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The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia

The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia.

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AP/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Future of the Death Penalty on Trial

In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE


The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The History That Birthed the Tsarnaev Boys

Chechen scholar Thomas Goltz gives a historical primer on the centuries old culture and struggle that shaped the Tsarnaev brothers, suspects in the bombings of the Boston Marathon.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Note Reportedly Says Marathon Attack Blowback Against U.S. Aggression

A note that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is said to have left on an interior wall of the boat where police found him after the April 15 attacks claimed responsibility for the bombings and described them as retribution for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the Boston dead were “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims are in the American-led conflicts.

Posted on May 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Former FBI Agent Confirms the Surveillance State Is Real

A former FBI counterterrorism agent acknowledged this week on CNN that every telephone conversation that takes place on American soil “is being captured as we speak.”

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the White House’s belief that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. How should President Obama respond if such a red line has been crossed?

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Don’t Ignore How Others See Us

What must the others in the Middle East theater of the American Empire think of a great city in total lockdown from an attack by primitive explosives when Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis and Yemenis experience far greater casualties and terror attacks several times a week?

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE


The Culture of Preconception

The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we hasten to squeeze it into whatever frameworks we were carrying around with us a day, a month or a year before.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



Koch Brothers Look to Expand Influence, Bachmann in Trouble, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the husband of an Arkansas Republican Party official suggests shooting GOP lawmakers over Medicaid expansion and a New York state lawmaker advocates torturing the Boston bombing suspect.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



Peace Activists and Patriots at the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday was Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, celebrating the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is also the day of the annual Boston Marathon, which will now, sadly, go down in history as yet another episode of senseless mass violence.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Stop Assuming the Boston Bomber Is a Muslim

The first tweet I saw when I checked my Twitter account Monday afternoon was a one-line plea: “Please don’t let it be a ‘Muslim.’”

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



Poison Sent to Senator’s Office, Erik Rush’s Incendiary Tweet, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of a post-9/11 torture report that lays the blame squarely at the feet of the nation’s highest officeholders and the unveiling of a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Chris Hedges’ 2010 Interview With Boston Hero Carlos Arredondo

What makes a person run toward an explosion? Carlos Arredondo, who cast aside his own safety to help rescue victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, is no ordinary man. Chris Hedges wrote this about Arredondo in 2010.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Krupa

Mass Violence, Gun Control and the American Culture of Death

In the wake of Monday’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, should we urge the Senate to proceed with the gun control debate as scheduled? Or should we condemn both chambers of Congress and the president for doing too little, too late to deal with the problem of mass violence and what some have termed the nation’s culture of death?

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE


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