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Sunday, July 15, 2007
Dave Lindorff
Bill Moyers Puts Impeachment On the Media Table
Bill Moyers has put impeachment in the news, in the process shaming both the national media and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Congressional leadership. In his Saturday program, Bill...
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Danny Schechter
Conrad and His Media Comrades
They Are Not Just Stealing from Media Companies But Stealing the Media From Us
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Ray McGovern
July 14, 2003: Ill-Starred Day
For those tracking the long train of abuses and usurpations of a modern-day George who would be King and his eminence grise behind the throne, July 14 has a resonance far beyond the fireworks of...
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Eric Margolis
Fib Factory Running Full Tilt
White House Tells Some Whoppers In Bid to Depict Wars As Battles Against al-Qaida
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ann Wright
Bush, Impeachment, Strong Women and Dallas, Texas
Seems like strong women are not afraid of taking on George Bush and his war on Iraq in his home state of Texas and particularly in the city of Dallas. In August, 2005, Cindy Sheehan began her 26 days...
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Richard Eskow
Lieberman Lays the Groundwork For Another War
This week Joe Lieberman reprised a role he played so well in 2002. He paved the way for another needless and tragic war by outmaneuvering his Democratic colleagues on the Senate floor. This time he...
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Bob Dreyfuss
Surge Mentality: White House in Denial
Reading the White House's report, released Thursday, on whether President Bush's January 2007 "surge" of 30,000 troops is working, you'd never know that a real-life, flesh-and-blood war is being...
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Tom Hayden
Harvard's Humanitarian Hawks
Should a human rights center at the nation's most prestigious university be collaborating with the top US general in Iraq in designing the counter-insurgency doctrine behind the current military...
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John Nichols
Cheney's Actions Put Impeachment on the Table
Four more members of the U.S. House signed on this week as cosponsors of H. Res. 333, the measure that outlines articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney for actively and...
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Chris Hedges
Iraq, The Vets' View: A Reckless Minority of Troops Has Declared War On All Iraqis.
After four years of war, most Americans still remain sheltered from the day-to-day realities of the occupation of Iraq, especially its effects on Iraqis. With reporter Laila Al-Arian, I spent the...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Whole Food Fight
Just when I was about to praise fiddleheads, farmers markets, and the joy of true freshness, along comes John Mackey. Mackey is the chief executive officer of Whole Foods. The more appropriate title...
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Ian Jack
There Are Very Few Causes Worth Dying For - Iraq Is Not One of Them
The British are past masters of the speedy exit, as events in India 60 years ago show
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Robert Fisk
TE Lawrence Had It Right About Iraq
'Rebellions can be made by 2 per cent active and 98 per cent passively sympathetic'
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Bill Moyers
The War Debate
As we just heard from Bruce Fein and John Nichols, our country is in a constitutional crisis that could change the nature of our democracy. There was a sense it earlier in the week as the Senate...
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M.J. Rosenberg
Why Are Dems Such Cowards on Impeachment?
I don't get it.The Constitution prescribes a remedy when a President or Vice-President commits "high crimes and misdemeanors." It is impeachment. And everyday we learn more about the unconstitutional...
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Michael Moore
An Open Letter to CNN
7/14/07 Dear CNN, Well, the week is over -- and still no apology, no retraction, no correction of your glaring mistakes. I bet you thought my dust-up with Wolf Blitzer was just a cool ratings coup,...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Blesses Libby With New and Improved Compassionate Conservatism
Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. - Chuang Tzu , On Leveling All Things I'm almost turning into a Republican what with defending the administration at every turn. Being an...
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Ralph Nader,
Bush-Cheney Making Things Worse Day by Day
Thursday, July 12, 2007's Washington Post was another day of well-supported headlines chronicling the lawless, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, bumbling and multiple perils to our nation's security...
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Friday, July 13, 2007
Sam Husseini
Killing the Constitution: How I Became a Radical Twenty Years Ago Today
They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom for trying to change the system from within I'm coming now -- I'm coming to reward them First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin -- Leonard Cohen Many...
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Chris Hedges, Laila Al-Arian
The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness
Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on...
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Ezra Klein
The Mainstream Media's Michael Moore Inferiority Complex
In a world full of political provocateurs and public hotheads, why is it that only Michael Moore triggers the media's all-too-absent obsession with factual accuracy? Because he scares them.
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Barbara Ehrenreich
Health Care vs. the Profit Principle
It's always nice to see the President take a principled stand on something. The man formerly known as "43," and now perhaps better named "29" for his record-breaking approval rating, is promising to...
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Arianna Huffington
Why Bush's Balanced Assessment of Iraq is Utterly Unbalanced
So to hear the president and the White House spin it (and the media dutiful report it), the interim progress report on Iraq the administration will submit to Congress today is " a mixed bag ."...
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Eric Lotke
Arbitrary Justice, Hidden Truth
Purely by chance, I was in the middle of reading Katharine Graham's autobiography when President Bush commuted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence. I had just reached the part where Graham, the...
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John Nichols
Congress Moves Toward Contempt Citation
"Are congressional subpoenas to be honored or are they optional?" House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers asked Thursday. It was a rhetorical question. Conyers, who has served on the Judiciary...
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Rosa Brooks
Clear-Eyed Questions About Iraq
Time's up. On Jan. 10, President Bush announced a troop surge in Iraq, billed as a final effort to reestablish security and "hasten the day our troops begin coming home." But White House officials...
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Dahr Jamail
Iraq on My Mind: Thousands of Stories to Tell -- And No One to Listen
"In violence we forget who we are" --Mary McCarthy, novelist and critic 1. Statistically Speaking Having spent a fair amount of time in occupied Iraq, I now find living in the United States nothing...
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Pierre Tristam
Bush in His Labyrinth
It's all about perceptions. Mr. Bush knows it. Iraq could be eleven circles of hell wrapped in one and served cold on a bed of baba ghannoush. It wouldn't make a difference as long as Bush could...
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Johann Hari
Ship of Fools: Setting Sail With 'The National Review'
The Iraq war has been an amazing success, global warming is just a myth - and as for Guantanamo Bay, it's practically a holiday camp... The annual cruise organized by the 'National Review',...
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Leonard Rodberg & Don McCanne
Upgrading To National Health Insurance (Medicare 2.0)
The Case For Eliminating Obsolete Private Health Insurance
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Ari Melber
The Virtual Primary
Long before votes are cast in modern presidential elections, elite donors narrow the race by picking a few acceptable candidates, who are then crowned frontrunners for leading the "money primary."...
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John Dean
Harriet Miers's Contempt of Congress: Are Conservatives About To Neuter Congress, While Claiming Full Legal Justification for this Separation-of-Powers Violation?
President George Bush has issued an instruction to his former White House counsel Harriet Miers to defy the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena. The Committee had sought to ask her about her role -...
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Charles Knight
After Iraq, Pakistan? Is Worrying About Pakistani Nukes Serving To Keep Us In Iraq?
The bloody assault by Pakistani troops on the Islamic militants occupying The Red Mosque in Islamabad just might mark the beginning of the end of the Musharraf regime and the beginning of a period of...
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Glenn W. Smith
Seeing with Tucker Carlson's Eyes
I can empathize with MSNBC's Tucker Carlson. It's not easy, but I can do it. Maybe even with President Bush. Our religious traditions and classical philosophers extol the importance of seeing with...
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Kasia Anderson
Flynt to Capitol Hill Hypocrites: 'Payback's a Bitch'
Watch out, philandering politicos: Larry Flynt is hot on your heels. The Hustler impresario is as tenacious as an irate pit bull in his latest crusade to expose hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, and his...
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David Michael Green
In The Last Throes, Judiciously
David Labowitz, an insurance salesman here [Narberth, Pennsylvania], said he voted for Mr. Bush in 2004 and was eager for the next election to come along so he could rectify what he called his...
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Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Corporate Crime Reporter
Corporate Bribe Givers Fight Back
At the National Press Club today, Trace International held a press conference to unveil its new creation - Trace is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that specializes in anti-bribery...
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Jennifer Hunter
Democrats Must Stop Living In Past: What We Need Now Is The Guts To Get Us Out of Iraq
"The troops will march in; the bands will play; the crowds will cheer; and in four days everyone will have forgotten. Then we will be told to send in more troops. It's like taking a drink. The effect...
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John Nichols
Bush's Royal Edict: Don't Cooperate With Congress
President Bush has treated Congress with contempt for more than six years.But the most regal executive to reign over the United States since King George III was deposed has never displayed that...
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush Will Let Iraq Keep Drifting
President Bush removed any doubts in Cleveland on Tuesday: It will be up to someone else to face up to the damage done in Iraq.It's someone else's problem that the world's most powerful military is...
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James MacGregor Burns & Susan Dunn
A 'Kitchen Cabinet' of One
Even many Republicans today recognize Franklin D. Roosevelt as the greatest president of the last century. The anti-Franklin Roosevelt, however, is George W. Bush.From his regressive tax codes and...
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Margaret Krome
Doing The Right Thing For Justice, Peace Costs
Offer me a helping of potatoes and sugar snaps from a local farmer or a plate full of war and carnage, and I'll take the vegetables, thanks.Invite me to sit on a cushion in a chair made locally from...
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Marie Cocco
Save the (Republican) Senators
To understand the debate on Iraq now unfolding in the Senate, it is necessary first to give it a proper name: save the senators. The Republican senators, that is.The rules are simple. Find a way-any...
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David Cole
Bush and Cheney's Tortured Secrecy
Can The White House Win a Constitutional Showdown With Congress Over Executive Privilege After Shredding The Nation's Trust?
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Moisés Kaufman
A New Monument To Matthew Shepard
Here's something few people know: After Matthew Shepard was murdered, people from all over the country visited the fence where he had hung for 18 hours before being discovered. The fence quickly...
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Peter Rothberg
Justice for Troy Davis
Troy Anthony Davis is currently scheduled to die by lethal injection on July 17. Davis has been on death row in Georgia for more than 15 years for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen McPhail at a...
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Paul F. deLespinasse
A Pro-Impeachment Republican's Defense of Nancy Pelosi
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan recently announced that she will run as an independent against Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, unless Pelosi moves to impeach President Bush within two weeks...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Peace Pilgrims
It was truly inspiring to hear that Ashley Casale, 19, and Michael Israel, 18, decided to walk 3,000 miles across the country for peace. They began their journey on May 21 in San Francisco and plan...
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Chris Damon
El Salvador's Anti-terrorism Law Claims Victims
The tiny Central American nation of El Salvador has long been out of sight, out of mind to most U.S. residents. Once the guns of the 12 year civil war went silent in 1992, the country signed peace...
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Mark Weisbrot
Congress Should Reject Trade Agreement with Colombia
A May 22 news report in the Washington Post summed up Colombia's ever-widening scandal: "Top paramilitary commanders have in recent days confirmed what human rights groups and others have long...
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Robert Jensen
Lessons From The Lal Masjid Tragedy
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- For my first three days in Pakistan, no conversation could go more than a few minutes without a reference to the crisis at the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) compound. I had landed in...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Robert Naiman
Is the U.S. Responsible for the Death of Nearly a Million Iraqis?
This week and next the Senate is considering amendments to the FY 2008 authorization for the Pentagon, an authorization that includes more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the...
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Debra McNutt
Is the Iraq Occupation Enabling Prostitution?
Military prostitution has long been seen around U.S. bases in the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and other countries. But since the U.S. has begun to deploy forces to many Muslim countries, it...
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Annette Bernhardt
What We Owe the Working Poor
The Supreme Court handed down an astonishing decision June 11, ruling that under federal law, home-care workers are not entitled to overtime pay or the minimum wage. Upholding outdated distinctions...
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John Nichols
Michael Moore Takes On CNN
The frequently ridiculous Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the always ridiculous Wolf Blitzer tried to take apart filmmaker Michael Moore case against the failed U.S. health care system this week on CNN's " The...
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Marsha Meyers
Bush Alone In The Car Pool Lane
On July Fourth, President Bush predictably gave another spirited defense of staying the course in Iraq, and he asked every American to find a way to thank the men and women in the military and their...
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Jack Lessenberry
Bush vs. America
George W. Bush is more and more frequently referred to as "the worst president in the history of America" by those who know the background and pay attention to what's going on. However, that...
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Amy Goodman
Presidential Scholars Tell the President 'No' on Torture
President Bush got a lesson from a group of recent high school graduates. They were Presidential Scholars, a program designed "to recognize and provide leadership development experiences for some of...
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Robert Scheer
Bush's Pakistan Paradox
As Iraq continues to disintegrate, and our top generals and in-country ambassador predict that U.S. troops will need to die there for decades in order to prevent a full-scale regional blood bath, it...
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Elizabeth Sawin
Climate Change: The Heart of The Problem
In the political maneuvering leading up to the release of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the Bush administration was lobbying for the report to include an...
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Robert Shetterly
The Language of Dead Bodies
everywhere instead of a name there is a lie... -- W. S. Merwin Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light .... -- Mary Oliver I've been cutting trees. The woods on the north...
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Bob Burnett
Faith and Politics
How important is it that presidential candidates tell us whether or not they are Christians? For many Berkeley residents it's not important at all; most of us feel that religious belief is a personal...
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Planet Pentagon: How the Pentagon Came to Own the Earth, Seas, and Skies
Recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on a proposal, championed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq in exchange for bipartisan Congressional support...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Ramzy Baroud
Puppets In The Hands of Corporate Media
To speak of an alternative media is to acknowledge the deficiency of the prevailing media, the mainstream, in addressing the issues, catering to the concerns, and responding to the woes of the...
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Jon Carroll
I Wish I Was A Bushie
I really, really want to be a member of the Bush administration. I wish I'd realized what a cool job it was earlier, but there's still time. Let's look at the perks. For one thing, I could get a...
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Marie Cocco
While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil
If you're reading this while on vacation, great for you. If you're reading this at work, having just finished a vacation or a five-day weekend cobbled together around last week's celebration of...
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Mike Davis
Home-Front Ecology: What Our Grandparents Can Teach Us About Saving The World
Does this generation of Americans have the "right stuff" to meet the epic challenges of sustaining life on a rapidly warming planet? Sure, the mainstream media are full of talk about carbon credits,...
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Dave Lindorff
On the Road for Impeachment
Austin--I just spent the weekend in this state capital, talkin' impeachment at a meeting organized by the Texas Green Party, World Can't Wait and Austin Impeach ( ), and was...
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Stan Sorscher
NAFTA-Style Free Trade Policy Fails
Fast track expired at the end of June. It's just as well.Officially known as Trade Promotion Authority, it authorized the president to negotiate trade agreements, which Congress could accept or...
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Arianna Huffington
Democrats Can't Wait Around for GOP Defectors to End the War
This is the start of a critical stretch on Iraq, with the White House looking to run out the clock until Congress takes its summer vacation, and Senate Republicans struggling to split the Iraq war...
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John Nichols
Bush Erects Another Stonewall Against Accountability
arely a week after he commuted the 30-month sentence of a former White House insider who was convicted of engaging in felonious attempts to thwart investigations of administration wrongdoing,...
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Solon Economou
Every Day is Christmas For Big Energy
Massachussetts -- And you, dear taxpayer, are paying for the presents, the wrappings and the ribbons. Of the highly touted 2005 federal energy bill, for which we are being billed - or bilked - over $...
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Renata Rendón
Congress Could Cut Colombia Abuse
WASHINGTON -- In February 2005, in a rural hamlet in Apartadó, Colombia, eight people were massacred. The victims included an 18-month-old baby, an 11-year-old boy and two girls ages 6 and 17...
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Rebecca Solnit
Reasons Not to Glow: On Not Jumping Out of The Frying Pan Into The Eternal Fires
Chances are good, gentle reader, that you are going to have to sit next to someone in the coming year who will assert that nuclear power is the solution to climate change. What will you tell them?...
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Dean Baker
Fixing Health Care: Not Government vs. Market
With "SiCKO" rallying popular support for universal health care coverage, defenders of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries are shifting into high gear with their scare tactics. The key to...
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Danny Schechter
Enough Already: With Heat of Summer, Time To Turn Down Political Temperature
Would someone please remind me when the next Presidential election will be held? I sure don't want to miss it? A genie even told me it's not until November 2008. Can it be that far off? Could have...
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Michael Winship
Skating, Living, Dying on Thin Ice
One of the curiosities of life in the freelance scrivener's trade is that you find yourself in the oddest places, writing about the oddest things . Over some twenty-five years or so, I've taken...
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Paul Campos
Nonsense About Terrorism
For nearly six years now we've been hearing from politicians and pundits about how Sept. 11, 2001 "changed everything." One especially unwelcome change wrought by that day has been that, ever since,...
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Pierre Tristam
Iraq Awakenings, Four Years Late
The New York Times on Sunday devoted its entire editorial to Iraq . In a piece called "The Road Home," the Times finally discovers what should have been obvious, and was obvious to some of us, going...
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Monday, July 9, 2007
Ralph Nader,
Chinese Imports Highlight Woeful State of Consumer Safety
It has been a long time coming, but now the mass media and even the "look-the-other-way" Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are focusing on a stream of Chinese imports that are contaminated or...
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Eric Margolis
Prescribing World Terrorism
Pundits and self-appointed experts on Islam are wringing their hands and trying to explain why two Muslim doctors and at least six other medical workers were involved in this week's failed bombings...
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Sean Wilentz
Mr. Cheney's Minority Report
TWENTY years ago this week, Lt. Col. Oliver North testified for six days before a special joint House and Senate investigating committee. Permitted by the Democratic majority to appear in his...
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Christopher Moraff
A Crack in the System: Reforming Mandatory Cocaine Sentencing Policy
A flurry of recent legislative activity may finally signal an end to what critics call a blatantly racist federal sentencing policy. Now over 20 years old, the sentencing guidelines set forth in the...
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Matthew Rothschild
White House Manual for Silencing Critics
S o the truth comes out. After a myriad of stories about people being excluded from events where the President is speaking, now we know that the White House had a policy manual on just how to do so...
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John Nichols
Sheehan Versus Pelosi?
The Bush administration is no barrier to the burgeoning movement for impeachment. In fact, George Bush and Dick Cheney should probably be made honorary members of the various coalitions seeking to...
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Paul Krugman
Health Care Terror
These days terrorism is the first refuge of scoundrels. So when British authorities announced that a ring of Muslim doctors working for the National Health Service was behind the recent failed bomb...
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James Carroll
A New Declaration of Liberty
The holidays of July Fourth and July 14th are linked by the philosophical and chronological affinities between the American Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man...
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Tom Engelhardt
'Accidents of War':The Time Has Come for an Honest Discussion of Air Power
The first news stories about the most notorious massacre of the Vietnam War were picked up the morning after from an Army publicity release. These proved fairly typical for the war. On its front page...
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Sean Gonsalves
The President Hath Spoken
"You may object that it is not a trial at all; you are quite right. For it is only a trial if I recognize it as such." - Franz Kafka (The Trial). Is anyone surprised that Scooter Libby's 30-month...
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Paul Buchheit
Mainstream Media Where Are You?
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Joan Wile
Wednesday In The Park With Norman Siegel
Forget about fireworks, picnics, and barbecues. What have they got to do with the true meaning of Independence Day, anyway? No, we New York peace grannies and friends celebrated this important...
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Linda Milazzo
Nobody Marched to Impeach Bill Clinton
NOBODY marched to impeach Bill Clinton. Angry citizens DIDN'T fill the streets, carry signs and beg a non-responsive Congress to do its Constitutional duty and remove Bill Clinton from his job...
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Dave Zirin
The Doming of America
"You can't throw money at the problem." As a former public school teacher in Washington, I heard this cliche from countless bureaucrats. It was code for "Stop whining about ancient textbooks and...
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Bill Willers
Darwin and Friedman in the Corporate World
Darwinian selection - the "survival of the fittest" concept - is as applicable to human social structures as it is to the natural world. The question just becomes "Fit for what?". Whereas wild nature...
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John Atcheson
An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi
Madam Speaker: It is time to impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney. We all know the case for doing so: the litany of this administration's offenses is long and tragic, the damage they have wrought to...
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Michael Parenti and Lucia Muñoz
Gender Savagery in Guatemala
On the outskirts of Guatemala City the body of an 18-year-old woman of indigenous ethnicity was recently discovered by her frantic parents who had been searching long and hard. Forensic evidence...
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Susan Lenfestey
Let's Declare Unity Day -- and Rally to Impeach Cheney
I don't know about you, but this year I didn't much feel like celebrating America's independence. Seems like cooperation and collaboration might be more to the point after six go-it-alone years of...
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The Road Home
It is time for the United States to leave Iraq, without any more delay than the Pentagon needs to organize an orderly exit. • Like many Americans, we have put off that conclusion, waiting for a...
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Frank Rich
A Profile in Cowardice
THERE was never any question that President Bush would grant amnesty to Scooter Libby, the man who knows too much about the lies told to sell the war in Iraq. The only questions were when, and how,...
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Kip Leitner
What is Reality Anyway?
My wife tells me that I should just stop listening to the all news, everywhere -- particularly about Iraq -- because of my habit of protesting minor factual idiocies with enormous tirades. But I just...
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