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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Jesse Jackson
Challenge Our Violent Culture
"America is, by far, the most violent country in the world when measured against comparable, industrialized nations." That's the conclusion of a report by a conservative former California attorney...
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Patrick McElwee
Responsibility for Torture and Abu Ghraib: The Post Shows It Goes at Least as Far as the Vice President
Since the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, there has been widespread speculation that the abuses captured in the shocking photos were more than the work of a few "bad apples." Historian Alfred McCoy...
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Monday, June 25, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Zombie
Another head hangs lowly, Child is slowly taken. And the violence caused such silence, Who are we mistaken? But you see, it's not me, it's not my family. In your head, in your head they are fighting...
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Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein
FCC Coming To Maine To Hear What Media Consumers Want
The Regulators Seek Input On How Companies Using Our Air Waves Respond To Local Interests and Needs.
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Howard Kurtz--An Unreliable Source?
Here's a segment for next week's CNN show "Reliable Sources." Why is it that the mainstream media treats single-payer healthcare (Medicare for all) as a fringe idea --when, in fact, it has broad...
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Tom Hayden
A Call to Bring All Troops Home
The Center for American Progress will call on Monday for the withdrawal of virtually all American troops from Iraq, for the first time--including US trainers in addition to combat forces. The new...
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Robert Fisk
Murder of Peacekeepers Raises Stakes in Lebanon
At last it happened. Every one predicted - not least the United Nations officers on the team - that the international UN peacekeeping army in southern Lebanon would be attacked by a Sunni Muslim...
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Robert Kuttner
European Unity, Leadership on Climate Change
A EUROPEAN UNION divided on everything from farm subsidies to immigration, and reluctant to confront the United States over a war that most Europeans considered a disaster from the start, has found...
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Cynthia Tucker
Bush Nominee Needs a Refresher Course In Civics
Hans von Spakovsky is among the GOP hacks who perverted the U.S. Department of Justice - trashing constitutional principles, rewarding partisanship over competence and converting the entire machinery...
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Dr Cesar Chelala
China Faces Challenges on Environmental Health
In recent times, China has sustained significant economic expansion and at the same time has greatly improved the health status for the majority of the population. These achievements have been a...
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Bill Moyer
The Leaders and Ideas to Run the Country
Believe it or not, progressives are not satisfied perpetually organizing protests, holding down the negative pole of the dialectic, happily defined in opposition to the status quo. We long for more...
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Craig and Marc Kielburger
How to Buy Coffee with a Conscience
Are you reading this newspaper with a coffee in hand?For millions of Canadians, that's the beginning of a ritual that will see 40 million cups of coffee sold nationwide every day. But as we reach...
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John Feffer
Take Back American Foreign Policy
At the Take Back America conference last week in Washington, DC, the Bush foreign policy was clearly unpopular. References to the Iraq War debacle, to extraordinary renditions and Abu Ghraib and...
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Haroon Siddiqui
Canada Should Steer Clear of US Agenda
The United States is spending $80 million to train and equip Mahmoud Abbas' Presidential Guard. In Kabul, Hamid Karzai dare not move out of the cocoon of his elaborate American security. In Baghdad,...
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Helen Thomas
US Muddles Along In The Middle East
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has a mess on its hands in the Middle East, due to its inept policies in Iraq and Palestine.
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Frank Rich
They'll Break the Bad News on 9/11
By this late date we should know the fix is in when the White House's top factotums fan out on the Sunday morning talk shows singing the same lyrics, often verbatim, from the same hymnal of spin. The...
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Joseph L. Galloway
Abu Ghraib: The Rest of The Story
We were reminded again last week that in this administration, no good deed goes unpunished, and that no scandal is so great that it can't be hidden until it's forgotten. The sad spectacle that...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Private Dick, Forever Undercover
It's lucky for vice presidential se crecy that Dick Cheney joined the legislative ranks only recently. Back in 2001, when Cheney secretly talked energy policy with oil company CEOs, he was a...
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Lucinda Marshall
Rethinking Patriotism
Several months ago when I wrote an essay questioning the appropriateness of military air shows as a form of community-sponsored family entertainment, I received a number of responses. The gist of...
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Max Blumenthal
Bush to New Orleans Jazz Legend: "Pick Up All the Trash"
Before Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and ruined many of its cultural landmarks, people from all over the city -- all over the country, in fact -- would flock to the Bywater section...
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John Nichols
No Confidence in a Congress that Bends to Bush
Confidence in Congress has hit an all-time low. A mere 14 percent of Americans tell Gallup pollsters that they have a great deal or quite a lot of faith in the US House and Senate.Since Gallup began...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Wallowed in the Adoration of the Albanian Mob
If I'd known you were coming I'd have baked a cake And invited all the neighbors in. - Song from the 1940s by Al Trace They were greeted somewhat differently. Fortunately the first to arrive did not...
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Evan Whitton
Bush's Secret War on America
Florian von Donnersmarck's haunting film The Lives of Others is a warning to us all. It shows how the East German secret police, the Stasi, went about their deadly work of spying on 17 million...
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Ashifa Kassam
It's Important to Communicate in the Global Village
"Until the lion learns to speak, the tales of hunting will be weak." - Canadian music artist K'Naan. For most of us, the term "global village" conjures up a picturesque place where countries from...
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Frida Berrigan
The Elephants of Missile Defense
In Albania, nearing the end of his six-nation tour of Europe, President George W. Bush hopped out of his limo to have his head rubbed and his cheeks kissed by an adoring crowd in what The New York...
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Frida Berrigan
The Elephants of Missile Defense
In Albania, nearing the end of his six-nation tour of Europe, President George W. Bush hopped out of his limo to have his head rubbed and his cheeks kissed by an adoring crowd in what The New York...
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Sean Gonsalves
Bombs Bursting in Air?
As we prepare to celebrate "rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air" next week, arms control experts are meeting in Geneva to talk about crafting a treaty that would ban the use of cluster bombs...
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Friday, June 22, 2007
Robert Borosage
Progressives Have The Mojo Now
The Take Back America Conference this year drew 3,000 leaders and activists from 40 states, 150 speakers, a bloggers' boulevard and radio row larger than ever, and an energy that couldn't be...
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Rosa Brooks
Hillary's Tone-Deaf Campaign
AFTER MUCH trumped-up suspense, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced this week — via a YouTube spoof of the last episode of "The Sopranos" — that the votes are in. No, sorry, not those votes. You'll...
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Adam Elkus
The End of Supreme Command
George W. Bush has degraded many important American concepts and values, such as the rule of law, human rights, and just government. Civilian control of the military is his next victim. America's...
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Robert Weissman
SiCKO, Part II: Things Can Be Different
There are no talking head experts in Michael Moore's masterful new film, SiCKO.The first part of SiCKO features regular people detailing the horrors of the U.S. healthcare system, based on their own...
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Steve Fake & Kevin Funk
Saving Darfur or Salvation Delusion?
The United States has substantial ties with the Sudanese government. However, buoyed by a large grassroots movement to "Save Darfur," Washington has also strongly condemned Khartoum for the crisis in...
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David Michael Green
If Reid Were Rove
The state of American politics is dismal. To begin with, there are no third choices. And, truthfully, there's hardly a second one either. If you had asked me prior to 2001, I would have echoed the...
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Barry Lando
The Trial of Saddam Hussein We Never Saw
On June 24th in Baghdad the Special Iraqi Tribunal is due to hand down a verdict against several of Saddam Hussein's officials charged with the slaughter of some 180,000 Kurds during the Al Anfal...
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Sharon Scranage
The Education Blame Game
The No Child Left Behind Act has received criticism from educators and policy pundits, primarily because of unrealistic goals that often stigmatize schools and the teachers connected with them as "...
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Rick Perlstein
How Liberal Activists Outfoxed FOX
A really illuminating panel showed how a major right-wing organization was set back on its heels -- and how it can be done again and again and again. When the Nevada Democratic Party announced that...
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Matthew Rothschild
Kucinich Sings of the Centrality of Peace
A fter Hillary Clinton spoke to the Take Back America conference on June 20, it was Dennis Kucinich's turn. Before he could get on stage, about half the crowd left. But many of those who remained...
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Ruth Conniff
Slave Labor, Poisoned Toys Give Global Capitalism a Black Eye
A few years ago the anti-globalization movement seemed, to much of mainstream America, a fringe concern. Capitalism and free trade are, after all, our national religion. The protesters who disrupted...
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David Corn
SiCKO Is Boffo
In 1971, Edgar Kaiser, the son of the founder of Kaiser Permanente, one of the first big HMOs, went to see John Ehrlichman, a top aide to President Nixon, to lobby the Nixon White House to pass...
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Ryan Blethen
Maine Inches Ball Forward On Net Neutrality
The federal government's inaction on global warming has inspired a green streak from Olympia to Albuquerque. The black hole that is the health-care debate on the federal level emboldened plans to...
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Lee Drutman
Postal Rates and Democracy
Berkeley, California — Consider junk mail — about 100 billion pieces a year in America, or 5.8 million tons. It's almost half of all mail delivered today, and about half of which just goes straight...
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The Christian Science Monitor
Where Law Reigns, Terror Withers
In The US, a Court Ruling in Favor of Ali al-Marri Bolsters Both The Rule of Law and National Security.
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Mona El-Farra
When Gaza Brothers Turn Against Each Other
As a physician from Gaza, I have treated far too many Palestinians wounded by Israeli troops. Now a day has come that I thought I would never see. Throughout our 59-year struggle to obtain our...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
What To Do About Joe?
Listening to Senator Joseph Lieberman these days, it's difficult to believe that this is the man who was once Al Gore's running mate and not some Pioneer or Ranger or Misadventurer raising money for...
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New York Times Editorial
Mr. Bush's Stem Cell Diversion
The executive order on stem cells issued by President Bush yesterday seeks to reorient research in new directions that may or may not pay off. But make no mistake, it is no substitute for the bill...
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Sidney Blumenthal
Imperial Presidency Declared Null and Void
Bush May Ignore The 4th Circuit's Stinging Rebuke of His War Paradigm. But His Policies are Losing The Cloak of Legality.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
US Is Fighting A Contractor War
No matter how hard it surges, America's military can't over come the handicaps of war on the cheap -- including an overabundance of private contractors. Iraq may be the most privatized war in U.S...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Dividing Palestinians Won't Work
There is panic in Ottawa, Washington, Jerusalem and European capitals over Hamas's stunning military rout of Fatah in the Gaza Strip. The 18-month-long Western policy — which the Stephen Harper...
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Ryan Grim
When Did Bush Know About Abu Ghraib?
Seymour Hersh is at it again . The investigative reporter who breaks stories like they're rotten two-by-fours has a major scoop in the latest issue of The New Yorker . He wraps the piece around...
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Robert Weissman
SiCKO, Part I: The Human Tragedy
When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas. Memos started shooting around, warning...
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Joyce Marcel
Good Fences Do Not Make Good Neighbors
Some of our most dramatic quotations come from walls. Who could ever forget, "Mr. Gorbechav, tear down this wall!" Or, "You can see the Great Wall of China from the moon." (Which turned out to be...
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Gail Johnson
The Hillary Dilemma: Does Sisterhood Trump Peace?
"It is so wonderful that Hillary is running," said my luncheon companion. "At last, we will have a woman President." It is a popular sentiment. The week before Jane asked a group of political women...
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John Nichols
Who's Afraid of Liberalism? The GOP
How scared are the folks over at the Republican National Committee as they head toward an election cycle in which their party's hold on at least one branch of the federal government — which they've...
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Marie Cocco
On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time
WASHINGTON—Cool the rhetorical heat and you uncover a single goal that President Bush, congressional Democrats and the presidential candidates from both parties emphatically agree upon: Iraq, they...
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Ellen Goodman
The Bigots are Coming! The Bigots are Coming!
BOSTON—Back in 2004, a month before the first wedding bells rang for same-sex couples, then-Gov. Mitt Romney offered his opinion that "Massachusetts should not become the Las Vegas of same-sex...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
John Nichols
"Heckuva job, Alberto!"
The campaign to impeach Alberto Gonzales -- organized by Democracy for America and filmmaker Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald's Brave New Films crew under the slogan "President Bush won't fire Attorney...
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Robert Scheer
Hamas Holds the High Cards
Forty years ago, I entered the Gaza Strip—soon after Israel had conquered that teeming cauldron of humanity after defeating Egypt in the Six-Day War—to report on the Israelis' bubbling optimism about...
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Alan Weber
'All War Is Local'
I'm living now in Santa Fe, a lovely city of some 70,000 people far from the media glare of the Boston-Washington corridor, which was my home for more than 20 years. About a month ago, I flew back to...
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Amy Goodman
'SiCKO': Michael Moore's Prescription for Change
Michael Moore screened his new film, "SiCKO," on Father's Day at a special New York event honoring Sept. 11 first responders. Moore spoke of their heroism and recognized their role in the film. "...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Attack On Mothers
The poisonous public attacks on Katie Wright this week--for revealing that her autistic son Christian (grandson of NBC Chair Bob Wright), has recovered significant function after chelation treatments...
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Bruce Friedrich
Britain's Environment Agency: Go Vegetarian to Stop Climate Change
I'm tempted to move to Britain, and not just because I saw an early screening of Michael Moore's amazing new movie, Sicko (go see it; tell all your friends). What got me is that an official with the...
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Anne and Christopher Ellinger
Baby Boomers Becoming Bolder Givers
Why don't affluent Baby Boomers give more money away? We ask this question not to guilt-trip, as Boomer slang would put it, but because solving some urgent social problems hangs on the answer. People...
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Joe Brewer
Debating Energy as if Communities Mattered
Congress is debating legislation that will impact our capacity to address the global warming crisis. An energy bill, titled the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007...
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Olga Bonfiglio
And the Times, They Are A-Changin'
To hear Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu´ Tum tell it, the world is on the verge of a "New Time" where harmony and a re-connection with Nature will win over the violent death and...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Countering Terrorism - How Not To Do It
June 19, 2007 MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Countering Terrorism - How Not To Do It On June 6, 2002, former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley testified before...
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Marie Cocco
Kellogg's Advertising Diet
WASHINGTON—Arrivederci, Apple Jacks. Hello, reconstituted Rice Krispies. "What are we going to do about Pop-Tarts?" wonders David Mackay, chief executive of the Kellogg Company, when I ask about...
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Brian Beutler
Bush to Congress: Drop Dead
Well, it's official: President Bush doesn't much respect the laws Congress passes. A Government Accountability Office report—commissioned by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and...
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Robert Borosage
Take Back America: 'This Is Our Time'
These are opening remarks at the fifth annual Take Back America Conference in Washington, a meeting of 3,000 leaders and activists from across the country and across the tribes of the progressive...
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George Monbiot
Children's Health Is Coming Second to The Profits of Baby Formula Peddlers
Like most of the world, I was mistaken. I thought that the aggressive promotion of baby formula was a problem confined to the poorer nations, where weak or complicit governments are pushed around by...
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Michael Winship
George Bush and the First Person Possessive
There's a famous, possibly apocryphal story about Lyndon Johnson visiting Vietnam during his presidency. On a carrier flight deck, he started striding toward a helicopter when a Navy officer said to...
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John Logan
Tony Blair's Real Legacy: Minimum Wage and Union Recognition
On June 27th Tony Blair will stand down after a decade as Britain's Prime Minister. Unfortunately for Mr. Blair, he is now far more likely to win popularity contests on this side of the Atlantic, and...
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Cindy Sheehan
Turn, Turn, Turn
To everything there is a season. A time for war, a time for peace. Ecclesiastes, Hebrew Scriptures I wish I could say I thought of something profound as I saw the president and his wife's picture on...
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Jeff Leys
Break Time Is Over: Building Nonviolent Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental
On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-the one and only time that nuclear weapons were used. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq...
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Ralph Nader
Is Hillary Clinton A Political Weather Vane or A Political Compass?
Consider her latest detour from the NAFTA and WTO policies of her husband. Last week she announced her opposition to the proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. The place for her...
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Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith
A Moratorium Wired to Stop the War
Though Americans disapprove of President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq by more than two to one, they don't seem to be expressing that disapproval to anyone but pollsters. A plan to...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Blackstone Greed
Thank you, Blackstone, for being so greedy. Your decision to go public in an IPO has, at long last, led to much-needed scrutiny and legislation that may upend the rules of the game in which secretive...
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Arianna Huffington
Iraq: The Battle For September Has Already Begun
According to the White House -- and to the dwindling number of Congressional dead-enders still backing the war in Iraq -- we have to wait until September to be able to judge whether President Bush's...
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Chris Hedges,
A Culture of Atrocity
All troops, when they occupy and battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are swiftly placed in what the psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton terms "atrocity-producing situations." In this...
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Peter Preston
It Has Got To Be Al Gore
If he is as serious about climate change as he says he is, he has to run for the US presidency
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Childhood Collateral Damage
That wars yield collateral damage is something we know, but tend not to dwell upon. It's just too horrible to think of. The worst of the worst of those unbearable thoughts has to be what becomes of...
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Andrew J. Bacevich
More Troops, More Troubles
Candidates Who Call For Beefing Up Our Armed Forces to Deter Terrorism Show a Profound Misunderstanding of the Mideast.
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James Carroll
War's Sacred Toll
Last week, explosions once again tore through the great Askariya mosque in Samarra, one of the Shi'ite faith's most revered shrines. Its massive golden dome had been destroyed by bombs last year, and...
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Karen Greenberg
The Plight of American Prisoners in Iran
For Americans, it should be startling to see the word "detainee" suddenly appear in a different country, on a different continent, and referring not to alleged jihadi terrorists but to a group of...
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Medea Benjamin
Confronting Joe Lieberman to Stop a War With Iran
On June 10, Senator Joe Lieberman said on CBS Face the Nation that he had seen incontrovertible evidence that Iran was training and equipping Iraqi extremists to kill American soldiers and that we...
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Norman Solomon
War at the Remote
It's a popular notion: TV sets and other media devices let us in on the violence of war. "Look, nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens," President Bush told a news conference...
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Rosa Maria Pegueros
Where Have All The Young Ones Gone?
They saunter into my classroom alone or with friends, at the height of their youthful beauty. They may be 17 or they may be 22; they may dress in classic preppy style or, more likely, they may have...
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
Mikhail Gorbachev
US Needs to Exit Iraq
Clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents throughout Iraq, political maneuvering in the United States over its presence there and the repercussions of that presence around the world leave no doubt...
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John Nichols
Dysfunctional Debate, Dysfunctional Policies
The tragedy of Washington's narrow to the point of dysfunctional "debate" about the Middle East is that few American political players are willing to comment in a serious manner about the fact that...
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Caroline Arnold
A New Iliad: The Fixation of Dubya or The Wrath of the American People?
"I sing the Wrath of Achilles" ... proclaims the opening verse of the Iliad.Scholars generally agree that the Iliad originated in orally generated and transmitted stories, scenes and characters...
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Anatole Kaletsky
Why We Must Break with the American Crazies
When Gordon Brown returned from his fact-finding tour of Iraq on Monday, he proclaimed the importance of learning from our mistakes but also of looking forward instead of backward. Did this admission...
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Lori Sturdevant
Were Voters Saying Give Peace a Chance?In the last election and the next, the Iraq war may be the only issue that counts.
Former Gov. Wendell Anderson's name hasn't been on a ballot in 29 years, but his political antenna remains in fine working condition. (Minnesotans who remember the late 1970s will recall its singular...
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Saturday, June 16, 2007
Robert Fisk
Welcome to 'Palestine'
How troublesome the Muslims of the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace democracy and then they elect the wrong party - Hamas - and then Hamas wins a mini-civil war and...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Warming to Global Warming
What man has made, man can change. — Fred M. Vinson, Arlington Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Day Speech 1945 It was a confusing few days for the climate and those affected by it. On May 22, 2007, Robert...
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Bill Moyers
Begging His Pardon
We have yet another remarkable revelation of the mindset of Washington's ruling clique of neoconservative elites -- the people who took us to war from the safety of their Beltway bunkers. Even as...
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Reese Erlich
Blowback In Lebanon
Has the U.S. Helped Create Another Jihadist Monster?
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Rick Perlstein
'Honest Conservatives': Oxymoron?
Brad DeLong, the remarkably erudite and morally penetrating blogger and economics professor, has been writing some very useful things about the question of "honest conservatism"—the understandable,...
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Brian Beutler
Honoring Emmett Till
W ho says bipartisanship is dead? Well, actually, a lot of people do. And they're mainly correct. But every now and then, some animating force—a just cause, a moving story, an unexpected event—will,...
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William Powers & Glenn Hurowitz
Home On The Rainforest
Deep within Madagascar, more than 1,300 square miles of rainforest continue to breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen every day, helping to keep the planet cool. That may not seem like a...
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Jacqueline Marcus
A Powerful, Massive Protest: Diminish the Corporate Media's Power by Turning off Your TV for Good!
It pleases the Bush administration that the majority of Americans will not hit the streets of D.C. to protest their unconstitutional war crimes. They haven't time, but they would still like to do...
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Arnie Patterson
Our Southern Neighbors; A Canadian Perspective
The United States is losing its closest and best ally. While hostility to the U.S. is rampant throughout the world, this largely related to the Iraq war, surprisingly the reaction of most Canadians,...
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