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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tom Engelhardt
We Count, They Don't
At least Caesar was just commenting on reality when he wrote that "all Gaul is divided into three parts." Last week, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joe Biden attempted to create reality when an...
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Sally Kohn
From Here to Junta: Stop Shopping At Wal-Mart, Save The UN And Help Burma
At his speech at the United Nations last week, President Bush denounced the "19-year reign of fear" by the military dictatorship in Burma. About time our president starts denouncing reigns of fear...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Scott Horton
Beating the Drums for the Next War
Last week brought heads of state and senior diplomats in number to New York for the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It also brought President Bush and President Ahmadinejad to...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
The Clinton Campaign: Running on Ambien
Just a year ago the hot question was: Is America ready for a black or female president? As the campaigns wear on, the question has shifted to: Can America survive the tedium of its black and female...
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Arianna Huffington
McCain and the Monks of Myanmar: Two Very Different Ways of Mixing Religion and Politics
The blending of religion and politics is back in the headlines. Again. And the latest examples make it clear that combining these two isn't inherently good or inherently bad. It all depends on how it...
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Paul Campos
Delusion of Exceptionalism
Nationalism is perhaps the most interesting delusion of modern times. Its power is illustrated by the fact that lots of otherwise sensible people are unapologetic nationalists, even though...
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Jesse Jackson
Jena 6 Case Highlights Racial Disparity in American Justice
'We are the Jena Six," read a demonstrator's T-shirt, as tens of thousands gathered in Jena, La., to protest the treatment of the Jena 6. Last week, Mychal Bell was released from prison after serving...
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George Monbiot
The Junta's Accomplices: Western Interests
China has become the world's excuse for inaction. If there is anything that a government or a business does not want to do, it invokes the Yellow Peril. Raise the minimum wage to £6 an hour? Not when...
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Barbara F. Walter
You Can't Win with Civil Wars
Since the beginning of the Iraq war, President Bush has made it very clear that we will stay in that country for as long as it takes to get the job done, and that the United States will prevail in...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Admiral Mullen Reports for Duty
We have a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The question is: What will happen if he says something that the commander-in-chief does not want to hear? Navy Admiral Mike Mullen yesterday...
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Dean Baker
From WMDs to Social Security: More Bush Stories
You remember George W. Bush, the guy who tricked the country into a never-ending war in Iraq with stories about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and links to Osama bin Laden. Well, he...
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Michael Winship
My Thermonuclear Coloring Book
When I heard about last week's ostensibly successful test of the missile defense shield, I thought back forty-five years to the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, when we feared ourselves...
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Frida Berrigan
The War Resisters League Bestows Its Peace Award.
Frida Berrigan, a member of the WRL's National Committee, introduced the award with these words: There are many jokes about lawyers... What do you call ten lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good...
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Marianne Schnall
Hillary, Condi, Aung Sun Suu Kyi and You
Consider these two images from recent news events: 20,000 monks marching past Burmese Nobel Laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi's home to protest the democracy leader's 11-year house arrest and the country's...
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Laura Flanders
A Campaign to Love
I just may have found a campaign to love. Not a candidate, necessarily, but a campaign. We met one moonlit night in Washington Square Park. Illinois Senator Barack Obama was there, but what excited...
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Monday, October 1, 2007
Paul Rogat Loeb
Pre-Empting the Next War
With the Senate embracing the reckless Kyl-Lieberman amendment, we've moved one step closer to attacking Iran. But there's still time for Congress to assert itself against yet another needless war...
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Gary Younge
This City Is Not Nearly As Liberal or Different As New Yorkers Believe
The frontrunning presidential candidates show that the US is no longer polarised between heartland and coast
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Craig and Marc Kielburger
Non-Violent Protest Has Gone Online
Their weapons were no match for the frail man draped in a simple white cloth.Often facing the barrel of British guns, it was the soft-spoken voice of Mahatma Gandhi that repeatedly encouraged Indian...
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James Carroll
History and the Drumbeat of War
If you Google "war Iran," you will come up with more than 90 million results. The blogosphere is full of alarms about US intentions toward Iran. Newsweek said last week that Vice President Cheney has...
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Sean Gonsalves
Prayer for the War-Weary
As if the imperial hubris displayed by the Bush administration in Iraq wasn't enough, we're seeing the pieces to another pre-emptive war puzzle fall into place. Last week, the Senate passed the...
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Ann Wright
More Bounties in Afghanistan and Pakistan Will Result in Detention of Innocent Civilians
300 Uncharged Prisoners Still in Guantanamo from 2001 Reward Program
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Seymour M. Hersh
Shifting Targets
The Administration’s plan for Iran
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Johann Hari
President Giuliani? He'd be worse than Bush
On the basis of myths, the former New York mayor may be on the brink of taking the White House
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Salle Engelhardt
Killing Is Okay. Dying, However, Is Not.
Ever notice how killing is acceptable as a means of resolve, a sport, a form of entertainment, a form of protection, and a form of justice-religious or political? How did the American society come to...
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Norman Solomon
Political 'Science' and Truth of Consequences
[This article is excerpted from Norman Solomon's new book " Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State ."] Contempt for the empirical that can't be readily jiggered or spun is...
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Michael Nagler
Burma and the Press
As of this writing a nonviolent movement is still in crisis in Burma, despite what the regime there would have us believe. In 1988 over 3,000 students were killed - massacred would not be too strong...
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Nick Turse
NYC, the NYPD, the RNC, and Me
Fortress Big Apple, 2007
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Susan C. Strong
An 11th Hour Sequel
Leonardo DiCaprio's new film, The 11th Hour is a valiant first crack at popularizing the facts about the whole "earth crisis". It's a good start on a very tough task, and there's a great interactive...
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Deborah James, Medea Benjamin
Bolivia's Evo Morales Wins Hearts and Minds in US
While Iranian President Ahmedinejad stole the headlines during the United Nations meeting last week in New York, Bolivia's President Evo Morales - a humble coca farmer, former llama herder and union...
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Chris Hedges,
Israel's Toy Soldiers
If you are a young Muslim American and head off to the Middle East for a spell in a fundamentalist "madrassa," or religious school, Homeland Security will probably greet you at the airport when you...
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Sunday, September 30, 2007
Elizabeth Sullivan
US Needs a Tighter Rein on Security Contractors in Iraq
Blackwater USA faces at least five investigations into a Baghdad shooting incident when as many as 11 Iraqi civilians were killed. The dead include a mother and her infant apparently shot on a car...
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Is Hillary Clinton the New Old Al Gore?
THE Democrats can't lose the White House in 2008, can they? Some 13 months before Election Day, the race's dynamic seems immutable. Americans can't wait to evict the unpopular president and end his...
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Anna Husarska
Our Disgraceful Refugee Score Card
For those who help resettle refugees in this country, the big date annually is Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year. Because refugee arrivals are allotted per fiscal year, that's...
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Clint Talbott
Tough Luck, Kids: The President Wants to Veto Your Care
President Bush has vetoed only three bills in the last seven years. One vetoed bill would have hastened the U.S. withdrawal from the disastrous civil war in Iraq. The other two would have expanded...
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Janine R. Wedel
The Shadow Army
F THERE is a quagmire in Iraq, it was created more than a decade ago when the United States instituted a flawed system governing the use of contractors to perform governmental functions. Now, despite...
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David Giffey
Fight Back Against Giving Kids' Names to Military
The No Child Left Behind Act is up for reauthorization this month. There has been much necessary criticism and commentary about its unfunded mandates, forced standardized testing, and takeover...
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Harold Meyerson
The Rise of the Have-Nots
The American middle class has toppled into a world of temporary employment, jobs without benefits, and retirement without security.
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Green Energy Meets Jobs
Even activists can stun themselves by speaking up. For a decade, Van Jones, a Yale-trained attorney and cofounder of Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, was mostly known in the Bay Area for...
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Glenn Greenwald
Guess Who Else Likes to Attack The Honor and Integrity of War Generals
As we learned from both our Senate and House last week, in the United States we must never "attack the honor and integrity . . . of members of the United States Armed Forces." All good patriots from...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Ending War for Profit
Based on the work of Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Harvard public finance lecturer Linda J. Bilmes, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) recently determined that the...
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Bob Cesca
America Used To Be Really Goddamn Awesome
I've been captivated by Ken Burns' The War this week and it struck me how awesome America used to be. The prevailing attitude of the ladies and gentlemen featured in Burns' film, and by proxy all...
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Ralph Nader
The National Association of Manufacturers and The Wall Street Journal: A Symbiotic Relationship
On September 26, 2007, the powerful National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) bought two pages in the Wall Street Journal to tout a prosperous, expanding group of member-companies producing...
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James Bowlin
My Letter to Barack Obama
I've contributed to your campaign and I have your bumper sticker on the back of my car but I feel a little embarrassed by it now. I felt very frustrated that you missed the vote condemning
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Christopher Brauchli
China and the US: Whose Kettle Is Really Black?
It was beef and almonds. The whole time we were fussing about the Chinese government's failure to impose strict standards on production of toys and Mattel was recalling toys because of lead paint and...
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Stephen Zunes
My Meeting with Ahmadinejad
This past Wednesday, I was among a group of American religious leaders and scholars who met with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York. In what was billed as an inter-faith dialogue, we...
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Friday, September 28, 2007
Peter Schmidt
At The Elite Colleges - Dim White Kids
Autumn and a new academic year are upon us, which means that selective colleges are engaged in the annual ritual of singing the praises of their new freshman classes. Surf the websites of such...
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Rosa Brooks
The Bollinger/Ahmadinejad Farce: An Introduction Fit For A President
Imagine the scene: As angry protesters march outside, a nation's unpopular president prepares to address students and faculty at a prestigious university. Introducing the president, the head of the...
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Jim Sinclair & Rick Bender
Lives Wasted In An Impossible War
Working people from both sides of the border will gather Saturday at the Peace Arch border crossing to send a strong message to both our governments -- it's time to bring our troops home. It should...
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Jon Wiener
John Dean: From Nixon to Bush to Giuliani--"Much, Much Worse"
John Dean knows something about White House abuse of power. He wrote a bestseller in 2004 on the Bush White House called Worse Than Watergate . In a recent interview I asked him what he thinks of...
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David Bromwich
Hillary Clinton Votes for War -- Again
Yesterday, by a vote of 76-22, the Senate passed the Kyl-Lieberman amendment in support of military actions against Iran. This is the second such endorsement of the president by a senate majority in...
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John Nichols
Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War
The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion -- from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion -- and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the...
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Paul Krugman
Hired Gun Fetish
Sometimes it seems that the only way to make sense of the Bush administration is to imagine that it's a vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists who want to see what happens if a nation...
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Amitabh Pal
Bush Wrong at UN on Benefits of Free Trade
In a little-noticed portion of his speech to the United Nations on September 25, President Bush repeated a favorite hymn of his." In the long run, the best way to lift people out of poverty is...
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Mike Gravel
Democrats Were Charged To End A War, Not Start One
Hillary Clinton was either misinformed or economical with the truth in Wednesday night's debate when she responded to my challenge to her by saying the Senate's resolution earlier in the day on Iran...
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Jeremy Scahill
Making a Killing
It's being described as "Baghdad's bloody Sunday." On September 16 a heavily armed State Department convoy guarded by Blackwater USA was whizzing down the wrong side of the road near Nisour Square in...
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David Zirin
Soldier In Winter: Dr. John Carlos Speaks Out On The Jena 6
When thousands -- many young, many poor, overwhelmingly African-American -- marched in Jena, La., last Thursday, the political impact was felt around the country. Marching on behalf of six young men...
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Stop Corporate Media Mark Klempner
The Internet: Our Last Hope for a Free Press
The net has also proved invaluable as a way for concerned citizens to offer support to each other, and to act together for political and social change.
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Cindy Sheehan
Pro-Democracy Means Anti-Fascism
"The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals," - George W. Bush Watching the pro-...
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David Michael Green
Buyer's Remorse: Their Purchase, Our Regret
I don't know about you, but I for one am getting sick and tired of all these right-wing hacks righteously and publicly jumping ship on the Bush administration and the national nightmare they've been...
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Karen J. Greenberg
Relax, Mitt
Guantanamo's Not Closing
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Ruben Garcia and Andrea Buffa
Wal-Mart: Still Unsustainable
Wal-Mart has been getting some great press lately. At the beginning of the week, newspapers were full of stories about Wal-Mart's plan to ask its suppliers to measure and reduce their carbon...
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Coleen Rowley
Is Spineless Better Than Evil?
This guy's sign at last week's peace rally on the St. Paul Capitol steps really connected with a lot of people. But is the answer that clear?
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Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sidney Blumenthal
Dan Rather Stands by His Story
His lawsuit will attempt to show that CBS tried to suppress the report on Bush's National Guard Service and the Abu Ghraib abuses.
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Pat LaMarche
God, Machiavelli, & Mercenaries
So I guess you know that Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers filed suit against God last week. Yep, the God. Turns out this week, God got a lawyer. Some Texas attorney who probably sees a good chance to...
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Ray McGovern
Bush, Oil -- and Moral Bankruptcy
It is an exceedingly dangerous time. Vice President Dick Cheney and his hard-core "neo-conservative" proteges in the administration and Congress are pushing harder and harder for President George W...
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Ira Chernus
The Theology of American Empire
American foreign policy is built on a deep foundation of Christian theology. Some of the people who make our foreign policy may understand that foundation. Most probably aren't even aware of it. But...
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David Corn
Bush Administration & State Dept.: Corruption in Iraq is Classified
Corruption in the Iraqi government--it's classified information. So says the State Department. In preparation for a September 27 hearing on corruption within the government of Prime Minister Nouri al...
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Peter Rothberg
The Monks Rebel
The situation in Myanmar (formerly Burma) continues to worsen with reports of escalating efforts by the government to violently repress ongoing nonviolent demonstrations. The protests, sparked by...
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Adrian Hamilton
Let's Start By Admitting We Were Wrong In Iraq
New New Labour hasn't changed its spots in one way. It still loves the overarching concept dressed up in marketing-speak. But even by old Blairite standards the new Foreign Secretary, David Miliband...
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Pierre Tristam
At The Mercy of Taser Torturers
It's a morbid game. I Google "Taser," click on the tab that brings up the latest news articles featuring the word, and scroll through the insanity. It never fails. Every search produces case after...
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Ruth Conniff
UAW Strike Points Up Need for Universal Health Care
The mainstream press coverage of the UAW strike in Detroit has been predictably thin. Labor reporters are scarce these days, and the business-section bias of even feature coverage of labor disputes...
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Kyi May Kaung
Monks Versus the Military
In Rangoon and other cities of Burma, Buddhist monks have confronted the military dictatorship with an unusual technique: they refused to accept alms. In Buddhist tradition, this boycott is the...
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John Atcheson
Bush Fiddles While World Burns
This week, Bush is hosting a global warming summit composed of the world's sixteen largest greenhouse gas emitters. Unlike the UN meeting held earlier in the week, it is not intended to actually deal...
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Joseph L. Galloway
The Evil That Men Do
Once again, the Bush administration is flimflamming the hapless Democratic majority in Congress into rushing an important piece of legislation into law without serious thought or debate about the...
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Scott Ritter
Iraq Will Have to Wait
The long-awaited "progress report" of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the status of the occupation of Iraq has been made, providing Americans, via the compliant media, with the...
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Daniel Ellsberg
This Coup and The Next One
I think nothing has higher priority than averting an attack on Iran, which I think will be accompanied by a further change in our way of governing here that in effect will convert us into what I...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Laura Flanders
Is Jena America?
"Jena is America," says Alan Bean, speaking of the Louisiana town where six black students are looking at decades in jail for a schoolyard brawl while white kids are facing nothing for hanging up...
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Bill Quigley
HUD Demolitions Draw Noose Tighter Around New Orleans
Odessa Lewis is 62 years old. When I saw her last week, she was crying because she is being evicted. A long-time resident of the Lafitte public housing apartments, since Katrina she has been locked...
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Glenn W. Smith
Credit Cards for Everyone, But a Voter ID for Thee
The war on voting rights continues. In the latest development, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a voting rights case over whether or not government identification requirements...
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Marie Cocco
Forget The Democratic Healthcare Plans, The GOP's Got It All Sorted For Us
Now that the hubbub over Hillary Clinton's health insurance plan has temporarily subsided, that silence you hear is the sound of Republican presidential candidates offering their own alternatives to...
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Ari Berman
Senate Neocons Provoke Iran
Listen up. Can you hear the drums beating for a third war? The neocons are in a bubbling rage over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University. The pro-surge propagandists at...
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Bill Wippel
The Local Voice of Radio Has Been Muffled by Greed
Local radio stations, left independent, are the best examples of freedom and democracy. Most are located in small markets where they mirror the community's image. Take Pullman. Station KOFE in 1964...
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Arianna Huffington
New Books By Alan Greenspan and Naomi Klein: One is Prophetic, One is Pathetic
A fascinating dispute on modern economics -- and the dominant role it plays in our politics - is currently taking place in America's bookstores. On one side is Alan Greenspan, whose The Age of...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Makes Mockery of UN Declaration of Human Rights in NY Speech
At his speech to the UN, Bush had the audacity to invoke the Universal Declaration of Human Rights several times, despite the fact that he's been violating it over and over again. He was quite...
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Dilip Hiro
How the Bush Administration's Iraqi Oil Grab Went Awry: Greenspan's Oil Claim in Context
Here is the sentence in The Age of Turbulence , the 531-page memoir of former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan, that caused so much turbulence in Washington last week: "I am saddened that it is...
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Robert Scheer
Biden One-Ups Bush
In for a penny, in for a pound. What the heck-the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already soaked up $808 billion, so why quarrel about the Bush administration's request this week for $50 billion...
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Amy Goodman
Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest
As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush's refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day-war and global warming-has been stunning. And...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Tough Talk, But Little Punch
Last November, Nancy Pelosi proclaimed, "The American people spoke with their votes and they spoke for change and they spoke in support of a new direction for all Americans . . . nowhere was the call...
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Mark Morford
The Republican Who Likes Gays
Behold, An Extraordinary Event, The Most Astonishing Speech You Will Hear All Year
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Ralph Nader
Make Them Sweat The Big Stuff
A society reveals its values, priorities and distribution of power in the way its rulers punish deviant behavior. Here are some examples for you to ponder: Members of Congress were in an uproar...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Scott Horton
Listen to the General(s)
Thank God for Tom Davis (R-Va.) He fully understands the constitutional role of the Congress. Davis has sent a letter to Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, with a very sharp demand...
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Ru Freeman
Ahmadinejad v. Bollinger: Words Were Spoken, But What Was Said?
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, began his two hours at Columbia University with these words. "In Iran, tradition requires when you invite a person to be a speaker, we actually respect our...
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Lowell Monke
Unplugged Schools
Education Can Ameliorate, or Exacerbate, Society's Ills. Which Will It Be?
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Cindy Sheehan
Petty and Cruel Dictator
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the president of Iran spoke at Columbia University today. I heard that he was invited there because the President of Columbia wanted to foster a "free exchange of ideas." Even...
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Hank Edson
What Would Lincoln Do?
"Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." One of the often quoted facts about the American Civil War is that...
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Marjorie Cohn
Pursue Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United States has prompted an outcry, including protests and tabloid headlines calling him "evil" and a "madman." As Juan Cole says, "The real...
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Jesse Jackson
Leaders Should Intervene To Bring Justice (and Security) To The Jena 6
Last week, thousands of peaceful demonstrators came from across the country to protest the criminal injustice done to young African-American men in Jena, La. The protesters spanned the generations...
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Paul Campos
War-Monger vs. The Porn King: Is Bill Kristol Respectable?
Until I recently moved, my next-door neighbor was an extremely successful pornographer. He's made a fortune by transmitting pay-per-view satellite broadcasts of hard-core sex films to many of America...
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Pierre Tristam
Ahmadinejad Does New York
In an interview with the BBC's Newsnight in 2006, Philip Roth was asked about 9/11 and the Bush administration. This was his answer: "This I think criminal administration has hijacked the event to...
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Akbar Ganji
A Plea From the Iranian People
Editor's Note: As world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, Akbar Ganji, Iran's leading political dissident, sent this open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. As Iranians face...
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