 2006, referring to waterboarding, is "a no-brainer for me" if it can save lives. The statement set off a media uproar and soon was hedged...
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Stephen Zunes
Sexism, the Women's Vote and Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy
I recently received a short note on a list-serve from a New Hampshire woman - a committed progressive and peace activist - who, despite Hillary Clinton's unapologetic support for the U.S. invasion of...
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Frank Rich
The Billary Road to Republican Victory
In the wake of George W. Bush, even a miracle might not be enough for the Republicans to hold on to the White House in 2008. But what about two miracles? The new year's twin resurrections of Bill...
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Glenn Greenwald
Bill Clinton: The Chris Matthews of South Carolina
I've thought most of the criticisms of the Clintons' campaign, including the role played by Bill, have been overblown. Given the standard level of campaign rhetoric, and particularly considering the...
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Naomi Klein
Why The Right Loves a Disaster
Moody's, the credit-rating agency, claims the key to solving the United States' economic woes is slashing spending on Social Security. The National Assn. of Manufacturers says the fix is for the...
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Eric Margolis
Government Panel Gets It Wrong on Afghanistan
Report on Afghanistan the latest example of Ottawa hiding the truth from Canadians
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Caroline Kennedy
A President Like My Father
Over the years, I've been deeply moved by the people who've told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even...
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Ralph Nader
Eight More Years?
For Bill and Hillary Clinton, the ultimate American dream is eight more years. Yet how do you think they would react to having dozens of partisans at their rallies sporting large signs calling for...
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Christopher Brauchli
Arms and The President
Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance? - Pope John Paul II, 1979 U.N. Speech Contrary to popular belief, there are some things of which you can never get enough...
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Matthew Rothschild
Kucinich Bows Out with Dignity, Bangs Anti-War Drum
True to his campaign, Dennis Kucinich bowed out of the Presidential race with dignity-and with his powerful anti-war message intact. He told his supporters that he began his campaign because "leaders...
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Naomi Wolf
It's Time to Hold Democratic House Leaders in Contempt
Enough is enough. Like many of us, after having watched helplessly as the Bush administration trampled the Constitution and made a mockery of checks and balances over the course of five bitter years...
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Helen Thomas
Candidates: Come Clean About Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of his legacy, President Bush says he views himself as a "peacemaker" but he at the same time he acknowledges that some may see him as a "warmonger." The president -- who...
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Seattle PI Editorial
Iraq: The Forever Treaty
With the clock ticking on our "commitments" in Iraq -- the international mandate expires in less than a year -- the Bush administration is left in an interesting position. It could create a plan for...
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Glenn Greenwald
More Disruptions to The Cheney/Rockefeller FISA Plan
Regardless of the ultimate outcome of the FISA and telecom immunity conflict, there is something quite unique about how things have proceeded that I think is worth noting. Telecom immunity and...
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Eyad al-Sarraj and Sara Roy
Ending The Stranglehold on Gaza
An Israeli convoy of goods and peace activists will go today to Erez, Israel's border with Gaza, and many Palestinians will be on the other side waiting. They will not see one another, but...
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Friday, January 25, 2008
Tom Hayden
Are the Democrats Proposing Peace, or Counter-Insurgency Without End?
Pushed by powerful voter sentiment, the leading Democratic presidential candidates all talk of ending the Iraq war, and the November election seems headed toward a showdown with a Republican...
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Silja J.A. Talvi
Tupperware and Tasers
The SUV-driving, stun-gun-wielding housewife is coming to a suburb near you. In Arizona, Tupperware-style Taser parties have become all the rage, thanks to the enterprising savvy of saleswoman Dana...
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Robert L. Borosage
Stimulus Deal: The Banes of Bipartisanship
Barbara Ehrenreich memorably called the talk about the stimulus " clitoral economics ." And that was before we got screwed. The stimulus deal just announced is being praised more for its existence...
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Elliot Cohen
The End of Privacy
Amid the controversy brewing in the Senate over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform, the Bush administration appears to have changed its strategy and is devising a bold new plan that...
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Paul Krugman
Stimulus Gone Bad
House Democrats and the White House have reached an agreement on an economic stimulus plan. Unfortunately, the plan - which essentially consists of nothing but tax cuts and gives most of those tax...
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John Nichols
With Kucinich's Exit, Democratic Discourse Is Diminished
The media managers of the 2008 presidential contest worked for months to get Dennis Kucinich off the stage and out of the running. And they have finally succeeded, as the Ohio Congressman says he is...
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Gary Younge
Some Things Even Obama Can't Transcend
I admit it. For a moment I believed. Walking down Sumter Street during Charleston's Martin Luther King Day parade, the overwhelmingly white coterie of Barack Obama volunteers chanted: "Obama '08! We'...
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Khaled Diab
Glimmers of Hope
Palestinian and Israeli peace activists have joined forces to demand the lifting of the Gaza blockade
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David Michael Green
What a Great Freakin' War!!
What a ding-dong I am! For months - nay, years! - I've been ranting about how screwed up the war in Iraq has been, and how disastrous have been its consequences. What a fool I've been! In reality, it...
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Stephen Zunes
The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Democratic Front-Runners: Comparisons on Some Key Issues
Voters on the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rightly disappointed regarding the similarity in the foreign policy positions of the three remaining candidates - Senator Hillary Clinton,...
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Robert Weissman
Reclaiming Economic Freedom
Every year, the Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal, dutifully churns out its annual Index of Economic Freedom, a ratings guide to countries' relative corporate...
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Laura Kaminker
US War Resisters in Canada Face Deportation and Prison: You Can Help Them
We all dream of peace. But what have we sacrificed to make peace a reality? Some American men and women have risked everything to help end the Iraq War. And right now they need our help. Hundreds of...
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Russell Mokhiber
Fastest Growing Corporate Crime in America
What's the fastest growing corporate crime in America? Corruption? No. Pollution? No. Market manipulation? No. Securities fraud? No. Give up? It's hidden fees. It's how the giant credit card, cell...
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Nick Turse
Two Men, Two Legs, and Too Much Suffering: America's Forgotten Vietnamese Victims
Nguyen Van Tu asks if I'm serious. Am I really willing to tell his story -- to tell the story of the Vietnamese who live in this rural corner of the Mekong Delta? Almost 40 years after guerrilla...
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Philip Jenkins
Apocalyptic Politics
The religious right has splintered, but hard times could bring it back.
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Robert Fisk
A Lesson in How to Create Iraqi Orphans. And Then How to Make Life Worse for Them
It's not difficult to create orphans in Iraq. If you're an insurgent, you can blow yourself up in a crowded market. If you're an American air force pilot, you can bomb the wrong house in the wrong...
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Sean Gonsalves
Don't Say That Anymore
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has published its annual list of banished words and phrases for 2008, selecting a total of 19 utterances from about 2,000 nominations. Banning words and phrases...
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Marjorie Cohn
Senate Poised to Capitulate to Cheney's Fear-Mongering
After a January 24 debate in the Senate on amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the Senate appears ready to capitulate once again to the Bush administration's agenda of sacrificing...
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
Amy Goodman
DRC: The Invisible War
It's the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States. The conflict is in the...
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Johann Hari
Don't Be Fooled by the Myth of John McCain
A lazy, hazy myth has arisen out of the mists of New Hampshire and South Carolina. Across the pan-Atlantic press, the grizzled 71-year-old Vietnam vet, John McCain, is being billed as the Republican...
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Rick Jacobs
Why Al Gore Is Not President
Al Gore is truth. Think about it. He says what needs to be said without fear, without posturing. He leads. He succeeds in the worlds of politics, business, and diplomacy. He reads and writes history...
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Coleen Rowley
Telecom Immunity: Covering Up Illegality by Secrecy and Fear
Dick Cheney was at his best shilling for immunity for telecom companies today before the Heritage Foundation. His speech came one day before the Republican rubber stamp machine in the Senate attempts...
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Glenn Greenwald
Jay Rockefeller's Unintentionally Revealing Comments
As the Senate takes up "debate" today over granting the President new warrantless eavesdropping powers and granting immunity to lawbreaking telecoms, the individual who joined forces with Dick Cheney...
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James Ridgeway, Jean Casella
Don't Even Think About It: Enter The Thought Police
Perhaps no campaign tactic is more effective than fearmongering, and in the current presidential race the sum of all fears, once again, is radical Islamic terrorists-or "jihadists," to use the now-...
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Rosa Brooks
A Clinton Twofer's High Price
Whether you loved them or hated them, Bill and Hillary Clinton were always a twofer. On the campaign trail in 1992, Bill used to joke about it. Vote for me and get "two for the price of one," he...
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Clint Talbott
Hail, The Misleader
The Bush administration's apologists don't like to ruminate on the avalanche of false statements that the president and his team used to goad the nation into war. Too bad. Citizens are duty-bound to...
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Bassam Aramin
End The Occupation - and Get Justice For Its Victims
This month, President Bush visited the Israeli-occupied West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Ramallah and declared that the occupation must end. These were no doubt welcome words to Palestinians and...
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Shepherd Bliss
'Bernanke Rides to the Rescue' — More Cowboy Deception
"Bernanke Rides to the Rescue" assures an heroic headline in the Jan. 23 Wild West's "San Francisco Chronicle." Yet all the king's men on all the king's horses with all their band-aids and sugar...
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Wylie Harris
Lawn to Farm: Suburbia's Silver Lining
I look at the empty countryside around our farm and can't help but wish it were as thick with people as when my grandparents made a living here. Until recently, though, the kindest name the rest of...
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Linda McQuaig
Elites Love to Pig Out on Energy
"We use 30 per cent of all the energy ... That isn't bad; that is good. That means we are the richest, strongest people in the world and that we have the highest standard of living in the world. That...
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Robert Reich
The Politics of An Economic Nightmare
A possible economic meltdown is worrisome enough, but a possible meltdown in an election year is downright frightening. For months now, Republicans have been pushing the White House to take some...
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Danny Schechter
New Study Claims Mistruths Shaped Rush to War
Is The Same Type of Misinformation Influencing Economic Coverage?
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Charles Lewis and Mark Reading-Smith
False Pretenses: Orchestrated Deception on The Path to War
President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made...
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Joyce Marcel
The Patriarchy Fights Back
The Wall Street Journal last week had a story about conservative churches ostracizing "sinners" in order to maintain "church discipline." On Sunday, a host of obituaries celebrated the career of...
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Amira Hass
They Neither See Nor Remember
The security establishment was quick on Monday to boast of the success of its tactic of escalation against Gaza: Look, the number of Qassams declined. By the time these lines are published, the...
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Ted Rall
Media Freezes out a Threat to Corporate Owners
In 2004 Democrats were determined to pick the presidential nominee who had the best chance of defeating George W. Bush in the general election. That man was the feisty former governor of Vermont,...
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Thomas A. Preston
How to Begin Reforming Health Care
The sad state of health care is one of the leading issues in the presidential campaigns. Our system is a national disgrace. It costs twice as much per person as other industrialized countries, yet 47...
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Uzodinma Iweala
Racism in 'Post-Racial' America
I am shocked by the commentary on the prominence of race as a theme in the Democratic Party primaries. Shocked not because race is a theme but because so many in the media seem to think that race...
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Robert Shetterly
Corporate Priests and Moron Jokes
I've written several articles about Mountaintop Removal since visiting the destruction sites in West Virginia last October. But after writing each one, I have had a sense that my words have been...
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Norman Solomon
In Honor of My Mother and the Power of Love
The last time my mother was in a hospital, an essay by Thich Nhat Hanh moved in front of my eyes. "Our mother is the teacher who first teaches us love, the most important subject in life," he wrote...
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Sheila Casey
Not in the Script
In the 1998 movie 'The Truman Show,' the hapless Truman lives his entire life on a TV set where, unbeknownst to him, everyone else is an actor. An unwanted child, Truman was adopted in infancy by a...
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Big Brother Is Blocking
Should your cell phone company decide who can send you a text message? Should your Internet service provider block your Internet movie because it doesn't like the file-sharing service you're using?...
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Nomi Prins
Will Bush's Stimulus Package Work? It Depends on Who You Ask
As the middle and poorer classes get crushed under a mounting pile of debt, and living costs grow faster than wages, we're becoming a country of two classes: the top 1% and everyone else. Similarly,...
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Roberto Lovato
Everyone's an Expert on the Latino Vote, Except Latinos
The most interesting development out of this weekend's Nevada caucus votes had little to do with Hillary Clinton winning a large percentage of the Latino vote -- that was predictable. More...
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Soumaya Ghannoushi
Gaza Explodes: Borders Have Turned Into Instruments of Collective Punishment
Gaza has exploded . After months of crushing siege, thousands marched to the Rafah border and, defying police bullets, batons, dogs, and water canons, tore the fences behind which they have been...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Desperately Seeking Stimulus
With all the talk about how to stimulate it, you'd think that the economy is a giant clitoris. Ben Bernanke may not employ this imagery, but the immediate challenge--and the issue bound to replace...
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Robert Scheer
Who Will Take On the Banks?
It was smart of the top Democrats to cut presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich out of that South Carolina debate, where they lamely attempted to deal with the dire consequences of the banking...
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Pat LaMarche
Dear W: Take a Hint From Nixon
Happy Anniversary! Let's celebrate our anniversary the way so many do: by renewing our vows. Today is the 23rd of January: 35 years after President Richard Nixon vowed to withdraw all U.S. troops...
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Chalmers Johnson
Going Bankrupt
Why the Debt Crisis Is Now the Greatest Threat to the American Republic
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Jill Filipovic
10 Reasons to Support Reproductive Justice on Roe Day
35 years after Roe v. Wade solidified American womens' right to abortion, reproductive rights remain in limbo. And while abortion rights are crucial to women's health and autonomy, they are hardly...
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Jesse Jackson
King's Mission of Economic Justice Has Yet to Be Realized
In 1966, the Rev. Martin Luther King moved into a $90-a-month, four-room apartment in a tenement at 1550 S. Hamlin Ave. on the West Side of Chicago. He sought to challenge the slumlords who were...
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Bob Barry
A World Without Nuclear Weapons
Many who once advocated the weapons now oppose them. But how can they convince the world it's not all pacifist pie-in-the-sky?
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Marie Cocco
Ignoring Our Economic Achilles Heel
Whatever concoction President Bush and the Democratic-led Congress now cook up to minister to the ailing economy is likely to have a chicken-soup effect. Many people will feel better, and things...
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Roshi Pejhan
Democracy Takes a Hit on the Campaign Trail
Harold Bloom's summation of "the poor state of the nation" in Eva Solhman's article last week shone a light on the ailing political health of the United States. The validity of his concern over the...
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Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman
Abortion's Battle of Messages
Thirty-five years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed in Roe vs. Wade that women have a fundamental right to choose abortion without government interference. Now, on this anniversary of that landmark...
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Steven Hill
Fixing the Presidential Primaries
According to a survey conducted for the Associated Press and Yahoo News, fewer than one in five voters approves of Iowa and New Hampshire's "favored state" status in the presidential primaries, and...
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Pierre Tristam
Maybe the World's Not Looking for Missionary America to Lead
In 1985, pop stars Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie teamed up with producer Quincy Jones and three-dozen singers to record "We Are the World," an affecting if presumptuous song aiming to raise money...
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The Duty of Congress
This work of electing a new president is important, indeed. And it is exciting, especially as the contests for both the Democratic and Republican nominations remain unsettled. But it is important to...
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Robert Crawford
Democracies Don't Torture
Torture has re-entered the public domain. From Attorney General Robert Mukasey's equivocation about waterboarding at his confirmation hearings to the current controversy over the CIA's destruction of...
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Robert Weissman
Deregulation and the Financial Crisis
It would be nice to write off the current crisis on Wall Street and global financial markets as something that only matters to the investor class. Unfortunately, the effects are already being felt in...
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Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jeremy Brecher
Unsafe at Any Price: Building the New 'People's Car'
On January 10th, 2008 Tata Motors of India unveiled its new low-cost Nano, touted by auto experts as a visionary "People's Car." Expected to retail for as little as $2500, Tata hopes to market its...
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Sam Husseini
Stoning King
Today, the Washington Post lead editorial prominently quotes King: "'When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were...
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Stephen Zunes
Obama vs. Clinton -- October 2002
In determining which of the two leading Democratic candidates would make the most competent and credible commander-in-chief, it is revealing to compare the public statements of U.S. Senator Hillary...
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Rev. John Dear
My Statement Before the Judge
It's a powerful experience to stand before a judge and be sentenced to jail for saying No to war, injustice and nuclear weapons, something I highly recommend for all peacemakers. In these days of war...
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Monday, January 21, 2008
Daniel Ellsberg
Covering Up the Coverage - The American Media's Complicit Failure to Investigate and Report on the Sibel Edmonds Case
For the second time in two weeks, the entire U.S. press has let itself be scooped by Rupert Murdoch's London Sunday Times on a dynamite story of criminal activities by corrupt U.S. officials...
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Cindy Sheehan
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Today as we celebrate and commemorate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, we must also acknowledge the violence of his death at the hands of the machine that has only grown more powerful and...
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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Declaration of Independence from the War in VietnamDelivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 1967 At Manhattan's Riverside Church
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Chris Hedges
The Lessons of Violence
The Gaza Strip is rapidly becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. Israel has cordoned off the entire area, home to some 1.4 million Palestinians, blocking commercial goods,...
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Paul Krugman
Debunking the Reagan Myth
Historical narratives matter. That's why conservatives are still writing books denouncing F.D.R. and the New Deal; they understand that the way Americans perceive bygone eras, even eras from the...
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Gary Younge
Republicans Lack Consensus, but Their Democrat Rivals Lack Content
While one party bemoans its choice of candidates, the other has raised little in the way of political debate
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Daniel Macallair
US Among Harshest for Sentencing Children
To many in the United States, the country of Somalia conjures up images of a primitive Third World country. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Somalia and the United States share an...
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James Carroll
Islamofascism's Ill Political Wind
The unfolding presidential elections are laying bare what the real dangers are in the new American condition. They come not from our political divisiveness, economic uncertainty or military...
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Beth Quinn
Richonomics 101 in Post-Bush America
I used to feel like a fool for not being rich. I'd see friends taking great vacations, hiring nannies, buying fabulous cars and wearing expensive jewelry. And I'd wonder, what's wrong with me that I'...
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