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Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Hilda L. Solis
TV à la Carte? I'll Take the Buffet
In 2002, arch-conservative civic groups joined with consumer groups to fight the Federal Communications Commission-proposed "media concentration" rules that would have given large media companies the...
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Pierre Tristam
Dismal Presidency Plunges US into Dark Arctic Night
Every presidency has its drawbacks. Economic depressions, wars (few of them necessary), hubris and graft could dim the luster on the best of them. But no presidency that I know of, including James...
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Matthew Rothschild
Cheney Sabotages Talks with Tehran
Leave it to Dick Cheney to dash hopes for any cooler heads to prevail between Washington and Tehran. Remember, it was Cheney who did everything in his power to hype the Iraq War and scuttle any...
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John Nichols
The Danny Glover Primary
Few prominent activists are more willing to put their time and energy into the struggle for economic and social justice than actor Danny Glover. The man who describes himself "as a child of the Civil...
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Alain Gresh
Bush Doesn't Want Detente. He Wants to Attack Iran
In the next few days an unprecedented meeting between US and Iranian officials is expected to take place in Baghdad; both sides have insisted that discussions are limited to Iraq. Could this first...
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George Monbiot
A Million Road Deaths Every Year? It's Just the Price of Doing Business
Corporate social responsibility often resembles the adventures of The Good Soldier Svejk. In 1914, about to be conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian army, Svejk puts on his old uniform and a...
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Antonia Zerbisias
Jane Fonda: She's Always Known How to Get Our Attention
Last Wednesday, when Jane Fonda sat in Stephen Colbert's lap, I stood up and cheered. Currently doing the promotional thang for her not-so-good flick Georgia Rule, she gave the blustery fake cable...
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Bob Burnett
Reconsidering Impeachment
In Berkeley, it's difficult to travel more than a few blocks without seeing an "Impeach Bush" bumper sticker. And whenever I write a column about the 43rd President, I receive emails suggesting that...
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Joseph A. Palermo
Can We Please Impeach Gonzales and Rice Now?
The deliberative nature of the legislative process has slowed the Democrats' momentum after winning the elections last November. The "100 hours" are long over, and if the Democrats have any chance of...
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Dean Baker
Loser Liberalism Versus Power Populism
The Democrats like to portray themselves as the party of humble masses. This is in contrast to the Republicans, who President Bush once jokingly described as the party of the "haves and have mores."
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William D. Hartung
Economics, Not Arms, to Shape U.S.-China Relationship
While all eyes are on Iraq, the United States is quietly promoting a new arms race in Asia. Example number one of this new arms push is a campaign to pressure the parliament of Taiwan to approve the...
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Monday, May 14, 2007
Susan Paynter
Mothers See The Tide Turn Toward Peace
The colors on "These Colors Don't Run" bumper stickers now seem sun-faded and dimmer than the ones I see declaring "Out of Iraq Now." It's just an observation. I haven't applied a CSI kit to check...
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Steven Weber
Sorry, Johnny
The American soldier has at turns been revered, embraced, reviled. And now, decades after the acknowledged shame of his mishandling upon returning from that other relic of a war in the 1960s, the...
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Robert Weitzel
The Trouble With The Entire World Is A Guy Named Ron
This is not a parody. I swear. It's all true. Just so you'll know that what follows is scientifically possible, I will acquaint you with a 2003 study funded by the National Institutes of Health and...
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Tom Engelhardt, Tom Engelhardt
What Price Slaughter? In New York and Jalalabad, Human Life Is Valued Differently -- by the U.S. Government
What value has a human life? We usually think of this in terms of sentiment -- of memories, grief, love, longing, of everything, in short, that is too deep and valuable to put a price upon. Then...
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George Bisharat
For Palestinians, Memory Matters
It Provides a Blueprint For Their Future
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Kate Riley
Ethics probe? Not in their House
Where is the House of Representatives ethics probe of the suspiciously over-the-line attempts by House members to influence U.S. attorneys in politically charged cases? Don't hold your breath. While...
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Jamie Court and Judy Dugan
Big Oil buys Sacramento
Why You're Not Hearing A Peep From California Politicians on Record-High Gas Prices.
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Cynthia Tucker
More Hadithas Are Likely With Stressed Military
In a scathing report on the aftermath of the massacre at Haditha, an Army general has concluded that Marine Corps commanders in Iraq simply didn't value the lives of Iraqi civilians very highly. It...
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It Is Not Only God That Will Be Blair's Judge Over Iraq
His Cravenly Pro-US Policy on The Middle East Misunderstood Bush's Real Agenda and Resulted In Catastrophic Failure
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Laura Flanders
The Hushing Season
The women of CodePink are calling for "a Mother of a March" the Monday after Mother's Day. Their plan is to surround the Congress in the spirit of anti-war activist, Julia Ward Howe, who in the 1870s...
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Jay Bookman
Bush Shifts Iraq Burden Onto General
An earthquake strikes with no warning and in mere seconds can rearrange the landscape. But look beneath the surface and you'll find that hidden pressures had been building for a long time, finding...
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Beth Quinn
Abstinence-Only Delusion Means Ignorance-Only
And now a word from the Bureau of Common Sense, where we leave the Right Wing Nuts in the hallway, sitting out there on the Group W bench. We need straight talk here, and that's because we've got...
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Taylor Owen & Ben Kiernan
Bombs Over Cambodia: New Light on US Air War
United States bombings in Afghanistan have "given a propaganda windfall to the Taliban." [1] Is history repeating itself? In 1975, Pol Pot's genocidal Khmer Rouge forces took power in Cambodia after...
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Tony Haymet, Mark Abbott and Jim Luyten
A Blind Eye: NASA's Shifting Priorities Imperil Satellites Crucial To Tracking Climate Change
Decades ago, a shift in NASA priorities sidelined progress in human space exploration. As momentum gathers to reinvigorate human space missions to the moon and Mars, we risk hurting ourselves, and...
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Les Payne
Lesson of Algeria Is Lost On Bush
When a high-ranking French leader suggested in a private meeting that President George W. Bush consider Algeria as a model for a staged disengagement from Iraq, the president reportedly listened, no...
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Frank Rich
Earth to G.O.P.: The Gipper Is Dead
Of course you didn't watch the first Republican presidential debate on MSNBC. Even the party's most loyal base didn't abandon Fox News, where Bill O'Reilly, interviewing the already overexposed...
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Sally Kohn
Blair: New Age Mouth, Old Age Fist
Tony Blair is to interdependence and international community and George W. Bush is to compassionate conservative. Meaning: It's just rhetoric, not action. In 1999, at a speech before the Chicago...
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Ann Marina
Raise Your Voice, This Mother's Day
A Note To Everyone Who Values Life
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Murray Polner
It's Mother's Day Again and We're Still at War
After the carnage of the Second World War the members of the now defunct Victory Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers in St. Petersburg, Florida, knew better than most what it was to lose their...
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Susan Lenfestey
A Mother's Day Plea
Dear Mr. President, Mother's Day has me thinking about what sort of present I'd like to receive this year. I realize this is of no interest to you -- I am so not your mother -- and yet, you are the...
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Haroon Siddiqui
Canada Should Lead Call For Ban on Cluster Bombs
Deadly Bomblets Can Kill Civilians Long After Conflict Ends
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Eric Margolis
Blair's Fatal Attraction
Outgoing British PM Was On A Roll Until He Fell For George Bush's War Policies
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Harvey Wasserman
How Creative Mass Non-Violence Beat a Nuke and Launched The Global Green Power Movement
Thirty years ago this month, in the small seacoast town of Seabrook, New Hampshire, a force of mass non-violent green advocacy collided with the nuke establishment. A definitive victory over...
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Liza Featherstone
We're Not Number One (Not Even Close)
Last week your humble correspondent learned, over a dry repast of catered chicken with some of our nation's most influential men, that unlike Canada and many other civilized democracies, we cannot...
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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Anthony Asadullah Samad
LAPD's MacArthur Park Melee-A New Southern Resistance: Rubber Bullets Replace Hoses and Dogs
The nation, after 25 years, found its new Birmingham moment. In Los Angeles, to nobody's surprise. The nation's most abusive police department found a new way to capture the national headlines,...
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Debi Smith
April's Fallen
April's Fallen
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Danny Schechter
The Staple of Cable as Poster Child
"We are in an industry that benefits from a very deregulatory regime," boasts National Cable and Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow. "We think our customers benefit from that. We...
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Ralph Nader
Auctioning Journalistic Integrity
T. Christian Miller works hard year after year as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has reported on topics ranging from gross corporate profiteering in Iraq to the production and use here and...
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Christopher Brauchli
Sitting Here In Limbo
Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing. -H.L. Mencken From time to time events ecclesiastical eclipse things political. It's happened before and will...
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Diane Farsetta
War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing
What does it mean to be a nation at war? Is it possible to exercise democratic control over a wartime government that dismisses honest criticism as unpatriotic? What should citizens do when members...
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Bill Moyers
"I'm Harry."
When people are having a good time, you don't want to be the skunk in the garden. And people were having such a good time at that big White House welcome for Queen Elizabeth II. The NEW YORK TIMES...
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Jeffrey Sachs
The Poor Need Aid, Not Lectures
The Millennium Development Goals are the world's agreed goals to cut poverty, hunger and disease. Established in 2000, their targets were to be met by 2015. We are now at the halfway point. So far,...
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Tariq Ali
Famed As A Favourite Attack Dog In The Imperial Kennel
Blair's First Loyalty Was to The White House. The Result Has Been A Legacy of Hatred That Ultimately Ended His Premiership
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Elizabeth DiNovella
What's So Funny about Peace, Love and Understanding?
W hen it was announced that the Dalai Lama was coming to Madison in May, a few of my friends snatched up the pricey tickets right away. I had heard the Dalai Lama speak five years ago during his last...
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Jeremy Scahill
Outsourcing the War
Jeremy Scahill, bestselling author and investigative reporter for The Nation , testified May 10 before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the impact of private military contractors...
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David Sarasohn
As In Vietnam, Casualties Rise In Iraq While U.S. Dithers
The Wall Is A Reminder That It's Costly to Keep Troops In Combat While We Hope Another Idea Comes Up.
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Bob Herbert
The Millions Left Out
The United States may be the richest country in the world, but there are many millions — tens of millions — who are not sharing in that prosperity. According to the most recent government figures, 37...
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Friday, May 11, 2007
Antonia Zerbisias
I Can't Hack This Brand of Revolution
Call out the instigators Because there's something in the air We've got to get together sooner or later Because the revolution's here, and you know it's right And you know that it's right. —...
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Zia Mian
Congress Plays Politics over Iraq War
In the face of furious opposition from the White House, the U.S. Congress recently voted to end the U.S. war in Iraq. The bill required U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq before October 1 and an end...
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Linda McQuaig
Afghan Furor Shows We're Slipping Into US Orbit
It was almost enough to revive one's faith in Canada as a functioning democracy, not to mention a member of the civilized world. After two weeks of unrelenting pressure — led by the media and the...
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Jerry Landay
Iraq War Is All About Controlling The Oil
AFTER WORLD WAR II, the president's national security council propounded a policy that would shape the world's geopolitical future: "Oil operations are, for all practical purposes, instruments of our...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Passes The Buck On Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush still has to learn "the buck stops here" when it comes to presidential decisions.
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Matthew Rothschild
Top Teacher Shown the Door After Showing "Baghdad ER"
Michael Baker worked for the Lincoln, Nebraska, public schools since 1981. But after he showed the documentary " Baghdad ER " to his geography class on April 18, his career there was over. This,...
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John Nichols
A Browner Shade of Blair? Or Better?
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair will not step down until late June. But, with his announcement that he is leaving politics after ten years as the leader of Britain's government, the national...
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Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele
Labor Law Reform Not Just For Unions
A bill now moving through Congress to expand workers' rights could be the most important legislation in decades to advance the concerns of environmentalists, public schools, higher education, senior...
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Scott Ritter
The Good American
I joined the American Legion a few years back. As a veteran of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, I was eligible to do so for some time but always hesitated, perhaps out of a sense of trying to deny that...
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Rosa Brooks
The Terrorist We Tolerate
The Administration's Botched Handling of Luis Posada Carriles Says A Lot About Bush's So-Called War on Terror.
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Ted Rall
The Case For Defeatism
Why Harry Reid Was Right
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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
The Globalization of Electronic Election Theft
From Ohio and California to Scotland and France, the disputes surrounding electronic voting machines have gone truly global. E-voting machines have already been extensively studied and condemned by a...
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Ingrid E. Newkirk
Food Czar Unlikely to Make Real Difference
Reports that millions of chickens were fed pet food tainted with the chemical melamine and then slaughtered and sold to consumers have raised questions about food safety. In response, the Food and...
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David Michael Green
Two Ideologies And A Funeral
Social scientists aren't generally blessed with the ability that those in the physical sciences have to manufacture artificial conditions allowing hypothesis testing. In a worst case scenario, a...
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Mark Floegel
The Moral Universe
Theodore Parker, Unitarian minister, reformer and abolitionist, died 147 years ago today. To save you from having to do the math, the year was 1860. He did not live to see emancipation, nor even the...
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Robert Naiman
Who Are the 59 Democrats Who Voted Against the McGovern Bill?
Thursday the House voted on a slightly revised version of the McGovern bill. It would have mandated the beginning of withdrawal ("redeployment") of U.S. forces from Iraq within 90 days and completion...
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Robert Shetterly
The Moral Obligation to Lose The War
Every act has moral and immoral potential. The girl scout who helps an unsteady old man across the street could also have pushed him aside. The aftermath of each action engenders a new range of moral...
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David Sirota
Blank Check Democrats & The Danger of Becoming A Blank Check Movement
blank check: n. 1. A signed check with no amount to be paid filled in 2. Total freedom of action; carte blanche. In this simple, two-pronged American Heritage Dictionary definition, we find the two...
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Rebecca J. Thomas
Impeachment Talk: Hold Bush and Cheney Accountable
Lately, I've been thinking about accountability. I wonder if anyone will ever be held accountable for a war that had nothing to do with terrorism and was based instead on lies, deceptions,...
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Cecile Richards
My Response to the McCain Campaign's Attacks on Planned Parenthood
John McCain's presidential campaign has taken a troubling turn. This week, the Los Angeles Times reported that John Weaver, a strategist for John McCain's presidential campaign, verbally attacked...
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William Dalrymple
Delhi, 1857: A Bloody Warning To Today's Imperial Occupiers
A Century and A Half After The Indian Mutiny, Echoes of The Arrogance and Lies That Sparked Insurgency Could Not Be Clearer
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Cindy Sheehan
Needless Carnage (And the Beat Goes On)
My son, Jon Michael, is the best son a dad can have. He will always be my pride and joy. - George Tenet: Former Director of Central Intelligence, 'At the Center of the Storm' (Page 520) I had...
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Joyce Marcel
The Pacifist's Conundrum
DUMMERSTON - I was watching a "M*A*S*H" rerun on television the other night when the oddest thing came on: a commercial for the Army. "Be Army strong" a hearty male voice boomed as images of soldiers...
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Allyson Schrier
Learn More About Toxic Chemicals
Mother's Day is a time to celebrate moms and honor the life, joy and protection they bring families and society. As a mother of two boys, it is the role of protector that I find most difficult to...
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Ruth Conniff
Happy (Feminist) Mother's Day!
A neighbor and I were sitting on a park bench, watching our children play, when we got talking about the perennial issue of housework: all that thankless toil that takes hours out of your life you...
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Matthew Rothschild
Muslim American Grilled at Border Over Religion, Letter to the Editor
Z akariya Muhammad Reed spent 20 years serving in the National Guard. For the last eleven years, he's been a firefighter in Toledo. But this hasn't kept him from being viewed with suspicion by his...
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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
A Surge of Insanity
Just one day after a majority of Iraqi lawmakers rejected the continuing occupation of their country, the Washington Post reports that the Pentagon will begin deploying 35,000 soldiers in 10 Army...
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Joe Conason
GOP's Reaganesque Tall Tales
Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald...
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Amy Dillard & Lisa Holmes
Rethinking School Lunch
Just as the scales beneath the feet of our nation's children are reaching a tipping point, so too is the social movement of providing local, organic foods for America's schoolchildren. This is...
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Jack Lessenberry
So Maybe I Was Wrong
I have been steadfastly against trying to impeach George W. Bush, even though he is clearly the worst president in the modern history of America.These were my main reasons for feeling that way: 1)...
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Alan S. Chartock
Fire Still Burns in Seeger
The legendary folk singing icon Pete Seeger once said that at the point when you have more than a few people talking about just about anything, you were "doing politics."Boy, was he ever right. As...
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Arnold Stieber
War is Slavery - An Awakening
It was January of 2003, late at night, and I was home alone. I turned on the TV. The movie Platoon was on. I had never watched any violent shows nor read anything about war or Viet Nam since I left...
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Russell Mokhiber
Corporate Democrats Escalate Attack on Single Payer
The Corporate Democratic Party is into snuff politics.The target this month — single payer, Medicare for all. The motive — protect the corporate health insurance industry. Democratic snuff politics...
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James Carroll
The Disappearance of War-Broken Soldiers
My earliest memory of a trip to the doctor is a happy one. I was 6 or 7. I had hurt my arm, and, because I desperately wanted a cast and a sling, I insisted it was broken. I remember that the doctor...
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Patrick Cockburn
What the Bush Administration Has Wrought in Iraq
At 3 am on January 11, 2007 a fleet of American helicopters made a sudden swoop on the long-established Iranian liaison office in the city of Arbil in northern Iraq. Their mission was to capture two...
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Paula Rothenberg
Snatched from the Jaws of Victory: Feminism Then and Now
It was the summer of 2002 and I was traveling through a medium-sized town in Hungary when I looked up and saw a young woman coming toward me. Fifteen or sixteen years old, she wore a shirt that...
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Jean Edward Smith
The Peace Presidents
On Feb. 8, 2004, George W. Bush proudly proclaimed to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press," "I am a war president." Like an 8-year-old playing with toy soldiers, Bush, an Air National Guard dropout,...
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Matthew Rothschild
Woman with MPEACHW Plates Prevails
H eather Morijah thought it would be cute to have a personalized license plate on her silver Prius that was almost identical to the one on her partner's blue Prius. He had IMPCH W. "This has been...
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Tom Engelhardt
What Good Reporting Has Meant in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn has been hailed by Sidney Blumenthal in Salon as "one of the most accurate and intrepid journalists in Iraq." And that's hardly praise enough, given what the man has done. The Middle...
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Sam Pizzigati
Coming Soon To A Toll Booth Near You
Fifty years ago, almost all major corporations and wealthy individuals in the United States paid a hefty chunk of their income in local, state and federal taxes. Those tax dollars, in turn, helped...
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Beth Shulman
Conservative Assault On America's Families
Shulman delivered these remarks at the Failure of Conservatism Conference on May 3 in Washington, sponored by the Campaign for America's Future and The American Prospect : Conservatism historically...
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Amy Goodman
A Shining Light Goes Out in Africa
On Saturday, May 5, Anthony Mitchell died in the crash of Kenyan Airways Flight 507, which killed all 114 people on board. Based in Nairobi, he was an Associated Press reporter who had recently...
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Robert Scheer
Bush Alums Reap Their Rewards
As Paul Wolfowitz twists in the wind after being found guilty in a World Bank investigation of public payola to his girlfriend, it does seem that his career might finally be coming to an end. Pity...
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Derrick Z. Jackson
For African-Americans, Folly of This War Hits Home
Military sociologist David R. Segal was asked Monday over the telephone what he hears in his surveys of soldiers. He quoted an African-American veteran of the Iraq invasion and occupation: "This is...
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Lee Iacocca
Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
Excerpted from Where Have All the Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca with Catherine Whitney Had Enough? Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage?...
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David Sirota
How Many "Free Trade" Senators Can PhRMA Turn Into Corporate Protectionists?
How many self-described "free" trade lawmakers in Congress can the drug industry make head to the floor of the Senate and bare their corporate protectionist corruption for all to see? Based on a key...
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Pierre Tristam
When Property's On The Line, Response To Dissent Turns Lethal
When a nation perpetrates large-scale violence abroad and calls it peace-making, as the United States has since Vietnam, it shouldn't be surprised when violence goes full circle and explodes at home...
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Jesse Jackson
Lives and Resources Lost in Iraq War Are Gone For Good
War costs. It costs the lives and the limbs of young men and women sent into battle. Their families, their loved ones, their communities and their nation lose the potential of some of its best...
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George Monbiot
In the Company of Wolves
The members of the Council of Europe Have Agreed To Overlook Each Other’s Abuses.
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Jonathan Hafetz
Perils of An Unchecked Executive
NEW YORK -- REMARKABLY, President Bush has not learned any lessons from the excesses of his "war on terrorism," now in its sixth year. Even though the president's own secretaries of state and defense...
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Katrina Vanden Huevel
Our Dysfunctional Democracy
Isn't it time that the US stop all the talk of democracy promotion abroad and start walking the walk here at home? As I suggested last November, let's bring democracy home . And while we're facing a...
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Marie Cocco
A Bridge To The 19th Century
WASHINGTON—You have to hand it to the Republican Party. It's made history again. When its field of presidential candidates strode onto the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for their...
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