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‘A Nation Deceived’: Work in Progress

Acclaimed actor and progressive activist Ed Asner played the lead in the first reading of a new play that dramatizes the perfidy of the Bush administration’s push for continued war in Iraq. Check out this behind-the-scenes description by writer Jayne Stahl.

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Iraq Fighting Could Imperil Region, Warn Analysts

From the WashPo: “The real worry ahead is that the conflict will destroy the flimsy Iraqi state and draw in surrounding countries.”

  • Indeed.
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    Friedman
    New York Times

    Conservative Icon Dies

    Conservative economics icon Milton Friedman has died at the age of 94.  Friedman, a rabid free-marketeer and dogged opponent of regulation, inspired generations of conservatives with his theories.

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    Hoyer Elected House Majority Leader

    The vote is in, and the results are disappointing. Steny Hoyer beat John Murtha by a vote of 149 to 86 in the election for House majority leader.

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    oliver twist
    reelmoviecritic.com

    USDA Eliminates ‘Hunger’

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to remove the word “hunger” from its

    annual report assessing Americans’ access to food.  Those among us who sometimes go without food, a group that has grown consistently over the last five years, will now suffer from “very low food security.”

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    Thompson and Bush
    theepochtimes.com

    Tommy Thompson Wants a Promotion

    Add former secretary for Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to the growing list of likely Republican presidential candidates in ‘08.  Like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani before him, Thompson has announced plans to form an exploratory committee, signaling his intention to run.

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    The High Price of Democracy in Cuba

    The Government Accountability Office has found that USAID funds meant to promote democracy in Cuba were improperly used to purchase luxury items including leather coats, crab meat and Godiva chocolates.  A representative of one of the Cuban-American groups charged with distributing the funds defended the purchases: “These people are going hungry. They never get any chocolate there.”

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    Hillary vs. the General

    Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee that troop levels should not be changed in Iraq, but that Iraqis themselves ought to bear responsibility for the nation’s security.  Sen. Hillary Clinton responded with a smackdown: “Hope is not a strategy. ... I have heard over and over again the Iraqi government must do this, the Iraqi army must do that. Nobody disagrees with that. The brutal fact is, it is not happening.”

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    Israel and Gaza
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    The Cycle of Violence

    Because of regular rocket attacks on its territory, Israel has been conducting military incursions into Gaza, including an artillery shelling that killed 19 civilians.  In response to the attack, Palestinian militants fired even more rockets into Israel, killing a woman and prompting Defense Minister Amir Peretz to vow revenge.

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    Iran Hangs Gay Man in Public

    A gay Iranian man was hanged in the western city of Kermanshah’s “Freedom Square” on charges of sodomy.

  • A wake-up call: The bigotry of the U.S. Catholic Church toward gays pales in comparison to the homicidal intolerance of other cultures worldwide.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE


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