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Prometheus Among the Cannibals

Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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We Screwed Up: A Letter of Apology to My Granddaughter

There were plenty of signs we took a wrong turn but we kept on going. Dumb, stubborn, blind: Who knows why we couldn’t stop? Greed maybe—powerful corporations we couldn’t overcome. It won’t matter much to you who is to blame. You’ll be too busy coping in the diminished world we bequeath you.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Noah Berger

Oakland Police: ‘We, Too, Are the 99%’

The Oakland Police Officer’s Association announced “we are confused” in an open letter to the city’s residents Tuesday. The letter blames Mayor Jean Quan for ordering the clearing of the Occupy Oakland encampment that resulted in a young Iraq War veteran’s brain injury and national attention.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Bin Laden Thought About Re-Branding Al-Qaida

A letter found in Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound details his concerns about the name al-Qaida and the organization’s ability to galvanize Muslims with a shorthand moniker that just means “the base” (originally it was “the base of holy war”). It is unknown to whom bin Laden’s public relations missive was directed.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Pope to Pen a Letter Addressing Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict XVI’s official investigators at the Vatican have been inundated with claims of abuse by Catholic priests and nuns, all to be handled by a small team of 10 at the Holy See’s in-house operation. To offset some of the public discontent, the pope is writing ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Joyce N Boghosian

Ted Kennedy’s Letter From Beyond the Grave

The late senator had an unexpected cameo in the president’s speech in the form of a letter that, at Kennedy’s request, was delivered after his death. The White House has released the document, which says “at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.” Read it after the jump.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Fidel Castro
AP photo / Javier Galeano

Castro Retires

Fidel Castro announced on Tuesday that he “neither will aspire to nor will I accept the position of president of the Council of State and commander in chief.” He had stayed in firm control of Cuba for nearly 50 years despite all the best efforts of a superpower some 90 miles away. In the end, he was forced from office not by coup or assassination, but trouble with his intestine.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008 READ MORE


Young Scholars Tell the President ‘No’ on Torture

Sometimes it takes a brave, idealistic young person (or nearly 50 of them) to break all the rules of pomp and circumstance, pass the president a note, and school him about human rights.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Secret Letter From Iraq

It started as an e-mail to friends and family, but soon found its way to the in-boxes of retired generals and Capitol Hill staffers: It’s a U.S. Marine’s account of how his experience of Iraq realities contrasts sharply with the narrative being presented by the White House. Check it out in Time magazine.

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


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Sam Harris, Andrew Sullivan, Jonathan Kirsch Debate Religious Tolerance

Three of the country’s leading religious intellectuals—Truthdig contributor Sam Harris (left above), author and blogger Andrew Sullivan (right above), and author Jonathan Kirsch—engage in a spirited KCRW radio discussion about whether the world’s major religions are truly compatible.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris: ‘Head in the Sand Liberals’

Truthdig contributor and “The End of Faith” author Sam Harris writes in an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece that liberals’ fury with the Bush administration has blinded them to the danger of our enemies in the Muslim world. “This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that ‘liberals are soft on terrorism.’ It is, and they are.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


The Bush Ship-Jumping Spreads…

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a “sharply worded letter” to Bush warning him that he may have violated the law by keeping Congress in the dark on several unnamed intelligence programs, and that Bush risked losing GOP support on national security matters.
All of a sudden, it’s not just predictable GOP’ers like Arlen Specter who are rattling the saber on Bush’s excessive secrecy. Hoekstra was, until now, a hard-core Bushie. Seems there’s just so much alienation your friends will take before they lash out at you in public. Make no mistake: Bush values loyalty above everything else. That Hoekstra was willing to publicly cross the president says A LOT.

Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


Iran Presses For Direct U.S. Talks On Nukes

Iranian officials are furiously working diplomatic back channeles to open a dialogue with the U.S. (Apparently the Iranian’s president’s 18-page letter to Bush opened the floodgates.)
The significance of this? For 25 years Iran has enforced a taboo against making overtures to “The Great Satan.”

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz—Bush Demands That Iran Halt Production of Long Letters

The political satirist reports: White House aides said that writing an 18-page letter to President Bush, who is known for his extreme distaste for reading, was the most provocative act Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could possibly have committed.

Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


Iranians Fault Rice’s Dismissal of Letter

An Iranian diplomat says that Condoleezza Rice squandered a potential “turning point” in U.S.-Iranian relations by her “hasty” rejection of a letter from the Iranian president to Bush. (Read the letter)

Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
AP Photo / Mehr News, Sajjad Safari

Iranian Leader Invites Bush to Join in Theocracy

President Ahmadinejad, in his somewhat rambling letter to Bush, encourages him to abandon democracy in favor of theocracy. (Sam Harris might observe that America wouldn’t have far to go in that respect.) The Iranian leader also criticized Bush’s use of secret CIA prisons, and mentioned the nuclear issue only indirectly.

  • N.Y. Times article on the letter
  • The translated letter in full
  • Condoleezza Rice dismisses the letter
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    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    First Daughters
    From the Washington Post

    Bush Housecleaning Begins at Home

    In a moment of satire, the Washington Post surfaces a letter that Bush wrote to his daughters explaining why he’s decided to replace them with Chelsea Clinton.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


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