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Freedom From Porn Edition

What Obama hasn’t learned about offshore oil drilling, why Steve Jobs and Apple want to offer “freedom from porn,” and how GM bamboozled the country into thinking it repaid its bailout money.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Next for NATO?

The European Union doesn’t know where it stands at this moment. NATO thinks it knows and is gambling.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Amy Sancetta

Happy Days Aren’t Here Again

Don’t be fooled by newspaper reports claiming that higher unemployment is somehow good news—it isn’t.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’

These deformed individuals carrying out the global genocide against human life and the natural world lack the capacity for empathy. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Thai Government Rejects Mediation

The Thai government has rejected a U.N.-backed mediation plan aimed at settling the increasingly bloody conflict between protesters and the regime. The plan was to pull troops back from the protesters’ encampment in Bangkok and get some dialogue going.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE


Outlawing Latinos’ Heritage

Arizona’s latest attempt to put Latinos in their place is an oppressive new law that imposes restrictions on the teaching of history.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Blowback: Why They Try to Bomb Us

Imagine an alternate universe in which a foreign military power begins flying remote-controlled warplanes over your town, using onboard missiles to kill hundreds of your innocent neighbors, and then jokes about it.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / david55king (CC-BY)

Jerusalem Jews Tell Elie Wiesel to Get Real

You may recall Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s letter urging President Barack Obama to lay off of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem. A group of prominent intellectuals who actually live in the city have written their own withering response, calling Wiesel’s letter a fantasy “replete with factual errors and false representations.”

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Euro’s Crisis Has American Fingerprints

Self-admittedly profligate Greece did not invent the world crisis, nor did Portugal, Spain or Italy. The guilt lies with the United States.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


David Cameron

David Cameron, You’re Britain’s New Prime Minister

Conservative leader David Cameron, come on down. You may not have won an outright majority in the U.K.’s recent election, but her majesty the queen has this consolation prize: a fabulous stay in Number 10 Downing Street and a job administering her government until ... (continued)

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Lingua Franca Edition

Why assassinating U.S. citizens is a bad idea, why Americans are watching fewer foreign films, and how English became the international language of choice.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Berkman10_220 (CC-BY-SA)

Supreme Court: Elena Kagan Gets Obama’s Nod (Update: Video)

Much will be pored over and found and reported on Elena Kagan in the coming months. Right now the important bit is this: She’s Elena Kagan, former Harvard Law dean, current U.S. solicitor general and President Obama’s choice to sit on the highest court in the land. Oh, and Thurgood Marshall called her “Shorty.”

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Lefty Parties Celebrate Victory in Germany

Angela Merkel has reason to make the Bush-back-rub face: Her ruling coalition just suffered a major loss in a regional election with national implications. The Green Party, the Left Party and, by extension, the Social Democrats were all big winners.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jon Super

What Britain Taught Us About Hard Times and the Left

Britain produced an electoral earthquake all right, but not the one so many expected. The real lessons have less to do with two-party systems than with how economic change has challenged old strategies on both the right and the left.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Motto of Mad Men

“I Want My Country Back”—this ubiquitous tea party mantra belongs next to Nike’s “Just Do It” on Ad Age’s list of the most transcendent idioms.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE



Boca Edition (Update: Now With More Rent Boy)

Israel faces scrutiny over its nuclear stockpile, Fox responds to disaster by calling for more drilling, and what Boca Raton looked like when it was a Japanese-American kibbutz.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


Will We Keep Hating the Government?

Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack?

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


What We Learned From Times Square

Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

Posted on May 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Unintended Consequences of Good Government

Arizona’s bold election reforms just backfired. Public financing and an attempt to stop gerrymandering may be to blame for the state’s immigration law.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


BP: Billionaire Polluter

Less than a week after British Petroleum unleashed what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


A Fragile Partnership

The present crisis of the European Union was inherent in the creation of the institution itself.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Troy Maben

The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Border-First Hallucinations

The notion that the first thing to do is “secure the border” between the United States and Mexico—and only then worry about comprehensive immigration reform—falls somewhere between hopeful fantasy and cynical cop-out.

Posted on May 4, 2010 READ MORE


Tory Lessons for Republicans

Britain’s Conservative Party has found a winning brand by reaching out to the left, while conservatives across the pond alienate voters with angry rhetoric and fringe positions.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox

No One Cares

We are approaching a decade of war in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq is in its eighth year. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups, is dead.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bob Bird

Pitting Worker Against Worker

In this May Day special feature, economist Moshe Adler argues that the answer to our immigration, labor and broader economic problems is more immigration and more welfare for all.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



Hava Nagila Edition

Noam Chomsky on “the evil scourge of terrorism,” Glenn Greenwald on White House reporters being afraid of the White House, plus: why you can’t be a cop in Papua, Indonesia, if you’ve had your penis enlarged.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on the Goldman Hearings

Will the Goldman Sachs hearings really accomplish anything? Are the Democrats just showboating? What are the prospects for real financial reform? Robert Scheer answers these reader questions and more.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


It Takes Power to Control Power

Discredited as the financial powers are, their wealth alone continues to provide them with wildly disproportionate influence over the political process.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


Boycotting Arizona’s Racism

Arizona was the only territory west of Texas to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the Civil War. A century later, it fought recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. This week, an anti-immigrant bill was signed into law.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



‘Fake’ Bob Dylan Edition

Joni Mitchell calls Bob Dylan a “plagiarist” and a “fake,” GM sells more cars in China than in the U.S., and the short, bloody history of heaven.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Republican to See Suddenly Won’t Deal

It isn’t easy being a caucus of one. Sometimes you don’t even agree with yourself. Just ask Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Democrats’ go-to Republican.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


The NATO Nuisance

Large and firmly implanted bureaucratic organizations are almost impossible to kill, even when they have no reason to continue to exist, as NATO has not since the Soviet Union, communism and the Warsaw Pact all collapsed.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE



Mexico Warns Travelers About Arizona

The Mexican Foreign Ministry has issued an alert to all citizens living in or traveling to Arizona after the state passed an immigration law that essentially requires brown people to carry papers. “It must be assumed that every Mexican citizen may be harassed and questioned,” the alert warns.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE


Arizona’s Act of Vengeance

Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination—racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 READ MORE


Goldman CEO to Perform Community Service as Treasury Secretary

A Treasury Department spokesperson said that by performing community service as treasury secretary, Lloyd Blankfein will do less harm to the economy because he will have significantly less power than he had as chairman of Goldman.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


Titan Over Wall Street

Perhaps Obama could have scored more popularity points if he had ordered a few financiers to be led out of the Cooper Union auditorium in handcuffs.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Goldman Sachs

Read a full transcript of Robert Scheer discussing with readers his latest column, the crooks at Goldman Sachs and the prospects of financial reform.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



Earth Day Edition

The trouble with “tweet seats,” Andrew Sullivan explains to the president why gays are hollering at him, and why a gutless YouTube is stifling free expression—and comedy.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Israel Officially Rejects U.S. Demands

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already made his position clear, but over the weekend he officially refused U.S. demands to halt housing construction in occupied East Jerusalem. The White House has delayed negotiations while waiting for an official reply. (continued)

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


Why Financial Reform Will Be Easier Than Health Care

For the first time in Obama’s presidency, Republicans are uncertain as to whether resolute opposition to a Democratic idea is in their political interest.

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



google.com / governmentrequests/

Google’s ‘Government Requests’ Map Outs Nosy Feds

Google has a new service, but it won’t help you find pictures of Justin Bieber or stay in touch with friends. It’s a map that shows how many times governments around the world have contacted the company with requests—either to remove content or retrieve data about Google users. Who knew Brazil was so nosy? (continued)

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Andy Blenkush

Borrowing While Poor

Why should a poor borrower be held more responsible than a rich borrower for the default of another poor borrower?

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / TheGiantVermin (CC-BY-SA)

Salt Kills, FDA Stalls

It’s bad enough that Americans eat about twice as much salt as they need—and much more than is healthful—but most don’t even realize it. Reducing sodium in processed foods like cereal and soup and in restaurant meals could save more than 100,000 lives a year, and medical groups are urging the government to take action. (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change

Instead of taking U.S. aid money for climate change, Bolivia is taking a leadership role in helping organize civil society and governments, globally, to alter the course of the next major U.N. climate summit.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


Exaggeration of Iranian Threat Could Have Dire Consequences

It is a dismaying reflection that the facilitators of major violence thus far in the 21st century have been lies told by democratic governments.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


The Eradication of Trust

American public opinion seems to have become an unguided Weapon of Mass Suspicion, and it’s not hard to understand why.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


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