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Paul Street: Good Morning America: Did Your Civilian Democracy Come Home Last Night?

Monday, I had a day off. It was great. I was in DeKalb. I had time to watch a television show while I ate breakfast. It was mostly commercials. I headed for the YMCA out on Bethany Road but I stopped for coffee and newspapers in the local Barnes & Noble. I’d like to tell Read more…

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David Peterson: “Who Are Americans to Think That Freedom Is Theirs to Spread?”

For a textbook example of how to close one’s eyes in the face of real evil, check out: “Who Are Americans to Think That Freedom Is Theirs to Spread?” Michael Ignatieff, New York Time Magazine, June 26, 2005 Therein, this Harvard intellectual and professor at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy instructs us that Read more…

: Tepid (not to mention fake) applause greets president’s speech

The first weird thing about the President’s story hour was no applause when he walked in. Unlike those memorable States of Disunion when the Congressfolk look like they are doing aerobics they jump to their feet so often, it was eerily quiet, this at Ft. Bragg, one of the few venues left where he doesn’t Read more…

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Paul Street: On Facts and Frames

I have a forthcoming ZNet Sustainer Commentary (see http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2005-06/23street.cfm) in which I make some serious criticisms of George Lakoff’s much-debated… book Don’t Think of It as an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – The Essential Guide for Progressives (2004…http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931498717/qid=1119646597/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3183019-0691140). But I don’t want readers to think that I find nothing useful in Read more…

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David Peterson: The Very Definition of Tyranny

I am not sure how many luminaries of the American political establishment have called upon the Senate’s Minority Whip, Richard Durbin, to apologize, to face the full wrath and fury of the Senate, or even to resign his office, effective immediately, since the otherwise undistinguished Senator from the State of Illinois took to the floor Read more…

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David Peterson: …must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime…

Judging by the panel discussion that closed out Fox News’s Sunday with Chris Wallace for the morning of June 19, the most important item around the world for the previous seven days was U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s remarks on the floor of the Senate chamber the Tuesday before (June 14) about the “detention center at Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: “Deep Throat” & COINTELPRO

The fact that you hadn’t heard of COINTELPRO — and that there isn’t a word about it in the current “Deep Throat” coverage — tells us quite a lot about the dominant moral and political culture. COINTELPRO was a program of the national political police, carried out through four administrations, with a very wide range Read more…

: We Bombed Yuma

I suppose there are those who would say that I am getting paranoid in my middle years, but it’s beginning to seem that they really are after us, and in this case (with apologies to Pogo), we have met the enemy and guess who it is? Yes dear ones, we bombed Yuma. Well not precisely Read more…

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David Peterson: The Downing Street Memos

Jefferson Morley notes that the “memos” expressing the state of the Blair Government’s pre-war planning for the eventual U.S.-U.K. military seizure of Iraq have “made headlines from Australia to China to Pakistan” since the London Times published the first of them on Sunday, May 1, just four days shy of the British national elections that Read more…

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Paul Street: Obedience Rule Number One in the Hidden Workplace Abode: Care Only About Yourself

I once worked in a largely glass building with an ancient, outworn heating and cooling system. In some of this building’s offices, temperatures were regularly in the high 70s and 80s. On some afternoons, my office hit 90 degrees…. I had the hottest office of all because I was on the top floor, on the Read more…

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