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Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Burmese Polls Close

The polls may have closed in Burma after the military junta-ruled country hosted its first elections in 20 years, but those waiting for significant change may have to wait a bit longer: The country’s main opposition party has boycotted the “democratic” contest.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Burma’s Junta Subverts the Internet

As Burma approaches its first election in 20 years, a “distributed denial of service” attack has paralyzed Internet use within the country, knocking Burmese citizens from online communication in what analysts believe is an attempt by the ruling military dictatorship to restrict the flow of information.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


A Third Party?

It may not get much done, but the first session of the 112th Congress, convening in January, will be fun to watch.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 READ MORE


Rich Media, Poor Democracy

As the 2010 elections come to a close, the biggest winner of all remains undeclared: the broadcasters. The biggest loser: democracy.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



The Phantom Left

The American left is a phantom. It is conjured up by the right wing to tag Barack Obama as a socialist and used by the liberal class to justify its complacency and lethargy.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


The Rise of Sewer Money

In New York, there is a traditional name for the kind of anonymous cash now cascading into the American electoral process.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


War Should Be an Election Issue

Just days away from crucial midterm elections, WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, unveiled the largest classified military leak in history. But in the U.S., it barely warranted a mention on the agenda-setting Sunday talk shows.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Shifting Balance of Power

An epoch of Western world political domination is coming to an end. This is not simply an end to imperialism (new or old), but quite possibly the beginning of a probably long decline in the West’s primacy in industry, technology and scientific innovation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE



How Much for That Senate Seat in the Window?

Today on the list: How did outside groups manage to spend $3.6 million on one Colorado race in one day? And what the hell happened to Randy Quaid? Plus: The future of books, music and your democracy, after the jump.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

The World Liberal Opportunists Made

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE


The Scandal of 2010

If you travel any place where there is a contested race for the House or Senate, you are bombarded with attack ads, almost all against Democrats, paid for by groups that do not have to reveal where their money comes from.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Beyond Kingmaker: Moqtada al-Sadr and the Future of Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr’s ability to influence Iraq’s political affairs has earned him the title “kingmaker,” but his true aspiration is to be king. He stands a reasonable chance of succeeding.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


Thugs on the Right

Sometimes tea party ideologues are described as libertarians, but the behavior of their leading candidates betrays an authoritarian streak just beneath all the sonorous rhetoric.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


French Demonstrations Mark the End of an Era

It is not pension claims that are driving the current political uproar. It is popular fury at the people who created the present economic crisis and have been rewarded, with everyone else left to face the consequences.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


When Banks Are the Robbers

The big banks that caused the collapse of the global finance market, and received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts, have likely been engaging in wholesale fraud against homeowners and the courts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Ken Denny

Corruption in Afghan Elections

Remember when President Bush said the U.S. would bring democracy to Afghanistan? Afghan and Western officials have indicated that last month’s elections were so fraudulent that almost 25 percent of all votes cast will be thrown out.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE


They All Do It

Both parties and their allies exploit and stretch campaign finance laws. To expect otherwise is to expect lions not to eat zebras when the opportunity arises.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt York

How Democracy Dies: Lessons From a Master

The ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes spent his life battling the assault on democracy by tyrants. It is disheartening to be reminded that he lost.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE


The Shadow Class War of 2010

The 2010 election is turning into a class war. The wealthy and the powerful started it. This is a strange development.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexander Zemilanichenko

Landmark Election in Kyrgyzstan

Following a coup, bitter ethnic violence and skyrocketing food prices, Kyrgyzstan managed to hold a peaceful landmark election on Sunday that may very well establish the beleaguered country as the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE


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From Tuskegee to Guatemala Via Nuremberg

News broke last week that the U.S. government purposefully exposed hundreds of men in Guatemala to syphilis in ghoulish medical experiments conducted during the late 1940s.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

March to Nowhere

We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


Are Obama’s Hands Tied?

A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


FBI Raids and the Criminalization of Dissent

Early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 24, FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota’s Twin Cities kicked in the doors of anti-war activists, brandishing guns, spending hours rifling through their homes.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Opposition Gains on Hugo Chavez

They just had an election in Venezuela and Hugo Chavez’s party easily won a majority, so why is the opposition celebrating? Because big gains by the anti-Chavez crowd mean the president will not be able to count on a two-thirds majority to push through his legislative agenda, which sometimes coincides with his personal agenda.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

The China Superpower Hoax

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation and a dictatorship, besides, hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Tempest in a Very Small Teapot

Is the tea party one of the most successful scams in American political history?

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Pat Wellenbach

Is It Lady Who’s Gaga or the Senate?

We live in two simultaneous but radically incongruous realities, where undemocratic arrangements negotiated in the 18th century contend with commercial media industries that covet the enlightened youth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Could Be Alone as Europe Turns Inward

The relationship between Western Europe and the colonies that became the United States was complicated from the beginning. The situation reversed, it is now Europe that tires of America’s imperial wars.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Torture in Iraq Continues, Unabated

Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obama’s rhetoric. But torture in Iraq’s prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama and Iraq: ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’

The president and the American people will all too soon come to recognize that the quagmire in Iraq is far from over. In fact, one might say it has only just begun.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

The Forever Fidel Obsession

After three hours of conversation, it is clear that Fidel Castro has definitely retired and now spends his time underlining President Obama’s books and reflecting on decades of revolution. Anyone who thinks Cuba is going capitalist, however, should check more carefully with the facts.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Do Not Pity the Democrats

Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


A Chance for Supreme Court Damage Control

With Congress coming back this week, there’s a chance to limit the damage the Supreme Court has caused our democracy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Missing ‘Big Labor’

Remembering the labor movement’s heroic battles is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Altaf Qadri

More Mao Than Thou: What the Hell Is Happening in Nepal?

Nepal’s parliament will attempt to elect a prime minister, the sixth try in almost three months. The impasse reflects the deep antagonism between the Maoists, Leninists, Marxists and socialists who are all fighting for control.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Giorgio Montersino (CC-BY-SA)

Our Enabling Media Is Worse Than Ever

Once he tasted the realities of political life, Thomas Jefferson had harsh words for the free press. What would he have made of the irresponsible, shoddy, pernicious zeal that passes for news today?

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Obama: ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over’ (Full Video and Text)

The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that “this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

The author of the hit play “The Vagina Monologues” sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Perry Aston

The Ambiguity of War’s End

Now that the Iraq war is over—for U.S. combat troops, at least—only one thing is clear about the outcome: We didn’t win.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons/April Sikorski

This Side of Democracy

As it is an election year amidst the Great Recession, talk of the American plutocracy is very much in vogue. But to label the situation as unique belies centuries of history.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and the Virtues of ‘Politicking’

President Obama’s address to the nation on Iraq this week underscores the agony of his presidency, and its core political problem. In a democracy, separating governing from “politicking” is impossible.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Billionaire Right-Winger

It certainly seems unlikely that David Koch has ever encountered any of the folks who turn up at a typical tea party event or that he has ever showed up at a congressional town hall meeting to scream about health care reform. For Koch, the tea partyers are merely pawns.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Inching Away From Bullfighting and Its Macho B.S.

Catalonia has imposed a 2012 ban on the tradition, which is losing support throughout Spain. Could this toxic mix of blood lust and male preening finally be on its way out?

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy

The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


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