Friday, February 12, 2010

Joking About Climate Change

By Michael Winship
February 12, 2010

There's a vintage “Bob and Ray” radio sketch in which Bob plays "Mr. Science," a parody of TV's "Mr. Wizard." He's trying to explain to his young protégé Sandy "the miracle of gas refrigeration."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Terror 'Death Lists' Target Americans

By Sherwood Ross
February 11, 2010

Raising troubling comparisons to tactics employed by Josef Stalin and right-wing Latin American dictatorships, the U.S. government has created a “hit list” of Americans abroad marked for murder.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why Afghanistan Really Fell Apart

By Bruce P. Cameron
February 10, 2010 (Originally published September 30, 2009)

Much of the U.S. conventional wisdom about how the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 led to the rise of the Taliban and the creation of al-Qaeda safe havens before Sept. 11, 2001, comes from the popular movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” But that represents a dangerous misperception.

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Reagan's Bargain/Charlie Wilson's War

By Peter W. Dickson
February 10, 2010 (Originally published January 6, 2008)

What’s left out of a movie about history often interests only a few experts in the field. However, the release of one that chronicles the successful sub rosa American effort to bleed the Soviet Army in Afghanistan in the 1980s may prove to be an exception.

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US Ignores UK's Iraq War Evidence

By David Swanson
February 10, 2010

Peter Dyer sums up well the sort of conclusions we can draw from the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into Britain's role as sidekick launcher of aggressive war on Iraq:

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Brits, Dutch Confront Illegal Iraq War

By Peter Dyer
February 9, 2010

On March 18, 2003, on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, Elizabeth Wilmshurst resigned as Deputy Legal Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British equivalent of the U.S. State Department.

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Palin, Psy-Ops & 'Condescending" Libs

By Robert Parry
February 8, 2010

In the 1980s, while a reporter for the Associated Press, I had the opportunity to chat over the phone with legendary CIA psy-war specialist Edward Lansdale. A mutual friend had set up the contact, which I hoped might lead to a more formal interview.

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Shunning Howard Zinn's History

By William Blum
February 7, 2010

Progressive activists and writers continually bemoan the fact that the news they generate and the opinions they express are consistently ignored by the mainstream media, and thus kept from the masses of the American people.

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