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Former college professor, native and denizen of New York City. Blogging at www.thepolemicist.net, from a left-socialist perspective. Also publishing on CounterPunch and Z.


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Donald Trump - Caricature Thursday, May 18, 2017 (9 comments)     

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Fast and Furious: Now They're Really Gunning for Trump Fast and furiously, in the course of a single news cycle, the game has changed: Donald Trump has been accused of betraying Israel. Impeachment is possible.

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No Apology: Syria, Interrupted (Part 2) In a previous essay, I stated that I found Russian military help to the Syrian State to be an interruption of imperialist state destruction and a net positive. I also said that I recognized there are leftists who disagree with my position as a matter of political judgement, but that--as I would explain in a later post--I disagree vigorously with some of the spurious rhetorical tactics they use. Here's that explanation.

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Game Change: Syria, Interrupted The recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies marks a turning point not only in the conflict in Syria, but also in the dynamic of international conflict.
Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6752 views)

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Ship of Fools: What Trump Teaches Trump showed that all the formidable establishment powers are not as omnipotent as they seemed. If you have a movement and a leadership that fights for the things that will improve the lives of the bottom 90%, things suddenly become possible. But if we spend the next four years in an "opposition" movement managed by the Democrats to elect their neo-liberal in 2020, we will have learned nothing.
Series: Trump (2 Articles, 2915 views)

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Tom Hayden's Haunting In 2006, Tom Hayden apologized for being "Israel's Dupe" for selling out to the Israeli lobby in order to run for CA State Assembly in 1982 He called it his "descent into moral ambiguity." He also showed how that lobby gets veto power over candidates down to the level of state and local elections. Said: "Americans must not be timid in speaking up, as I was 25 years ago."

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Hillary's Hide-and-Seek The New York Times provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton's problems, even when they claim to be reporting on them.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Waiting To Exhale: Hillary, In Sickness And In Health What's wrong with Hillary? Since her collapse on 9/11, that question has become inescapable. The state of Hillary's health will have the greatest personal and political impact on the people who support her, and who have been insisting that all progressives must vote for her--because she's the only hope for defeating Trump.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

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Strike the Vote The American voting system lacks the most fundamental condition of electoral democracy--that every citizen has a reasonable certainty his or her vote will be counted as it was cast. At this point, even voting for a third party is no longer a politically relevant gesture. The only effective way to use one's own vote is by withholding it.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Prime Directive: Trust the System, Blame the Russians The NYT article on electronic election concerns gives us a perfect example of the job the establishment media does: ignore the work, and trivialize the well-founded fears, of concerned Americans, and divert attention to the government's villain of the day.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

kurd Thursday, September 1, 2016     

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Turkey Invades Syria. America Spins The Bottle. The US-Turkey invasion of Kurdish Syria is an unambiguous act of war and doublethink aggression. Within a week, the US has supported and attacked the same Kurdish groups - one day goading them to attack Syria the next helping Turkey attack them. The frenemy of my frenemy is my frenemy, seems to be the US operating principle in Syria. And it has nothing to do with any "War on ISIS."
Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6752 views)

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The Obamacare Death Spiral The insurance companies focus on the real measure of Obamacare's success: whether it can provide sufficient profitability. The main objective of this program is to allow the private health insurance companies to make more profits. If they don't, it fails, in its own real capitalistic (as opposed to its ostensible humanitarian) terms. That day has come.

Clinton and Trump Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (25 comments)     

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Democrats Promote Lies and War To Attack Trump There is nothing more dangerous that people can do than spend the next few months promoting justifications for a war by the next president--almost certainly Hillary--just to get more kicks in against Trump, on her behalf.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views), Trump (2 Articles, 2915 views)

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The Democrats' Theater of Discipline He was effectively telling Bernie, in a publicly brutal way, who's the boss: "You've had your fun. Now get with the program. Oh, and, by the way, as you leave, make sure that those little 'uns you got all riled up vote for Hillary,"
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views)

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Taking Liberty: Killing Americans To Protect Israel Remembering the Liberty is not just an exercise to boil your blood about what happened forty-nine years ago (and reading the links below will do that). Remembering the Liberty is necessary to understand what's happening to us now, and what will happen in the future, if we obey the orders of President Trump or Clinton--either of whom will go all the way with Israel, and to protect it, will sink our ship.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

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Bernie's End Sure, Bernie should fight through the convention, but only if that means mounting floor protests, coordinated with protests in the street, demanding public promises from the nominee and the full convention on a number of key issues. That threat--Affirm the party's progressive stance on x, y, and z, publicly and irrevocably, or we walk out!--is the only power Bernie and his supporters have in the Democratic convention.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views)

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Plan B Is Not Bernie If Hillary Clinton gets derailed from the nomination, by a wild card like the FBI's email investigation, you can bet that the Democratic Party will have a Plan B, and it won't be Bernie Sanders. It will be another attempt to stop Bernie Sanders.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views)

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Vexed by Vaxxed The treatment of the movie Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is an astounding example of ideological discipline performed by the American cultural elite.
Series: Healthcare & Obamacare (1 Articles, 815 views)

Bernie Wriggles On The Obama Hook Tuesday, February 16, 2016     

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Bernie Wriggles On The Obama Hook If FDR's grand historical project was to save capitalism from itself, I fear that Bernie's more modest mission is to save the Democratic Party from itself. If Bernie unequivocally wants the nomination, he should immediately--and certainly if he gets good results in Nevada and South Carolina --join his supporters in demanding that the superdelegates be eliminated or required to follow the popular vote.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views), Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

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What Does Bernie Sanders Want, Part 2 Bernie Sanders is the dog who's about to catch the car. We all thought it would pull away too quickly, but that doesn't seem to be happening. If he catches it, he's going to have to turn into a helluva ferocious beast, or let it go.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views), Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

Replace Insecure https://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/dems-Hillary-Clinton-Bernie-Sanders-Debate-Quotes-2015.jpg Saturday, January 30, 2016 (36 comments)     

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What Does Bernie Sanders Want? If Bernie Sanders wins both of these primaries it will be a big thing -- a big media thing, and therefore a big political thing.. Even if he comes in a close second in Iowa, if he wins New Hampshire by double digits, it will be a big thing. No matter what happens in the primary, there are going to be a lot of erstwhile Democratic voters who will just not pull a lever for Hillary.
Series: Bernie Sanders & 2016 Dem Primary (6 Articles, 4036 views), Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

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Mali Jihadis: The Spawn of Hillary's (And America's) War On Libya The jihadi gangs in Mali are a direct result of American/French/NATO regime change in Libya, executed by the Obama administration, spearheaded by "We came, we saw, he died" Hillary Clinton. No force in the world is more responsible for the rampaging jihadi armies of the world than the United States of America.

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"Good al-Qaeda's" Air Force: The United States Is At War With Syria The United States just went to war with Syria. With the confirmation today that American planes will shoot down Syrian planes attacking USDA-approved "rebels," the United States is now overtly engaged in another criminal attack on a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.

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Syriza's Final Charade Syriza has capitulated. The referendum is just another element of that. This is a result that augurs ill for Greece, for Europe, and for any socialist left there might be.
Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1758 views)

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The SYRIZA Moment: A Skeptical Argument The victory of Syriza in Greece is likely to be a historic turning point for Europe and the world, for better or for worse. Is Syriza capable of being the energizing alternative movement that the left wants it to be? Or will it defang left-populism, and leave a vacuum that will be filled by the radical right?
Series: Syriza (2 Articles, 1758 views)

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Goosebumps: A Scary Sony Story "Somebody hacked into the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network in Hollywood, and released to the public a treasure trove of confidential information. This is an embarrassment.... It may be a violation of intellectual property rights, and personal privacy rights, and common courtesy. It may be condemnable on any of those grounds. But it is not 'terrorism' or 'cyberwar.' It's a hack."

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Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle Looking at some of that evidence, teasing out the issues of scientific knowledge and ethico-political authority that are raised by the Ebola crisis, and which are confused by the impulse to read them through the lens of American liberal/conservative categories, with which they have nothing to do.
Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1538 views)

All Hope Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here Friday, November 7, 2014     

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A Joke In November On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter.
Series: Elections (10 Articles, 9808 views)

ebola hazmat suit Sunday, November 2, 2014 (1 comments)     

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The Irish Widow and the Liberian Fiance: Ebola, CEO Disease, and the Public Good The Ebola crisis highlights the absurdity of pretending that a private, for-profit health system can do what a real public healthcare system must.
Series: Ebola Crisis (2 Articles, 1538 views)

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Gaza Calling: It's the Colonialism, Stupid! The carnage in Gaza this summer reveals the continuity of the crimes of Israeli colonialism. The fundamental problem is not how many civilians were killed, but the ongoing colonialism-in-progress that necessarily produces these casualties.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

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Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy: The Early Days The "main narrative model that [still] dominates American thinking" about Israel has gone off the rails. It's the imaginary heroic Zionism that Edward Said and others identified with the novel and movie "Exodus" which was "enormously influential in stimulating Zionism and support for Israel in the United States."
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (2 Articles, 8512 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

Shujaiya Before and Afterr Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (1 comments)     

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"Holy Bejeezus!": US Officers "Stunned" at Destruction in Gaza " senior U.S. military officers" were "stunned" at the scale of the Israeli army's "indiscriminate" shelling that demolished the Shujaiya neighborhood in Gaza on July 21st.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

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America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. American military intervention will not solve the jihad problem. It will make it worse. American and its major allies in the region know this, and are OK with it. They prefer ISIS and jihadism to stable, coherent states that can resist their hegemony.
Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6752 views)

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Israel's "Human Shield" Hypocrisy The "human shields" argument is what allows Israeli officials, to deliberately and systematically bomb the family homes of suspected militants, killing whole families. It suggests an ethic that supposedly justifies an Israeli offensive which produces 75-80% civilian causalities, 33% of which are children, among the Palestinian population.
Series: Israel and "Human Shields" (2 Articles, 8512 views), Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

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"Without America this cannot happen." Jewish Grandmother Shows the Way A must-see interview for every American--especially liberal Americans, who can be all wrought up about whether and how to criticize Israel. It's way past time cut to the chase: "It is colonialism." If Tzvia can say it, without fear, so can we. Jewish, Christian, Muslim, atheist, or Wiccan, no apology needed. Just stand with Tzvia.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 (1 comments)     

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Resurrecting the Lede: The New York Times on the F.C.C. and Net Neutrality The NYT published a misleading and contradictory story about the FCC's Net Neutrality decision, then re-wrote it without acknowledgement.

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Good for the Gander: Ukraine's Demise Accelerates The US-Obama story of them being "appendages of Russia" is a crock. The rebellion in eastern Ukraine is the result of deep divisions in Ukrainian society that were dramatically exacerbated by the Maidan coup, which was itself supported--and, to a great extent, politically managed--by the US.
Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 3743 views)

2010 Ukraine Presidential Election Saturday, March 22, 2014 (10 comments)     

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Charge of the Right Brigade: Ukraine and the Dynamics of Capitalist Insurrection It’s quite amusing, until it gets sickening, to watch American leaders--who cling to the notion that a thin, corrupt, disempowering electoral process legitimizes them--embrace the forceful overthrow of a democratically elected leader in a functioning parliamentary democracy while insisting they are doing no such thing.
Series: Ukraine (2 Articles, 3743 views)

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Dipsy Doodle: What "Globalization" Has Wrought Globalization's big losers are the sectors of the world's population that had decent incomes, a few notches above average -- the kind of income that allowed for homes and vacations, but not limousines and villas. It's not hard to figure who they are; they're the people on the streets in Athens, Madrid, and Paris, in the state capitol in Wisconsin, and those losing their pensions in Detroit.

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Eye of the Beholder: Seeger & Scarlett Seeger's courage and Scarlett's excuses.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

Bill de Blasio & Avigdor Lieberman Monday, January 27, 2014     

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Keep on Truckling: Mayor of New York's Job "is to be a defender of Israel" AIPAC's/de Blasio's attempt at keeping the public's eyes out of this meeting is symptomatic of the increasing discomfort that's in the air, even in New York, with this kind of toadying to Israel. What's happening is the kind of disconnect between what can be said to the voters and what must be said to the donors.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

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Who’s the Boss? The Obamacare Deception Obamacare is not a public program, but a government-assisted private boondoggle. Its main purpose is not to ensure public health, but to insure the profitability of private health insurance companies and the private pharmaceutical and hospital industries.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies.
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013     

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Attention Shoppers! The Westgate Mall In America's Jihad Bargain I know that events in Africa during the weekend of September 21st are, in terms of American historical memory, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but I'm going to pay them some belated attention.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 (4 comments)     

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The New Privateers: Civil Forfeiture, Police Piracy, and the Third-Worldization of America You won't believe it. It's about the laws and practices -- developed over the last 15-20 years as part of the "war on drugs" and the general encroachment of police-state tactics -- regarding what is called "civil forfeiture." And it's about a lot more than that.

Thursday, September 12, 2013     

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Syria: No Better Angels Things have changed, in a good direction. But Let's not get carried away with optimism, however.If we have to recognize that there has been real political movement, we must also recognize the enormous political, ideological, and financial forces still committed to this war, and how far we are from winning this fight against them. The balance of power is still very much against the antiwar camp.
Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6752 views)

Saturday, August 31, 2013     

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At the Syrian Threshold: "al-Qaeda's Air Force" Prepares for Battle The political and strategic purpose of American military intervention -- previously clandestine and now overt -- on behalf of the "rebellion" is to destroy the Syrian nation as a coherent political and military entity in the region. As the US already has done to Iraq and Libya. It's the same war.
Series: Syria (8 Articles, 6752 views)

Thursday, August 22, 2013     

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Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning's Meaning Thoughts after Manning's sentencing statement. In this statement, he's certainly not the Bradley Manning that we want him to be. He's not, in other words, the Bradley Manning that we have been producing in our political discourse -- and that we must continue, with all due attention to his utterances, but grounded in our own understanding of his all-important actions, to produce.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (3 comments)     

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It's Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics The leadership of both parties, along with the corporate and media elite, is trying desperately to maintain for the public a coherent story, with all the characters fixed in their proper roles, and the conflict structured in terms that they control. In fact, it's becoming harder to ignore that there are deep and enduring alliances between both parties, and serious and growing fractures within each of them.

Sunday, July 7, 2013     

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Egypt's Groundhog Day Revolution I watch the unfolding events in Egypt with a sense of unease, even dread. In the accounts I've read so far from the Egyptian street, I get the sense that, where two years ago there was an elation married with great hope, now there is something more like muted glee accompanied by a sinking feeling.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (1 comments)     

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"Just One More Detail": American Surveillance And The Unanswered Question of Israel Israeli companies at the heart of surveillance of Americans for at least the last twelve years? Israeli equipment at the heart of surveillance of Americans within America's most secret spy agency now? An NSA operative passing to Israel the agency's most powerful secret software? The strong possibility that Israel gets to read your emails, too? Media reporting about this ignored and suppressed?
Series: Palestine-Israel-Zionism (16 Articles, 19837 views), Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4387 views)

Saturday, June 22, 2013 (7 comments)     

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Edward Snowden, Lawrence O'Donnell, and the Failure of Fuzzy Land Thinking Lawrence O'Donnell's failure confirmed how difficult it is going to be for conservative or liberal pundits to dismiss Snowden's actions on the basis of his personality, and it was a scene that ended up discrediting nothing more than the whole media theater of derogation itself.
Series: Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4387 views)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (5 comments)     

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"No matter what the law actually says": The Snowden Revelations and the Eternal Surveillance State The sudden cascade of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras in the Guardian, and Barton Gellman in the Washington Post has provided stark confirmation of our worst fears about the American government's contemptuous disregard for our most fundamental rights.
Series: Snowden and Surveillance (3 Articles, 4387 views)

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Margaret_Thatcher_1981.jpg: Margaret Thatcher 1981 Tuesday, April 9, 2013     

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"Carry On Margaret": Still Playing in Theaters Near You let's not use Margaret Thatcher's death to further extend her legacy, but to insist that it's long past time to pull the plug on its run. .Thatcher was absolutely right that her greatest achievement was Tony Blair and New Labor, and -- as Obama's encomium makes quite explicit -- there's a fine parallel in that her partner, Reagan's, greatest achievement was setting an agenda that Clinton, Obama and the ....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 (2 comments)     

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The Road to Syria: "It all depends on what America says" It's really quite depressing to watch the utter destruction of another Arab state unfold, framed once again as some kind of project for humanitarianism and/or democracy. It's depressing to know that it will engender chaos and violence throughout the region, that it is only the prelude to an even more epic criminal adventure in Iran, and that there is probably nothing that is going to stop it.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Snowball in Hell: The Momentum of Same-Sex Marriage in Our Sulfurous Polity Glenn Greenwald's column, "The gay marriage snowball and political change," makes an important point about how the growing momentum of the movement for same-sex marriage rights demonstrates that change, even radical and rapid change, is possible.

Monday, March 25, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Apology Excepted: Obama's Turkish Twist Furkan Dorgan, along with Rachel Corrie and the sailors of the USS Liberty, officially joins the ranks of Americans with whom, when it comes to Israel's "freedom of action," the President of the United States and the American media cannot be bothered.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 (1 comments)     

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The Heart of the Matter: US Media Replace Rachel Corrie with Israeli Spy When a young man interrupted President Obama's speech, shouting in Hebrew, American media outlets reported that the man was protesting about Jonathan Pollard, the imprisoned Israeli spy. The heckler was actually an Arab-Israeli student who was questioning Obama's arming of the apartheid state and the American government's complicity in the killing of Rachel Corrie.
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Monday, March 18, 2013     

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"I feel a lot of horror": Remember Rachel Corrie Yesterday was the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie's death. Rachel was a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, and a student at Evergreen State College, who was crushed to death by an Israeli/American (Caterpillar) bulldozer while trying to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
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Monday, February 25, 2013     

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Shutterbugged: Oscar-nominated Palestinian Director Detained at LAX Palestinian director of 5 Broken Cameras, was detained wirh his family at LAX and threatened with deportation.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013     

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Reminder: It Has Happened Here Every social advance, every social benefit that was won from the American ruling class, was only ceded because organized labor fought for it.

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