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In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn't the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

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Australian journalist John Pilger, who speaks with the moral voice of George Orwell, discusses how a majority of Britons polled could say fewer than 10,000 Iraqis have been killed since the British- and American-led 2003 invasion of Iraq, when the real number is closer to a million.

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The Bush administration has called for the respect of human rights in Burma, a pretty safe piece of posturing, but it remains silent as Egypt's dictator, Gen. Hosni Mubarak, unleashes the largest crackdown on public opposition in over a decade. Our moral indignation over the shooting of monks masks the incestuous and growing alliance we have built in the so-called war on terror with some of the world's most venal dictatorships.

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