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Tax-Deductible Invasions

by Walter Brasch  Millions of Americans gave George W. Bush unquestioned support when he diverted personnel and resources from the war against al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden to invade Iraq. Several million fewer opposed the invasion, stating that the primary mission was to destroy the enemy hiding in Afghanistan that destroyed a part of America

Death During Wartime

Is this a low point for the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan? Or is this the necessary self-immolation and cleansing ritual to try to purify the mission? In either case, I’m shocked by the stark honesty of Jeremy Morlock’s confession to killing Afghans for sport. An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a “kill team” who

Tuesday Morning News Jog

Standing up for teachers…the Libya controversy…fantasizing about a Stalinist show trial for Glenn Beck…the truth behind high oil prices…and more. This one’s for the teachers: How do top-scoring countries like Korea, Singapore, and Finland treat their teachers compared to the United States? Well, those countries recruit only high-performing college graduates, support them with mentoring and

Monday Morning News Jog

Breakdown in Sudanese negotiations…food sovereignty in Maine…French fascism…Ann Coulter’s productive gay-serving mouth, and more. On our Politics & Policy page, Quakerdave shares the bad news, lost in the Japan-Libya shuffle, that Southern Sudan has ended negotiations with Khartoum. Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly in January to declare independence. With many issues to work out, Dave explains: 

“Human justice is at stake” : Saudi poet & human rights activist Ahmed Al-Mulla on the struggle for freedom

Ahmed Al Mulla has published four volumes of poetry including ‘Thalla Yataqassaf’ (1995), ‘Khaleef Wa Mael Kanesyan’ (1997), ‘Sahm Yahmos Bi Ismi’ (2005) and ‘Tamareen Wahsh’ (2010). He has previously spoken on American radio programs concerning the protests in Saudi Arabia. You can find some of his poetry here.  Last week, Al Mulla told the

Tuesday Morning News Jog

Obama does George W. Bush Proud…International Women’s Day…Fox’s Painful Becktal Itch…Giroux on American Youth…and more Don’t Nobody Accuse Obama of Being Soft The news that President Obama has approved a system of indefinite detention without trial has shocked moderate and left Democrats…and hasn’t surprised anyone else on the left. This morning, the Washington Post published

Saudi Arabia: Royalism and Oilism

Nothing captures the cynical reality of fossil fuel capitalism more than the fear mongering taking place concerning possible uprisings in Saudi Arabia. Where the world should be celebrating people struggling to realize their dignity and gain a voice in the political processes that shape their lives, instead we are being treated to apocalyptic scenarios involving

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