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The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

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Who Won Iraq?

Bush and his top officials remade reality in Iraq on an almost unimaginable scale and, as we study the region today, the results bear no relation to the world they imagined creating. On the other hand, there were two dreams they had that, after a fashion, did come into existence.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE


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Jeb Bush Makes ‘Hopeful’ Noises About 2016

Looks like the 2016 presidential race could actually shape up to be a bona fide throwback to the ’90s, with a Bush and a Clinton duking it out for the White House.

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A Great American Tradition

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Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Doctors Gave Advice on the Use of Torture After 9/11

A new report shows physicians and other medical professionals working for the CIA and U.S. military were directed to assist in the planning and infliction of torture in prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and other secret “black sites” around the world.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Naming Our Nameless War

Upon succeeding to the presidency in 2009, Barack Obama junked Bush’s formulation of the “Global War on Terror” without fanfare. Yet if the appellation went away, the conflict itself, shorn of identifying marks, continued.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Terror Campaign

The president maintains a “global system of kidnapping, torture, rape and murder” to demoralize and coerce those who would oppose the American-led neoliberal empire, political economist Rob Urie writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tomas Young

When he dies this spring, Iraq War veteran Tomas Young will have spent his final years struggling to expose the guilt of those who make a holiday of the deaths and suffering of the powerless.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE


Who Was Hugo Chavez?

Much is being written about former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the wake of his death Tuesday. Australian journalist John Pilger’s 2007 documentary on the United States’ hostile, decades-long campaign against Latin American democracy helps separate fact from fiction in Chavez’s legacy.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Homeland Security’: The Trillion Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has grown into a miniature Pentagon. But unlike the Pentagon, it draws no attention whatsoever—even though this country has spent an amount of money equivalent to more than one and a half New Deals on “homeland security” since 9/11.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



Colin Powell Talks GOP Racism, Paul Krugman Blasts Jon Stewart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Treasury Department’s decision about minting a trillion dollar coin and another George Bush mulls a bid for public office.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 READ MORE



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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush Administration Ignored 9/11 Warnings

For those who never knew, the Bush White House received numerous warnings from the counterterrorism desk at the CIA of an imminent attack by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida on the United States. Former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells of the still-classified briefs issued to the Bush administration in the months leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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6 Questions for the Author of ‘Boss Rove’

Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine speaks with Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about “Boss Rove,” Unger’s new expose of the unofficial godfather of the Republican Party and perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ali Abunimah

Many journalists become grudgingly used to the fact that their work has little to no visible effect on the course of world events. When conservative writer Joshua Trevino was let go from The Guardian last month, Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the pro-Palestinian news and opinion site The Electronic Intifada, wasn’t one of them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Why Did The Guardian Hire Josh Trevino?

Readers of The Guardian are up in arms over the addition of former George W. Bush speechwriter Joshua Trevino to the historically liberal newspaper’s American staff.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Update: 25 People at the Heart of the Meltdown

At the height of the financial crisis, The Guardian identified 25 bankers, economists, politicians and financial officials who helped bring about the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. What are they up to now?

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ex-TARP Investigator Neil Barofsky

In late 2008, Neil Barofsky was appointed the Treasury Department’s investigator of the bank bailouts. In the time since, he has suffered dismissal and deprecation from his colleagues and the corporations they’re supposed to regulate.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Senator Moves to Rein In Warrantless Spying

A bill put forward by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., proposes to slap some limits on the U.S. government’s collecting of information on Americans under its warrantless electronic spying program.

Posted on Aug 4, 2012 READ MORE



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The Roots of Gore Vidal’s Discontent

Gore Vidal, the high-born author and activist who died Tuesday at the age of 86, was a man who had grand, democratic ambitions for his country—a nation that became a pale, mocking imitation of the place he knew during his pre-World War II boyhood—says his longtime friend Bob Carr, the current Australian minister of foreign affairs.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


Karl Rove Plots His Return

Bloomberg Businessweek’s assistant managing editor, Paul Barrett, has written an article called “Karl Rove: He’s Back, Big Time,” about the torrent of campaign funds Rove has scared up for Republicans in the November elections.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Bureaucrat Torpedoes Plea for a Presidential Pardon

The prosecutor and trial judge urged federal officials to commute Clarence Aaron’s sentence, but the Justice Department had other ideas.

Posted on May 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Smokes Out Obama’s Dubious Sense of Justice

After mischaracterizing a law governing medical marijuana distribution, the president who refused to prosecute those who led the U.S. into an indefinite war on terror told a Rolling Stone interviewer last month that he couldn’t ask the Justice Department to “turn the other way” when it comes to potential violations of medical marijuana use.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


One Dove, One Hawk: The Night the Feathers Flew

“What you have witnessed,” recently elected British MP George Galloway said back in 2005, speaking of Christopher Hitchens’ support for the U.S.-Iraq War, “... is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis from a butterfly back into a slug.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Too Tragic for Weak Balance of Powers

Many people know Daniel Ellsberg exposed the lies the U.S. government used to justify the Vietnam War. What many don’t know is that he was also a gung-ho, Cold War analyst who participated in them.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Right Reacts to Krugman’s 9/11 Post

Conservatives pundits are falling all over themselves in response to Paul Krugman’s pithy and plainspoken blog post on the “occasion for shame” that has become the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Tom Engelhardt: America, Tear Down ‘Freedom Tower’

Seven years into the Soviet Union’s fatal adventure in Afghanistan, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stood before the international community in West Berlin and demanded that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall that separated East Germany from the West. (more)

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE



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A Look at the ‘Bush-Obama’ Presidency

Essayist, Yale English professor and TomDispatch contributor David Bromwich takes a careful accounting of the “sacked” and “saved” members of the Obama administration in an attempt to reveal the similarities between his presidency and George W. Bush’s. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Murdoch’s Giuliani Connection

Monday, ahead of Rupert Murdoch’s inquiry by the British Parliament, former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on CNN to defend his beleaguered friend against accusations of knowledge of his employees’ hacking and bribing offenses. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Human Rights Watch: Prosecute the Bush War Criminals

A U.S.-based human rights group published a report Tuesday calling on foreign governments to prosecute George W. Bush and some of his chief officials in light of a growing body of evidence of war crimes. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


But Was It Murder?

As much as we all might wish that the counter-narrative, with all of its uncomfortable implications, would fade away, it’s not likely to, given this country’s obsession with legal process.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Ashcroft Assumes Ethical Advisory Role With Xe Services

Hold your breath. John Ashcroft—George W. Bush’s first attorney general and champion of the Patriot Act—has just taken an ethical advisory position with Xe Services, the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. (more)

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE


Why ‘False Choices’ Still Matter

The idea that “false choices” are distorting our politics is under attack. I want to defend the concept for both substantive and personal reasons.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Cheney Memoir in the Works

Former Vice President Dick Cheney maintained an elusive stance, to say the least, during his years in the White House, but since leaving office he’s made himself more visible and vocal on the public stage. For his next act, he’s working on a memoir—but somehow the term tell-all doesn’t quite seem to fit the bill in this particular case.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Dick Cheney on Iraq ‘Success’

After operating largely out of the spotlight for the last eight years, Vice President Dick Cheney continued his Sudden Visibility Press Tour on Sunday as he prepared to leave office. Here, he talks to CBS’ Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” about how he thinks his administration fared in the Iraq war.

Posted on Jan 5, 2009 READ MORE


Streisand and Bush

Bush and Streisand Embrace, Both Survive

Having been one of President George W. Bush’s most vocal celebrity critics in recent years, it must have been strange for Barbra Streisand to find herself smiling and embracing the lame duck last Sunday at the White House.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


Thucydides
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Ancient Words Our Leaders Should Heed

Let us now praise famous men. And after yet another U.S. presidential candidates’ debate of awesome sterility I’m referring principally to one of the first journalists to understand war and, so far as he could, to check his sources: Thucydides.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


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‘W’ Teaser: Dubya Went A-Courtin’

Maybe this isn’t precisely how George W. Bush played his cards the first time he met his wife, Laura, or maybe it is, but it’s how director Oliver Stone has recreated the mating dance of the would-be president and his future bride in this scene from Stone’s upcoming film, “W.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
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McCain Sounds the Alarm on Georgia

John McCain comes off as the tough-talking hard-liner in this Financial Times story about the Russia-Georgia conflict. Even more of a hard-liner than President Bush, who ever-so-reluctantly came around to agreeing with McCain on Monday after initially taking “a much more diluted stance” (just like Barack Obama), as John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, put it in the FT article’s completely unsurprising conclusion.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bush on energy
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Blame Rising Oil Prices on Bush

Wow, a lot of people must have bought Hummers last week. How else to explain the spike in oil prices? No, I’m not being silly: They are, and by they I mean the gaggle of media pundits and other administration apologists—abetted by some green zealots—who want to explain our energy crisis by reference to profligate consumers.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush’s Legacy of Failure

That idiotic “what, me worry?” look just never leaves the man’s visage. Once again there was our president, presiding over disasters in part of his making and totally on his watch, grinning with an aplomb that suggested a serious disconnect between his worldview and existing reality. 

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Bush
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Bush I Backs McCain

John McCain’s recent jockeying to make himself look like a direct heir to Ronald Reagan’s Republican legacy was helped along Monday by George H.W. Bush’s vote of confidence that McCain is indeed the right person to lead the nation as the next president.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Aboard the Condoleezza Rice

Whadda you mean “we,” Mr. TV Pundit? When you say “we” are doing better in Iraq or, even more absurd, that “we” were right to invade that country in the first place, are you putting Joe Blow American in the same bag as the top officers of Exxon, which made $40.6 billion in profit last year?

Posted on Feb 12, 2008 READ MORE


Jenna Bush
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Jenna Bush Dodges Military Service Question

How does the Bush family, including First Twin Jenna Bush, handle all the critical media coverage about George W.?  According to Jenna, they “don’t watch too much television.”  And, when asked by Time reporter Carolyn Sayre why she isn’t serving in Iraq, she insisted, ” ... It’s not even a practical question.”  Oh.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


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