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Navy to Obscure Giant Swastika

The Navy plans to spend $600,000 to obscure a San Diego-area building complex that happens to be shaped like a swastika. The buildings have been around since the 1960s and for years no one seemed to mind, but that was before the advent of Google Earth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Video Roundup:  Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

The Largest Minority has put together a collection of video clips from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University on Monday, complete with Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s controversial introductory remarks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert Unleashes the Fearsome Power of Name-Calling

The take-away from the recent showdown between and Bush administration members (not to mention the Senate) over the now-infamous “General Betray Us” ad should be, according to Stephen Colbert, that the full force of our nation’s military power can best be unleashed on the world stage in the form of ... deadly schoolyard taunts. 

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE

AP photo / Susan Walsh

Waxman: State Dept. Blocked Blackwater Investigation

Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, claims his panel’s attempts to look into Blackwater USA’s recent controversial actions in Iraq were derailed by the State Department.  The State Department, on the other hand, denies blocking the investigation and says Waxman’s charge is the result of a “misunderstanding.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE

Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE

protesting monks
AP photo

Violence Breaks Out in Burma

After a long and tense buildup over recent weeks, the standoff between Buddhist monks and security forces in Burma became violent on Wednesday, with differing reports bringing news of gunfire, deaths and mass arrests in the city of Yangon.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE

Newt’s Exploratory Committee

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE

Misplaced Complaint

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Arnold at the UN

Schwarzenegger and Gore Team Up at U.N.

Celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental superstar Al Gore stole the show at Monday’s U.N. climate crisis speechathon, offsetting President Bush’s notable absence. Schwarzenegger rallied the crowd with his unique Hollywood-infused rhetorical flair: “One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’: ‘Have Gun, Will Grovel’

Jon Stewart recaps the GOP candidates’ race to worship at the altar of guns, complete with an analysis of Giuliani’s 9/11 Tourette’s syndrome.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Child Insurance Gains, but a Veto Won’t Be Overridden

The House has passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but failed to win enough votes to override President Bush’s promised veto. Still, SCHIP has overwhelming public support, and Democrats welcomed the opportunity to force Bush and his congressional allies to take a stand against poor children.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

marching monks

Bush to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

President Bush has weighed in on the massive protests in Burma (Myanmar), saying he will boost sanctions against the country’s abusive military government. Meanwhile, thousands of Buddhist monks have defied government warnings and continue to demonstrate.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest

As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush’s refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day—war and global warming—has been stunning. And the media haven’t helped.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Joe Biden
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Biden One-Ups Bush

It’s not just Bushie loyalists and Republicans who are gunning for more money to be poured (out of taxpayers’ pockets) into the Iraq war chest.  Take Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who is aiming to double Bush’s proposed $12 billion in funding for the rapid production of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles—a proposition which, Scheer argues, is about much more than the security of U.S. troops.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Jet fighter
AP photo / LM Otero

Inside the Military-Industrial Complex

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle knows a thing or two about the “staggering” amounts of money the U.S. funnels into the military-industrial complex, and why it is so difficult to stanch the profiteering.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Has Fun With Numbers

Lest anyone forget that Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York on Sept. 11, 2001 (it’s true, we looked it up), a buddy of his is throwing a fundraiser that will charge—wait for it—$9.11 per person.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Juvenile inmates
AP photo / Charles Rex Arbogast

Crime, Poverty and Education: It’s Not Rocket Science

Truthdig regulars Sheerly Avni, James Harris and Josh Scheer put their heads together to try to figure out why the big problems that plague our communities never get solved.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Bush Goes Down With the SCHIP

This week’s showdown over children’s health insurance is the first skirmish in the new battle for universal health coverage. It is also the first confrontation between the president and Congress fought out almost entirely on terms set by the new Democratic majority.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

With Big Ideas Like These…

Republicans almost suffered strokes over Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan.  Now that the screams of outrage have subsided, a close examination reveals that the GOP alternatives are either nonexistent or unworkable.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Russert and Clinton

Clinton: Not One More Penny for the War

Hillary Clinton shored up her left flank during an interview with Tim Russert, promising to vote against continued funding for the war in Iraq. Still, one must be wary of caveats such as “at the level we’ve seen.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Starbucks in the Forbidden City

Forbidden Starbucks

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Hamas rally

Israel Rejects Peace Petition

The Israeli government has dismissed a petition calling for a cease-fire with Hamas. The document, which was written by some of Israel’s leading writers and intellectuals, notes that “Israel has in the past negotiated with its worst enemies.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / Stephen Chernin

Ahmadenijad on Iranian Gays, Jews, Nuclear Program

Addressing harsh criticism from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, as well as allegations about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, the status of the Iranian Jewish population, his take on Israel and his country’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad raised as many questions as he answered during his controversial appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Colbert on Simpsons

Colbert Does a Turn on ‘Simpsons’

In a satirical match made in heaven, Stephen Colbert appears in cartoon form on “The Simpsons” season premiere.  Meanwhile, “Family Guy” takes a jab at the Bushies (and Limbaughs) of the world on its own season debut—featuring a “Star Wars” send-up, just to add that much more comical catnip to the mix for the show’s loyal target demographic.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Ahmadenijad’s N.Y. Visit Triggers Protests, Upsets

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad was branded a “madman” on the front page of the New York Daily News on Monday, the day he was set to speak at Columbia University amid widespread protests and not so subtle references to Adolf Hitler, whom Columbia’s Public Affairs Acting Dean John Coatsworth said would also have been allowed to speak on campus, at least in his pre-Holocaust era.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

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AP Photo

Burma Protest Goes Massive

An estimated 100,000 people marched through the streets of Yangon on Monday in an ongoing protest that has rapidly swelled from just dozens of people. Burma’s notoriously inhumane military government has traditionally been quick to stanch dissent but has yet to seriously confront the demonstrators, who were led by roughly 20,000 Buddhist monks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE

Rather Bites the Hand That Stabbed Him

Some might dismiss Dan Rather’s $70 million lawsuit against CBS as an attempt to repair his legacy, but it is also a much-needed (and knowledgeable) indictment of the danger of corporate media.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

Bill Maher

Bill Maher: ‘We’re Not the Crazy Ones’

The “Real Time” host argues that it’s about time for the growing “rationalist” minority to challenge the ubiquity of religion in politics.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Pooh-Poohs Nukes and War

Before leaving for New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told “60 Minutes” that his nation was not going to war with the U.S. and that the nuclear bomb had outlived its usefulness: “If it was useful, it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union; if it was useful, it would resolved the problem the Americans have in Iraq. ... The time of the bomb is passed.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

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AP Photo / Charlie Niebergall

Hillary Clinton Takes On Healthcare (Again)

If there’s any candidate who knows what he or she would be dealing with in attempting to change the American healthcare system, it’s Hillary Clinton. And, according to Boyarsky, charging into that particular political battleground might have made her a stronger contender.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


More Bad News for Blackwater

Any lingering question as to whether Blackwater USA security contractors were to blame in the Sept. 16 shootout in Baghdad that left 11 Iraqis dead and 12 wounded may be cleared up by a videotape of the incident, which was reportedly filmed from a nearby police station.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

MIA Nuke Case Sparks Security Concerns

The disturbing security slip-up at North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base on Aug. 29, which resulted in the unintentional—not to mention unsupervised and unauthorized—transport of six nuclear warheads across the country to Louisiana, has touched off a major military inquiry and raised serious security concerns.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

Team Bush Wants $50 Billion More for ‘08 Military Budget

Add another $50 billion to the tab the Bush administration is looking to run up in military costs for the  ‘08 fiscal year, bringing the potential total to around $200 billion if this latest request goes through. 

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

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AP Photo

Monks Lead Protest in Myanmar

Thousands of Buddhist monks and supporters have taken to the streets of Yangon (Rangoon) and elsewhere, as the biggest demonstration against Burma’s brutal military government in nearly 20 years continues to gain momentum. (Updated)

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

Ass Spanking

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE    

The Iraqi Flag

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE

anti-war march
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

AFSC Dissects the Astronomical Cost of War

How could the $720 million the U.S. is currently spending on the Iraq war each day be put to better use?  Well, how about paying for the health care costs of 423,529 children?  Or giving 34,904 college students four-year scholarships, or providing 6,482 families with homes?

Posted on Sep 22, 2007 READ MORE

AIDS Vaccine Disappoints

A promising AIDS vaccine developed by Merck has proven unsuccessful in a major international trial. It’s a huge setback, not just because this particular vaccine was further along than others, but because it used a new strategy shared by a number of alternatives.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Greenspan’s Legacy

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Lebanese Government on Verge of Collapse

Another member of Lebanon’s parliament, Antoine Ghanem, was killed on Sept. 19 when a bomb went off in his car outside his home in Beirut. This means, The Independent’s Robert Fisk reports, that ” ... It only takes one more murder for the democratically elected government of Lebanon to fall.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

Guns ‘n’ Roses for Giuliani

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani was busy sweet-talking a group of National Rifle Association members in Washington, D.C., on Friday when he received a call from a very special lady.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Wolf and Colbert

Colbert and Wolf Talk Fascism, Blackwater, Vodka

For his part, Stephen Colbert doesn’t see Naomi Wolf’s point about Blackwater USA’s recent shameful shenanigans in Iraq somehow heralding a fast-approaching era of fascism in America.  Instead, the faux-pundit believes the trend is more toward “a bull market for shooting people” these days.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Clinton and Stewart

Bill Clinton on ‘The Daily Show’

The former president tells Jon Stewart about his new book, his wife’s quest to get back to “the best public housing in America,” why he might slit his throat if she’s successful, and how naps can save our democracy.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Fidel Castro

Chavez:  Castro Ready for Another 100 Years

Despite widespread speculation that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died recently, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has assured the global community that Castro is, in fact, alive and doing better. Cuban officials, meanwhile, also say Castro is recovering but haven’t said if and when he would return to office.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Ted Turner
AP Photo / Ric Feld

Ted Turner’s Take on Iran, Pandas, Nudgy Publicists

Ever wonder what Ted Turner might be thinking about, say, Mideast politics, or how to squeak by on just “a couple billion” dollars?  How about bunnies?  If so, you’re in luck—this GQ interview with the ever-rowdy media mogul has it all, along with a rather startling spat with his publicist captured on the record.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Star Simpson

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE

Agree to Agree

Here is why the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems so peculiar: Political campaigns are normally about highlighting differences, but never have the philosophical distinctions among Democratic candidates been so small.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE

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