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An unusual trial begins in Israel this week, and people around the world will be watching closely. It involves the tragic death of a 23-year-old American student named Rachel Corrie. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer.

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Truthdig tips its hat this week to former Army Sgt. Adrienne Kinne, who has defied her one-time higher-ups by speaking out about how military officials knew that a target list in April 2003 contained the name of Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, which was shelled by a U.S. tank on April 8 even though embedded reporters were staying there. Two journalists were killed in the attack; one of them even filmed his own death.

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A few months ago columnist Amy Goodman argued that the principal beneficiaries of our current campaign finance system are the media conglomerates that rake in all those advertising dollars. That's especially true this week as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama bombard Pennsylvania with commercials.

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Along with family gatherings and counting one's blessings, Thanksgiving has come to signify a rather rosy view of the unity of American society. This weekend, however, two largely overlooked news items -- one about unexpected financial issues that some wounded American veterans face and another about hunger in New York City -- tell a different story.

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When they write the cultural history of childhood in 21st-century America, I hope they leave room for a few unkind words about "Kid Nation."

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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.

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Warren Jeffs, a polygamist prophet, is on trial for aiding in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl he married off to her cousin. It's a sad story featuring an abhorrent man, but something about the case just doesn't feel right to Ellen Goodman.

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Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli's golden parachute doesn't just speak to the inequality of income in America, appalling as it may be, but raises another issue just as troubling: the inequality of risk.

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Veteran journalist and Bush administration critic Seymour Hersh speaks to Amy Goodman on "Democracy Now" about what to expect from Robert Gates as defense secretary: "The reality is Gates is a fresh face and there's a lot of people, [Brent] Scowcroft and James Baker among them, who are very worried about what's going to happen in '08." Watch it

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