Category: Commentary

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Bill Berkowitz: The Role of Healthcare Workers in the Bush Torture Project

The role of health care workers in facilitating torture is one of the sickening details uncovered by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s 500-page executive summary of its investigation of George W. Bush’s administration’s torture program

Sujatha Fernandes: Why USAID Could Never Spark A Hip Hop Revolution in Cuba

When the AP news story broke about USAID infiltrating Cuban rap groups between 2009 and 2010, I was not surprised. Infiltration is something that Cuban rappers have been wary of for some time

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Lawrence Wittner: The $7 Million University President

Despite repeated complaints about Jackson from faculty and students, RPI’s board of trustees has invariably expressed its total confidence in her. This unwavering support appears to be based not only on Jackson’s fundraising prowess, but on the corporate approach that she and the board share

Patrick Kennelly: The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

  Two thousand fourteen, marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continued. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argued that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Most recently, the central government Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: Five Reasons Why 2014 Was a Game Changer in Palestine

In terms of losses in human lives, 2014 has been a horrific year for Palestinians, but there are some very good signs that things are changing

Edward S. Herman: Speaking Truth to Power or to the Powerless?

One of the clichés repeated often by liberals and leftists, which always rubs me the wrong way, is that we must “speak truth to power.” But those with power usually already know the truth, but avoid it because it’s contrary to their interests or they don’t want to know it or hear about it, for the same reason

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Kevin Zeese: Dramatic Correlation Between GMOs and 22 Diseases

The conclusions of the study are: “These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth, and the increase in a multitude of diseases.

Nayvin Gordon: Genes, Cancer, And Capitalism

There is no doubt that there is a cancer epidemic in the U.S. Cancer is rapidly gaining on cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death. Cancer is also a major public health problem worldwide.

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Linda Gordon: Abortion As A Moral Issue

The better news is that the U.S. right wing has become so crazy that it has re-energized women’s activism, and two new publications have raised the campaign to defend birth control onto a higher level of bravery.

Glen Ford: For A Moment, the World Embraces the Cuba Model

Recently, the nations of the world—with two exceptions—instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba.

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