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O'Reilly: Speaking of Hate

All You Need is Hate
by Mickey Z.  
I did something unexpected the other day: I watched a little of The O’Reilly Factor. The host made two proclamations that might’ve made me chuckle if they weren’t so frighteningly emblematic of America’s intellectual vacancy.
According to O’Reilly, Arianna Huffington is a member of the “far left” and her website, Huffington Post, is home to “hate speech.”

Of course, the myth of a monolithic Left—one that includes everyone from Dan Rather to Derrick Jensen, from Barack Obama to Ward Churchill—is extremely useful to anyone seeking to stifle public debate. However, it only requires an iota of objectivity to recognize that Arianna Huffington dwells in the realm of what might generously be characterized as the “liberal Left” (or, more accurately, the “soft Left”).
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The Prisoner: Sami Al-Arian Lost in Police State America

Sami Al-Arian's Long Ordeal
by Stephen Lendman
Sami Al-Arian is a political prisoner in Police State America. This article reviews his case briefly and updates it to the present.

Because of his faith, ethnicity and political activism, the Bush administration targeted Al-Arian for supporting "terrorism."
In fact, he's a Palestinian refugee, distinguished professor and scholar, community leader and civil activist.
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Rebuilding the American Economy, Bush-Style

The Little Administration That Couldn't: Rebuilding the American Economy, Bush-style
by Tom Engelhardt
No one was prepared for the storm when it hit. The levees meant to protect us had long since been breached and key officials had already left town.
The well-to-do were assured of rescue, but for everyone else trapped inside the Superdome in a fast-flooding region, there was no evacuation plan in sight. The Bush administration, of course, claimed that it was in control and the President was already assuring his key officials that they were doing a heck of a job.

No, I'm not talking about post-Katrina New Orleans. That was so then. I'm talking about the housing and credit crunches, as well as the Bear Stearns bailout, that have given the term "bear market" new meaning.

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Ignorance Puts Iraq on the Cross

Darkness at Noon: Fatal Ignorance Puts Iraq on the Cross
by Chris Floyd
From the very beginning, the brutality, ruin and deceit of the American aggression in Iraq has been compounded by an unshakeable ignorance.
This deadly cloud of unknowing has enveloped the entire chain of command, from the witless president who didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia Islam to the troops on the ground who believed – as they were no doubt drilled to believe – that the invasion was "payback for 9/11," a righteous war of self-defense against a terrorist nation that had attacked America.

This implacable ignorance was on perfect display this week in a "feel-good" story put out by one of the Pentagon's myriad PR engines: "Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Official Website of Multi-National Force – Iraq." (Oddly enough, the official website of the "Multi-National Force" is entirely in English, and geared exclusively to American operations. Apparently, all the other vast armies in the "Multi-National Force" don't need to know what's going on in this collaborative, cooperative multi-national operation.)
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Iraq: Contracting 'Blackwater Disease'

Fever Named After Blackwater
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call "Blackwater" that threatens the lives of thousands. The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq.

  • "This disease is a severe form of malarial infection caused by the parasite plasmodium falciparum, which is considered the worst type of malarial infection," Dr. Ali Hakki from Fallujah told IPS.
  • "It is one of the complications of that infection, and not the ordinary picture of the disease. Because of its frequent and severe complications, such as Blackwater fever, and its resistance to treatment, P. falciparum can cause death within 24 hours."

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Rising to the Top: Skimming America's Ruling Elite

America’s Ruling Clique
by Charles Sullivan
Neoconservatives derive much of their political strength from the portrayal of big government as the enemy of the people: a belief that plays only too well in America.
Big government is indeed the enemy of the people when it does not serve the people’s interests, or when it betrays them.
Where the neoconservatives and the chicken hawks have been spectacularly successful is in the field of perception management. The super rich—or the ruling clique—constitutes no more than 0.1 percent of the US population. Yet they control the mainstream media, every branch government, the electoral process and the country’s major financial institutions.
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If I Can’t Dance…

If I Can’t Dance…
by David Rovics
Being an activist is a hard, relatively thankless, generally unpaid job. There are some really wonderful people who are going to be offended by this essay, and I apologize in advance if you’re one of them, but what I say here had to be said.
We’re all hopefully trying to make the world a better place, and sometimes that means having open disagreements.
I welcome any and all feedback, public or private, and of course feel free to post and distribute this essay wherever you see fit.

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Dissecting Terror

The Science of Terror
by Jim Miles
Sometimes the science community, hiding behind the guise of empirical research, cannot see its own bias even while correctly analyzing a situation. 
The latter statement may seem contradictory, but given the manner in which it studies ‘terror’ and then applies those findings and definitions only to some ‘other’ group, it ignores the reality of terror at home and the reality of terror perpetrated by the ‘homeland’.
Not ‘home grown terror’ such as the Timothy McVeighs of the world, nor the terror inflicted on the people by the very infrequent acts of foreigners acting on the homeland, but the terror of the country itself, the acts of the people in government, in the military, in politics, in religion, who either spread terror themselves or spread the fear of terror in order to control not only the domestic audience but foreign audiences as well.

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Bosnia Bonsai:Hillary's Storied Past

A Question of Character: Hillary Clinton and James Frey
by Jack Random
Tragically, there is such a thing as Caesar’s fatal flaw.  When an otherwise honorable individual wants something too much, the normal bounds of morality and common decency become less distinguishable. 
Acts of treachery, deception and betrayal are suddenly justified by the prize at the end of the rainbow.  

Tragically, Senator Hillary Clinton has crossed that threshold.  

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A Defeat Only American Power Could Have Brought About

Taking Stock of the War on Terror:
A Defeat Only American Power Could Have Brought About
by Mark Danner
To contemplate a prewar map of Baghdad -- as I do the one before me, with sectarian neighborhoods traced out in blue and red and yellow -- is to look back on a lost Baghdad, a Baghdad of our dreams.My map of 2003 is colored mostly a rather neutral yellow, indicating the "mixed" neighborhoods of the city, predominant just five years ago.
To take up a contemporary map after this is to be confronted by a riot of bright color: Shia blue has moved in irrevocably from the East of the Tigris; Sunni red has fled before it, as Shia militias pushed the Sunnis inexorably west toward Abu Ghraib and Anbar province, and nearly out of the capital itself. And everywhere, it seems, the pale yellow of those mixed neighborhoods is gone, obliterated in the months and years of sectarian war.

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What Benefit the Weak Nation?

Haiti: The Benefits of a Weak State
by Darren Ell
This article assumes that Western nations have an option.
In the past, they invested in their own people in the midst of economic depression; they rebuilt the economies of entire nations following World War II; they now have unprecedented resources to invest elsewhere.
Instead, their governments and the international financial institutions they control are bankrupting countries like Haiti in order to satisfy the selfish interests of a tiny foreign and domestic business elite. 
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