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NYC’s Jihad Against Debbie Almontaser

She was the founding principal of the first Arabic-language public school in the United States, until a campaign of hate forced her out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


John Roberts
White House / Pete Souza

Chief Whiner

The chief justice is a big crybaby. To listen to John Roberts, you’d think that mobs of pitchfork-waving Democrats had accosted a handful of trembling justices.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


Rachel Corrie’s (Posthumous) Day in Court

An unusual trial begins in Israel this week, and people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Calling All Rebels

Brace yourself. The American empire is over. And the descent is going to be horrifying. How do we fight back?

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE


The Best Politician Is a Nervous Politician

Moneyed interests, unaccountable lawmakers and a servile press have made Washington undemocratic.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE



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The Politics of Earthquakes

If the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti carry any message for those of us fortunate enough not to live in those places, perhaps it is that government regulation could save your life—while right-wing ideology may kill you someday.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?

March is Women’s History Month, recognizing women’s central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Allies in Europe Begin to Pull Back

The U.S. devotes large sums of money to subsidizing the participation in Afghanistan of small NATO countries and publicizing the affair as a true coalition operation, but NATO-nation political and public support for the war is faint and grudging because few believe the mission is realistic.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Boycott FedEx

Now that unions have been broken, rapacious corporations like FedEx and toadies in Congress and the White House are turning workers into serfs.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Race to the Top of What? Education Is About More Than Jobs

We need to reclaim a broader vision, for we have terribly narrowed our thinking about school.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



The Information Super-Sewer

The Internet has become one more tool hijacked by corporate interests to accelerate our cultural, political and economic decline.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Corporatocracy

In this interview, Chris Hedges elaborates on his Truthdig column that says democracy in America is a useful fiction.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti, Forgive Us

The tragedy of the Haitian earthquake continues to unfold, with slow delivery of aid, the horrific number of amputations performed out of desperate medical necessity, more than a million homeless, perhaps 240,000 dead and the approach of the rainy season, which will be followed by the hurricane season.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Fareed Khan

The Terror-Industrial Complex

The conviction of the Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui in New York last week of trying to kill American military officers and FBI agents illustrates that the greatest danger to our security comes not from al-Qaida but the thousands of shadowy mercenaries, kidnappers, killers and torturers our government employs around the globe.

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE


Finish Health Care or Go Home

Some Senate Democratic moderates are petrified that Republicans will make terrible trouble if health care is passed through the “reconciliation process.” If Democrats are that intimidated by Republicans, they should just give up their majority.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


The GOP’s Dubious Populism

The most revealing moments in President Obama’s State of the Union address were not in his remarks, but the reaction to them by those listening on the Republican side of the aisle.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE


Howard Zinn: The People’s Historian

Howard Zinn, legendary historian, author and activist, died last week at the age of 87. His most famous book is “A People’s History of the United States.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Who Will Be the New Global King of the Hill?

China and India stopped being part of what was called the “third world” when the “second world,” the communist world, disappeared in a shattering of global illusions in 1989.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 READ MORE


Rotten Minds, Shriveled Hearts and Human Souls

Should progressives hold themselves to a higher standard than the name-calling and intellectual violence that conservative bloggers routinely engage in? Much could rest on the answer to this question.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s First State of the Union—Full Remarks

It was his third address to a joint session of Congress in less than a year, and it had all the usual gestures toward bipartisanship, but Barack Obama’s big speech was not without sizzle. The president shamed Republicans for obstructing, Democrats for giving up and the Supreme Court for auctioning off our democracy.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


In Defense of the Filibuster

This won’t comfort Democrats mourning the loss of their filibuster-proof majority, but the existence of the filibuster is, on balance, a good thing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Let the Haitians In

Haitians need to be allowed into the United States, legally, compassionately and immediately. I visited hospitals and clinics in Port-au-Prince, with thousands of people waiting for care, and amputations happening with ibuprofen or Motrin, if patients were lucky.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Urgency of a Teddy Roosevelt Moment

The only proper response to the distortion of our political system by ideologically driven justices is a popular revolt of a sort deeply rooted in the American political tradition.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE



Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d’état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Arnulfo Franco

From Coup-Lite to Truth-Lite: 10 Ways the U.S. Fought Democracy in Honduras

Andrés Thomas Conteris, reporting from within the besieged embassy where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has taken shelter, outlines 10 ways the United States has supported the coup and undermined democracy in Honduras.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Sick With Terror

The underwear bomber has reignited the debates about how best to protect the American people, while a killer that claims 45,000 lives annually—one dead American about every 10 minutes—goes unchecked.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

Al-Qaida Uses U.S., U.S. Plays Along

It is not widely understood that the policy objective of al-Qaida is not to attack Western countries, but to bring about an upheaval in the Islamic world in which Islam can be rescued from corrupted governments and degenerate practices.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Wagner T. Cassimiro "Aranha"

A Designation Cuba Doesn’t Deserve

The United States still considers Cuba a state sponsor of terror, even though the very notion is absurd.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adem Hadei

The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


The Poetic Justice of Dennis Brutus

Dennis Brutus, who fought apartheid with soaring, searing words, died in his sleep early on Dec. 26 in Cape Town, at the age of 85, but he lived with his eyes wide open.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


Iran Protest Videos

It’s difficult to confirm the origin of all of these news and Internet videos of protests in Iran, but it’s clear that something major is again happening there.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Dunechaser

Democracy Activist to Get Day in Court in Myanmar

After a Kafkaesque series of house arrests, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will have her day in court. The Supreme Court in Myanmar has finally agreed to hear an appeal against her most recent detention.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph

Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives: Don’t Scream, Organize (update)

For progressives, the question on the health care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. This column has been updated by the author.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Candidate-vs.-President Canard

Every now and then, an insider inadvertently exposes the hideous rationalizations that run the American political grotesquerie. Such is the case with the president’s flip-flop on drug imports.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Abbas
AP / Muhammed Muheisen

PLO Extends Abbas’ Term

Mahmoud Abbas, who was to leave office in a month, will remain the Palestinian president. The Palestinian Liberation Organization indefinitely extended his term to avoid a constitutional crisis after elections planned for late January were delayed.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


When China Rules the World

China will soon become “the most powerful and influential country in the world,” says celebrated journalist Martin Jacques. But to what end?

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes

As the United Nations’ climate summit enters its final week in the home country of Hans Christian Andersen, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this gathering looks more and more like a fairy tale.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Peace Prize Speech

Accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Thursday, President Barack Obama acknowledged the controversy of his award, as “the Commander-in-Chief of the military of a nation in the midst of two wars.” He spoke of one of those wars, Afghanistan, in terms of self-defense and shared his thoughts on the concept of “just war.” (full remarks inside)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / america.gov

Take Me to Your Climate Leader

“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Health Care Race to Christmas

President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan and his subsequent jobs summit underscored why it’s essential to get a health care bill done quickly.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Kiichiro Sato

Addicted to Nonsense

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE


Fighting Extremism With Civility

Jim Leach spent 30 years as a member of Congress. Now he’s an Obama Republican who wants America to return to civility.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Refuse Allegiance to Coal

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


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Kudos for Kosovo Elections

A year after declaring independence from Serbia, Kosovo has received good marks from European monitors for its first round of local elections, which could lead to wider recognition and acceptance of its newly established status in the international community.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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