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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Jane Smiley
Cheney Is No Joke
One of the most irritating editorials of the week-end was the New York TImes piece on Dick Cheney, entitled " Dick Cheney Rules ". On Monday, it was one of the Times' most emailed pieces. Surely the...
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Amy Goodman
A Hypocritical Oath: Psychologists and Torture
First, do no harm. This tenet of medicine applies equally to psychologists, yet they are increasingly implicated in abusive interrogations, dare we say torture, at U.S. military detention facilities...
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Robert Scheer
Iraq Is the New Korea
The 50-year Iraq war—bring it on. Not that the media or the Democrats made much of it, but the White House's admission that President Bush is modeling America's presence in Iraq upon the 54-year-old...
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Tuesday, June 5, 2007
George Monbiot
G8: Watch What They Do, Not What They Say
It is time once again for that touching annual ritual, in which the world's most powerful people move themselves to tears. At Heiligendamm they will emote with the wretched of the earth. They will...
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Jesse Jackson
Poverty Should Be At The Top of Our National Agenda
We haven't even mentioned poverty," John Edwards noted toward the end of Sunday night's Democratic presidential candidate debate. The CNN host, Wolf Blitzer, grilled candidates about Iraq,...
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Pierre Tristam
Tallying Bush Progress on Democracy
President Bush projected a more democratic Middle East, a more secure world and a safer America when he launched the invasion of Iraq more than four years ago. Let's tally up the results so far. IRAQ...
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Clarence Page
Supreme Injustice On Worker Equality
WASHINGTON -- Did you ever have the feeling that you might be getting the shaft at your workplace? That other people might be making more money than you for doing the same work? If anything unites...
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James Carroll
The Paradox of Missile Defense
One man picked up a club, and the other answered with a stone. A knife was parried with a sword. The shield followed, then the spear, the mace, the longbow, the fortified wall, the catapult, the...
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Bob Herbert
The Passion of Al Gore
Al Gore is earnestly talking about the long-term implications of the energy and climate crises, and how the Arctic ice cap is receding much faster than computer models had predicted, and how...
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John MacArthur
Saying Nothing, But Still Power-Hungry
They say America is the land of the second chance - the chance to make good on a promise, a project or a virtuous deed that might lead to redemption. But in the case of Henry Kissinger, the chances...
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Hieu Nguyen
Refugees Personify Iraq War
In April, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees convened a conference in Geneva on the growing refugee crisis in Iraq. Approximately 4 million Iraqi citizens, of a population of 24...
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Frank Field
Start The Fightback To Save Our Planet
Protecting The Rainforests Offers The World One Last Crucial Breathing Space
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Martin Woollacott
1967: The Price of Victory
It Was Israel's Stunning Success In The 1967 War That Led To Many of The Middle East's Problems Today.
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Jon Wiener
The Six-Day War, 40 Years Later
Israel went to war 40 years ago this week more because of "psychological weakness" than because of a genuine strategic threat--that's the conclusion of Tom Segev, one of Israel's leading historians,...
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John Nichols
Clinton Beats Blitzer in CNN Debate
Maybe the Democratic presidential candidates should rethink their decision not to debate on the Fox New Channel. It couldn't be worse than the theater of the absurd CNN organized Sunday night at New...
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Ruth Conniff
Democrats Bob and Weave
Just to make sure everyone knew who the real candidates were at last night's Democratic debate, CNN placed the outsiders literally in the wings. Way out on the right and left margins of the line-up...
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James Ridgeway
M.I.A. from the Immigration Debate, Creating Economic Opportunity in Mexico
For all the talk about immigration reform on the Hill, there has been notably little discussion about what is driving Mexican immigrants to pour over the border into the U.S., let alone any debate...
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Michael Winship
Poor Little Rich Boys (and Girl)
When John F. Kennedy was running for president and asked how he became a war hero, he had the wit and grace to reply, "It was entirely involuntary. They sank my boat." Rudy Giuliani, on the other...
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Monday, June 4, 2007
Rufus Wanning
Devil or Angel, We Should Give Chavez a Chance
"Chavez is a miracle!" "Someone should shoot Chavez in the head!" We heard both these opinions on a single day during a recent trip to Venezuela to check out the revolution there. Our group was a...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Art of Aphorism
If it's true that "syllables govern the world," then you gotta give it up for aphorists. What's an aphorist? Aphorists create aphorisms, of course. Aphorism - you know, a phrase that illuminates the...
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Joe Brewer
Bush's Trade Barriers to Climate Success
President Bush announced his international development agenda yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where he made headlines for declaring that the world's wealthiest...
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Steven Rose
Why Pick On Israel? Because Its Actions Are Wrong
Academic freedom, It Appears, Applies To Israelis But Not To Palestinians
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Shlomo Ben-Ami
The 40-year Palestinian Tragedy
Forty years ago, Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after a lightning six-day war that repelled the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Today, ending the occupation of...
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New York Times Editorial
Immigration Sabotage
The Senate plans to resume debate today on its proposed immigration overhaul, which has withstood more than a week of bombardment from critics right and left. More than 100 amendments are circling,...
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Johann Hari
Iraq's Mercenaries - With A Licence To Kill
'These private contractors can get away with murder... They aren't subject to any laws at all'
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Dems Debate - While Bush Widens "War on Terror"
Here's something that didn't come up at Sunday's Democratic debate: Under what authorization did President Bush order a military strike on Somalia this past Friday--essentially widening the "war on...
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Elizabeth de la Vega
Sentencing for Dummies: The Fate of I. Lewis Libby
If the memorandum filed by defense attorneys in anticipation of former top White House adviser I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's June 5th sentencing is any indication, it appears that Libby -- one of the...
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Chris Hedges
Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation
Israel captured and occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank 40 years ago this week. The victory was celebrated as a great triumph, at once tripling the size of the land under Israeli control,...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Losers? Innocent Victims.
The Democrats still blink. Debate moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Dennis Kucinich if he would try to knock off Osama bin Laden with a missile even if it would kill some innocent civilians.Kucinich said...
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Zahi Khouri
Unfinished Victory: Israel Won a Spectacular Military Victory In 1967. It Has Yet To Win The Peace.
'I don't know what I would do if my daughter had to go through that humiliation." A U.S. congressman said those words to me while watching Qalandia checkpoint, the key Israeli roadblock between...
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David Michael Green
Our Loss: Cindy Sheehan Departs the American Public Sphere
Cindy Sheehan announced her departure from the American public sphere last week, and the loss of her voice touched me deeply. I am saddened for her personally, for few have sacrificed so much for...
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Sunday, June 3, 2007
Chris Hedges
What If Our Mercenaries Turn On Us?
Armed units from the private security firm Blackwater USA opened fire in Baghdad streets twice in two days last week. It triggered a standoff between the security contractors and Iraqi forces, a...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Israel Won A Victory Studded With Thorns
The survival of their nation was on the line as Israeli war jets took off to bomb Egypt's air force on the ground. The pre-emptive strikes worked. Arab states -- Egypt, Syria, Jordan -- were...
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David Sarasohn
Only Some Of Us Are At War -- The Rest Just Watch It On TV
For a bureaucratic policy, at least paragraph 11(a) of IAW Change 3, DOD Directive 5122.5 reads pretty clearly: "Names, video, identifiable written/oral descriptions or identifiable photographs of...
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César Chelala
U.S. Health Care Is Bad For Your Health
One of the most contentious issues of the U.S. presidential campaign will be how to fix what many agree is a malfunctional health-care system. Adding fuel to the fire is a study published last month...
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Tom McGlamery
Dying People Shouldn't Be Denied Basic Liberty
Dr. Jack Kevorkian left prison Friday after eight years -- more than one-tenth of his life -- for giving suffering, terminally ill people what was rightfully theirs. Kevorkian's crime was to restore...
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Geoffrey Lean
The World Must Isolate Bush Over Climate Change
Tony Blair may have only a little more than three weeks left in office, but that gives him plenty of time for his greatest ever international triumph, or for his biggest betrayal yet. How he handles...
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Tom Hayden
Democrats Likely To Harden Anti-War Stance As "Surge" Fails and Election Year Approaches
Seeking to keep pace with public opinion, key Democratic leaders will soon be considering a peace initiative including full withdrawal from Iraq, revision of the United Nations authorization, and a...
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Saturday, June 2, 2007
Matt Taibbi
Giuliani: Worse Than Bush
He's Cashing in on 9/11, Working with Karl Rove's Henchmen and in Cahoots With a Swift Boat-Style Attack on Hillary. Will Rudy Giuliani Be Bush III?
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Ralph Nader
In Memory of David Halberstam
Anybody who played schoolboy sandlot baseball in Winsted, Connecticut with David Halberstam back in the nineteen forties would not have been very surprised to observe his spectacular journalistic...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Eighth Wonder of The World
There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. - Lau Tzu, The way of Lau Tzu September promises to be an exciting month in Iraq. That is the month in which funding for the war in Iraq runs out and...
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Anthony D. Romero
Stopping the Torture Flights
In July 2002, an Ethiopian citizen named Binyam Mohamed, held by the CIA, was strapped to the seat of a nondescript plane, shackled, blindfolded, stripped and secretly flown to Morocco, where he was...
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Ruth MacNeille
Free Trade, Chemicals Threaten Village-Based Farming in Thailand
Thailand - Rural Thai farmers were told that free-trade agreements and profit-based agriculture would help them. But now many find themselves without enough food to feed their families. The Nakhudsim...
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Matthew Rothschild
Iraq Vet Faces Penalty for Protesting War
A dam Kokesh joined the Marines in 1999. He served as a Marine sergeant in Fallujah and was given an honorable discharge last November, remaining in the Individual Ready Reserve until his time was up...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
When The Prince of Darkness Visits
"I want to know when the Prince of Darkness comes to visit Mr. Cheney," the wife of a colleague said in response to the Vice President's most recent power grab . The most secretive VP in US history...
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Eugene Robinson
America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore
WASHINGTON-Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, " The Assault on Reason ," and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn't have...
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John Sweeney
Freedom To Unionize
America's working families today are running faster than ever to keep up, and still falling behind. High costs in healthcare, housing, energy, and college tuition are suffocating families' budgets...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Ignorance of Global Warming
If Rachel Carson were alive and writing 45 years after "Silent Spring," her new book would be "Stagnant Summer."Among her subjects would be NASA administrator Michael Griffin. His own top climate...
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Joseph Margulies
Gitmo: A Fetid and Cancerous Symbol
The Offshore Prison Breeds Terror; It Must Be Closed Now.
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Michael Copps
The Price of Free Airwaves
As a member of the Federal Communications Commission, I often hear how fed up Americans are with the news media. Too much "if it bleeds it leads" on the evening news and not enough real coverage of...
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Friday, June 1, 2007
Jon Wiener
A Day in the Life: Sgt. Pepper Turns 40
It was forty years ago today: the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . "It's certainly a thrill," the Beatles sang; but listening today, much of the thrill is gone--except for one song...
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Stephen Zunes
The Democrats' Support for Bush's War
The capitulation of the Democratic Party's congressional leadership to the Bush administration's request for nearly $100 billion of unconditional supplementary government spending, primarily to...
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Robert W. McChesney & Mark Weisbrot
Venezuela and the Media: Fact and Fiction
To read and view the U.S. news media over the past week, there is an episode of grand tyranny unfolding, one repugnant to all who cherish democratic freedoms. The Venezuelan government under "...
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Bob Mitchell
The Partisan Versions Of The Ant and The Grasshopper
I recently received an email that retold the famous fable of the ant and the grasshopper in a modern light from a Republican point of view. It was cute, but I felt that it need to be responded to, so...
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John Dean
The Bush Administration's Dilemma Regarding a Possible Libby Pardon
And How Outsiders Such as Fred Thompson Appear to Be Working on a Solution
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Mark Danner
Taking the Measure of the First Rhetoric-Major President
This commencement address was given to graduates of the Department of Rhetoric at Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley, on May 10, 2007 : When my assistant greeted me, a number of...
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John Kirby
How The Ruling Class Thwarts Democracy
With the 2008-presidential-election cycle already in full swing, it seems a good time to revisit a perennial question in our country's political life, namely, "Who really rules America?" So many of...
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Rosa Brooks
Deniable, Disposable Casualties
Something was missing from my local Memorial Day parade. There were soldiers, sailors, World War II veterans, firefighters, Girl Scouts, soccer players, marching bands, flag-draped floats and even a...
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The Toronto Star
Creating a Field Day For Militias, Large and Small
The crises in Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon and Afghanistan are the inevitable outcome of treating the symptoms rather than the disease. Gaza: Israeli bombing won't bring peace any more than previous military...
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Robert Weissman
Corporate Power Since 1980
The United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) is a superb short work from Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. In a couple hundred pages, Baker covers enormous...
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Howard Friel
Kids: Why Die For Oil, Car, Nuke Kings, Greed and Profits?
Among the list of lies proffered by the Bush administration for the invasion and occupation of Iraq, "Support the Troops" has been the most transparently dishonest. Yet, the Democrat-controlled...
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Joseph L. Galloway
Congress Goes On Vacation While More 'Honored Dead' Come Home
This week it's Congress' turn in the bulls-eye _ all of the elected worms on both sides of the aisles. Especially the new Democratic majority, which arrived last January with the mistaken idea that...
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David Michael Green
Cowering In The Suburbs of Berlin
Somebody needs to write the sequel to John Kennedy's " Profiles In Courage ". Let's call it "Profiles In Cowardice". I know a really, really good case study for Chapter One. Kennedy's original book...
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Laura Flanders
Why Cindy Sheehan 'Retired'
Angered by Democrats, The US Peace Movement's Most Visible Leader Withdrew From The Public Eye On The Day Her Son Would Have Turned 28.
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John Nichols
Cindy Sheehan's Farewell
Cindy Sheehan never set out to be the face of the antiwar movement. She was a mom thrust by an ugly circumstance and a lovely faith to the forefront of a movement that was struggling to find its...
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Naomi Klein
Baghdad Burns, Calgary Booms
The invasion of Iraq has set off what could be the largest oil boom in history. All the signs are there: multinationals free to gobble up national firms at will, ship unlimited profits home, enjoy...
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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Ahmad Samih Khalidi
Internal Conflict and Paralysis Is Corroding Our Credibility
Israel's Occupation Is The Main Reason For Today's Misery. But Palestinians Still Need To Take Control of Their Own Future
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Danny Glover & Nicole Lee
Poverty Scavengers
In June of 2006, world leaders stood with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and pledged their support for debt relief for impoverished African nations. The intent of their principled gesture was to...
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Jim Minick
The Value of Boosting Our Miles Per Gallon
We have a dwindling supply, a hugely hungry demand and a government unwilling to act. I'm talking about oil, of course, and our head-in-the-Middle-Eastern-sand attitude. Just keep driving, we think,...
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Jeff Cohen
Are Media Out to Get John Edwards?
Give me a break about John Edwards' pricey haircut, mansion, lecture fees and the rest. The focus on these topics tells us two things about corporate media. One we've long known - that they elevate...
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John Young
Welcome to The Supposeum
Welcome to the Supposeum. The Supposeum is a museum dedicated to bolstering our suppositions, whether they be religious, ethnocentric, political, economic or militaristic. We founded the Supposeum...
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Kathy Kelly
Being Hope
Earlier this week, the American Friends Service Committee asked me to speak about finding hope in hard times as part of an interfaith service to conclude their "Eyes Wide Open" display in Chicago's...
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The Corporate Crime Reporter
Zheng Xiaoyu Meet Lester Crawford
Zheng Xiaoyu meet Lester Crawford.Lester Crawford is the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Zheng Xiaoyu is the former head of China's equivalent of the FDA. Both have been...
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Robert Weissman
Well, At Least He's Not A War Criminal*
Well, at least he's not a war criminal. George Bush's new selection to head the World Bank, Robert Zoellick has that over his predecessor, Paul Wolfowitz. But can't the world demand a slightly higher...
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Kay Lucas
We Must All Recognize The 'Leader' Within Ourselves
Cindy Sheehan's announcement that she is leaving the anti-war movement is surprising, especially right on the heels of renouncing her support of the Democratic Party. Her frustration and...
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Neil Watkins
Will Vultures Be Allowed to Undermine the G-8 Summit?
In January, I saw first-hand the impact that decisions from a G-8 summit meeting can have on people's lives. I visited a rural health clinic in Siavonga, Zambia which had recently abolished "user...
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Alfie Kohn
NCLB: 'Too Destructive To Salvage'
It's time to say in a national newspaper what millions of teachers, students and parents already know: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is an appalling and unredeemable experiment that has done...
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Marie Cocco
Gore and Sheehan Join Forces
WASHINGTON—They are an unlikely couple. She, an exhausted and emotionally spent woman limping home to find solace in a measure of solitude she could have given herself long ago. He, an upbeat and oh-...
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Dominick A. DellaSala
Bush Bureaucrats Rewrote Owl Plan
The Bush administration recently proposed a "recovery" plan for the threatened northern spotted owl that could allow increased old-growth logging in the Pacific Northwest. If you wonder how cutting...
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Sarah Anderson
Mr. Hardball Goes to the World Bank
Nine days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, I opened up The Washington Post and stared right into the flinty mind of one Robert B. Zoellick, the Bush administration's pick for new World Bank...
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Scott Ritter
Repudiation, Not Impeachment
It is a question I am faced with at every public event I participate in: What are my views on the impeachment of President Bush and others in his administration? Generally, the question is preceded...
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Killing Silent Spring
Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring and a seminal figure for the modern environmental movement, would have turned one hundred this past Sunday. "Carson's book altered the nature of...
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Floyd McKay
Profiles In Candor: Carter, Gore Dare To Speak Out
Some presidents or vice presidents have a lot of time after their departure to shape their legacy, and those with a literary bent are particularly prone to the temptation. While most have adhered to...
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Jonathan Freedland
The Internet Will Revolutionise The Very Meaning of Politics
The Web Could Yet Bypass Government and Existing Political Communities, and Either Expand Democracy In The Process - or Stifle It
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John Nichols
Cindy Sheehan Calls It Quits
The decision of Congressional Democrats to hand George Bush a blank check to maintain a war they were elected to end has frustrated a lot of Americans -- even the until-now indefatigable Cindy...
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Robert L. Borosage
Ending A Failed Occupation
Congress has just voted to fund the war for another year — $100 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan. How could that happen when two-thirds of the public are opposed to the war and the Democrats just...
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Amy Goodman
CBS Silences General Dissent
Listening to retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, you sense his intense loyalty to the military. He commanded the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, capping a 31-year Army career. So why did...
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Robert Scheer
Welcome to Grandpa's World, Baby Cheney
Thank the Almighty, whatever that might mean, for planting the seed of life in the lesbian body of Mary Cheney and for granting her parents the opportunity to show support for a homosexual couple...
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Garrison Keillor
Telling Lies Over Good Soldiers' Graves
Dishonesty Has Gutted The Last Patriotic Holiday That Means Something.
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Bart Jones
Hugo Chavez Versus RCTV
Venezuela's Oldest Private TV Network Played A Major Role In A failed 2002 Coup.
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Mark Morford
Bush Declares Self 'Mega Decider'
New documents ensure Dubya Will Rule America, Should Calamity Strike. Free Balloons!
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Joyce Marcel
On Cindy Sheehan
So Gold Star peace mom Cindy Sheehan is quitting the American antiwar movement. That's bad news. Sheehan lost her son, Casey, on April 4, 2004, in Sadr City, Baghdad. In August of 2005 she set up a...
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Ted Rall
Mission Accomplished: Funding Battle Highlights American Embrace of Moronitude
ORLANDO--I'm against the war. Who isn't? (Maybe the two percent who tell The New York Times/CBS poll that Iraq is going "very well.") But this column isn't about the war. It's about logic.In his new...
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Pierre Tristam
What Is Required of Us To Be Loyal, Patriotic Americans?
Loyalty is a curious concept. I don't mean loyalty to one's family or friends or -- to a more guarded extent in these economically indiscriminate days -- to one's employer. That sort of loyalty isn't...
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Robert Naiman
Cindy, Guess Who Voted No on the War? A Peace Tax Pledge
The progressive political world is wailing and gnashing its teeth over the failure of Congressional Democrats to stand up to President Bush on the war supplemental. Most spectacularly, Cindy Sheehan...
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Danny Schechter
A Letter To Cindy Sheehan: Darkness Comes Just Before Dawn
It was sad to read Cundy Sheehan's letter of "resignation" from the peace movement because she offered so much of herself-despite all the personal pain she suffered from the loss of her son, the...
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Dean Baker & Mary Beth Maxwell
Human Rights at the Workplace
Americans shouldn't have to check their rights at the door when they enter the workplace, but, unfortunately, this is often the case due to the state of our labor laws. One of the basic rights that...
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Ralph Nader
Taming the Giant Corporation
This column heralds a pioneering conference next month in Washington, D.C. But first a little background. Back in the nineteen thirties, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went on the national radio...
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Jacob Boas
What Erasmus Knew (And We Didn't)
It has been reported that in the summer of 2003 Pentagon employees viewed a special screening of The Battle of Algiers , the late Gillo Pontecorvo's 1965 classic film of terrorist insurgency and...
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Joshua Kors
How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits
Jon Town has spent the last few years fighting two battles, one against his body, the other against the US Army. Both began in October 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq. He was standing in the doorway of his...
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