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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sidney Blumenthal
Imperial Presidency Declared Null and Void
Bush May Ignore The 4th Circuit's Stinging Rebuke of His War Paradigm. But His Policies are Losing The Cloak of Legality.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
US Is Fighting A Contractor War
No matter how hard it surges, America's military can't over come the handicaps of war on the cheap -- including an overabundance of private contractors. Iraq may be the most privatized war in U.S...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Dividing Palestinians Won't Work
There is panic in Ottawa, Washington, Jerusalem and European capitals over Hamas's stunning military rout of Fatah in the Gaza Strip. The 18-month-long Western policy — which the Stephen Harper...
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Ryan Grim
When Did Bush Know About Abu Ghraib?
Seymour Hersh is at it again . The investigative reporter who breaks stories like they're rotten two-by-fours has a major scoop in the latest issue of The New Yorker . He wraps the piece around...
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Robert Weissman
SiCKO, Part I: The Human Tragedy
When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas. Memos started shooting around, warning...
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Joyce Marcel
Good Fences Do Not Make Good Neighbors
Some of our most dramatic quotations come from walls. Who could ever forget, "Mr. Gorbechav, tear down this wall!" Or, "You can see the Great Wall of China from the moon." (Which turned out to be...
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Gail Johnson
The Hillary Dilemma: Does Sisterhood Trump Peace?
"It is so wonderful that Hillary is running," said my luncheon companion. "At last, we will have a woman President." It is a popular sentiment. The week before Jane asked a group of political women...
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John Nichols
Who's Afraid of Liberalism? The GOP
How scared are the folks over at the Republican National Committee as they head toward an election cycle in which their party's hold on at least one branch of the federal government — which they've...
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Marie Cocco
On Iraq, the Candidates are Frozen in Time
WASHINGTON—Cool the rhetorical heat and you uncover a single goal that President Bush, congressional Democrats and the presidential candidates from both parties emphatically agree upon: Iraq, they...
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Ellen Goodman
The Bigots are Coming! The Bigots are Coming!
BOSTON—Back in 2004, a month before the first wedding bells rang for same-sex couples, then-Gov. Mitt Romney offered his opinion that "Massachusetts should not become the Las Vegas of same-sex...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
John Nichols
"Heckuva job, Alberto!"
The campaign to impeach Alberto Gonzales -- organized by Democracy for America and filmmaker Robert "Outfoxed" Greenwald's Brave New Films crew under the slogan "President Bush won't fire Attorney...
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Robert Scheer
Hamas Holds the High Cards
Forty years ago, I entered the Gaza Strip—soon after Israel had conquered that teeming cauldron of humanity after defeating Egypt in the Six-Day War—to report on the Israelis' bubbling optimism about...
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Alan Weber
'All War Is Local'
I'm living now in Santa Fe, a lovely city of some 70,000 people far from the media glare of the Boston-Washington corridor, which was my home for more than 20 years. About a month ago, I flew back to...
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Amy Goodman
'SiCKO': Michael Moore's Prescription for Change
Michael Moore screened his new film, "SiCKO," on Father's Day at a special New York event honoring Sept. 11 first responders. Moore spoke of their heroism and recognized their role in the film. "...
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Attack On Mothers
The poisonous public attacks on Katie Wright this week--for revealing that her autistic son Christian (grandson of NBC Chair Bob Wright), has recovered significant function after chelation treatments...
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Bruce Friedrich
Britain's Environment Agency: Go Vegetarian to Stop Climate Change
I'm tempted to move to Britain, and not just because I saw an early screening of Michael Moore's amazing new movie, Sicko (go see it; tell all your friends). What got me is that an official with the...
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Anne and Christopher Ellinger
Baby Boomers Becoming Bolder Givers
Why don't affluent Baby Boomers give more money away? We ask this question not to guilt-trip, as Boomer slang would put it, but because solving some urgent social problems hangs on the answer. People...
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Joe Brewer
Debating Energy as if Communities Mattered
Congress is debating legislation that will impact our capacity to address the global warming crisis. An energy bill, titled the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007...
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Olga Bonfiglio
And the Times, They Are A-Changin'
To hear Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu´ Tum tell it, the world is on the verge of a "New Time" where harmony and a re-connection with Nature will win over the violent death and...
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
Countering Terrorism - How Not To Do It
June 19, 2007 MEMORANDUM FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Countering Terrorism - How Not To Do It On June 6, 2002, former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley testified before...
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Marie Cocco
Kellogg's Advertising Diet
WASHINGTON—Arrivederci, Apple Jacks. Hello, reconstituted Rice Krispies. "What are we going to do about Pop-Tarts?" wonders David Mackay, chief executive of the Kellogg Company, when I ask about...
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Brian Beutler
Bush to Congress: Drop Dead
Well, it's official: President Bush doesn't much respect the laws Congress passes. A Government Accountability Office report—commissioned by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and...
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Robert Borosage
Take Back America: 'This Is Our Time'
These are opening remarks at the fifth annual Take Back America Conference in Washington, a meeting of 3,000 leaders and activists from across the country and across the tribes of the progressive...
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George Monbiot
Children's Health Is Coming Second to The Profits of Baby Formula Peddlers
Like most of the world, I was mistaken. I thought that the aggressive promotion of baby formula was a problem confined to the poorer nations, where weak or complicit governments are pushed around by...
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Michael Winship
George Bush and the First Person Possessive
There's a famous, possibly apocryphal story about Lyndon Johnson visiting Vietnam during his presidency. On a carrier flight deck, he started striding toward a helicopter when a Navy officer said to...
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John Logan
Tony Blair's Real Legacy: Minimum Wage and Union Recognition
On June 27th Tony Blair will stand down after a decade as Britain's Prime Minister. Unfortunately for Mr. Blair, he is now far more likely to win popularity contests on this side of the Atlantic, and...
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Cindy Sheehan
Turn, Turn, Turn
To everything there is a season. A time for war, a time for peace. Ecclesiastes, Hebrew Scriptures I wish I could say I thought of something profound as I saw the president and his wife's picture on...
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Jeff Leys
Break Time Is Over: Building Nonviolent Resistance to the 2008 Iraq War Supplemental
On August 6, Congress begins its month long recess. August 6 also marks the start of Year 62 After Hiroshima-the one and only time that nuclear weapons were used. And it marks Year 17 After Iraq...
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Ralph Nader
Is Hillary Clinton A Political Weather Vane or A Political Compass?
Consider her latest detour from the NAFTA and WTO policies of her husband. Last week she announced her opposition to the proposed trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea. The place for her...
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Jeremy Brecher & Brendan Smith
A Moratorium Wired to Stop the War
Though Americans disapprove of President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq by more than two to one, they don't seem to be expressing that disapproval to anyone but pollsters. A plan to...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Blackstone Greed
Thank you, Blackstone, for being so greedy. Your decision to go public in an IPO has, at long last, led to much-needed scrutiny and legislation that may upend the rules of the game in which secretive...
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Arianna Huffington
Iraq: The Battle For September Has Already Begun
According to the White House -- and to the dwindling number of Congressional dead-enders still backing the war in Iraq -- we have to wait until September to be able to judge whether President Bush's...
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Chris Hedges,
A Culture of Atrocity
All troops, when they occupy and battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are swiftly placed in what the psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton terms "atrocity-producing situations." In this...
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Peter Preston
It Has Got To Be Al Gore
If he is as serious about climate change as he says he is, he has to run for the US presidency
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial
Childhood Collateral Damage
That wars yield collateral damage is something we know, but tend not to dwell upon. It's just too horrible to think of. The worst of the worst of those unbearable thoughts has to be what becomes of...
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Andrew J. Bacevich
More Troops, More Troubles
Candidates Who Call For Beefing Up Our Armed Forces to Deter Terrorism Show a Profound Misunderstanding of the Mideast.
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James Carroll
War's Sacred Toll
Last week, explosions once again tore through the great Askariya mosque in Samarra, one of the Shi'ite faith's most revered shrines. Its massive golden dome had been destroyed by bombs last year, and...
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Karen Greenberg
The Plight of American Prisoners in Iran
For Americans, it should be startling to see the word "detainee" suddenly appear in a different country, on a different continent, and referring not to alleged jihadi terrorists but to a group of...
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Medea Benjamin
Confronting Joe Lieberman to Stop a War With Iran
On June 10, Senator Joe Lieberman said on CBS Face the Nation that he had seen incontrovertible evidence that Iran was training and equipping Iraqi extremists to kill American soldiers and that we...
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Norman Solomon
War at the Remote
It's a popular notion: TV sets and other media devices let us in on the violence of war. "Look, nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens," President Bush told a news conference...
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Rosa Maria Pegueros
Where Have All The Young Ones Gone?
They saunter into my classroom alone or with friends, at the height of their youthful beauty. They may be 17 or they may be 22; they may dress in classic preppy style or, more likely, they may have...
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Sunday, June 17, 2007
Mikhail Gorbachev
US Needs to Exit Iraq
Clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents throughout Iraq, political maneuvering in the United States over its presence there and the repercussions of that presence around the world leave no doubt...
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John Nichols
Dysfunctional Debate, Dysfunctional Policies
The tragedy of Washington's narrow to the point of dysfunctional "debate" about the Middle East is that few American political players are willing to comment in a serious manner about the fact that...
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Caroline Arnold
A New Iliad: The Fixation of Dubya or The Wrath of the American People?
"I sing the Wrath of Achilles" ... proclaims the opening verse of the Iliad.Scholars generally agree that the Iliad originated in orally generated and transmitted stories, scenes and characters...
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Anatole Kaletsky
Why We Must Break with the American Crazies
When Gordon Brown returned from his fact-finding tour of Iraq on Monday, he proclaimed the importance of learning from our mistakes but also of looking forward instead of backward. Did this admission...
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Lori Sturdevant
Were Voters Saying Give Peace a Chance?In the last election and the next, the Iraq war may be the only issue that counts.
Former Gov. Wendell Anderson's name hasn't been on a ballot in 29 years, but his political antenna remains in fine working condition. (Minnesotans who remember the late 1970s will recall its singular...
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Saturday, June 16, 2007
Robert Fisk
Welcome to 'Palestine'
How troublesome the Muslims of the Middle East are. First, we demand that the Palestinians embrace democracy and then they elect the wrong party - Hamas - and then Hamas wins a mini-civil war and...
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Christopher Brauchli
Bush Warming to Global Warming
What man has made, man can change. — Fred M. Vinson, Arlington Nat'l Cemetery Memorial Day Speech 1945 It was a confusing few days for the climate and those affected by it. On May 22, 2007, Robert...
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Bill Moyers
Begging His Pardon
We have yet another remarkable revelation of the mindset of Washington's ruling clique of neoconservative elites -- the people who took us to war from the safety of their Beltway bunkers. Even as...
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Reese Erlich
Blowback In Lebanon
Has the U.S. Helped Create Another Jihadist Monster?
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Rick Perlstein
'Honest Conservatives': Oxymoron?
Brad DeLong, the remarkably erudite and morally penetrating blogger and economics professor, has been writing some very useful things about the question of "honest conservatism"—the understandable,...
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Brian Beutler
Honoring Emmett Till
W ho says bipartisanship is dead? Well, actually, a lot of people do. And they're mainly correct. But every now and then, some animating force—a just cause, a moving story, an unexpected event—will,...
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William Powers & Glenn Hurowitz
Home On The Rainforest
Deep within Madagascar, more than 1,300 square miles of rainforest continue to breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen every day, helping to keep the planet cool. That may not seem like a...
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Jacqueline Marcus
A Powerful, Massive Protest: Diminish the Corporate Media's Power by Turning off Your TV for Good!
It pleases the Bush administration that the majority of Americans will not hit the streets of D.C. to protest their unconstitutional war crimes. They haven't time, but they would still like to do...
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Arnie Patterson
Our Southern Neighbors; A Canadian Perspective
The United States is losing its closest and best ally. While hostility to the U.S. is rampant throughout the world, this largely related to the Iraq war, surprisingly the reaction of most Canadians,...
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Mandy Benson
Title IX Turns Thirty-Five
On June 23, 1972, Congress passed the federal law that has become known as 'Title IX.' It succinctly states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Tyranny By Ballot
Opponents of gay marriage say democracy was stolen by the Massachusetts Legislature. Former governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, "Unfortunately, our elected...
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Friday, June 15, 2007
John Dean
Scooter Libby's Appeal: The Focus Shifts To the Highly Political U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
On June 14, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton rejected the motion filed by Scooter Libby, asking to remain out of prison while he files his appeal, seeking to overturn his conviction for false...
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Tony Norman
A 'Gay Bomb'? Let It Rip!
Dr. Strangelove has nothing on the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. Thirteen years ago, the lab asked the Pentagon for $7.5 million to research a scheme to create a bomb capable of...
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Gary Leupp
The Day After We Strike Iran
Let us suppose that the Bush-Cheney administration answers the neocons' prayer and does indeed bomb Iran sometime soon. The plan apparently involves more than the destruction of nuclear facilities,...
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Rosa Brooks
United, Not Divided -- Against Bush
You know you've got a problem when only the Albanians welcome you with open arms — and even then you need to take your watch off to keep them from stealing it. This is what it's come down to for...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
Ring The Wedding Bells
Let the wedding bells ring 151 times for gay couples and a courageous commonwealth. Not only did the Massachusetts Legislature vote 151-45 today to block a proposed constitutional amendment to ban...
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George Galloway
The Threat to al-Jazeera
Since its launch just over a decade ago, the al-Jazeera satellite TV station has transformed the politics of the Middle East. For the first time, people in the region had access to a genuinely free...
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John Nichols
Faithful Lose Faith in Their President
Could it possibly get any worse for George Bush? Could he possibly be any less popular? Yes, if diehard Republicans start to abandon him. And that, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street...
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Robert Borosage
Bush Shafts Enron Victims
Wall Street's investment banks just got another one step closer to making defrauding investors an accepted line of business. And Enron's employees who lost their pensions and the small investors who...
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Marie Cocco
From Katrina to Gonzales: Incompetence Reigns
WASHINGTON—Now that there will be no vote of "no confidence" in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, we must ask an impertinent question: What, exactly, are we supposed to have confidence in? Certainly...
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Eugene Robinson
The 'Surge' Bait and Switch
WASHINGTON—Here's a surprise: Remember how we were told that if we just waited until the fall, we'd see that George W. Bush's "surge" was working in Iraq? Well, now it turns out that we shouldn't...
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Michael Klare
The Pentagon v. Peak Oil
How Wars of the Future May Be Fought Just to Run the Machines That Fight Them
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Arianna Huffington
How Many Will Die Before Petraeus Tells Us What We Already Know?
Be afraid. The ghosts of campaigns past are once again haunting the Democratic Party. Remember 2004, and how the Kerry camp couldn't decide whether to highlight the war and national security or to...
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Naomi Klein
Gaza: Not Just a Prison, a Laboratory
Gaza in the hands of Hamas, with masked militants sitting in the president's chair; the West Bank on the edge; Israeli army camps hastily assembled in the Golan Heights; a spy satellite over Iran and...
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Chris Cooper
Open To Pain And Crossed By The Rain
Of what good use am I to anyone? This is a question not so easily answered and not as often asked as it should be, I think. And it is a query more commonly put to themselves by the honest, the decent...
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Ira Chernus
US and Israel Stir Up Palestinian Crisis
It's so obvious that Fatah and Hamas should work together to achieve an independent Palestine. Not long ago, they were proclaiming their unity. So why are they now destroying each other? If you get...
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David Michael Green
What Every American Should Know About Iraq
Some people think that anyone who disagrees with the American invasion and occupation of Iraq is either a bleeding-heart liberal appeaser, a George W. Bush hater, a blame America firster, an...
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John Zogby
Will Katrina Be Our Defining Moment
I have been saying for some time that the top issue in the 2008 presidential campaign is going to be the Iraq war, with the war on terror a clear second. This is not rocket science; our polling has...
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Glenn W. Smith
What the Media Is Missing about the Summer of Love
On a dark Texas highway in November 1967, a fourteen-year-old boy rides beside his father in an old Chevy pickup. The radio's off; there's a mist on the road through which the headlamps cut tunnels...
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Olga Bonfiglio
Flag Day
A big, red, Ford pick-up truck was parked in the handicapped spot of the YMCA lot one day. It had a small American flag flying out its window and "God Bless America" and "Support President Bush and...
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Charu Saxena
Our knowledge Has Surpassed Our Wisdom, Which Puts Us in Grave Danger
We fall short in knowing facts, and yet we achieve much. What will we do with it?
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Haroon Siddiqui
Obama's Muslim Heritage
JAKARTA—Barack Hussein Obama Jr. spent part of his youth here in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. The entrance foyer to his elementary school has a photograph, 2 metres by 1.3...
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Johann Hari
Stem-Cell Research Is Liberation Biology - and The Religious Objectors Are Costing Lives
The Religious Damned Organ Donation, Autopsies, IVF and Even Pasteurised Milk
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David Suzuki
Keeping An Eye On Transgenic Crops
Did you know that genetically modified, or "transgenic" crops are now commonplace on North American farms? According to a recent survey in the United States, the majority of Americans have no idea...
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Laura Flanders
Idiot Liberals Strike Again
When will Democratic leaders stop dissing their base? David Obey is making a habit of it. Earlier this year, the Wisconsin veteran, who heads up the House Appropriations Committee called anti-war...
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César Chelala, Alejandro Garro
Texaco's Toxic Legacy In Ecuador
It can be considered one of the most unequal battles in the world today. It pits a group of indigenous people in Ecuador, almost totally devoid of material resources, against one of the most powerful...
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Natalie Hudson
For New Grads, Activism Doesn't Pay the Bills
Liberal Youths Are Selling Out to Pay Their Debts
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James Ridgeway
Health Care and the Horse Race
With Americans pegging health care reform as the top domestic priority, the candidates are unveiling their plans. Some are better than others, but none include the changes necessary to take on the...
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John Abbotts
Nuclear Power's Not The Answer
According to recent news reports, the idea of more atomic power plants as a solution to global warming seems to be gaining support in some circles. However, this option is not likely to provide a...
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Roger Cohen
The Cry of The Disappeared
To disappear became a transitive verb in Latin America. Military dictatorships "disappeared" their opponents. That is to say, they kidnapped, tortured, murdered and disposed of them, leaving only an...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush Pushes Iraq Oil Law for ExxonMobil
W ith Iraq going to hell, and the al-Maliki government failing to meet one benchmark after another, Bush is getting desperate. On Sunday, he sent Admiral Fallon, the chief U.S. commander in the...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
It's Not About Dan and Katie
When asked about his view of CBS Evening News during a radio interview with MSNBC's Chuck Scarborough on Monday, Dan Rather said network execs had tried to boost ratings by "dumbing it down and...
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Eric Lotke
America's Progressive Majority
The façade of conservative political dominance is crumbling. The disintegration runs deeper than public disaffection with the Bush administration's catastrophic failures and is more fundamental...
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Ellen Goodman
Science Progresses Despite Politics
BOSTON—By now you may be forgiven for suspecting that science is tinted—if not entirely tainted—by politics. The arguments over evolution and global warming alone are enough to make anyone believe...
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Russell Mokhiber
Twenty Things You Should Know About Corporate Crime
This is the text of a speech delivered by Russell Mokhiber, editor of Corporate Crime Reporter to the Taming the Giant Corporation conference in Washington, D.C., June 9, 2007: Twenty years ago,...
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Stuart A.P. Murray
Has Baghdad Captured Petraeus?
When top British general Sir William Howe marched his powerful professional army of Redcoats, American Loyalists, and German mercenaries into Philadelphia in 1777 it appeared the American...
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Robert Naiman
By Lieberman's Logic, the US May Have to Bomb Itself
Mount Lieberman erupted again on Sunday, perhaps doing the bidding of the "war, not negotiation" faction of the Administration grouped around Vice President Cheney's office. "I think we've got to be...
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Christina M. Smith
To Catch a Wolf: How to Stop Conservative Frames in Their Tracks
Wolf Blitzer often pretends to be a neutral broadcaster while framing his questions and his news using conservative frames. During the second Democratic debate on June 3, he was caught, and Barack...
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Mark Weisbrot
A New Assertiveness for Latin American Governments
The relationships between governments and investors - especially transnational corporations -are changing rapidly, and this is especially true in Latin America today. Last month, Bolivia, Venezuela,...
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Gen. Wesley Clark
Joe Lieberman Is At It Again
After wrongly supporting George W. Bush's strategic blunder of attacking Iraq, and continuing to support Bush's failed policies after the invasion, Senator Joe Lieberman made irresponsible comments...
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Simon Kelner
Would You Be Saying This, Mr Blair, If We Supported Your War In Iraq?
'Opinion and fact should be clearly divisible. The truth is, a large part of the media today not merely elides the two but does so now as a matter of course. In other words, this is not exceptional...
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Thomas Schaller
When Will We Finally Pull The Plug On Mess In Iraq?
Imagine a bathtub half-full with stagnant water and the drain plugged. Your task: Empty the tub without a pail. Do you: (a) stand there and hope the stagnating water evaporates, (b) turn the spigot...
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Leo Docherty
The Afghans Are Sick of Our Armies Killing Their People
The Scale of Civilian Casualties At The Hands of British and US Forces Is Losing Us The War - As I Know From Experience
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Ruth Conniff
No-Confidence Vote, Appeals Court Ruling Are Two Strikes Against Administration
W ith no one but George Bush and Joe Lieberman in his corner, it must be a drag for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to get up and go to work every morning. The Justice Department insists that...
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