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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
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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


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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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