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Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Molly Ivins
Global Warming: What, Me Worry?
On the premise that spring is too beautiful for a depressing topic like Iraq, I thought I’d take up a fun subject—global warming. Time magazine warns us to “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” On the other...
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Friday, March 31, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Takes Potshots at Messenger
WASHINGTON -- President Bush seems to believe the news media's coverage of the Iraq war is why many Americans fail to see that everything is coming up roses there. That's an old ploy: "Kill the...
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Molly Ivins
Immigration 101 for Beginners and Non-Texans
In 1983, I was a judge at the Terlingua Chili Cookoff, and my memory of the events may not be perfect—for example, for years I’ve been claiming Jimmy Carter was president at the time, but that’s the...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Robert Freeman
Gelded Donkeys: Why the Democrats Are Worse Than Useless
In the Sherlock Holmes mystery, Silver Blade , it was the dog that didn't bark that fingered the killer. As Holmes explained to Watson, the reason for the silence, even as the victim was being...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
George Lakey
Taking Chances to Help Peace
Nonviolent interventions are risky, but they show promise and deserve support
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Molly Ivins
The White House that Cried Wolf
The Pentagon has once again investigated itself! And -- have a seat, get the smelling salts, hold all hats -- the Pentagon has once again concluded the Pentagon did absolutely nothing wrong and will...
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Sunday, March 26, 2006
Max Blumenthal
Sensenbrenner Awakens A Sleeping Giant
I have just returned from the largest, most energized demonstration I have ever witnessed in my life. Over 500,000 people filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles to march against HR 4437, a bill...
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Saturday, March 25, 2006
Ralph Nader
A Call to All Good Americans
Attention please, good people! Adjust your routines and come to the aid of your country, and your children with your thoughtful patriotism. Don't just hope for impeachment, demand the resignation now...
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Friday, March 24, 2006
Molly Ivins
Panic in the Newspaper Biz
AUSTIN, Texas -- I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying -- it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.
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Thursday, March 23, 2006
Norman Solomon
Blaming the Media for Bad War News
Top officials in the Bush administration have often complained that news coverage of Iraq focuses on negative events too much and fails to devote enough attention to positive developments. Yet the...
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Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Families and Politics
We are all part of the same family, if you go far enough back.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Howard Zinn
America's Blinders
Now that most Americans no longer believe in the war, now that they no longer trust Bush and his Administration, now that the evidence of deception has become overwhelming (so overwhelming that even...
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William Greider
Learning to Love the Bomb
At the risk of damaging his reputation, I want to say a few words in praise of a New York Times reporter. David Sanger had a very smart piece in Sunday's "Week in Review" section titled "Suppose We...
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Saturday, March 18, 2006
Molly Ivins
The 'Long War'? Oh, Goodie
AUSTIN, Texas -- President Bush has once more undertaken to explain to us "Why We Fight," which is also the title of an excellent new documentary on Iraq. According to the president, "Our goal in...
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Thursday, March 16, 2006
Norman Solomon
War-Loving Pundits
The third anniversary of the Iraq invasion is bound to attract a lot of media coverage, but scant recognition will go to the pundits who helped to make it all possible. Continuing with long service...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
William Greider
A Peculiar Politician
Senator Russ Feingold is an embarrassment to the US Senate, which makes him an authentic hero of the Republic. The Wisconsin senator gets up and says out loud what half of the country is thinking and...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Molly Ivins
Bush, the Statesman
It's hard to keep up with George W. Bush's shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall he first ran for office declaring he was against nation-building and other such effete,...
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Howard Zinn
Lessons of Iraq War Start With US History
On the third anniversary of President Bush's Iraq debacle, it's important to consider why the administration so easily fooled so many people into supporting the war. I believe there are two reasons,...
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Monday, March 13, 2006
James Carroll
Jill Carroll's Ordeal
How long is 10 weeks? How long is 65 days? How long is 1,560 hours? For Jill Carroll, the American journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq on Jan. 7, the passage of time must be excruciating.
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Friday, March 10, 2006
Molly Ivins
Enough of the D.C. Dems
Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don't know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats,...
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Helen Thomas
Lap Dogs of the Press
Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is more troubling to me than the...
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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Ru Freeman
Yes, It Just Got Easier For the Pimp
Oscar night in America is many things to many people. To see and be seen, to be seen "in" (Versace, Prada, John Galliano, Vera Wang etc.), even, sometimes, just to be (Robert Altman with his borrowed...
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Monday, March 6, 2006
James Carroll
Bush, Lies, and Videotape
If George W. Bush were a character in a novel or a play, last week might have been the turning point in the narrative. He was shown on film being explicitly warned, just hours before Hurricane...
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Monday, February 27, 2006
James Carroll
Civil War or Holy War?
''Fanaticism," William James wrote, ''is only loyalty carried to a convulsive extreme." Religious fanaticism was James's subject, and his reflection, published in ''The Varieties of Religious...
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Arundhati Roy
Bush in India: Just Not Welcome
On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.
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Pierre Tristam
William Buckley’s Cronkite Moment
Iraq: The Acknowledgment of Defeat
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Thom Hartmann
When Americans No Longer Own America
The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the...
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Friday, February 24, 2006
William Greider
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
David Brooks, the high-minded conservative pundit, dismissed the Dubai Ports controversy as an instance of political hysteria that will soon pass. He was commenting on PBS, and I thought I heard a...
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Thursday, February 23, 2006
Norman Solomon
The Unreal Death of Journalism
Death is always in the news. From local car crashes to catastrophes in faraway places, deadly events are grist for the media mill. The coverage is ongoing -- and almost always superficial. It may be...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006
John Atcheson
Hotter, Faster, Worser
Over the past several months, the normally restrained voice of science has taken on a distinct note of panic when it comes to global warming. How did we go from debating the "uncertainty" behind...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Pierre Tristam
High Cost of Rumsfeld Baloney Calls for Pay-As-You-Go War
Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld described the importance of "non-traditional" American propaganda in the Middle East to counter that of...
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Molly Ivins
Corruption Goes Unchecked; Congress in Need of Real Reform
AUSTIN, Texas -- Cynics are fond of meditating on the evil done in the name of reform. I'm a great believer in perpetual reform myself, on the theory that political systems, like houses, are always...
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Monday, February 20, 2006
James Carroll
Disease Takes Wing
If birds are not a friend to the human species, where in all of nature is friendship to be found? Each day come more reports of the dispersal of diseased poultry and fowl, moving from east to west,...
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Thursday, February 16, 2006
Jonathan Schell
Farewell to Ground Zero
This column will be my last "Letter From Ground Zero." The series will be succeeded by another, "Crisis of the Republic." Until recently it seemed possible to trace the main developments in the Bush...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
William Loren Katz
Back to the Future: the US in Iraq and the Philippines
Critics of the United States occupation of Iraq usually find it analogous to the war in Vietnam, which cost 60,000 American lives, deeply divided the country and ended ignominiously. Certainly, White...
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Monday, February 13, 2006
James Carroll
Misunderstanding Muslims
When the Koran was said to have been denigrated by American guards at Guantanamo last year, Muslims reacted with rage, but most observers in the West misunderstood why. It was easy for Christians and...
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Sunday, February 12, 2006
Caroline Arnold
Looking at Life at 75 Years and Counting
"Your teeth look good for another 75 years," said my dentist last month, just before my 75th birthday. Though I can't expect to last as long as my teeth, the milestone offers an occasion -- or at...
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Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Norman Solomon
The Iran Crisis -- "Diplomacy" as a Launch Pad for Missiles
The current flurry of Western diplomacy will probably turn out to be groundwork for launching missiles at Iran. Air attacks on targets in Iran are very likely. Yet many antiwar Americans seem eager...
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Monday, February 6, 2006
Tom Gallagher
Nancy Pelosi: Still Talking Against the War and Voting for It
Following the protest at her January "town hall meeting," San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi reportedly remarked that the event might give some of her Washington colleagues a better...
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Thursday, February 2, 2006
Robert Newman
It's Capitalism Or A Habitable Planet - You Can't Have Both
Our economic system is unsustainable by its very nature. The only response to climate chaos and peak oil is major social change
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Wednesday, February 1, 2006
John Buell
Reflection on Alito, the Constitution, and Civil Liberties
Does the United States face a Constitutional crisis? Journalists and scholars on the left are accused--often with some justification--of being overly eager to invoke the specter of fascism in...
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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Thom Hartmann
Alito - It's the Constitution That's At Stake
Samuel Alito is a big booster of presidential power. Other "constitutional scholars" have been less sanguine. On April 20, 1795, James Madison, who had just helped shepherd through the Constitution...
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Friday, January 27, 2006
Gore Vidal
President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!
Today, as I sit, like so many Californians, at the heart of what seems to be a vast burning bush, I realize that Jehovah’s jinx of the weirdest American president is as operative in this lowering pre...
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Helen Thomas
Bush: 'L'etat, C'est Moi'
We are now learning what President Bush considers to be the limits of his power--nothing. In public appearances this week, Bush defended his program of domestic spying without court approval, citing...
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Thursday, January 26, 2006
Medea Benjamin
When Will US Women Demand Peace?
Whenever I travel to international gatherings to talk about the war in Iraq, economic development and women's rights, the question I get asked most frequently is: "Where are the women in the United...
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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Bianca Jagger
One Death Every Minute: The Arms Trade Makes Big Money for the Richest Nations While Fueling Conflict Across the World
Cinema-goers will be shocked this week to see an advertisement selling AK47 machine guns, alongside the ads for cars and soft drinks. It's a spoof by Amnesty International, sending up TV shopping...
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Monday, January 23, 2006
Jeff Faux
Partying at Davos
The world's rich and powerful are heading this week to their annual meeting in the plush mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland. Hosted by the great global corporations (Citigroup, Siemans, Microsoft...
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James Carroll
The Human Face of Tragedy
Jill Carroll is no relation to me, yet it seems wrong to say that. I have followed the news of her plight as if she were my daughter, and for the weeks of her imprisonment, I have carried her in my...
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Sunday, January 22, 2006
Eugene Jarecki
An Unhappy Anniversary
At a time of war, scandal, and national disunity, people across the American family are increasingly wondering how we got here. 45 years ago this week, departing President Dwight Eisenhower gave us...
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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Dennis Kucinich
Katrina: The Big Fix
Soon after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes and jobs, President Bush said the region looked like it had been obliterated by a...
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Stan Goff
KIA in Alabama
"All is not okay or right for those of us who return home alive and supposedly well. What looks like normalcy and readjustment is only an illusion to be revealed by time and torment. Some soldiers...
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Robert Freeman
Should the President be King? Reflections from the Deep Origins of America
When he wrote the Constitution in 1789, James Madison had a specific goal in mind: to create a system of government that would constrain the tyrannous behavior of an unaccountable executive. Only in...
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Friday, January 20, 2006
Molly Ivins
I Will Not Support Hillary Clinton for President
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
William Greider
The Denial of Death
The botched executions in Baghdad have revived public discussion of the sordid "science" of killing people in a "humane" manner. Saddam Hussein was taunted by his executioners as they pulled the trap...
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Monday, January 16, 2006
James Carroll
The Dream and its Enemies
At the Richmond Theater on King Street in Alexandria, Va., I was cheerfully ushered into American complacency. ''Colored people" could go to the movies there, but they had to sit in the balcony.
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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Ralph Nader
Stuck Between Scalia and Thomas: Democrats Drop the Ball - Again
The right wing columnist for the Wall St. Journal, Daniel Henninger, in a mocking column on the Democrats' performance during the Samuel A. Alito Jr. nomination hearings called them "intellectually...
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I HAVE A DREAM Roger Kimmel Smith
My 'I Have a Dream' Speech
I do have a dream today. I dream of a nation awakening from a dream. I am dreaming of an American people awakened to action to restore a republic. A people awakened to the danger of an alien empire...
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Caroline Arnold
Say No to the Fictions of Fear
Reality, to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan/ Richard Rorty: "is anything people let you get away with." In my last column I quoted a Newsweek reporter who had interviewed Iraqis before we attacked Iraq...
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
Molly Ivins
Now IRS is Harassing the Poor
Boy, you really can't take your eyes off this bunch for a minute, can you? If they're not screwing up one thing, then they're screwing up another — busy little beavers. And then there are the...
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Deborah James
The Meaning of Hong Kong WTO
Last week, 11 of the 14 last detainees from the December protests in Hong Kong against the World Trade Organization were ruled innocent. Three Koreans still face trial for unlawful assembly.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Caroline Arnold
Trying to Make Sense For 2006
I write at my computer, presently listening to the random music of rain outside my windows and the passionate but precise and orderly sounds of Bach's B-minor Mass from my CD player, trying to make...
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Monday, January 9, 2006
Norman Solomon
Media's War Images Delude Instead of Inform
The picture was perfect. It provided a moving portrait, an image that journalists called "iconic." It was true to the moment. Yet the photograph was deceiving in a way that media images often are --...
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Sunday, January 8, 2006
Robert Freeman
Shades of Iraq: Selling Bush's Economic Program
Somebody once said, "There are three kinds of liars: liars; damned liars; and statistics." The adage couldn't be more true than when listening to George Bush and his Republican minions trying to...
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Friday, January 6, 2006
Richard M. Walden
In Charity, Too, the Rich Get Richer
Money is the mother's milk of disaster relief. And over the last 12 months - with the Indian Ocean tsunami, the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and the Pakistan earthquake - fund-raising records have...
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Andrew Greeley
Staying the Course Compounds Iraq War
Why did the Bush administration pick Iraq as a target for the war it needed and wanted? Why risk death to more than 2,000 Americans and more than 30,000 Iraqis? As part of his current public...
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Michele Simon
This Year, Let's Not Resolve to Lose Weight
It always happens around this time of year: the gyms are jammed, magazines tout celebrity fitness secrets, and the weight loss programs kick into high gear. As the nation segues into collective guilt...
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Thursday, January 5, 2006
Pierre Tristam
The Sham of Homeland Security: A West Virginia Parable
The shamelessness of it. The sheer grubbing for it. Look around the nation’s front pages today: Celebration in cities that will get more "anti-terror" dollars, dismay in cities that won’t. Feasting...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Helen Thomas
Court Doesn't Need Scalia Clone
If the Senate approves the nomination of Samuel Alito to be a Supreme Court justice, another black-robed clone of Justice Antonin Scalia will be seated on the high bench. With Justice Clarence Thomas...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2006
James Carroll
Invented Symbols
'Homo Sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority," Joyce Carol Oates once remarked, ''then forgets that symbols are inventions." This lesson applies across...
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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Ralph Nader
Why Our Military Despises Donald Rumsfeld
Civilian control over the military is a long established democratic tradition in our country. It was the military that was believed by our founding fathers to be susceptible to plunging our country...
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Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq war, attacks on our civil rights and Mother Nature's fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons...
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Friday, December 30, 2005
Howard Zinn
After the War
The war against Iraq, the assault on its people, the occupation of its cities, will come to an end, sooner or later. The process has already begun. The first signs of mutiny are appearing in Congress...
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Andrew Greeley
'Cheney's Law' Gives Absolute Power
The controversy about spying on the American people fails to understand the implications of "Cheney's Law" -- the president of the United States has unlimited power in his role of commander in chief...
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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Norman Solomon
Journalists Should Expose Secrets, Not Keep Them
Journalists should be in the business of providing timely information to the public. But some -- notably at the top rungs of the profession -- have become players in the power games of the nation's...
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Medea Benjamin
Imagine if in 2006...
As we close the year 2005, with war still raging in Iraq and lies still emanating from the White House, let's send out some positive vibes for the new year. In the spirit of planting our own "field...
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Wednesday, December 28, 2005
President George W. Bush poses with flight deck crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln May 1, 2003. White House photo by Paul Morse Donald Kaul
So Iraq Was a Good Idea After All?
For this, we’ve spent $200 billion to $300 billion, suffered 2,158 dead (and counting) and God knows how many thousands maimed?
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Norman Solomon
NSA Spied on U.N. Diplomats in Push for Invasion of Iraq
Despite all the news accounts and punditry since the New York Times published its Dec. 16 bombshell about the National Security Agency's domestic spying, the media coverage has made virtually no...
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Monday, December 26, 2005
James Carroll
Staying the Course
American intellegence was proving itself inadequate to the challenge. The president appointed a special commission to make recommendations. The year was 1954. The commission chairman was James...
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Saturday, December 24, 2005
William Greider
The Rise of the Rebels
The political news from Connecticut did not seem earth-shaking on its face, but the New York Times and the Washington Post were both sufficiently alarmed to put the story on page one. Some upstart...
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Thursday, December 22, 2005
Norman Solomon
A New Phase of Bright Spinning Lies About Iraq
Three days before Christmas, the Bush administration launched a new salvo of bright spinning lies about the Iraq war. "In an interview with reporters traveling with him on an Air Force cargo plane to...
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Jonathan Schell
The Hidden State Steps Forward
When the New York Times revealed that George W. Bush had ordered the National Security Agency to wiretap the foreign calls of American citizens without seeking court permission, as is indisputably...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Molly Ivins
So 9/11 Means it's OK to Spy on Americans?
Uh-oh. Excuse me. I'm so sorry, but we are having a constitutional crisis. I know the timing couldn't be worse. Right in the middle of the wrapping paper, the gingerbread and the whole shebang, a...
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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Kristen Breitweiser
The King's Red Herring
Recently, President Bush has admitted to carrying out surveillance on U.S. citizens in the interest of national security. He unabashedly admits to doing it. He offers no apologies. With his bellicose...
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Sunday, December 18, 2005
Ralph Nader
Senator William Proxmire
Will this country ever again see the likes of a Senator from Wisconsin--William Proxmire--who passed away this month at age 90? He came to the Senate, replacing Senator Joseph McCarthy, in 1957 and...
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Sam Husseini
Pre-script of Bush's Oval Office Address Tonight: "Please Forgive Me"
Oval Office, the White House 9:01 P.M. EST, Dec. 18, 2005 My fellow citizens -- and fellow citizens of the world -- tonight I want to speak to you from my heart about the war in Iraq and the...
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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Tom Hayden
Iraq: The Coming Exit Strategy
The peace movement is struggling with success, as measured by public surveys favoring withdrawal alongside confusion about what’s next. The Democrats seem paralyzed by their anti-war past while...
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Molly Ivins
They Wouldn't Lie to Us, Would They?
AUSTIN, Texas - As one on the liberal side of the chorus of moaners about the decline of civility in politics, I feel a certain responsibility when earnest, spaniel-eyed conservatives like David...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tom Hayden
The Myth of the Super-Predator
The Execution of Stanley Tookie Williams cannot be allowed to drown out his message: We need to find alternatives to the "embedded sense of self-hate" that propels so many inner-city youth to lash...
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John Buell
Better Safe Than Sorry: Airport Security and Global Climate Change
Earlier this month a US air marshal shot and killed a disturbed man aboard an American Airlines plane in Miami. The victim was carrying no explosives. Suffering from bipolar disorder and off his...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Helen Thomas
If Democrats Only Had Some Courage
Washington -- It's about time that the "me too" Democrats, particularly those in Congress who vote with the Republicans so often, stand up and be counted. Too many Democrats are tiptoeing around the...
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Monday, December 12, 2005
Molly Ivins
Let God Speak for Himself
Austin, Texas -- The Lord Impersonator is back again. This fella reappears every couple of years and causes no end of trouble. The jokester goes around persuading feeble-minded persons he is the Lord...
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Thursday, December 8, 2005
Norman Solomon
Rumsfeld's Handshake Deal with Saddam
Christmas came 11 days early for Donald Rumsfeld two years ago when the news broke that American forces had pulled Saddam Hussein from a spidery hole. During interviews about the capture, on CBS and...
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Deborah James
WTO Meeting in Hong Kong: Corporate Globalization
From December 13 to 18, the World Trade Organization will hold its 6th ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, China, to negotiate the fate of public services, the global food supply, and jobs and...
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Henry Marchand
The Night John Lennon Died
Twenty-five years is a long time, set beside the life span of the average human being. One quarter of a century, that's time enough to experience all the usual milestones. But sometimes it seems a...
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Monday, December 5, 2005
Bianca Jagger
This Persistent Prejudice Against AIDS Sufferers
A recent survey showed that most people say they wouldn't discriminate against someone because they were HIV positive. Others believe HIV prejudice went out with the eighties, and that we live in an...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
War criminals. (File) Donald Kaul
Dissent Isn't Disloyal, Just Corrupt And Shameless
Don’t tell me about the need for national unity. The last thing we need right now is national unity. The urge for unity---sometimes confused with patriotism---is what silenced many Democrats and...
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Norman Solomon
Colin Powell: Still Craven After All These Years
Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing...
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Monday, November 28, 2005
Pierre Tristam
The Challenge and the Fear of Becoming Enlightened
Since Sept. 11, we've been living under a "clash of civilizations" doctrine that can be summed up this way: Over there, dogma, orthodoxy, Islam; over here, democracy, pluralism, Constitution. Over...
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James Carroll
Running Scared
When I was a boy, I delivered what was thought of as the afternoon newspaper, but in December I made my rounds in the dark. Always, at this time of year, I choke on one particular memory -- the...
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Saturday, November 26, 2005
Ralph Nader
Dumbing Down the Audience
The debate between progressives and corporatists over the state of the mass media goes like this-the former say fewer and fewer giant media conglomerates control more of the print and electronic...
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