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Mosaic on America’s Sanctions Against Iran

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the U.S.‘s newly imposed sanctions against Iran’s military—the first time, the Link TV report points out, that the U.S. has sought to punish another country’s military this way.  Could America’s latest move constitute a prelude to war?  Iranian officials have reacted angrily, saying the sanction strategy is “doomed to failure.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Dixie Chicking’: Post-9/11 Blacklisting in the Entertainment Industry

As a follow-up to his “Hollywood 10” retrospective essay, and in honor of Friday’s 60th-anniversary commemoration of 1947’s “Hollywood Fights Back!” radio program, author Ed Rampell shows how history has (unfortunately) repeated itself of late in America’s entertainment and news media.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Ahmadinejad’s Camp Revisits, Revises Gay Comment

An aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is attempting to work some spin-control magic on what was probably (and unintentionally, according to the aide) Ahmadinejad’s biggest headline-grabber from his speech at Columbia University: his assertion that, “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


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McCain: ‘Constitution Established a Christian Nation’

John McCain’s campaign is in dire straits, which may be why he told Beliefnet that he would prefer a Christian president who would “carry on in the Judeo-Christian principled tradition,” and that “the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.”

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American Exceptionalism Meets Team Jesus

There’s a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism these days, but how much do we really know about the brand of Christian fundamentalism that has developed in America since, and in response to, the Enlightenment?  Author James Carroll holds forth on the subject in this interview with TomDispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Caspian Rain’

Truthdig is pleased to present these two excerpts from the novel “Caspian Rain” by Gina Nahai, best-selling author of “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith.”  In “Rain,” her fourth novel, Nahai explores Iran’s complex culture through the eyes of a group of memorable characters living in various sectors of society during the years leading up to the Islamic Revolution.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


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The Last Days of Democracy

Truthdig speaks with Elliot Cohen, author of “The Last Days of Democracy,” who argues that the United States is in political and cultural decline, with media and telecommunications giants engaged in “a well-organized effort to hijack America.”

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The Last Days of Democracy

Truthdig speaks with Elliot Cohen, author of “The Last Days of Democracy,” who argues that the United States is in political and cultural decline, with media and telecommunications giants engaged in “a well-organized effort to hijack America.”

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


America’s Birthday Grab Bag

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America 7-4-07: Don't let them get mixed up! You won't be able to tell who deserves ridicule and who deserves praise. Happy 231st birthday!
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The Original Immigration Problem

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We've lost control of the borders. They must be rounded up and deported...all 300 million of them.
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NATO to Karzai:  Point Taken

NATO officials have registered Afghan President Hamad Karzai’s strong criticism of the Western coalition’s recent tactics, which have resulted in tragically high numbers of civilian deaths, and are offering conciliatory words in response.

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Karzai Slams Western Allies’ Battle Tactics

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai angrily accused American- and NATO-led forces in his country of becoming increasingly reckless with their combat strategies, killing innocent civilians and straining relations with Afghanistan.

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Respect the Left

On issues as far-ranging as the Iraq war, healthcare and economic disparity, America has moved decidedly to the left. Isn’t it time we stop fretting about words like “liberal”?

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The Myth of Moral Superiority

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Gore Vidal on the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads from his essay, “Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire.” The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: he’s out to destroy the American empire.

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A Sense of History

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They Hate Me for My Freedom

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Remembering Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

The historian, who died this week, disdained utopianism but lived in hope with a lifelong belief in the power and persistence of liberalism in American politics. 

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Mr. Fish: Setting Aside Differences

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We’ll Lock Up Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

If Lady Liberty wasn’t bolted down, she would get up and walk away, having witnessed the abusive imprisonment that America’s broken immigration system imposes on the asylum seekers, torture victims and innocent families who had the criminal impulse to search for a better life.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Mideast Peace Meeting a Dud

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Condoleezza Rice concluded a highly vaunted two-hour meeting with no firm commitment other than an agreement to maintain communication. The elephant in the room was Abbas’ recently announced deal to share power with Hamas, an arrangement that prompted the U.S. and Israel to threaten a boycott.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


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From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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    Bill Moyers’ Parable

    The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation’s history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

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    Luckovich: Trump’s Concession

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    Ellen Goodman: Bustiers and Niqabs

    Whether they’re donning a slutty Halloween costume or a full-body Islamic veil, many modern women believe they are making their own choices of self-representation—but they’re actually caught in a cultural vise.

    Posted on Oct 26, 2006 READ MORE


    New Liberal Radio Network Set to Launch

    The co-founders of Air America Radio have formed Nova M Radio, a Phoenix-based progressive talk radio network. Show hosts will include Mike Malloy and pollster John Zogby; former Howard Dean aide Joe Trippi will consult.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Franken
    From Air America

    Air America Files for Bankruptcy

    The progressive talk radio home to “The Al Franken Show” has filed for Chapter 11 protections. It’s going to stay on the air while it (hopefully) resolves its issues with its creditors.

    Posted on Oct 13, 2006 READ MORE


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    Outsourcing You May Not Have Heard About

    Infertile women who want a bargain as much as a baby can now rent an Indian womb for one-tenth the going rate.

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


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    Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

    Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    America is Better Than This

    AMERICAblog just posted this powerful image.

    Posted on Sep 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Buchanan

    Buchanan’s Conspiracy Theory

    Pat Buchanan appeared on “The Daily Show” on Monday to explain his theory of Mexico’s secret plot to recapture the Southwest using an army of hardworking immigrants who, he claims, don’t like English or America.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Steve Colbert holding mayonnaise

    Colbert Rips American Tribalism

    Stephen Colbert offered this riff on racial tribalism in America, after learning that whites tend to live amongst other whites.  Heres a taste: ғIm colorblind.  I donҒt see race, folks, and I always thought my gated community was incredibly diverse.  But, uh, today I asked around and it turns out that everyone at last weeks ґsmooth jazz and mayonnaise block party was in fact white.Ҕ

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    ‘Daily Show’ Digests Latest Bush Puzzler

    George Bush recently said “America is safer than it has been, but it’s not yet safe.”  Attempting to make sense of this seemingly contradictory statement in a post-9/11, post-“mission accomplished,” post-Katrina world, “The Daily Show” came up with this rationale: “George W. Bush is the right man to lead us in the era post whatever horrible calamity he leads us into next.”

    Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Buchanan

    Buchanan Misses White America

    While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: ?I?d like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.?  (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


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    Bush Talks Nonsense With Brian Williams

    Watch with amazement as our commander in chief mangles the English language,  and speaks nonsensically about the war in Iraq, America’s standing in the world, his relationship with his father, and Albert Camus. (Via crooksandliars) A must-see!

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


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    AOL?s New ‘Golden’ Business Model

    America Online, the beleaguered Internet giant, has announced plans to dig for gold?seriously.  The company recently won a lawsuit against a spammer who then skipped town, so it plans to search his parents? property for gold and platinum bars it believes to be buried there.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Borat

    Ali G’s Borat Tackles the ‘War of Terror’

    The movie trailer is out for Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” Watch an American rodeo crowd roar in approval (and then disgust) as Cohen’s Borat mocks America’s “war of terror” and arrogance.

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Matt Lauer and Joe Lieberman

    Lauer to Lieberman: Haven’t the Voters Spoken?

    Matt Lauer tells the senator that many Dems think Lieberman is putting his own ambitions ahead of the good of the party. Lieberman’s response: Parties are the problem. But Lauer doesn’t let him off that easy….

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    AOL Exposes Users

    America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes.  The data contained three months’ worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs.  No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries.

    Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Hiroo Onoda
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    Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq had WMD

    With a July 21 poll revealing that half the country still thinks Iraq had WMD, the Associated Press asks several experts why this myth persists. One answer: people tend to become “independent of reality.”
    This is not without historical precendent. Pictured above is Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese army officer who was stationed on a Phillipines island at the end of World War II and who kept on fighting until 1974 because no one told him the war had ended.

    Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Israel’s Barrier to Peace

    Chris Hedges, the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, argues that there can be no hope for peace in the Middle East as long as America continues to aid Israel in its dehumanizing practices.

    Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


    British Break With Bush Over Israel

    Criticizing the U.S. for the first time in the Lebanon crisis, the UK’s foreign minister found fault with Israel’s military tactics and urged America to “understand” the price being paid by ordinary Lebanese civilians.

    Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


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    Last Clinic Standing

    An extremist pro-life organization that helped make doctors the targets of deadly attacks in the 1990s is now mobilizing a protest to shutter the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. With reproductive rights under assault across the country, pro-choice activist Sunsara Taylor reports on the high-stakes battle about to take place in Jackson, Miss.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq to America: We Need Security—Against Your Soldiers

    Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, reports Reuters. Iraq’s human rights minister says the lack of enforcement of U.S. military law has led to crimes like the rape-murder allegedly committed by five U.S. soldiers.

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Sy Hersh: Military Reeling Over Bush’s Iran Plans

    The inestimable Seymour Hersh delivers another can’t-miss update on Bush & Co.‘s plans to strike Iran. Hersh points out that even more so than about Iraq, we are clueless about Iran’s capabilities, and many military planners are seething that the White House is taking Iran’s nuclear capabilites for granted.

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