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Friday, November 16, 2007
Olga Bonfiglio
A Review of America's 'Investment' in El Salvador
On November 16, 1989, six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter were murdered execution-style by the right-wing Salvadoran military government. The priests were killed for teaching their...
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Joan Wile
Grannies Urge Closing the US Bases on Foreign Soil
The grannies have done it again — been in the vanguard striking at another dangerous policy of the United States — the proliferation of U.S. military bases on foreign soil. Several members of the...
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Tom Engelhardt
How Dry We Are: A Question No One Wants to Raise About Drought
Georgia's on my mind. Atlanta, Georgia. It's a city in trouble in a state in trouble in a region in trouble. Water trouble. Trouble big enough that the state government's moving fast. Just this week...
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Anthony Gregory
The Man Who Bombed Hiroshima
The man who flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima passed away last week at the age of 92. Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. did not die from war wounds or violently at the hands of other...
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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
The Family That Slays Together
There were two reports on CNN this morning that I found especially relevant to the human condition in the USA today. The first item was a very sad story. Many years ago a couple in Florida lost a son...
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Michel Shehadeh
Charges Dropped Against Last of 'Los Angeles Eight'
For the last 20 years, the U.S. government has accused me of being a terrorist. Along with six other Palestinians and a Kenyan, we were dubbed the "Los Angeles Eight" by the media. Our case even made...
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Floyd J. McKay
Blackwater: Bulging Biceps Fueled by Ideological Purity
Blackwater, the secretive private army now emerging into public view, is a perfect hinge linking two key elements of the Republican political base: America's war machine and a muscular form of...
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Martha Rosenberg
Vioxx Settlement Is Classic Wall Street Denial: Bury the Losses and Say It Never Happened
When it comes to billion dollar mistakes, Pharma and the big Wall Street firms are using the same playbook. Like Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, Merck wants to write off the cost of the...
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JoJo Farrell
US Media Bias and Recent Student Violence in Venezuela
Why is it that the U.S. media condemns Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for limiting freedom of press while in the same breath self-censoring their Venezuelan news coverage to such an extent that it...
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Juan Gonzalez
Democrats Cowed by GOP Scare Tactics on Immigrants
Adriano Espaillat, the state assemblyman from Washington Heights, was touring the storm-ravaged Dominican Republic when he got a telephone call from Gov. Spitzer. It was late Tuesday and the governor...
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Jeremy Scahill
Blackwater's Loopholes
Prosecuting private security contractors for shooting Iraqi civilians might be impossible.
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Haroon Siddiqui
Iraq Crisis' Untold Tales of Refugees
There's the refugee crisis in Darfur, there's the refugee crisis in Iraq and there's also the crisis of some Darfurian refugees in Iraq. About 200 of them trekked there in 2005, just as some went to...
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William O. Beeman
Sanctions Against Iran Will Cure Nothing
The Bush administration declared new economic sanctions against Iran on Oct. 25. These new sanctions, announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, like those already in place, will accomplish...
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Richard Kim
Bridge Ladies Slammed for Anti-Bush Sign
"WE DID NOT VOTE FOR BUSH." Those words were handwritten on the back of a menu by the US women's bridge team and held aloft during the award ceremony at the world team championships in Shanghai last...
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Adolph Reed Jr.
Sitting Out This Round of Candidate Charades
OK, here we are again, a year out from a Presidential election, and we're all supposed to be figuring out which of the Democrats has the best chance to win-determined mainly by the standard of...
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Leonard Pitts Jr.
Blurring Lines Between Real and Fake
"People say believe half of what you see and none of what you hear." - Gladys Knight & the Pips, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," 1967 "Trust none of what you hear and less of what you see...
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Elizabeth Holtzman
Beyond Mukasey's Confirmation, White House Liability Issues Loom Large
Though it failed to send his nomination the way of Robert Bork, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey's evasiveness on the definition of torture has done something historic. It has made it...
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Joe Volk
The Story of Religion
A former member of Congress and I were talking a few years ago. We were wondering how advocates of so-called national missile defense systems manage to win appropriations each year. He said, "We...
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Ted Rall
Pakistan's Con Continues
"You're either with us, or against us." Bush had his then-Secretary of State, Colin Powell, deliver that stark message to Pervez Musharraf after 9/11. "Be prepared to be bombed," Musharraf says...
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Christopher Hellman
Here's What America Really Spends on Security
Back in February 2006, the Bush administration requested, and Congress later approved, roughly $463 billion in funding for the Defense Department. But when it comes to what American taxpayers really...
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Laurie David and Gene Karpinski
Did Tim Russert Get the Memo?
This past week, NBC completed its Green Is Universal campaign -- a week-long effort to educate and engage the public by infusing its programming with environmental themes. The effort resulted in...
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Hamish McRae
These Are Perilous Days for the US
I don't think Americans get it. I don't think they realise quite how serious the collapse of the dollar is for the global economy, nor the long-term consequences of this decline for the position of...
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Chris Hayes
The Coming Foreclosure Tsunami
Unlike most hearings on the Hill, last week's meeting of the Joint Economic Committee actually got more interesting the longer it went on. While the first half-hour featured Federal Reserve chairman...
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Richard Gwyn
Pessimistic Fuel Report Too Bright
The latest report issued by the International Energy Agency on the global balance between supply and demand for energy is by far and away that agency's most pessimistic. According to the IEA, "...
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Amy Goodman
Studs Terkel: Curiosity Didn't Kill This Cat
"I have, after a fashion, been celebrated for having celebrated the lives of the uncelebrated among us; for lending voice to the face in the crowd." That is the opening line of Studs Terkel's long-...
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Robert Scheer
Bush Stands by His Dictator
"The war on terror" made me do it. That's the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on the rule of law, from arbitrary arrest to torture. So why not try some war-on-terror...
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Joe Brewer
Beyond Extreme: The Illusion of a New Climate Centrism
I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of media reporting that deceives the public about the climate crisis. Andrew Revkin disappointingly presented a grotesque distortion of reality recently...
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Peter Schaufele
My Father -- 30 Year Career U.S. Diplomat -- Left Out To Dry
"You probably have never heard his name, though you might recognize his face. You may not know the lives led by career U.S. diplomats over the last fifty-odd years, but people like my father bled red...
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Shepherd Bliss
US Economy--Recession, Depression, or Collapse?
"For Consumers, the Hits Keep Coming" a recent banner headline in a New York Times-owned daily newspaper here in Northern California reports. The article misses the main points. If we continue to...
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Jeff Leys
Slip Sliding Away: House Votes on Iraq War Funding Today, November 14
The Democratic Party's Barbershop Quartet strikes again-caving in marvelous manner on the Iraq war. "You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away," sang Simon and Garfunkel...
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Jonathan Schell
The Road from Washington to Karachi to Nuclear Anarchy
Are You With Us? or Against Us?
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Robert Shetterly
Fundamentalism Moves Mountains
Sometimes it's useful to think like a fundamentalist. Not only does such thought free the mind of rational encumbrance and moral complexity, but it just may open the door to possibilities made...
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Ralph Nader
Golden Parachutes Instead of Accountability
One of the most noticed photographs in the newspapers last week was that of a well-dressed Pakistani lawyer on the streets hurling back a tear gas canister toward the soldiers who were suppressing a...
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John Buell
Wealth Fails to Trickle Down to the Lower, Working Classes
Forbes is up to its old tricks. Once again it celebrates the wealthiest among us with its annual Forbes 400. The minimum entry fee for this exclusive club is a net worth of $1.3 billion. Once upon a...
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Bill Gallagher
Pelosi, Feinstein Betraying Dems
The "San Francisco Democrats" are the handmaidens for President George W. Bush: feckless, short-sighted and cynical. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., both wealthy San...
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Jesse Jackson
2 Million Homeowners Are Too Many to Fail: We Need Action
It is time to act. Join us on Dec. 10 on Wall Street and in cities across the country. Stand up to stop the wave of home loan defaults that threatens to foreclose not just on people's homes but on...
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Charlie Cray and Christopher Hayes
Executive Excess on Capitol Hill
f there were a futures market for the fate of the so-called "carried interest loophole" (and who knows, these days, maybe there is), its value would be in a state of near constant fluctuation...
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Bob Herbert
Righting Reagan's Wrongs?
Let's set the record straight on Ronald Reagan's campaign kickoff in 1980. Early one morning in the late spring of 1964, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, her husband, Robert, and their 17-year-old son, David,...
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Dean Baker
Outsourcing Healthcare
The cost of medical care in the US is becoming so ridiculous it invites an absurd solution: fly Americans to hospitals overseas
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Bush's Emotion Without Reflection
Last week at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, President Bush visited soldiers who had been horribly wounded and burned in his invasion and occupation of Iraq. According to the Los Angeles...
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Bill Christofferson
We Can Help End the War One Third Friday at a Time
These are puzzling times for those of us old enough to remember Richard Nixon's claim, during the height of Vietnam War protests, that the Silent Majority supported the war. Five and a half years...
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Desmond Tutu
The Doctrine of Revenge
I have seen the horror of the death penalty and the violence it propels. It is time for a global ban.
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Pierre Tristam
Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy: Nothing Wagered, Nothing Learned
Hillary Clinton is not the most hawkish foreign policy Democrats among 2008 hopefuls. Barack Obama , who suffers from that Kennedy inferiority complex, is. At least that's the conclusion one is...
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Laura Flanders
Victory for Ehren Watada
This country sets aside two days to honor military service. On Veterans Day we celebrate the living; on Memorial Day we remember the dead. I'd like to propose a third national holiday: Active Duty...
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Monday, November 12, 2007
Deb Derrick
The VA's Claim Dodge
Beyond the awful conditions at Walter Reed hospital, something smells fishy in the government's handling of veterans' claims. One appalling case study suggests what might be happening and why.
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Danny Schechter
What the FCC Gives with One Hand, It Takes with the Other
Monty Python's Eric Idle wrote a song expressing the way many Americans and media reformers feel about the Federal Communications Commission. He used one of the "seven dirty words" originally uttered...
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Linda Milazzo
The Courage of Kucinich in Pelosi's House of Wacks
Was it retaliation by the the Democratic Leadership that exempted Dennis Kucinich from appearing with fellow Presidential candidates at Friday's Jefferson Jackson Day fundraiser in Iowa? Was it...
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James Carroll
Primitive Impulses of War
The interplay of religion and violence is considered by some a mark only of primitive culture. When the jihadist cries "God is Great" before detonating his explosive vest, or when, conversely, the...
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Leo Hickman
Save Our Seas
The oil spill in the Black Sea elicits a sad response. But we have been witnessing such sights for decades - it's time to protect our oceans
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Wiretapping: Think Carefully
So what if lawmakers are considering granting immunity to telephone companies that help the government spy on Americans post-9/11 ? They've stopped short of covering for companies complicit in the...
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Stephen Zunes
Pakistan's Dictatorships and the United States
In his 2005 inaugural address, President George W. Bush declared that the United States would support democratic movements around the world and work to end tyranny. Furthermore, he pledged to those...
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John Nichols
11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month
On the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month, the guns of World War I fell silent. And a war that should never have been fought - arguably by anyone, certainly by Americans - was done...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Who's the Enemy? In Iraq, It's Getting Harder to Find Any Bad Guys
Who is the enemy? Who, exactly, are we fighting in Iraq? Why are we there? And what's our objective? Nearly five years into the war, the answers to basic questions like these ought to be obvious. In...
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Chris Hedges,
At the Mercy of the Military
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Jay Bookman
No Real Control, But We Could Get a Clue
Company was coming, so earlier that day he had broken out the leaf blower and herded every last scrap of leaf and litter into a corner for bagging. When he was done, the front yard, porch and...
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Sunday, November 11, 2007
Frank Rich
The Coup at Home
AS Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrested judges, lawyers and human-rights activists in Pakistan last week , our Senate was busy demonstrating its own civic mettle. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein,...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Picking Through Pakistan's Clichés
In a country not on the brink of a jihadist takeover, Musharraf has overstated his claim to be the vital custodian of stability
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Glenn Greenwald
Dianne Feinstein - Bush's Key Ally in The Senate - To Support Telecom Amnesty
Two months ago, Dianne Feinstein used her position on the Senate Intelligence Committee to enable passage of Bush's FISA amendments, granting the President vast new warrantless surveillance powers...
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Erwin Chemerinsky
Break Through Bush Administration's Executive Privilege Roadblock
The Bush administration is inexplicably refusing to compromise on executive privilege in the congressional investigations of the firing of several U.S. attorneys. As Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan...
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Robert Fisk
Holocaust Denial in The White House
The Turks say the Armenians died in a 'civil war', and Bush goes along with their lies
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Eric Margolis
Who Will Be The First To Blink?
Pakistan Teeters On The Edge While Bhutto, Musharraf Plot Out Next Moves
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Craig and Kathie Jamison Cote
Our Son Cannot Win an Iraqi Civil War
Veterans Day holds a special significance for us as the parents of a sergeant tank commander in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq.We could not be more proud of our son's service to his country, and we...
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Olga Bonfiglio
An Armistice Day Legacy
Elly and Bob Nagler grew up an ocean apart but their commitment to peace has strengthened them throughout their 50+ years of marriage. Neither of them stands out particularly in physical appearance...
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Donald Cohen
The Market Made Me Do It: Health Insurance That Disappears When You Need It
Health Net, one of California's largest health insurers, saved $35.5 million in medical expenditures for people that needed life-saving care. They did it the easy way - they just stopped paying;...
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Bill C. Davis
WGA Strike: In The Beginning There Was The Word
Writers create characters, conflict, resolution, syntax and whether we consciously intend to or not, morality. Some producers pay writers to feed a known appetite. Other producers are inspired to...
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
Virginia Lockett
Have It Both Ways: Perspective From a Progressive Ex-Pat
Like many Progressives, I am completely disillusioned with the American political system. Watching the Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate support and protect the Bush/Cheney...
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Clint Talbot
Support The Troops? Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Those who interact with homeless people will not be surprised to learn than one in four is a veteran. The fact that a disproportionate number of vets are homeless - vets compose about 11 percent of...
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Norman Mailer
The White Man Unburdened
From our archives. The following essay by Norman Mailer was published in July 2003 issue of The New York Review of Books. We reprint it today - the day of his passing - November 10th 2007. Exeunt:...
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Tom Hayden
An Appeal to Barack Obama
"The Democrats have been stuck in the arguments of Vietnam, which means that either you're a Scoop Jackson Democrat or you're a Tom Hayden Democrat and you're suspicious of any military action. And...
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Sean Gonsalves
Testing For Intelligence(s)
It looks like Congress will recess for the holidays before they take up the re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. That means it's probably a safe bet to assume education will emerge as a...
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Naomi Klein
Latin America's Shock Resistance
In less than two years, the lease on the largest and most important US military base in Latin America will run out. The base is in Manta, Ecuador, and Rafael Correa, the country's leftist president,...
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John Nichols
Shame on Clinton, Obama, Dodd & Biden for Skipping AG Vote
Michael Mukasey was confirmed late Thursday by the U.S. Senate to serve as the nation's 81st Attorney General. This means that, despite the fact refused to commit during the course of his...
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Bill McKibben
The Unsung Solution: What Rhymes With Waste-Heat Recovery?
From his desk in an office in Chicago, Jeff Smith has a bird's-eye view of the American landscape. Combing through a huge database of information compiled by the EPA, he can, almost literally, peer...
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Christopher Brauchli
Cremation For Free?
Yet 'tain't being dead-it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains; So I want you swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains. - Robert Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee Although...
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Ralph Nader
The Price of Oil
Question of the day- who and what is determining the price of oil and your gasoline and home heating bills? Don't ask Uncle Sam, because George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are running a regime marinated...
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Friday, November 9, 2007
Amartya Sen
We Can Best Stop Terror by Civil, Not Military, Means
Initiatives that nurture all our human relationships defeat the appeal of those who cultivate hatred and violence between groups
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Susan Faludi
They Always Play the Gender Card
But Hillary Shuffles the Deck
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Members of the Pakistan American Council of Texas and the Houston chapter of Tehreek-e-Insaaf protest outside the Pakistani Consulate in northwest Houston, some 8,000 miles from their homeland. Imran Khan
The Battle for Pakistan
The imposition of martial law under the garb of emergency should make it abundantly clear to everyone that dictators cannot afford even a semblance of either an independent judicial system or a free...
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David Michael Green
A Beautiful Corpse: Sixteen Sure Signs That the Regressive Right Is Over
Lordy, lord, it's been a mean season, hasn't it? And a long one, too. We human beings (those bipeds lucky enough not to have been born a conservative or killed by one, that is) have suffered through...
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John Nichols
75 Years Ago FDR Read the Results Right, and Took a Left Turn
Seventy-five years ago today, the American people rejected not just a president -- Herbert Hoover -- but a royalist vision of federal policymaking that had allowed tens of millions of citizens to...
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Jeremy Scahill
All Cowboys Out Now
Jan Schakowsky is one of the few members of Congress who have made confronting the radically privatized war machine a legislative priority. Even before Blackwater operatives gunned down seventeen...
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Eugene Robinson
Driving the Masses Mad
It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. Bush apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to frustrated, sputtering rage than any other president since...
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Daniel Smith
Paying for the Wars' Wounded
The Bureau of the Census has issued a lengthy summary of "facts" about the nation's 23.7 million veterans in time for Veteran's Day. Considering that there are two significant ongoing armed conflicts...
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Tony Norman
Congress' Majority Wimps
A year ago today, this newspaper published a column under the headline "Say It Loud: I'm a Democrat and I'm Proud." That veiled homage to James Brown came a few days after the the 2006 midterm...
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Paul Krugman
Health Care Excuses
The United States spends far more on health care per person than any other nation. Yet we have lower life expectancy than most other rich countries. Furthermore, every other advanced country provides...
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Glenn Greenwald
What Happened to the Senate's '60-Vote Requirement'?
Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get...
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Russell Mokhiber
AFL-CIO Leaders Work to Derail Rank and File Drive for Single Payer
Does the leadership of the AFL-CIO favor a single payer, Canadian-style, Medicare-for-all, health insurance system? They do not. The California Nurses Association, which joined the AFL executive...
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Cindy Sheehan
Faith and War
A friend of mine, who is Chair of the Economics Department, invited me to speak to the students and faculty at the University of Dallas (where the Veterans for Peace convention was that I spoke at...
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Thursday, November 8, 2007
President George W. Bush and President Pervez Musharraf, of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Ali Eteraz
Pakistan, Prince of Denmark
The only way to explain why the US and its allies do not abandon a leader who is less popular with his people than the terrorist whom he is being paid billions to hunt is that the people of Pakistan...
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Move to Impeach Not Another Distraction
Tuesday's attempt by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to introduce a motion calling for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney was a perfect illustration of why Congress has a lower approval...
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Jon Soltz
Yet Another Alarm Sounded on Homeless Vets and PTSD. But, Who's Listening?
How many times do we need to hear an alarm? Once again, major studies are finding a swiftly growing number of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and a coming tsunami . One out of four homeless...
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Joliange Wright
Environmentalism With a Social Conscience
The face of the environmental movement is changing. No longer strictly the domain of nature enthusiasts, a new socially conscious environmentalism is becoming mainstream. In Oakland, teenagers from...
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Johann Hari
Stop This Strategy of Strangulation
The Israeli Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, will this week decide whether to tighten to slow the strangulation of an entire people. Since the democratically elected Hamas government took power in...
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Rosa Brooks
Torture: The New Abortion
Remember that golden, innocent time -- the 1980s and '90s -- when the phrase "political litmus test" was associated with the debate about abortion rights, and torture was associated with the Spanish...
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Jeff Halper
Whose Road Map?
As did his pronouncements last August in Jericho, where Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated a willingness to withdraw from an area equivalent to 100% of the occupied territories, his latest...
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David Antoon
The Cancer from Within
"I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. ..." -Oath of Office "Our mission is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become...
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Avi Lewis
Think Twice Before Imitating the Irish Miracle
Susie Long couldn't believe it. Sitting in the clinic, waiting for her dose of chemotherapy, she'd been making small talk with the wife of a fellow patient. The man's doctor had recommended a...
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Marcus Raskin and Robert Spero
Bush's Dangerous 14 Months--And Ours
After the 2006 congressional elections, pundits declared that President Bush was a lame duck. Each day his power and capacity to pursue his neoconservative agenda was supposed to drain away until he...
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Corporate Crime Reporter
Democracy, Corpocracy, Kleptocracy
Democracy - government by the people.Corpocracy - government by the corporation. Kleptocracy - government by the corporate criminals. Now there's a three step program Wall Street can relate to...
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Lynne K. Varner
Please, Please, Please, FCC
"I don't want nobody to give me nothing. (Open up the door, I'll get it myself.)" - James Brown The Godfather of Soul could have easily been singing to the Federal Communications Commission, a body...
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