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David Peterson: The “Oops!” Theory of American History

The last morning I myself happened upon a commentary by the presidential historian Stanley I. Kutler, he noted that “Principled resignations have not been prominent in American history,” while adding that “Resigning on principle, in the firm belief you behaved correctly, is a rare act.” Kutler then proceeded to urge the American Secretary of State Read more…

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Justin Podur: The disappeared mayor

The initial communique from the Northern Cauca indigenous councils on the kidnapping of Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio and activist in the indigenous movement, has been translated. I include it below. I will try to put something together soon on the kidnapping for the ZNet site this weekend. Below the communque are emails and Read more…

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Justin Podur: The disappeared mayor

The initial communique from the Northern Cauca indigenous councils on the kidnapping of Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio and activist in the indigenous movement, has been translated. I include it below. I will try to put something together soon on the kidnapping for the ZNet site this weekend. Below the communque are emails and Read more…

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Chris Spannos: RNC Radio Reports

Well things have been busy on the ground here in NYC. Currently having sporadic computer access, but I will be giving report backs for radio this Saturday and Monday. Folks can tune in on-line if you want. The first interview will be on for Redeye, on Vancouver’s Cooperative Radio, this Saturday, 11:00 am(PST). You can Read more…

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David Peterson: “Ne’er a Villain Dwelling in All Denmark”

The last four digits on the Cost Of Iraq War webpage keep flying past at an astonishing rate. When last I glanced at the site, just moments ago, it read: $134,733,079,_ _ _. (Those blanks are meant to represent the last three digits, or sums of money in the hundreds of dollars. But they turned Read more…

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Justin Podur: A kidnapping in Cauca

I am writing to apologize for taking so long to write back. Readers were writing me asking about my safety. You are too kind. In fact it is not my safety that I am writing about right now. Nor the safety of the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, which I should have been writing Read more…

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Justin Podur: A kidnapping in Cauca

I am writing to apologize for taking so long to write back. Readers were writing me asking about my safety. You are too kind. In fact it is not my safety that I am writing about right now. Nor the safety of the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, which I should have been writing Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGoodgers 3: Historic Origins

Well, on another tangent concerning duality, an interesting tidbit may be the history and mythology surrounding the subject. I’ll start with what I know of the history of absolutist moral dualism in this blog, mythology in the next. (Then I’ll get back to tying this rambling pedantry back into contemporary politics, which is our real Read more…

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David Peterson: Torture and “Intelligence” in 2004

By my count (and please correct me, if I’m mistaken), through this Wednesday in August, 2004, the public realm has been blessed with four official U.S. Government (whether directly or so-called independently, on behalf of an official request) investigations into the practice of torture and other forms of detainee abuse at the American-run Abu Ghraib Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Mediocrity on the Left

Perhaps the only thing more disappointing than watching liberals sell themselves short and shoot themselves in the proverbial feet is watching self-proclaimed leftists do the same thing. The once-promising United for Peace and Justice organization, headed by an organizer I have admired for the past 10 years but whose decision on recent matters I just Read more…

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