Friday, August 13, 2010

US Staggers Toward Dysfunction

By Danny Schechter
August 14, 2010

Financial journalist Charles Gasparino whose career trajectory took him from Newsweek to CNBC to Fox News was on with Bill O’ Reilly doing what the host of the fact-less Factor likes to do the most: promote Fox News.

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Gut-Check Time for Progressives

By Don Monkerud
August 13, 2010

Hopes for change are turning to disappointment as Congress fails to meet goals for a progressive agenda.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Neocon Preps US for War with Iran

By Ray McGovern
August 12, 2010

I guess I was na├»ve in thinking that The Atlantic and its American-Israeli writer Jeffrey Goldberg might shy away from arguing for yet another war — this one with Iran — while the cauldrons are still boiling in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Why Israel Wants a US War with Iran

By Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett
August 12, 2010

Amid widespread skepticism that sanctions will stop Tehran's nuclear development and grudging, belated recognition that the Green Movement will not deliver a more pliable Iranian government, a growing number of commentators are asking the question, "What does President Obama do next on Iran?"

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Don't Try These GOP Alibis at Home

By Robert Parry
August 12, 2010

Unless you’re a member of the Bush Family or some other well-connected Republican, it’s not advised that you try the alibis that cleared Ronald Reagan’s campaign in the 1980 October Surprise case. You also would need to make sure that the “investigators” were lame-brained or weak-kneed Democrats.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Manning, Khadr: Cases of Conscience

By Lawrence Davidson
August 11, 2010

At present there are two young men sitting in prison who have never met but are nonetheless intimately connected.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Mosque, the Wall, and America

By Michael Winship
August 10, 2010

The current fight over the building of an Islamic study center near Ground Zero in Manhattan is reminiscent of another battle nearly 30 years ago. Then, too, ignorance, rage and prejudice threatened to destroy the creation of something intended to help mend a grievous wound and foster understanding and reconciliation.

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The Dual Realities of Israel/Palestine

By Lawrence Davidson
August 10, 2010

On Aug. 5, 2010 Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, citing a Fars (Iran) news service story, reported that a non-governmental organization in Iran had "launched a Website with cartoons on the Holocaust aimed at undermining the historic dimensions of the mass murder of Jews."

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Hard Choices in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Ivan Eland
August 10, 2010

As President Obama pooh-poohed as old news the many WikiLeaks documents showing the sad state of the conflict in Afghanistan, the chief executive also began an entire month of crowing about keeping his campaign promise to “bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end.”

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Is Anti-Tax Rage Fueled by Racism?

By Jay Diamond
August 9, 2010

The momentum, the mass and the driving force behind the anti-tax, anti-government cult of the last 30 years has been RACISM.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lack of Jobs Kills Hope of Recovery

By Danny Schechter
August 9, 2010

In Washington, the Obama economic team has sprung a leak. First, Budget Director Peter Orszag, the calculating numbers savant, bailed. And now, “distinguished” economist Christina Romer, the only woman in that inner circle boys club has quit too.

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Reflections on the Ninth of August

By Gary G. Kohls
August 8, 2010

On the 9th of August 1945, an all-Christian B-29 bomber crew took off from Tinian Island in the South Pacific with the blessings of Catholic and Protestant chaplains.

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Pfc. Manning and the Value of Truth

By Ray McGovern
August 8, 2010

We are living in a liminal time, that is to say we live on the threshold. So much that we have taken for granted is passing.

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