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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Ted Nace
Time to Do the Math in Iraq
In 1532, after capturing the Inca emperor Atahualpa, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro issued an unprecedented demand: fill a room, 22 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 8 feet tall, with gold...
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Dean Baker
Containing CEO Pay: A Case of Government Efficiency
The public is outraged over the enormous paychecks that are now standard for people who run large corporations. Compensation packages routinely run into the tens of millions of dollars, and it is no...
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Peter Singer
Give Us a Smile
If you were to walk along the streets of your neighborhood with your face up and an open expression, how many of those who passed you would smile, or greet you in some way? Smiling is a universal...
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Robert Scheer
Heck of a Job, Wolfie
At least they can't blame Paul Wolfowitz on the Jews anymore. That's the good news in the scandal; his lover and neocon political soul mate, Shaha Ali Riza, the World Bank official who received a...
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Tom Engelhardt
Words to Die For... or a New Dawn in Baghdad?
My aunt Hilda, whose very name came from some other century, once told me her earliest memory: She was a little girl standing under a large tree in the backyard of her house in Brooklyn, New York,...
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Bonnie Erbe
Now Has It Been Enough Gun Violence?
I've devoted so much "ink" to this topic over the years, I can recite the deadly data by heart. Why do Americans continue to tolerate state and federal loosening of gun control laws as the numbers of...
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Floyd J. McKay
Congress Should Return Public Records To The Public
Imagine for a moment that President Hillary Clinton's first act upon taking office is an executive order giving her husband, the former president, unlimited power to keep records of his presidency...
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Paul Rogat Loeb
Target Global Warming, Target Exxon
With over 1400 local events, the April 14 National Day of Climate Action, , offered a national wakeup call, with citizens in every state raising their voice. But even as we build...
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Kerry Kennedy
Farmworkers Bring Down the Golden Arches
On behalf of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, I congratulate the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their historic victory reaching an agreement with McDonald's to assure the human rights of...
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Floyd Rudmin
32 Senseless Deaths: A Chance for Empathy, Change of Heart, and Change of Course
The tragedy at Virginia Tech tears at the heart of everyone. Thirty-two innocent students and teachers, in the normal activities of their lives, are suddenly shot dead. Each one of them has a mother...
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Amy Goodman
Patriot's Day: Stop the Violence
Historian Howard Zinn ascended the stage at renowned Faneuil Hall in Boston on Patriot's Day, the Massachusetts holiday commemorating the start of the American Revolution. The "shot heard round the...
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Kirk W. Johnson
Hounded by Insurgents, Abandoned by Us
THE crisis over Iraq's refugees is the first major policy issue in which Iraqi civilians are front and center. We debate how the surge looks today or how oil will be distributed tomorrow on the banks...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Danny Schechter
A Student Crisis
The tragic shooting massacre on the Campus of Virginia Tech is being discussed and debated intensely on every media outlet. At this writing, there are more questions than answers and it seems as if...
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Howard Friel
On Finkelstein and Dershowitz
On April 11, Norman Finkelstein gave a lecture at the student center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Finkelstein's subdued but excellent talk focused on the international law aspects...
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Robert Naiman
Is the U.S. Government Planning for Withdrawal from Iraq?
Here's a question you might consider asking your Representative in Congress, your Senators, and any Presidential candidates who happen to pop by: "Do you think that the United States should be doing...
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Sean Gonsalves
The Expert and Public Opinion Gap
Dear Kids (and the rest of America's young'uns I've unofficially adopted): This week I'd like to introduce you to John Q. Public, by way of an "interview."This "interview" with the American public...
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Harvey Wasserman
This Earth Day, Beat King CONG & Sign Up For Solartopia!
"Solartopia has made me what I previously thought impossible, optimistic." -Kurt Vonnegut "Isms are wasms." -Abbie Hoffman Solartopia is our planet when, as Kurt Vonnegut might have said, we finally...
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Brooke Shelby Biggs
Life in Solitary Confinement: 12,775 Days Alone
Around midday today, Central Time, two men in Angola Prison in Louisiana will quietly mark the moment, 35 years ago exactly, when the bars of solitary confinement cells closed behind them. They will...
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Robert W. McChesney
Post Office to the First Amendment: Drop Dead
Everyone who visits the Common Dreams site is reading articles that were first published or commissioned by print publications. Without these print publications, there would be a lot less material...
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Michael Winship
Va. Tech: People Kill People -- With Guns
On Sunday, the National Rifle Association wrapped up its 136th annual convention in St. Louis. Sixty-thousand attended. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre fired up the crowd, telling them, "...
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Clint Talbott
More Campus Carnage: Analysis Begins Too Soon After Tragedy
The killing of more than 30 people and wounding of at least 30 at Virginia Tech on Monday leaves many shocked and relatively speechless. Regrettably, some are not as speechless as one would hope.As...
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Rupert Cornwell
Will This Terrible Day In Virginia Be Enough to Dent America's Love Affair With Guns?
"A tragedy of monumental proportions" was how Charles Steger, the president of Virginia Tech, described the slaughter at his university yesterday, the worst campus mass shooting in US history. But...
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John R. MacArthur
The Vast Power of the Saudi Lobby
GIVEN MY DISSIDENT politics, I should be up in arms about the Israel lobby. Not only have I supported the civil rights of the Palestinians over the years, but two of my principal intellectual mentors...
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Eugene Robinson
One Word Describes These Bush Cronies: Unbelievable
Washington — Today's topic is credibility — specifically, recent claims by certain high-ranking present, former and perhaps soon-to-be-former Bush administration officials. The aim is to answer a...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Beyond Thoughts and Prayers
On this afternoon of national sorrow, President Bush offered his prayers to those who are suffering as a result of today's enormous tragedy at Virginia Tech, as well as his support for a full...
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John Nichols
"A Tragedy... of Monumental Proportions."
There will be plenty of "rapid responses" to the gun rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, which has claimed the lives of as many as 31 students -- making it the deadliest school shooting incident in...
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Bill McKibben
Green Activists Stepped It Up
I have a new hobby : scrolling through the action reports that groups around the country submitted after Step It Up Saturday. From Juneau, Alaska (a rally near the retreating Mendenhall Glacier) to...
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Joshua T. Lozman and Lainie Rutkow
Time for America To Stand Up For Children's Rights
President Bush's recently proposed budget included a $123 million assistance package to fund UNICEF's health, education and protection programs throughout the world this coming fiscal year. We...
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Monday, April 16, 2007
Ralph Nader
Outrageous Words, Outrageous Deeds
Now that the Don Imus flameout has once again demonstrated that vile words energize many activist groups and many media more than do devastating deeds, it is useful to revisit this strange dimension...
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Gore Vidal
Hail and Farewell: The End of the American Empire
Whenever The New York Times finally gets the point to what is going on in our native land a celestial choir can be heard in Times Square, shouting hosannas. This happened recently, on April 14th,...
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James Carroll
New Thinking To Save The Earth
This week, spring fever takes the form of the fever pitch to which concern over global warming is rising. Last Saturday was the National Day of Climate Action, a campaign organized by writer Bill...
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Greg McPherson
Leafy, Green and Good
A Recent Study Is Giving Trees a Bad Rap In The Battle Against Global Warming.
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Neal Peirce
Pedal Pushers Making Headway
Are we ready to go bicycling? Could these times of climate change, gas-price inflation and bulging waistlines be prepping us for new waves of weekend biking adventures? Maybe even to leave cars...
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Dilip Hiro
Sadr's Rising Star to Eclipse Bush's Surge? Nightmare Scenarios for the Bush Administration
Public opinion polls are valuable chips to play for those engaged in a debate of national or international consequence. In the end, however, they are abstract numbers. It is popular demonstrations...
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Camillo “Mac” Bica
Collateral Damage: A Military Euphemism for Murder
Inherent in modern war-making practice is the conviction that there is a significant moral difference between killing innocent civilians in an attack such as that on the World Trade Center or on a...
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George Lakoff and Bruce Budner
Progressive Taxation: Some Hidden Truths
At this time of year it seems there are only two things certain in life, taxes and anxiety about taxes. Instead of the perennial talk of a simplified tax form, how about a simplified understanding of...
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Sunday, April 15, 2007
A Boston Globe Editorial
East Timor Struggles On
East Timor's peaceful but contentious first round of balloting last week for the largely ceremonial post of president may give the impression that a stable democracy has taken root in that island...
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Jonathan Curiel
Vets Are Home and Homeless
Three years ago, when he returned from Iraq and a stint in the U.S. Army, Herold Noel thought he'd be treated as a hero. Instead, he faced a series of degradations, including learning he was...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Let Canada Lead Peace Drive in Afghanistan
Ottawa Should Propose A Regional Conference To Explore Ways to End Conflict
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Elizabeth DiNovella
The War of Ideas
A s part of its four-part special series, "News War," PBS's Frontline tackles the role of the Arab media. "The War of Ideas [1]," the last episode of the series, looks at "the media revolution [2]...
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Benjamin R. Barber
Overselling Capitalism with Consumerism
The crisis in subprime mortgages betrays a deeper predicament facing consumer capitalism triumphant: The "Protestant ethos" of hard work and deferred gratification has been replaced by an infantilist...
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Frank Rich
Everybody Hates Don Imus
Familiar as I am with the warp speed of media, I was still taken aback by the velocity of Don Imus's fall after he uttered an indefensible racist and sexist slur about the Rutgers women's basketball...
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Al Meyerhoff
Science For Sale at UC Berkeley -- Also Known As 'UCBP'
BP, which likes to tout itself as "Beyond Petroleum," is the oil company that knows how to be a good corporate citizen. Never mind the pesky oil spill in Alaska last year that shut down the pipeline...
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H. Candace Gorman
Kangaroo Tribunals Give a Kafkaesque Edge to Guantanamo
The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay -- or Azkaban, as one of my clients, a Harry Potter fan, calls it -- have had no access to a hearing in a court of law. Instead, Guantanamo's inmates are subjected to...
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Eric Margolis
Afghanistan Fight Will Only Get Tougher
The death last Sunday of six Canadian soldiers in southern Afghanistan reminds us of Santayana's famous maxim that those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it. The soldiers were killed...
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Rupert Cornwell
Out of America
Fall of Wolfowitz Marks Twilight of the Neo-Cons
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Stéphane Dion
Time To Put Big Industry On a Carbon Diet
Canada Needs To Set Absolute Targets To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Stephen Soldz
Psychology and Coercive Interrogations in Historical Perspective
Aid and Comfort for Torturers
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Saturday, April 14, 2007
Dr. César Chelala
The Growing Toll of Iraqi Civilian Deaths
"The suffering that Iraqi men, women and children are enduring today is unbearable and unacceptable," the director of operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Pierre Kraehenbuehl,...
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William Greider
The Establishment Rethinks Globalization
The church of global free trade, which rules American politics with infallible pretensions, may have finally met its Martin Luther. An unlikely dissenter has come forward with a revised understanding...
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Neil Clark
Silence of The Hawks
As The Humanitarian Crisis In Iraq Goes From Bad To Worse, The War Propagandists Are Turning To More Trivial Matters.
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Ann McFeatters
Need For 'Czar' Shows Chaos of War
WASHINGTON -- While the nation has been fixated on the fiasco of Don Imus, a virulently self-obsessed radio/TV shock jock who should have been fired long ago for trying to pose as an adult, a much...
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Marjorie Cohn
U.S. Attorneys and Voting Rights
The Bush administration is shocked, shocked, that the firing of a few U.S. attorneys has caused such a stir in Washington. After all, the Oval Office says, the President can choose whomever he wants...
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David Swanson
Record of Iraq War Lies to Air April 25 on PBS
Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq War to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led...
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Christopher Brauchli
Their Arms and Their Man: Musharraf Gives and Takes For Bush-Cheney
Obsequiousness begets friends. . . . Publius Terentius Afer , Andria If you thought all the Pakistanis got for their friendship with George W. Bush was a lawsuit and eventually a bunch of F-16s think...
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William Greider
The Establishment Rethinks Globalization
The church of global free trade, which rules American politics with infallible pretensions, may have finally met its Martin Luther. An unlikely dissenter has come forward with a revised understanding...
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Friday, April 13, 2007
Larry Elliott
Wolf At The Door:
The Controversial Pay Package He Arranged For His Girlfriend Isn't Paul Wolfowitz's Only Problem at the World Bank.
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Helen Thomas
Pelosi's 'Mixed Message' to Syria Is More Direct Than The President's
Vice President Dick Cheney has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of "bad behavior" for visiting Damascus and talking to Syrian President Bashar Assad.Look who's talking -- the man who told the world...
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Rosa Brooks
To The Rest of the World, We're Cheapskates
The U.S. International Affairs Budget -- Which Helps Fight AIDS, Poverty and More -- Is Just 1% of Total Spending.
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New York Times Editorial
Loosening the Stem Cell Binds
The Senate easily approved a bill this week that would free embryonic stem cell research from the worst shackles imposed by the Bush administration. The House passed its version earlier. A...
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Paul Krugman
For God's Sake
In 1981, Gary North, a leader of the Christian Reconstructionist movement — the openly theocratic wing of the Christian right — suggested that the movement could achieve power by stealth. "Christians...
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Stephen Hale
Stirring Speeches Won't Tackle Climate Change
Overall There is Little Prospect of Action On the Scale Needed On Either Side of the Commons
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Seth Freedman
'Never Forget' Is Never Enough
We Jews Must Admit It: Today's Human Rights Abuses Are Just as Bad as What Happened in The Holocaust.
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We Cannot Look From The Sides As We Are Led Towards Crisis Over Iran
Bush and Blair Have Spent Four Years Preparing an Onslaught That is About Oil, Rather Than Non-Existent Nuclear Weapons
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Peter Rothberg
The Green Festival
Step It Up! takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Check out an event near you .
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Scott Ritter
The Final Act of Submission
In the months leading up to President Bush's ill-fated invasion of Iraq, I traveled around the world speaking to various international groups, including many parliamentary assemblies. I spoke about...
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Dave Lindorff
Bush's Greatest Impeachable Crime
When my co-author Barbara Olshansky and I wrote The Case for Impeachment during the waning months of 2005 and early 2006, it seemed clear to us that the biggest impeachable crimes of the Bush regime...
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Harvey Wasserman
Peace Be With You, Kurt Vonnegut
As the media fills with whimsical good-byes to one of America's greatest writers, lets not forget one of the great engines driving this wonderful man---he HATED war. Including this one in Iraq. And...
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Robert B. Reich
The Real Scandal of Student Loans
The emerging scandal over college financial aid administrators that have cozy relationships with companies that lend students money to attend is only the tip of a much bigger scandalous iceberg. Take...
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David Michael Green
Dark of Heartness:
A Journey Into The (Reputed) Soul of Conservatism
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Terence L. Kindlon
The Few and Proud Can Certainly Be Female
Kathleen Parker's Easter Sunday column castigating the English Navy for sending a female sailor to war is a caveman's delight. Turning a blind eye to mountains of contrary evidence, Ms. Parker...
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Ruth Conniff
Imus and Other Big, Fat Idiots
Back in the 1990s, when I was coaching high school girls in track and cross-country, a book came out called The Stronger Women Get The More Men Love Football, by Mariah Burton Nelson, a former pro...
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Zine Magubane
Why 'Nappy' Is Offensive
Nappy, a historically derogatory term used to describe hair that is short and tightly coiled, is a preeminent example of how social and cultural ideas are transmitted through bodies.
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Michael Shank and Samuel Rizk
Turning A Blind Eye to Egypt Gives U.S. a Black Eye In Region
Parents and teachers know that consistent enforcement is critical. A child or student does not thrive with mixed messages; the policies of the home or classroom must be reliable to ensure effective...
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Reza Dibadj
Can Postmodernism Save World?
Contemporary political discourse is strikingly polarized: good nations vs. evil nations, welfare state vs. watchman state, free markets vs. bureaucrats, Republicans vs. Democrats. While everyone is...
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John Nichols
Senators Expand Inquiry of Political Prosecutions
The question of whether any of the 85 U.S. Attorneys who were not fired by the Bush administration may have engaged in political prosecutions blew open Tuesday, when key members of the Senate...
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Haifa Zangana
The Iraqi Resistance Only Exists To End The Occupation
The Escalating Attacks Are Not Usually Aimed at Civilians, But Are a Direct Response to the Brutal Actions of US-Led Troops
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Cindy Sheehan
Number 3291
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few -- the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of...
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Behzad Yaghmaian
Bonded at Birth
How a CIA Coup d'État in Iran and My Life Became One
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Johann Hari
The Selfishness of The Self-Help Industry
The Cult of Positive Thinking Blames All The People Who Falter or Fail in Life For Their Own Misfortune
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Malalai Joya
The US has Returned Fundamentalism to Afghanistan
The following is a transcript of the speech given by Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, given at the University of Los Angeles on Tuesday April, 10th: In the name of Democracy and Peace...
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Norman Solomon
Awful Truth About Hillary, Barack, John... and Whitewash
The Pentagon's most likely next target is Iran.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Amy Goodman
Take Back the Airwaves
As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don't talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks...
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Sally Kohn
'The Condemned' Reflects Real Life: People Are Disposable
Later this month, "The Condemned" will open in movie theaters nationwide. In the film, a wealthy television mogul buys ten inmates from death rows around the world. He puts them on an island to kill...
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Dean Baker
The IMF: A Sandbox to Play In
Shortly after protests in Seattle nearly shut down a round of negotiations for the World Trade Organization (WTO), a group of academics, trade negotiators and business people met in Washington to...
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Debi Smith
March's Fallen
Most of all we learned about death at an early age when it is common to think of oneself as immortal. Everyone loses that illusion eventually, but in civilian life it is lost in installments over the...
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Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith
Labor Confronts Global Warming
The reality of global warming and its catastrophic consequences are today beyond debate. But American labor is caught in an internal stalemate among those who fear job loss from efforts to deal with...
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Robert Malley
Forget Pelosi. What about Syria?
U.S. Isolation of Damascus Rests in a Misunderstanding of Syria's Position in the Mideast.
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Matthew Rothschild
Feingold Leads the Way on Iraq Again, But Does Not Go Far Enough
T his morning, April 10, Senator Russ Feingold introduced an important piece of legislation on the Iraq War. But unfortunately it does not go far enough. The bill provides enough loopholes for Bush,...
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Barbara Stocking
The World Before Iraq
The fallout From Our Foreign Policy is a Tide of Anti-British Sentiment in Global Conflict Zones
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Mark Klempner
Time for New Marshall Plan to Rebuild, Heal World
But what if millions of ordinary people with common sense and common decency rose up to affirm a different vision?
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Ted Rall
Ban The Banks: Corrupt Student Loan Biz Can't Be Reformed
NEW YORK--I was 17, and it was the summer between my high school graduation and freshman orientation week in college. My mom drove me downtown to the Gem City Savings building, where I signed a pile...
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Robert Scheer
Iraqis Finally Unite—Against the U.S.
You have to hand it to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., for having the chutzpah to cite the fiercely anti-American rally that dominated the anniversary of Iraq's fourth year of U.S. occupation as...
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Dave Lindorff
A Terrifying Truth
It wasn't too long ago that the death of socialism, the triumph of capitalism and the end of history were being widely hailed. What a difference a few years and a few fractions of a degree in world...
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Paul Campos
An Orwellian PR Stunt
Last week, Sen. John McCain staged a truly Orwellian publicity stunt in a Baghdad market. In a desperate attempt to give some sliver of credence to claims that the dreaded "liberal media" are failing...
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Gwen Ifill
Trash Talk Radio
Let's say a word about the girls. The young women with the musical names. Kia and Epiphanny and Matee and Essence. Katie and Dee Dee and Rashidat and Myia and Brittany and Heather. The Scarlet...
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Dilip Hiro
The New Power in Iraq
Despite The Efforts of Coalition Forces, A Powerful Islamist Leader Has Emerged Out of the Ashes of Saddam Hussein.
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Salim Lone
Somalia: Islamic Courts Unexpected Stand Offers Way Out of Deepening War
Even as former prime ministers and ministers met yesterday today with senior Somali intellectuals and activists to plan regaining control of the country from the invading Ethiopian army, the Islamic...
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Robert Jensen
Impeachment, All Down The Line
A speech delivered to the "Impeachment: Our Right, Our Duty" rally in Houston, TX, April 9, 2007. Whether one believes the impeachment of George W. Bush is a realistic possibility or is simply a...
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Harvey Wasserman
Why Must Nuke-Power Lemmings Again Flock to the Radioactive Sea?
It's baaaaaack. The fifty-year multi-trillion dollar failure of atomic energy has resumed its lemming-like march to madness. Why? Isn't the definition of insanity the belief that if you do the same...
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