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Today's the tenth Birthday for Opednews-- birthday, anniversary-- I don't know what to call it, but it's nice to see we're still here, still publishing great writing by a wonderful range of writers, covering what could be the widest range of topics on the web today.


image by Meryl Ann Butler

I started Opednews out of frustration over the impending Iraq war, frustration with Colin Powell's lies about WMDs, disgust with the theft of the 2000 election in Florida, and by the Supreme Court.  The site took off fast. 

the logo I used at the beginning-- a screen shot from the waybackmachine from March 3, 2003 

below, you'll see links to the first few days of Op-eds on the site. 

By late 2004, I couldn't keep up with the articles coming in and I embarked on building a content management system. That's what runs on now-- a unique, proprietary system I co-developed with Vidya, a brilliant programmer/webmaster and a usually behind the scenes member of the OEN team.

The site started with two volunteers-- Amanda Lang and Joan Brunwasser-- and one commenter-- Mark Sashine. 

We've come a long way. Now we have a volunteer editor team approaching 50 people, and over 60,000 registered members. 

It's not always easy. There's a constant struggle to balance openness with editorial policy that produces content that is trusted and respected. It means we get called censors all the time, when we reject articles making unreasonable claims. We also get a lot of spammers, so we've ended up banning over 6000 people, most of them commercial spammers who try to use the site to sell home loans, viagra, coffee and the like. 

And Opednews is more than just a news and opinion site. It's a community. To make it a pleasant one, we moderate the comments-- to keep them civil. 

These challenges sometimes add up to me, opednews and other volunteer editors getting  hate mail. Yes, it's part of the territory, but that doesn't ameliorate the unpleasantness. 

I'm not really complaining, just sharing so you'll get an idea of some of the aspects of this job I do and the volunteer editors do. It's one of the reasons why we have a zero tolerance policy for abuse of our editors. 

Today is the last day of the month. We've made real progress catching up in the last week, but we're still $1300 behind on making our $4300 budget. Yesterday we had one $250 donation. That really helped. But we've also had a lot of $5 and $10 donations. Can you help us, in our tenth anniversary month, help us make budget?

Click here to donate

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rob kall

Articles Published Feb 28--March 3, 2003-- the first few days Opednews was in existence. Back then, most of the content was link aggregation. We've come a long way, having published over 168,000 full articles, as well as tens of thousands of links and diaries. 

War is Not Viagra

Antiwar organizers to go Beyond Protests

MoveOn Petition to Security Council

Bush's Nerve is Going to Snap

The New World Disorder

Book Review: Unequal Protection, by Thom Hartmann

A Chorus Against War  Howard Zinn

The Thirty Year Itch  For three decades, Washington's hawks have pushed for the United States to seize control of the Persian Gulf. Their time is now .


Tom DeLay's Gag Order and the Spirit of Repression

The United States Has Gone Mad  John Le Carre

'1984' to 2003 President Bush presents an Orwellian case for war

Why Does Bush Push To Silence Free Speech  Ramsey Clark

The Long Bomb  Thomas L. Friedman

Bush Ex-Machina Maureen Dowd

When a Governement Lies to its People

So Blue Man Group...

Sat. 3/1/03

Canadian Poll: Americans Behaving Like Bastards.

Would Saddam's Exile Avert War?

Blood Money; PNAC's ten year plan for war with IRAQ

Bush Rebuked on Global Warming

____Fri 2/28/03_

The Iraq War-Oil Connection

Buying a Coalition

Diamonds as Deadly; Will they be joining fur coats in Politically Un-Correct Fashion Mortuary?

Fear Mongering and fear of Speaking out

Corporate Tax Evasion on the Most Massive Scale

Newsweek Expose Shows Iraq DID destroy Weapons of Mass Destruction. Is CIA trying to Cover it up?  

Censorship; The Bush Junta Raids the Library

  War Heros Between Heaven and Hell

Bill Moyers on the Flag and Patriotism;


Rob Kall is executive editor, publisher and website architect of, Host of the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show (WNJC 1360 AM), and publisher of more...)

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I was there!  I am still here!  OEN ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 2:00:07 PM
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