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Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq

Shade It Black: Death and After in Iraq

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Congre$$, Heal Thyself

As the Obama administration pushes for a vote on health care reform before Congress recesses in August, has health industry money too thoroughly polluted the process for anything good to come of it?

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The Islamic Republic Is Not in Danger

Few think that the demonstrations in Tehran, and now in other Iranian cities, can produce a change in regime. What is being challenged is the reactionary social and political form the Iranian system has assumed under Ahmadinejad and the most conservative clerics.

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A Strapped L.A. Won’t Pay for Laker Parade

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers brought the NBA championship trophy back to Los Angeles and with it cause for celebration, but how can a city struggling to make ends meet justify the traditional $2 million victory parade? By making the team and private donors pay for it.

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Learning to Live With the Devil We Know

The protests in Iran have captured the imagination of Western media, but the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should come as no surprise. The world needs to move past the controversy of the Iranian elections and, like him or not, find a way to deal with President Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions.

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Iran’s Protest Goes Viral

Iranian officials have cut off key communication conduits within the country and barred access to foreign news broadcasts as election protests rage on. But protesters have found ways to get information by other means: They have turned to social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.

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No Big Surprise: Torture Yields Bogus Info

New declassified information reveals that the CIA’s torture programs produced false information. September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted he made up stories under torture, refuting a long-standing and still-used Bush administration argument that harsh interrogation yields highly valuable information. Rachel Maddow provides the details.

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‘Iran Decision 2009’

Jon Stewart reports on the alleged election victory of “Ahmadinejaja” in Iran—“the most stable country in the world”—and on Vice President Joe Biden’s no-comment comment about the situation there. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

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The Lowdown on the Calif. Meltdown

California is still hoping Washington will help out with its Hollywood drama of a budget crisis, but the Obama administration is playing hardball, even though the meltdown of the world’s eighth-biggest economic power could have serious repercussions for U.S. and world financial markets. With public services and the state’s welfare program on the chopping block, something’s gotta give.

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Murder Plot by Kim Jong-il’s Heir Reported

Kim Jong-un, the heir apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, reportedly has been caught in mid assassination attempt. According to South Korean media citing Chinese government sources, the 26-year-old was trying to kill Kim Jong-nam, the first son in the lineage, after first doing away with his older half brother’s top aides.

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Carter Assails Treatment of Gaza Residents

Former President Jimmy Carter visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and denounced the inhumane living conditions of the Palestinians there. People in the enclave are “treated more like animals than human beings,” Carter declared.

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Iran to Recount Disputed Votes

Iran’s Guardian Council has announced a recount of disputed votes from last week’s election as massive protests continued in the streets of Tehran. It’s not clear how extensive the recount will be or whether it could threaten to upset the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who flew to Russia on Tuesday for a meeting there.

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Truthdig Wins 3 Journalism Awards

Thanks to the L.A. Press Club for acknowledging the excellent work of our writers with three Southern California Journalism Awards. Congratulations to Chris Hedges, who won Online Journalist of the Year and Best Online Column, and Scott Ritter, who took home an award for Best Online Feature. Continue reading for the full list of 12 Truthdig finalists and links to the winning and nominated articles.

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Guns and the Link We Won’t Admit

There are without a doubt links among the extremists who have opened fire in this spring of slaughter, but we tend to ignore the most obvious point: We have decided to let just about anyone have a gun.

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Iran Election [Revised]

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S. Korea Expected to Seek Official U.S. Nuclear Protection

Shortly after the U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions against North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test, the communist country has reacted by warning of possible nuclear war. As a result, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who is to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, is expected to seek a written commitment of nuclear protection from the U.S.

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Welcome to an Unemployed World

The International Labor Organization opened a summit in Geneva on Monday on the worsening global unemployment crisis. World leaders, including France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and Brazil’s Lula da Silva, will meet to discuss what they believe will be some 239 million unemployed worldwide by the end of this year.

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Obama Talks Health Care Reform to the AMA

President Obama spoke to the American Medical Association on Monday, trying to win doctors over to his cause for health care reform. His speech came after the AMA declared that it would reject a government-sponsored insurance plan.

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Shots Fired at Iranian Election Protests

Iranian militiamen opened fire at protesters in Tehran on Monday, allegedly killing one and wounding others. Hundreds of students have been arrested as tens of thousands of people rallied for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has finally called for a review of Friday’s election results at the heart of the unrest.

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The AMA Does Not Represent Us

As the American Medical Association begins its annual convention in Chicago, we want to take this opportunity to make it clear to the American public, to the media, and to the president and members of Congress, that the AMA does not represent us. In fact, the AMA represents less than one-third of America’s physicians, and half of those are retired.

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There Will Be Peace In Israel ... Sort of

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke for the first time of the possibility of a two-state solution, but only under certain conditions: the Palestinian state cannot have a military or control of its borders and airspace and it must recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Palestinian officials aren’t exactly thrilled by these terms.

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The American Empire Is Bankrupt

This week marks the end of the dollar’s reign as the world’s reserve currency. It marks the start of a terrible period of economic and political decline in the United States. And it signals the last gasp of the American imperium. That’s over. It is not coming back. And what is to come will be very, very painful.

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Obama and the Politics of Short Memories

Business has been on the ropes since last fall’s financial collapse, but the first glimmerings of recovery are calling forth a capitalist counteroffensive.

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Don’t Panic

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Gays Losing Patience With Team Obama

Signed by Bill Clinton, the Defense of Marriage Act keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in other states. Barack Obama’s Justice Department has just issued a defense of DOMA, even though the president has said he’d like to see it overturned. The gays who voted for these Democrats, meanwhile, are losing patience.

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CIA Chief Wonders Whether Cheney Wishes for Terrorist Attack

Leon Panetta responds to the former vice president’s constant sniping in the latest New Yorker: “I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue. ... It’s almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it’s almost as if he’s wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that’s dangerous politics.”

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Bill Maher Is Hoping for a Little More Audacity

The “Real Time” host has some harsh words for the president, who, he says, is caving to insurance companies, banks and polluters: “This is not getting the job done. And this is not what I voted for.”

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Ahmadinejad Wins Dubious Election

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been re-elected president of Iran by a surprisingly wide majority, according to the country’s electoral commission. But his main rival also claimed victory and said, “I will not surrender to this dangerous charade.” The BBC reports that official figures show Ahmadinejad winning even in his opponent’s territory and among reformist voters.

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LRC: Iran, Big Bank Payback, Reregulation and Health Care

This week on “Left, Right and Center” the gang tackles three big questions: What do today’s Iranian elections mean in the polarized theocracy? What’s going on in the banking world and with the alleged TARP paybacks? And finally, given the partisan divide, will public health care ever become a viable option in the U.S.? Tune in to find out.

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Chinese Software Censors More Than Just Porn

Investigations into China’s new anti-pornography software “Green Dam-Youth Escort,” which is to be bundled with all personal computers sold in the country, reveal that it blocks more than just porn. The new software also censors Web sites with controversial political keywords related to the Tiananmen Square military crackdown and the banned spiritual group Falun Gong.

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Gitmo Prisoners Transferred Sans British Approval

An embarrassed London is reviewing the legal basis of its relations with Bermuda following the transfer of four Guantanamo prisoners—a group of Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs—to Britain’s paradisiacal overseas territory. The men have been sent there as foreign guest workers, but apparently British officials never got the memo.

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Violence Up—Way Up—in Afghanistan

Gen. David Petraeus announced Thursday that violence in Afghanistan has spiked 59 percent in recent months, hitting its highest level since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. American troops in the country now number 56,000 and will increase to 68,000 in the second half of this year. Petraeus said a coming increase in U.S. military activity signals that the trend of rising violence and casualties will continue.

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Iranians Flock to the Polls

Millions of Iranians headed to the polls Friday in what appeared to be record numbers for a presidential election. Voters will decide between incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and three opposition candidates, the most popular of which, the reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, has gained lots of attention from young people and women.

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China Eludes Greenhouse Limits

There’s movement toward a global agreement on climate change, with the U.S. rescinding its demand that China commit to greenhouse gas emissions at the level of those in already-developed countries.

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Hearts and Minds Redux

“Decapitation strategies don’t work.” Those words, uttered by the newly named U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, mark a shift in the military strategy in Afghanistan. Yes, indeed—it seems to have taken the Pentagon eight years to realize that “you’re going to have to convince people, not kill them.”

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Congress OKs Anti-Smoking Bill

Congress gave final approval to a bill that gives the federal government far-reaching power to try to decrease smoking in the U.S. Positioned to be much more effective than those stupid tobacco company-sponsored “Truth” commercials, the bill would limit nicotine levels and use of words like mild and light. Updated

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Megan Hustad on Class in America

Two memoirs—Eve Pell’s “We Used to Own the Bronx” and Christopher Buckley’s “Losing Mum and Pup”—demonstrate, each in its own way, that all that glitters is not gold and that the price exacted by extreme social anxiety is very high indeed. A feast of the higher gossip and raw meat for social anthropologists.

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Brown’s Reform Plan [A Cartoon From Germany]

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The Lesser of Two Spuds

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‘Daily Show’ Skewers New York Times

The “Daily Show’s” Jason Jones kicks the Gray Lady while she’s down with this uncompromising look at the day-old news business.

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The Lone Wolves Among Us

The white supremacist who allegedly took a rifle into the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and killed a security guard is more than a bitter, demented old man. He is a known figure in the domestic hate industry and a reminder that words have consequences.

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All Politics, and Change, Is Still Local

The worship of the White House that led Colorado’s governor to renege on a health-care promise is one more pass-the-buck cop-out in a nation whose federalist system imagined states as “laboratories of democracy.”

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Swine Flu Reaches Pandemic

It’s been 40 years since we’ve had a flu pandemic on our hands, but after roughly 30,000 swine flu cases spread across multiple regions of the world, the WHO held an emergency meeting and took the plunge. Try not to feel alarmed.

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Investigating California’s Crisis

This week on Al Jazeera’s “Fault Lines,” Avi Lewis investigates the political causes, the human impact and the global economic repercussions of California’s budgetary crisis. Check out this great report, which features Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer.

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Americans’ Wealth Down for 7th Straight Quarter

The latest Federal Reserve report indicates that U.S. household net worth has dropped for the seventh consecutive quarter, to reach $50.4 trillion, as stock market and house values continue to decline. Since the peak, Americans have seen 22 percent of their wealth disappear.

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Talking Iraq in Iraq

Stephen Colbert interviews Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, and asks where we are now in the war, what “trust exercises” he does with the Iraqis and just what is the difference between Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran? Check out this clip from Wednesday night’s “Colbert Report.”

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The Difficulty of Sanctioning North Korea

As the U.N. struggles to figure out how to punish North Korea for its second nuclear test, it’s clear that past sanctions have done little to discourage Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday, the U.S., China and others agreed on a draft resolution that tightens military and financial sanctions on the North but puts no damper on its lucrative trade with China.

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