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Juan Cole on ‘Democracy Now’

On Friday’s “Democracy Now,” the radio program’s host, Amy Goodman, spoke with Mideast expert and Truthdig contributor Juan Cole, whom she asked about the recent protests in Iraq over Israel’s incursion into Lebanon.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


Tom Friedman
From brandeis.edu

Friedman Jumps on the Antiwar Bandwagon

Tom Friedman, the N.Y. Times columnist whose Mideast and Iraq war analyses formed the “conventional thinking” for centrists and lefties the world ‘round, has thrown in the towel on his three-year-long support of the Iraq war: “It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are baby-sitting a civil war.” (more…)

Posted on Aug 4, 2006 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert

Colbert: Mideast Goes ?Democrazy?

Linguists beware; Stephen Colbert has invented a new word: “democrazy.”  As the host explains, ?there was a time when I thought the key to Middle East peace was representative government, but then democracy gives us a prime minister who sides with Hezbollah, an Iranian president who wants to go nuclear, and a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas.  So, now, I?m thinking maybe we did the wrong thing.?

Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


Have You Passed the New Democratic Sniff Test?

The George Soros-backed Democracy Alliance pools contributions from the richest progressive donors in the country to fund advocacy groups capable of building a counterweight to the well-entrenched conservative movement. But there’s a potential dark side for groups whose views don’t conform to the Alliance’s…. (more)

Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


DemocracyFest
From DemocracyFest

Join Democracy Fest 2006!

Shameless plug alert: Truthdig managing editor Blair Golson will be co-hosting a panel on alternative media at this weekend’s DemocracyFest in San Diego. Tickets for the conference are going fast. Panelists and speakers include Howard Dean, Al Franken, comedian Marc Maron, Democratic strategist Dave Sirota and BuzzFlash Editor Mark Karlin.

Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on Democracy Now!
From Democracy Now!

Robert Scheer: Why I Wasn’t Prepared for George W. Bush

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer explains how, after he had spent decades covering U.S. presidents, Bush threw him for a loop: “At least the other [presidents] knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn?t even want to see Paris or London.”

  • Read the whole story in Robert Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”

  • Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart
    From the Washington Post

    Jon Stewart, Enemy of Democracy?

    Remember when Jon Stewart famously told the “Crossfire” boys that they were “hurting America”? Well, now two political scientists are saying the same thing about Stewart. In a study, students who watched “The Daily Show” developed cynical attitudes about politics, the news media and the electoral system.
    Actually, more cynicism and skepticism would be helpful in the age of Bush and his Lies. But if, as the study suggests, “The Daily Show”  turns young people off from voting, we can’t be happy about that.

     

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Dems’ Young Guns Launch Journal of Ideas

    Two young Democratic intellectuals have founded Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a quarterly publication modeled after conservative publications like Commentary and The National Interest. Sen. Barack Obama is already lined up to write.

  • This comes on the heels of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s new publication.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


  • Votes Were Counted but Chaos Rules in Iraq

    “Death squads,” “ethnic cleansing” and political assasinations are the realities of the democracy said to be emerging in Iraq. The New York Times paints a grim picture of the new Iraq, as both Sunnis and Shiites flee their homes in response to escalating sectarian violence.

    Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Major General John Batiste (ret)
    From crooksandliars.com

    Anti-Rumsfeld General: Questioning Command Healthy For Democracy

    Major Gen. John Batiste (ret), who has called for Rumsfeld’s resignation, tells Katie Couric: “I think there’s a lot of people now starting to ask questions, and I think that’s healthy in a democracy.” He also says the book “Cobra II” gets the Iraq War story right.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Hayden
    From newsreview.com

    Tom Hayden’s New Port Huron Statement

    The veteran social activist writes a new preface to the manifesto that helped shape a generation’s views on racial equality, participatory democracy and the military industrial complex.

    Posted on Apr 10, 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


    Democracy in Iraq Not a Priority in U.S. Budget

    Money that Bush earmarked for programs to build up Iraqi political parties, media outlets and human rights groups is now going toward security.  Another example of how the reality of democracy-building is so much messier than the fantasy.

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Kerry Calls for Pullout
    From ussenate.gov

    Kerry Calls for Iraq Pullout Deadline

    In the N.Y. Times, the former presidential candidate calls for two deadlines: May 15 for the Iraqis to form a unity government, and a date later in the year for the U.S. to pull out.

    Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Rice Concedes Errors in Iraq

    The secretary of state admits that the U.S. has probably made thousands of “tactical errors” in Iraq but defends the larger policy of invading Iraq.

    Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


    The White House That Cried Wolf

    The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

    Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

    I do like the idea of supporting democracy ... and think we should try it—especially here in the U.S. of A.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Sets a Target for Iraq Transition

    The president, who has until now refused to set concrete withdrawal timelines, now vows to cede control of most of the country to Iraqi forces by the end of 2006.
    Check out a full-text version of his speech.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Needed: A New Direction for U.S.-Russian Relations

    We need a new policy toward Russia—one that is neither triumphalist, Cold War-like, or ignorant of the fact that the pro-Western liberal groups in Russia are in fact supported by a tiny fraction of the Russian electorate.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Inching Toward Authoritarianism

    A legendary South African journalist calls himself “appalled” at the way America’s policies of wiretapping and torture are beginning to resemble those of apartheid Cape Town. (Video available.)

    Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Threatens to Cut Off Iraqi Aid

    America’s ambassador to Iraq says the United States might cut funding to the Iraqi government if it puts sectarian politicians in two key posts.
    Iraq’s prime minister angrily rejects the call, saying, “We do not need anybody to remind us, thank you.”

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Neocon Mea Culpas

    Francis Fukuyama, one of the leading neocon intellectuals who argued the case for the Iraq war, admits in a blockbuster N.Y. Times Magazine essay that it is “very hard to see how [the removal of Saddam Hussein, and a few spillover benefits] justify the blood and treasure that the United States has spent.”
    Andrew Sullivan, another leading pro-war conservative, echoes Fukuyama’s comment and points out three areas where neocons were tragically wrong.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Steamed Rice

    The secretary of state gets a grilling when she requests $75 million from the Senate for democracy-building activities in Iran.
    Most of the money would go toward round-the-clock TV programming in Farsi. And while that’s probably not a bad idea, it’s hard to imagine that any amount of TV would meaningfully distract attention from the spectacle of the American occupation of Iraq.

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Prays Beside Cheney

    President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

    Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



    Wesam Saleh / MAANnews

    Hamas Win Makes Mockery of Bush’s Fantasies


    Update:

    • Jimmy Carter: The world should keep giving aid to the Palestinians, regardless of whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.
    • Juan Cole: “Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism.”
    • Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections

    With America sticking its guns in the eyes of so many Arabs, is it any wonder that Muslim hard-liners have gained so much popular support? Do we need any further proof of the neocon fallacy of Rumsfeld-style shake-n-bake democracy? | story
    And with right-wing pretenders lingering over Sharon’s deathbed, have prospects for peace in the Mideast ever looked more distant?

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    On Second Thought…

    Bush now says he welcomes a hearing on domestic spying—while again warning Americans to watch what they say. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Iranian Ex-Leader Slams the West

    The former president lashes out at the int’l community over its stance on Iranian nuclear research. | story

    Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Funds Exotic Languages in Schools

    Kindergartners to learn Arabic, Farsi, Chinese. | more

    Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


    A Life, Wasted

    The father of a soldier killed in Iraq calls his son’s death “wasted in a belief that democracy would grow simply by removing a dictator—a careless misunderstanding of what democracy requires.” Read the column

    Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Booking Pinochet

    The bloody Chilean dictator is a whisker away from trial. Marc Cooper weighs in on the significance of the recent booking of the 90-year-old General Augusto Pinochet.

    Posted on Dec 30, 2005 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Iraqi Voting

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    Iraqi voting: theocracy, democracy, other
    Posted on Dec 22, 2005 READ MORE    


    Iran’s Victory in Iraq

    For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


    Hugo Chavez with Evo Morales

    The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

    Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

    Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


    Propaganda? What Propaganda?

    “There is no U.S. footprint” is the proud boast of one of the Pentagon’s propaganda contractors, and it prompts the questions: Why not? What are they ashamed of? One thing is that most of us in this democracy did not know we were paying for this vast official propaganda operation until we read it in Jeff Gerth’s excellent investigative piece in The New York Times. A truly free press is our most valuable export, and its reputation should not be undermined by the Bushies’ addiction to government propaganda.

    Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


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    Posted on Dec 3, 2005 READ MORE


    Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

    Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


    “The People of Fallujah Love Cindy Sheehan”

    Sunni leaders who plan to participate in the Dec. 15 Iraq elections told Marines that they are encouraged by the actions of activist Cindy Sheehan and others who are calling for a U.S. withdrawal. Sheehan should be congratulated for showing the Iraqi people and the rest of the world what democracy is all about.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE


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