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Walling off bad news
By Michael Hopping
In an August 3 memo,
Samantha Power, an advisor to Barack Obama�s presidential campaign,
defends Obama�s recent promise to change US policy about talking to
Aug 10, 2007, 00:47
The "Wall of the Gringos"
By Gaither Stewart
BUENOS AIRES -- Some months ago an amusing satirical
article in the Buenos Aires leftwing daily, Pagina 12, made me want to
cry. In some 5,000 words, the Argentinean journalist Jos� Pablo Feinmann
ridiculed, among other things, the whole concept of the great wall the Bush
government has proposed to build along the border with Mexico.
Aug 10, 2007, 00:43
US hegemony spawns Russian-Chinese military alliance
By Paul Craig Roberts
This week the Russian and Chinese
militaries are conducting a joint military
exercise involving large numbers of troops and combat vehicles. The former
Soviet Republics of Tajikistan, Kyrgkyzstan, and Kazakstan are participating.
Other countries appear ready to join the military alliance.
Aug 10, 2007, 00:41
Thug-o-phobia: Fear of black men as a criminal defense
By Min. Paul Scott
You�ve seen the gag a million times on '70s sitcoms. A
nerdy white guy rolls up on a group of tough lookin� black dudes just chillin�
on the block, then all of a sudden the white guy yells for no apparent reason,
"Please, just take my wallet !!!" . . . while the black dudes look at
him like he�s lost his darn mind.
Aug 10, 2007, 00:39
By Frank J. Ranelli
If the past is prologue, then the present may be
prescient. Each day, many of us awaken to a queasy feeling of unrest, knowing
that the rule of law is under assault. The Constitution is in jeopardy and our
unassailable rights to an egalitarian society are quickly being abolished.
Television, newspapers, blogs, and a litany of books are reminiscent in our
collective conscience that America has been browbeaten into trading peace for
war, liberties for security, sovereignty for safety, and blood for oil.
Aug 10, 2007, 00:36
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public park ● Bush opposes raising gas tax for bridge repairs ● Potential flaw
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caves dreaming up ways to kill us ● Bush having national emergency response
plan rewritten in secret ● Boy dies from amoebic encephalitis after swimming in
Florida lake ● Florida judge rules voting precincts in churches don't violate
Aug 10, 2007, 00:27
Canada and Bush's North American Union project
By Rodrigue Tremblay
Look for a very strong backlash coming from the
Canadian people, but also from the American and Mexican peoples, once they
clearly understand what the Bush-Calderon-Harper trio has been concocting in
near complete secrecy and with nearly no public debate whatsoever, over the
last few years.
Aug 9, 2007, 00:48
Uncle Sam, your banker will see you now
By Paul Craig Roberts
Early this morning China let the idiots in Washington,
and on Wall Street, know that it has them by the short hairs. Two senior
spokesmen for the Chinese government observed that China�s considerable
holdings of US dollars and Treasury bonds "contributes a great deal to
maintaining the position of the dollar as a reserve currency."
threatens 'nuclear option' of dollar sales, by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard,
London Telegraph, August 9, 2007]
Aug 9, 2007, 00:46
Are conservatives born that way?
By Nick Paccione
I am fascinated by the idea that most conservatives
and many Americans believe that liberals are wimps. Ann Coulter�s infantile
�faggot� remark about John Edwards is rooted in the idea. And poll after poll
illustrates America�s opinion that conservatives are better equipped at
fighting terrorism and keeping America safe because they�re just tougher.
Aug 9, 2007, 00:44
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki
By Jerry Mazza
I was a little boy on August 6, 1945, when President
Harry Truman decided to drop the first nuclear weapon ever on the ill-fated
Aug 9, 2007, 00:42
Are you sick of being a suspect?
By Linda S. Heard
The other day, I received a letter from my bank in the
Channel Islands giving me a deadline to turn up at the nearest Barclay�s -- or
failing that any international bank or British consulate -- so that the
photograph in my passport can be certified and officially stamped as a true
likeness of me.
Aug 9, 2007, 00:40
The framework for debate on Iran: Existing U.S. policy and its peaceful alternative
By Jeremy R. Hammond
There is a very narrow and rigidly defined framework
within which discussion of U.S. policy towards Iran is confined in political
discourse and mainstream media. This framework effectively precludes the
possibility that there could be a change of foreign policy which would produce
more positive results than the present status quo, policies which at best are counterproductive
and at worst could have disastrous consequences both for the U.S. and Iran,
with repercussions that could extend throughout the Middle East. An alternative
framework is possible, but it requires the dispensation of certain attitudes
and myths and a reevaluation of the facts concerning U.S. policy towards Iran.
Aug 8, 2007, 01:54
LIVE from Lebanon: The Beirut of the problem
By Trish Schuh
BEIRUT -- Early one peaceful Sunday morning, a
Lebanese colleague from the Christian side of the Green Line offered to
skip church and give me an Assassins' Tour of Beirut. "Would
you like to trace steps from the Civil War?" she asked.
"That would be great," I said. "Why not?" I love a dose of
napalm in the morning, as they say . . .
Aug 8, 2007, 01:50
Pick your war, pick your president
By Linda S. Heard
There seems to be a new fashion among US presidential
hopefuls. No, I'm not talking about Gucci or Gap or the Hamptons versus Cape
Cod. Whether they're Republican, Democrat or independent current contenders for
the top job appear to hold to the same neo-motto: If you wanna get ahead, get a
Aug 8, 2007, 01:48
She stands at every door
By Kathy Kelly
AMMAN, Jordan -- At a small, informal school in the
basement of a church in Amman, many strings of colorful paper cranes bedeck
walls and windows. The school serves children whose families have fled Iraq.
Aug 8, 2007, 01:44
Avandia's real warning should be about the FDA and Big Pharma symbiosis
By Martha Rosenberg
They're just dropping like Chinese imports --
prescription drugs that turn out to be deadly after FDA approval.
Aug 8, 2007, 01:36
Earth needs renewed attention to human population growth
By John Feeney
simple theme in today's environmental writing. It shows up in titles like
"Cut Your Consumption by Switching to Fluorescent Light Bulbs,"
"Lawmakers Developing Fuel Economy Plan,� and "Is Wind Power Right
Aug 7, 2007, 00:35
Removing a failed president
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
We no longer can trust Congress to impeach and remove
a terrible president. The Washington Post has published an op-ed piece by Robert
Dallek that proposes a constitutional amendment to allow �ouster by the
people� for removing a president other than by impeachment or because of
incapacity. Considering the dismal performance of George W. Bush and his
administration and the difficulty in obtaining impeachment, this is a fine
Aug 7, 2007, 00:31