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New Rule: If America Can't Get it Together, We Lose the Bald Eagle

by Bill Maherfrom THE HUFFINGTON POST New Rule: If America can’t get its act together, it must lose the bald eagle as our symbol and replace it with the YouTube video of the puppy that can’t get up. As long as we’re pathetic, we might as well act like it’s cute. I don’t care about the [...]
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Cameron Todd Willingham: Texas Panel Reviews Rulling That Led to Execution

CORSICANA, Texas — More than five years after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas for the deaths of his three young daughters in a fire at the family’s home, a state panel will review a report concluding that the original determination of arson was faulty. Willingham was executed in February 2004 [...]
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Converts to Colonizers?

Gabriel Piterberg reviews Shlomo Sand’s When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?from the NEW LEFT REVIEWThe foundational myths of the state of Israel rest on the notion that, throughout history, the Jews have been descended from a single ethno-biological core of Judean exiles who had been removed from their ancestral lands in the first [...]
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Trial of the Century: Revisiting the Dreyfus Affair

by Adam Gopnikfrom THE NEW YORKER On a January day in Paris, in 1895, a ceremony was enacted in the courtyard of the École Militaire, on the Champ-de-Mars, that still shocks the mind and conscience to contemplate: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish artillery officer and family man, convicted of treason days earlier in a rushed court-martial, [...]
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The Torture Memos: The Case Against the Lawyers

by David Colefrom THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On Monday, August 24, as President Obama began his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, his administration released a previously classified 2004 report by the CIA’s inspector general that strongly criticized the techniques employed to interrogate “high-value” al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA’s secret prisons.[1] The report revealed that [...]
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Slavoj Žižek – Kosovo Interview

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Capitalism: A Love Story

Watch the trailer of Michael Moore’s new documentary: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhydyxRjujU&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0]
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What Matters

by Walter Benn Michaelsfrom the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKSIn the US, there is (or was) an organisation called Love Makes a Family. It was founded in 1999 to support the right of gay couples to adopt children and it played a central role in supporting civil unions. A few months ago, its director, Ann Stanback, [...]
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Lies

by Hendrik Hertzbergfrom THE NEW YORKER After the tea-partying, town-meeting-disrupting, pistol-packing mensis horribilis of August, more than a few commentators complained, as one of them put it, that “Obama should have seen it coming.” No one doubted that the current attempt to overhaul America’s uniquely wasteful and unjust system of health insurance and non-insurance would touch [...]
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Britain's New Supreme Court

by Joshua Rozenbergfrom THE TIMES A new constitution is being created in the United Kingdom. Yet few care to notice. One reason for the lack of concern is that the British constitution is largely unwritten – or, more accurately, uncodified. Another, as Vernon Bogdanor writes in The New British Constitution, is that recent reforms have been [...]
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Critical Care

by Robert B. Reichfrom THE NEW YORK TIMES This timely and insightful book puts Barack Obama’s current quest for universal health insurance in historical context and gives new meaning to the audacity of hope. Universal health care has bedeviled, eluded or defeated every president for the last 75 years. Franklin Roosevelt left it out of Social [...]
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The Complicit General

by Philippe Sands from THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS On April 24, 1863, President Lincoln signed his General Order No. 100, written by Columbia University professor Francis Lieber, to decree that “military necessity does not admit of cruelty.” The United States military formally respected that rule for nearly 140 years—until, on December 2, 2002, Secretary of [...]
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Thatcher, Gorbachev, Bush: read the secret Kremlin records

Remarkable cache of official transcripts of conversations which show the then Prime Minister’s hostility towards a united Germany Note by Anatoly Chernyaev on conclusions from the Conference for International Policy. March 10 1986: excerpt (…) Shouldn’t we actually thoroughly consider whether we could mount this whole ‘German-German question’ in such a way so it benefits the socialist community, socialism [...]
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The Nuclear Non-Protestation Treaty

Susan Watkinsfrom the NEW LEFT REVIEW The roar of crashing banks and stock markets has drowned the drumbeat for war on Iran of late; but behind the headlines of economic turmoil, a nuclear-weapons crisis persists. Obama has vowed that he will do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop the Iranian enrichment programme. The threat of military force [...]
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By Any Means Necessary

Editorialfrom THE NATION Senator Edward Kennedy was a fighting liberal, a lion to the very end–often among timid cubs. His final fight was for quality, affordable healthcare for all. As recently as July, Kennedy called it “the cause of my life” and argued eloquently that “quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type [...]
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The Palestinian Question

the couple Symptom / FetishIslamo-Fascism, Christo-Fascism, Zionismmieux vaut un désastre qu’un désêtre by Slavoj Žižek There are two different modes of ideological mystification which should in no way be confused: the liberal-democratic one and the Fascist one. The first one concerns false universality: the subject advocates freedom/equality, not being aware of implicit qualifications which, in their very [...]
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"What's the Matter With Kansas?"

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The Right to Health

by Noga Arikhafrom LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY
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Trial by Fire

Cameron Todd Willingham, Texas and the death penalty. from THE NEW YORKER, September 7 2009   The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, [...]
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The Man Who Changed the World

Militant Islam enjoyed its first modern triumph with the arrival in power of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979. In this series of three programmes, key figures tell the inside story. Former US president Jimmy Carter talks on television for the first time about the episode that, more than any other, led American voters to eject [...]
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