Friday, December 24, 2010

The Christian Myth of Jesus's Birth

By the Rev. Howard Bess
December 24, 2010

The Advent season is a fun time. For many Christians, it is the happiest season of the year. The joy comes from the anticipation: “Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her king.”

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

An Echo of the 'War on Christmas'

By Michael Winship
December 23, 2010

In the snows of yesteryear, far away from Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or START treaties or the War on Christmas, I see the movie house of my youth, the Playhouse Theater on Chapin Street, the only one in my small hometown -- except for a nearby drive-in that closed during the winter.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WikiLeaks and the Fight for Privacy

By Nat Parry
December 23, 2010

Everyone should enjoy a basic right to privacy, according to one of the more compelling arguments against WikiLeaks’ “megaleak” of over 250,000 diplomatic cables.

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Is Barack Obama the Problem?

By Robert Parry
December 22, 2010

Despite some recent victories like repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” many on the American Left are feeling a cumulative disgust toward President Barack Obama, not just for his generally timid policy choices but – even more so – for his failure to articulate and fight for progressive values.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Replacing 'They Decade' with Can-Do

By Mort Rosenblum
December 21, 2010

America's “They Decade” is ending, and it is time to heed Edmund Burke. Evil happens when good men do nothing.

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US Anti-War Resistance on the Rise

By Kevin Zeese
December 21, 2010

Mike Ferner, the president of Veterans for Peace, was speaking outside the White House calling for a “culture of resistance” against U.S. wars. His organization was leading a protest outside the White House at the same moment that President Obama was inside announcing the continuation of the Afghanistan War.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

WikiLeaks and the Secrets that Deceive

By Danny Schechter
December 20, 2010

In the days of Stalin’s Russia, not only would dissidents “disappear” but images of officials at the May Day reviewing stands would be erased from photographs when their political stars fell.

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Thoughts at the White House Fence

By Ray McGovern
December 20, 2010

“Show me your company, and I’ll tell you who you are,” my grandmother would often say with a light Irish lilt but a heavy emphasis, an admonition about taking care in choosing what company you keep.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

What Christmas Owes to Abolitionists

By William Loren Katz
December 19, 2010

Before Christmas emerged as a commercial success, it led a checkered social life. In the 13 American colonies and the early days of the United States, it was known as a festival of heavy drinking and brawling.

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