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David Peterson: Super Predator

An inspiration to us all: Thursday’s speech by the American President about the “War on Terror.” About how the “murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century,” and threatens the peace and security of the entire world; and how “this fight resembles the struggle against communism in the last Read more…

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David Peterson: Covert Propaganda

For those of you so inclined: Take a look at any one of the six reports and editorials that follow. Each of them deals with the Bush Administration’s use of phony “journalists” as fronts to spread administration-friendly propaganda to the American public under the cover of “news.” “And Now, the Counterfeit News,” Editorial, New York Read more…

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Paul Street: “We Had a Different Policy”: Clinton Was No Champion of the Poor

Here is the text of an article I just did for the excellent left newsletter Dissident Voice (www.dissidentvoice.org): It’s interesting to see former Democratic President William Jefferson Clinton speaking for the poor and against those who would distribute wealth yet further upward in America. Two Saturdays ago, Clinton told ABC News that “you can’t have Read more…

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David Peterson: Kitzmiller v. Dover School District I

This week, the international disgrace of a Great Power in the choke-hold of the fundamentalist liars who enjoy undue influence over its fate proceeds to a new stage. (Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover School District, et al., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, September 26, 2005.) The original statement issued by the Dover Area Read more…

: Riding out the storm at NORAD

You’ve got to hand it to the Shrub, he really learned from the Hurricane Katrina fiasco. Suzanne Malveaux reported on the noon news on CNN that the boy wonder is leaving DC to go check on the carnage in Texas and then will be going on to the NORAD facility at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Read more…

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David Peterson: The Looters’ Class

Here’s a proposal sure to tickle the heart of the Looters’ Class: “How We’ll Get Back to the Moon,” NASA Bulletin, September 20, 2005 This one shouldn’t pass even the laugh test. It’s whole purpose is to maintain a certain claim on the Federal budget, and to funnel the resulting taxdollars into highly specific, elite-servicing Read more…

: More on the Gender Impact of Natural Disasters

Joni Seager has an excellent piece, “Natural disasters expose gender divides” in today’s Chicago Tribune about the disproportionate impact of natural disasters on women. As Seager eloquently points out, the heavy burden suffered by by non-Whites, the poor and women is not mutuallly exclusive, they are in fact linked. Illustrating this point, 15% of families Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Market Principles?

Take the US. In 1750… it was one of the richest societies on earth, but it was, of course, pre-industrial. If it had pursued its comparative advantage in accordance with market principles, it would now be exporting fish, fur, agricultural products, etc. Instead, it industrialized, but not by adherence to market principles. Rather, by radical Read more…

: Were Women Raped in New Orleans?

My recent article, “Were Women Raped in New Orleans? Addressing the Human Rights of Women in Times of Crisis” was based in part on an interview with Judy Benitez, Executive Director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. With her kind permission, what follows are her comments in their entirety. “Of all the tragic events Read more…

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Paul Street: “Please Stop Talking About Race,” II

Here (below) is the next and only other chapter from my aborted past race manuscript (see my last post) that I want to put up. It’s about the loaded class-race issue of affirmative action and you will notice again I do not think you can fully understand race or class alone — without the other Read more…

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