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Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Norman Solomon
Rage Against the Killing of the Light
Mid-August 2005 may be remembered as a moment in U.S. history when the president could no longer get away with the media trick of solemnly patting death on its head. Unreality is a hallmark of media...
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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Donald Kaul
Struggling to Find the Reasons for War
There was a story in “The New York Times” last week that should disabuse you of any illusions you may still have about why we went to war in Iraq. (Hint: it wasn’t weapons of mass destruction.) The “...
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Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Rev. John Dear
Hiroshima Day Speech at Los Alamos
On August 6, 2005, the sixtieth anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, over 500 people gathered for a rally at Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the bomb, to call for the end of...
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Monday, August 8, 2005
Norman Solomon
Big Star-Spangled Lies for War
A lot of people want to believe that the current war on Iraq is some kind of aberration -- a radical departure from the previous baseline of U.S. foreign policy. That's a comforting illusion. Yes,...
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Saturday, August 6, 2005
Ralph Nader
What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States
Moving into bookstores across the country is a fresh historical account of American progressive resistance and political struggle. Focusing on the United States over the last century, the book...
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Friday, August 5, 2005
Amy Goodman, David Goodman
The Hiroshima Cover-Up
A story that the U.S. government hoped would never see the light of day finally has been published, 60 years after it was spiked by military censors. The discovery of reporter George Weller's...
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Thursday, August 4, 2005
Deborah James
Next Stop Post-CAFTA: Summit of the Americas Or, See You on the Beach in Argentina
The day before the passage of CAFTA in the US Congress, we received word that the US government had called for a meeting in Puebla, Mexico to try to revitalize the talks towards the proposed Free...
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Monday, August 1, 2005
Norman Solomon
Operation Withdrawal Scam
few days ago, the White House launched a new phase of its propaganda siege for the Iraq war.
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Friday, July 29, 2005
Andrew Greeley
Neck Deep in the Big Muddy
The Big Muddy is deeper and darker. Two Pentagon reports this week show just how muddy. In a survey of the morale of soldiers in Iraq, the Pentagon found that more than half said that morale in their...
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Robert Freeman
Chinese Currency Adjustment A Mixed Blessing for US
Christmas came early for John Snow. The U.S. Treasury Secretary has been hectoring the Chinese government to let its currency, the yuan, appreciate against the dollar. Now Beijing has announced it...
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Thursday, July 28, 2005
Jonathan Schell
The Bomb and Karl Rove
Like every important government crisis, the outing of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame by the President's chief political adviser, deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, perhaps among others, must be...
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Deborah James
Democracy Sold Out - CAFTA Approved by Pork and a Hill of Beans
Razor Thin Vote Seals Fate Against More Expansion of NAFTA
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Stacy Bannerman
Worlds Apart
When you’re a Governor, making difficult decisions is part of the job description. Just ask the chief executives of 33 states who attended the 97th annual meeting of the National Governor's...
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Monday, July 25, 2005
Ralph Nader
Top 10 List for the Labor Movement
Rose Ann DeMoro is the Executive Director of the California Nurses Association (CNA) - the country's fastest growing union. Since 1992, union membership has grown from 13,000 to the present 63,000...
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Sunday, July 24, 2005
After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the US used Islam to counter the occupation. It sponsored an international jihad in the Muslim world and encouraged volunteers from Muslim countries to join in it. Thousands, including Osama bin Laden, flocked to Pakistan, where US-funded training camps were set up under CIA supervision. Imran Khan
We Must Address the Root Causes of this Terror
Until the US addresses the root causes and its own double standards, the bombings will increase.
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Friday, July 22, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Ecocide
Ecocide means destroying our ecosystem by actions of the human species. Human activity like war and the profligate use of our ecosystem's resources is ecocidal.
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Thursday, July 21, 2005
Molly Ivins
Big Time Trouble
America continues to weaken, but why worry?
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Michele Simon
Government Abandons Children to Big Food
With rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes, you might think that when the federal government convenes a meeting on how food companies market food to kids, talk of how to regulate industry...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Molly Ivins
You Can't Not Care About Lies and War
Now it's getting funnier and funnier. The entire Republican Party is shocked (!) anyone would think that Karl Rove (!!) would leak a story to damage a political opponent. Oh, the horror. Attacking an...
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Norman Solomon
General Westmoreland's Death Wish and the War in Iraq
After he died on Monday, front pages focused on the failures of William Westmoreland as commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Overall, the coverage faulted him for being a big loser, not a mass killer.
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Monday, July 18, 2005
William Greider
America's Truth Deficit
WASHINGTON -- DURING the cold war, as the Soviet economic system slowly unraveled, internal reform was impossible because highly placed officials who recognized the systemic disorders could not talk...
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Sunday, July 17, 2005
Caroline Arnold
Impeach Bush, Leave Iraq and Move On
In my last column I recommended impeachment of Bush as a first step toward repairing the damage we have done to Iraq. Since then Al Qaeda terrorists have attacked London and been swiftly identified...
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Saturday, July 16, 2005
Russell Mokhiber
An Unreasonable Woman
Diane Wilson is a shrimper. And a fighter. For 15 years, she has been fighting Formosa Plastics' giant polyvinyl chloride facility on the Texas Gulf Coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi. Trying...
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Friday, July 15, 2005
Norman Solomon
War and Venture Capitalism
During the Vietnam War, one of the peace movement's more sardonic slogans was: "War is good business. Invest your son." In recent years, some eminent pundits and top government officials have become...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Stacy Bannerman
Let Mr. Bush Explain the War to Highschoolers
I’d like to see President George W. Bush go on live television before a tough crowd. Like a high school class in my hometown that includes Iraqi students and boys who are preparing for boot camp...
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Sunday, July 10, 2005
Rev. John Dear
How To Stop Terrorism
Like many, I was upset about the horrific terrorist attacks on London on July 7th. I spent a few days in London just this past Christmas. I know my way around the Tube. It gave me flashbacks of my...
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Saturday, July 9, 2005
Ralph Nader
Open Letter to George W. Bush
On June 28, 2005 you addressed the nation in prime time about the situation in Iraq. You called the casualties, destruction and suffering in that country "horrifying and real." Then you declared: "I...
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Friday, July 8, 2005
Molly Ivins
Eaten Alive by Corruption
The stirring tale of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, congressman and bon vivant, becomes more entertaining by the day, and it is far more instructive than another case of a missing white female.
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Norman Solomon
Terrorism, "the War on Terror" and the Message of Carnage
When the French government suggested a diplomatic initiative that might interfere with the White House agenda for war, the president responded by saying that the proposed scenario would "ratify...
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Huck Gutman
The Worst US President Ever?
Bush is quite likely the worst president in the 200-year history of the United States. This has enormous implications for the international community, since his country is not a small republic like...
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Thursday, July 7, 2005
Norman Solomon
Judith Miller -- Drum Major for War
Judy, it's been so many wars since we've talked. Now people are hailing your dedication to the principle of journalistic independence. For many, you will always be the courageous reporter who went to...
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Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Norman Solomon
War Made Easy: "Withdrawal Would Cripple U.S. Credibility"
Obsession with seeming unequivocal and immovable has been frequent in the Oval Office. During the Vietnam War, such fixations were indifferent to the fact that the war was losing the U.S. government...
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Saturday, July 2, 2005
William Greider
Profiles in Cowardice
In the glow after last fall's election victory, Grover Norquist, ringmaster for the right's tax-cutting circus, mischievously compared minority Democrats in Congress to a bunch of neutered farm...
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Friday, July 1, 2005
Deborah James
CAFTA Squeaks by Senate, By Tiniest Margin Ever for Trade Bill in History
Marginal Votes Bought through Future Broken Promises on Sugar and Labor; Stage is Set for Hand to Hand Combat in Battle for Democracy in the Global Economy
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Thursday, June 30, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Our Declaration of Independence From Domination By Middle-Eastern Oil: Developing a Sustainable Energy Policy
As we travel to the beach for the 4th of July, we pay more for gas than ever before. This should be a driving force for us to end the dominance of energy and foreign policy by a destructive, rule and...
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John Buell
Amtrak, Federal Highways, and the Cold War
President Bush wants to end Federal subsidies to Amtrak. The administration argues that the system has wasted nearly a billion dollars a year over the last thirty years. It is time to impose market...
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Saturday, June 25, 2005
Ralph Nader
Hemp for Victory
Congressman Ron Paul, a libertarian from Texas and an obstetrician who has delivered over 6000 babies, is trying to deliver our farmers from a bureaucratic medievalism in Washington that keeps saying...
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Helen Thomas
Word from Bush Could End Prison Abuse
Is President Bush living on Mars? Is he tone deaf? At a news conference last month, he wrote off as an "absurd allegation" the conclusion by Amnesty International that the U.S. prison at Guantanamo...
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Friday, June 24, 2005
Robert Freeman
The NEW New Republican Scam for Social Security
The mocking aphorism about chutzpah has the child who murdered his parents throwing himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan. The Republicans may have outdone even that caricature...
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Thursday, June 23, 2005
Norman Solomon
Voluntary Amnesia in the Service of War
Forget it! That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: "Don't let history get in the way of spin." Evasion smoothes...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Molly Ivins
Dismissing the Evidence
I hope this is not too Inside Baseball, but I am genuinely astonished by what the bloggers call "Mainstream Media." The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times have all gone way...
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Bill Moyers
A Moral Transaction
I must be the luckiest man in television for having been a part of the public broadcasting community for over half my life. I was present at the creation. As a 30-year-old White House policy...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Huck Gutman
Through The Prism of Human Collectivity
William Wordsworth tells us that it is only in retrospect that one can sort out what has been most significant, most telling, in our experience. In his epic poem The Prelude he writes,
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Monday, June 20, 2005
Molly Ivins
Never Steal a Turkey in Lubbock, and Other Tales of Texas Justice
Racism, 'Tuff on Crime' judges and gutless politicians warp the system.
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Saturday, June 18, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Liberty Dollar Bill
It was a simple idea with long arms and legs. It came to eighth grade teacher, Randy Wright in Ashland, Virginia during a night time dream. He related it to his students who agreed to take it forward...
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Friday, June 17, 2005
Molly Ivins
Destroying PBS
Bush political operative says he'll erase bias at PBS... by inserting bias by Molly Ivins
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Andrew Greeley
Expect Terrorists to Bring War to Us
In May there were 90 suicide bombings in Iraq. That means that 90 young Arabs, mostly from Saudi Arabia, smuggled themselves into Iraq through Syria, fastened a jacket of explosives around their...
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Norman Solomon
The Killing Street Memo
Keep them behind the war curve. While some Americans are exposing the deception for the latest war, steadily lay the groundwork for the next one.
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Thursday, June 16, 2005
Jonathan Schell
The Exception Is the Rule
Sometimes the truth of a large, confusing historical enterprise can be glimpsed in a single news report. Such is the case in regard to the Iraq War, it seems to me, with the recent story in the...
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Michele Simon
Another State Falls Prey to the Junk Food Lobby
On Tuesday, Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell vetoed what would have been the nation's strongest school-based nutrition law. With one stroke of the pen, she put to rest an extremely contentious three-...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
James Carroll
Nixon's Madman Strategy
"I call it the madman theory, Bob," Richard Nixon said to Robert Haldeman. With the recent revelation of the identity of ''Deep Throat," the nation's memory has been cast back to the Watergate crisis...
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Friday, June 10, 2005
Naomi Klein
A Noose, Not a Bracelet
Gordon Brown has a new idea about how to "make poverty history" in time for the G-8 summit in Scotland. With Washington so far refusing to double its aid to Africa by 2015, the British Chancellor is...
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Thursday, June 9, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Reason, Extremism And The Right To Life
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - - Our intelligence is being insulted by narrow and extreme political partisanship.
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Gore Vidal
Something Rotten in Ohio
Outside the oil and gas junta that controls two and a half branches of our government (the half soon to be whole is the judiciary), there was a good deal of envy at the late British election among...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Deborah James
Bush at OAS: Same Old "Free Trade" Tune
This weekend, foreign ministers and ambassadors of 34 nations of the western hemisphere met in Ft Lauderdale, Florida at the 35th meeting of the Organization of American States. The meeting occurs...
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Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Naomi Klein
Torture's Part of the Territory
Brace yourself for a flood of gruesome new torture snapshots. Last week, a federal judge ordered the Defense Department to release dozens of additional photographs and videotapes depicting prisoner...
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Monday, June 6, 2005
Norman Solomon
From Watergate to Downing Street -- Lying for War
You wouldn't know it from the media focus on Deep Throat last week, but the lies that Richard Nixon told about the Watergate break-in were part of his standard duplicity for the Vietnam War. It wasn'...
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Bill Moyers
'Writing the History of the Revolution is Now Up to You'
This is the prepared text of the speech Bill Moyers gave at Take Back America: The Conference for America's Future, sponsored by the Institute for America's Future, in Washington on Friday, June 3,...
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Sunday, June 5, 2005
David Cay Johnston
Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
When F. Scott Fitzgerald pronounced that the very rich "are different from you and me," Ernest Hemingway's famously dismissive response was: "Yes, they have more money." Today he might well add: much...
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Ralph Nader
Do Your Part, the Way Co-op America Does
One of my favorite publications-one that you may never have heard about-is the 'Co-op America Quarterly: Economic Actions for a Just Planet'. The current issue is devoted to "The Promise of the Solar...
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Friday, June 3, 2005
William Greider
Lies, Guts & Deep Throat
In the context of Washington intrigue, W. Mark Felt was heroic in the scale of his clandestine truth-telling, but he was not unique. These transactions by insiders are routine and often motivated by...
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Caroline Arnold
Writing "Truth" on the Sidewalk: Who Do We Think We Are?
Truth: A private virtue or a public reality? A moral or a logical category? A set of non-negotiable facts, or a consensus about the way the world is? What's its opposite -- falsity, fiction, omission...
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Thursday, June 2, 2005
Norman Solomon
War Made Easy: From Vietnam to Iraq
On February 27, 1968, I sat in a small room on Capitol Hill. Around a long table, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was in session, taking testimony from an administration official. Most of all...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Sell the Gold, Free the Poor
When historians look back over the last 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis. Now, finally, the rich countries have agreed to cancel the debts of the...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005
John Buell
What European Crisis?
If you read the business press--from the Wall Street Journal to The Economist (London)-- you might conclude that Western Europe is on the verge of collapse. Such rhetoric has only been stoked by...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Ralph Nader, Kevin Zeese
The 'I' Word: Impeachment
The impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.
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Monday, May 30, 2005
Barbara Garson
True Believers at the World Bank: Rigid Ideology is a Threat, Not an Asset
A few decades after the end of the war that he managed, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara told us that the Vietnam War had been a mistake and he apologized. Great. But when, I'd like to know,...
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Thursday, May 26, 2005
Norman Solomon
The Silent Media Curse of Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend brings media rituals. Old Glory flutters on television and newsprint. Grave ceremonies and oratory pay homage to the fallen. Many officials and pundits speak of remembering the...
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Jonathan Schell
A Revolution in American Nuclear Policy
A metaphorical "nuclear option" -- the cutoff of debate in the Senate on judicial nominees -- has just been defused, but a literal nuclear option, called "global strike," has been created in its...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Howard Zinn
Against Discouragement
In 1963, historian Howard Zinn was fired from Spelman College, where he was chair of the History Department, because of his civil rights activities. This year, he was invited back to give the...
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Molly Ivins
Duck and Cover Time
Texas lege enshrines anti-gay provision in state constitution
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Monday, May 23, 2005
Naomi Klein
Purging the Poor
Outside the 2,000-bed temporary shelter in Baton Rouge's River Center, a Church of Scientology band is performing a version of Bill Withers's classic "Use Me"--a refreshingly honest choice. "If it...
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Norman Solomon
And Now, It's Time For... "Media Jeopardy!"
The endless show that seems to fill America's every waking moment -- and many of its nightmares -- could be called "Media Jeopardy!" Before proceeding, here's a reminder of the rules: Listen to the...
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Sunday, May 22, 2005
John Buell
In Need of Lifeline, Labor Must Rethink its History and Future
Once again labor leaders are debating new approaches to organizing. Service Employee International Union President Andy Stein has proposed the consolidation of existing unions to avoid jurisdictional...
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Friday, May 20, 2005
Deborah James
Landless Peasants March in Brazil, Build a new Road by Walking
On May 17th, Brazilian news media reported that 50 people were injured as landless peasants clashed with police. Like our corporate media in the U.S., this focus overshadowed the real story; that 12,...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Pierre Tristam
Perpetual Wars, Poor Returns for America
In 1962 the Pentagon contracted with a four-company combine known as RMK-BRJ to build every sea port, every airport, several military bases and the American embassy in South Vietnam. It was one of...
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Molly Ivins
Don't Blame Newsweek
Despite sloppiness, Newsweek didn't fabricate Koran story
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Monday, May 16, 2005
Howard Zinn
The Scourge of Nationalism
I cannot get out of my mind the recent news photos of ordinary Americans sitting on chairs, guns on laps, standing unofficial guard on the Arizona border, to make sure no Mexicans cross over into the...
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Norman Solomon
News Media and "the Madness of Militarism"
Media activism has achieved a lot. But I don't believe there's anything to be satisfied with -- considering the present-day realities of corporate media and the warfare state.
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Jeff Cohen
Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations. And tell your friends.
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Bill Moyers
Take Public Broadcasting Back
Closing address National Conference on Media Reform St. Louis, Missouri May 15, 2005 I can’t imagine better company on this beautiful Sunday morning in St. Louis. You’re church for me today, and...
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
Ralph Nader
American's Right to Know War News
An astonishing message came forth on May 12, 2005 from ABC News political unit's The Note. I shall quote verbatim from Mark Halperin and his associate editors: "We say with all the genuine apolitical...
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Nancy Snow
Media is a Battlefield
Missouri morphed into the "Show Media" state as the 2005 National Conference on Media Reform got underway Friday in downtown St. Louis. The war in Iraq, this week's public protests and deaths in...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Molly Ivins
They Lied to Us
Memo proves leadership knew Saddam was not a threat
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Bernie Sanders
Remote Control: Uncle Sam Turning into Big Brother
In his 2004 inaugural address, President Bush spoke repeatedly about the need to bring freedom and liberty to the world. In fact, he was so focused on the concept that he referenced the word “freedom...
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Saturday, May 7, 2005
Sam Husseini
Toward Global Dialogue: Can We Talk?
DAMASCUS, SYRIA –- "Can I use your first name in an article that I write?" I asked. "Yes, my name is 'S-A-P'" came the reply. That's how my evening of talking with young "South Park"-watching Syrians...
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Friday, May 6, 2005
Arnie Alpert
Can CAFTA Before it Destroys Sovereignty and Small Farms
Peter Allgeier, the acting U.S. trade representative, says CAFTA, the proposed trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic, would double U.S. agricultural exports to the region...
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Molly Ivins
'Indexing' Your Benefits
Attention, all campers! "Progressive indexing" is just another word for "cutting Social Security benefits." Do not be fooled by this idiot locution. Just as sure as "extraordinary rendition" now...
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Lizzy Ratner
Amy Goodman's 'Empire'
How a prospective biochemist became a muckraker and champion of media reform
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Thursday, May 5, 2005
Naomi Klein
How to End the War
EDITORS' NOTE: The following essay is adapted from remarks made at the National Teach-in on Iraq sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. The teach-in was held on March 24,...
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Tom Gallagher
George McGovern: Still Out There
In this third mind-numbing year of the Iraq War, with George Bush continuing to do for the name of democracy what Joseph Stalin once did for socialism, it may be hard to imagine that these could...
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Jonathan Schell
Nuclear Renaissance: Our New Nuclear Age
The review conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), a five-yearly event, opened in New York on May 2 without benefit of an agenda. The conference had no agenda because the world has...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Robert Freeman
Is Iraq a Success? Just Ask Humpty Dumpty
In "Through the Looking Glass," Lewis Carroll's companion book to "Alice in Wonderland," Humpty Dumpty harumphs to Alice, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005
James Carroll
America's Mortal Secret
The holiest acreage in America was consecrated in an act of revenge. Beating a retreat back to Washington from their defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Union soldiers crossed into the property...
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Saturday, April 30, 2005
Helen Thomas
Commanders Responsible for Abu Ghraib
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has got to be kidding. It turns out that only those rogue enlisted men and women and one woman general are to blame for the horrifying treatment of prisoners and detainees...
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Jerry Lembcke
Debunking a Spitting Image
STORIES ABOUT spat-upon Vietnam veterans are like mercury: Smash one and six more appear. It's hard to say where they come from. For a book I wrote in 1998 I looked back to the time when the spit was...
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Friday, April 29, 2005
John Kampfner
Tony Blair: The Blundering Actions of a Desperate Man
The story is worse than people think. Now that the government has been forced to disclose the full legal advice submitted by Lord Goldsmith, the extent to which Parliament and the country were misled...
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Norman Solomon
Iraq: War, Aid and Public Relations
American news outlets provided extensive -- and mostly laudatory -- coverage of Marla Ruzicka after she died in Baghdad on April 16. The humanitarian aid worker's undaunted spirit and boundless...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Ralph Nader
Lack of Democracy in the U.S.
In spreading democracy throughout the world, brazen hypocrisy prevails for Bush-Cheney
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Norman Solomon
Intervention Spin Cycle
Forty years ago, on the morning of April 26, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson spoke with a top State Department official about fast-moving events in the Dominican Republic. A popular rebellion was on...
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