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Thursday, July 12, 2007
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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Christopher Brauchli
The King Can Do No Wrong
That the king can do no wrong is a necessary and fundamental principle of the English constitution. -- Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries It was not enough to select him president. Now they've gone...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Killing the Money Primary
July 4th's Washington Post featured a front-page story about how campaign contributors heavily favored Democrats in the three-month period that ended last weekend, giving three dollars to the party's...
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Ari Berman
A Clinton Spy Scandal?
When news of the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretapping program became public, Senator Hillary Clinton called the eavesdropping "strange" and "far-fetched." In a fundraising email she went on...
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Live Earth Concerts: Enjoy the Show, Then Vote Green
On this day of the Live Earth concerts, it is appropriate to ask whether music performances can preserve the planet. A measure of skepticism is appropriate. For all the good intentions of George...
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Alaa Bayoumi
Another Futile PR Stunt Abroad
DOHA, Qatar -- PRESIDENT BUSH has a unique ability to stick to his policies and rhetoric even if reality and practice prove them wrong. His recent announcement that he will appoint a special envoy to...
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Harvey Wasserman
Freedom for Leonard Peltier, Jail for Scooter Libby
In all the hand-wringing about George Bush's ghastly commutation for Scooter Libby, the name that should resonate most is that of Leonard Peltier. While the junta's henchmen walk free, this great...
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Larry Beinhart
Coming Out of the Republican Closet: Queer for Segregation
One of the pillars of the contemporary Republican Party has been racism. They have made great efforts to mask it with euphemisms so that they can use code words to let anti-black voters know what...
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Friday, July 6, 2007
Michael Moore
BlueCross Secret Memo Re: 'Sicko'
Friends, An employee who works at Capital BlueCross has sent us a confidential memo written and circulated by its Vice President of Corporate Communications, Barclay Fitzpatrick. His job, it seems,...
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John Nichols
More Than The Money Primary
Let us establish a simple standard with regard to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination: Any candidate who raises more in a quarter than all the Democratic candidates did in a parallel...
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It's Contempt of Congress
No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced last week that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that...
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Corporate Crime Reporter
Corporate Crime Excised from the American Mainstream
On February 27, 2007, the Wall Street Journal ran a story under the following headline:"Korean Court Aids Push to Curb Corporate Crime." What is so unusual about this headline? What is so unusual is...
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David Michael Green
It's Scalia Time!
Thirty-three years ago, on assuming the presidency in the wake of Richard Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford famously sought to ease the worries of a troubled nation with these words: "My fellow...
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Carol Hamilton
The State, That's Me!
The presidential pardon is a vestige of monarchy. A few years ago a contributor to The Nation referred to Bush as George II. I wrote in to correct him; that's not how the Brits and other nations...
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Mark LeVine
Why Live Earth Will Fail
Tomorrow the world will once again be blessed with a world wide concert featuring the leading concerned citizens of the rock 'n roll world playing for free (although all the free publicity certainly...
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Scott Ritter
A Farewell to Arms Control
The organization that was at the center of the maelstrom of the Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction fiasco, responsible for bringing the world to the brink of war on no fewer than a half-dozen...
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Daniel Ellsberg
Scooter Libby and Mordechai Vanunu
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Rosa Brooks
Shame on Bush -- and Us
THE MEDIA'S Stockholm syndrome finally seems to be wearing off. Like freed hostages who gradually cease to identify with their captors, mainstream media outlets seem to have been seized by a new...
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Gen. William Odom
'Supporting the Troops' Means Withdrawing Them
Every step the Democrats in Congress have taken to force the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has failed. Time and again, President Bush beats them into submission with charges of failing to "...
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Patrick Cockburn
Smokescreen for the War Blown Away
If asparagus and not oil was Iraq's leading export then the determination of the US, Britain and Australia to continue occupying the country would certainly be less than it is. Asked why the US...
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Robert Shetterly
The Goop Pond
I began writing this essay on the morning of the 4th of July, 2007. It was a beneficent morning on the coast of Maine where I live. Cloudless sky, soft breeze, temperature in the seventies, a few...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Summer of Love '07: On a Journey for Humanity
The other day I came out of my short retirement due to yet another Bush flagrant abuse of power. We decided that we would walk from Atlanta to DC to gather a people's movement for humanity. The...
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Shannon Hall
Children in the Justice System Should Have the Same Rights as Scooter Libby
Does a defendant's background matter for sentencing purposes? President Bush apparently thinks that it does, because he cited Scooter Libby's background and service to his country as a reason to...
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Sidney Blumenthal
America's 21st Century Monarchy
Before Bush commuted Libby's sentence, did he bother to read the Declaration of Independence, or did he just consult Cheney?
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Michael Hardt
Take the Revolutionary Road
The US has been the world's principal anti-revolutionary force for almost a century. As Thomas Jefferson would have said, it's time to rebel.
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Elizabeth Sullivan
Bush White House Likes a Guy with Conviction(s)
Now that Scooter Libby isn't going to jail, he can take heart at some of the employment prospects that could await him. Presidential clemency may be a long-honored tradition going back to George...
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Johann Hari
The Future of the Earth Depends on China
If you live in Beijing and simply breathe the air, it has the same effect as 20 cigarettes a day
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Haroon Siddiqui
Bush Duplicity Hinders Battle Against Extremism
So, it is the terrorist Hamas that gets the kidnapped BBC correspondent Alan Johnston released. That's just one of many ironies of the American-Israeli - and Canadian - approach to the Arab-Israeli...
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US Supreme Court Helen Thomas
High Court Takes Giant Steps Backward
WASHINGTON -- The new Supreme Court is more conservative than it has been in decades. It's also meaner. It is a dream come true for Republican presidencies dating back to the "strict constructionist...
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Next, A Libby Pardon
President George Bush can go no lower in the polls, so expect him to compound his disregard for justice with a full pardon of I. Lewis Libby. Commuting the sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney's...
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Rod Dreher
War: Doleful Pleas of a Father
I have spent the last two weeks carrying around a chunk of bloody flesh. It is masquerading as a paperback novel called All Quiet on the Western Front , but in truth, it's the ravaged heart of a man...
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Thom Hartmann
The Libby Commutation: Coincidence, or Conspiracy?
The President of the United States has the unrestrained Power of granting Pardons for Treason; which may be sometimes exercised to screen from punishment those whom he had secretly instigated to...
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Norman Solomon
A Bloody Media Mirror
Many of America's most prominent journalists want us to forget what they were saying and writing more than four years ago to boost the invasion of Iraq. Now, they tiptoe around their own roles in...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Olga Bonfiglio
Walking the Talk of Peacemaking
Peacemaking is a passive activity, right? Or at least it's an absence of war. Yes?After spending 18 months of observing and talking with local peace activists since the start of this war with Iraq, I...
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Dave Lindorff
Pelosi on Impeachment and Defending the Constitution: It's Just Not Worth It
In a fascinating article interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, reporters Mike Stark and Dave Johnson get Pelosi to admit that she had decided "at least a year ago," before Democrats had even...
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Linda Milazzo
Danny Schechter's "A Work In Progress: Putting The Me in Media"
Today I received an in-depth blog from Danny Schechter (The News Dissector), reporting from Durbin, South Africa where he's screening his film, "In Debt We Trust." This was the second blog Danny has...
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Phyllis Stenerson
Renewing America's Promise
"What the American people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise." -- Barbara Jordan On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted as the foundational document...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
The Most Patriotic Act Of All
The Nation has always marched to a different drummer , opposing US involvement in the Spanish-American War and World War I and the Vietnam War , while giving all-out support to the US effort in World...
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