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Michael Albert: First Draft Introduction to possible new book – Remembering Tomorrow (memoirs)

At the suggestion of a number of folks I am trying to write about the past few decades actions, reactions, ideas, and notions as I have experienced them, using stories, anecdotes, etc. People call this sort of thing a memoir…but what I am doing is not about me, or even the times, so much as Read more…

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David Peterson: A “Cedar Revolution” II

The “Arab World” keeps turning up lately. So much so, in fact, that it sometimes seems as if the English-language media have caught an “Arab World” cold, and can’t stop blowing their collective nose. Of course, I won’t speak for you. But I for one can’t help but feel that a hitherto unknown continent suddenly Read more…

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David Peterson: Manufacturing Public Opinion

Last July, the highly respected Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland reported that slightly more than one-in-two Americans (56%) believed that “genocide” either had or was in the process of occurring in the Darfur states of the western Sudan. The same survey found that seven-in-ten Americans (69%) believed that, “If the Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran V

Anyone care to take a stab at the reasons why the “international community” would expect Iran to permanently forgo all uranium-enrichment activities, and why this morning’s New York Times expressed shock over the fact that “Iran says it won’t”? Sure. A bunch of possibilities come to mind. And at least one of them is true: Read more…

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Paul Street: Life Expectancy, Inequality, Overwork, Insurance, and Empire

Ever get tired of American “leaders” like George W. Bush and others saying again and again that the United States of America is the “greatest country in the world”? For an especially asinine version of this standard patriotic cliché, see Dinesh d’Souza, “10 Great Things: What to Love About the United States” at http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dsouza070203.asp. One Read more…

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David Peterson: Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

According to the CIA World Factbook 2004, among the slightly more than 11 million people who live on the island of Cuba (exclusive of the Guantanamo Bay population, that is), “nominally 85% [of them were] Roman Catholic prior to Castro assuming power”—though where the island’s Roman Catholic population has been hiding since Castro took power, Read more…

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David Peterson: “The Case for the Draft”

The March 2005 issue of the Washington Monthly has just published a lengthy article titled, “The Case for the Draft.” Co-authored by Phillip Carter and Paul Glastris, the article’s revealing subtitle reads: America can remain the world’s superpower. Or it can maintain its current all-volunteer military. It can’t do both. Now. I do not know Read more…

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David Peterson: A “Cedar Revolution” I

“We find ourselves in an era of monumental advancement for human rights and democracy,” Paula Dobriansky, the American Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, said on Monday. She was releasing the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2004. Dobriansky continued: As the President noted in Bratislava just last week, there was Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush’s Primary Sin? According to The American Prospect, It’s Dropping the Noble Ball of Empire

Remember how certain folks on the left (e.g. Alexander Cockburn and Gabriel Kolko) argued that “messianic militarist” (Nader’s desctiption) neocon Bush might actually be “the lesser evil” in the 2004 election? This thesis was based on the notion that the relatively sophisticated neo-liberal John F. Kerry promised to be the more intelligent and competent manager Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran IV

An “alarming number of unresolved questions about Iran’s nuclear program,” Jackie Sanders, the American ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned at the IAEA’s Board meeting in Vienna today. The Agence France Presse report from which I’ve drawn this remark continued (March 2): Sanders said Iran had continued to deny UN inspectors “the transparency Read more…

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