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thevillager.com

Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman Dies

Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who burst upon the ‘50s cinema scene with films like “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal” and went on to become one of the world’s most highly acclaimed auteurs, died Monday on the Baltic island of Faro at age 89.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


mahmoud
AP Phoro / Achmad Ibrahim

Iraqi Soccer Champ Fears for His Life

One might expect that Iraqi soccer star Younis Mahmoud (pictured, center), who scored the winning goal for his country in Sunday’s Asian Cup finals game against Saudi Arabia, would have a hero’s welcome waiting for him at home.  Instead, Mahmoud plans to steer clear of his country for fear of being killed, and he voices the hope that American troops will withdraw as soon as possible.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


New British PM Cozies Up to Bush

Gordon Brown has made an effort to keep alive the long-distance love affair between Downing Street and the White House, saying on Sunday that the world owes the U.S. a debt “for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.” It should be noted that one of Brown’s ministers recently said Anglo-American foreign policy would not be “joined at the hip.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Africa’s Obesity Problem

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Bonds’ Retirement Plan

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Cindy Sheehan Returns to the Antiwar Movement

Video blogger Davis Fleetwood asks a recently reinvigorated Cindy Sheehan about her candidacy, impeachment, Scooter Libby’s pardon, the military-industrial complex and more.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney: What I Did on My Summer Vacation

The satirist reports that Vice President Dick Cheney, having briefly assumed Bush’s duties while the president underwent a routine colon procedure June 21, told reporters the next day that he “enjoyed the downtime immensely.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Irwin Fedriansyah

Iraqis Celebrate Asian Cup Win

At least some of the gunfire heard in Baghdad on Sunday was celebratory, for a change:  Jubilant Iraqis flouted a government ban by firing shots into the air following Iraq’s 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in the final match of the Asian Cup soccer tournament.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


GOP Candidates Not Ready for YouTube Close-Up?

Perhaps hoping to avoid answering global-warming questions posed by snowmen, the majority of Republican presidential candidates seem a bit commitment-phobic about joining Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ron Paul for their party’s CNN/YouTube debate Sept. 17.

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE


Progressive Coalition Targets Fox Advertisers

A group of progressive organizations and blogs is planning to hit Fox News where it hurts: the bank account. MoveOn.org, Brave New Films, DailyKos and others are working to compile a list of local advertisers as part of a larger pressure campaign. Fox News may have brought this on itself by successfully pressuring JetBlue to pull out as a major sponsor of the YearlyKos convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Liar Liar

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has once again been caught in a lie, or, to be charitable, an unfortunate incongruity. Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Robert Mueller twice contradicted Gonzales’ sworn testimony, lending credence to the testimony of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who also disagreed with Gonzales’ version of the facts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


O'Reilly

Fox Attacks Bloggers

Fox News is out to smear the blogosphere with a slew of unsavory tactics, such as comparing liberal bloggers to the Klan and Nazi Germany. It has already met with some success, prompting JetBlue to pull its sponsorship from the YearlyKos convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


The First Victims of America’s Mega-Embassy

According to the testimony of two American civilian contractors, the construction of the massive U.S. Embassy in Iraq involved the tacit abduction and abuse of migrant workers. One contractor testified that he was told to furtively escort a group of Filipinos onto a Baghdad-bound plane even though their tickets read “Dubai,” while another called working conditions at the $600-million project “deplorable.”

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


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universetoday.com

The Galactic Booze Cruise

An independent panel set up by NASA to evaluate health issues at the agency has made an unexpected discovery: In at least two instances, astronauts were allowed to fly after drinking heavily, despite concern by doctors and colleagues. It’s not clear whether the flights involved spacecraft or training jets.

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Out How:  The Economics of Ending Wars

In this 10-point essay, originally delivered as a speech at the 2007 conference of the Allied Social Science Association, economics expert Dr. Intriligator tallies up the astronomical costs of the Iraq war (one estimation put the price tag for the war at $2.267 trillion) and rips apart the Bush administration’s list of purported “benefits.”

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Scandal Fatigue

It’s way past bedtime for Gonzo. At this point, every day Alberto Gonzales continues as attorney general means more dishonor for the office and the nation—and higher blood pressure for Senate Judiciary Committee members trying desperately to get a straight answer out of the man.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


Debate Feud Gives Obama a Boost

The spat between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama that emerged from the CNN/YouTube debate may seem petty, but it could go down as the moment that turned the race for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Pat Tillman Murdered?

Defense Department documents handed over to the Associated Press under a Freedom of Information Act request raised the possibility that the “friendly-fire” death of soldier Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, was the result of an intentional act that amounted to a crime

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


No Shirt, No Shoes, No Tour

Visitors to the White House are now affronted with a new kind of conservatism: a dress code. Facing stricter guidelines than at the Vatican, tour seekers are now subject to the following rules: no jeans, sneakers, shorts, mini-skirts, T-shirts and tank tops and, especially, no flip-flops.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Elevating the Debate

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The Withdrawal Follies

Although the concept of withdrawing American troops from Iraq has gone mainstream, the word has been repurposed by the very people opposed to such a plan.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Forest
mass.gov

Relieve Your Carbon Guilt

Want to fight global warming but just can’t live without air conditioning? The U.S. Forest Service has a solution. By purchasing “carbon offsets,” individuals can now make up for their environmental damage in the American way: Just put it on the card, and let someone plant a tree for you.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds, File

Rove Subpoenaed in U.S. Attorney Firing Case

Add Karl Rove to the mix of White House bigwigs whose feet may be put to the fire by the Senate Judiciary Committee in relation to the U.S. attorney firing scandal, which has jeopardized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (even though his cronies continue to support him). 

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Jon Stewart

Alberto Gonzales’ Hearing Problems

Jon Stewart tackles “the K-2 of obfuscation”—Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ latest sideshow before Congress.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

If We Ever ‘Stabilize’ Iraq, Will Anybody Still Live There?

According to the U.N., roughly 50,000 Iraqis flee their homeland each month, bringing the total of refugees so far to over 2 million—in addition to the 2 million displaced within Iraq. The United States, for its part, has welcomed just 133 Iraqi refugees over the last nine months.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Army to Discipline 7 in Tillman Case, ABC Reports

The Army is punishing seven officers for mishandling the Pat Tillman case, according to ABC News.  The harshest punishment reportedly is being meted out to Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger, who allegedly deceived investigators about when he knew the facts about Tillman’s death.

Posted on Jul 26, 2007 READ MORE


Murdoch’s Minions Smear Bloggers

Right-wing ideologues Bill O’Reilly and William Kristol are on a campaign to marginalize the “netroots,” but on issues such as the war, Rupert Murdoch’s pet pundits are the ones barking from the fringe.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


The Candidate Behind the Cleavage

Among the endless reasons I will never run for public office is a deep-seated fear of having my wardrobe subject to the fashion police. Excuse me, the fashion shrinks—those media monitors who seek deep meaning in every shoe, sexual clues in every hemline, and psychological insights in every shirt collar.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Miers and Bolten
left: wonkette.com / right: thenextleft.com

Panel Calls for Contempt Action

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold former White House counsel Harriet Miers and former White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten (pictured above) in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify on the firing of U.S. attorneys. The measure will now move to the full House.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Seniors
life-senior-insurance.com

Sex Ed for Seniors

Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Prescott Bush
wikipedia.org

Bush’s Grandfather Linked to Fascist Plot

Back in the 1930s a general by the name of Smedley Butler exposed a plot to overthrow the government of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and install a fascist oligarchy backed by some of America’s most powerful business leaders and conservatives. Prescott Bush, grandfather of George W., was among those linked to the plan. BBC Radio investigates.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Popeye’s Tarnished Record

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Lie Detector

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Iraqi soccer player
iraqsport.com

Car Bombs Target Soccer Celebration

Multiple car bombings killed at least 50 Iraqis in Baghdad on Wednesday as thousands celebrated a victory in the Asian Cup that advanced Iraq to the finals for the first time.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart on the Incredible Shrinking Debate

“The Daily Show” host explains why the YouTube debate appeals to young people: “They’re the only ones who can see it!”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann on the Democratic Dust-Up

Why should the media worry about issues when there’s a new Clinton-Obama showdown to cover? Keith Olbermann plumbs the shallows of the latest non-controversy to emerge from the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Rendition Ignored British Protest

A British committee investigating possible UK involvement in extraordinary rendition has found that the U.S. ignored British intelligence caveats and concerns, possibly straining a historically close intelligence relationship. The committee also recommended a ban on cooperation that could lead to secret detention, which it said “is of itself mistreatment.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush in Free Fall

As President Bush’s poll numbers plummet to new lows and public support for Congress to end the war in Iraq continues to build, Robert Scheer wonders when Bush will finally turn on the neo-conservatives who betrayed his presidential legacy.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Children’s Healthcare Is a No-Brainer

Republican and Democratic senators have reached agreement on a measure that would boost healthcare coverage for millions of poor children, but President Bush has vowed to veto the win-win legislation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Grand Jury Rejects Katrina ‘Mercy Killing’ Charges

In a case of life imitating art and vice versa, a New Orleans grand jury refused Tuesday to indict a doctor for the alleged mercy killing of four critically ill patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou maintained her innocence throughout the affair, which was recently fictionalized by the left-leaning drama “Boston Legal.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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The Full CNN/YouTube Debate

It was only a matter of time before the first ever CNN/YouTube debate found its way onto—where else?—YouTube. In case you missed it or just want to relive the Web-friendly fireworks, here it is for your embedded viewing pleasure.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Extreme Weather Ravages Europe

Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Officer Reported Dead in Pakistan

Pakistani police have reported the apparent suicide of Abdullah Mehsud, a key Taliban commander who did 25 months at Guantanamo Bay.  Mehsud was in hiding in the southwestern Balochistan region of the country and blew himself up during a raid by Pakistani soldiers, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

CNN/YouTube Debates:  Democrats in Sharper Focus

YouTube ushered in a new kind of political debate Monday night with the latest showdown between Democratic presidential hopefuls, and, according to Boyarsky, the new format made for refreshing changes.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Murdoch May Be What’s Best for Wall Street Journal

Could the veteran of rough-and-tumble tabloid journalism with dubious ethics be the only appropriate buyer for the fabled newspaper?

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Gonzales Among Defendants in Iraq Vets’ PTSD Suit

With the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder on the rise among American veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, two veterans’ groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (pictured) and other defendants, citing systemwide failures in dealing with the PTSD crisis on the governmental level.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


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