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WikiLeaks Outs U.S. Diplomats’ Saucy Secrets

According to diplomatic cables obtained and leaked by the whistle-blowers extraordinaire, the king of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. to attack Iran, Hillary Clinton instructed her diplomats to spy on U.N. leaders and others, Vladimir Putin is ...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


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North Korea Attack: ‘It’s Whatever’

North Korea’s provocative shelling of tiny Yeonpyeong island has the world in a stir, but residents of Seoul have been mostly cool, almost indifferent.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 READ MORE



More News, Less Turkey

Today on the list: Bribing Israel, the possibilities of precognition, the value of banks (it’s complicated), and the incredible shrinking withdrawal date.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Calling the Bluff on Deficits

The proposal put forth by the deficit commission’s chairmen is a deeply conservative document, but if Republicans are as concerned as they say, they should debate the plan—and deficit-increasing tax cuts—in Congress.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 READ MORE


‘It Gets Worse’ With John and Cindy McCain

Politicians don’t seem to realize, or maybe the word is care, that we have this stuff called advanced technology that records their statements for posterity and endless playback. Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” crack team of researchers ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr / Tim Yang (CC-BY)

The Day China Diverted the Internet

For 18 minutes last April 8, as much as 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic was rerouted through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. commission, which said the diverted data included communications from Congress and the U.S. military. ...

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund / UNLV / Geri Kodey (CC-BY-ND)

Senate May Consider Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Senate boss Harry Reid, pictured, says that before his majority shrinks, he intends to push ahead with a vote that could potentially allow gays to serve openly in the military. The measure is currently tied to a defense authorization bill that Reid plans to bring up during the lame duck session.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE


NATO Summit Unlikely to Answer the Most Important Questions

To adapt to secular use a phrase from medieval mysticism, “the cloud of unknowing” deepens as the war-waging countries of North America and Western Europe approach their NATO “summit.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


A Cry From Argentina: ‘Close Guantanamo’

“Gitmo is going to remain open for the foreseeable future,” said an unnamed White House official to The Washington Post this week. For guidance on the notorious U.S. Navy base in Cuba, President Barack Obama should look to an old naval facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Kandahar: The Latest Casualty of an Invisible War

The military’s major campaign in Kandahar has been largely ignored. The American public cannot have a debate on the war if it is not even mentioned in public.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


Runaway Military: A Raw Deal at Half the Price

I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by President Obama’s debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: Slash defense spending along with everything else.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

The Cowardice of America at War

I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



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The Origin of America’s Intellectual Vacuum

The country suffers an impoverishment of ideas and analysis at a moment when we desperately need radical voices to make sense of the corporate destruction of the global economy and the ecosystem.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


A Lame and Spineless Duck?

The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh, and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

U.K. General: Al-Qaida Can Never Be Defeated

Britain’s highest military officer is offering some wisdom: Al-Qaida can never be completely defeated—an admission that comes almost 10 years into the “war on terror.” The British general is calling for a military focus on containing enemy fighters and not annihilation.

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Court Allows ‘DADT’ Policy for Now

Denying a request by the Log Cabin Republicans, U.S. Supreme Court justices Friday allowed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to remain in place while the issue cycles through the federal appeals court circuit.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Dishonoring Pat Tillman

Veterans were honored all across America Thursday, while the most famous veteran of our ongoing wars continues to be dishonored.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

Pentagon Survey: Dropping ‘DADT’ Wouldn’t Cause Wartime Strife

The findings summarized in a lengthy report that the Pentagon is preparing to send to President Obama about the potential effects of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have been relayed to The Washington Post ahead of the game, and ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

Report: Obama Will Extend Afghanistan Deadline

The White House is pushing back against a McClatchy report that the administration plans to delay the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan from the previously announced July 2011 deadline to some time in 2014.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


Obama in the Company of Killers

If a volcano kills civilians in Indonesia, it’s news. When the government does the killing, sadly, it’s just business as usual, especially if an American president tacitly endorses the killing, as President Barack Obama just did with his visit to Indonesia.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


Washington Laughs at ‘Revolution’

Washingtonians giggle at the new and the recycled anti-Washington loudmouths coming or coming back to our capital city. There are no outsiders inside the Beltway.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on Misguided Outrage

Today on the list: President Obama confirms that his is a Republican health care plan, Noam Chomsky considers “a level of anger ... like nothing I can recall in my lifetime,” and a random act of culture that brings a Macy’s crowd to its feet.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Senate to Drop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain of the Armed Services Committee are reportedly working to shelve the legislative effort to end the military’s ban on openly gay service members. (continued)

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt York

A Recipe for Fascism

American politics, as the midterm elections demonstrated, have descended into the irrational.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Burmese Polls Close

The polls may have closed in Burma after the military junta-ruled country hosted its first elections in 20 years, but those waiting for significant change may have to wait a bit longer: The country’s main opposition party has boycotted the “democratic” contest.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


War Should Be an Election Issue

Just days away from crucial midterm elections, WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website, unveiled the largest classified military leak in history. But in the U.S., it barely warranted a mention on the agenda-setting Sunday talk shows.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


The Shifting Balance of Power

An epoch of Western world political domination is coming to an end. This is not simply an end to imperialism (new or old), but quite possibly the beginning of a probably long decline in the West’s primacy in industry, technology and scientific innovation.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 READ MORE


Shock









Posted on Oct 25, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Dario Lopez-Mills

The World Liberal Opportunists Made

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, which looks set to make sweeping gains in the midterm elections, is the direct result of a collapse of liberalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Beyond Kingmaker: Moqtada al-Sadr and the Future of Iraq

Moqtada al-Sadr’s ability to influence Iraq’s political affairs has earned him the title “kingmaker,” but his true aspiration is to be king. He stands a reasonable chance of succeeding.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / The U.S. Army (CC-BY)

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Back in Effect

On Wednesday, the Obama administration succeeded in its mission of reinstating the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding gays and lesbians among its ranks. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported that afternoon, a ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Cheryl Gerber

Wars Will Cease When We Refuse to Fight

I do not regard gay and lesbian soldiers seeking elementary legal equality as political heroes. It takes much greater courage for soldiers and veterans of all sexual persuasions to renounce war and imperial adventures. [Pictured above is Stephen Funk, a former Marine who refused to serve in Iraq.]

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

Government Moves to Block ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Injunction

As expected, the Justice Department asked an appeals court Wednesday to put a hold on U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’ recent injunction to stop the military from enforcing its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Why would the government do this?

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



Royal Air Force / Cpl. Paul Saxby

U.K. to Slash Defense Spending

The United States spends more on its military than every other country in the world combined. That’s not likely to change, with British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing plans to cut military spending by 8 percent over four years. (continued)

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / D. Myles Cullen

Pentagon Approves Openly Gay Recruits

While the fate of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is sorted out in the courts, military recruiters have been ordered to accept openly gay applicants. But both the Pentagon and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network are warning that out recruits could be discharged in the future.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



Bush’s Brain’s Brain?

Today on the list: Meet Karl Rove’s Karl Rove, what happens when you Facebook friend request yourself, and the third-party candidates who still can’t catch a break.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark A. Stahl

Heroes for the Beaten, Foreclosed on, Imprisoned Masses

Staughton Lynd and his wife, Alice, also a lawyer, are soldiering on in the economic and social ruins of Youngstown, Ohio, where the only growth industry is locking people away.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE


Rescue









Posted on Oct 17, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Bitter Setbacks for the Foes of ‘Don’t Ask’

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” should have been easy. Now opponents of the policy have to watch the administration oppose a court order prohibiting discrimination against gays in the military.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Jamean R. Berry

The Imperial Defense of Pentagon Bloat

Beware the sophistry of budget talking points—especially those seeking to deter any criticism of defense spending.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 READ MORE


No Butts About It









Posted on Oct 13, 2010 ENLARGE    


A Generation of Termites

The best recent estimates by civil engineers and government experts indicate that we would have to spend well over $2 trillion during the next five years on roads, bridges, airports, railways, transit, sewers, waterways, ports, dams, parks and schools simply to maintain them in decent condition.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



cnn.com

Team Obama to Appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ruling?

This may seem counterintuitive, if not counterproductive, given that President Obama has made noises about opposing discrimination against GLBTQ members of the military, but the Obama administration is apparently preparing ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Gorbachev’s ‘New Policy Forum’ Hints at the Future

No one attending the New Policy Forum in Sofia was very interested in Washington’s present military and geostrategic preoccupations.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

Federal Judge Orders End to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

We might finally see the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” as the U.S. military’s controversial policy about homosexuality among its ranks took another big legal hit Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad and the Limits of American and Israeli Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Middle East’s populist answer to the American tea party, has stirred controversy with his trip to Lebanon, which will begin Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Reconciliation Talks In Afghanistan









Posted on Oct 11, 2010 ENLARGE



news.bbc.co.uk

Russia’s Inflatable Army

They say image is everything. To that end, Russia has developed blowup versions of tanks, jets and the rest of its arsenal. The inflatables, which, the BBC reports, appear to be real weapons to radar and thermal detectors, are all about looking tough on the cheap. Remind you of anyone?

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / k763 (CC-BY)

Repulsive but Protected

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, the Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


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