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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Barry Lando
And The Lies Go On
May 2, 2003: George Bush notoriously declared "Mission Accomplished." Four Years Later, Even With a Democratically Controlled Congress, The Disaster Grows Worse in Iraq
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Sheldon Friedman
Too Important Not To Pass
S. 1041 The Employee Free Choice Act
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Sally Kohn
Scapegoating: A TrageComedy on the 2008 Republican Agenda
Early December 2006. The curtain opens on the Oval Office. It's holiday season at the White House. A large Christmas tree near the window is decorated with photos of Iraqis who have died in the war...
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Pierre Tristam
Balancing Budget Now Won't Solve U.S. Debt Woes
There are no morals in politics. There is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel." Whoever is stage-managing the remains of the Bush presidency must know his...
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Monday, April 30, 2007
Phil Worden
Has Bush Committed Impeachable Acts?
As an attorney I often get asked if I think President Bush has committed any impeachable "high crimes or misdemeanors." The Constitution gives the power to remove the President to the Congress, not...
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Larry Johnson et al
An Open Letter to George Tenet
The attached letter, written by a group of former CIA intelligence officers, was sent today to George Tenet to protest his upcoming book tour. We specifically call on him to return the Medal of...
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Arianna Huffington
Why Didn't George Tenet Just Resign?
Does this sound familiar? A senior Bush administration official plays a key role in selling the Iraq war debacle to the American public, resigns a few years later, and then tries to distance himself...
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Jay Bookman
Rumbles in Military Hint at Change
Time and again, President Bush has tried to hide his incompetence behind our men and women in uniform. Repeatedly, criticism of his policies has been distorted into an attack on the troops; too often...
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Robert Jensen
Anti-Capitalism in Five Minutes or Less
We know that capitalism is not just the most sensible way to organize an economy but is now the only possible way to organize an economy. We know that dissenters to this conventional wisdom can, and...
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Ray McGovern
Sorry They've Been So Mean To You, George
"If you can't say something positive about someone, don't say anything." This was drummed into me by my Irish grandmother and, as was the case with most of her admonishments, it has stood me in good...
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Bruce Friedrich
Leather: Dead Skin, Environmental Nightmare
The Green Issue of Vanity Fair, currently on shelves, correctly notes in discussing the impact of our purchasing decisions that "fur and leather…mean slaughtering animals," but in an issue...
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Jeremy Scahill
Who Will Stop the U.S. Shadow Army in Iraq?
Don't Look to the Congressional Democrats
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Susan Deans
Censoring Science: Climate-change Info Redacted
We may not be getting the whole story about climate research from our government.New federal guidelines on what scientists say or write about their research place severe limits, perhaps...
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Gary Younge
The Iraq War Is Over. It Is The Moment for Democrats To Show Real Leadership
If President Bush's Veto Is Not Challenged Tomorrow, Thousands of Iraqis and Hundreds of US Troops Are Certain to Perish
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Niall Ferguson
What War?
At home, the economy soars and Americans Let The Good Times Roll. Meanwhile, Iraq Burns.
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Dan Hamburg
Why There Was No Exit Plan
There are people in Washington ... who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they're looking for 10, 20, 50 years in the future ... the reason that we went into Iraq was to establish...
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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Philip Kovacs
Eli Broad and Bill Gates: New American Propagandists
From Wikipedia: "Propaganda is a type of message aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of people. Often, instead of impartially providing information, propaganda can be deliberately...
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Monday, April 23, 2007
Don Fitz
Consume Like There's No Tomorrow
Would someone please tell the Sierra Club Exec Board that the idea of an "environmentally friendly car" makes as much sense as a "non-violent death penalty?" While the vast majority of those...
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Ray McGovern
Levin Gives Cheney Reason To Smirk
Never before have I felt such irk from a Cheney smirk -- the one with which he confidently assured CBS's Bob Schieffer on Sunday's "Face the Nation" that the Democrats will continue to vote to fund...
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Jerry Lanson
They Call This The News?
My cousin thought I must be having anger management issues. She and her husband Paul had flipped through the satellite dials and settled on the McLaughlin Group on the European edition of CNBC. And...
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Danny Schechter
Reading Between The Lines to Find The Bottom Line
Thank you Harry Reid for acknowledging what the world press has been saying for more than a year, maybe longer: The war is lost. Now we have the Sunday New York Times with a page one picture of an...
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Harvey Wasserman
Corporate Accountability is this Earth Day's Inconvenient Truth
The great green bandwagon that came of age this Earth Day has been a very long time coming. Its lag time has been no accident. From Rachel Carson's 1963 Silent Spring and Earth Day 1970 and the first...
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Chris Hedges,
Jesus 'Love Bombs' You
There is a false, but effective, fiction that one has to be born again to be a Christian. The Christian right refuses to acknowledge the worth of anyone's religious experience unless, in the words of...
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Jorge Robledo
The FTA Between Colombia and the US Cannot be Salvaged
From March 26 to March 30, I visited Washington, DC, along with Iván Moreno Rojas, Senator of the Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA-Alternative Democratic Party); Apecides Alvis, President of the...
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Beth Quinn
So Girls, Did You Notice You Were Raped Last Week?
Here's the part that's got smoke coming out of my ears. The part that makes me so mad I could spit nails. The part that's got me purple with apoplexy. The five boy justices on the Supreme Court who...
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Jay Bookman
Fervent Faith in Fair Tax Defies Reason
I wouldn't want to accuse Georgia's Fair Tax movement of being a cult, but it does have a disturbing number of cult-like attributes. Among other things, its adherents display an almost religious...
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Jane Goodall
Life Is Hanging By A Thread
Recently the International Panel on Climate Change issued a report predicting an alarming array of impacts of climate change around the globe, including drought, floods, lower crop yields, threatened...
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Saturday, April 21, 2007
Margaret Carlson
Hand Gonzales, Wolfowitz Pink Slips
In the real world, it takes about a week for someone who has disgraced himself like radio talk-show host Don Imus to lose his job. In Washington, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and Attorney...
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Matthew Rothschild
Gonzales Slips on the Stand
A lberto Gonzales is an Olympic skater. An Olympic obfuscator, that is. At his Senate Judiciary hearing, he used the phrase "I don't recall" dozens and dozens of times, including where it seemed...
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E.O. Wilson
Acting Now To Save Life On Earth
Except for giant meteorite strikes or other such catastrophes, Earth has never experienced anything like the contemporary human juggernaut. We are in a bottleneck of overpopulation and wasteful...
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The Boston Globe
Privatizing and Profiteering
The Deepening college loan scandal is a classic case of what can happen when government uses private companies as middlemen to carry out public goals. Lately, investigations by New York Attorney...
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Robert Naiman
What Price for an "Advisory" Timetable? Bar an Unauthorized Attack on Iran
Congressional Democratic leaders are moving to make their proposed timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq "advisory," the Washington Post reports . Many Americans looking to Congress to take...
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Peter Rothberg
The Kids are Alright (Part 2)
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Christopher Brauchli
The Apology People
No sensible person ever made an apology. -Ralph Waldo Emerson It is a web site that many people in the Bush administration should refer to. It is called Writing Express and it comprises samples of...
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Brattleboro Reformer Editorial
Leading by Example
Vermont State Senate Moves Forward On Impeachment
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Friday, April 20, 2007
Teresa Stack
Disseminate Information, Protect Democracy
The following is a shortened version of a letter drafted by Nation president Teresa Stack and signed by her and her counterparts at more than a dozen independent journals, including National Review,...
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Stephen Lendman
New US Postal Rates Undermine Small Publications
The US Constitution's First Amendment guarantees the right of free expression including a press free to do it in. Jefferson, Madison and Congress wanted information easily and cheaply disseminated to...
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John Seager
Effective Way To Fight Global Warming
Washington -- According to the recently released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, "the resilience of many ecosystems is likely to be exceeded this century." Behind this matter...
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Helen Thomas
Public Service Is Not All About Glory
Washington -- I remember how President Kennedy constantly urged young people to go into public service, telling them it could be the crown of their careers.
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Polly Toynbee
We Need To Focus On This Week's Deaths In Iraq - They Belong To Us
Any Sense of Proportion About Fear and Death Has Been Lost As This Age of Individualism Demands Me-Me Mourning
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Matthew Rothschild
Neanderthal Supreme Court Decision on Abortion
T he religious right got its reward on April 26, when the Supreme Court banned an abortion procedure. And the reasoning of the Bush Court was Neanderthal. "Supreme Court justices have exchanged their...
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James Hansen
Why We Can't Wait
This is an adaptation of a talk delivered February 26 at the National Press Club. Comments relating to policy are Dr. Hansen's personal opinion and do not represent a NASA position. There's a huge...
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Paul Krugman
The Plot Against Medicare
The plot against Social Security failed: President Bush's attempt to privatize the system crashed and burned when the public realized what he was up to. But the plot against Medicare is faring better...
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Sarah Olson
Another Soldier AWOL Rather Than Deploying to Iraq
"Just because we volunteered, doesn't mean we volunteered to throw our lives away for nothing. You can only push human beings so far," says Marc Train, a 19-year old soldier from America's heartland...
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David Swanson
Putting the Gone in Gonzales?
How Not to Answer Questions about (in)Justice in America
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Norman Solomon,
Bowing Down to Our Own Violence
Several days after the mass killings at Virginia Tech, grisly stories about the tragedy still dominate front pages and cable television. News of carnage on a vastly larger scale -- the war in Iraq...
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David Michael Green
Dark of Heartness, Part II
Compassionless Conservatives
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Amy F. Isaacs
Labor Law Reform is Essential to Reviving America's Beleaguered Middle-Class
Pooling resources and banding together with those who share similar beliefs and goals is a basic right that all of use every day. We might join our neighbors to pressure our local government to save...
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Isaiah J. Poole
Sallie Mae's Menage À Trois
The sale of Sallie Mae to a group of investors that includes JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America should confirm to members of Congress that it is time to pull the plug on what has been a huge ripoff...
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Clint Talbot
Sudan's 'Last Chance'
Time For Dithering Is Over
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Ruth Conniff
Obama on Our Violent Culture
It was supposed to be a raucous event. Barack Obama's Wisconsin campaign kick-off at a sold-out theater in downtown Milwaukee started with a line of people wrapped around the block. Milwaukee mayor...
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Matthew Rothschild
When "Good Politics" Gets Lethal:
Harry Reid Takes a Dive on Gun Control
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John Nichols
Impeach Cheney First?
It is no secret that Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has been toying with the idea of moving articles of impeachment against a member of the Bush administration. And he appears to be focusing more...
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Karen Houppert
Curbing Abortion Rights
Today the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that a nationwide ban on so-called "partial birth" abortions was legal. Significantly, this is the first time the Court has intervened to this...
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Marie Cocco
Politics Aside, Guns Still Kill
Washington—A few days before the Virginia Tech massacre, a headline caught my eye: Suicide rates are highest in states where guns are most likely to be kept in the home. I barely glanced at the story...
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Ellen Goodman
Governing the Womb
Boston—May I remind you what else was happening on the very day in 2003 when Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. In Florida, the Legislature passed a law that gave politicians the power...
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Joan Vennochi
The White House Truth Gap
The Bush administration never lets the facts get in the way of a good story. When asked Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" about the firing of eight federal prosecutors, Vice President Dick Cheney...
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Brita Sydhoff
Why We Must Tell Truth About Torture
Imagine this: Jack Bauer, America's favorite counterterrorism hero, has just returned from an average day at the office, bringing a terror suspect to near-death by strangulation, staging a mock...
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Louis Freedberg
The Human Face of Death
What the green hills of Blacksburg, Va., and the dusty streets of Baghdad have in common is that in the last few days terrible acts of violence have been perpetrated there. But the reactions to that...
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Diane Farsetta
Onward, Free Market Soldiers:
Privatizing Public Diplomacy
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Philip Kovacs
Democracy and Education
Over the past six years this country has seen the Constitution discarded, the military privatized, the church married to the state, women's reproductive rights repealed, gangster-style cronyism,...
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Sarah Stapleton-Gray
A Culture of Life?
A culture of life. That mantra has been endlessly repeated by conservatives. President Bush spoke about it in March 2001 at an event honoring Pope John Paul II: "In the culture of life we must make...
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Harvey Wasserman
Is "Green" Tom Friedman The New Eco-Orwell of Solartopia?
Not long ago, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was America's top op ed cheerleader for George W. Bush's attack on Iraq, portraying it as a "war for democracy." Now, in a landmark Times...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Michael Colby
Antiwar Sit-Ins: A Personal Perspective
Vermonters have been seemingly inundated lately with news and images of an energized antiwar movement. Dozens of citizens have taken our urgent calls to "end the Iraq War now" directly to the offices...
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William Spady
Federal Education Reform Policy:
World-Class Potential or Tragedy in the Making?
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John Podesta
Officials Owe Americans, Congress The Truth
The Bush administration's ongoing evasions, stonewalling of Congress and shifting rationales for the firing of eight U.S. attorneys are part of a campaign that began when the president took office:...
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Paul Buchheit
Arming Ourselves as the World Burns
Studies by the world's top environmental scientists have confirmed that global warming is very likely caused by human activity and that immediate steps must be taken to avoid further degradation of...
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Ted Nace
Time to Do the Math in Iraq
In 1532, after capturing the Inca emperor Atahualpa, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro issued an unprecedented demand: fill a room, 22 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 8 feet tall, with gold...
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Dean Baker
Containing CEO Pay: A Case of Government Efficiency
The public is outraged over the enormous paychecks that are now standard for people who run large corporations. Compensation packages routinely run into the tens of millions of dollars, and it is no...
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Peter Singer
Give Us a Smile
If you were to walk along the streets of your neighborhood with your face up and an open expression, how many of those who passed you would smile, or greet you in some way? Smiling is a universal...
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Robert Scheer
Heck of a Job, Wolfie
At least they can't blame Paul Wolfowitz on the Jews anymore. That's the good news in the scandal; his lover and neocon political soul mate, Shaha Ali Riza, the World Bank official who received a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Words to Die For... or a New Dawn in Baghdad?
My aunt Hilda, whose very name came from some other century, once told me her earliest memory: She was a little girl standing under a large tree in the backyard of her house in Brooklyn, New York,...
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Bonnie Erbe
Now Has It Been Enough Gun Violence?
I've devoted so much "ink" to this topic over the years, I can recite the deadly data by heart. Why do Americans continue to tolerate state and federal loosening of gun control laws as the numbers of...
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Floyd J. McKay
Congress Should Return Public Records To The Public
Imagine for a moment that President Hillary Clinton's first act upon taking office is an executive order giving her husband, the former president, unlimited power to keep records of his presidency...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Target Global Warming, Target Exxon
With over 1400 local events, the April 14 National Day of Climate Action, , offered a national wakeup call, with citizens in every state raising their voice. But even as we build...
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Kerry Kennedy
Farmworkers Bring Down the Golden Arches
On behalf of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, I congratulate the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their historic victory reaching an agreement with McDonald's to assure the human rights of...
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Floyd Rudmin
32 Senseless Deaths: A Chance for Empathy, Change of Heart, and Change of Course
The tragedy at Virginia Tech tears at the heart of everyone. Thirty-two innocent students and teachers, in the normal activities of their lives, are suddenly shot dead. Each one of them has a mother...
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Amy Goodman
Patriot's Day: Stop the Violence
Historian Howard Zinn ascended the stage at renowned Faneuil Hall in Boston on Patriot's Day, the Massachusetts holiday commemorating the start of the American Revolution. The "shot heard round the...
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Kirk W. Johnson
Hounded by Insurgents, Abandoned by Us
THE crisis over Iraq's refugees is the first major policy issue in which Iraqi civilians are front and center. We debate how the surge looks today or how oil will be distributed tomorrow on the banks...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Danny Schechter
A Student Crisis
The tragic shooting massacre on the Campus of Virginia Tech is being discussed and debated intensely on every media outlet. At this writing, there are more questions than answers and it seems as if...
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Howard Friel
On Finkelstein and Dershowitz
On April 11, Norman Finkelstein gave a lecture at the student center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Finkelstein's subdued but excellent talk focused on the international law aspects...
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Robert Naiman
Is the U.S. Government Planning for Withdrawal from Iraq?
Here's a question you might consider asking your Representative in Congress, your Senators, and any Presidential candidates who happen to pop by: "Do you think that the United States should be doing...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Expert and Public Opinion Gap
Dear Kids (and the rest of America's young'uns I've unofficially adopted): This week I'd like to introduce you to John Q. Public, by way of an "interview."This "interview" with the American public...
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Harvey Wasserman
This Earth Day, Beat King CONG & Sign Up For Solartopia!
"Solartopia has made me what I previously thought impossible, optimistic." -Kurt Vonnegut "Isms are wasms." -Abbie Hoffman Solartopia is our planet when, as Kurt Vonnegut might have said, we finally...
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Brooke Shelby Biggs
Life in Solitary Confinement: 12,775 Days Alone
Around midday today, Central Time, two men in Angola Prison in Louisiana will quietly mark the moment, 35 years ago exactly, when the bars of solitary confinement cells closed behind them. They will...
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Robert W. McChesney
Post Office to the First Amendment: Drop Dead
Everyone who visits the Common Dreams site is reading articles that were first published or commissioned by print publications. Without these print publications, there would be a lot less material...
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Michael Winship
Va. Tech: People Kill People -- With Guns
On Sunday, the National Rifle Association wrapped up its 136th annual convention in St. Louis. Sixty-thousand attended. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre fired up the crowd, telling them, "...
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Clint Talbott
More Campus Carnage: Analysis Begins Too Soon After Tragedy
The killing of more than 30 people and wounding of at least 30 at Virginia Tech on Monday leaves many shocked and relatively speechless. Regrettably, some are not as speechless as one would hope.As...
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Rupert Cornwell
Will This Terrible Day In Virginia Be Enough to Dent America's Love Affair With Guns?
"A tragedy of monumental proportions" was how Charles Steger, the president of Virginia Tech, described the slaughter at his university yesterday, the worst campus mass shooting in US history. But...
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John R. MacArthur
The Vast Power of the Saudi Lobby
GIVEN MY DISSIDENT politics, I should be up in arms about the Israel lobby. Not only have I supported the civil rights of the Palestinians over the years, but two of my principal intellectual mentors...
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Eugene Robinson
One Word Describes These Bush Cronies: Unbelievable
Washington — Today's topic is credibility — specifically, recent claims by certain high-ranking present, former and perhaps soon-to-be-former Bush administration officials. The aim is to answer a...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Beyond Thoughts and Prayers
On this afternoon of national sorrow, President Bush offered his prayers to those who are suffering as a result of today's enormous tragedy at Virginia Tech, as well as his support for a full...
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John Nichols
"A Tragedy... of Monumental Proportions."
There will be plenty of "rapid responses" to the gun rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, which has claimed the lives of as many as 31 students -- making it the deadliest school shooting incident in...
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Bill McKibben
Green Activists Stepped It Up
I have a new hobby : scrolling through the action reports that groups around the country submitted after Step It Up Saturday. From Juneau, Alaska (a rally near the retreating Mendenhall Glacier) to...
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Joshua T. Lozman and Lainie Rutkow
Time for America To Stand Up For Children's Rights
President Bush's recently proposed budget included a $123 million assistance package to fund UNICEF's health, education and protection programs throughout the world this coming fiscal year. We...
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Monday, April 16, 2007
Ralph Nader
Outrageous Words, Outrageous Deeds
Now that the Don Imus flameout has once again demonstrated that vile words energize many activist groups and many media more than do devastating deeds, it is useful to revisit this strange dimension...
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Gore Vidal
Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire
Whenever The New York Times finally gets the point to what is going on in our native land a celestial choir can be heard in Times Square, shouting hosannas. This happened recently, on April 14th,...
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James Carroll
New Thinking To Save The Earth
This week, spring fever takes the form of the fever pitch to which concern over global warming is rising. Last Saturday was the National Day of Climate Action, a campaign organized by writer Bill...
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Greg McPherson
Leafy, Green and Good
A Recent Study Is Giving Trees a Bad Rap In The Battle Against Global Warming.
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Neal Peirce
Pedal Pushers Making Headway
Are we ready to go bicycling? Could these times of climate change, gas-price inflation and bulging waistlines be prepping us for new waves of weekend biking adventures? Maybe even to leave cars...
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