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Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Molly Ivins
Dismissing the Evidence
I hope this is not too Inside Baseball, but I am genuinely astonished by what the bloggers call "Mainstream Media." The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times have all gone way...
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Bill Moyers
A Moral Transaction
I must be the luckiest man in television for having been a part of the public broadcasting community for over half my life. I was present at the creation. As a 30-year-old White House policy...
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Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Huck Gutman
Through The Prism of Human Collectivity
William Wordsworth tells us that it is only in retrospect that one can sort out what has been most significant, most telling, in our experience. In his epic poem The Prelude he writes,
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Monday, June 20, 2005
Molly Ivins
Never Steal a Turkey in Lubbock, and Other Tales of Texas Justice
Racism, 'Tuff on Crime' judges and gutless politicians warp the system.
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Saturday, June 18, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Liberty Dollar Bill
It was a simple idea with long arms and legs. It came to eighth grade teacher, Randy Wright in Ashland, Virginia during a night time dream. He related it to his students who agreed to take it forward...
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Friday, June 17, 2005
Molly Ivins
Destroying PBS
Bush political operative says he'll erase bias at PBS... by inserting bias by Molly Ivins
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Andrew Greeley
Expect Terrorists to Bring War to Us
In May there were 90 suicide bombings in Iraq. That means that 90 young Arabs, mostly from Saudi Arabia, smuggled themselves into Iraq through Syria, fastened a jacket of explosives around their...
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Norman Solomon
The Killing Street Memo
Keep them behind the war curve. While some Americans are exposing the deception for the latest war, steadily lay the groundwork for the next one.
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Thursday, June 16, 2005
Jonathan Schell
The Exception Is the Rule
Sometimes the truth of a large, confusing historical enterprise can be glimpsed in a single news report. Such is the case in regard to the Iraq War, it seems to me, with the recent story in the...
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Michele Simon
Another State Falls Prey to the Junk Food Lobby
On Tuesday, Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell vetoed what would have been the nation's strongest school-based nutrition law. With one stroke of the pen, she put to rest an extremely contentious three-...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
James Carroll
Nixon's Madman Strategy
"I call it the madman theory, Bob," Richard Nixon said to Robert Haldeman. With the recent revelation of the identity of ''Deep Throat," the nation's memory has been cast back to the Watergate crisis...
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Friday, June 10, 2005
Naomi Klein
A Noose, Not a Bracelet
Gordon Brown has a new idea about how to "make poverty history" in time for the G-8 summit in Scotland. With Washington so far refusing to double its aid to Africa by 2015, the British Chancellor is...
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Thursday, June 9, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Reason, Extremism And The Right To Life
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - - Our intelligence is being insulted by narrow and extreme political partisanship.
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Gore Vidal
Something Rotten in Ohio
Outside the oil and gas junta that controls two and a half branches of our government (the half soon to be whole is the judiciary), there was a good deal of envy at the late British election among...
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Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Deborah James
Bush at OAS: Same Old "Free Trade" Tune
This weekend, foreign ministers and ambassadors of 34 nations of the western hemisphere met in Ft Lauderdale, Florida at the 35th meeting of the Organization of American States. The meeting occurs...
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Tuesday, June 7, 2005
Naomi Klein
Torture's Part of the Territory
Brace yourself for a flood of gruesome new torture snapshots. Last week, a federal judge ordered the Defense Department to release dozens of additional photographs and videotapes depicting prisoner...
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Monday, June 6, 2005
Norman Solomon
From Watergate to Downing Street -- Lying for War
You wouldn't know it from the media focus on Deep Throat last week, but the lies that Richard Nixon told about the Watergate break-in were part of his standard duplicity for the Vietnam War. It wasn'...
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Bill Moyers
'Writing the History of the Revolution is Now Up to You'
This is the prepared text of the speech Bill Moyers gave at Take Back America: The Conference for America's Future, sponsored by the Institute for America's Future, in Washington on Friday, June 3,...
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Sunday, June 5, 2005
David Cay Johnston
Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
When F. Scott Fitzgerald pronounced that the very rich "are different from you and me," Ernest Hemingway's famously dismissive response was: "Yes, they have more money." Today he might well add: much...
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Ralph Nader
Do Your Part, the Way Co-op America Does
One of my favorite publications-one that you may never have heard about-is the 'Co-op America Quarterly: Economic Actions for a Just Planet'. The current issue is devoted to "The Promise of the Solar...
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Friday, June 3, 2005
William Greider
Lies, Guts & Deep Throat
In the context of Washington intrigue, W. Mark Felt was heroic in the scale of his clandestine truth-telling, but he was not unique. These transactions by insiders are routine and often motivated by...
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Caroline Arnold
Writing "Truth" on the Sidewalk: Who Do We Think We Are?
Truth: A private virtue or a public reality? A moral or a logical category? A set of non-negotiable facts, or a consensus about the way the world is? What's its opposite -- falsity, fiction, omission...
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Thursday, June 2, 2005
Norman Solomon
War Made Easy: From Vietnam to Iraq
On February 27, 1968, I sat in a small room on Capitol Hill. Around a long table, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was in session, taking testimony from an administration official. Most of all...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Sell the Gold, Free the Poor
When historians look back over the last 25 years, one of the great crimes they will identify is the Third World debt crisis. Now, finally, the rich countries have agreed to cancel the debts of the...
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005
John Buell
What European Crisis?
If you read the business press--from the Wall Street Journal to The Economist (London)-- you might conclude that Western Europe is on the verge of collapse. Such rhetoric has only been stoked by...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Ralph Nader, Kevin Zeese
The 'I' Word: Impeachment
The impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.
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Monday, May 30, 2005
Barbara Garson
True Believers at the World Bank: Rigid Ideology is a Threat, Not an Asset
A few decades after the end of the war that he managed, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara told us that the Vietnam War had been a mistake and he apologized. Great. But when, I'd like to know,...
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Thursday, May 26, 2005
Norman Solomon
The Silent Media Curse of Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend brings media rituals. Old Glory flutters on television and newsprint. Grave ceremonies and oratory pay homage to the fallen. Many officials and pundits speak of remembering the...
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Jonathan Schell
A Revolution in American Nuclear Policy
A metaphorical "nuclear option" -- the cutoff of debate in the Senate on judicial nominees -- has just been defused, but a literal nuclear option, called "global strike," has been created in its...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Howard Zinn
Against Discouragement
In 1963, historian Howard Zinn was fired from Spelman College, where he was chair of the History Department, because of his civil rights activities. This year, he was invited back to give the...
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Molly Ivins
Duck and Cover Time
Texas lege enshrines anti-gay provision in state constitution
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Monday, May 23, 2005
Naomi Klein
Purging the Poor
Outside the 2,000-bed temporary shelter in Baton Rouge's River Center, a Church of Scientology band is performing a version of Bill Withers's classic "Use Me"--a refreshingly honest choice. "If it...
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Norman Solomon
And Now, It's Time For... "Media Jeopardy!"
The endless show that seems to fill America's every waking moment -- and many of its nightmares -- could be called "Media Jeopardy!" Before proceeding, here's a reminder of the rules: Listen to the...
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Sunday, May 22, 2005
John Buell
In Need of Lifeline, Labor Must Rethink its History and Future
Once again labor leaders are debating new approaches to organizing. Service Employee International Union President Andy Stein has proposed the consolidation of existing unions to avoid jurisdictional...
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Friday, May 20, 2005
Deborah James
Landless Peasants March in Brazil, Build a new Road by Walking
On May 17th, Brazilian news media reported that 50 people were injured as landless peasants clashed with police. Like our corporate media in the U.S., this focus overshadowed the real story; that 12,...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Pierre Tristam
Perpetual Wars, Poor Returns for America
In 1962 the Pentagon contracted with a four-company combine known as RMK-BRJ to build every sea port, every airport, several military bases and the American embassy in South Vietnam. It was one of...
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Molly Ivins
Don't Blame Newsweek
Despite sloppiness, Newsweek didn't fabricate Koran story
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Monday, May 16, 2005
Howard Zinn
The Scourge of Nationalism
I cannot get out of my mind the recent news photos of ordinary Americans sitting on chairs, guns on laps, standing unofficial guard on the Arizona border, to make sure no Mexicans cross over into the...
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Norman Solomon
News Media and "the Madness of Militarism"
Media activism has achieved a lot. But I don't believe there's anything to be satisfied with -- considering the present-day realities of corporate media and the warfare state.
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Jeff Cohen
Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations. And tell your friends.
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Bill Moyers
Take Public Broadcasting Back
Closing address National Conference on Media Reform St. Louis, Missouri May 15, 2005 I can’t imagine better company on this beautiful Sunday morning in St. Louis. You’re church for me today, and...
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
Ralph Nader
American's Right to Know War News
An astonishing message came forth on May 12, 2005 from ABC News political unit's The Note. I shall quote verbatim from Mark Halperin and his associate editors: "We say with all the genuine apolitical...
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Nancy Snow
Media is a Battlefield
Missouri morphed into the "Show Media" state as the 2005 National Conference on Media Reform got underway Friday in downtown St. Louis. The war in Iraq, this week's public protests and deaths in...
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Molly Ivins
They Lied to Us
Memo proves leadership knew Saddam was not a threat
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Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Bernie Sanders
Remote Control: Uncle Sam Turning into Big Brother
In his 2004 inaugural address, President Bush spoke repeatedly about the need to bring freedom and liberty to the world. In fact, he was so focused on the concept that he referenced the word “freedom...
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Saturday, May 7, 2005
Sam Husseini
Toward Global Dialogue: Can We Talk?
DAMASCUS, SYRIA –- "Can I use your first name in an article that I write?" I asked. "Yes, my name is 'S-A-P'" came the reply. That's how my evening of talking with young "South Park"-watching Syrians...
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Friday, May 6, 2005
Arnie Alpert
Can CAFTA Before it Destroys Sovereignty and Small Farms
Peter Allgeier, the acting U.S. trade representative, says CAFTA, the proposed trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic, would double U.S. agricultural exports to the region...
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Molly Ivins
'Indexing' Your Benefits
Attention, all campers! "Progressive indexing" is just another word for "cutting Social Security benefits." Do not be fooled by this idiot locution. Just as sure as "extraordinary rendition" now...
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Lizzy Ratner
Amy Goodman's 'Empire'
How a prospective biochemist became a muckraker and champion of media reform
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Thursday, May 5, 2005
Naomi Klein
How to End the War
EDITORS' NOTE: The following essay is adapted from remarks made at the National Teach-in on Iraq sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. The teach-in was held on March 24,...
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Tom Gallagher
George McGovern: Still Out There
In this third mind-numbing year of the Iraq War, with George Bush continuing to do for the name of democracy what Joseph Stalin once did for socialism, it may be hard to imagine that these could...
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Jonathan Schell
Nuclear Renaissance: Our New Nuclear Age
The review conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), a five-yearly event, opened in New York on May 2 without benefit of an agenda. The conference had no agenda because the world has...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Robert Freeman
Is Iraq a Success? Just Ask Humpty Dumpty
In "Through the Looking Glass," Lewis Carroll's companion book to "Alice in Wonderland," Humpty Dumpty harumphs to Alice, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005
James Carroll
America's Mortal Secret
The holiest acreage in America was consecrated in an act of revenge. Beating a retreat back to Washington from their defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Union soldiers crossed into the property...
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Saturday, April 30, 2005
Helen Thomas
Commanders Responsible for Abu Ghraib
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has got to be kidding. It turns out that only those rogue enlisted men and women and one woman general are to blame for the horrifying treatment of prisoners and detainees...
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Jerry Lembcke
Debunking a Spitting Image
STORIES ABOUT spat-upon Vietnam veterans are like mercury: Smash one and six more appear. It's hard to say where they come from. For a book I wrote in 1998 I looked back to the time when the spit was...
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Friday, April 29, 2005
John Kampfner
Tony Blair: The Blundering Actions of a Desperate Man
The story is worse than people think. Now that the government has been forced to disclose the full legal advice submitted by Lord Goldsmith, the extent to which Parliament and the country were misled...
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Norman Solomon
Iraq: War, Aid and Public Relations
American news outlets provided extensive -- and mostly laudatory -- coverage of Marla Ruzicka after she died in Baghdad on April 16. The humanitarian aid worker's undaunted spirit and boundless...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Ralph Nader
Lack of Democracy in the U.S.
In spreading democracy throughout the world, brazen hypocrisy prevails for Bush-Cheney
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Norman Solomon
Intervention Spin Cycle
Forty years ago, on the morning of April 26, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson spoke with a top State Department official about fast-moving events in the Dominican Republic. A popular rebellion was on...
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Monday, April 25, 2005
Molly Ivins
The Whim of a Hat
Hey, the sun is shining, the bluebonnets are out, our big music festival, South by Southwest, rocked, and the puppy wants to play. You expect me to write about Terri Schiavo, Iraq, and Paul ("There...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
american values Guy Reel
American Values
What is America? What are the values it has most fought for and admired? A few of the first, and most important, come to mind: Freedom. Equality. Democracy. Champion of the little guy. Helper of the...
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Monday, April 18, 2005
Thom Hartmann
How Rich is Too Rich For Democracy?
At what point does great wealth held in a few hands actually harm democracy, threatening to turn a democratic republic into an oligarchy? It's a debate we haven't had freely and openly in this nation...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Molly Ivins
Connect These Dots
Freshly returned from a week of intellectual sparring at the Conference on World Affairs, the annual gabfest in Boulder (the late jazz critic Leonard Feather called it "the leisure of the theory...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005
James Carroll
Far from Texas, in Dire Need
George Bush and Ariel Sharon have the love of ranches in common. Each man uses his spread in the rough country as a retreat and as a symbol of identity. Ranchers are plainspoken men of the simple...
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Thursday, April 7, 2005
Jonathan Schell
Faking Civil Society
Perhaps the most beautiful achievement of political life in the late twentieth century was the international movement for democracy that brought down several dozen dictatorships of every possible...
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Amy Goodman, David Goodman
Un-Embed the Media
Recent revelations that the Bush administration has been fabricating news stories, secretly hiring journalists to write puff pieces and credentialing fake reporters at White House news conferences...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Philip Kovacs
Bill Gates and the Corporatization of American"Public" Schools
On February 26th governors, policy makers, and business leaders from across the nation met to discuss ways of preventing American students from falling behind their international competitors. The "...
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Ralph Nader
Scientists or Celebrities?
Question - have you ever heard of Maurice Hilleman? If your answer is No or Who?, join about 99 percent of the American people. He passed away this month in Philadelphia at the age of 85. Here is...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Brita Rose
Give Peace a Real Chance
We find ourselves in familiar territory reminiscent of the failed Oslo Peace Accords of over 10 years ago. High hopes and great expectations abound amidst a new atmosphere of peace talks, promising...
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Sunday, April 3, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Latest Convergence of Liberal and Conservative Activity
The on-again-off-again alliances between conservative and liberal groups is on again, but not without its contradictions. Back in the early Eighties, during the Reagan years, conservatives joined...
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William Greider
Pro-Death Politics
I was astounded to read an E.J. Dionne column in the Washington Post about a baby boy in Texas who was denied life support by hospital officials over the objections of his mother--astounded because...
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Friday, April 1, 2005
Helen Thomas
Screened Audiences, Fake News Promote Bush Agenda
Bush, Government Manipulate Media
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
John Kampfner
In The Real World, Iraq Does Matter
The government is wrong to think the war concerns only a minority
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Jeff Cohen
Schiavo Case: Media Pander to the Right
Putting aside your view of the Schiavo story, it's clear that right-wing "pro-life" protesters scored a media coup in terms of attention and coverage. On television, their voices and leaders have...
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James Carroll
Spring's Mystery
A soft rain is falling outside the window. Drops of water glisten on the branches and twigs. Each drop, you see now, clings to a bud, magnifying the tiny crimson knots, which are the year's way of...
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Monday, March 28, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Many Layers of the Terry Schiavo Controversy
The Terri Schiavo tragedy unfolds in many layers of controversy. They range from the bitter dispute between her husband, Michael, and her father and mother, Robert and Mary Schindler, all the way to...
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Friday, March 25, 2005
William Greider
Elite Protectionists
A man-bites-dog story of momentous implications is unfolding in Washington: The US multinational establishment, having successfully championed free-trade orthodoxy for decades, may now be flirting...
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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Norman Solomon
Little Reporting on Paranoia in High Places
Journalists often refer to the Bush administration's foreign policy as "unilateral" and "preemptive." Liberal pundits like to complain that a "go-it-alone" approach has isolated the United States...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
James Carroll
If Kennan Had Prevailed
The death last week of George F. Kennan concentrates the mind. The great American statesman was 101 years old. His longevity was second to his influence, though, and a chorus saluted him as the...
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Monday, March 21, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Deja Vu: Parents in Charge, Tuition Grants, and Choice in Education
As the U.S. District Courts began their final push to desegregate the public schools, I worked to establish Jefferson Davis Academy in Barnwell County at Blackville, South Carolina in 1964-65. My...
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Thom Hartmann
Young People: The Key To Republican Single-Party Rule
Democrats and progressives make the mistake of thinking that today's Social Security debate is about Social Security. It's not. It's about creating single party rule for a generation or more. To do...
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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Ralph Nader
Tom DeLay: Don't Resign
The Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, Cong. Tom DeLay of Texas, and I agree on one issue dear to his mind and heart. We do not want him to resign from Congress in the midst...
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Friday, March 18, 2005
Medea Benjamin
Reigniting the Anti-War Movement
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Over 1,500 US soldiers have been killed, more than 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives, violence continues unabated, and we--the...
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Thursday, March 17, 2005
Norman Solomon
Why Iraq Withdrawal Makes Sense
Sometimes, an unspoken assumption among progressive activists is that the occupation of Iraq must be tolerated for tactical reasons -- while other issues, notably domestic ones, are more winnable on...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Jack Heyman
Defending Labor's Right to Protest the War
There's a rising tide of workers' anger against the war in Iraq and the cuts in government programs to pay for it -- in enforcement of worker- safety laws, health care, Social Security, education and...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
The Internal Axis of Evil
We have just returned from a weekend deep in red state territory, where our red state relatives are as you would expect -- still pro-Bush, still pro-Iraq war, still pro guns, for privatization of...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
A Scofflaw in the White House: Undermining Respect for Law
The Ides of March are upon us and, much like the situation with Julius Caesar in ancient Rome, we have an imperialist, authoritarian chief resident in the White House. Please understand, I do not...
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Monday, March 14, 2005
Nancy Snow
The Propaganda Czar from Paris + Texas
'I understand that Karen Hughes was born in Paris.' --John Kerry, 2004
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Sunday, March 13, 2005
Robert Freeman
Social Security Reform: Stop the Stampede
The Japanese have a wise expression: Isoga ni bamaware. It means, "When you're in a hurry, take the long way around." It could not be any more relevant than right now, with President Bush trying to...
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Helen Thomas
Credibility Matters Little to Brits, Americans
Funny thing about the United States and Great Britain. I once thought their people cared about the credibility -- and accountability of their leaders -- especially when it comes to war and peace. But...
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Saturday, March 12, 2005
Deborah James
The Walking Zombie of the WTO
More than 240 activists from 23 countries gathered in Hong Kong last weekend to plan a strategy for mobilization against the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) this coming...
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Norman Solomon
MoveOn.org: Making Peace With the War in Iraq
Sadly, it has come to this. Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org -- which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message -- is not pushing for...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Phyllis Bennis
Ten Questions the Senate Should Ask John Bolton at his Confirmation Hearing, But Probably Won't
1. In 1994 you said "There is no United Nations." Do you still believe that the international community, and the world's premiere multilateral organization, are illusions?
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Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Helen Thomas
No Order from Bush to Stop Torture
Never let it be said that the U.S. State Department lacks chutzpah. The department recently issued its annual report on human rights practices of nations around the world, pointedly criticizing...
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Saturday, March 5, 2005
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Blair Still Took Us to War On a Lie
To Insist That the Ends Now Justify the Means is Morally Disgraceful
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Friday, March 4, 2005
Saul Landau, Farrah Hassen
The White House Stage Manages the “Get Syria” Move
After 9/11, Administration neo-cons offered a "noble lie" to sell the public on the need to invade and occupy Iraq (The Iraqis will shower our troops with flowers and kisses). The same group has...
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Andrew Greeley
Bush a Hypocrite to Lecture Putin
Suppose that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Canada and announced that the United States was retreating from its principles of freedom since the World Trade Center attack. The United States...
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Thursday, March 3, 2005
Molly Ivins
Bad to Worse
Republicans Vote Down Military Exemption to Bankruptcy Bill, Add Loopholes for Rich
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Norman Solomon
When Junk Interrupts Junk
Once in a while, mass media outlets give a fair hearing to radical ideas that make sense. But those ideas have little chance to take hold - mainly because followup is scant. Instead of bouncing...
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