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Death: The Big Story That’s Rarely Covered Well

Public acceptance of killing thrives on abstractions. And, in turn, those abstractions are largely facilitated by news media.  Solomon examines how words can mask the ugly truth of state-sponsored killing.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Armed Cheney to Guard Ports

Attempting to defuse the controversy over the decision to place the operation of several key American ports in the hands of a company based in Dubai, Vice President Dick Cheney said today that he would personally patrol those ports with a 28-gauge shotgun.

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


It’s the Corporation, Stupid

Regarding the UAE port deal: The people running this country are perfectly willing to outsource American jobs, wages, and health and safety standards for the sake of free trade. Why would it surprise us that national security is ditto?

Posted on Feb 22, 2006 READ MORE


In Defense of Free Thought

On Monday an Austrian court sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years’ imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust 17 years ago.  Directly on the heels of rioting sparked by the Muhammad cartoons, the ruling has exposed a longstanding double standard in the West about who is entitled to free speech and why.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This Lousy $20 Gift Ban?

Reform follows scandal as night the day, except in these sorry times, when it appears we may not get a nickel’s worth of reform out of the entire Jack Abramoff saga.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Halliburton Wins Contract to Reconstruct Cheney’s Reputation

The $42-billion contract represents the first time that the company has been employed to put its reconstruction expertise to work on one embattled human being. (satire)

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


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Dream On, Condi

There is no way to soft-pedal it: The astounding rise of an anti-American firebrand like Moqtada al-Sadr is an indicator of how wide and complete a political defeat pro-Western forces have suffered in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney Shoots a Texas Liberal

Welcome back to the paradoxical Bush/Cheney “responsibility society,” where no one (starting with the administration) takes responsibility.

Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


An Olympic Athlete With No Tragic History? That Won’t Do!

A member of the U.S. Olympic ski team was disqualified from competition today when it was learned that he did not have a sufficiently compelling human storyline to exploit on the NBC telecast of the worldwide sporting event. (satire)

Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


Amos Oz on Hamas: ‘Termination of the Israeli Occupation Is Urgent’

Fanatics are those people of any faith, color, persuasion or political belief who maintain that the end, whatever end, justifies all the means, including the bloody means. By this criterion I am afraid Hamas is a fanatic organization par excellence.

Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


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