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Sunday, July 16, 2006
Gila Svirsky
The Occupation? Fuggedaboudit!
What a stroke of luck - 10 days before a war breaks out in Lebanon, we buy an apartment in Nahariya.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006
Chris Hedges
Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East
Israel's air, land and sea blockade of Lebanon, which includes jet fighter strikes against the airport in Beirut, presages a new era in the Middle East, one in which the center has collapsed and...
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Friday, July 14, 2006
Andrew Greeley
Iraq War Was Lost the Day It Started
If we "cut and run" from Iraq, Republican senators argued recently, we will lose our credibility, dishonor the memory of those who have already died there, break our promise to the Iraqi people and...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Needs Lesson in Statesmanship
President Bush has discovered diplomacy and is saying goodbye to his disastrous pre-emptive military policy. But, as he says so often, diplomacy is "hard work." The escalating violence in the Iraq...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Peter Singer
Meat Production Today Is Not Just Inhumane, It's Inefficient
Beaks seared off with hot blades; pregnant sows with barely room to take a step. And the scale of suffering is set to soar
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Politics of Greed
"Anyone who doesn't think this is a country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer needs to check the numbers-this is Bush country, where a rising tide lifts all yachts."...
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Ru Freeman
A Guantanamo State of Mind
"Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."- Pastor Martin Niemöller
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Sunday, July 9, 2006
Ralph Nader
Break Down Barriers to Minority Parties
In no other Western democracy do third-party or independent candidates confront more obstacles and exclusions from contributing to a competitive democratic process than in the United States. These...
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Saturday, July 8, 2006
Ralph Nader
Save Our Oceans
Millions of Americans will enjoy the ocean beaches this coming weekend. Tens of millions live within a few miles of the Atlantic and the Pacific. Yet if they could, these oceans would be crying out...
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Pierre Tristam
North Korea, Bush Ally
There is of course no danger of a Kim Jong Il-starred missile ever grazing so much as a Pentagon radar’s anxieties: North Korea is a nation where even ants starve and technology runs on the digestive...
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Friday, July 7, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Thinks He Can Rule By Fiat
President Bush is learning that there are limits to presidential power. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president has used his commander-in-chief hat to expand his imperial reach beyond what...
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Andrew Greeley
Cheney Really Wants US Dictator
In the winter of 1933, before Franklin Roosevelt's first inauguration on March 4, there was a clamor in the United States for a military dictatorship. The banks were closing, a quarter of Americans...
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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Molly Ivins
More Immigrant-Bashing On the Way
While the rest of you were celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I was keeping an eye on Karl Rove -- because someone has to. A "Bush Signals Shift in Stance on Immigrants" headline...
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Jeff Cohen
Go to Venezuela, You Idiot!
I don't usually take the advice of rightwingers. But I did this time. After receiving inflamed email messages from dozens of angry rightists that I should get the hell out of the USA and go to...
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Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Robert Freeman
Henry Paulson and the Five Circles of Economic Hell
In his book, The Divine Comedy: Inferno , Dante describes successive circles of Hell intended for successively villainous sinners. The higher circles punish only minor sins: gluttony; lust; avarice...
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Thom Hartmann
Reclaiming the Issues: "It's an Illegal Employer Problem"
Every time the media - or a Democrat - uses the phrase "Illegal Immigration" they are promoting one of Karl Rove's most potent Republican Party frames. The reality is that we don't have an "Illegal...
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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Pierre Tristam
Visceral Emotion Threatens What the Flag Represents
As the U.S. Senate contributed mightily to global warming while debating a constitutional amendment to ban flag-desecration last week, the Citizens Flag Alliance ("representing 147 organizations and...
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Julia Olmstead
The Biofuel Illusion
There's been a lot of talk lately about the promise of biofuels -- liquid fuels like ethanol and biodiesel made from plants -- to reduce our dependence on oil. Even President Bush beat the biofuel...
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Monday, July 3, 2006
Howard Zinn
Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed...
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Saturday, July 1, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Edisto Island: A Historical Wonder of Nature On the Ecological Edge
On the week including the Fourth of July our family has gathered on Edisto Island and its Beach on the South Carolina coast for the past 30 years. Edisto Beach is a fragile barrier island on the...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Philip Kovacs
Gates, Buffett, and the Corporatization of Children
Last week Warren Buffett gave 31 billion dollars to the Gates Foundation. As usual, the mainstream media missed the real story. Leaving aside the creation of an Ameristocracy for another day, parents...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Molly Ivins
An Epic Week of Cutting and Running
And then along comes Cut'n'Run Casey. We spend all last week listening to cut'n'run Democrats talking about their cut'n'run strategy for Iraq, and the only issue is whether they want to cut'n'run by...
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Pierre Tristam
Bait A Predator "to Catch A Voyeur"
Network news was once about authority: Walter Cronkite, Roger Mudd, Ted Koppel, even Dan Rather in his reporter days. But when was the last time a network, as opposed to a newspaper or a magazine,...
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Monday, June 26, 2006
Ru Freeman
Censorship – The American Version
I am an activist with a predilection for supporting progressive causes the world over. From tortured prisoners to under-funded public schools, I'm prepared to walk the walk. So it was with great...
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Sunday, June 25, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Independence, Imperialism and Immigrants
Was the American War for Independence morally justifiable? Is any war?
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Saturday, June 24, 2006
William Greider
Dirty Money
The New York Times devoted a lot of ink to the Bush Administration's practice of secretly rummaging through international banking transactions in pursuit of terrorists. But, frankly, I had a hard...
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Friday, June 23, 2006
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Iraq is a Full-scale Military Balls-Up. Our Best Move Now is to Cut and Run
If the US is going to wait until the time is right before withdrawing, we could be in for another hundred years war
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William Greider
Cheney and HAL
Amid all his other troubles, Vice President Richard Cheney is now stalked by a ghost from his past--the Richard Cheney who for five years was CEO of the Halliburton Company. When he left Halliburton...
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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Stacy Bannerman
No Surprise in Bush "Emergencies"
President Bush has yet another supposed "emergency" on his hands. This time it's illegal immigration. His response is to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border. The tactic...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Molly Ivins
Without DeLay, Has the GOP Lost its Moral Compass?
Gee, the Republicans seem to have lost their moral compass since Tom DeLay quit. Who knew it could get worse without that pillar of rectitude from Texas? What a snakes' nest of corruption and...
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Monday, June 19, 2006
James Carroll
Sending Shameful Signals
"No question Guantanamo sends, you know, a signal," President Bush said last week. ``It provides an excuse, for example, to say the United States is not upholding the values that they're trying to...
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Friday, June 16, 2006
Helen Thomas
Al-Zarqawi's Death Doesn't Slow War
President Bush says the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi offers an opportunity for Iraq's new government to "turn the tide in this struggle." But, in contrast to his triumphal claims in 2003 about "...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Corporate Democrats
If you wonder why things never change in Washington, look no further than a report released yesterday by Russ Baker's Real News Project ( www.realnews.org ). The report documents 25 corporate...
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Thursday, June 15, 2006
Norman Solomon
A Big Problem for Hillary Clinton: "Premature Triangulation"
Two years from now, Hillary Clinton might be pleased to hear the kind of boos and antiwar chants that greeted her days ago when she spoke at the annual Take Back America conference of Democratic...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Elisa Noemí Orellana Faulstich
Graduation Speech: Fetal Eyes
New Roads School, Santa Monica, California Class of 2006, June 4, 2006
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Medea Benjamin
Peace Activists at Hillary Clinton’s Speech Try to Take Back “Take Back America”
The Take Back America conference, an annual event held in Washington DC this year from June 12-14, is supposed to be a venue for prominent progressives to gather and debate the major issues of our...
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Sunday, June 11, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Justice, Victory and Opportunity in Iraq: Another Woman and Child Are Killed With Zarqawi
Commenting on the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, President Bush said our troops have "delivered justice" to the "operational commander of the terrorist movement in Iraq". Bush called Zarqawi's death...
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Saturday, June 10, 2006
Ralph Nader
The Gospel According to the Dixie Chicks
Who would have thought when the Dixie Chicks were selling more than 10 million copies each of "Wide Open Spaces" (1998) and "Fly" (1999) that they would become the most controversial band in America...
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Thursday, June 8, 2006
Molly Ivins
An About Face on Iran: Bush Administration Goes From Tough Talk to Diplomacy
AUSTIN, Texas -- It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and...
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Monday, June 5, 2006
James Carroll
The Roots of the Holocaust
``The place where we are standing," Pope Benedict XVI said last week, ``is a place of memory." He was standing at Auschwitz, but what he said and did there raised questions less about remembering...
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Saturday, June 3, 2006
Sam Husseini
Can Pacifica Radio Live Up to Its Promise?
In an age when "progressives" seem segmented at times, each faction focusing on specific issue areas; and at a time when the power of media seems central, the promise of the Pacifica network could be...
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Caroline Arnold
A Martian's Electic Observations of Earthlings
I, Naitram, formerly of the Planet Mars, am pleased to offer you Earthlings who call yourselves Americans a few eclectic observations on your lives and prospects on Planet Earth. Notwithstanding the...
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Thursday, June 1, 2006
Molly Ivins
Iran Badge Fabricator Goes to Washington
AUSTIN, Texas -- So, Haditha becomes another of the names at which we wince, along with Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and My Lai. Tell you what: Let's not use the "stress of combat" excuse this time...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House
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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Ira Chernus
Hamas Officials Already Recognize Israel's Right to Exist, Apparently
It looks like the topelected officials in the Palestinian Hamas party are signaling that they accept Israel's right to exist. Last week the highest-ranking Hamas leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Molly Ivins
Reform the System or Lose the Democracy
A Houston jury convicted both Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, despite the fact that Kenny Boy packed his Bible to the courtroom every day.
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John Buell
Our Vacations, Ourselves
A fifth-grader from Rye, New York, who summers on Mount Desert Island, recently asked me: "Do you think that it is a good idea to have homework assigned on vacations?" His mother had read " The End...
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Monday, May 29, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Did Bush's "Bring it On" Bravado Bring On the Haditha Massacre: Iraq's My Lai?
In a rather subdued effort to rally support for their war of choice as questions arise about their continued tenures in office, a somewhat contrite and stammering President George W. Bush and his war...
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Sunday, May 28, 2006
Helen Thomas
Tony Snow: New Face, Same Old Spin
WASHINGTON -- The new White House spokesman has been on the job now for two weeks and has held several briefings for the news media. So it's time to give him a preliminary report card. Tony Snow,...
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Monday, May 22, 2006
Ralph Nader
Coerced Confessions - A Corporate Abuse
In a recent column I wrote about police interrogation tactics that lead a surprising number of people to confess to crimes they didn't commit. It turns out that corporate America has followed suit...
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Bill Moyers
Pass the Bread
Text of Baccalaureate Address Hamilton College, Clinton, NY May 20, 2006 I will make this brief because I know you have much to do between now and your farewell to Hamilton tomorrow and that you are...
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James Carroll
Old Hands Against War
IRAQ HAS become more savage (a rising tide of Iraqi blood, an air war escalating -- along with rates of American mortality); increasing numbers of US citizens have moved from dismay to action. (Only...
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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Jeff Faux
South of the Border - The Impact of Mexico's Economic Woes
In his speech Monday night, President Bush once again ignored the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the center of the immigration debate -- Mexico, the source of more than three-quarters of illegal...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
John Buell
Democratizing Communications
Conservatives frequently tell us that they are committed to extending "freedom and democracy" around the world. Freedom is an elusive concept. It seems to be equated with our modern corporate economy...
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Monday, May 15, 2006
James Carroll
America the Titanic
The last living American survivor of the Titanic died last week. Lillian Gertrud Asplund was 5 when the luxury liner sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912. Her father and three brothers were lost...
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Ghada Karmi
Where is the Global Outcry at This Continuing Cruelty?
Nearly 60 years after most Palestinians were first forced from our homes, the killings and blockades carry on with impunity
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Sunday, May 14, 2006
Robert Freeman
A Tale of Two Theories: Supply Side and Demand Side Economics
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the era of low taxes. It was the age of high deficits. Prices were up. Wages were down. Oil and gold soared. Housing and big cars cratered...
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Saturday, May 13, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Our Presidential Prophet of God and Great Decider
Many disastrous conflicts in human history were led by men who spoke as if they were directed by God to lead the slaughter. President Bush asserts that "I trust God speaks through me and without that...
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Friday, May 12, 2006
Helen Thomas
Bush Has Two Views About Leakers
Americans now know there is widespread warrantless wiretapping by their government and that the United States sends detainees to secret prisons abroad. The wiretapping is an illegal invasion of...
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John Grant
The Lessons of War That Few Have Learned
As I exited the Staten Island Ferry recently for an antiwar demonstration of 300,000 people down Broadway, a young man next to me noticed my Veterans for Peace T-shirt . "What war?" he asked. "...
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Medea Benjamin
The Gift of Peace for Mother's Day
It's true. Mothers Day was NOT invented by Hallmark. Or by 1-800-FLOWERS or even Sees Candies. In fact, Julia Ward Howe, the woman credited with initiating Mothers Day in 1870, would have been...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Ru Freeman
Ahmadinejad v. Bush : The Village Druid v. The Zygote
On January 20th, 1977, for the first time in history, a newly inaugurated president got out of his limousine and walked to the White House. In 2001, a president appointed by the Supreme Court,...
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Robert Freeman
Bush’s Budget Proposal: Is This Who We Really Are?
It’s a cliché but it’s true: budgets reflect priorities. It was never so true as it is for President Bush’s new budget proposal. Bush’s budget expresses in financial terms what he wants our country...
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Jeff Cohen
Hillary, Rupert, and the Culture of Corruption
Excuse me for not getting fired up when I hear Democratic leaders bleating about the "culture of corruption" in Washington under GOP rule. Sometimes I have to laugh. . .and not because the charges...
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President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2004 on October 1, 2003. (cc) Donald Kaul
You Can't Be Patriotic in Spanish
I was walking down the street, humming a tune, when suddenly I found my path blocked by two men in dark suits, narrow ties and snap-brim hats. One of them took his wallet out of his breast pocket and...
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Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Molly Ivins
The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington
Of course I am above sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. So serious a servant of the public interest am I, I can fogey with the best: On my better days, I make David Broder look like Page Six. I don't...
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Monday, May 8, 2006
Ralph Nader
The Tragedy Of False Confessions
There are enough injustices in our society without innocent people being convicted of heinous crimes. Yet, it turns out that happens with far greater frequency than we ever imagined. DNA testing, a...
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Sunday, May 7, 2006
Norman Solomon
Opening the Debate on Israel
The extended controversy over a paper by two professors, "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," is prying the lid off a debate that has been bottled up for decades.
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Friday, May 5, 2006
Michele Simon
Soda Deal with Clinton Foundation Latest PR Stunt
The headlines certainly sound impressive: "Companies pulling sodas out of school" claimed the Associated Press; "Bottlers agree to a school ban on sweet drinks" said the New York Times. These and...
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Molly Ivins
Mexico, NAFTA and the GOP
AUSTIN, Texas — Dec. 16, 2005, is a day that will live in infamy in the Hall of Fame of Unintended Republican Consequences.
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Thursday, May 4, 2006
Helen Thomas
Where Are All the Leaders of Faith?
Where are the activist priests and ministers who took strong stands during the Vietnam War and hit the streets with their protests? Three years into the war against Iraq, the silence of the clergy is...
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Caroline Arnold
The Wrens of May
Every May first-week wrens twitter and flit in the trees around my house, announcing their presence and power among the sharp new leaves and cherry blossoms. They consider me an interloper in their...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Jeff Cohen
I'm Tired of Bushes and Clintons
Every presidential election since 1980 has had a Bush or a Clinton on a major party ticket. And the pundits say we're likely to see a Clinton atop the next Democratic ticket. Unlike the last seven...
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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Molly Ivins
The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill
Either the so-called "lobby reform bill" is the contemptible, cheesy, shoddy piece of hypocrisy it appears to be ... or the Republicans have a sense of humor. The "lobby reform" bill does show, one...
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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Ralph Nader
It's Time to Reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment
Newt Gingrich has been called a "futurist," a "policy wonk," an advocate of adapting technology to human efficiencies, among other less flattering descriptions. So what did he do the year he took...
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Thom Hartmann
The Story of Carl - On Workers Memorial Day
Carl loved books and loved history and, after spending two years in the army as part of the American occupation forces in Japan immediately after World War II, was hoping to graduate from college and...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Molly Ivins
Pro-Israel "Nutjobs" on the Attack
One of the consistent deformities in American policy debate has been challenged by a couple of professors, and the reaction proves their point so neatly it's almost funny. A working paper by John...
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Roger Bybee, Carolyn Winter
Immigration Flood Unleashed by NAFTA's Disastrous Impact on Mexican Economy
The recent ferment on immigration policy has been so narrow that it has excluded the real issue: family-sustaining wages for workers both north and south of the border. The role of the North American...
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Sunday, April 23, 2006
Caroline Arnold
Schools Are Key in an Uncertain World
In 1957 Nevil Shute's "On the Beach" brought home to readers the reality that the human race was capable of designing and executing its own demise using nuclear weapons. In succeeding years the...
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Saturday, April 22, 2006
Tom Turnipseed
Wars for Oil
Our warrior President constantly refers to the 9/11/01 attacks as the casus belli for our invasion of Iraq.
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Friday, April 21, 2006
Andrew Greeley
How Did Seeking Rights Become Wrong?
One hears warnings these days that the massive immigrant rights demonstrations may produce a backlash. Admittedly, the demonstrations have been peaceful, the crowds are well-behaved and the leaders...
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Bill Moyers
Remembering Bill Coffin
The following remarks were delivered by Bill Moyers at the funeral service for William Sloane Coffin on Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Riverside Memorial Church in New York City. There are so many of...
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Phyllis Bennis
Iran: The Day After
The airwaves and the headlines are full of talk of a U.S. military strike against Iran. That is as it should be - the danger of such a reckless move is real, and rising, and we should be talking...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Molly Ivins
Karl Rove's Early Machinations
An interesting semi-historical footnote concerning Dick Cheney's oft-reiterated references during the 2000 presidential campaign to President Clinton's weaseling under oath. "He knows what the...
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Sunday, April 16, 2006
James Carroll
Descent into Anger and Despair
Last week, the rattling of sabers filled the air. Various published reports, most notably one from Seymour M. Hersh in The New Yorker, indicated that Washington is removing swords from scabbards and...
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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Pierre Tristam
As Lebanon Bleeds: A Savage and Unwinnable Gambit
The irony is that Israel’s conditions for a cease-fire are nothing if not reasonable: Return the two Israeli soldiers. Quit the rocket attacks on Northern Israel. Disarm Hezbollah. Any Lebanese worth...
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Thursday, April 13, 2006
Molly Ivins
White House Whopper Becomes Instant Classic
Personally, I think this is a really good time not to keep up. The more you try, the less sense it makes, although getting us used to having it all make no sense at all may be an extremely sneaky...
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Norman Solomon
The Lobby and the Bulldozer: Mearsheimer, Walt and Corrie
Weeks after a British magazine published a long article by two American professors titled "The Israel Lobby," the outrage continued to howl through mainstream U.S. media. A Los Angeles Times op-ed...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Michael Schwalbe
Reproductive Freedom 101
Thirty years ago I learned the basic lessons that shaped my views on abortion. What I came to understand back then is that abortion is an essential right for women. But since that time, the anti-...
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Monday, April 10, 2006
James Carroll
Iraq and the Legacy of Abraham
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are referred to as Abrahamic religions, a description aiming to head off the clash of civilizations by emphasizing a common connection to the patriarch whose name...
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Sunday, April 9, 2006
Molly Ivins
So Long, Tom, You Hypocrite
AUSTIN, Texas — In general, I'm against kicking 'em when they're down ... unless really awful people are involved. I figured Tom DeLay is so awful, plenty of people would gang up on him and I could...
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Saturday, April 8, 2006
Helen Thomas
Want More Bush? Elect McCain.
WASHINGTON - In his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain is moving to the right. The Arizona Republican, who failed to win the Republican presidential nomination in...
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Friday, April 7, 2006
Caroline Arnold
A Cyber-Bestiary For Our Time
"... my needs are to have good, crisp information so I can make decisions on behalf of the American people." -- George W. Bush, April 4, 2006 At the dawn of the computer age a small light-seeking...
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Thursday, April 6, 2006
Bill Moyers
A Culture of Corruption: Let's Save Our Democracy by Getting Money Out of Politics
Money is choking our democracy to death. Our elections are bought out from under us and our public officials are doing the bidding of mercenaries. So powerful is the hold of wealth on politics that...
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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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