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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Arianna Huffington
Memo to the Media: Libby Outrage is Not Confined to "the Left"
Here we go again. No sooner had President Bush commuted the sentence of Prisoner 28301-016 ("Cheney's Cheney" to his pals), and the champagne begun to flow at Mary Matalin's house, than the media...
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Robert Scheer
Independence Day for Libby
Whatever happened to "don't do the crime if you can't do the time," which allows tough-love conservatives to cheerfully sentence petty criminals to incarceration? Suddenly, no prison time for perjury...
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Amy Goodman
The High Cost of Libby's Silence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," says the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. Unless, of course, you are a friend of the president. By commuting "...
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Keith Olbermann
I Accuse You, Mr. Bush...
"I didn't vote for him," an American once said, "But he's my president, and I hope he does a good job."That-on this eve of the 4th of July-is the essence of this democracy, in 17 words. And that is...
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Mark Morford
Scooter Libby In Hell
What do Dick Cheney, Paris Hilton, "The Sopranos" and colon spasms have in common? Find out here!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Cindy Sheehan
Call Out The Instigator
Call out the Instigator Because there's something in the air We got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution's here You know it's right! -Thunderclap Newman
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Richard Gwyn
Is The US Mirroring Rome's Fall?
Circling around Washington is a broad swath of highways known as The Beltway. Two Americas exist today: one, "inside the Beltway," is composed of all the people who run the country; the other, "...
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Marie Cocco
America's Approval Rating Takes a Hit
WASHINGTON -- Much of the world still likes our movies, and what used to be called American ingenuity-the scientific and technological genius that cures disease and connected the world through the...
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Ari Melber
Bush Assaults Rule of Law to Save Libby
"The true saint is the person who whips and kills the people for the good of the people." - Charles Baudelaire It is tempting to view the commutation of prison time for Lewis Libby, the disgraced...
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Jesse Jackson
Activist Justices Target Diversity
A quarrelsome claque of five right-wing justices on the Supreme Court of the United States has abandoned the court's historic commitment to integration. These arrogant men scorned judicial precedent...
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George Monbiot
Global Warming: A Sudden Change of State
Reading a scientific paper on the train this weekend, I found, to my amazement, that my hands were shaking. This has never happened to me before, but nor have I ever read anything like it. Published...
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Pierre Tristam
Libby's Pardon: The Failure of Mr. Bush
There was always something excessively distasteful about the Lewis Libby trial. It wasn't the five felony counts of lying to investigators and misleading a grand jury, or his conviction on four of...
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Charles Karel Bouley
Paris Hilton Is Now A Martyr
It's official: Paris Hilton has served more jail time at the hands of an overzealous judge, seen more of the inside of a jail cell, eaten more prison food than Lewis Libby ever will. The Dictator In...
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Gwynne Dyer
Putting Terrorism in Perspective
As terrorists go, this was "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight." One of the would-be London bombers on June 29 drove erratically down Haymarket Street in central London - presumably affected by...
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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial
Trumping the Rule of Law
In commuting the sentence of former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby, President Bush sent the message that perjury and obstruction of justice in the service of the president of the United...
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Megan Tady
Rocking Out To Our Demise
It’ll take more than outdoor concerts to stop global warming
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Bill Quigley
Injustice in Jena: The 'White Tree', A White Judge, White Jury, and White Prosecutor Calling White Witnesses Leads To Conviction of Black Youth
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Michael Winship
Libby: One More Twist in the Yellowcake Road
So much for, "No man is above the law." The chief prosecutor, jury, trial judge -- a Republican he himself appointed to the bench. The federal appeals panel. The majority of public opinion. All...
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Dilip Hiro
The Rising and Falling Power of Hydrocarbon States
The Oil Card is Good For Only a Few Rounds in The Long-Term Game of International Diplomacy
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Dean Baker
The RX From "SiCKO:" More Choice
The pundits are working overtime trying to defuse the message from "SiCKO," Michael Moore's new film. They are trying to convince the public that the United States could not possibly do what every...
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Anne Miller & Kevin Martin
Earth to Bush: Iraq isn't South Korea
The Bush Administration recently pointed to the over-five-decades-long US military presence in South Korea as a successful model for Iraq. The implications of this comparison seemed to escape them...
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Monday, July 2, 2007
James Carroll
CIA's Darkest Secret
Every so often, the front page trumpets ethical and legal lapses committed by US intelligence agencies. In Iraq, they have run the gamut from pre war falsification of weapons data to surveillance of...
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Roger Cohen
The Filthy Rich Are Different From You and Me
With $1 billion in the bank, you have to try hard to avoid getting richer. Assuming a 10 percent rate of return, your arduous task is spending $100 million a year, or about $274,000 a day. Hermes...
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66 Wisconsin Citizens
Baldwin Must Join The Call to Impeach For Peace
Editor's note: This column is directed to Representative Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. If you would like to write the representative(s) from your state you can use the 'Write Your Representative' page...
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Barbara Ehrenreich
This Land is My Land
I took a micro-vacation last week--nine hours in Sun Valley before an evening speaking engagement. The sky was deep blue, the air crystalline, the hills green and not yet on fire. Strolling out of...
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Medea Benjamin
To Those Who Threw a Pie in My Face, Let's Swap Recipes
On the eve of the closing of the first ever US Social Forum in Atlanta, CODEPINK hosted a reception in the Peace and Justice Tent. We raised our glasses in a toast to the historic gathering and the...
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Dave Zweifel
Hightower Highlights Bush Abuses
If you want to know what's going on behind the scenes in George W. Bush's reign as U.S. president, you ought to be subscribing to Texas gadfly Jim Hightower's "Hightower Lowdown." The monthly four-...
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Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr.
An Open Letter to America: Now Is The Time For Us To Stand Up and Stand Together
July 2, 2007 My Fellow Americans: The power of our voices against the U.S. occupation of Iraq is reaching the top echelons of the military and the administration. Our government is persecuting...
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John Nichols
To the Courts, Then, on Behalf of the Constitution!
The founder of the Republic, conscious of the excesses that resulted when King George III and his Parliament cooperated, endeavored to put the legislative and executive branches of the United States...
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Ira Chernus
Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan No Coincidence
NATO bombs killed at least 45 civilians in Afghanistan the other day. If you get your news from the front pages of the U.S. mainstream media, you wouldn't know it. The New York Times did run news...
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Ray McGovern
Bush/Cheney: Unimpeachably Impeachable
Last week's four-part Washington Post feature on Vice President Dick Cheney removed any doubt in my mind as to whether he and President George W. Bush have committed the kinds of high crimes and...
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The Times-Union (New York)
Rescue Plan: Single-Payer System Is The Answer To Public Health Insurance Woes
Michael Moore's documentary "Sicko" indicts private health insurance and calls for its abolition. "Sicko" joins an American tradition that includes Lewis Hine's photographs of child laborers (1908)...
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Chris Hedges,
A Declaration of Independence from Israel
Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed...
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Froma Harrop
These Democrats Do Billionaires' Bidding
One of the less appetizing sights in politics today is Democrats defending laws that tax high-finance buccaneers at lower rates than the police who guard their Aston Martins. While many Democrats are...
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Caroline Arnold
'It is Their Right, It is Their Duty, To Throw Off Such Government '
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such...
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Hank Edson
We Want Our Humanity Represented! Impeachment for Torture, Now!
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Daniel Vallin
Yet Another Look at Moore's Sicko -- Missing the Point
Michael Moore's film Sicko has only been in general release for three days, though over the last month I have read at least 25 reviews and commentaries. All of them seem to have missed the point. The...
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Ryan Blethen
The Loss of Airwave Democracy
PORTLAND, Maine - Localism, like many isms, means different things to different people. This was apparent Thursday night in the auditorium of a Maine high school. The Federal Communications...
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Eric Margolis
Castro Among Many On List
The CIA's release last week of top secret files detailing its illegal activities from the 1960s to the 1970s offered few surprises. The agency's plans to assassinate foreign leaders like Fidel Castro...
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Put Away the Flags
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed...
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Al Gore
Moving Beyond Kyoto
NASHVILLE -- We -- the human species -- have arrived at a moment of decision. It is unprecedented and even laughable for us to imagine that we could actually make a conscious choice as a species, but...
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James Ross
Guantánamo Bay: A Military Insider Speaks Out
It's not every day that a 26-year veteran in U.S. military intelligence puts his career on the line by publicly criticizing a high-profile operation. But Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, an Army reservist...
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Secret Cheney Can't Hide
Vice President Dick Cheney isn't part of the executive branch? Next, Prince William will claim that he isn't a member of the royal family. Yes, Mr. Cheney's antics can be good for a laugh. Before his...
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Bill Moyers
Moyers on Murdoch
If Rupert Murdoch were the Angel Gabriel, you still wouldn't want him owning the sun, the moon, and the stars. That's too much prime real estate for even the pure in heart. But Rupert Murdoch is no...
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Matthew Rothschild
Bush and Cheney Go Down the Nixon Slide
B ush and Cheney are going down the Nixon slide. Bush has decided not to comply with the House and Senate Judiciary Committees' subpoenas for documents dealing with the firing of the U.S. attorneys...
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John Nichols
Another World Is Possible; Another USA is Necessary
ATLANTA -- The political discussion in the United States is, for the most part, disappointing -- not merely because it is too ideologically and intellectually narrow but also because it is too...
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Bruce Shapiro
Supremely Bad Decisions
Chief Justice John Roberts's astonishing claim in the Supreme Court's final ruling of the term, that he is "faithful to the heritage" of Brown v. Board of Education--while explicitly invalidating...
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Jemima Lewis
America Could Do With a Few Feral Beasts
There is a thin line between respectable and supine, and US journalism is on the wrong side
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Ken Silverstein
Undercover, Under Fire
Earlier this year, I put on a brand-new tailored suit, picked up a sleek leather briefcase and headed to downtown Washington for meetings with some of the city's most prominent lobbyists. I had...
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Michael Markarian
Trying To Save The Polar Bears
The iconic symbol of global warming is the polar bear - that awesome creature so extraordinarily adapted to survive at the top of the world. We are all thunderstruck as we see footage of these bears...
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Bob Herbert
When Is Enough Enough?
Chances are you didn't hear it, but on Thursday night Senator Hillary Clinton said, "If H.I.V./AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an...
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Salim Lone
Africa Stirred Blair's Conscience. He Still Failed It.
With his passionate denunciation of Africa's impoverishment in Africa as "a stain on the conscience of the world" right after September 11, 2001, Mr. Blair gave voice to one of the key strains in the...
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Helen Thomas
As Clinton Flip-Flops, Where Does She Stand?
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has great political skills, but her war-and-peace compass leaves something to be desired. Clinton has blown hot and cold on Middle East...
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Ralph Nader,
Summer Reading List
1. A Handful of Straw Blowing in the Wind by Thelma Doak (About Times Publishing, 2007). She reached her 104th birthday, remembering her life in the dust bowls of the nineteen thirties, of seeing the...
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Christopher Brauchli
Dick Cheney As Constitutionalist
Th' vice-preidincy is th'next highest an' the'lowest. It isn't a crime exactly. Ye can't be sint to jail f'r it but it's a kind iv a disgrace. It's like writing' anonymous letters. -Finley Peter...
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Kathy Freston
Shameless Name Dropping
There is a growing sense these days that the issues that plague our planet -- war, injustice, and blatant abuse of nature -- are intensifying and perhaps moving us toward the point of no return. And...
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Sean Gonsalves
Enjoying The Ride — Backwards?
OK, I admit it. I was excited when I first heard the CIA was going to show us the "family jewels." You could say I have an intelligence fetish; an affinity for analysis. But now that I've seen the "...
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Friday, June 29, 2007
Robert Shetterly
When Does Drowning Mean Drowning?
"I'm drowning my brother drowning." -- Eva Paterson A few weeks ago I finished painting a portrait of Eva Paterson, the founder of the Equal Justice Society in San Francisco. Eva's organization works...
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Jennifer Matesa
Sicko: Beyond the 'Health Care Horror Stories'
Last weekend in a sneak preview I watched Michael Moore's new documentary, "Sicko." I was prepared to see a bunch of nightmare stories about people getting cut off insurance and people suffering and...
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Wolfgang Brauner
Chomsky on Progressive Strategy
Noam Chomsky is one of the key figures on the American and global left. He is said to be one of the most widely quoted intellectuals in the world. In 2005, readers of AlterNet voted him MVP (Most...
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Harold Meyerson
Globalization's Stir-Fry
How the new global economy flips, reverses, scrambles, and perverts long-accepted notions and arguments.
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Gary Olson
Research on Human Nature Is Cause For Optimism
'We have a pending fortuitous marriage of science and morality of the most profound sort.''
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Thomas Powers
What Tenet Knew: Unanswered Questions
This essay, which considers At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet with Bill Harlow (HarperCollins, 549 pp., $30.00) appears in the July 19th, 2007 issue of the New York...
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Tad Daley
For Progressives, Gore's the One in 2008
In recent days, the word used more and more frequently to describe Hillary Clinton's march to the Democratic presidential nomination has been "inevitable." She consistently leads public opinion polls...
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John Dean
The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney:
The Vice President's Record of Willfully Violating the Law, And Wrongly Claiming Authority to Do So
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Bob Dreyfuss
Saving Iraq
Last week, a fierce critic of the Bush Administration's war in Iraq went, perhaps, a bridge too far. Pauline Baker, president of the Fund for Peace, flatly predicted that there is no hope for Iraq,...
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John Nichols
Contempt of Congress
No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced Thursday that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents and testimony by prominent former officials that...
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Rosa Brooks
How Immigrants Improve The Curve
'The impact of immigration - legal and illegal - on jobs, schools, healthcare, the environment, national security, are all very serious problems," insists Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), a man famed for...
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Paul Krugman
The Murdoch Factor
In October 2003, the nonpartisan Program on International Policy Attitudes published a study titled "Misperceptions, the media and the Iraq war." It found that 60 percent of Americans believed at...
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Ellen Goodman
The Transformation of Justice Ginsburg
Now, in the season of her discontent, it is well to remember that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always called a moderate. The word dangled from her wrist like an ID bracelet. In fact, when she was...
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David Michael Green
It Ain't For Free
Jefferson once famously offered that, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants". I am just enough of a bleeding-heart Pollyanna to hope that...
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Patti Marxsen
'Baby Doc's Millions' and Where to Send Them
Jean-Claude Duvalier has lived a strange and miserable life. Reportedly a quiet sort of boy, he was appointed by his father in 1971 as President of Haiti at the age of 19. As "Baby Doc" grew into the...
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Robert Weissman
Blackstone and Capital's Scam
Blackstone.That is the ultimate refutation to the unbelievably brazen campaign being run by Wall Street hucksters and the knee-jerk oppositionists to law and order at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...
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Emma Thompson
Cape Crusader: A Fruit Picker From South Africa Reveals The Human Cost of Cheap Food
When Tesco meets on Thursday for its AGM, it will need to answer some tough questions about how it treats people in poor countries. Already, one shareholder has gathered enough support to force a...
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John Nichols
Senate Subpoenas Cheney, White House Documents on Spying
After putting up with months of stonewalling by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and their aides, the Senate Judiciary Committee has issued subpoenas seeking information about internal debates...
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Sydney Blumenthal
The Imperial Vice Presidency
New details about his secret mission to expand the power of the president show that Cheney, at the end of his career, refuses to loosen his grip.
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Tom Engelhardt
Iraq by the Numbers: Surging Past the Gates of Hell
Sometimes, numbers can strip human beings of just about everything that makes us what we are. Numbers can silence pain, erase love, obliterate emotion, and blur individuality. But sometimes numbers...
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Theodore C. Sorensen
A New Vision: The Speech I Want the Democratic Nominee To Give
On the 15th of July, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy accepted his party's presidential nomination at the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. In his remarks, made at a moment of high tension in the...
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Donald Worster
Fiddling While America Burns
The United States is the richest, most powerful nation in history -- this you have heard many times before. What you have not heard so often is that America has also been, for nearly 200 years, the...
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Bill Quigley
How to Destroy an African-American City in Thirty Three Steps - Lessons from Katrina
Step One. Delay. If there is one word that sums up the way to destroy an African-American city after a disaster, that word is DELAY. If you are in doubt about any of the following steps — just...
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Joe Brewer
The Coming Biofuels Disaster
Have you ever tried to solve a problem only to discover that you made things worse in the process? This is happening right now with biofuels. We are on the road to disaster because the problem we are...
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Marie Cocco
Watch SiCKO and Call Your Congressman in the Morning
WASHINGTON—The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the...
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Nicholas Freudenberg
Sicko and the 2008 Election
Even before its national release this Friday, Michael Moore's "Sicko" has contributed to a renewed debate on the U.S. health care system. The film focuses on Americans who do have health care...
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Mike Warner
Telling the American Story
Mark Twain Saw The Need To Look Beyond The Imperial Robes
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Miles Mogulescu
To Tavis Smiley: Ask Clinton, Obama and Edwards Why They Oppose Single Payer Health Insurance
As moderator of Thursday's Democratic Presidential debate, here's a follow-up question: Do you think your plan is better than Medicare-For-All, or do you fear being attacked as an extremist by...
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Firmin DeBrabander
Cheney's Real Opinion of Democracy
I am forever amazed at the great irony that one of this nation's most bullish proponents of spreading democracy abroad- especially in the Middle East- is one of the greatest opponents of democracy at...
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Olga Bonfiglio
Women in Black: Mourning for All Victims of War and Violence
It's a warm summer day at noon and I'm standing on a major highway in my town with five other women who are dressed in a black top, pants and veil, wearing sunglasses, and holding a sign that says: "...
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John Logan
End of the Road for the Employee Free Choice Act, Or Just the Opening Salvo?
On Tuesday the Senate voted 51-48 to end a Republican filibuster of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would strengthen workers' right to choose a union. The House of Representatives had...
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Stephen Zunes
The US Role in the Gaza Tragedy
There is much blame to go around regarding the tragic turn of events in the Gaza Strip. While Hamas is the most immediate culprit, responsibility also rests with Fatah, Israel - and the United States.
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Paul Waldman
Bush's Loyal Mess: How the Bush Years Have Showed Us The Dark Side of a Grand Virtue
A year and a half before the Bush era comes to its merciful end, cataloging its failures and pathologies has become not merely a cottage industry but a kind of mass mobilization, a task so vast that...
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H. Candace Gorman
Portrait Of A Guantánamo Propagandist
Colonel Moe is at it again. Perhaps you remember when Moe wanted Major Mori, the military attorney that was appointed to represent the Guantánamo detainee from Australia, brought up on charges for...
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Amy Goodman
Time Is Right for New Pentagon Papers
Of the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Mike Gravel is probably the least well recognized. His dark-horse candidacy may be the butt of jokes on the late-night comedy shows, but that doesn't...
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Robert Scheer
The Banality of Greed
As the Iraq war that Vice President Dick Cheney created continues to shred American—and many more Iraqi—lives, further documentation has emerged proving that, even during failed wars, the merchants...
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Ruth Conniff
Hillary Clinton and the Woman Thing
I can't help asking women I know what they think about Hillary Clinton. Here is the historic, first viable woman candidate for President of the United States, and yet . . . ho-hum. I listened to a...
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David Corn
Where's the CIA's Missing Jewel?
What's the missing jewel? Today, the CIA released its infamous "Family Jewels" file. This is a set of internal memos compiled in the mid-1970s after press reports revealed numerous CIA dirty tricks...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
A Just Security
It's been clear for some time that when it comes to approaches to security and foreign policy, the people are way ahead of the Inside-the-Beltway politicians and pundits in believing there's a need...
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Aziz Huq
Cheney and the Constitution
If it weren't so frightening, the irony would be delicious: A Vice President who has done more than any other to push the envelope on executive privilege at the expense of the courts and Congress...
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Timothy Egan
Bush's Public Lands Legacy Is A Sad Sight To Behold
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. -- Most Americans don't own a summer home on Cape Cod, or a McMansion in the Rockies, but they have this birthright: an area more than four times the size of France. If you're a...
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New York Times Editorial
Guantánamos Across America
Toughness is the watchword in immigration policy these days. When you combine the new toughness with same-old bureaucratic indolence and ineptitude, you get a situation like that described by Nina...
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Thomas Schaller
Fight For Gay Rights Fits Into Long History of Progressive Struggles
Three years ago my wife and I attended our first - but, I suspect, not last - gay wedding. Two of our women friends exchanged vows in a most ironic location: a church directly behind the U.S. Supreme...
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