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Zachary Karabell on Mark Lilla’s ‘The Stillborn God’

With religious passions inflaming and complicating politics worldwide, the very project of a secular future is threatened.  In “The Stillborn God,” Mark Lilla reveals the roots of the age-old quest to bring political life under God’s authority.  He also explores how modern Western thinkers found a way to free politics from theological power and build barriers against destructive religious fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


Which Clinton for President?

Hillary Clinton tells audiences that having lived in the White House for eight eventful years, she’s eager to take charge as president on “day one.” Apparently, though, so is Bill.

Posted on Dec 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Putin Is Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

Time magazine has decided to celebrate “order before freedom,” as the newsweekly put it, with its “person of the year” selection, because “if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


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We’ll Always Have Paris

For former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, Moammar Gadhafi’s recent visit to France raised some important questions about the West’s attitudes toward tyrants. Just whom should we embrace and whom should we flatten with a bit of shock and awe?

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Jesus, Then the Dinosaurs, Then the Greeks ...

Here’s an easy question: What’s worse, someone who doesn’t know anything about the world or someone who tries to spread his or her ignorance to others on national television? “The View’s” Sherri Shepard, who once admitted she didn’t know if the world was flat, insists that “Jesus came first before [the Greeks and Romans]” and “I don’t think anything predated Christians.” Really? What about Pangea?

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


We’re All Immigrants

The English language won’t be done in by the influx of Latin Americans.  To see the fallacy of this warning, just take a little look at American history.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Gerald Herbert

America in the Time of Empire

All great empires and nations decay from within. By the time they hobble off the world stage, overrun by the hordes at the gates or vanishing quietly into the pages of history books, what made them successful and powerful no longer has relevance.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


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The Not-So-Sick Man of Europe Does Matter

The former weapons inspector and military intelligence officer argues that Turkey, once dismissed as the “sick man of Europe,” will be ignored by the West at its own peril.

Posted on Nov 23, 2007 READ MORE


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John Mack Faragher on the ‘Hard Road West’

One of the most gifted historians of the American West takes a close look at the remarkable tale of triumph and tragedy that Keith Meldahl recounts in his dramatic story of the largest overland migration since the Crusades, as well as the equally compelling epic of the geology of the harsh and sublime Western landscape.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Holiday for American Immigrants

The turkey may share the table with lasagna or guacamole or Asian-style rice bowls.  Welcome to America, Pilgrim.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Outrage in Okinawa Over Edited History Books

Japan’s education ministry has generated protest in Okinawa by erasing one of the country’s worst moments from history textbooks.  Okinawans who lost loved ones when the Japanese army ordered them to commit suicide during World War II are bitterly battling the historical omission.

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

One of the 20th century’s greatest journalists, interviewers and storytellers is alive and working at age 95: Studs Terkel offers both the wisdom of age and keen insight into the issues of today.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on America’s Forgotten War

The best-selling author of “The Sorrows of Empire” takes a look at David Halberstam’s critical history of the Korean War.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Rewrites History

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Forbidden Starbucks

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

The General Lies

Of course Gen. David Petraeus predicts success in the Iraq war. What wonders couldn’t generals achieve with more troops and more time? The battle is always going well until it is lost, and then they blame defeat on the politicians and the public.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007 READ MORE


Remember Vietnam

Sex scandals aside, it’s too soon to simply let Bush’s asinine Vietnam analogy go. The team that has so often ignored history is out to rewrite it, and they must be stopped.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Charlie Chaplin on the Villainy of War

Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the genius of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.” In this climactic scene, Chaplin rails against the menace of war and hopes for a world where people actually care about each other.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Gravel’s Poignant Mantra: ‘Young Men and Women ... Dying’

Although it feels a bit like an ‘80s thriller or an episode of “Hard Copy” gone awry, this campaign video from Mike Gravel does a handy job of countering the president’s ill-advised comparison of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Greek Firestorm Closes In on Olympia

Wildfires are threatening Olympia, birthplace of the Olympics and home to some of Greece’s most precious archaeological treasures, including relics from the Temple of Zeus. Authorities are battling fires throughout the country, and dozens of people have been killed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


Quagmire Quiz

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Posted on Aug 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush’s Grandfather Linked to Fascist Plot

Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those linked to the plan. BBC Radio investigates.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Dog Woman

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Hands Washing Water

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Unmaking History

It’s time for those of us who are old enough to remember when the U.S. Supreme Court was a major force for racial integration and justice to stop living in the past. We need to realize that, for the foreseeable future, any progress our increasingly diverse country makes toward fairness and equality will come in spite of the nation’s highest court, not because of it.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Find of Century’ in Egypt

Egyptologists have discovered what they believe to be the 3,000-year-old remains of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler, Hatshepsut. The original wicked stepmother, Hatshepsut usurped the throne from her stepson, who probably retaliated after her reign by trying to obliterate any record of her.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


The Original Immigration Problem

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We've lost control of the borders. They must be rounded up and deported...all 300 million of them.
Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


He’ll Always Have Albania

George W. Bush, Hero of Albania! At least there’s one place in the world where they show the Decider some love.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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And Bush Fiddles While the Icecaps Melt

Cullen Murphy joins Stephen Colbert to compare and contrast the American and Roman empires. For all the old empire’s glory, its rampant poverty, disease and corruption, combined with endless war, make for an unwelcome comparison.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Repudiation, Not Impeachment

The former weapons inspector and author of “Waging Peace” argues that the mere impeachment of President Bush would fail to repair the damage caused by an executive branch run amok and an uninformed and uninvolved citizenry.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


Give ‘Em Hell, Mr. Terkel

The host of “Democracy Now” pays tribute to one of her most prolific and passionate forebears, Studs Terkel, who turns 95 this week. “Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things,” Terkel says. His life proves that fact.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Voices From the Spanish Civil War

A group of American veterans from the Spanish Civil War recently gathered to commemorate their fight against fascism before it was a popular cause. They fought for freedom and civil liberties, and they have a few words to say about our current morass.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Supremes Know Best

Justice Kennedy’s opinion that a woman’s right to have an abortion should be limited because, in some cases, that decision is regretted harkens to a more primitive time and the Supreme Court’s sometimes ugly legacy on women’s rights.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


Patriot’s Day: Stop the Violence

Historian Howard Zinn tells us that patriotism “is about dissent.” Americans should see the wisdom of his words in a time when some equate patriotism with supporting the war. As the U.S. mourns the loss of innocent college students, let’s not blindly accept the horror that has destroyed thousands of young Iraqis.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
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Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire

The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: He’s out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal on the American Empire

Gore Vidal reads from his essay, “Hail and Farewell: the End of the American Empire.” The iconic author, historian and patriot suggests that perhaps there’s a more sinister explanation for the president’s fiascos than mere incompetence: he’s out to destroy the American empire.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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whitehouse.gov

Hang Up on War

If you are upset that Congress won’t defund the war in Iraq, there’s something you can do: Stop paying a tax. Legally.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


TIMZ

Iraqi-American Rap on the War

Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ responds to the war with this video, titled simply “Iraq.” The first verse is meant to be from the perspective of an Iraqi, the second from an American. Both have the intensity that has made the genre such an effective avenue for political and social commentary.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Scott Ritter: Calling Out Idiot America

The former weapons inspector and military intelligence officer plumbs the depths of American ignorance and offers this history of Iraq, the Mideast and Islam. When so few of our politicians, and even fewer of the citizens who elect them,  understand the forces at work in Baghdad and beyond, is it any wonder the occupation has been a disaster?

Posted on Mar 23, 2007 READ MORE


Justice for the ‘Comfort Women’

During World War II, the Japanese army enslaved and raped 100,000 to 200,000 young women. By denying this atrocity, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others have brought shame back to Japan.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


French Royal Line Leads to India

The eldest living descendant of France’s King Henry IV appears to be a 48-year-old lawyer in Bhopal, India. Prince Michael of Greece “discovered” Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon’s ancestral ties while researching a book, though the supposed heir’s family had previously attempted to gain recognition.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Cherokees Oust Slave Descendants

The Cherokee nation has voted against recognizing the descendants of former slaves, despite a tribal supreme court ruling to the contrary last year. Of the estimated 250,000 to 270,000 members, 8,700 took part in the election. Defenders of the decision say they have a right to determine the nation’s makeup without interference from the U.S. government or others.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Arthur Schlesinger
planetpoint.com

Famed Historian Schlesinger Dead at 89

Arthur M. Schlesinger died Wednesday from a heart attack at the age of 89. A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Kennedy White House fixture, Schlesinger wrote or edited more than 25 books and once referred to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 policy as “a ghastly mess.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


The Turning Point

The co-editor of the American Empire Project book series and author of “Every Man a Speculator” brings a historical perspective to the 2006 election, and the coming battle for the presidency.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


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