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From the Mind of the ‘Commander Guy’

One need only listen to the president’s definition of success in Iraq to appreciate the value of a full and immediate withdrawal.

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Palestinians’ Hard Choice: An Interview With Sari Nusseibeh

Palestinian intellectual, political figure and former PLO official Sari Nusseibeh (above) talks with Jon Wiener, historian and contributor to The Nation, about Nusseibeh’s new memoir, future prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and the 2006 July War in Lebanon—a war, he says, that “both sides lost.”

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Time to Crack Down on the Student Loan Cesspool

The markers of a mushrooming student loan scandal are identical to so many of the rest: The Bush administration, determined to turn the federal government into a favor bank for its corporate cronies, ignored every indicator that the $85-billion-a-year student loan industry was rife with corruption.

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Tenet’s Share of the Shame

While the natural human fascination with gossip and backbiting among our rulers guarantees media coverage and best-seller status for George Tenet’s new memoir, the former CIA director cannot achieve absolution in print or on television.

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AIDS Czar Caught With His Pants Down

Abstinence advocate and Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias had to resign after admitting to $300 “massages” furnished by the “D.C. madam,” but the real scandal is the administration’s support—to the tune of billions of dollars—for a faith-based AIDS prevention philosophy that simply doesn’t work.

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A Political Bridge for 2008

Steve Kornacki, community outreach director of Unity08, the online independent party, speaks with Truthdig about his organization’s vision for a third way in the coming election, why our political system is broken and how he intends to fix it.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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After Thousands Have Died, Tenet Comes Clean

The three short sentences at the beginning of Chapter 17 of former CIA Director George Tenet’s memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” tell it all: “The United States did not go to war in Iraq solely because of WMD. I doubt it was even the principal cause. Yet it was the public face that was put on it.”

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Voices From the Spanish Civil War

A group of American veterans from the Spanish Civil War recently gathered to commemorate their fight against fascism before it was a popular cause. They fought for freedom and civil liberties, and they have a few words to say about our current morass.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

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Minimum Compassion for Wage Slaves

Senate Republicans continue to oppose a minimum-wage hike, despite the fact that the buying power of the working poor hasn’t approved in five decades.

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