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David Peterson: Please Do Not Disturb

Let’s say the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah officially began over the past weekend, November 6-7, 2004. (Though feel free to date the start of the whole ongoing campaign any time you think most faithful to the facts. For example, early April, 2004, after those four Blackwater USA mercenaries were roasted. Or Read more…

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David Peterson: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

“We vigorously disagree with the court’s decision, and will seek an emergency stay of the ruling and immediately appeal,” a spokesman for the Department of Justice complained. He was reacting to Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling that one Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a prisoner at the notorious American-run Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, must be granted Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950″ and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950″ and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Some election comments…

We have a fairly clear idea of what [Bush’s] planners want, but what we can expect depends on circumstances, including those we create. That’s what should concern us, not speculating about what we cannot know. The outcome was a disappointment, but there have been disappointments before. Take 1984, when essentially the same gang of thugs Read more…

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David Peterson: False Dawn

To say that I am impressed by how impressed the Americans are, not only with their ability to kill Iraqis, but their ability to get away with it, too, would be an understatement. At this art—two arts, really—two distinct but nonetheless inseparable arts—the Americans are second to none. Take Monday’s New York Times. Right there Read more…

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Brian Dominick: What to do with the Democratic Party?

Jessica Azulay and I received a fairly substantial response to our recent essay, which was mostly a strategic presentation of what the hell progressives and radicals should do to make a difference in the coming years, starting with a major dose of facing reality. At least one of us responded to pretty much everyone who Read more…

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David Peterson: Like Flies to Wanton Boys

I can’t tell you the precise content of the UN Secretary-General’s October 31 letter to the American President, the British Prime Minister, and the Iraqi Interim Prime Minister, addressing the American-led assault on the besieged city of Fallujah. (Though in the ideological literature, this assault is being carried out not by American, but by “multinational” Read more…

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David Peterson: The Question of Palestine, November 13, 1974

* “Question of Palestine,” Yasser Arafat, UN General Assembly Plenary, November 13, 1974 (A/PV.2282 and Corr.1) FYA (“For your archives”): For those of you who, for whatever reason, can’t open the document via the weblinks I’ve provided, here is the text of Yasser Arafat’s November 13, 1974 UN General Assembly speech in full. United Nations Read more…

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David Peterson: Holy Rollers

“There are many issues that seriously and sometimes narrowly divide the country, but same sex marriage is not one of them,” one of America’s Holy Rollers said in explanation of Tuesday’s elections. “The upsets in the Senate and House races and the 11 marriage amendments showed that no matter where you lived, people came out Read more…

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