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10 Things We Must Remember on Memorial Day

According to Yale historian David Blight, Memorial Day got its start at the end of the Civil War. 145 years after the end of our Civil War, our nation is engaged in near civil wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which we had a part in starting and no plans for ending.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. David Ake

Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul and Social Justice

On Thursday Robert Scheer responded to reader questions and comments about his column “Blame Clinton, Not Paul.” Scheer said, “both Democrats and Republicans have betrayed the interests of black and brown people and those who got stuck with subprime mortgages, and that’s the pressing civil rights issue right now.”

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s New Security Strategy Looks Much Like the Old One

Though the president reiterated his promise of success, the future he outlined at West Point is hard to distinguish from what we have already been through in Iraq, with less than reassuring results.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Alleged Chicago Torturer’s Overdue Day in Court

Abu Ghraib has nothing over Chicago. Forty years ago, Jon Burge returned from Vietnam, joined the Chicago Police Department and allegedly began torturing people.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE



Rep. Alan Grayson Introduces the ‘War Is Making You Poor Act’

The bill would cut the DoD’s budget and use that money to make the first $35,000 each American earns tax-free.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Outlines National Security Doctrine

Eight years ago President George W. Bush went to West Point to declare a new, bomb-a-holic course for American security. Now, President Barack Obama has used the same platform to declare a revised doctrine, one that roots security in diplomatic engagement and international alliances.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE



Live Chat: Robert Scheer on Rand Paul

Why is a lefty excited by the thought of a Kentucky libertarian in Congress? Robert Scheer responds to reader questions and comments about his latest column.

Posted on May 20, 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



Iraq Electoral Commission

Iraq’s Election Results Stand

The Iraqi electoral commission has upheld the results of the country’s parliamentary election after a partial recount demanded by the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition finished second in the voting.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

Iraq Election Victor Fears Sectarian War

Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya Party won the most seats in Iraq’s recent election, says sectarian violence could overtake Iraq, the region and even “the world at large” if the opposition continues to try to undermine his victory and establish a Shiite-dominated parliament.

Posted on May 10, 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


U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
Flickr / U.S. Army

America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

Posted on May 7, 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


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Hedges Joins Kucinich, Scahill for Teach-In on Ending U.S. Wars

Did Congress declare war on Afghanistan according to the rules set forth in the Constitution? According to David Swanson, who joined Chris Hedges, Jeremy Scahill, Ann Wright and Josh Steiber for a teach-in Thursday on Capitol Hill ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

When It Comes to War, Congress Is on Permanent Vacation

Judging by the lack of interest, involvement and oversight, it’s difficult not to conclude that Congress has largely taken a not-my-problem approach to America’s wars. (continued)

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The World Prefers Obama’s America

As approval ratings for Barack Obama decline at home, world opinion of the United States is rising steadily under his stewardship.

Posted on Apr 21, 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


al-Masri
Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of State

Two Top Al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced Monday that two major al-Qaida figures in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri, were killed by American and Iraqi forces Sunday morning.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


What Obama’s Nuclear Weapons Conference Missed

The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



War and Taxes Edition

On today’s list: Behind the Vatican’s blame-the-gays strategy, how much you owe for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the most corporate band and nine myths about socialism in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



One Marine’s ‘Liberty Walk’ for the Rest of Us

Ernest Logan Bell, a 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran walking 90 miles to make a point, is the new face of the resistance. He is young, at home in the culture of the military, deeply suspicious of the federal government, disgusted by the liberal elite, unable to find work and angry.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Iran Casts a Vote in Iraq

Shiite-dominated Iran has shifted its stance toward neighboring Iraq, backing Sunni inclusion in a new government in Baghdad and likely putting a damper on current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s attempts to shape the new government.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE



Collateral Murder in Iraq

A United States military video was released this week showing the indiscriminate targeting and killing of civilians in Baghdad.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

As Iraq Threatens to Come Apart, U.S. Problems in Afghanistan Mount

Washington once again finds itself dangerously entangled with the hostile policies, nationalistic interests and supporters, and personal ambitions of a foreign figure whom it counted on to serve American interests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb site
AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE



Robert Reich Edition

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


Video Shows Gunning Down of Journalists and Iraqi Civilians

The website WikiLeaks has found and decrypted a 2007 video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter firing on more than a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists. The U.S. military previously denied knowing how the journalists and civilians died.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Alaa al-Marjani

25 Dead in Baghdad Shooting

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a group of men dressed as Iraqi army soldiers busted into five houses in a southern district of Baghdad, handcuffing up to 25 people and shooting them in the head.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hadi Mizban

Here We WMD Again: Iraq and the Mythical Pakistani Package

A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Obscenity of War

President Barack Obama has just returned from his first trip as commander in chief to Afghanistan. The U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country are now in their ninth year, amid increasing comparisons to Vietnam.

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill Says ‘We’re at a Ground Zero Moment to Save Real Journalism’

The winner of the second annual Izzy Award, named after muckraking journalist I.F. Stone, discusses independent media and this critical moment in journalism.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

Inquiring Brits Want to Talk to Bush and Friends

That U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has already spoken to two prime ministers, but Sir John Chilcot’s panel would like an American take on things. Senior officials from George W. Bush’s administration, and maybe even W himself, have been cordially invited to give evidence.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Seven Years Later

To a near-deafening silence in the mainstream media, Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an occasion that protesters in Washington used to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Front-Runners Headed for Election Deadlock

It could be a case of good for democracy, bad for Iraq if analysts monitoring the outcome of the recent election in Iraq are right in thinking that the very close race between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Ayad Allawi ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


Cornel West on ‘Fault Lines’

On the most recent episode of Avi Lewis’ “Fault Lines,” Princeton professor Cornel West talks race, class, foreign policy, the global recession, and the current political pressure that is being put upon Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Jack Plunkett

The Difference Between a Terrorist and Someone Who Flies a Plane Into a Building

There seems to be some confusion about who are the real terrorists these days. Allow me to shed some light on the issue.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Allawi
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Two Front-Runners Claim Victory as Iraqis Await Election Results

The final tally from Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Iraq hasn’t been announced yet, but that didn’t stop Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his opponent, Ayad Allawi, from claiming victory for their respective teams.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE


Iraqi Oscar [A Cartoon From the Netherlands]









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Posted on Mar 8, 2010 ENLARGE    



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



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‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



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What Does Blackwater Have to Do?

The company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide has been mired in scandal ever since its guards massacred some Iraqi civilians, but the government work keeps coming. Sen. Carl Levin has asked the Pentagon to think carefully about awarding a $1 billion contract to the company now known as Xe.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


Three Bomb Blasts Kill 32 in Baghdad

The timing of Wednesday’s series of three suicide bombings in Baghdad was significant, considering Sunday’s parliamentary election is just around the corner. The attacks happened in rapid succession in the morning and killed 32 people, including some who had been wounded in the first two blasts and were seeking treatment at a hospital in the Iraqi capital city.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Divided government need not mean gridlock. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan made it work. Obama can, too.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


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