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Nausea in New York
By : William Rivers Pitt - Thursday September 2, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt "One of the interesting things people ask me, now that we are asking questions, is, ’Can you ever win the war on terror?’ Of course you can." George W. Bush, April 13 2004 You just can’t make this stuff up. George W. Bush, in an interview broadcast Monday by the ‘Today’ show, told host Matt Lauer that he doesn’t think his ‘War on Terror’ is winnable. "I don’t think you can win it," said Bush. "But I think (...)
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Not So Swift Boat Veterans
By : William Rivers Pitt - Monday August 23, 2004
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By William Rivers Pitt Ever hear the old story of the lady and the snake? A lady finds a snake injured in the road. She takes it home, cares for it, helps it heal, and the two become friends. One day, the lady is in her garden with the snake, and the snake suddenly bites her in the throat. The lady lays dying and gasps, "Why did you bite me? I was your friend?" The snake replies, "Lady, you knew I was a snake when you picked me up." This is a parable the Bush/Cheney campaign is (...)
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Cheney Speaks to the Reptile Brain
By : Thom Hartmann - Friday August 20, 2004
by Thom Hartmann "I am not unaware of the effect of the ridicule cast on this instrument of defence by those who wished for engines of offence." Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison referencing damage done to morale by jokes about the US Navy, May 21, 1813 It’s Willie Horton all over again. The Bush family is subjecting Americans to psychological operations, only the level of sophistication and deception is an order of magnitude higher than it was in 1988. And it could turn the (...)
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The US elections as open season for Israel
By : Uri Avnery - Tuesday August 17, 2004
By Uri Avnery Once upon a time, an assistant to Levy Eshkol, our [Israeli] late prime minister, rushed up to him and cried: "Levy, a disaster! A drought has set in!" "Where?" the prime minister asked anxiously, "in Texas?" "No, here in Israel!" the man replied. "Then there’s nothing to worry about," Eshkol said dismissively. Right from the beginning, the State of Israel has been critically affected by events in the United States. "If America sneezes, Israel catches cold," is the (...)
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The State of Bush vs the State of Law
By : Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey - Saturday August 14, 2004
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by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Where did the Bush regime go wrong? Somewhere along the line, once, George W. Bush and his clique of elitist super-rich entrepreneurs who dictate White House policy, must have had political objectives, must have believed that they could do good for America and for the world. What has ensued is a systematic abuse of power, a systematic disregard for international law and a systematic outrage of human rights. Where did the Bush regime get it wrong? The recent (...)
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Thanks To Some REAL National Heroes
By : Ward Reilly - Saturday August 14, 2004
by Ward Reilly While our president rushed us into an unnecessary war, many people around our nation worked to expose the truth about what was to come in Iraq—citizens of great character,and a deep love of our nation. It is a long, long list of citizens, some that have risked their careers, and even their lives, in order to tell the truth about the Bush Administration’s catastrophic rush into war in the Middle East. Real Heroes. Thank you, Scott Ritter—the weapons (...)
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National Guard Troops in Iraq Intervene in Prisoner Beatings
By : Chris Floyd - Saturday August 14, 2004
Global Eye Unnatural Acts By Chris Floyd After months of bad press, here at last was an act of genuine humanitarianism by U.S. troops in Iraq that could have been trumpeted to the skies: a unit of National Guard troops — part-time citizen-soldiers from Oregon — rescuing a group of prisoners from sadistic torture by the security forces of the "sovereign" Iraqi government. Yet the incident was buried by U.S. brass, who repudiated their own soldiers — and backed the Iraqi (...)
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Humiliation and Destabilisation or concerted plans
By : Robert Thompson - Saturday August 7, 2004
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by Robert Thompson We are all reeling from the shock of seeing on our television screens the horrific and inhuman ritual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners who have had the ill fortune to find themselves in an establishment run by the armed forces of the U.S.A. Immediately following on from this we have seen re-runs of the sight of a swaggering Mr George W. Bush on 1st May 2003, after he had landed on an aircraft-carrier under a banner reading "Mission Accomplished", somewhat prematurely (...)
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Torture, for fun
By : Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey - Thursday August 5, 2004
by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey Bush regime sinks lower by the day That US soldiers serving the Bush regime considered that the systematic torture of prisoners of war was fun, no big deal, to vent their frustration, not serious and just joking around, does not surprise anyone any longer. The face of the great American heroine, Private Lynndie England, cigarette hanging from the corner of her mouth, giving the thumbs-up sign while standing over or beside a pile of abused, terrified (...)
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Will Bush declare a Red Alert security status before November 2nd?
By : Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey - Wednesday August 4, 2004
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Red Alert Bush by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey George Bush does not need to base any such decision on the truth because he acts upon hype and lies, cajoling, disinformation and protectionism of the corporate elite which gravitates around the White House, making the rich richer and the poor poorer. But hey! Who cares? The rest of the world cares. Although it is not the business of foreigners or outsiders to tell the people of the United States of America what to do, it is the business of (...)
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’Can’t Blair see that this country is about to explode? Can’t Bush?’
By : Robert Fisk - Monday August 2, 2004
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By Robert Fisk The war is a fraud. I’m not talking about the weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Nor the links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qa’ida which didn’t exist. Nor all the other lies upon which we went to war. I’m talking about the new lies. For just as, before the war, our governments warned us of threats that did not exist, now they hide from us the threats that do exist. Much of Iraq has fallen outside the control of America’s (...)
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Unreported war: US document reveals scale of conflict
By : Robert Fisk - Saturday July 31, 2004
By Robert Fisk Iraq, we are told by Mr Blair, is safer. It is not. US military reports clearly show much of the violence in Iraq is not revealed to journalists, and thus goes largely unreported. This account of the insurgency across Iraq over three days last week provides astonishing proof that Iraq under its new, American-appointed Prime Minister, has grown more dangerous and violent. But even this is only a partial record of events. US casualties and dozens of Iraqi civilian deaths each (...)
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Iraq: What Went Wrong?
By : Stephen Soldz - Tuesday July 27, 2004
by Stephen Soldz [Talk delivered July 22, 2004 to Roslindale Neighbors for Peace and Justice] After invading Iraq, the leader of the conquering army proclaimed: "Our armies do not come in your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators ... I am commanded to invite you to participate in the management of your own civil affairs." Was this George Bush, Tony Blair, Paul Bremer, or Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez? No, it was conquering British General Stanley Maude, in 1917.1,2 (...)
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Dear Senator Kerry
By : Ward Reilly - Friday July 23, 2004
by Ward Reilly Greetings from a common American citiizen, and a fellow veteran. I am writing this letter to you because our nation is in dire distress, due to the wreckless lack of leadership from the White House concerning our nation’s foreign policy, and because of the depression here at home. Our country is "out-sourcing" itself, to borrow a modern phrase. I have been pondering for weeks now on what words of mine might have a chance of making an impact upon you. I wrote a similar (...)
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The Iraq War is All Right Then
By : Robert Fisk - Monday July 19, 2004
by Robert Fisk Lord Butler told us Wednesday that Tony Blair acted in good faith. So that’s all right then. At the al-Yarmouk hospital in Baghdad on the same morning, there was blood on the walls, blood on the floor, blood on the doctors, blood on the stretchers. In the dangerous oven of Baghdad, 10 more lives had just ended. So what was it Tony Blair said in the Commons? "We are not killing civilians in Iraq; terrorists are killing civilians in Iraq." So that’s all (...)
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Let Bush and Kerry Lead With their Children Into Iraq and Afghanistan
By : Sam Hamod - Sunday July 18, 2004
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Let Bush and Kerry Lead With their Children Into Iraq and Afghanistan By Sam Hamod It is clear that if Bush really believes in sacrifice for Iraq and Afghanistan, he should send Barbara to Iraq as a U.S. Army soldier and Jenna to Afghanistan as a soldier; in this way, he’ll show that he really believes in these two wars he’s put our young men and women into. If Kerry wants to lead, he should do the same; as should Edwards. Otherwise, they must capitulate and say publicly that (...)
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Only Cowards Cancel Elections
By : William Rivers Pitt - Thursday July 15, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt A number of trial balloons have been floated in recent days, from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge specifically, about canceling or postponing the national election because of a terrorist attack. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., the Bush-appointed chairman of the newly minted U.S. Election Assistance Commission, apparently got the ball rolling with Ridge by writing a letter to him. In it, he bade Ridge ask Congress for the power to put off the November election in the (...)
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BOYCOTT THE MILITARY
By : Ted Rall - Thursday July 15, 2004
by TED RALL NEW YORK—A haunted young man whose face bears too many lines for his years, jetlagged and limping from a wound sustained in the defense of his country half a world away, emerges from a jetway at San Francisco International Airport. A woman about the same age awaits in the terminal. A peace-sign necklace hanging above a loose floral-print dress billowing about her unshaven legs, the hippie chick scornfully scans his uniform, spits in his face and screams: "Baby killer!" (...)
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How the Iraqis See It
By : Sam Hamod - Sunday July 11, 2004
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by Sam Hamod I think it’s about time that someone told the American people how the Iraqis see it. I am not talking about the puppet regime installed by Bush, that was opposed, and is still opposed by the Iraqi people, Brahimi and the experts at the UN and in the US State Department, but about the vast majority of non-Kurd Iraqis (over 90% of the country). The American troops are colonial occupiers, similar to the old British colonialists who tried to run Iraq in the past. They feel (...)
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The Handover: Restoration of Iraqi sovereignty - or Alice in Wonderland?
By : Robert Fisk - Friday July 2, 2004
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by Robert Fisk So in the end, America’s enemies set the date. The handover of "full sovereignty" was secretly brought forward so that the ex-CIA intelligence officer who is now "Prime Minister" of Iraq could avoid another bloody offensive by America’s enemies. What is supposed to be the most important date in Iraq’s modern history was changed ­ like a birthday party ­ because it might rain on Wednesday. Pitiful is the word that comes to mind. Here we were, handing (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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