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Best Medicine for Ailing Africa

As more women show up in Africa’s corrupt corridors of power, the beleaguered continent may end up benefiting from their particular brand of tough love.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges: Coveting the Holocaust

The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” takes a hard look at the political capital of suffering.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Mohamed ElBaradei

Truthdig salutes Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the U.N.‘s nuclear agency, who warned the world that up to 30 more countries could soon possess the technology necessary to produce nuclear weapons.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
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After Pat’s Birthday

Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Pat (left, above) was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin has written a powerful, must-read document.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges—Inside Egypt

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief spends 10 days living with a lower-middle-class Egyptian family to expose the side of Egypt off-limits to most tourists—one made desperate by poverty and kept fearful by the omnipresent threat of state security officials.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Conflation of Church and State

The equation between “values voters” and conservative evangelical Christians has become so automatic that no one even noticed that the Values Voters Summit was held on Rosh Hashanah, a high holy day on the Jewish calendar.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Colin Powell’s Complicity

A new biography makes you long for an act of conscience that is so out of style it seems quaint: the principled resignation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Self Service, Not Public Service, in Congress

Rep. Curt Weldon is emblematic of the cancer eating away at Washington.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Don’t Count the Republicans Out

I’m sorry to say it, but even with the Iraq war, Katrina, the disgust over Foleygate and Abramoff, the Democrats could still end up the minority party after Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 18, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


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