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David Peterson: A Failed State

The results of polls such as this one, by Zogby International, which reported that as of December 20-21, one out of every two “likely voters” in the United States believed that the Bush regime has the legitimate authority under the U.S. Constitution and American laws to engage in the surveillance of American citizens, frighten me Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush to America: “I Dare You to Do Something About It”

I am guessing that some of this blog’s reader’s saw Doug Ireland’s excellent call for the initiation of impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush: “A Time to Impeach” (http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=9376&sectionID=72). As Ireland notes, “by ordering the National Security Agency — the N.S.A, so secretive that in Washington its initials are said to stand for ‘No Such Read more…

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Paul Street: “The Face of Sacrifice”: Another Example of The New York Times’ Service to Imperial Power

Here’s a little new wrinkle in the story of the corporate-liberal New York Times’ servility to imperial power. Last Monday’s Time’s contained an outwardly progressive item: a two-page photo essay on civilian casualties (what the paper calls “The Face of Sacrifice”) in Iraq (“The Face and Voice of Civilian Sacrifice in Iraq: Photographs by Adam Read more…

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David Peterson: “Language and Politics” — by Kelvin Yearwood

  Not for some time have citizens of the Western world   been made so acutely aware of the politics of language.   This issue has moved from muttering gripes about po-   litical correctness onto the center stage of public con-   sciousness.  Bush, Blair & Co. have made war on words — blown them Read more…

Andy Dunn: Santa & The Lies We Tell

This is my first blog in a long while. I apologize for my slothfulness and hope to do better. This is an essay on lying in our society, starting with the Santa Claus myth. I wrote it this Christmas eve but had somehow blocked myself from updating my blog till now. A lesson from Santa Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Correspondence on Anti-Capitalist Liberation Pt. 2

By now I’ve received a lot of feed back on my Nov. 11 ZNet article “Paths Toward an Anti-Capitalist Liberation”. And, although I have hoped to post much of my correspondence in this blog, many of the letters have been hard to respond to. Most simply because they are so lengthy and have comments, questions Read more…

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Paul Street: Never Mind: The Recent Spin on Why Bush Invaded Iraq

Are any other Americans out there shaking their head in dumb amazement over George W. Bush’s latest statements about why he ordered a war of aggression on Iraq in March, 2003? The Bush administration initially sold that war on the grounds that it was required for our protection. We needed to attack, Bush argued, to Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq and Iran

It’s pretty clear that the major Shiite parties have pretty close links with Iran. The Badr brigades, which control large parts of the south were trained there. A majority of the influential clerics come from there (including Sistani). And links in general (trade, others) are becoming closer, it appears. I don’t think that Iran is Read more…

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David Peterson: Treason and the American President

To quote the editorial voice of this morning&undefined;s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ("Big Brother Bush," Dec. 18): The idea that all of this is being done to us in the name of national security doesn&undefined;t wash; that is the language of a police state. Those are the unacceptable actions of a police state. Yes. They most certainly Read more…

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Paul Street: Freedom’s TALON

Now here is some shit that might give you pause. Even some news managers at General Electric Television (NBC) are worried that Bush and Rumsfeld’s Messianic Military may be going too far in turning 9/11 and the terrorist war on terror into a pretext for rolling back cherished Americam civil liberties. In a recent NBC Read more…

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