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Moqtada al-Sadr
nytimes.com

A Bid to Ostracize Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi politicians have been meeting, with help from the Bush administration, to see if they can form a new coalition in Parliament to sideline the troublemaking Moqtada al-Sadr.  The new group of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites would have to attract moderates to find a way to handle Sadr’s militia, with its estimated 60,000 men.

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Kirk Douglas’ Birthday Plea

Acting legend Kirk Douglas turned 90 over the weekend and issued this birthday essay to commemorate the occasion, calling on the next generation to at least try to solve the world’s problems. (h/t: Largest Minority)

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ice shrinks
news.bbc.co.uk

Global Warming Slams Arctic

Last month Arctic sea ice shrunk by an area the size of Alaska when compared to historical averages, according to a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. By 2040, summer ice could disappear altogether.

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ISG report
channel4.com

Durst on Bush’s Reading Habits

Columnist and comedian Will Durst explores the irony of delivering a report to a president who doesn’t read.  Of the Iraq Study Group’s 79 recommendations, Durst writes: “Unfortunately none of them involved the President and his entire Cabinet resigning, proving perhaps this study group should’ve studied more.”

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Kucinich to Run for President

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement Monday that he will run for president in the 2008 election, prompted in part by his own party’s decision to continue funding for the Iraq war.  Kucinich discussed the funding issue at length in an interview with Truthdig.

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Pinochet and Hussein
Left: chile-erleben.de / Right: aftonbladet.se

A Tale of Two Tyrants

Agusto Pinochet’s death and the looming execution of Saddam Hussein inspires former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando to compare and contrast two of America’s favorite dictators.

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Beirut demonstrations
news.yahoo.com

Lebanon on the Brink

Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

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Guards
jwharrison.com

U.S. Has More Prisoners Than Any Other Country

The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with 2.2 million people in prison and 7 million in prison, on probation or on parole.  China, which has about a billion more people than the U.S., has only 1.5 million prisoners.

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Kofi Annan
news.yahoo.com

Annan Rebukes U.S. for Abusing Power

Speaking from the Truman Library in his last speech as U.N. secretary-general, Kofi Annan excoriated the United States for abusing its power in the world community: “No nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over others.”


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    Tom DeLay
    progressnow.org

    Tom DeLay Blogs, Briefly

    Disgraced Congressman Tom DeLay reinvented himself as a blogger, briefly, before removing all posts and disabling comments.  Guess it didn’t work out. (h/t: Think Progress)

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