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U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-G.I. Charged in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq

The 21-year-old former Army private first class was recently discharged because of a “personality disorder.” Four other members of his former platoon are also implicated in the killing of the Iraqis and are being held at a U.S. base in Iraq.

Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. occupying forces
Nir Rosen

Ugly Americans in Iraq

Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen presents an oral history of a U.S Army Special Forces soldier who describes how he and his unit created more insurgents than they killed in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


The face of the occupation

The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


Study: Americans Have Fewer Friends Than 20 Years Ago

The American Sociological Review has found that Americans have a third fewer close friends and confidants than just two decades ago—a huge shift, statistically speaking. What to make of it?  Uhhh, take your guess: suburbs vs. urban living, iPods vs. conversations….

Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


American Prospect
From AmericanProspect.org

Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


Jobs Report Indicates Economic Cool Down

Weak employment gains in May (only 75,000 net new jobs) may be a sign of a faltering economy. According to NYT: “Anything below about 150,000 net new jobs a month is regarded as too slow to keep up with population growth, so in effect, workers are losing ground.” (story | job report)

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Kabul Riot
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


Karl Zinsmeister
From aei.org

Bush’s Appoints Washington Editor as Policy Adviser

It seems Bush has a thing for “Karls” as policy advisors. On the heels of Karl Rove’s departure from his policy-advising position at the White House, the president has chosen Karl Zinsmeister, editor in chief of the magazine published by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. He has had some eyebrow-raising things to say on the subject of race over the years. (Biographical info on Zinsmeister here.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Presses For Direct U.S. Talks On Nukes

Iranian officials are furiously working diplomatic back channeles to open a dialogue with the U.S. (Apparently the Iranian’s president’s 18-page letter to Bush opened the floodgates.)
The significance of this? For 25 years Iran has enforced a taboo against making overtures to “The Great Satan.”

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


UK Reporter Infiltrates Scientology Center

The journalist posed as a potential recruit and mingled with a cavalcade of zombie-like followers, among other oddities. “I have rarely felt more fearful for my sanity,” she writes.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


Obese people
From The Onion

Growth Phase for Obesity Marketing

From super-size coffins to super-reinforced beds to resorts for those afraid to be seen in bathing suits, the number of products and services for America’s obese is growing rapidly.

Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


Military Funeral
From Interventionmag.com

U.S. Death Toll Climbs Sharply in Iraq

Just 12 days into April, 33 soldiers have been killed—a figure that surpasses American military deaths for all of March. For several months, U.S. soldiers’ deaths had been on the wane, but they now are rising quickly, especially in the heart of the Sunni Arab insurgency.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


Faltering of Arab Democracy Is Seen

The New York Times reports that many Middle Eastern countries that made moves toward democracy are now pulling back, emboldened to ignore Bush’s demands in the wake of the Iraq debacle.

Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


Foreclosing a Media Debate on U.S. Policies Toward Israel

Weeks after a British magazine published a long article by two American professors titled “The Israel Lobby,” the outrage continues to howl through mainstream U.S. media.

Posted on Apr 9, 2006 READ MORE


Jill Carroll Freed
AP / Michael Probst

Carroll Disavows Statements Against U.S.

The freed American journalist said her captors forced her to make the anti-U.S. propaganda tape, and told her she would be released if she cooperated.
UPDATE: Carroll lands safely in Boston.

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Flag
Karen Spector

Nuke Expert: Some U.S. Officials Set on Hitting Iran

A growing number of high level American officials have already decided they want to attack Iran, according to one of the world’s leading nuclear proliferations experts.

Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


Mexican Border Fence
Powell

Legalize the ‘Illegals’

“This is a moment of truth for America. It is time to acknowledge that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need us, and to begin to treat them with the respect they deserve.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


Do-it-Yourself Iraqi Documents Search

Now that 48,000 boxes of Arabic-language Iraqi documents captured in Iraq have hit the web, armchair analysts have their work cut out for them.

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


Political Pressure Ratcheting Up on U.S. Over Mosque Killings

Shiite officials say that American-led forces killed many civilians in a raid on a mosque complex on Sunday. The U.S. has promised a full investigation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


America: Iraq on Its Own to Rebuild

The U.S. has apparently just told Iraq that it should no longer expect American dollars to aid in the country’s reconstruction—rather, Iraq must rely on its own revenues.
Did anyone know this was coming?

Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


Two Reports: U.S. Soldiers Killed Many Iraqi Civilians

Two separate claims of American soldiers murdering Iraqi civilians have arisen. One report involves the alleged killing of 15 people, including a 3-year-old girl; the second involves the alleged murder of 11, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Family Savings Look Scary Across the Board

The Federal Reserve finds that the average family has only about $3,800 in the bank, no retirement account and no stocks or bonds, and can’t pay off a $2,200 credit card balance.
Pretty grim…. But don’t fear. Tax cuts for the rich will make everything all better.

Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Considering Exit Strategy for War on Obesity

According to the strategy being mulled, President Bush would simply declare victory over obesity and announce a plan to withdraw most low-carb products from supermarket shelves by the end of 2006. (satire)

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Taliban in Afghanistan Stronger Than Ever

A New York Times reporter writes: “Four years after the Taliban were ousted from power by the American military, their presence is bigger and more menacing than ever, say police and government officials, village elders, farmers and aid workers across southern Afghanistan.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Patriot Act Hall of Fame / Shame

Only nine Democrats and one Independent voted against the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation.
Some of the heroes: Jim Jeffords, Russ Feingold, Robert Byrd…
Some of the villains: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama…
Check out the bottom of this AP story for the full list.

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton Advised UAE on Ports Deal

The spinmeister in chief gave the Arab country advice on how to allay concerns about its pending takeover of major U.S. ports. (Clinton did this at the same time his wife was railing against the deal—just in case anyone mistakenly assumes that the N.Y. senator takes all her cues from the ex-prez.)

Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


simpsons_first_amendment
Fox via CNN

‘Simpsons’ Trump First Amendment

OK, OK, we know that it’s a waste of breath of get exercised over the ignorance educational quirks of the American populace, but get this: Only one in four people can name more than one First Amendment freedom, while half of people in a poll can name at least two “Simpsons” family members.

Posted on Mar 1, 2006 READ MORE



From weekly.ahram.org.eg

Anti-American Cleric Rising as Iraqi Kingmaker

Moqtada al-Sadr, who led two deadly uprisings against American troops, now controls enough seats in the Iraqi parliament to be a puppet master. Read the New York Times profile, or check out Truthdig’s Robert Scheer on the ominous implications of Sadr’s ascendancy.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE



Illustration by Jennifer Grey

Gays Have to Play It Straight in Hollywood

Sir Ian McKellen says, “It is very, very, very difficult for an American [gay] actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality.” | story
This is exactly what Truthdig’s Larry Gross was getting at in “Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality.”

Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


Spying Program Yields Few Suspects

Investigators eavesdropping on Americans in overseas calls have dismissed nearly all of them as suspects, according to the Washington Post. This is huge, because “a search cannot be judged ‘reasonable’ if it is based on evidence that experience shows to be unreliable.”
Meanwhile, feisty Russ Feingold, a Democratic senator, takes the attorney general to the cleaners for lying to him a year ago about Bush’s surveillance activities. Gonzales shoots back, “I was telling the truth then. I’m telling the truth now.” | story

Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


editorial cartoon by Tom Toles.
From Tom Toles / Washington Post

Joint Chiefs Protest a Cartoon

All six Joint Chiefs of Staff write a very rare letter to the editor of the Washington Post, protesting an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles, which they say demeans wounded American soldiers. | story (Broken by AMERICAblog)
Well, despite the fact that Toles has a valid satirical point to make about the Pentagon’s overextension of troops in the field, we have to wonder: With the insurgency gaining strength every day, and reconstruction efforts crippled by high-level incompetency, this cartoon is what’s upsetting our nation’s military leadership?

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Army Seized Wives as Tactic

In at least two instances, American forces have seized wives of insurgents as a means of “leverage.” | story

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


And the Hits Just Keep on Coming…

An audit of American rebuilding projects in Iraq turns up millions of dollars stuffed into footlockers, a U.S. soldier gambling away Iraqi money, and other inspiring tales of the same ilk. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.
AP

U.S. Soldier Gets No Jail Time for Killing Iraqi General

The American interrogator sat on the general’s chest and covered up his mouth—both of which were apparently approved techniques. The defense claimed that the actions did not directly cause the general’s death. | story
We can’t help but suspect that much of the Arab world might come to a different conclusion.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Air Raid Kills Family of 12

Intensifying U.S. air raids in Iraq keep down American casualties but take the lives of many Iraqi civilians. Full story.

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


Now They Tell Us

Posted on Dec 1, 2005 READ MORE


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