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New Year Ball
timessquarenyc.org

A Grim Outlook for 2007

A majority of Americans believe 2007 will bring a terrorist attack on the U.S., a major natural disaster and an increase in global warming, according to a new AP poll. Less than a third believe the U.S. will withdraw from Iraq, while 25 percent expect the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Multiple Explosions Shake Bangkok

At least six small bombs exploded in Bangkok on Sunday, killing two and injuring at least 30. Many believe opponents of Thailand’s military regime are to blame in what appears to be the world’s second major case of domestic terrorism in two days, following an explosion at an airport in Madrid on Saturday.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Attacks Kill 80 Iraqis, 6 Americans

The scary thing about this death tally: It’s not even unusually high. December was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE


Madrid bombing
news.bbc.co.uk

Madrid Bombing Raises ETA Concerns

At least four people were injured when a car bomb exploded at the Madrid airport on Saturday. If the separatist group ETA is responsible, as the Spanish government has charged, the blast would signal the end of a cease-fire that began in March.

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Nasrallah
rotten.com

Hezbollah Blocked Fatah Attacks

The head of Fatah in Lebanon told a local newspaper that Hezbollah had prevented several of the group’s planned attacks along the Israeli border—in some cases going so far as to turn the militants over to Lebanese authorities.

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Why Fight It?

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Mr. Fish: Alas Poor Saddam

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Bush and Saddam
Left: sattlers.org / right: theepochtimes.com

Something to Remember Him By

Saddam Hussein may be gone, but President Bush still has a souvenir he uses to titillate special guests: the pistol Saddam was carrying when he was captured. Like a child showing off his favorite toy, the president has been known to beam with delight when guests view the mounted weapon, which is held in the Oval Office.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Injured soldier
spacewar.com

Deadliest Month of the Year

According to the Associated Press, 108 American troops died in December—the bloodiest month for U.S. forces in 2006. (h/t: Think Progress)

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Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week’s collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television; a Media Matters collection of the most outrageous right-wing comments of 2006; and Jon Stewart’s take on Bush’s latest Iraq lunacy.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Hussein Hanging
Iraqi state television

Robert Scheer: Silencing Saddam

The grisly holiday hanging of Saddam Hussein has been greeted mostly with cheers from the media, but Truthdig editor Robert Scheer takes a different view, noting that even top Nazis, in the Nuremberg trials, received a far superior grade of justice.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Saddam
abc.net.au

Saddam Executed, Says Iraqi TV

The former dictator was executed by hanging just before 6 a.m. local time in Baghdad.

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Nixon and Ford

Did Ford Trade Nixon Pardon for Presidency?

Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation, recalls the magazine’s legal battle over Gerald Ford’s memoirs and the alleged deal the former president struck to pardon Richard Nixon.

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No Delay for Saddam Execution

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said early Friday there will be “no review or delay” of Saddam Hussein’s execution. However, confusion abounds as to the timing of the sentence.

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Bush and Ford
Left: softvote.com / Right: wikipedia.org

Bush to Avoid Ford’s State Funeral

President Bush will skip out on President Ford’s state funeral on Saturday, instead remaining in Texas until services are held on Tuesday. Ford gave two embargoed interviews critical of the current president that were released shortly after his death.

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Martin Lee Anderson
cbsnews.com

14-Year-Old Was Likely Beaten to Death

Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died a day after he was beaten and dragged by nine guards while in the custody of a juvenile boot camp in Florida. The medical examiner initially ruled that Martin died of natural causes, but… (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Funereal Antics

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Andy Borowitz: Bush’s New Year’s Resolutions

The satirist reports on the president’s vows for 2007—which include organizing a hunting trip for Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bookending the Acrimony of 2006

At year’s end, I pay tribute to the readers who took the time to offer their, ahem, colorful responses to my columns.

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Islamist rally
theepochtimes.com

Disappearing Act in Mogadishu

Despite a vow to fight to the death, Islamist leaders and their troops have mysteriously vanished from the streets of Mogadishu, according to residents there. The Ethiopian army, in support of the powerless transitional government, had driven the Somali fighters back to their stronghold and the nation’s traditional capital after a wave of devastating attacks.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Robin Hayes
Largest Minority

Congressman Suggests Jesus Surge for Iraq

While the Bush administration has busied itself thinking up ways to sell a troop escalation in Iraq, North Carolina Republican Rep. Robin Hayes had a better idea, saying stability in the war-ravaged country hinged on “spreading the message of Jesus Christ.”
(h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Cow clones
washingtonpost.com

Cloned Food to Go Unmarked

The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve food products derived from cloned animals and their offspring. Though eating beef from a cloned cow may seem incredibly creepy, the FDA has decided the manufactured twin is just as safe as the original animal, and requires no special identification once in the food supply.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


burning draft cards
cannabisculture.com

Draft Equipment to Be Tested

The Selective Service System is planning to test equipment and procedures that would be used in a draft.  Cryptically referred to as the Area Office Mobilization Prototype Exercise, the test would not take place until 2009, and could be canceled because of budget cuts.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Ready, Steady, Go

We underestimate America’s readiness to elect a non-white-male president.

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Susan Estrich: What Revolution?

The gender pay gap is alive and worsening.

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Saddam and Osama

Saddam and Osama’s Wacky Adventures

This “Saturday Night Live” parody of Middle Eastern children’s television nails the cultural disconnect at the heart of America’s adventure in Iraq. Don’t miss the brilliant satirical commercials in this episode of “Saddam and Osama.” (h/t: Iraq Slogger)

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Farm Workers poster
library.ucsc.edu

United Farm Workers Cleared of Wrongdoing

The California state attorney general’s office has found no wrongdoing in the United Farm Workers Union’s handling of its affiliated charities. The probe was launched in response to allegations raised by a series of articles published in the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Fish Out of Water

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Mr. Fish: Pardon Envy

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road sign
nytimes.com

Iran’s Afghan Strategy

Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Polar bear
firstpeople.us

Polar Bears Threatened

The Department of the Interior will recommend adding polar bears to the endangered species list, a rare acknowledgment by the Bush administration of the impact of global warming. The world’s largest bears depend on ever-shrinking Arctic sea ice for their survival.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Gerald Ford Dead at 93

The 38th president has died after suffering a year of intermittent health problems. Ford was both the longest-living president and the only one to hold the office without being elected.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi contractors
AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed

Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

Many critics of the war suggest that the U.S. remains in Iraq because it wants that nation’s petroleum. But oil is not the primary reason.  Instead, look to the military-industrial complex, a threat that President Eisenhower warned of in the 1960s.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Martinez
AP Photo / Alan Diaz

Richard Walden: U.S. Embargoes Compassion for Cuba

The president of a Los Angeles-based international relief agency writes that America’s inhumane policy toward Cuban aid remains tragically out of date.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Soldiers in Kurdistan
Reese Erlich

Reese Erlich: Trouble Brewing in Paradise

The award-winning investigative journalist probes the divided loyalties of Iraqi Kurdistan, where U.S. trainers are working to fold political militias into the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Limbaugh and Coulter

Most Outrageous Right-Wing Comments of 2006

Media Matters has collected, stomached and ranked the 11 most outrageous conservative comments of 2006, including Rush Limbaugh blaming America’s obesity crisis on the left and Ann Coulter calling Al Gore a “total fag.”

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Wolfowitz and Bush
whitehouse.gov

Better Luck Next Time

With the disastrous Project for the New American Century reduced to one lonely employee and the fiasco in Iraq continuing to unravel, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds takes a look at the last days of neoconservatism.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hussein Death Penalty Upheld

It’s possible that even greater shame awaits the U.S. in 2007, apparently as early as next month. From the NYT: “An Iraqi appeals court today upheld a death sentence for Saddam Hussein in a decision that clears the way for his execution within 30 days, Iraqi officials said.”

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


coffins
knowmore.org

U.S. Casualties in Iraq Exceed 9/11 Toll

According to a count by the Associated Press, the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq has exceeded the 2,973 victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The bleak milestone was reached on Christmas Day.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon Caught in Contract Shuffle

According to internal audit documents obtained by The Washington Post, the Defense Department wasted millions of dollars by farming out contracting to the Interior Department in an effort to “expedite” the process. Through the program, Interior routinely awarded overpriced and under-monitored no-bid contracts in exchange for a fee from the Pentagon.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Lyrics Rated M, for Murderous

Are rappers’ ultra-violent rhymes a sign of lethal intent or just a cry against oppression?

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Golden Gate
mikelevin.com

Golden State’s Green Law

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to cut emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Industrialists and environmentalists alike are watching intently as the world’s seventh-largest economy prepares to meet that goal—assuming the landmark law survives numerous court challenges.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Mushroom cloud
rottentomatoes.com

Japan Considers Building Nukes

The Japanese daily Sankei says it has obtained an internal government report outlining the requirements for building a nuclear weapon. The Japanese government denies that it intends to build such a device. However, public pressure has mounted following North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests.

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


James Brown
abc.net.au

James Brown Dead at 73

The legendary innovator and icon died early Christmas morning after being hospitalized for pneumonia in Atlanta. When it comes to his influence on American culture, the “Godfather of Soul” said it best himself: “Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown. You know what I’m saying?”

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: All I Want for Christmas

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Moyers
wikipedia.org

Bill Moyers’ Parable

The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation’s history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Natanz
news.bbc.co.uk

Iran Unfazed by Sanctions

Iran responded defiantly Sunday to U.N. Security Council sanctions by announcing it would press ahead with nuclear enrichment. “Previously we said repeatedly that if the Westerners wanted to exploit the UN Security Council it will not only have no influence but make us more determined to pursue our nuclear goals even faster,” said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Eye of the Beholder

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