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Israel Benefits As World Loses

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What started off as Arab Spring has turned morbidly into Arab Fall. What began as a seasonal description became directional and self-destructive.

Prove What You Don't Have

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Prove that you don't have what I believe you have! That was an exact demand made on Saddam Hussein.

Hypocrisy of the Paranoid

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Americans carry a tremendous amount of guilt around with them (paranoia) as they preach moral behaviour.

Shameful Exceptionalism

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Paul Schied, commenting in the Harvard Political Review writes, "American Exceptionalism argues that the United States is the best at everything. This isn’t true.

Letter to Rustic American

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You’ve been living in rural America; and living the farmer’s life doesn’t leave much time or desire to follow what’s going on in the rest of the world.

Filtered, Slanted And Censored Media

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Twenty years ago several journalists expressed concern that the number of major news sources in America had diminished to fifty.

Mass Media Madness

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Television anchors and their guests waste hours of viewer’s time ridiculously focused. Topics with limited importance, should not be broadly covered at the expense of the most important issues.

End Dirty Wars

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All wars are dirty wars. One stands out for the number of lives lost in the minds and memories of Americans--the Vietnam War.

Presstitutes and Spies

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Some media pundits have used the terms "whistleblowers” and “traitors” synonymously.

A Blanket of Fear

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Netanyahu (N) and Obama (O) are on the phone....

Dealing With Deceivers

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Most of us have favourite causes; and many will go out of their way to defend those causes.

The Practice of Pre-Emption

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We're now living and dying in an age of pre-emptive actions.

Indulging In Fallacies

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"Apparently, you are too stupid to comprehend the difference between an insult and an ad hominem argument," someone argued.

America's Bridges Are Falling Down, Falling Down…

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An Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into the Skagit River, dumping two vehicles and a trailer in the waters north of Mount Vernon. A law-enforcement source said 150 yards of the interstate dropped into the water.

Wake Up Call For America

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I'm tired of politics, of the injustices, the corruption, the assassinations, the gross illegal behaviour of the strong, the plundering of the poor and the indignities wrought on the weak.

Hypocrisy of US War on Terrorism

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Boston terrorism has been squelched: Tamarlan, dead in a police shoot-out left his younger brother Dzhokar wounded in the hospital.

Greatest Purveyor of Violence

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In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered -- the Reverend Martin Luther King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

End The Torture Chambers

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I grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, an American steel town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. The steelworkers in our town came from all over the world, but mostly from Eastern Europe.

Shift in War Hawks

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Watch out for a shift in war hawks. Before the Iraq war, at least a dozen in the U.S. Administration and major media spread enough propaganda to silence the majority of Americans.

World Views of America

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Terms like justice, democracy, freedom and moral accountability are generalized with varied meanings for different people. They also mean something different for citizens of other countries who want to live in America.

The Social Cost of Israeli Aid

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Josh Reubner, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation says “Israel stands to lose approximately $250 million of its $3.1 billion military aid package from the United States under the terms of the sequestration.”

The Hives Are All Abuzz

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The drones have roused the hive; and Junior Republican Senator Rand Paul has the bees swarming. Excuse the analogy.

Future Thought

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A book that gave cause for thought in1970, Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, predicted some difficult tomorrows.

A Culture of Violence

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Discussions of guns and who owns them or lobbies for them arise every time there's a mass murder, like that of the children in Connecticut recently.

Harnessing The Imagination

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One of the most dismal futuristic images I've seen was recently painted by Chris Hedges in the opening of an article he entitled A Time for "Sublime Madness".

Paranoia Run Wild

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Thinking ahead is one thing. Pre-emptive thinking is paranoia run wild.

Who Are The Real Terrorist?

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The US Code defines terrorism as a crime that appears to be intended to (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping.

Deadly Drones

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Relatively little has appeared in the mainstream media about recent drone warfare. Following 9/11, the development and use of drones has been a major military goal for both the U.S. and the U.K.

Murdering The Truth

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Judging from the latest Israeli attacks on Gaza with its bombs and missiles, Palestinian journalists have been doing their best to get the news reported.

Stop Prologues To War

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The original Latin of the expression "if you want peace, prepare for war" comes from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus).

Beating of War Drums

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Some of the important news gets reported quickly and is then forgotten just as hurriedly.

Greatest Threat To Democracy

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I'm tired of the power brokers whose only concern is whether or not the storms of nature and the storms of mankind will affect their outsourced pocketbooks.

Who Is The Middle Class

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It's sad that Barak Obama had to be the first black to be elected president. Ever since he got into office, Obama has been leaning over backward to avoid being patronising, or looking like it, to African Americans.

America Invents Real-Life Matrix

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They were lawless, brutal, unforgiving and a model for the governments they both battled and served. A few notable figures perfected terrorism unlike any before or after.

Presidential Debate

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The coming U.S. elections have monopolized the attention of the American mainstream media and voters.

American Values

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When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.

Fodder for Extremist

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Four joint hosts of an MSNBC programme called Cycle decided to open a Pandora's Box and discuss some of America's problems in the Middle East.

The Assembly Line Culture

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My father managed a branch of a steel pipe making company in Pennsylvania. I was about ten or 11 the first time he took me on a tour of his company.

Rising From The Ashes

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If I ask what is the meaning of the word Phoenix, how would you respond?

The Meaning of Altruism

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When I was a college freshman, I became completely enamoured with Ayn Rand. As a literary heroin, she surpassed so many of my early heroes.