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Tear Down That Wall

I sat down with former President Jimmy Carter last week at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Center was hosting a conference of human rights defenders, people at the front lines confronting repressive regimes around the globe. After a quarter-century of humanitarian work through the Carter Center, monitoring elections, working to eradicate neglected tropical diseases and focusing on the poor, Jimmy Carter now finds himself at the center of the storm in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


From Fear to Farce

After 9/11, my husband started each morning reaching for the remote and saying, “Let’s see if they caught Osama.” This greeting began as an expectation, evolved into a lingering hope, and finally deteriorated into irony.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Obama: Not Everything Is Bush’s Fault

So far the Democratic primary race has been something of a competition over who most disapproves of our unpopular president, so it was a surprise when Barack Obama on Wednesday let this fly: “Part of the problem here is not just George Bush and the White House.” (Gasp!) He went on to promise a more open government under his care, arguing that our democracy is not democratic enough.

Posted on Aug 15, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanese Strike a Blow at U.S.-Backed Government

True, the U.S. may be able to “spread democracy” to other nations throughout the world, but, as The Independent’s Robert Fisk points out, that doesn’t mean that the U.S. can control how those nations exercise their democratic rights.  Take Lebanon, for example, where, Fisk wryly notes, “The Arabs have, once more, followed democracy and voted for the wrong man.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Bush School of Medicine

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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 Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Prescott Bush
wikipedia.org

Bush’s Grandfather Linked to Fascist Plot

Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those linked to the plan. BBC Radio investigates.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Kevin and Pat Tillman
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Tillman and Kovic on War and Sacrifice

In honor of Memorial Day, Truthdig presents two of the most powerful pieces we’ve featured by two invaluable veteran voices—Kevin Tillman (pictured) and Ron Kovic—who remind us of the brutal human costs of war.  (Click here to read Kovic’s article.)

Posted on May 27, 2007 READ MORE


Fantastic Idea

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Railroading Democracy

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Turks Rally for Secularism in Government

Crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands gathered Sunday for a pro-secularism rally in Istanbul, calling for a secularist democracy in Turkey amid concerns that presidential candidate Abdullah Gul, whose Justice and Development Party has Islamist ties, will let his beliefs influence his actions if he wins the election.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Baghdad Wall
AP Photo / David Guttenfelder

Mr. Bush, Tear Down These Walls!

With his security barrier in Baghdad, a wall along the Mexican border and the provocative missile defense shield plan in Europe, President Bush’s interest in barrier-building is a betrayal of his conservative forebears that does not bode well for the spread of freedom and democracy.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Putin Puts Kasparov in Check

Vladimir Putin’s regime, with the aid of 9,000 police officers, attempted to prevent a rally in Moscow by arresting opposition leader Garry Kasparov along with dozens of other protesters and even some journalists. The chess phenom has accused Putin of trampling on democracy.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


Fighting a Mockery of Democracy

With the 2008 presidential election on the horizon, a novel plan to circumvent a constitutional amendment and eliminate the anti-democratic Electoral College is gaining momentum in Maryland and other states.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bipartisanship

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Chimps
jeffcohen.org

Media Critic on Why It’s Only Getting Worse

Jeff Cohen joins Truthdig to talk about life in the big media trenches, why news coverage is only getting worse, and how horse race politics and the corporatization of information are killing American democracy. Cohen was the communications director for the 2004 Dennis Kucinich campaign, founder of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, and author most recently of “Cable News Confidential” (excerpted here).

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


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. 

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


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bradblog.com

Diebold’s Latest Security Debacle

It turns out Diebold uses a universal key to access its voting machines, meaning that anyone who has one, a minute of free time and a little know-how can steal an election without a trace. What’s worse, the company made an image of the key available on its website, allowing at least one viewer to produce multiple working copies.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: The End of Shake ‘n’ Bake Democracy

The Iraq Study Group Report makes clear that you can’t whip up a representative government by buying a cake mix or holding a single election and declaring victory.

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Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

  • Democracy: 1 Theocracy: 0

  • Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    The Reason to Vote

    “Luckily this country is still a democracy.  People still have a voice.  People still can take action.  It can start after Pat’s birthday.”—Kevin Tillman

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins: Campaign ‘06—Goodbye and Good Riddance

    A few things from this season that I will miss: Katherine Harris wearing less and less blue eye shadow as she went through her Senate race; waking up each morning to a new GOP indictment; and the head of the House’s exploited children panel being revealed as a child exploiter.

    Posted on Nov 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Mo Ibrahim
    From the BBC

    Cash for Good Governance in Africa

    An African telcom billionaire is offering a $5-million prize to the African leader who best delivers security, health, education and economic development to his or her constituents. Harvard University will act as judge.
    You couldn’t make this up.

    Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


    tank in Bangkok
    Bangkokpost.net

    Thai Coup Leader Promises Deadline

    Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led a military coup in Thailand on Tuesday against controversial Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has promised to relinquish power in two weeks.  After declaring martial law and abolishing every branch of the democratically elected government, the military announced it would appoint an interim prime minister and legislature that would draft a new constitution, with an election to be held in one year.

    Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Greenwald: Bush Acting Like a Monarch

    In an interview with Democracy Now!, constitutional lawyer and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald explains how a federal judge rejected the president’s monarchial leanings when she ordered a halt to his warrantless eavesdropping program.

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    Are Bush & Co. Seeking Democracy Alternatives in Iraq?

    ThinkProgress drew our attention to this nugget buried at the end of a N.Y. Times article yesterday: Bush administration officials are “beginning to plan for the possibility that Iraq’s democratically elected government might not survive.”
    Reporters bury this kind of news only if it’s not very well sourced. So we’re staying conservative on this one.

    Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Democracy Now

    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
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    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.

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    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


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