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Everyone’s Missing the Point

The jubilation of Americans and Western leaders at the death of Osama bin Laden, though understandable, misses the point. In many ways, the figure gunned down in Pakistan was already irrelevant—more a symbol of past dangers than a real threat for the future.

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AP / Jeff Chiu

Second-Class Students

In a recent interview, Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith shared with me one of the most mind-numbing statistics I have ever heard.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


A Page Has Been Turned

I kept hearing that theme of turning a page. In a sense, we had been prisoners of bin Laden. Now we’re free.

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Debt Ceiling Folly

Starting this week, the talk in our nation’s capital will be dominated by whether or not Congress should raise the debt ceiling—as if we have any choice but to pay off our obligations.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Chris Hedges, speaking at Truthdig’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles, responds to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE



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A Generation of Termites?

Indeed, in the guise of saving future generations from excessive federal debt, themes of national decay, egotistical greed and irresponsibility pervade the Ryan plan.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Fat Guy Should Lose His Privilege

The real explanation for the gender disparity is found in a chauvinist culture whose double standards demand physical perfection from women while simultaneously celebrating male corpulence.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


‘Oh Yeah, Prove It’

This just in: President Obama has proved, yet again, that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States. Which we already knew—“we” meaning those of us who believe there is such a thing as objective reality.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


Strong-Arming the Lawyers

It’s easy to beat up on a big corporate law firm for acting cravenly in its financial self-interest. In the case of King & Spalding, the Atlanta firm that abruptly reneged on its commitment to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the pummeling is entirely deserved.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / MathKnight and Zachi Evenor (CC-BY-SA)

A New Battle Over Resources in Israel

The Knesset approved a law late last month drastically increasing taxes on Israel’s mammoth, newly discovered offshore natural gas reserves.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


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