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Monday, May 7, 2007
Debi Smith
Saving the World
"On a buffety, blustery early summer day, when the news was bad and the sky turned yellow, a strange thing happened in the town where I live." So begins the simple story that a woman in my town wrote...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Where Was God at Virginia Tech?
As we get over the shock of the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the religious questions will soon begin: How could God let this happen? What kind of God allowed it? How can I believe in God when bad things...
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Sunday, May 6, 2007
Stephen Zunes
Divide and Rule: U.S. Blocks Israel-Syria Talks
Even as American officials reluctantly agreed to meet with Syrian representatives regarding Iraqi security issues, the Bush administration continues to block Israel from resuming negotiations with...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Ex-Analyst Tells a Tale of Twisted Iraq Intelligence
Paul Pillar lived through the quirks of the Reagan administration, when Soviet bogeymen were thought to lurk behind most Third World uprisings.Yet in nearly 28 years as a CIA uber-analyst, he says he...
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Eric Margolis
Torture a Kabul Speciality
Ottawa's deal to inspect prisoners shows it hasn't learned from war history in Afghanistan
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Leo Docherty
We Soldiers Once Assumed Our Political Bosses Would Not Lie to Us. That is Over.
We realized the actual issue was about long-term access to oil
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Michael Mansfield
The Emperor has No Clothes: The World is Returning to the Law of the Jungle, Thanks to Bush and Blair
An under-recognized English political philosopher said, in 1776, in his work entitled Common Sense : "In America the Law is King. For, as in absolute Governments, the king is law, so in free...
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Frank Rich
Is Condi Hiding the Smoking Gun?
IF, as J.F.K. had it, victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan, the defeat in Iraq is the most pitiful orphan imaginable. Its parents have not only tossed it to the wolves but are also...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
The Eloquence of Ellison's Invisible Man
IN THE PROLOGUE to " Invisible Man ," Ralph Ellison's narrator declares, "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me." The character is a complex black man whom the world...
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Saturday, May 5, 2007
Karen Button
An Iraqi Blueprint for Peace
BEIRUT - "The US talks about withdrawal after bringing Iraqi security forces up to speed, yet has paid militias, allowed mercenaries, and, with few exceptions, ignored the blatant abuses and torture...
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Cherie Miner
The Reagan Myth
How much longer am I going to hear about the great Ronald Reagan? I was sick of it in 1980.Too young to vote by only five months, I watched helplessly as this B-movie actor "charmed" Americans out of...
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Norman Solomon,
On the Media Horizon: 'We Invest, You Decide'
Predictably, some critics have decried the current efforts by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the Dow Jones company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal. But let's imagine the dynamics that...
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Walden Bello
The World Social Forum at the Crossroads
A new stage in the evolution of the global justice movement was reached with the inauguration of the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2001.The WSF was the brainchild of...
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Nicholas von Hoffman
America's Idiotic Political Debates
Presidential debates get more intolerable with each passing quadrennium. A new low was reached Thursday when minder/moderator Chris Matthews, asked the ten aspirants to the Republican Presidential...
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John Nichols
In France, Running Against Bush
PARIS -- American elections do not usually turn on the question of how the candidates for president propose to relate to foreign countries.But elections in other countries often feature debates about...
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Desmond Tutu
This Fatal Complacency: Climate Change is Already Destroying Millions of Lives in the Poor World. But It Will Not Stop There
What if dealing with climate change meant more than a flick of a switch? Would our friends in the industrialized world think differently if the effects of climate change were worse than extended...
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Terry Jones
Saved by the Bomb: Senator McCain has Hit Upon a Solution to All the Republican Party's Woes: A Nuclear War with Iran
Campaigning in Oklahoma the other day, the Republican senator John McCain was asked what should be done about Iran. He responded by singing, "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran", to the tune of the Beach...
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Marianne Means
Reid Right: Iraq is a Lost Cause
WASHINGTON -- As the drama plays out on Capitol Hill over additional funding for the Iraq war, the issue of how best to pressure its shaky government to get moving is the real stickler.The president'...
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Shauna Rhone
War Machine Grinds Others Besides Pvt. Lynch
It was painful watching Jessica Lynch testify last week. Lynch sat with other betrayed Americans who had been thrust into the war machine and ground into legends not of their own making. The family...
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Friday, May 4, 2007
Cathy Renna
An Ellen for the Ages
It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since Ellen DeGeneres and her television character came out. How could you forget the iconic April 14, 1997, cover of Time ("Yep, I'm Gay") and the...
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Naomi Klein
More Than a Mine, A Metaphor
While The Mohawks and Ottawa Negotiated For The Land, The Land Itself Was Disappearing
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Air Melber
Dems Tangled in Netroots
"To clarify, Rep. Tauscher is not a blue dog." The emphatic one-line e-mail, dashed off by a spokesman for California Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, is one of the first signs that a new coalition of...
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David Sarasohn
Bush Still Telling Us Stories About Iraq
Five years ago, as he was preparing to invade Iraq, President Bush told tales of how Saddam Hussein was inches away from nuclear weapons, and how the Iraqi regime had vague but threatening ties with...
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Scott Lehigh
The Silence of George Tenet
When Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, Richardson didn't do the dirty deed.Rather, he resigned in protest. And when the...
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David Sirota
When The Class War Goes Local
When most non-Montanans think of Montana, they think of "A River Runs Through It" -- they don't think of the central front in the war on anything (except, maybe trout, if you consider fly fishermen "...
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Bonnie Erbe
'Family-Values' Cloak Lifted From GOP
President Bush's budget-busting, spendthrift tactics have robbed the GOP of its claim to the title, "Party of Fiscal Conservancy." Now the perverse antics of some high-level Bush appointees and his...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Whole Truth--and Nothing But
"It is time for the truth, the whole truth, versus misinformation and hype." Those were Jessica Lynch's words as she testified before Congress April 24-- along with the brother and mother of the late...
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Charles R. Larson
Where Is The Dissent In America?
Washington - When viewed through American eyes, the recent protests in Istanbul and Tel Aviv demanding that their governments become accountable are truly impressive and extraordinary. For a US...
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Michael T. Klare
Warships, Warships Everywhere, and Many a Bomb to Drop
Looking down from the captain's deck some six stories high, the flight deck of the USS Nimitz is an impressive sight indeed: 80 sleek warplanes armed with bombs and missiles are poised for takeoff at...
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Cindy Sheehan
Get Off it Bill O'Reilly
A recent Harris Poll indicated that only 22% of Americans support George's war of terror. I suspect that the less than one-fourth of our country who are still in favor of the hopeless mess BushCo has...
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Greg Palast
Hillary's Mother-F'ing Tour Business
Before his untimely death in a plane crash, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown said, "I'm not Hillary's mother-f****** tour guide!" That wasn't a nice thing for a member of the President's cabinet to say...
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Danny Schechter
Time For A Fox Hunt As Murdoch Targets The Wall Street Journal
His network isn't known as FOX for nothing. Bear in mind that the term "Like a fox" was originally "derived from early European fox hunters, who had first thought the fox to be a stupid animal, only...
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Holly Jarman
The Hidden Costs of Cheap Goods
The recent FDA debacle over the discovery of the toxic chemical melamine in pet food from China should remind us all that cheap goods, whether animal feed, denim jeans or the latest electronic...
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David Michael Green
One Day You're Gonna Wake Up
One day you're gonna wake up, America. And, like every other one since last you can remember, it's gonna be an ugly morning. One day you're gonna wake up and go to your lousy job with its lousy...
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Mark Weisbrot
IMF and World Bank Face Declining Authority as Venezuela Announces Withdrawal
Venezuela's decision this week to pull out of the IMF and the World Bank will be seen in the United States as just another example of the ongoing feud between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the...
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Norman Solomon
On the Media Horizon: "We Invest, You Decide"
Predictably, some critics have decried the current efforts by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to buy the Dow Jones company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal. But let's imagine the dynamics that...
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Thursday, May 3, 2007
Bob Herbert
An Invisible War
Paul Rieckhoff looked across the crowded restaurant, which was not far from Times Square. "During World War II," he said, "we could be in this place and there would be a guy sitting at that table who...
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Mark Dery
Wimps, Wussies and W.
How Americans' Infatuation With Masculinity Has Perilous Consequences.
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Joe Conason
Tenet's Share of the Shame
While the natural human fascination with gossip and backbiting among our rulers guarantees media coverage and best-seller status for George Tenet's new memoir, the former CIA director cannot achieve...
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Azmi Bishara
Why Israel Is After Me
Amman, Jordan — I am a Palestinian from Nazareth, a citizen of Israel and was, until last month, a member of the Israeli parliament. But now, in an ironic twist reminiscent of France's Dreyfus affair...
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Matthew Rothschild
No Time for Compromise on Iraqi Withdrawal
The Democrats must stand strong against the current of compromise that is swirling around Washington concerning the funding of the Iraq War.After Bush's veto, there has already been lots of talk on...
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John Nichols
"The President Has Effectively Gone AWOL"
George Bush, the most ideologically-driven and politically calculating president in American history, wants Americans to believe that he has suddenly discovered a moral high ground from which to make...
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David Sirota
Capitol Hill Faces People Party Revolt On Trade & Health Care
Just after the 2006 elections, I wrote a series of widely-circulated posts on how the real divide that will be (and has been) defining politics is not the one between Republicans and Democrats, but...
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Joyce Marcel
Weapons of Mass Deception
Bill Moyers lost me during the first few minutes of his excellent PBS special, "Buying the War." Not because it was painful to watch - blood boils at about the same temperature as water, and you...
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Robert Koehler
The Crusaders
The Christian Taliban is Running the Department of Defense
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Howard Friel
The Winograd Report v. The New York Times
The government-appointed Winograd Commission in Israel was charged with investigating how Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his top officials made the decision to attack Lebanon on July 12, 2006, in...
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William Hartung
Ending Nuclear Hypocrisy
A few years back, when President Bush described Libya's decision to put aside its programs for nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, he applauded the Qaddafi regime for abandoning its quest for...
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Johann Hari
We Shop Until Chinese Workers Drop
She Was Expected To Work 360 Days a Year From 7.30am to 9.30pm With Only a Half-Hour Break
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JoAnn Wypijewski
Damned Weaklings: The Army's Abuse of Its Own Extends Far Beyond Walter Reed
Accidents," Alexander Cockburn once wrote, "are normalcy raised to the level of drama." The same may be said for scandal, the shocking event that turns out not to have been so shocking after all once...
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Carla Blank
Worst U.S. Massacre?
The mass media coverage of how 32 students and faculty members were fatally shot and at least 15 injured on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., is punctuated by phrases such as, "the worst...
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New York Times Editorial
Spying on Americans
For more than five years, President Bush authorized government spying on phone calls and e-mail to and from the United States without warrants. He rejected offers from Congress to update the...
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Laurie Garrett
Sex and Foreign Aid
The Lessons Learned From a High-Level Administration Official's Resignation In The 'D.C. Madam' Scandal.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Here's What Our Mission Accomplished
These are just some of the stories on the four-year anniversary of Mission Accomplished:Washington Post: "The deaths of more than 100 troops in April made it the deadliest month so far this year for...
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Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Our Chance For An Arms Treaty
MY COUNTRY, Liberia, has a coat of arms that shows the sun rising behind a 19th-century sailing ship bringing Africans back from slavery in America to start a new life in Africa. That voyage was the...
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Ruth Conniff
The War on Terror's Grand Snafu
T he story was so compelling, I sat in the driveway listening to it, hand hovering over the ignition, for almost half an hour. It turned out to be an update of This American Life's Peabody-Award-...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Higher Education Scam
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Ted Rall
Choose One: Loyalty or Glory: Bring Back the Principled Resignation
Four years late and half a trillion dollars short. Why didn't George Tenet tell us this stuff when it mattered--before we invaded Iraq?Tenet could have been a hero. He could have changed history...
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Mark Morford
The Hippies Were Right!
Green homes? Organic food? Nature is good? Time To Give The Ol' Tie-Dyers Some Respect
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Devin Helfrich
Build More Nukes? Forget It.
Over the past year, a group of nuclear physicists has been studying a site on the banks of a beautiful river. Hidden from international nuclear inspectors, they are drawing up plans for a new...
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Yifat Susskind
It's Not Just an Abortion Ban: The Christian Right's Global Agenda
After the initial shock of the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding President Bush's abortion ban, it's time to acknowledge the full reality of the decision. According to the American College of...
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Elizabeth R. Sawin
The First Step to Action on Climate Change is Facing Its Reality
In a past column I have written about a narrow window of opportunity, a period of perhaps as few as ten years within which humanity must make dramatic reductions in worldwide CO2 emissions or run the...
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Robert C. Byrd
President Bush Rejects a Plan for Peace
US Senate Floor Remarks -- May 1, 2007
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Robert B. Reich
The Supply-Side and the Record-Breaking Dow
I'm spending my spare time these days debating supply-siders who are convinced that the record-breaking Dow proves the correctness of the Bush tax cuts. Yes, the Dow did reach a record high last week...
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John R. MacArthur
I Deconstruct My Recent French Vote
NEW YORK -- A few days after I voted in the first round of the French presidential election, I dropped by the French Cultural Center on Fifth Avenue to attend a reception in honor of the American...
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Larry Beinhart
The Rise & Fall of America's Political Right
There is no real name for the movement that took over America six years ago and continues run it. That's part of the reason for its success. Its very vagueness makes it hard to attack. In actuality,...
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Cindy Sheehan
Four Dead in Ohio
May 4th, 2007 will be the 37th year since the Kent State, Ohio, massacre where four anti-war protesters were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during a protest against Richard Nixon's announced...
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The Corporate Crime Reporter
Big Pharma Gets its Hooks into Seton Hall Law School
For decades, the pharmaceutical industry has marinated the medical profession in millions of dollars of free samples, lunches, trips, and fees.The goal — influence, power, profits. Now, the industry...
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Willie and Amy Nelson
A Peaceful Solution
The following was written by Willie & Amy Nelson on April 29th, 2007 at 3:03 am on the bus in California, on the way to Coachella . To listen, click here . If you don't have a media player, you...
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Stephen Lendman
Worthy and Unworthy Victims
Economist and media critic Edward S. Herman and social and political critic Noam Chomsky note two kinds of victims in their classic 1988 book "Manufacturing Consent." So does journalist and...
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Amy Goodman
Voices From the Spanish Civil War
Clarence Kailin is 92 years old. He recently traveled to New York City to attend the annual reunion of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The brigade was originally made up of roughly 3,000...
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Robert Scheer
After Thousands Have Died, Tenet Comes Clean
The three short sentences at the beginning of Chapter 17 of former CIA Director George Tenet's memoir, "At the Center of the Storm," tell it all: "The United States did not go to war in Iraq solely...
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Clint Talbot
Acknowledging A Massacre: Sand Creek Site Critical
The initial judgment was that the Cheyenne and Arapaho people had it coming. It wasn't a massacre but a "battle." There weren't victims, only "savages." And the butchers were heroes.That was the view...
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George Monbiot
The Rich World's Policy on Greenhouse Gas Now Seems Clear: Millions Will Die
Rich nations seeking to cut climate change have this in common: they lie. You won't find this statement in the draft of the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Twelve Steps to Cutting Poverty in Half
Last Wednesday, at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, the CAP Task Force on Poverty released the results of fourteen months of work in its report, From Poverty to Prosperity: A...
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Martha Burk and Eleanor Smeal
U.S. Needs a Women's Equality Amendment
A Law Against Gender Bias Is Only As Strong As The Next Congress and President.
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Elizabeth Holtzman
Alberto Gonzales' Safety Net
Confirmation Hearings For His Successor Could Spawn Criminal Investigations of The White House.
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Jesse Jackson
Debate Was in South Carolina, But The Focus Was Elsewhere
The Democratic presidential contenders had their first debate last week. It was held in Charleston, S.C. -- but you would not have known from the questions. The moderators -- even the local NBC...
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Paul Campos
Bush's Farewell Tantrum
A story in The New York Times makes it clear White House officials are giving off-the-record interviews designed to dampen expectations regarding Iraq. These officials are saying that the...
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John Buell
Student Loans and Corporate Gravy
Let me begin with a pop quiz. Who remarked: "The proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce that comes from [merchants and master manufacturers] ought always to be listened to with great...
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Michael Winship
To Live and Die in LA, and Iraq
"If Hitler's still alive, I hope he's out of town with a musical."So said the great comic writer and Broadway veteran Larry Gelbart, meaning there are fewer more hellish and excruciating tribulations...
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Dean Baker
Fighting Poverty: The First Step Is Counting It
The Center for American Progress issued a useful report last week on ways to reduce and eventually eliminate poverty. The report proposed a national goal of cutting the number of people in poverty by...
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Ralph Nader
BYU Students Speak Out
Could anyone have imagined that the major commencement protest at a University graduation thus far occurred April 26 at Brigham Young University (BYU)? Probably not.But then could anyone have...
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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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