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Christopher Hitchens: Religion Poisons Everything

Jon Wiener spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his views on religion and the book that would turn out to be one of the milestones of Hitch’s career as a public intellectual.

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AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Iraq Is the New Korea

Somehow, the Bush administration’s assertion that U.S. troops may remain in Iraq for decades to come went relatively unnoticed by Democratic hopefuls during the June 4 debate.

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Too Little Too Late

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Shooting Range

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Hypocritical Oath: Psychologists and Torture

First, do no harm. This tenet of medicine applies equally to psychologists, yet they are increasingly implicated in abusive interrogations, dare we say torture, at U.S. military detention facilities like Guantanamo.

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Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

During construction of a gas pipeline in southern Ukraine, workers found a mass grave containing the remains of thousands of Jews near an old concentration camp. A similar site was found last year, containing 3,500 victims. Representatives from the Jewish community say there are between 250 and 700 such graves in Ukraine, which explains why many have eluded discovery for so long.

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Conservative Senator Loses Battle With Cancer

Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., died at the age of 74 on Monday. Under Wyoming law, the state Republican Party will choose three candidates, and Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal will appoint the successor.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Libby Gets 30 Months

Convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been sentenced to 30 months in prison, a $250,000 fine and two years of probation, pending appeal and the inevitable pardon.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

Court Rules Against FCC Censorship

In a landmark ruling, a federal appeals court has sided with broadcasters against the Federal Communications Commission on the issue of indecency, saying the regulatory body has not adequately explained how the Constitution could permit the censorship of “indecent” language.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Ron Paul on ‘The Daily Show’

The Republican Party’s only anti-war candidate (so far) tells Jon Stewart it’s the other candidates who have lost touch with conservative values. As Stewart points out, that could be a problem: “You appear to have consistent, principled integrity. Uh ... Americans don’t usually go for that.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Are the Dems Losing Their Way?

Two questions from Sunday’s Democratic debate: Does Joe Biden have to set himself on fire to get serious attention? And whatever happened to the lunch bucket issues that once made Democrats the dominant political party in America?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


No Time for Quiet Opposition

John Edwards had a point: Where have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama been these last few weeks while others were shouting to the rooftops about the worsening debacle in Iraq? Sudden attacks of laryngitis? Cat got their tongues?

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Hillary Gets It

A majority of Democratic primary voters are women, and their support for Hillary Clinton goes beyond mere gender profiling—she’s led the fight against the kind of discrimination the Supreme Court now seems eager to protect.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Kenyan Police Gun Down 21

Police killed 21 members of the banned Mungiki sect in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday in retaliation for alleged attacks by the outlaw group in recent weeks.  The Kenyan government recently instituted a shoot-to-kill policy for the sect, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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The Biggest Loser

Who earns the title of Worst President Ever:  Nixon or Bush?  While Bill Boyarsky concedes that the question may be moot in some senses, he still takes the two to task in his rundown of the many offenses they committed during their respective (imperialist) presidencies.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Stop Ignoring AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Getting Personal With AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Facing Extinction

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Jenna Bush Has a New Career

First daughter Jenna Bush (left) may be known for late-night reveling and getting kicked out of Argentina, but HarperCollins is betting at least $300,000 that she has enough gravitas to carry off a nonfiction book about AIDS and poverty in the Third World. According to Radar Online, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” is bad, but at least Jenna (unlike her dad) endorses the condom.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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‘Proof’ of American Hostages

A video has surfaced that shows what appears to be the identifications cards of two missing American soldiers. The Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni insurgent coalition, has claimed responsibility for the capture of three soldiers, one of whom was later found dead.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


At Least 8 Die in Turkish Clash

A raid on a Turkish military camp by Kurdish separatist rebels left at least seven Turks and one rebel dead on Monday and seven more soldiers injured, according to the BBC.  The attack took place in the eastern town of Tunceli in the Pulumar region and is being attributed to the controverial Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Democratic Debate Fireworks

In case you missed it, or just want to relive the rhetorical pyrotechnics, check out this collection of debate highlights (including the Edwards-Obama-Clinton throwdown) assembled by PoliticsTV.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


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¿Cómo Se Dice?  ¿Cómo Se Llama?  ¡Obama!  ¡Obama!

Latino supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are attempting to fill what they see as a “void in media outreach” to voters from their communities by creating the site “Amigos de Obama,” where supporters can blog, coordinate events and even download a ringtone and special reggaeton tribute to the “skinny dude with the funny name.”

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Sentencing for Dummies

With his sentencing looming, it appears that I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby—one of the highest White House officials ever convicted of a felony—has learned precisely nothing from his trial and conviction on charges of false statements, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Note: originally published on TomDispatch.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti

Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation

Israel captured and occupied the Gaza Strip and the West Bank 40 years ago this week.  The victory was celebrated as a great triumph, at once tripling the size of the land under Israeli control, including East Jerusalem.  It was, however, a Pyrrhic victory.  As the occupation stretched over the decades, it transformed and deformed Israeli society.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Fightin’ Words from Putin, Ahmadinejad

Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) isn’t showing any sign of softening up in his response to the U.S. government’s plans to install an anti-missile shield in Europe.  Meanwhile, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dramatically announced that Israel’s days are numbered.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


G-8 Cools on Bush’s Global Warming Plan

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Boys’ Club

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Iraq Casualty Surge Continues

Seven American troops were killed in half a dozen separate attacks around Iraq on Saturday. Roadside bombs, the biggest problem for U.S. troops, were responsible for most of the deaths. May was the deadliest month for U.S. troops since November 2004.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


Flynt Trolls for Capitol Hill Sex Tales

Hustler founder and rabble-rouser Larry Flynt is once again offering money—$1 million, to be exact—to anyone who can prove that they have had an illicit sexual encounter with a member of Congress—the same strategy he used to try to root out Capitol Hill philanderers during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment ordeal.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


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Dennis Miller Still Believes in WMDs, Tooth Fairy?

The funnyman-turned-war cheerleader tells Bill O’Reilly why he still believes there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. O’Reilly, believe it or not, takes the sensible view.

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 READ MORE


FBI Foils JFK Bomb Plot

Four men, including a former cabinet minister from Guyana, have been arrested for plotting to bomb the jet fuel pipeline at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. They never got beyond the planning and research stage, but the FBI was able to gather fairly incriminating evidence. Once again, investigation and police work have managed to thwart terrorism where stealth bombers and tanks have failed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


Troops Prepare Reality Check for Lieberman

Joe Lieberman made an unexpected jaunt to Iraq this week and praised the progress he saw in the form of—listen up—a bustling market. But the troops recruited to have lunch with the ex-Democrat had a different take: “It just seems like we drive around and wait to get shot at.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Parties

So when Democratic presidential candidates get together, they argue about who has the best healthcare plan. When Republicans have a big discussion, it’s about torture and who’ll use it when.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore

Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn’t have predicted, because it’s insane, is the counterbuzz—that Gore, poor fellow, is just too ostentatiously smart to be elected president.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


The New Clinton Books

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Top Bush Aide Resigns

One of President Bush’s closest advisers will celebrate this Independence Day by liberating himself from the White House inner circle. Dan Bartlett, who has served as Bush’s aide since his early political beginnings in Texas, announced on Friday (his 36th birthday) that he will be stepping down around July 4 to seek a new career.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Carlos Osorio, pool

Welcome Back, Jack Kevorkian

After spending eight years in the slammer on a second-degree murder conviction, Dr. Jack Kevorkian (that’s him in the blue cardigan), a.k.a. “Dr. Death,” is once again a free man—and he hasn’t changed his belief that terminally ill patients have the right to die.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


A Study in the Rhetoric of George W. Bush

In his commencement speech to the class of 2007 at UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric, author Mark Danner gives the new graduates a crash course in Bushian rhetoric (not quite on par with Aristotle’s celebrated canon) and dubs Bush the “first Rhetoric-Major President.”  (Note:  Article courtesy of Tom Engelhardt at TomDispatch.com.)

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Hedges Debates Hitchens

Those Truthdig readers who are following the Chris Hedges vs. Sam Harris exchanges on our site may be interested to read that Hedges subsequently faced off with atheist author and provocateur Christopher Hitchens for a debate in Berkeley about religion and politics. Also, check out this funny and insightful interview with Hitchens.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


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O’Reilly on America’s ‘Complexion’ Change

In this latest dispatch from the “No Spin Zone,” Bill O’Reilly frets with Sen. John McCain about the “legitimate fear” that undocumented workers and their “extended families” will infiltrate the U.S., setting off a domino effect that will “sink the Republican Party” and—“pardon the pun”—alter America’s “complexion” permanently.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Plays the Green Card

President Bush is preparing for next week’s G8 summit in Germany by stressing the importance of long-range environmental action goals for the U.S. and several other nations, including China, to adopt by the end of next year. 

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Italian Prisoners Ask for Death

More than 300 of Italy’s life-sentence prisoners have signed a letter asking the Italian president to reinstate the death penalty and change their sentences.  Italy is one of the world’s leading opponents of execution and even allows prisoners serving life sentences conditional release after years of good behavior. But the inmates who signed the letter seem to feel that life behind bars is not worth living.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Impeach Gonzales: Part 2

Check out Robert Greenwald’s latest effort to get a review of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ shenanigans in the U.S. attorney/voter fraud scandal.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Andrew Medichini

Clooney and Damon Are “Obama Guys”

Sen. Hillary Clinton was gearing up on Thursday for a young Hollywood campaign fund-raiser—and not a moment too soon.  Time magazine reported from the Cannes Film Festival that “Oceans 13” studs George Clooney and Matt Damon are enthusiastic about Barack Obama’s  ‘08 presidential bid.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Church:  0, Sex Toys:  1

Faced with the daunting, fork-in-the-road-of-life dilemma of whether to choose her Catholic church affiliation over her job of selling sex toys (that classic conundrum), Wisconsin churchgoer Linette Servais told her incensed priest that she would relinquish her position as the congregation’s, um, organist in favor of keeping her toy-peddling gig.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


7 Killed as Copter Is Downed in ‘Forgotten War’

Five Americans, a Canadian and a Briton died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday, apparently shot down by a resurgent Taliban. The grim news from what some have called “the forgotten war” in Afghanistan comes amid mounting casualty reports from Iraq.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Repudiation, Not Impeachment

The former weapons inspector and author of “Waging Peace” argues that the mere impeachment of President Bush would fail to repair the damage caused by an executive branch run amok and an uninformed and uninvolved citizenry.

Posted on May 31, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Breaks Neocon Taboo

For a brief moment on Memorial Day, the U.S. and Iran set aside decades of hostility to meet and talk. That short rendezvous, although upsetting to neoconservative warmongers and their nefarious plans, holds real promise for American security and prosperity.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


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