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Paul Street: A Little Respect, Please

I am a little offended by neo-Stalinist North Korea’s description of my nation’s president as a “hooligan” and “a philistine.” See http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/04/30/northkorea.ap/. Our big bad boy King George merely (following Webster’s) a “ruffian” and a” hoodlum” who is “guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values?” With all due respect for Fortunate Son Dubya’s Read more…

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David Peterson: The Blair Era

One of the more deliciously ironic passages in Lord Peter Goldsmith’s formerly “secret” findings on the “Possible legal bases for the use of force” (March 7, 2003) occurs right off the bat, in paragraphs 2 and 3: 2. As I have previously advised, there are generally three possible bases for the use of force: (a) Read more…

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David Peterson: “As Far As Feasible”

Without much ado this past week, Washington closed the lid on its last remaining formal inquiry into one of the greatest lies in American history. At some moment on April 25, the CIA posted several Addendums to last fall’s speculative epic by the Iraq Survey Group on the former regime in Baghdad’s nuclear, chemical, and Read more…

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Paul Street: Wall Street, War, and Revolution

Please look back at a tax-day piece I did on the United States’ harshly regressive and militarist (imperial) priorities, where I quoted Martin Luther King. Jr. on the need for a “radical restructuring of those priorities. I broke down the US budget, using data from the National Priorities Project to show that anti-poverty, education, and Read more…

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David Peterson: Gestapo Journalism

The front page of the print edition of Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times reads: SEX OFFENDERS GET ‘DUMPED’ IN ILLINOIS NURSING HOMES “Half of these ex-cons are age 50 and under,” the headline continues. “PART ONE OF A SUN-TIMES INVESTIGATION has found 100 sex offenders living in nursing homes and similar facilities throughout Illinois. Fellow residents often Read more…

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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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