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Monday, December 24, 2007
Nina Rothschild Utne
I Won't Pay My Taxes If You Won't Pay Yours
War tax resistance is far from a new idea. But there is a bold initiative brewing that has an elegantly simple new angle: There is safety in numbers. The idea is to get people to sign a pledge that...
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Bernice Lott
Psychologists Should Play No Role in Interrogations
Faculty members of the Psychology Department at the University of Rhode Island, by majority vote, have signed a resolution stating that "direct or indirect participation by psychologists in...
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Chris Hedges
The Evangelical Rebellion
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Paul Krugman
State of the Unions
Once upon a time, back when America had a strong middle class, it also had a strong union movement. These two facts were connected. Unions negotiated good wages and benefits for their workers, gains...
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Janet Redman
Bali's Business-As-Usual Mandate
Following two weeks of climate talks in Bali that brought together nearly 190 countries and more than 10,000 delegates, observers and activists, it looks like there's very little to show for...
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Cindy Sheehan
What's on Our Holiday Table
For many people, 2007 started as a promising year: The Democrats had regained both Houses of Congress and we finally had a female Speaker of the House. I, however, had a sinking feeling in the pit of...
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Dewayne Wickham
Democrats Need to Jettison Lieberman As a Troublesome Traitor
Joseph Lieberman is a political bad penny. The Connecticut senator and pseudo-Democrat just won't go away - or stop undermining the political party that he clings to like a barnacle to the side of a...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Who I Give To
Because I write books on citizen movements, people have often asked me what social change groups I personally support. I'm not a wealthy donor and have often had to fundraise for different projects...
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Ira Chernus
Faith and Politics: Rules of the Game
At the Republican CNN/YouTube debate in Iowa, Joseph from Dallas appeared on the screen, staring the candidates right in the eye. "How you answer this question will tell us everything we need to know...
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Joseph Nevins
'Illegal Aliens' in Our Midst: What Would Jesus Do?
With unauthorized immigration a central issue in the presidential campaign and the leading candidates defining themselves as strong adherents to some form of Christianity, the Christmas season is an...
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Nomi Prins
And Justice for All: We Must Reverse Our Zeal to Incarcerate
The movie Atonement is a heart-breaking love-story, a historical WWII saga. Without giving away the ending, which must be seen to be adequately felt, it tells the tale of two lovers' lives...
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
Harold Meyerson
GOP: God's Own Party?
As Christians across the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it's a fitting moment to contemplate the mountain of moral, and mortal, hypocrisy that is our Christianized Republican Party...
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John E. Bonine
Auto Emissions and Environmental Protection
In turning down California's request to set stricter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new automobiles, George W. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency has struck a blow against both states'...
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Glenn Greenwald
Mitt Romney's Pursuit of Tyrannical Power, Literally
In yet another superb piece of journalism , the peerless Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe submitted to the leading presidential candidates a questionnaire asking their views on 12 key questions...
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Tim Watkin
Tax Lunacy
America's tax system may be complex. But Mike Huckabee's plan to institute a flat tax is sheer madness
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Stephen Zunes
The Israel Lobby Revisited
It has been 21 months since John Mearsheimer and Steve Walt published their article "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" in The London Review of Books and four months since their publication of...
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Saturday, December 22, 2007
Dave Lindorff
Global Warming Will Save America from the Right ... Eventually
Say what you will about the looming catastrophe facing the world as the pace of global heating and polar melting accelerates. There is a silver lining. Look at a map of the US. The area that will by...
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Mark Engler
Progressive Good Tidings of 2007
Understanding what is wrong in our society; speaking out against injustice; denouncing abuses by the powerful. All of these are crucial tasks. Many of us devote a large part of the year to them, and...
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Peter Dreier
Bush's Class Warfare
Just a week before Christmas, President Bush gave corporate America two big presents. On Tuesday, his Federal Communications Commission changed the rules to allow the nation's giant conglomerates to...
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Sasha Abramsky
The EPA, California, and Standard Bearers
In refusing to allow California to enact tougher environmental regulations, the Bush administration contradicts 40 years of precedent
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Spying on Us
The thought that telecommunications companies might be granted retroactive immunity from lawsuits for cooperating with the government's warrantless wiretapping programs ought to keep lawmakers up at...
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Ralph Nader
Big Oil's Profit and Plunder
While many impoverished American families are shivering in the winter cold for lack of money to pay the oil baron their exorbitant price for home heating oil, ex-oil man, George W. Bush sleeps in a...
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Christopher Brauchli
Paper vs. Toxins
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice-there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. - Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book The...
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Friday, December 21, 2007
Naomi Klein
The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans
Readers of The Shock Doctrine know that one of the most shameless examples of disaster capitalism has been the attempt to exploit the disastrous flooding of New Orleans to close down that city's...
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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus
On Global Warming
What the UN can learn from Google
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Naomi Klein
Zapatista Code Red
It is high season for "Zapatourism", the industry of international travellers that has sprung up around the indigenous uprising here
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Gary Younge
In Europe, Where's the Hate?
Over the past year or so the rural Italian idyll of Colle di Val d'Elsa has played host to a bitter battle for Enlightenment values. On one side, the hamlet's small Muslim community has raised a...
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David Bromwich
The Vote for Endless War
On Tuesday, December 18, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate combined to give President Bush $70 billion to carry the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into next summer. Only 23 Democrats and one...
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David Sirota
Fear, Loathing and the Crisis of Confidence
Just a few weeks ago, Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University released a little-noticed study showing that one-third of Americans now "believe in a broad smorgasbord of conspiracy theories"...
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Jason Blindauer, Luis Carlos Montalvan and William Ruehl
The Déjà Vu of No Accountability
In the wake of the Vietnam War, none of those responsible for the lies and mistakes that took us to Southeast Asia and kept us mired in that conflict for more than a decade was held accountable in...
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Kate Allen
Guantánamo: No Closure Yet
As long as the US continues to deny legal redress to Guantánamo inmates, we cannot celebrate the release of a few prisoners
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Paul Krugman
Blindly into the Bubble
When announcing Japan's surrender in 1945, Emperor Hirohito famously explained his decision as follows: "The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage." There was a definite...
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Helen Thomas
President Is Happy to Govern by Veto
President Bush is feeling newly empowered by threatening to veto legislation approved by the Democratic-controlled Congress. The threats seem to be working with the lawmakers. They are rolling over...
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Steve Early
My New Religion
While millions of Americans have managed to minimize the impact of this year's presidential election campaign on their collective consciousness, the candidates from both parties have had a...
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David Michael Green
Everything I Need to Know About the Regressive Right I Learned In Junior High
Regressive conservatives aren't really so hard to figure out. You just need to know the key. It's junior high. Remember those delightful years of comity and enlightenment, comradeship, maturity and...
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Glenn Greenwald
Reid and Company Target the True Enemy: 'Dodd and His Allies'
During yesterday's chat with Washington Post Congressional reporter Paul Kane, this extremely revealing exchange occurred, regarding the view of Harry Reid and other anonymous Democrats of Chris Dodd...
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Carolyn B. Maloney
US Suffers As Dollars Go to Iraq War
Washington has been deadlocked in a heated debate about the Iraq war for what seems like forever. Most Americans could probably tell you that 3,800 brave members of our military have been killed in...
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Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon
Announcing the P.U.-litzer Prizes for 2007
Many journalists qualified for the sixteenth annual P.U.-litzer Prizes, but only a few were able to win recognition for turning in one of the truly stinkiest media performances of the year. As the...
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
Joyce Marcel
Your Private Little Bubble
He had Special Forces written all over him - a big beefy guy with a hard body and a military haircut. He was wearing a t-shirt with a big peace sign on it made out of weapons. What didn't jibe was...
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Michael Connor and Farnum Brown
Network Neutrality, Freedom of Expression at Risk
It goes by the unremarkable and unrevealing moniker, "network neutrality." Yet it represents one of the most important subjects brewing in the field of communications today. Network neutrality would...
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Johann Hari
Cluster Bombs: An Evil We Must Ban Outright
Welcome to Cluster's last stand - the final fight of a weapon that has shredded a hundred thousand legs and arms and eyes since it was lovingly created by the Nazis in the 1940s. This week, the...
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Peter Erlinder
Inherent Powers, Ignoble History Make New Idea Anything But Innocuous
At the beginning of the last century American philosopher George Santayana famously observed: "Those who can't remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The U.S. House recently confirmed that...
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Clint Talbott
Constitutional Reprieve, With No Help from Reid
In the darkly apprehensive time after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration reportedly launched a secret and warrantless wiretapping program that, the evidence suggests, included...
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Haroon Siddiqui
US Needs to Engage Tehran, Not Order It Around
Russia delivers nuclear fuel to Iran. Russia and China sign multi-billion dollar contracts to develop Iran's oil and gas fields, the auto and telecommunications sectors. Both do so within two weeks...
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Jen Angel
The Fine Art of Raising a Ruckus
On the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, San Francisco Bay area activists locked themselves to barrels in front of the world headquarters of Chevron. They were there to draw attention to...
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Sally Kohn
A Community Values Christmas
I'm Jewish. In fact, following my first-ever full-blown Christmas with my partner's family, an aunt re-introduced me to a cousin saying, "You remember Sally. She was the token Jew at Christmas." It...
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Chris Edelson
Are We Electing a President, or a Pastor in Chief?
The Republican presidential race seems more like a competition for national pastor-in-chief than chief executive. During one recent debate, candidates were asked if they believe every word of the...
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Michelle Goldberg
Mike Huckabee, Conservative Golem
US elections 2008: After years spent injecting religion into US politics, right-wing pundits are afraid they may have gone too far
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Gore Vidal
On the Democratic Debate Debacle
I don't know how many of you were as appalled as I was at the way that the presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was totally erased from the last Democratic debate held in Iowa. This was a decision...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Pat LaMarche
Coal in the Stocking of Congress
Dear Santa, Merry Christmas. Sorry for writing to you this way - you know in such a public forum - but there's less than a week now before your big ride and we're in need. By the way, I love that...
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John Atlas and Peter Dreier
The Conservative Origins of the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis
Everything you ever wanted to know about the mortgage meltdown but were afraid to ask.
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Elizabeth Holtzman
No Vice President Is Above the Law
For the first time since the Bush administration took office, three members of the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Wexler (D-FL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), are calling for...
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Josh Silver
The FCC Voted: Time to Raise Hell
Today, Bush-appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin rammed through a 3-2 partisan vote to remove the longstanding "newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership" ban that prohibits a...
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Louise Arbour
The UN's Death Blow
Its call for a moratorium on capital punishment adds pressure to end the practice.
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Amy Goodman
Surviving a CIA 'Black Site'
The kidnap and torture program of the Bush administration, with its secret CIA "black site" prisons and "torture taxi" flights on private jets, saw a little light of day this week. I spoke to Mohamed...
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Joshua Muldavin
China's Not Alone in Environmental Crisis
Leaders from around the world gathered these past two weeks at the Bali climate change talks to chart our collective future. Looking out my window in Beijing through the dense haze that envelops this...
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Thomas F. Schaller
Born of GOP's 'Southern Strategy'
In the 40 years between 1966 and 2006, the Republican Party rose from a marginalized minority party into a national governing majority. Though the GOP made significant gains among white Catholics,...
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Yifat Susskind and Diana Duarte
New Year, No Resolutions on Climate Change
With the dramatic wrap-up of the UN climate change conference in Bali, 2007 is drawing to a close. Now we have seven short years-until 2015-to reverse the rise of greenhouse gas emissions and avoid a...
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Dave Zirin
George Mitchell's Drugs of Choice
The Mitchell Report on steroids is shaking the baseball world from cap to cleats. It names 86 players, and calls for a vast reformation of what is being called "the steroid era" in Major League...
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Norman Solomon
The Mad Corporate World of Glenn Beck
When I picked up a ringing phone Monday morning, the next thing I knew a producer was inviting me to appear on Glenn Beck's TV show. Beck has become a national phenom with his nightly hour of...
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Marjorie Cohn
Bush Still Spinning Nukes in Iran
The unanimous conclusion of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, that Iran ceased pursuing a program of nuclear weapons in 2003, has dealt a severe blow to the Bush-Cheney agenda of forcible regime...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Paul W. Lovinger
Hillary as Hawk
When Senator Hillary Clinton voted on October 11, 2002, to turn over to President George W. Bush the power that the Constitution vested in her and congressional colleagues to decide whether or not to...
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Chris Durang
Lieberman Peddles the Old Iraq-9/11 Connection
I had CNN's Situation Room on in the background, when I saw the sight of Senator John McCain and Senator Joseph Lieberman on my TV screen. As you probably know, Lieberman has endorsed Republican...
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Soumaya Ghannoushi
Muslim Women: Damsels in Distress?
The west should stop using the liberalisation of Muslim women to justify its strategy of dominance
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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader's Holiday Reading Recommendations
'Tis the Holiday Season and a time congenial for reading books. Here are my recommendations of recent books that relate to the quest for understanding today's events:
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US Senator Russ Feingold (WI)
Statement in Opposition to the Flawed FISA Bill
As Prepared for Delivery December 17, 2007 Mr. President, I oppose cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 2248, as reported by the Senate Intelligence Committee. This bill is deeply flawed, and I am...
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Michael Winship
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?
"We got a very good writer. You won't be ashamed." "Blacklisted?" "Impeccably." -- From the movie, "The Front," written by Walter Bernstein * * * Last Thursday, at some ungodly hour of the morning, I...
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Christopher D. Cook
A Food Bill for America's Cities
Progressive urban food bills could help reshape America's food future
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Paul Rogat Loeb
The Phrase that Could Defeat Hillary
Ever since Hillary Clinton supported the reckless Kyl-Lieberman Iran bill, her Democratic competitors have been blasting her for her stand, and rightly so. By defining Iran's Revolutionary Guards...
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Rebecca Solnit
The Secret Library of Hope: 12 Books to Stiffen Your Resolve
Hope is an orientation, a way of scanning the wall for cracks -- or building ladders -- rather than staring at its obdurate expanse. It's a worldview, but one informed by experience and the knowledge...
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Adil E. Shamoo
Winning or Losing in Iraq
If al-Qaida in Iraq loses--we win. If the insurgents in Iraq lose--we win. If the Iranian influence in Iraq loses--we win. If we just can sell the occupation to the Iraqis--we win. And in order to "...
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Pierre Tristam
Free-Market Wall Protects Insurers, Not Your Health
When I look at the major presidential candidates' proposals on health care -- Republican or Democratic, it makes no difference -- what I see is fear and mendacity. The fear to take on the insurance...
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Monday, December 17, 2007
Sean Gonsalves
Our 'Performance-Enhancing' Culture
"The steroid culture...biceps bulging, chests shaven and buttocks tender." -- Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated. Like Michael Vick, Barry Bonds may soon be trading in his uniform to suit up in a...
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Madeleine Bunting
Our Tendency to Persecute Others Is As Alive Today As in Medieval Times
The cultural fascination with the middle ages rarely acknowledges that power is still won and abused in the same way
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Craig and Marc Kielburger
Children in China Pay Price for Our Cheap Toys
For children in China's southern Guangdong province, the holiday season is the most gruelling time of the year. That's because instead of receiving toys, they make them. Guangdong is the epicentre of...
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Wendy Rochman
What's a Teacher to Do?
No teacher wants to tell her students that their president is a liar and a criminal. And yet, our president is a liar and a criminal. As a teacher, should I tell children the truth, and act to uphold...
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James Carroll
The Politics of Religion in America
What in the name of God is going on in American politics? Mitt Romney's "Faith in America" speech, riddled with mistaken assertions about religion, was itself a warning. But other presidential...
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Paul Krugman
Big Table Fantasies
Broadly speaking, the serious contenders for the Democratic nomination are offering similar policy proposals - the dispute over health care mandates notwithstanding. But there are large differences...
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George Monbiot
We've Been Suckered Again by the US. So Far the Bali Deal Is Worse than Kyoto
America will keep on wrecking climate talks as long as those with vested interests in oil and gas fund its political system
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Chris Hedges,
Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran?
The release of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran's nuclear status marks the latest in a series of assaults by the Pentagon and the intelligence community against the war posturing of...
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Michael Pollan
Our Decrepit Food Factories
The word "sustainability" has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness. Everybody, it seems, is for it whatever "it" means. On a...
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General (Retd) Musharraf, former Pakistani President & Army Chief Medea Benjamin
Pakistan's Emergency Rule Lifted, But GEO TV Still Banned
With only three weeks left until elections on January 8, Pakistan's President Musharraf is trying to set the stage for free and fair elections by lifting the Emergency Rule he had imposed on November...
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Saturday, December 15, 2007
Anita Chan and Jonathan Unger
Blood, Tears, Toys and NGOs
Multinational firms with brand-name products can’t afford a lawless work environment in China
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Christopher Brauchli
Some Evolve and Some Don't
Let us drink anew to the time when you Were a tadpole and I was a fish. - Langdon Smith, Evolution Pesky. There's no other description for evolution. It just keeps evolving. The most recent flap...
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Joseph L. Galloway
The Disgraceful Treatment of Our Veterans
As you do your holiday shopping this year and think about a big turkey dinner and piles of gifts and the good life that most Americans enjoy, please spare a thought for those who made it all possible...
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César Chelala
Strangling Gaza
It could, rightfully, be a cause of shame to the world. But the world, besieged by violence and injustice, hardly notices it. The people of Gaza, 1.4 million of them, are slowly and purposely being...
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Christopher Cooper
And With True Love And Brotherhood Each Other Now Embrace
This is as close as we will be able to come to a Christmas story from me this season. Persons not satisfied with a tangential approach to the conventions of the holiday may find their time better...
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Friday, December 14, 2007
Jodie Evans
Don't Buy Bush's War
How much of your tax payment this year would you like to allocate for waterboarding in Iraq or an invasion of Iran? Around the world, people are puzzled as to why the U.S. public allows the Bush...
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Robert Wexler (D-FL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
A Case for Impeachment Hearings
On November 7, the House of Representatives voted to send a resolution of impeachment of Vice President Cheney to the Judiciary Committee. As Members of the House Judiciary Committee, we strongly...
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Harvey Wasserman
Will Congress Plunge Us (Again) into the Nuke Power Abyss?
Congress stands at the brink of the global-warmed nuclear powered abyss. Again. In a victory for green power, a massive grassroots/internet campaign forced removal from the national Energy Bill of...
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Andrew Greeley
US Intelligence Usually Wrong
Would you buy a used car from the so-called intelligence community? Or a used spy? What reason is there to trust a National Intelligence Estimate created by the same crowd that said there were...
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John W. Dean
The Investigations of the Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes
How An ACLU Lawsuit Might Force the Bush Administration To Reveal What Actually Happened
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Paul Krugman
After the Money's Gone
On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced plans to lend $40 billion to banks. By my count, it's the fourth high-profile attempt to rescue the financial system since things started falling apart...
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Zia Mian
How Not to Handle Nuclear Security
The United States recently admitted that since the attacks of September 11, 2001, it has been helping Pakistan secure its nuclear weapons and the materials used to make them. Pakistan has welcomed...
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John Nichols
Clinton, Obama, Drugs and the Politics of Cynicism
There are plenty of what might charitably be referred to as "unsavory" characters associated with the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who tends to attract the seamy political hangers-on who...
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Neve Gordon and Erez Tzfadia
Privatising Zionism
Increasingly, Israel is handing over its 'Judaisation' project to private firms - leading to a corrosion of accountability
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Naomi Wolf
What Is Probably in the Missing Tapes
To judge from firsthand documents obtained by the ACLU through a FOIA lawsuit, we can guess what is probably on the missing CIA interrogation tapes -- as well as understand why those implicated are...
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Tony Norman
Blessed Be the Muslim Peacemaker
Usually, I go out of my way to avoid giving rapacious media baron Rupert Murdoch any of my hard-earned cash. Still, Mr. Murdoch's U.S. tabloid -- the delightfully unhinged New York Post -- remains a...
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Nate Mezmer
The Long Overdue Mitchell Report
Years back I remember reading a Sports Illustrated article dedicated to the breakout success of then Seattle Mariners second basemen Brett Boone. It was the summer of 2001 and SI was backing up...
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
Glenn Sugameli
Bush Plays Politics with Judicial Nominations
President Bush is misusing nominations for lifetime judgeships to provoke unnecessary fights He has refused even to consult with home-state U.S. senators on a series of pending nominations, including...
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