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Friday, September 22, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Exploitation of 9/11 Was Shameful
The remembrance of the World Trade Center last week was an unbearably ugly event, a national disgrace, another blot on the integrity of the country. Under the deft direction of the administration and...
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Jeff Cohen
“Devil” in the Details: Chavez, Limbaugh and Hypocrisy over Name-Calling
Across the U.S. political and media spectrum, there was wide agreement yesterday: Name-calling and personal attacks are bad for national and global dialogue. Prompting the unity were Venezuelan...
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Thursday, September 21, 2006
Molly Ivins
A Tortured Debate
AUSTIN, Texas - Some country is about to have a Senate debate on a bill to legalize torture. How weird is that?
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming The Issues: "Keep George Out Of Jail"
The Republicans are trying to keep George W. Bush out of jail. So far, the media and the Democrats haven't done much to stop them. On the surface, it seems the Republicans are having a debate about "...
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Friday, September 15, 2006
Molly Ivins
Remembering Ann Richards
AUSTIN, Texas—She was so generous with her responses to other people. If you told Ann Richards something really funny, she wouldn’t just smile or laugh, she would stop and break up completely. She...
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Helen Thomas
Bush's Iraq Rationalization is Lame
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is relying on a slender thread to justify its disastrous war in Iraq: Saddam Hussein is now in jail. "The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in...
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Andrew Greeley
Presidents Don't End Wars They Start
Much of the history of the United States in the last half century has involved wars that the country should not have waged and from which it could not extricate itself.
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Thursday, September 14, 2006
Bianca Jagger
Curb this Deadly: Trade Those Who Oppose the Proposed UN Arms Treaty Could Derail a Chance to Save Millions of Lives
As the UN general assembly opens this week, it has its best opportunity in years to make a life-saving difference to people all over the world. An opportunity to stop human rights abuses, limit the...
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Jeff Cohen
Smoking Gun: Washington Post Hires Top Bush Speechwriter
Few media marching bands have beat the Iraq war drums more frantically and with more influence than the editorial pages of the Washington Post. On Monday, the Post announced the hiring of another...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Robert C. Byrd
I Hope That We May Find the Courage...
US Senate Floor Remarks -- September 13, 2006
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Tom Gallagher
Universal Health Insurance and the Race for Governor of California
You generally figure a thirteen point poll deficit will set a campaign looking to scare up a little excitement out on the hustings. So when California Senator Sheila Kuehl delivered Democratic...
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Max Blumenthal
ABC 9/11 Docudrama's Right-Wing Roots
On Friday, September 8, just forty-eight hours before ABC planned to air its so-called "docudrama," The Path to 9/11, Robert Iger, CEO of ABC's corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company, was...
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Medea Benjamin
Historic Latino Congreso Takes Strong Anti-War Stand
Billed as the most comprehensive gathering of Latino leaders in the US in three decades, over 1,600 delegates and observers attended the Latino Congreso in Los Angeles from September 6-10. The...
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Saturday, September 9, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Mastermind Theater: Al-Qaeda Video Awards
It’s becoming the olive-skinned noise of American elections: A few weeks before the vote, Osama, as if on cue, makes a video appearance. It happened in 2002, just three weeks before the mid-term...
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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Gary Olson
Nationalism, Not Islam, Motivates Most Suicide Terrorists
Here is today's discussion question: Suicide terrorism is primarily caused by Islamic fundamentalism. True or false? Although it seems counter-intuitive, especially given everything we read and hear...
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Robert Freeman
Rehabilitating Fascism: How Would We Know It If We Saw It?
With his announcement that the war on terror is actually a war against "Islamo-fascism," President Bush has opened a fruitful debate. As is so common with Bush, however, his use of the term seeks to...
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Saturday, September 2, 2006
Howard Zinn
War is Not a Solution for Terrorism
There is something important to be learned from the recent experience of the United States and Israel in the Middle East: that massive military attacks, inevitably indiscriminate, are not only...
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Friday, September 1, 2006
Norman Solomon
Bush vs. Ahmadinejad: A TV Debate We'll Never See
When Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, invited President Bush to engage in a "direct television debate" a few days ago, the White House predictably responded by calling the offer "a diversion."...
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Andrew Greeley
Blame 9/11 on Airlines, Congress, Bush
The fifth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack is coming up soon. It should be a time of national disgrace and shame. It never should have happened. Americans have been so busy for the past...
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Monday, August 28, 2006
William Greider
Course Correction
The New York Times carried a very important news story today as its front-page lead. It revealed in devastating detail how American workers have lost ground on wage incomes during this so-called...
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Jeff Cohen
Sick Puppy Meets Media Beast
John Mark Karr is one sick puppy -- a school teacher who fantasized that he'd engaged in consensual sex so passionately with six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey that he accidentally killed her. And...
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming The Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?
In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum...
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Thom Hartmann
JonBenét Died - And Bush Lied?
I was on the air doing my radio program two weeks ago when the story came down the wire that the killer of JonBenét Ramsey had been captured in Thailand just hours earlier. I opened the microphone...
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Caroline Arnold
Education 101
Years ago, when I taught at Ohio State, a colleague from the English department recounted his experience with an irate parent who objected to "immoral" selections in his freshman daughter's English...
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Friday, August 25, 2006
Frances Moore Lappé
A Right to Food?
"If someone can't afford to buy food, they're still a citizen and we're still responsible to them," city official Adriana Aranha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, told me in 2000. What a concept--and one...
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Helen Thomas
Warrantless Wiretap Program in Doubt
WASHINGTON - "There are no hereditary kings in America and no powers not created in the Constitution." That eloquent putdown of an imperial presidency was the essence of a ruling by U.S. District...
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Hillary Still Hiding on War; Time Warner Provides Cover
The cover story in the new issue of TIME, the flagship publication of the Time Warner media empire, informs readers that Hillary Clinton has "virtually nonexistent opposition for her senate seat."...
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Molly Ivins
Let the Truth-Telling Begin
Royal Masset, a Texas Republican political consultant who has been accused of being less than brilliant, recently had this to say about Karl Rove: “I think we actually like Karl a lot more now than...
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John Buell
Labor and Local Sweat-Free Procurement Initiatives
A tale of two mid-20th century titans may be apocryphal, but it offers insights into U.S. history. Henry Ford II and Walter Reuther are touring a modern auto plant. Ford jokingly jabs at Reuther: "...
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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Jeff Cohen
TV News Vultures Circling JonBenet’s Corpse -- Again
The top story on TV news lately has not been the Iraq war or tentative Lebanon peace, or major court rulings on tobacco and warrantless wiretapping, or oil prices or pension "reform" or any of a...
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Friday, August 18, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Tampers with War Prisoner Rights
Why does the Bush administration insist on tinkering with the long-established laws on military conduct and treaties of this land? Bush administration officials are drafting amendments to the 1996...
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Thursday, August 17, 2006
Ralph Nader
Bush -- "Take Your Time"
Open letter to President George W. Bush: The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon-its civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment-is a grim and indelible testament to...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Michael Schwalbe
Six Lessons for Young Men on the Edge of War
Military service was a rite of passage into adulthood for males in my family. My grandfather and two uncles served in the navy. One uncle served in the air force. And my father spent three years in...
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Pols Who Cried Wolf
AUSTIN, Texas - We have nothing to fear but fear itself, especially since fear is now being fomented and manipulated for political purposes by a bunch of shameless hacks. Who is trying to make you...
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Monday, August 14, 2006
John Atcheson
What We Learned from Mainstream Media Last Week (and What We Didn't)
Lesson #1: The thwarted attempt of the English-born PAKISTANI terrorists justifies Bush's IRAQI misadventures.
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Norman Solomon
Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?
The leading pro-war Democrat in the Senate is hoping for a landslide in the New York primary next month. And unless progressives quickly mobilize to dent her vote total, she's likely to get it.
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Sunday, August 13, 2006
William Greider
Fear and Smear
An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody...
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Friday, August 11, 2006
Helen Thomas
Rice is in Way over Her Head
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has flunked her first foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. She went to the turbulent region last month in the early days of the war that began...
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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Eugene Jarecki
Truman Haunts Us
61 years ago this week, the United States became the first and (to this day) only nation ever to use a nuclear weapon. It happened twice. First "Little Boy" was dropped on the Japanese city of...
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Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Lamont's Victory -- A Media Defeat
Besides defeating Sen. Joe Lieberman, challenger Ned Lamont has also registered a triumph over much of the Washington press corps that had rallied so ridiculously to Lieberman's defense. A victory...
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Debi Smith
A Bowl of Cucumbers and a Pot of Beans
Maybe it was just midnight mind talking. You know, that tendency to get all worried, scared, panicky, stressed about things in the middle of the dark and silent night that wouldn't ordinarily bother...
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Tuesday, August 8, 2006
John Buell
Democrats and the New Axis of Evil
With the signs of a failed war in Iraq all around them, most congressional Democrats are strangely eager to join the Bush administration's support of Israel's war of pre-emption against Hamas,...
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Rachel Shteir
The Shame of America
The Public Humiliation of Offenders has Spread Throughout the Country, But It Is No Panacea
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Monday, August 7, 2006
James Carroll
The Nagasaki Principle
Today is the anniversary of what did not happen. Sixty-one years ago yesterday, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The scale of nuclear devastation was apparent at once. The next day, no...
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Sunday, August 6, 2006
HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMB - August 1945 Robert Freeman
Was the Atomic Bombing of Japan Necessary?
There was no pressing military necessity for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan
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Saturday, August 5, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
A Global Pursuit of Eden Begins in Our Own Backyard
Columbia, South Carolina -- Escaping the hammering yammering of television�s incessant talking heads, who hype out-of-control war and weather, and blather on about Armageddon, I find refuge on our...
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Saul Landau
So You Say You Want a Revolución?
On July 26, five days before Fidel Castro entered the hospital for intestinal surgery, he led a celebration of the 53rd anniversary of his attack on Fort Moncada, which kick-started the Cuban...
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Friday, August 4, 2006
Helen Thomas
Voting Iraq War Up or Down
The political fate of Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman will be on the line in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Connecticut, an election that has become a referendum on the war in Iraq. Lieberman, an all-...
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Jeff Cohen
Being a TV Expert Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
Watching the nightly news last night was a hair-pulling experience -- even more than normal. The top story on national TV was the Senate testimony of the top military brass, who basically admitted...
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Thursday, August 3, 2006
Molly Ivins
Media With No Guts, No Grace
San Francisco -- Do you think the Bush administration is going after the press? The San Francisco Chronicle said on the front page, "Cameraman Jailed for Not Yielding Tape," whereas The New York...
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Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Dr. Gottlieb is Not Happy
It was an uncomfortable moment. There they sat -- next to each other. Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. And Dr. Scott Gottlieb...
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Monday, July 31, 2006
James Carroll
America Transforms the Middle East, But Not As Envisioned
In one way, the Bush administration's Middle East policies from Iraq to Israel have been a smashing success. The watchword with which Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Condoleezza...
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Friday, July 28, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Who Grieves For Dead Iraqis?
What is the worth of a single Iraqi life?
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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Jonathan Schell
Too Late For Empire
Repetition
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Molly Ivins
24/7 Coverage Doesn’t Cover It
State of play in the Middle East: Lebanon, extensively damaged, plus a half-million refugees; Syria, tired of being dissed; Israel, disproportionate. Are you kidding? Did it work last time they...
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Huck Gutman
A Modest Step Toward Fixing Our Health Care System
Almost unnoticed last week, a federal judge ruled that a recent Maryland statute requiring Wal-Mart to spend more on health care was invalid under federal law.
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William Greider
Whither the WTO
The announcement from Geneva that the "Doha Round" negotiations for another global trade agreement is in "collapse" lacked high drama since impending failure was already clear to all but the most...
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Norman Solomon
Applauding While Lebanon Burns
Syndicated columnist Richard Cohen declared in the Washington Post on Tuesday that an-eye-for-an-eye would be a hopelessly wimpy policy for the Israeli government.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a roasted wild pig beside U.S. President George W. Bush during a barbecue with residents in the northeastern German village of Trinwillershagen at the German Baltic sea July 13, 2006. Bush on Thursday defended Israel 's attacks on targets in Lebanon. Donald Kaul
Dear Israel: Bombing Doesn't Work
I am always amazed at the childlike faith that powerful nations put in bombing. In the past 70 years we have seen nation after nation launch hideous bombing attacks on enemies, confident that the...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Molly Ivins
Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously
Dear desperate Democrats: Here's what we do. We run Bill Moyers for president. I am serious as a stroke about this. It's simple, cheap, and effective, and it will move the entire spectrum of...
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Phyllis Bennis
Washington's Latest Middle East War
The Israeli war against Lebanon and Palestine, euphemistically depicted as "self-defense" against Hezbollah and Hamas, is simultaneously an Israeli war for domination, and a regional war to "remap"...
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Friday, July 21, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Far From Neutral Player in Mideast
President Bush has abdicated the United States' role as an honest broker in the Middle East crisis exploding on two fronts, Lebanon and Palestine. In failing to call for a U.N-sponsored cease-fire...
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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Norman Solomon
The Most Dangerous Alliance in the World
After getting out of Lebanon, writer June Rugh told Reuters on Tuesday: "As an American, I'm embarrassed and ashamed. My administration is letting it happen [by giving] tacit permission for Israel to...
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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Jeff Cohen
Can Al Gore Be Trusted?
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
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Huck Gutman
Lying about the Ruinous Cost of the War in Iraq
While Congress was in session this week debating such momentous issues as whether to prevent the courts from interfering with the Pledge of Allegiance and whether to make it illegal to use women's...
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Ralph Nader
Please, President Bush: Don't Continue to Be Weak on Lebanon Crisis
Dear President Bush: You have been a weak president, despite your strutting and barking, when it comes to doing the right things for the American people within the Constitution and its rule of law...
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David Korten
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
By what name will future generations know our time?
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Sunday, July 16, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
At the End Of Cowboy Diplomacy: How Can We Support Our Cannon Fodder and Shell Shocked Soldiers?
I see Support Our Troops and Bush/Cheney bumper stickers everywhere. What if I put a Support Our Cannon Fodder or Support Our Shell-Shocked Soldiers sticker on my car? Would a driver of one of those...
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Gila Svirsky
The Occupation? Fuggedaboudit!
What a stroke of luck - 10 days before a war breaks out in Lebanon, we buy an apartment in Nahariya.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006
Chris Hedges
Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East
Israel's air, land and sea blockade of Lebanon, which includes jet fighter strikes against the airport in Beirut, presages a new era in the Middle East, one in which the center has collapsed and...
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Iraq War Was Lost the Day It Started
If we "cut and run" from Iraq, Republican senators argued recently, we will lose our credibility, dishonor the memory of those who have already died there, break our promise to the Iraqi people and...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Needs Lesson in Statesmanship
President Bush has discovered diplomacy and is saying goodbye to his disastrous pre-emptive military policy. But, as he says so often, diplomacy is "hard work." The escalating violence in the Iraq...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Peter Singer
Meat Production Today Is Not Just Inhumane, It's Inefficient
Beaks seared off with hot blades; pregnant sows with barely room to take a step. And the scale of suffering is set to soar
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Politics of Greed
"Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers-this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts."...
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Ru Freeman
A Guantanamo State of Mind
"Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."- Pastor Martin Niemöller
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Sunday, July 9, 2006
Ralph Nader
Break Down Barriers to Minority Parties
In no other Western democracy do third-party or independent candidates confront more obstacles and exclusions from contributing to a competitive democratic process than in the United States. These...
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Saturday, July 8, 2006
Ralph Nader
Save Our Oceans
Millions of Americans will enjoy the ocean beaches this coming weekend. Tens of millions live within a few miles of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Yet if they could, these oceans would be crying out...
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Pierre Tristam
North Korea, Bush Ally
There is of course no danger of a Kim Jong Il-starred missile ever grazing so much as a Pentagon radar’s anxieties: North Korea is a nation where even ants starve and technology runs on the digestive...
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Friday, July 7, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Thinks He Can Rule By Fiat
President Bush is learning that there are limits to presidential power. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president has used his commander-in-chief hat to expand his imperial reach beyond what...
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Andrew Greeley
Cheney Really Wants US Dictator
In the winter of 1933, before Franklin Roosevelt's first inauguration on March 4, there was a clamor in the United States for a military dictatorship. The banks were closing, a quarter of Americans...
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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Molly Ivins
More Immigrant-Bashing On the Way
While the rest of you were celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I was keeping an eye on Karl Rove -- because someone has to. A "Bush Signals Shift in Stance on Immigrants" headline...
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Jeff Cohen
Go to Venezuela, You Idiot!
I don't usually take the advice of rightwingers. But I did this time. After receiving inflamed email messages from dozens of angry rightists that I should get the hell out of the USA and go to...
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Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Robert Freeman
Henry Paulson and the Five Circles of Economic Hell
In his book, The Divine Comedy: Inferno , Dante describes successive circles of Hell intended for successively villainous sinners. The higher circles punish only minor sins: gluttony; lust; avarice...
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming the Issues: "It's an Illegal Employer Problem"
Every time the media - or a Democrat - uses the phrase "Illegal Immigration" they are promoting one of Karl Rove's most potent Republican Party frames. The reality is that we don't have an "Illegal...
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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Visceral Emotion Threatens What the Flag Represents
As the U.S. Senate contributed mightily to global warming while debating a constitutional amendment to ban flag-desecration last week, the Citizens Flag Alliance ("representing 147 organizations and...
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Julia Olmstead
The Biofuel Illusion
There's been a lot of talk lately about the promise of biofuels -- liquid fuels like ethanol and biodiesel made from plants -- to reduce our dependence on oil. Even President Bush beat the biofuel...
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Monday, July 3, 2006
Howard Zinn
Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed...
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Saturday, July 1, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Edisto Island: A Historical Wonder of Nature On the Ecological Edge
On the week including the Fourth of July our family has gathered on Edisto Island and its Beach on the South Carolina coast for the past 30 years. Edisto Beach is a fragile barrier island on the...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Philip Kovacs
Gates, Buffett, and the Corporatization of Children
Last week Warren Buffett gave 31 billion dollars to the Gates Foundation. As usual, the mainstream media missed the real story. Leaving aside the creation of an Ameristocracy for another day, parents...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Molly Ivins
An Epic Week of Cutting and Running
And then along comes Cut'n'Run Casey. We spend all last week listening to cut'n'run Democrats talking about their cut'n'run strategy for Iraq, and the only issue is whether they want to cut'n'run by...
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Pierre Tristam
Bait A Predator "to Catch A Voyeur"
Network news was once about authority: Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Ted Koppel, even Dan Rather in his reporter days. But when was the last time a network, as opposed to a newspaper or a magazine,...
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Ru Freeman
Censorship – The American Version
I am an activist with a predilection for supporting progressive causes the world over. From tortured prisoners to under-funded public schools, I'm prepared to walk the walk. So it was with great...
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Independence, Imperialism and Immigrants
Was the American War for Independence morally justifiable? Is any war?
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Saturday, June 24, 2006
William Greider
Dirty Money
The New York Times devoted a lot of ink to the Bush Administration's practice of secretly rummaging through international banking transactions in pursuit of terrorists. But, frankly, I had a hard...
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Friday, June 23, 2006
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Iraq is a Full-scale Military Balls-Up. Our Best Move Now is to Cut and Run
If the US is going to wait until the time is right before withdrawing, we could be in for another hundred years war
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William Greider
Cheney and HAL
Amid all his other troubles, Vice President Richard Cheney is now stalked by a ghost from his past--the Richard Cheney who for five years was CEO of the Halliburton Company. When he left Halliburton...
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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Stacy Bannerman
No Surprise in Bush "Emergencies"
President Bush has yet another supposed "emergency" on his hands. This time it's illegal immigration. His response is to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border. The tactic...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Molly Ivins
Without DeLay, Has the GOP Lost its Moral Compass?
Gee, the Republicans seem to have lost their moral compass since Tom DeLay quit. Who knew it could get worse without that pillar of rectitude from Texas? What a snakes' nest of corruption and...
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Monday, June 19, 2006
James Carroll
Sending Shameful Signals
"No question Guantanamo sends, you know, a signal," President Bush said last week. ``It provides an excuse, for example, to say the United States is not upholding the values that they're trying to...
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Helen Thomas
Al-Zarqawi's Death Doesn't Slow War
President Bush says the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi offers an opportunity for Iraq's new government to "turn the tide in this struggle." But, in contrast to his triumphal claims in 2003 about "...
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