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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Ray McGovern
Swear Him In!
That's all I said in the unusual silence on Monday afternoon as first aid was being administered to Gen. David Petraeus' microphone before he spoke before the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs...
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Thom Hartmann
The Problem With a "War" Strategy
The eerie juxtaposition of General Betrayus testifying today before Congress, and it being 9/11 (which helped Bush bring us disasters ranging from the PATRIOT Act to the Iraq War and Occupation)...
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Dilip Hiro
Wars That Defy Categorization
The war in Iraq, 9/11 attacks and the Iranian Revolution pose challenges for Western imagination
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Monday, September 10, 2007
Yifat Susskind
Hurricane Felix's First Responders
A 50-year-old Miskito woman named Rose Cunningham, was the early warning system for dozens of impoverished Nicaraguan communities that took a direct hit from Hurricane Felix on Tuesday. Rose, who...
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Courtney E. Martin
Iraq War: The Missing Measure of Our Outrage
If most of us can agree the Iraq War is a colossal failure, why aren't we doing much about it?
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Neal Peirce
Fighting to Stay Above Water
A chilling set of three-dimensional images of climate-triggered sea rise flooding into coastal U.S. cities is due to be released this week by the environmental nonprofit group Architecture 2030. A...
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A Seattle Times Editorial
Failures of The American Airwaves
The Federal Communications Commission has failed the people and the democratic system it is supposed to protect. The many failures reached ridiculous heights in 2003 when the majority Republican...
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Sean Gonsalves
Laughing To Keep From Crying
"Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie." - George Orwell. Whether we agree on the precise nature of the legacy of 9/11, one thing's hard to dispute: terrorism is the...
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Norman Solomon
Six Years of 9/11 as a License to Kill
It evokes a tragedy that marks an epoch. From the outset, the warfare state has exploited "9/11," a label at once too facile and too laden with historic weight -- giving further power to the tacit...
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James Carroll
Forever The Victims
Talk about bad timing. It is unfortunate that the much-anticipated September accounting of "progress" in Iraq, centered on this week's congressional testimony by General David Petraeus and Ambassador...
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John Steinbruner and Tim Gulden
Violence In Iraq Is Beyond Our Control
With the administration's long-awaited progress report on Iraq set to be delivered to Congress today, it seems clear that most of the contending arguments regarding the future of U.S. operations in...
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Cindy Sheehan
Pigs of War
"I believe it is imperative that we never lose our voice of dissent, regardless of political pressure. As Martin Luther King, Jr said: 'there comes a time when silence is betrayal'...However, it is...
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Tom Engelhardt
Launching Brand Petraeus : 'Progress' by the Numbers
It was about this time of year in 2002, in the halcyon days of the Bush administration, that White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card offered a little political marketing advice to the world. In...
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Naomi Klein
The Age of Disaster Capitalism
The following is excerpted from Naomi Klein's recently published book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism : As George Bush and his cabinet took up their posts in January 2001, the...
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Michael Tomasky
Washington's Serious Stars
US foreign policy experts who got the Iraq war badly wrong are still somehow holding sway.
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Michael Hansen and David Wallinga
Keep Monsanto Out of Our Milk
The recent announcement by Kroger stores that it will no longer use the genetically engineered growth hormone rbST (also known as rbGH) in its private label milk brand is part of a nationwide trend...
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Sunday, September 9, 2007
Michael J. Copps
Democracy and Media
An important government meeting was once called but closed to the media. The assembled leaders produced a 5,000-word document, finalized early enough to be manually typeset by the close of the...
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Prelude To War? World is Worried
The chilling report that the Pentagon is planning a "three-day blitz" targeting Iran hasn't gotten much play here in the U.S. The British press, meanwhile, has been buzzing with what the Bush...
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Eric Margolis
Damn, It's 'Nam
We all know what "deja vu" is. But I recently read of a condition psychiatrists call "jamais vu." That's where one sees something very familiar, but cannot identify it. Both the White House and U.S...
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Glenn Greenwald
The DC Establishment vs American Public Opinion
By large majorities, Americans distrust Gen. Petreaus' report and, in general, claims about Progress in Iraq
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John Brown
Walk Away from the Lies: A Recommendation to General Petraeus from a Foreign Service Officer
Dear General Petraeus, In the coming week you will be briefing Congress and the nation regarding the situation in Iraq, specifically on the so-called "surge." You will be providing statistics and...
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Caroline Arnold
Time to Rattle 'Dem Bones'
A reader recently advised me: "Sleep-walking through the gray ocean of information fog cannot provide the shock needed to bring cultural revolution ... Rebel against this negativity and write...
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Rev. John Dear
'Guilty!' -- Of Trying to See Our Senator
On Thursday, September 6th, 2007, six of us were found guilty in Federal court in Albuquerque, NM by a Federal judge for trying to visit the office of our senator. We will be sentenced in a few weeks...
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Saturday, September 8, 2007
Steve Rendall
A Poverty of Coverage: Why Aren't The Poor on The Media Agenda?
During the 20 years of FAIR's existence, there have been two periods when mainstream journalists made promises about dedicating themselves to greater coverage of poverty, racism and inequality. The...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Confusion Contemplation on the New Post-9/11 Era
It was a quiet, sunny morning and I was seated alone in front of the big picture window overlooking the big, blue waters of Lake Michigan. The trees were in full color and the air was warmish except...
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Ray McGovern
Are Petraeus and Westmoreland Birds of a Feather?
The killing in Hawijah, Iraq of 18-year old Corporal Jeremy Shank of Jackson, Missouri (population 12,000) merited an article in the Southeast Missourian . Cpl. Shank was killed on Sept. 6, 2006 and...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Wild Weather Creates Chances for Political Progress
It's hard to keep up with the crazed weather. As I write, a heat wave has killed over 50 people in the Midwest and South, with temperatures reaching 112 degrees in Evening Shade, Arkansas. Torrential...
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Tom Hayden
Ending the War in 2009
Let me tell you what the supporters of endless occupation are worried about. A Washington think tank, the Center for a New American Security, whose board includes Madeline Albright, Lockheed Martin,...
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Christopher Brauchli
The Toilet and The Senator
Sex. The most fun I've ever had without laughing. - Woody Allen Annie Hall The party may simply be suffering from PCSS (post coital stress syndrome). Enough, it may be thinking, is enough, which...
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Friday, September 7, 2007
Sally Kohn
Larry Craig's Pullout Strategy
Will he or won't he? Let's consult the Ouija board of Washington sex-scandals past: Bill Clinton: Democrat, had actual sexual contact with female intern in the Oval Office. In. Sen. David Vitter:...
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David Cole & Jules Lobel
Why We're Losing the War on Terror
President George W. Bush is fond of reminding us that no terrorist attacks have occurred on domestic soil since 9/11. But has the Administration's "war on terror" actually made us safer? According to...
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A Nation Editorial
Why We Must Leave Iraq
As Congress gathers to hear the reports of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, no amount of Administration spin can hide the ugly reality in Iraq. A surge that should never have been...
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Helen Thomas
Snow Drifts Out of White House
WASHINGTON -- It's getting lonelier at the top for President Bush as his key staffers head out the door. The latest to clean out his desk is White House press secretary Tony Snow, who had been a...
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Joan Chittister
We Need Candidates Who Are Really Religious
The closer the United States gets to choosing a president, the more the event begins to look like a papal election: it's all about religion and little about what religion teaches. The United States,...
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The Corporate Crime Reporter
Robert Reich and the Elimination of Corporate Criminal Liability
Corporate income tax? Out.Corporate social responsibility? Out. Corporate criminal liability? Out. Milton Friedman? No. Try Robert Reich. Yes, the liberal, Robert Reich - Bill Clinton's Secretary of...
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Paul Krugman
Time to Take a Stand
Here's what will definitely happen when Gen. David Petraeus testifies before Congress next week: he'll assert that the surge has reduced violence in Iraq - as long as you don't count Sunnis killed by...
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Aaron Glantz
Success in Iraq? Try Listening to the Troops
President Bush spent Labor Day weekend in Iraq trying to drum up support for his latest war funding effort -- a $50 billion demand to Congress, which would bring the total outlay on the war in Iraq...
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Nate Van Duzer
Putting A Face on The Need For Peace
Hamas. Olmert. Emergency government. The Quartet. Abbas. The political terms of the relentless Israel-Palestine question appear constantly in the news these days. (My personal favorite: Fatahstan.)...
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Rosa Brooks
The Shrinking Bush Bubble
The president is a lonely man. Once, he was surrounded by admirers and acolytes. There was Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell and Alberto Gonzales and Condi Rice and Karl Rove -- many...
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Mark Morford
Just How Gay Is The GOP?
Sen. Larry 'Wide Stance' Craig, just another in a long daisy chain of happy homoevidence
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Ruth Rosen
Soft Crimes Against Democracy
What Ever Happened to Freedom of Information?
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Scott Ritter
Reporting from Baghdad
It should come as no surprise that the Bush administration's newest military-man-of-substance-turned- political lapdog, General Petraeus, maintains that the situation in Iraq is not only salvageable...
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Arianna Huffington
Dems Hold All the Cards on Iraq, So Why Are They Folding?
Remember earlier this summer when Harry Reid and the Democrats vowed they were "going to hold the president's feet to the fire" on Iraq? Well, now it appears they've decided to play footsie with the...
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Harvey Wasserman
The Genius Doctor Who Diagnosed Nuke Power's Deadly Disease
The nuke power industry now wants $50 billion and more in loan guarantees to build new atomic reactors. As it strong-arms Congress, the warnings of the great Dr. John Gofman, who passed away last...
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Thursday, September 6, 2007
Ayaz Amir
In Pakistan: Fighting Someone Else's War
The war the Pakistan army is being made to fight in the two Waziristans is not our war. It is a war calibrated to an American agenda, Pakistan being asked to pull the chestnuts out of a fire the...
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Robert Fisk
Lebanon Cries Victory, But Is It Too Soon?
The victory of the Lebanese army at the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp - the killing of up to 100 al-Qa'ida-type insurgents at the cost of 163 Lebanese soldiers and 42 civilians - is being greeted in the...
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Allan J. Lichtman
When General Petraeus Speaks, Don't Listen
On the cusp of General David Petraeus' report on the "surge" of American troops in Iraq we should recall one of the most important if neglected lessons of the war in Vietnam: Don't listen to generals...
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Joel Wendland
GOP Sidesteps Benchmarks As Democrats Look For Footing
Democrats are crying foul over the Bush administration's shifting standards for progress in the Iraq war. While the Bush administration, since the summer of 2006, had pushed for a set of "benchmarks...
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Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker
Who Will Cry for Innocent Iraqis?
"Every evening, I write notes to the families of young Americans.... For you and for me they are not names on a press release or numbers updated on a web page, they are our country's sons and...
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Marie Cocco
Iraq Is Still a Failure
September, this golden month, promises to be god-awful. We have reached the presumed moment of a turning point on Iraq policy and so the White House wishes to turn back the clock. It dials back to...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
An Open Letter to America: All Power to the People
On July 1, 2007 I sought the support of regular Americans after receiving notification from the U.S. Air Force Reserve that they were threatening to discharge me on the basis of behavior that, in...
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Ruth Conniff
Overcoming Censorship
The bland, corporate culture of mainstream media coverage has gotten more and more effective at stifling dissent. (See Matt Rothschild's piece on the squelching of antiwar protesters by the police...
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Johann Hari
Hatred and Bigotry On The Playground
This week it is 50 years - and an eternity - since the publication of the Wolfenden report, which began to rip up the laws that turned gay people into criminals. If you had whisked John Wolfenden and...
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John Nichols
Sheehan Seeks a More Principled Politics
In California, where Cindy Sheehan proposes to mount an independent anti-war challenge to cautious House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the political structures used to err on the side of candidates who opted...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
From Tea-Drinkers To Terrorists
Condoleezza Rice once scoffed at the idea that the U.S. attack on Iraq was creating terrorists. Does anybody think these people were just sitting around drinking tea? Rice demanded rhetorically at a...
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Norman Solomon,
Thomas Friedman: Hooked On War
Reading his "Letter From Baghdad" column in the New York Times on Wednesday, you'd never know that Thomas Friedman has a history of enthusiasm for war.
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Ted Rall
Kill The Poor: Phony Poverty Study Fools Lazy Journalists
They're baaack! Once again the Heritage Foundation is mangling statistics to whitewash the ugly facts of life in Republican-run America. Last time, in 2005, they attacked the image of U.S. soldiers...
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Edward O. Wilson
That's Life
In one sense we know much less about Earth than we do about Mars. The vast majority of life forms on our planet are still undiscovered, and their significance for our own species remains unknown...
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Eric Schlosser
What's Added Takes Away: What We Don't Know About Food Additives and Why Our Governments Don't Care
The overwhelming majority of our additive intake today has been part of the diet of humans for generations: yeast, salt, sugar, baking powder. But thousands of other additives, derived from both...
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Sydney Blumenthal
Bush Knew Saddam Had No Weapons of Mass Destruction
On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former...
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Elizabeth Holtzman
Special Prosecutor Should Arrive On Scene As Gonzales Departs
The resignation of Alberto R. Gonzales marks the end the most dysfunctional and lawless epoch at the Justice Department since the days of John Mitchell, who authorized the Watergate burglary and then...
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Timothy Patrick McCarthy
Homophobes, Hypocrites and Haters
It doesn't take much for Americans to get on their high horse about homosexuals. The most recent pony ride comes amid the revelation that Idaho Senator Larry Craig was arrested in June following a...
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Alan M. Collinge
Student Borrowers Often Victims of Serious Abuse
For four months this year, while Congress was overhauling student loan laws, I traveled the country in a beat-up RV meeting with citizens and legislators. My mission was simple: Persuade Congress to...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Facing Down Poverty
Last week, President Bush cited the recent Census Report as proof "that more of our citizens are doing better in this economy, with continued rising incomes and more Americans pulling themselves out...
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David Bromwich
Iraq, Israel, Iran
When John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt's article on the Israel Lobby appeared in the London Review of Books, after having been commissioned and killed by the Atlantic Monthly, neoconservative...
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Matthew Rothschild
CBS Early Show Removes Anti-War Protesters from View in Kansas City
On August 10, the CBS Early Show came to Kansas City, Missouri. Using Liberty Memorial Park, the Early Show was featuring the country western band Big & Rich, which is famous for "Save a Horse (...
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Tom Engelhardt
Seven Years In Hell: On Body Counts, Dead Zones, and an Empire of Stupidity
On August 22nd, breaking into his Crawford vacation, the President addressed the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, giving what is already known as his "Vietnam speech." That day,...
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Robert Scheer
Why Is This Man Smiling?
OK, throw another $50 billion down the rat hole that is the Iraq occupation. It's only money, if you ignore the lives being destroyed. That's what the White House is asking for, in addition to the $...
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Dean Baker
The Dirty Toilet Principle: The Fed and the Housing Bubble
We all know the dirty toilet principle. If the toilet is dirty, the custodian gets fired. That's the way it works for most people. If you mess up on the job, there are consequences. And if you mess...
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Amy Goodman
From the Bayou to Baghdad: Mission Accomplished?
During the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, several dozen public-housing residents and activists marched to the headquarters of the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The marchers occupied the...
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Andrew Greeley
True or False: Can Bush Tell Difference?
Is President Bush able to distinguish truth from falsehood? Is he too caught up in the double-talk generated by his spin masters to grasp the difference? After reading his talk to the VFW last week,...
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Cindy Sheehan
Kristol: Another Dishonorable Chicken-hawk
I know just a little bit about Mr. William Kristol: He is the son of one of the founders of the "neo-conservative" movement, Irving Kristol . He is a commentator on Fox News. He was Chief of Staff...
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Medea Benjamin
Nancy Pelosi Should Listen to Karl Rove
Karl Rove might be a nasty guy, but he's no dummy. In a press interview as he left office, he gave the Democrats some free advice. He described his politics as building on the energy of the base of...
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Steven Laffoley
Just a Cock-Up Democracy or the Theory of Bush's Nose
In the study of history, the Cock-Up Theory argues that our collective past is the sum of important people's endless errors and many inadequacies. This idea is also called the Theory of Cleopatra's...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary Rolls On: Are Netroots a Paper Tiger?
As a longtime progressive tired of ineffective protesting, I've watched in glee as MoveOn has amassed political power by Webbing a few million of us and our dollars together. I'm a proud MoveOn...
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Robert Fisk
Strange Goings-On Here In Lebanon
Stories that just don't seem to make it into print. Did you know that the Hizbollah "Party of God" has installed its own private communications network in the south of Lebanon, stretching from the...
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Robyn Blumner
The Difference Between The Parties Is As Deep As A Coal Mine
A lot of people tell me that they are sick of both political parties. They claim the parties are essentially the same and it doesn't matter who is in power, because the Democrats and the Republicans...
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A Boston Globe Editorial
Mount Stripmine?
While the nation's attention was focused on the nine lives lost in the deep coal mine of Crandall Canyon in Utah, the Bush administration has been busy pushing a form of strip mining in Appalachia...
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Mary Dejevsky
Shame The Doubters Were So Quiet When We Went To War
The British withdrawal from Basra Palace might not have been defeat as such - there was no panic, no Saigon-style helicopters, and no triumphal enemy firing that we know of - but it was hardly...
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John Nichols
Edwards Gains Key Union Endorsements
John Edwards had a very good Labor Day. At a rally in Pittsburgh, the populist candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination received the endorsements of two of the nation's most...
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Neal Peirce
Drug War's Latest Achievement: Boosting Global Terrorism
Thirty-eight million arrests, most for simple possession. Lives ruined, families disrupted. America turned into the most prison-happy nation on the face of the earth. Illegal rewards incentivizing...
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Richard D. Kahlenberg
A World Without Teacher Unions?
For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer and a time to return to school; others see it as a day to contemplate the role of trade unions in American society. For one group in America -- leaders and...
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Barbara Lee
Time For Congress To Take A Stand
If you believe the Beltway hype, members of Congress will return today to a fiery debate about whether or not the president's so-called "surge" has produced military progress in Iraq. Beltway pundits...
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Ralph Nader
Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act
This August marks the 60th anniversary of the Taft-Hartley Act, one of the great blows to American democracy, going into effect. The Act, which was drafted by employers, fundamentally infringed on...
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Jesse Jackson
Invest In US Instead of Sacrificing in Iraq
This nation faces a clear choice this September. President Bush will insist that Congress continue the war in Iraq and demand another $50 billion for the occupation. That is on top of the $147...
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Adam Penn
Were You Tricked Senator Clinton?
In the recent ABC News Presidential debate on August 19, Hillary Clinton came the closest she has to date to admitting that her decision to authorize military action in Iraq was a mistake. She didn't...
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Hank Edson
Edwards/Kucinich 2008?
The Gold Standard For Progressive Candidates
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Ira Chernus
Bush PR Machine Works Myth and Magic on Iraq
George W. Bush's trip to Iraq was the ultimate stunt in a huge long PR campaign to turn public opinion on the war. And let's face it: Sad to say, it's working. Many Democrats who thought they could...
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Monday, September 3, 2007
Stacy Bannerman
When Mental Healthcare Goes AWOL
America must quit treating its National Guardsmen and reserves like second-class soldiers. To an unprecedented extent, President Bush has been relying on the men and women of our National Guard to...
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Danny Schechter
When Is a Non-Bailout Really A Bailout, and Why It's A Joke
It's official. It's Presidential. The "Decider" has decided. Yes, Houston, we do have a problem with the housing mess. And yes, Congress, your White House is finally going to act to help homeowners...
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Marie Cocco
Don't Ask, Don't Kvell
I'd been enjoying a good chuckle at the YouTube video documenting Mitt Romney's transformation from dedicated pro-choice advocate in Massachusetts to die-hard abortion foe on the Republican hustings...
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Chris Hedges
The Next Quagmire
The most effective diplomats, like the most effective intelligence officers and foreign correspondents, possess empathy. They have the intellectual, cultural and linguistic literacy to get inside the...
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Paul Krugman
Snow Job in the Desert
In February 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell, addressing the United Nations Security Council, claimed to have proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He did not, in fact,...
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Andy Stern
Restoring the Promise of the American Dream
The promise of America is that if you work hard, you will be rewarded. You will be able to provide for your family, own a decent home, afford quality health care, and enjoy a secure retirement. It is...
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Howard Rodman
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bombing Iran
For long time now, perhaps a year, I've been hearing (we've all been hearing) that the White House is planning to bomb Iran. As the neo-cons say, "Boys go to Baghdad; real men go to Tehran ." It's a...
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Robert Fox
Before It's Too Late, British Brass Should Tell Us More
Criticisms at the weekend by Generals Mike Jackson and Tim Cross of US policies for post-Saddam Iraq are not remarkable in themselves - it's clear enough that the postwar planning was "intellectually...
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Gary Younge
In The US, Class War Still Means Just One Thing: The Rich Attacking The Poor
In July the Florida Republican state representative Bob Allen was caught offering to pay a black undercover cop $20 so that he could perform oral sex on him in a park. Allen's defence? Blow jobs and...
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Mario M. Cuomo
What The Constitution Says About Iraq
Congress and The Courts Must Recommit To The Legislative Branch's Sole Authority To Declare War.
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James Carroll
Labor's Failure
Labor Day can seem like a holiday that belongs to another era. That is not because the trade union movement is no longer relevant, nor does the impulse to honor work and workers ever lose its...
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Sunday, September 2, 2007
Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis
'Occupy, Resist, Produce'
On 19 March 2003, we were on the roof of the Zanón ceramic tile factory, filming an interview with Cepillo. He was showing us how the workers fended off eviction by armed police, defending their...
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