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It Can Happen Here

Thirty-nine individuals held in U.S. custody at one time or another are unaccounted for—missing or disappeared in the style of a Third World dictatorship. What have we become?

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Don?t Stop ? ’ —David Chase?s Maddening ‘Sopranos’ Finale

Of all the endings that “Sopranos” aficionados may have anticipated, Sunday night’s series finale probably defied almost of all their expectations, for better or for worse.  Judging by the fans’ reactions on the HBO site that night, “for worse” may be the majority opinion.  Contributor Sheerly Avni weighs in on the controversial send-off of Tony and his famigliaWarning:  Spoiler alert.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


The Great American Disconnect

If the Bush administration is only now considering the possibility of a South Korea-style military presence in Iraq, then why has it been building permanent bases since the start of the occupation?

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


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In Venezuela, Reality TV

Imagine if a U.S. television station not only aired programs criticizing the federal government but went so far as to stage a coup to overthrow the administration.  That scenario may be difficult for Americans to imagine, but Venezuelan opposition station RCTV did just that in 2002.  Cuban journalist Elizalde takes a look at the Venezuelan media landscape in the aftermath of RCTV’s officially mandated shutdown.

Posted on Jun 9, 2007 READ MORE


The Ghost of Pardon Past

The argument among Republicans over whether President Bush should grant Scooter Libby a quick pardon amounts to a battle between the past and the future.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


Paris Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Warning: This is a column about Paris Hilton. Those who are trying to ignore the travails of the famous-for-being-famous hotel heiress might want to avert their eyes. The rest of you, join me in honorable surrender. We have no choice but to pay attention.

Posted on Jun 8, 2007 READ MORE


Reaganite Rudy’s Faulty Memory

The only way for Rudolph Giuliani to protect his status as the Republican Party’s leading presidential aspirant is to distract his party’s primary voters from the long list of issues that divide them from him.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


Improvisational Justice

Now we’ve bungled our own kangaroo courts. Two military judges, acting separately in the cases of two alleged terrorists, have dismissed war crimes charges against both. The legal reasoning is technical. But this breakdown is no technicality—it is farce.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Nigeria: New Government or Puppet Succession?

In some ways, the ascension of Nigeria’s new President Umaru Yar’Adua to his country’s top post can be seen in a hopeful light, however his ties to his predecessor may make him more of a representative for the old guard than a fresh new face in Nigerian politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Christopher Hitchens: Religion Poisons Everything

Jon Wiener spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his views on religion and the book that would turn out to be one of the milestones of Hitch’s career as a public intellectual.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


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