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the Great Dictator

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


Gravel

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


Statue and fire
AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

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


Prescott Bush
wikipedia.org

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

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Hands Washing Water

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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


Hatshepsut
news.bbc.co.uk

‘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


Colbert

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


Bush
AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

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
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

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


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

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


Bush
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


Flags and Tanks

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


Lincoln
gallatindesign.com

The Five Greatest Presidents

Abraham Lincoln has defeated Ronald Reagan to retake the title of greatest American president in the eyes of most Americans. Reagan had briefly usurped Lincoln following his death in 2005, according to Gallup, which regularly updates the standings. The current top five greatest presidents, in order, are: Lincoln, Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton and FDR.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


JFK and Jackie
news.bbc.co.uk

New JFK Footage Released After More Than 40 Years

George Jefferies didn’t think his film of JFK’s last moments was all that interesting, so he simply held on to it for more than four decades. But Gary Mack, curator of the Dallas museum now in possession of the footage, said the new images will offer fodder to conspiracy theorists because of a detail involving the president’s jacket.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Flunks History

On Presidents Day, George Bush made a ridiculous attempt to portray George Washington as someone who would have supported the Iraq war—the same George Washington who left office warning against foreign entanglements.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Rummy and Ford
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Let History Decide

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Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Anne Frank
wikipedia.org

Anne Frank’s Family Failed in 1941 Bid to Flee to U.S.

Newly released documents show that Anne Frank’s father attempted to move the family to the United States, but he was not granted a visa. Otto Frank was granted a Cuban visa, but the order was canceled after Germany declared war on the U.S.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Stonehenge excavation
nationalgeographic.com

From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


It Only Took 218 Years

Nancy Pelosi’s new job as the first woman speaker of the House has been something of a footnote to the Democrats’ success in the midterm elections, but her truly historic ascension has inspired women and men alike—even Republicans. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, took his four daughters to the swearing-in: “It’s a good role model for all women, and my daughters can see that they can get to the highest levels of government.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Moyers
wikipedia.org

Bill Moyers’ Parable

The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation’s history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Invisible Men

Despite their courage and achievements in the Revolutionary War, blacks usually went unnoticed.  Now, finally, one such man receives some recognition.

 

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


bonobos
From iun.edu

A Brief History of Human Sex

To get an idea of how we humans might act if unfettered by cultural restraints, we could look at bonobo chimpanzees, which engage in frequent sexual acts ... “a fairly quick, perfunctory and relaxed activity that functions as a social cement,” according to an expert.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


Bikini slideshow

An Illustrated History of the Bikini

Sure, the FCC may be cracking down on indecency, but if you want to see how far society has come in that department, check out this Victorian-era “bathing machine,” a hut on wheels that protected bathers from public scrutiny until they were far enough from shore to avoid being observed.

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Gov. Corzine Orders New Jersey Government Shut Down

A first in the state’s history, the executive order halted road construction and lottery ticket sales, and put over half the state’s 80,000 employees on furlough. Gov. Jon S. Corzine ordered the shutdown after legislators missed a June 30 budget deadline due to disagreements over a measure to raise the sales tax to close a budget gap. Depending on a court ruling, the state’s 12 casinos may also have to shut their doors.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


Worst President in History

Read About ‘The Worst President in History’

The Rolling Stone article that everyone has been waiting for is out. Read it in full here.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


Examining the Death Penalty

On Dec. 2 Kenneth Boyd was executed by the state of North Carolina, becoming the 1,000th person to be executed since the 1976 Supreme Court ruling Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in the United States. 

Posted on Dec 13, 2005 READ MORE


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