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"Cheney, Bush and Habbush"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on a book tour, where she is being hounded by activists and questioned about her pledge that "impeachment is off the table." She responded on the TV talk show "The View," "If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story." Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind may have provided the evidence she doesn’t want to see.

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August 21, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Don’t Cage Dissent"

Open opposition, the right to challenge those in power, is a mainstay of any healthy democracy. The Democratic and Republican conventions will test the commitment of the two dominant U.S. political parties to the cherished tradition of dissent. Things are not looking good.

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August 14, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, RNC 2008

"Threats, Lies and Audiotape"

With no end in sight in Afghanistan and Iraq, military recruiters must be prevented from using desperate and aggressive measures to lure our nation’s young people—the poorest and most vulnerable—into the line of fire.

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August 07, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

‘It’s a Global Election’

Amy Goodman reports from the Baltics: "When I arrived in Estonia last week—a former Soviet republic that lies just south of Finland—everyone had an opinion on Barack Obama’s speech in Berlin."

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July 30, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Who’s Paying for the Conventions?"

The nominating conventions have become elaborate, expensive marketing events, but most people don’t know the extent to which major corporations fund them, pouring tens of millions of dollars into a little-known loophole in the campaign-finance system.

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July 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Don’t Drink the Nuclear Kool-Aid"

While the presidential candidates trade barbs and accuse each other of flip-flopping, they agree with President Bush on their enthusiastic support for nuclear power.

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July 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Nuclear Power

"Colombia: Celebrate the Release, Not the Regime"

It is fantastic to see Ingrid Betancourt free, but the celebration of her release should not be confused with celebration of the Colombian government.

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July 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"It’s Not the Man, It’s the Movement"

I was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week when Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter asked me, “Is Obama a sellout?” The question isn’t whether he is a sellout or not—it’s about what demands are made by grass-roots social movements of those who would represent them. The question is, who are these candidates responding to, answering to?

July 03, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Funny Man in an Unfunny World"

The world lost one of its great comedians this week with the death at age 71 of George Carlin. Carlin had a career as a stand-up comic that spanned a half-century, in which he continually broke new ground, targeting those in power with his wit and genius.

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June 26, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Weather Reports Are Missing the Story"

While the TV meteorologists document “extreme weather” with their increasingly sophisticated toolbox, from Doppler radar to 3-D animated maps, the two words rarely uttered are its cause: global warming.

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June 19, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"This Way to Better Media"

“This way to better media,” read the floor sign directing people through a skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thousands of people gathered there for the fourth National Conference for Media Reform, hosted by freepress.net. They came from all walks of life and all ages to address a central crisis in our society: our broken media system. I was one of the invited speakers.

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June 12, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Obama Strikes a Chord With a Disaffected Republican"

David Iglesias is an evangelical, Hispanic Republican—yes, that one, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico—and he has positive things to say about Barack Obama.

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June 04, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"Utah Phillips Has Left the Stage"

“Utah” Phillips died this week at the age of 73. He was a musician, labor organizer, peace activist and co-founder of his local homeless shelter. He also was an archivist, a historian and a traveler, playing guitar and singing almost forgotten songs of the dispossessed and the downtrodden, and keeping alive the memory of labor heroes like Emma Goldman, Joe Hill and the Industrial Workers of the World, “the Wobblies,” in a society that too soon forgets.

May 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Art & Politics

"Presidential Race Ignores Arms Race"

As the U.S. presidential race continues, so does the arms race worldwide. People—civilians, children—are being killed and maimed, on a daily basis, by unexploded cluster bombs and land mines. Thousands of nuclear missiles remain at hair-trigger alert. The U.S. government rattles its saber at Iran, alleging a nuclear-weapons program, while at the same time offering enriched uranium to Saudi Arabia.

May 21, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pakistan, Iran

"Whistle-Blower Points to Target List in U.S. Attack on Hotel"

A veteran of Army intelligence has shed new light on the military’s 2003 shelling of the Palestine Hotel, a Baghdad home to many journalists, including two who were killed by that attack.

May 15, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The U.S. War on Journalists"

Sami al-Haj is a free man today, after having been imprisoned by the U.S. military for more than six years. His crime: journalism. Targeting journalists, the Bush administration has engaged in direct assault, intimidation, imprisonment and information blackouts to limit the ability of journalists to do their jobs. The principal target these past seven years has been Al-Jazeera, the Arabic television network based in Doha, Qatar.

May 07, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Freedom of the Press

"Ticker Tape Ain’t Spaghetti"

Food riots are erupting around the world. Behind the hunger, behind the riots, are so-called free-trade agreements, and the brutal emergency-loan agreements imposed on poor countries by financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

May 02, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The Single-Payer Solution"

As the media coverage of the Democratic presidential race continues to focus on lapel pins and pastors, America is ailing.

April 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"The Orangeburg Massacre"

Sen. Barack Obama is clearly a bad bowler. But it was not too long ago that African-Americans were not allowed in some bowling alleys. In Orangeburg, S.C., three young African-American men were killed for protesting against that town’s segregated bowling alley.

April 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

"A Torture Debate Among Healers"

The American Psychological Association is in the midst of its own heated presidential campaign. The central issue is whether APA members should be banned from participating in “harsh interrogations.”

April 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Guantanamo