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Brian Dominick: They Call this Journalism

This lead from a recent Associated Press story jolted me out of my blogging hiatus. I just had to share it with you all (I’m tacking on the second sentence just because it’s also a gem): Iraqi lawmakers adjourned in protest Tuesday and demanded an apology after a Shiite legislator linked to a radical anti-American Read more…

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David Peterson: Neither Man Nor Angel

From an observer’s perch high above Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, Richard John Neuhaus, the Editor-in-Chief of the “conservative” (to put it politely) American journal of homo religiosus, First Things, instructs us that (“Rome Diary, April 21“), “With the election of Pope Benedict XVI,” the curtain has fallen on the long-running drama of the myth Read more…

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David Peterson: UN Commission on Human Rights

The 61th session of the UN Human Rights Commission is winding down to its completion in Geneva this week. Or should I have written that the Commission is ratcheting up towards its grand finale? Because with two powerful movers and shakers in the world, the Americans and the UN Secretary-General—Okay: With one powerful mover and Read more…

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David Peterson: Sex, Scatter/Gather I/O Servers, and ZNet

This morning’s Guardian tells the story of three MIT computer grad students who used a software program of their own design to generate a fake research paper, loaded with titillating, appropriately academic-sounding jargon such as “scatter/gather” and “I/O server,” which they then submitted to the conveners of this coming summer’s World Multiconference on Systematics, Cybernetics Read more…

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Paul Street: Taxing Reflections: National Priorities Past and Present

It’s tax day. So let’s say you are paying Uncle Sam $1,000. This is how your expenditure will be used: $299.68 will go the military. $202.74 goes to health care: all health spending by the federal government, including federal spending on Medicare. [As Paul Krugman noted in the New York Times, US governmental health expenditures Read more…

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Michael Albert: Class or Multitude

I am going to be in New York City this coming weekend for the Left Forum. One of the two panels I am on is about class or multitude. While I will tailor my words for the setting, once I get there, these are the thoughts I had on the topic by way of preparing. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Global Dominance: Oil vs. The State

…Big Oil and the state often conflict — and the very same individuals make different decisions when they are working within the industry and when they are running the State Department — which is concerned not with the short-term parochial interests of one component of the US corporate system but with its long-term global predominance, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: “Doctrinal Fiction’s” of Free Trade, Debt and Deficit’s

…The US multinational establishment never favored free-trade. The economy relies very heavily on a dynamic state sector to socialize cost and risk, a radical violation of market principles. The Uruguay Round (WTO) rules crucially include extreme protectionist elements designed to guarantee monopoly-pricing power to multinationals, in radical violation of free trade theory (the excuses that Read more…

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Paul Street: On The Costs of Being Left

Don’t let the title of this essay throw you. I’m happy to have been a person of the left since at least age 19, when I first read Leo Huberman’s Man’s Worldly Goods, Eric Hobsbawm’s The Age of Revolution, and Karl Marx and Frederich Engels’ Communist Manifesto. I’ve derived considerable personal satisfaction and no small Read more…

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Paul Street: April 9th: “A Day In Which One Tyrant Fell So That Another Occupying Tyrant Could Take His Place.”

On Saturday tens of thousands of Iraqis celebrated the second anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s fall by marching to demand the departure of the American “liberators.” “The 9th of April,” the Iraqi Islamic Party said in an official statement, “is a day in which one tyrant fell so that another occupying tyrant could take his place.” Read more…

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