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Churchy State

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Testing Turkey

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Obama

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Take America Back

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Reconciliation Talks In Afghanistan

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Economic Mood Swing

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Dream Act

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Blind Enthusiasm

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Against the Wishes of Arizona Lawmakers, America Is Getting More Diverse

Preliminary census data show that America’s melting pot is meltier than ever, with racial minorities now making up more than one-third of the nation’s population. Pretty soon the “minorities” will be in the majority, as they are in four states (California, New Mexico, Hawaii and Texas, where everything is bigger, anyway).

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Carol Tavris on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Crusade

In her recent book, Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the excesses, delusions and unsupported promises of the positive-thinking movement, tracking both its naive and its corrupt manifestations in the worlds of health, business, religion and psychology.

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Wanted

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I Don’t Have the Constitution for It

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America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE



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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day

Read historian Howard Zinn’s account of that genocidal, gold-crazed maniac Christopher Columbus, and it’s impossible to think this man deserves a holiday. Upon meeting the Indians, for example, his first thought was “They would make fine servants. ... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE


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American Plutocracy: Corruption Is In the Eye of the Beholder

To many observers, the recent New Jersey corruption sting, which resulted in the arrests of three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, seems rather surreal for the American social and political fabric.

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Bill Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good

The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.

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America Has Become Less Religious

The percentage of Americans who follow no religion has doubled since 1990, according to a new survey of religious identity. At 15 percent, they are now the third largest group, behind Catholics and Baptists. The Christian majority has dwindled by 10 points in the last 18 years.

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Attorney General: On Race, America Is ‘a Nation of Cowards’

Speaking at a Justice Department event in honor of Black History Month, the first black attorney general, appointed by the first black president, acknowledged that America has made progress but warned that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” His full remarks, after the jump.

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The Peril and Promise of Interesting Times

If things get much more “interesting,” we might have a collective nervous breakdown. But along with the anxiety, there’s also a sense of rare opportunity—a chance to emerge better than we were economically, politically and socially.

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This Just In: Historic ‘08 Election Didn’t Squelch Racism

The Associated Press delivered the sobering but inescapable news on Monday that the election of the nation’s first black president didn’t completely eradicate racism in America. Thanks, AP!

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Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Jane Ciabattari on Toni Morrison’s ‘A Mercy’

An unabashed triumph, Morrison’s new novel is a gloriously poetic and incantatory retelling of America’s tragic and redemptive story.

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Turning Trash Into Electricity

Here’s a solution to the energy crisis Americans are sure to love: A company called Geoplasma is building a plant in Florida that will vaporize garbage with a plasma torch, turning 1,500 tons of waste into 60 megawatts of the good stuff. It may not be as clean as solar, but hey, America is the Saudi Arabia of trash.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008 READ MORE



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America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

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‘Daily Show’: Crazy Scared Across America

John McCain’s supporters are plenty scared that a secret terrorist-loving Muslim could take over the White House. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s supporters think there’s nothing scarier than Sarah Palin. At last, fear has brought both sides together.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE



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The Idiots Who Rule America

Our oligarchic class is incompetent at governing, managing the economy, coping with natural disasters, educating our young, handling foreign affairs, providing basic services like health care and safeguarding individual rights. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of the common good.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin vs. Palin

Would the Republican VP nominee vote for herself? During her debate with Joe Biden, Sarah Palin said “we have to fight for” and “protect” our freedom, but her party and the policies she seems to support have crippled American liberty.

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For the Sake of the Children

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Obama and McCain Spar Over Oil

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have recently changed their positions when it comes to dealing with the burgeoning energy crisis and America’s all-too-apparent dependence on foreign oil, but that doesn’t mean each presumptive nominee isn’t going to keep pointing out the other’s potential inconsistencies and flaws, as Obama’s new ad here demonstrates.

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Ellen Garrison on ‘All the Sad Young Literary Men’

Are Keith Gessen and his posse really the voice of the Zeitgeist, the intellectual heirs to Norman Mailer and George Plimpton? Or just the highbrow version of Judd Apatow?

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Anywhere Becomes Everywhere

America has become homogenized. From suburb to suburb, what people eat, think and enjoy is the same. This is not good for a democracy.

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Surviving the Fourth of July

I survive the degradation that has become America—a land that exalts itself as a bastion of freedom and liberty while it tortures human beings, stripped of their rights, in offshore penal colonies, a land that wages wars defined under international law as criminal wars of aggression, a land that turns its back on its poor, its weak, its mentally ill, in a relentless drive to embrace totalitarian capitalism—because I read books.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Tony Platt on American Eugenics

Here’s a story, both chilling and inspiring: how prisoners at an Oklahoma prison in the aftermath of the Depression led a struggle to limit the practice of compulsory sterilization.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


A Pretty Picture of Diversity That Faded

Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo op of diversity.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on Our ‘Managed Democracy’

Sheldon Wolin’s new book offers a controversial but ultimately convincing diagnosis of how America’s democracy has succumbed to an unacknowledged totalitarian temptation.

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Best Foot Forward

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Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Rev. Parsley

McCain’s ‘Spiritual Guide’ Has a Big Issue with Islam

Looks like Sen. John McCain is being endorsed by more than one controversial preacher—the apparent “must-have” of leading presidential hopefuls this election cycle. Meet the Rev. Rod Parsley, whose support McCain sought and won, according to Brave New Films and Mother Jones, which have launched a collaborative effort to expose Parsley’s alarming beliefs about Islam and America’s role on the world stage.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


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When Teachers Are the Dropouts

Much is made of the dropout rate in America’s schools, and usually it’s the students who are the focus of the discussion. But what happens when teachers themselves opt out of their roles in the classroom? [In this short analysis, Truthdig educational expert Paul Cummins looks at teachers’ heartbreak, frustration and depression.]

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Troy Jollimore on Martin Amis’ ‘The Second Plane’

When the second plane hit the second skyscraper on 9/11, how many of us knew then just how radically our world would change?

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE



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Land of the Not-So-Free

The United States of America holds nearly one-quarter of the world’s prisoners. That’s because of an alarmingly high incarceration rate—the highest by far in the world—that strikes some as tough and others as simply barbaric. About one in every 100 adult Americans sits behind bars. Oh, and it’s a racist system, to boot. Take that, China!

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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John Lukacs on Nicholson Baker’s ‘Human Smoke’

Was World War II necessary? In an exercise in literary hygiene, a distinguished historian casts a skeptical eye at an acclaimed novelist’s revisionist take on the “Good War.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


Family Ties

I always thought that genealogy was for people whose blood ran blue. It was for folks who traced their ancestry to the Mayflower or the American Revolution, not those who came over in steerage one step ahead of the Cossacks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


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Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Ratzinger
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Coming to America

The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE



AP photos / left: Gautam Singh / right: Uwe Lein

On Secular Fundamentalism

The battle under way in America is not a battle between religion and science. It is a battle between religious and secular fundamentalists. It is a battle between two groups intoxicated with the utopian and magical belief that humankind can perfect itself and master its destiny.

Posted on Apr 7, 2008 READ MORE


Two Black Americas

Much has changed in the years since Martin Luther King Jr.‘s death, and yet many black Americans struggle now more than ever. We must acknowledge progress if we are to take up the work that is left incomplete.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


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