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Memorial Day: Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, Stop the Wars

Gen. John Allen, commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan, spoke Wednesday at the Pentagon, four stars on each shoulder, his chest bedecked with medals.

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AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: Testing Democracy

Here in Cairo every conversation turns to this week’s presidential election, hopefully the first true democratic election in the country’s history.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE


Coal, Foreclosures and Bank of America’s ‘Extraordinary Event’

Shareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an “extraordinary event.”

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Michel Spingler

France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

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The Real Mad Men: Following the Money Behind TV Political Ads

May Day, Murdoch and the murder of Milly Dowler. What do they have to do with the 2012 U.S. general election?

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Witch Hunt for the Zombie Voter

Republicans are waging the most concerted campaign to prevent or discourage citizens from exercising their legitimate voting rights since the Jim Crow days of poll taxes and literacy tests.

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Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon?

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AP/Francois Mori

The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


How to Beat Citizens United

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

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Legislators and Activists Mount Opposition to Citizens United

Good news for democracy: Lawmakers at all levels of government met with activists on Capitol Hill this week to sign a “Declaration for Democracy” in support of the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE


Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE


The End of ‘Shut Up and Play’

As high-profile events periodically prove, politics and athletics have long had a love-hate relationship.

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The Long, Hot March of Climate Change

The Pentagon knows it. The world’s largest insurers know it. Now, governments may be overthrown because of it. It is climate change, and it is real.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


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Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need New Roads

Instead of beefing up public transit, cities build neighborhood-destroying highways, cars fill up those highways, cities then build more highways to alleviate traffic, and then yet more cars flood the roads, creating even more traffic.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Election

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AP/Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Fuel for the Fire

Those who can have chosen to selectively forget the worst of recent memories, but most sense a new wave of conflict, gathering at a distance and surging toward them.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Activist Judges on Trial

Three days of Supreme Court arguments over the health care law demonstrated for all to see that conservative justices are prepared to act as an alternative legislature, diving deeply into policy details as if they were members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP / John Minchillo

The Polite Conference Rooms Where Liberties Are Saved and Lost

I spent four hours in a third-floor conference room at 86 Chambers St. in Manhattan on Friday as I underwent a government deposition.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



Christian Guthier (CC-BY)

Can Europe’s Left Rebound?

The question is whether 2012 will mark a comeback by a left invigorated by a growing unhappiness with rising economic inequalities and a backlash against austerity policies aimed at saving Europe’s common currency. (Pictured, British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2012 READ MORE


Terror, Trauma and the Endless Afghan War

We may never know what drove a U.S. Army staff sergeant to head out into the Afghan night and allegedly murder at least 16 civilians in their homes, among them nine children and three women.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


What Are We Doing in Afghanistan?

For everyone who originally supported the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, the question today is how what was once a righteous mission can end in anything but ruin.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Patrick Semansky

Supreme Court Likely to Endorse Obama’s War on Whistle-Blowers

The Supreme Court is expected to uphold the use of the Espionage Act of 1917 to punish those who expose war crimes and state lies.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



James Vaughan (CC-BY-SA)

It’s About Sex and the ’60s

Mitt Romney clearly has no idea what his party stands for and is running against. To put it in Rick Santorum’s words, “It comes down to sex. That’s what it’s all about.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 READ MORE



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AIPAC Works for the 1 Percent

AIPAC does not speak for Jews or for Israel. It is a mouthpiece for right-wing ideologues and defense contractors.

Posted on Mar 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Will Greece Be Ruled by the Bankers or Its People?

The most central and constant dilemma in modern politics—whether the will of the people or that of bureaucrats and specialists should rule—is on full display in Greece.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks vs. Stratfor: Pursue the Truth, Not Its Messenger

The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

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Lawrence Lessig on ‘Fixing the Republic’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Lawrence Lessig discusses his new e-book, “One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic,” and his optimism that movements like Occupy Wall Street can help set our democracy back on course.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Kostas Tsironis

Greek Unrest the Result of Suppressed Democracy

Denied a referendum on crippling austerity measures, Greeks demonstrated Sunday night that if they couldn’t express their opinions one way, then they would do it in another.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



Political Divide

Are voters as polarized as their elected officials? The question, which has serious implications in an election year, has put political scientists at loggerheads in several new and recent books.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

The Cancer in Occupy

The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s 1 Percent Nation Under God

After he and the pro-Romney super PACs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half of the homeowners are underwater, Mitt Romney talked about whom he wants to represent.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Shows Too Much Skin for India

India may be the world’s biggest democracy, but it has a little something to learn about free expression. Film censors have banned the Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” because of three sexual and/or violent scenes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig: Getting Money Out of Politics

One invented Creative Commons, the other occupied the commons. Together, they talk about strategies for ridding our democracy of corrosive corporate dollars.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

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AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Raising Cane Against the ‘Morality Police’

Some Egyptian women have an answer for vigilantes armed with walking sticks: welts and words that are far from submissive.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Dusan Vranic

Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

On my behalf, attorneys have challenged a law that allows imprisonment of U.S. citizens without trial.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Moving Obama to Europe

This is what progress looks like for a president named Barack Hussein Obama.

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AP / Charles Krupa

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet

GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


Guantanamo at 10: The Prisoner and the Prosecutor

Ten years ago, Omar Deghayes and Morris Davis would have struck anyone as an odd pair. While they have never met, they now share a profound connection, cemented through their time at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


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10 American ABCs We May Soon Forget

Here are 10 current words and phrases that my kid may never know because they might end up as relics of a lost vernacular, starting with “civil liberties.”

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Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Divided, Citizens United

The Republican caucuses in Iowa, with their cliffhanger ending, confirmed two key political points and left a third virtually ignored.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 READ MORE


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