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Hezbollah's perceived victory gives a boost to Islamist groups throughout the region
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Hezbollah ‘Victory’ Boosts Islamism in Mideast

In the search for a sense of dignity, basic services and honesty, Arabs from all walks of life are turning to fundamentalist groups that have succeeded where their own governments have failed.  ?I have more faith in Islam than in my state; I have more faith in Allah than in Hosni Mubarak,? said one educated middle-class Egyptian woman.

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Fetal Horror in Punjab

Authorities in the Indian state of Punjab recently made a grotesque discovery that has prompted public outrage and a government crackdown. Acting on a tip, police and health officials raided a private clinic and found a 30-foot well with over 50 female fetuses inside.

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Israeli Attack Threatens Cease-Fire

Despite the tenuous cease-fire, Israel has launched an attack some 60 miles north of its border in Lebanon.  Israeli officials said they were trying to halt a weapons transfer to Hezbollah, and will continue to engage targets until a peacekeeping force can take its place to prevent Hezbollah’s rearming.

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A Billionaire Scion: Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman’s opinions on the Iraq war have long been proved bankrupt (here, here and most recently, here) but if you still put stock in his economic analysis about free trade and outsourcing, keep in mind that he’s the heir to a multibillion-dollar real estate fortune, and may not be speaking for the little guy. Political strategist Dave Sirota has the goods.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


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From Wired News

Live Musical Acts, Coming to a Sim Near You

Now this is a cool sign of the times: Musicians are playing “live” concerts streamed through virtual reality environments like “Second Life.” Above, the avatar of Suzanne Vega plays in what was billed as “the first time a major recording artist performed live in avatar form.”

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From the Huffington Post

A Right-Winger Reads The N.Y. Times

This animated feature is leading the pack at the Huffington Post’s Contagious Festival; it’s a satirical look at what conservatives see when they pick up The New York Times.

  • Check out last month’s Jury Prize (it’s the “Freeway Blogger”)

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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    From Book22.com

    O Lord, Send Me Guidance on This Dildo…

    In what appears to be a first, an Oregon couple has set up a Christian-themed sex toy website for married pairs only. The “about” page is unintentionally hilarious. It reads, “We have prayed every step of the way for guidance on what products to offer on this site.”
    What’s that, Lord? The grape-flavored anal lube? Or the edible crotchless panties?

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


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    From f650pickups.com

    Kicking the SUV Habit—Finally

    Ford announced its largest production cuts in 20 years, blaming high gas prices for customers shifting away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models.

  • We were wondering how long it would take Americans to wean themselves from their SUV addiction.
  • Now, if we could just get a few more of these next-generation electric cars on the road….

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenwald: Bush Acting Like a Monarch

    In an interview with Democracy Now!, constitutional lawyer and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald explains how a federal judge rejected the president’s monarchial leanings when she ordered a halt to his warrantless eavesdropping program.

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    Andrew Sullivan: Bush’s Faith and Incompetence

    Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the fundamentalism that makes it impossible for Bush to ever change course: “Faith is to the new conservatism ... what ideology was to the old leftism: an unquestioned orthodoxy from which all policy flows.”

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