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Taxi to the Dark Side

On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows.”

The grim, deadly consequences of his promise have, in the intervening six years, become the shame of our nation and have outraged millions around the world. President George Bush and Cheney, many argue, have overseen a massive global campaign of kidnapping, illegal detentions, harsh interrogations, torture and kangaroo courts where the accused face the death penalty, confronted by secret evidence obtained by torture, without legal representation.

February 28, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, 9/11, Oscars

Lessons of Internment

Nearing 87 years old, Yuri Kochiyama lives in a small room in an Oakland, Calif., senior living facility. Her walls are adorned with photos, posters, postcards and mementos detailing a living history of the revolutionary struggles of the 20th century. She is quiet, humble and small, and has trouble at times retrieving the right word. Yet, with a sparkle in her eyes, she has no trouble recalling that incredible history—not from books, not from documentaries, but from living it, on the front lines.

February 25, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Lessons of the Chesapeake Sweep

After the Potomac Primary, Virginia is the new Massachusetts and Texas is the new Florida. Barack Obama claimed a “Chesapeake Sweep,” winning all three primaries—Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia—by decisive margins. Hillary Clinton, whose campaign conceded these, is betting the house on the forthcoming delegate-rich primaries of Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, with no campaign stops announced for next week’s voting states, Wisconsin and Hawaii.

February 19, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Millions Without a Voice

With all the talk of record voter participation, we should take a moment to think of the Americans, many of them African-American and Latino, who have been disenfranchised because they once committed a felony.

February 07, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Western Civilization: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Read Amy Goodman’s latest column on Attorney General Michael Mukasey, torture and the death of the U.S.-backed Indonesian dictator Suharto.

January 30, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Congo: The Invisible War

It’s the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States. The conflict is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Central Africa.

January 24, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

This Just in From the ‘Lovefest’

The Las Vegas democratic debate was a lovefest because the corporate sponsor, General Electric-owned NBC News and its cable news channel MSNBC, rescinded its invitation to candidate Dennis Kucinich.

January 17, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Broadcasters’ Big Payday

Hillary Clinton’s surprise victory in New Hampshire guarantees a longer, more competitive Democratic primary season.

January 10, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Musharraf Still Stands

Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan’s military regime.

January 02, 2008 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Pakistan

The FCC’s Christmas Gift to Big Media

On Dec. 18, the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission met in Washington, D.C., and, by a 3 to 2 vote, passed new regulations that would allow more media consolidation.

December 29, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Murdoch Media Scandal

Surviving a CIA Black Site

The kidnap and torture program of the Bush administration, with its secret CIA “black site” prisons and “torture taxi” flights on private jets, saw a little light of day this week.

December 19, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

From Oil Wars to Water Wars

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this week, in Oslo, Norway.

December 12, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Dubious Mr. Dobbs

Truth matters. History and context count.

December 05, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Have They No Shame?

This past Saturday the Democrats chose retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to give their radio address, the same general accused in at least three lawsuits in the U.S. and Europe of authorizing torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners in Iraq.

November 28, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

What Would Jesus Buy?

“Black Friday” is the name retailers have given to the day after Thanksgiving in their attempt to make Christmas synonymous with shopping.

November 20, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Curiosity Didn’t Kill This Cat

“I have, after a fashion, been celebrated for having celebrated the lives of the uncelebrated among us; for lending voice to the face in the crowd.”

November 13, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

A Vote for Mukasey Is a Vote for Torture

Judge Michael Mukasey admits waterboarding is repugnant, but refuses to say whether it amounts to torture.

November 06, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

For Whom the Bell’s Palsy Tolls

Bell’s palsy. It hit suddenly a month ago. I had just stepped off a plane in New York, and my friend noticed the telltale sagging lip.

October 31, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

The "Step It Up" campaign is making the link between environmental crises and global warming. It’s time for politicians to do the same.

October 23, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

On John Lennon’s birthday, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono realizes a dream they shared.

October 18, 2007 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

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