Saturday, January 09, 2010

Hard Lessons from Decades Past

By Robert Parry
January 9, 2010

Decades, more than years or even election cycles, mark a nation’s course, just as 10-year spans become personal milestones, the big-3-0 or, in my case, the big 6-0.

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Answering Helen Thomas on Why

By Ray McGovern
January 8, 2009

Thank God for Helen Thomas, the only person to show any courage at the White House press briefing after President Barack Obama gave a flaccid account of the intelligence screw-up that almost downed an airliner on Christmas Day.

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California's Dysfunctional Future Shock

By Michael Winship
January 8, 2010

A number of years ago, when I would travel to California on business with my friend the late journalist and comedy writer Eliot Wald, we always carved out time to visit a couple of those massive Los Angeles grocery chains, like Ralph's or Vons.

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Endless Double Standards on Cuba

By William Blum
January 7, 2010

More than 50 years now it is. The propaganda and hypocrisy of the American mainstream media seems endless and unwavering. They cannot accept the fact that Cuban leaders are humane or rational.

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The Botched 9/11 Intel 'Reforms'

By Melvin A. Goodman
January 7, 2010

One week after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told the press corps, "This isn't Pearl Harbor." No, it was worse.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Why Counter-Terrorism Is in Shambles

By Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley
January 5, 2009

Question #1 – What lapses in the American counter terrorism apparatus made the Christmas Day bombing plot possible? Is it inevitable that certain plots will succeed?

The short answer to the second sentence is: Yes, it is inevitable that “certain plots will succeed.”

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The Myth of the Three Wise Men

By the Rev. Howard Bess
January 5, 2010

Since January 6 marks Epiphany, the first day of an extended season in the Christian Church calendar that takes traditional Christian believers all the way to the Lenten season. It is the season that celebrates the Christian gospel as light to a dark world.

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How Government Worsens Terror Risk

By Ivan Eland
January 5, 2010

The botched attempt by a Nigerian, apparently trained in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to conduct a suicide bombing on a plane as it neared Detroit has highlighted the U.S. government’s overzealous, ineffective and even counterproductive efforts to overcome terrorism.

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Afghan 'Dirty War' Escalates

By Douglas Valentine
January 4, 2010

On Dec. 31, I listened in dismay as an NPR “terrorism” expert condemned the suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees in Afghanistan as especially hideous because the CIA victims were spreading economic development and democracy in the area as members of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).

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Ellsberg on Vanunu's Re-Arrest

By Daniel Ellsberg
January 4, 2010

Mordechai Vanunu -- my friend, my hero, my brother -- has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners."

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