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The Trouble With ‘Political Rock Stars’

The pundits’ latest catchphrase is insulting to the traditions of both politicians and rock stars.

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Chris Hedges: George Bush’s America

The show trial of Sami Al-Arian speaks to the government’s persecution of Muslims after 9/11, and the perils of dissent in a world gone mad with terror.

Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: The Rev. Joel Hunter

This week Truthdig salutes the Rev. Joel Hunter, who recently resigned as president of the Christian Coalition because the group was unwilling to accept his agenda on global warming, poverty and AIDS.  While we don’t endorse Hunter’s stand on choice and gay marriage, we admire the consistency of his pro-life position.  As the pastor himself says, “unless we are caring as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb, we’re not carrying out the full message of Jesus.”

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Satire From Andy Borowitz: Bush Twins Invade Iraq

Just days after their hard-partying antics made headlines across Argentina, the twin daughters of President George W. Bush arrived in Iraq today, determined to continue celebrating their 25th birthday as only the Bush twins can.

Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


Women in the Middle East: Past and Present

Read the entire introduction to UCLA professor emerita Nikki Keddie’s new book,  “Women in the Middle East: Past and Present.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


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The Good News Behind the Bad for Middle Eastern Women

Nikki Keddie, one of the nation’s leading Middle East scholars, argues that despite Western stereotypes, women in many Middle Eastern countries are making great strides in terms of civil liberties and legal rights. But America’s disastrous occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan threaten to undo much of the progress.

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    Susan Estrich: Taking Temperatures

    A new poll measures Americans’ attitudes toward potential presidential candidates in terms of warmth, with Rudolph Giuliani and Barack Obama leading the pack.  This could be an interesting election after all.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Time to Face Facts in Iraq

    Bush made his bed with the Iraq quagmire. Now he has to deal with the consequences: diplomacy with Iran and Syria.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Learning to Live With the Ayatollahs

    How in the world did George W. Bush manage to turn Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of “Axis of Evil” Iran, into a prophet of peace in the Middle East?

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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    The Africa You Need to Know

    The Western media love to portray Africa as a backward, famine-plagued caricature, but the world’s second most populous continent has more to offer than tragedy.

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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