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“Why did they not stop the killings?”
Afghan villagers ask why a three-hour rampage was allowed to happen without any response from a U.S. base

by BETTE DAM, GLOBALPOST
Democracy Now on the imprisoned Yemeni journalist
by GLENN GREENWALD - must watch video
Obama’s personal role in a journalist’s imprisonment
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But his (Jeremy Scahill's) newest article – describing President Obama’s personal, direct role in ensuring the ongoing imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist  – may be his most important one yet; even for those inured to the abuses of the Obama administration, it’s nothing short of infuriating.
Intervention Blues: The Dangers of Sipping at Militarism's Cup
by Chris Floyd
The Drone Secrecy Farce
by Scott Horton
"Indeed, according to an understanding the United States has reached with Yemen, the latter's government will generally claim internally that U.S. drone strikes were carried out by Yemen's own air force."
Unintended irony from the NYT
by GLENN GREENWALD
Our immoral drone war
Media coverage of unmanned attacks -- and the resulting civilian deaths -- miss mounting anger within Pakistan

by UMAR FAROOQ
"If America’s own citizens are not safe from drones, why do we expect Pakistanis to calmly sit and watch the missiles rain down on their kind?"
American Morlocks: Monsters of a murderous Afghan policy
The latest killing of civilians by an American soldier isn't an outlier -- it's a reflection of our war policies

by NIMA SHIRAZI
The Real 2012 Race: President Obama Vs. Candidate Obama
by Arianna Huffington
Dennis Kucinich and “wackiness”
by GLENN GREENWALD
The new oil reality
Get used to $4 a gallon. The cost of extracting and refining petroleum is higher than ever -- and that won't change

by MICHAEL KLARE
The Human Cost of Animal Suffering
by MARK BITTMAN
"But if we also want a not-too-damaged psyche, we have to look at how we treat animals and begin to change it."
Washington’s high-powered Terrorist supporters
by GLENN GREENWALD
"That a large bipartisan cast of Washington officials got caught being paid substantial sums of money by an Iranian dissident group that is legally designated by the U.S. Government as a Terrorist organization, and then meeting with and advocating on behalf of that Terrorist group, is very significant for several reasons."
When “crazy” is rational
No, Mitt Romney’s likely coronation as the GOP nominee doesn’t mean the party’s voters have matured since 2010

by STEVE KORNACKI
The Power to Kill
NYT editorial
"President Obama, who came to office promising transparency and adherence to the rule of law, has become the first president to claim the legal authority to order an American citizen killed without judicial involvement, real oversight or public accountability."
Was Trayvon Martin's Killing A Federal Hate Crime?
by CARRIE JOHNSON
Why Obama Hasn't Won The Battle Over Messaging About Health Care Law
by JULIE ROVNER
The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
by James Bamford
NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake: The US Is Becoming more and more a Security State like E. Germany
Podcast submitted by Rob Kall
No justification for war or sanctions on Iran
by Gulamhusein Abba
You should care that the Kochs are seizing Cato
A libertarian think tank that does good work could become another well-funded arm of the Republican Party

by Alex Pareene
The cost of America’s police state
Hundreds of billions have been spent to militarize our nation against a terrorism threat that barely exists

by Stephan Salisbury
Drill Baby Drill, Redux
NYT editorial
"Hardly a day goes by that a Republican politician does not throw facts to the wind and claim that rising costs at the pump are the result of President Obama’s decisions to block the Keystone XL pipeline and impose sensible environmental regulations and modest restrictions on offshore drilling."
Rush’s big enabler: The army
A government-funded radio station beams Limbaugh to service members around the globe

by Salon Staff
Greed isn’t good for the government
Mitt Romney wants to run America like a business. That's a disastrous idea

by David Sirota
Should Rush Limbaugh Be On the Armed Forces Network?
by Heather Michon
Obama, Iran and preventive war
by GLENN GREENWALD
Iran, threats and the UN Charter
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Regardless of how one wants to rationalize these threats of an offensive military attack — they’re necessary to persuade the Israelis not to attack, they’re necessary to gain leverage with Iran, etc. — the U.N. Charter, to which the U.S. is a signatory, explicitly prohibits not just a military attack on another nation, but also the issuance of threats of such an attack. From Chapter II, paragraph 4..."
Mandatory Ultrasound Laws Violate Women's Rights and Bodies
by Terry O'Neil
UN top torture official denounces Bradley Manning’s detention
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Yesterday, the U.N. official overseeing the investigation pronounced that “Bradley Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation“ to which he was subjected at Quantico."
Has Political Discourse Hit Rock Bottom?
by ANDREW ROSENTHAL
"There’s lots of evidence that the national conversation is near the ocean floor, especially regarding what pollsters call 'women’s issues.'”
Washington’s new antiwar movement
Two "realist" scholars lead the resistance to the Israeli campaign to drag the U.S. into another Mideast conflict

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
Ayn Rand Worshippers Should Face Facts: Blue States Are the Providers, Red States Are the Parasites
by Sara Robinson
NSA whistle-blower: Obama “worse than Bush”
Thomas Drake on life inside the National Security Agency and the price of truth telling

by MATTHEW HARWOOD
February Jobs Report: First Impressions
by Jared Bernstein
"We're not adding jobs at breakneck speed, for sure, and we're still repairing the damage done by the great recession to the living standards of millions. But this month's report makes another addition to a solid and improving trend in what has been the most important missing piece in the economic recovery so far: conditions in the job market."
Obama’s AIPAC trifecta
He schooled Netanyahu, made the GOP warmongers look like idiots, and weakened the Israel lobby

by GARY KAMIYA
So, Eric Holder, we should just trust that the president won't assassinate us?
That, in effect, is the pledge the Obama administration's attorney general says has replaced our constitutional protections

bu Jonathan Turley
NPR and NYT on Americans v. Afghans
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Obama has suffered, as near as I can tell, literally zero embarrassment from this episode. The al Majala attack got a small bit of media attention when it happened and has been completely forgotten since [in the U.S., that is; it caused intense rage in Yemen and is still very well-remembered there].
Frank Rich on the National Circus: Overestimating Mitt
by Frank Rich
Blame the GOP for $4 gas
An under-regulated Wall Street -- not the president's energy policy -- is what's driving prices up

by ROBERT REICH
Attorney General Holder defends execution without charges
by GLENN GREENWALD
"When Obama officials (like Bush officials before them) refer to someone “who is a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda or associated forces,” what they mean is this: someone the President has accused and then decreed in secret to be a Terrorist without ever proving it with evidence."
Surveillance, Security and Civil Liberties
NYT editorial
"In particular, the A.P. reports revealed widespread police spying and the creation of police records containing information on Muslim people, mosques and campus groups, as well as luncheonettes, dollar stores and other legitimate businesses owned and frequented by Muslims, with no apparent reason to think anything wrong was going on."
Corporate Abuse Abroad, a Path to Justice Here
by LINCOLN CAPLAN
Back to First Principles on Religious Freedom
by DOROTHY SAMUELS
Interview with Sen. Russ Feingold
by GLENN GREENWALD
Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth
by DAVID CARR
"The Obama administration, which promised during its transition to power that it would enhance 'whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers,' has been more prone than any administration in history in trying to silence and prosecute federal workers.
Cash and Carry
by THOMAS B. EDSALL
"If enacted, the tax proposals Mitt Romney outlined last week to the Detroit Economic Club would provide multimillion-dollar benefits to a newly powerful constituency: the rich men and women who are bankrolling 'super PACs.'”
Twitter Is All in Good Fun, Until It Isn’t
by DAVID CARR
Abject bigotry at the New York Post
by GLENN GREENWALD
"According to The New York Post, to be Muslim — as between 5-7 million people in America are — is to be a hook-nosed, Osama-worshipping, suicide-bomb-wearing Terrorist."
Iran’s newfound nationalism
With their country threatened, many are embracing patriotism -- even if they don't approve of the regime

by JASON REZAIAN
Khader Adnan and now-normalized Western justice
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Mr Adnan’s story is emblematic of the administrative detention experience of many Palestinians.
The Ungodly Godly
In the batter's circle: Nehemiah Scudder

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"A Modest Proposal:" Bring Back the Inquisition!
by Bernard Weiner

"American society is in such corrupted, chaotic shape that the only way out is to transform into a theocracy and re-institute the Inquisition."
Romney's Auto Bail-out Billionaires
Top funders made billions from US Treasury

by Greg Palast
Fever Dream: The No-Eyed Nightmare of Terror War
by Chris Floyd
Hypnotized into an endless dirty war
America has decided it has the right to kill whoever it wants, whenever it wants.

by GARY KAMIYA
"If in the year 2000 the U.S. president had told the American people that the government would soon begin using robot planes to track people, including U.S. citizens, all over the world, and would reserve to itself the right to kill them without trial, it is safe to say there would have been an enormous uproar."
Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Threatening journalists and bloggers with baseless lawsuits and trying to suppress free debate is a recognized menace."
War on Terror logic and the Saudis
by GLENN GREENWALD
"I’m unable to write much today, but I did want briefly to note one of the towering, central contradictions in War on Terror logic: namely, that the only foreign government which likely had any connection to 9/11 is the one which is the least likely to be attacked by the U.S."
Will Wall Street Ever Face Justice?
by PHIL ANGELIDES
"Four years after the disintegration of the financial system, Americans have, rightfully, a gnawing feeling that justice has not been served."
The Speaker and the Rainmaker
NYT eidtorial
"On Saturday, Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to gather in Florida with rich Republican donors, shoulder to shoulder with Representative Vern Buchanan, who is leading the fund-raising of House Republican candidates nationwide."
The poison Mitt has to swallow
A “misunderstanding” in Ohio underscores how far to the right the primary process is pulling the front-runner

by STEVE KORNACKI
Gen. McCaffrey privately briefs NBC execs on war with Iran
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Through seven years of war an exclusive club has quietly flourished at the intersection of network news and wartime commerce."
Why women’s rights are under siege
By pandering to the religious, Democrats and women's groups have lost ground to the theocrats

by SARAH POSNER
Can the NYPD (legally) spy on mosques?
A civil liberties expert explains how the city's Muslim surveillance program may have broken local and federal laws

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
The NYPD spying controversy: a microcosm for the 9/11 era
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The NYPD spying program exposed by Associated Press may be the most flagrant instance in the War on Terror where 'being Muslim' is overtly equated by a government agency to being a Terror threat."
Inequality, Poverty, and Why We're Definitely Not Broke
by Jared Bernstein
"But in the real world, average income grew 20%, fell 6% at the low end, and was up 60% for the top 1%."
When not melting down is winning
Romney averts catastrophe in his native state, but another crisis could be just a week away

by STEVE KORNACKI
The causes of the protests in Afghanistan
by GLENN GREENWALD
From Washington this looks like Syria's 'Benghazi moment'. But not from here
Look east and what does Bashar see? Iran standing with him and Iraq refusing to impose sanctions

by ROBERT FISK
Why I'm Feeling So Hard-Nosed Over the Contraception Affair
by Kevin Drum
The Big Money Behind State Laws
NYT editorial
"ALEC has written model legislation on a host of subjects dear to corporate and conservative interests, and supporting lawmakers have introduced these bills in dozens of states."
GOP Construction of a Fictional "Obama" Has Taken a Turn to the Absurd
by Mitchell Bard
Ginning Up "War" on the Catholic Church
by Robert Parry
Israel, MEK and state sponsor of Terror groups
by GLENN GREENWALD
"One of the most under-reported political stories of the last year is the devoted advocacy of numerous prominent American political figures on behalf of an Iranian group long formally designated as a Terrorist organization under U.S. law."
The ugly delusions of the educated conservative
Better-educated Republicans are more likely to doubt global warming and believe Obama's a Muslim. Here's why

by CHRIS MOONEY
The Pentagon’s amnesia-inducing propaganda
The military's first feature-length film wants to make Americans forget about our imperialist misadventures

by DAVID SIROTA
NYPD spying program aimed at Muslims
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The hallmark of a Surveillance State is that police agencies secretly monitor and keep dossiers on not only those individuals suspected of lawbreaking, but on the society generally, including those individuals about whom there is no suspicion of wrongdoing."
Those weak losers who care about “law”
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Thus: maybe a President has to take that old, antiquated, pre-9/11 oath to 'preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,' but that doesn’t mean you actually have to believe it. What kind of loser checks with his lawyers and cares about 'law'?
The latest lies in the war on choice
The GOP debate made clear that the goal of the new culture war is preventing women from controlling their own lives

by IRIN CARMON
"Why did the audience groan when John King asked in last night’s CNN debate whether the Republican candidates believe in contraception?"
Why Romney Is Collapsing
His economic arguments are failing, and he has nothing else. 

by Eliot Spitzer
Acts of Love
by Chris Hedges
"We are tempted, indeed in a consumer culture encouraged, to reduce life to a simple search for happiness. Happiness, however, withers if there is no meaning."
Desperate Fantasy: Can Jeb Bush Save The GOP?
 by Joe Conason
Mad, Passionate Love -- and Violence
Occupy Heads into the Spring

by Rebecca Solnit
The men who own the GOP
Shadowy billionaires like Freiss and Adelson are spending record amounts of money on the election

by ROBERT REICH
"Have you heard of William Dore, Foster Friess, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Peter Thiel or Bruce Kovner? If not, let me introduce them to you. They’re running for the Republican nomination for president."
Justice Kagan sides with the Right on Miranda
by GLENN GREENWALD
Uncle Sam Is No Imam
by SAMUEL J. RASCOFF
"The problem is that when American officials intervene in Islamic teachings — interpreting them to believers in a national-security context and saying which are or are not acceptable — they create tensions, both legal and strategic."
Why China’s Political Model Is Superior
by ERIC X. LI
"America and China view their political systems in fundamentally different ways: whereas America sees democratic government as an end in itself, China sees its current form of government, or any political system for that matter, merely as a means to achieving larger national ends."
Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross belong in a fear-mongering museum
by GLENN GREENWALD
In the Constitution, "Security" Means Protection From Our Law Enforcers, Not By Them
by Jim Hightower
"The founders (made of much stronger stuff than today's political harpies) believed that genuine security for a democratic people comes from strengthening their right and ability to resist the autocratic impulses of the authorities."
New Weasel Word on Iran Nukes
by Robert Parry
"The key weasel word now is 'capability,' which is a very elastic concept since any work on nuclear research for peaceful purposes, such as low-level enrichment of uranium, could theoretically be used toward a weapons 'capability.'"
America’s apocalyptic imperial strategy
In Iran, China and elsewhere, U.S. attempts to cling to power threaten to destabilize the globe

by NOAM CHOMSKY
Catholic hypocrisy at its worst
Bishops condone much more direct contradictions of church dogma. The birth control uproar is a cynical power play

by GENE LYONS
Obama to unions: See you later
His labor allies are undermined as the president signs a law that will discourage workers from organizing

by JOSH EIDELSON
"On Tuesday President Obama signed a bill that will make it harder for workers to form a union."
Israelis prepare for war with Iran
Even ex-Mossad chief who opposes an attack on Iran seems to have given up

by LARRY DERFNER
The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Read
by Michael Hastings
This War Is Not Over Yet
by MARY L. DUDZIAK
"Indeed, the 'ending' of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq appears to have no consequences for the ending of detention."
U.S. v. Pakistan on transparency and accountability
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Virtually without exception, the American judiciary has refused to allow any victims of America’s War on Terror abuses — whether foreign national or American citizen — to even have their claims heard in court."
Pursuit of the Whistle-Blowers
NYT Editorial
"A federal lawsuit filed against the Food and Drug Administration raises disturbing questions about whether the agency retaliated against whistle-blowers for trying to warn Congress that medical devices were being pushed toward approval despite safety concerns."
Britain Shouldn’t Aid a Lawless America
by ERIC L. LEWIS
"THE British government will be held in contempt of court later this week if it does not physically produce a prisoner of war whom its special forces captured in 2004 and then handed over to American soldiers."
U.S. media takes the lead on Iran
by GLENN GREENWALD
Will AIPAC and Bibi get their war?
by MJ ROSENBERG
"It is clear that the Israeli government and its neoconservative camp followers here in the United States are increasing pressure on President Obama to either attack Iran or let Israel do it (in which case we would be forced to join in)."
Truth, lies and Afghanistan
How military leaders have let us down

by LT. COL. DANIEL L. DAVIS
"What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground...Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level."
The growing Iranian military behemoth
by GLENN GREENWALD
"And there is, tragically, little doubt that if there is an attack on Iran by Israel — with direct U.S. involvement or, more likely, U.S. support and approval — there will be little opposition in either American political party, and even less challenge to the ludicrous claims about the Grave Iranian Threat that will be invoked to justify it."
Inside the new hate
Right-wing rhetoric seems to have reached new heights of xenophobia. But is that true? An expert explains

by KATIE RYDER
Iran is the root of all evil
by GLENN GREENWALD
How the Internet changed Komen’s mind
The torrent of reactions to the cancer group's Planned Parenthood defunding proves the power of social media

by MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
Iran: A Manufactured Threat
America plans false flag pretense to attack Iran. 

by Stephen Lendman
"Iran attacked no other country in over 200 years. It threatens none now. It's neighbors know it. So do Washington and Israel."
When a candidate bets against the economy
“He made things worse!” is a much easier sell than “They could be better!”

by STEVE KORNACKI
Chaos
It's the end of the world as we know it...

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The Billionaires' Brokered GOP Convention
by Greg Palast
Watching the WAIS line
Antarctica unimpressed with GOP declarations that global warming is a myth

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Is China our future?
If we don't want six-day workweeks at rock-bottom pay, we need to rethink how America's free market functions

by DAVID SIROTA
The 196 people who will choose our next president
Billionaires like Adelson and Freiss are behind the vast majority of super PAC dollars. The rest of us don't count

by ARI BERMAN
Freedom of religion is freedom from religion
Obama's contraception compromise is a rare practical solution to America's perennial church-state tensions

by BILL MOYERS
What are Republicans thinking?
The continuing obsession with limiting contraceptive access shows how out of touch GOP politicians are

by IRIN CARMON
Mitt’s ticking Maine time bomb?
One tiny Down East county could cause some serious trouble this weekend

by STEVE KORNACKI
Can the 1 percent accept “enough”?
The rich can't stop trying to justify exorbitant salaries for everyone from Wall Street bankers to college coaches

by DAVID SIROTA
Queen of Angels' Condoms
by Greg Palast
"The Queen of Angels hospital, church-owned though it may be, has no right to tell its Jewish doctors and employees to wear crucifixes. Nor should the Church's managers be allowed to tell their employees that the health care they receive by law should be dictated by the religious views of their employer."
How to be outraged in America
by Mark Morford
The neocons’ big Iran lie
The right-wing hawks who thought Iraq would be a cakewalk think it'd be easy to attack Iran. Real soldiers say no.

by MATT DUSS
The Sad Spectacle of Obama's Super PAC
by Robert Reich
Elections Are for Suckers
by Robert Scheer
"Our own elections, the ones our government has modeled for the world, are a hoax. What other word should we use to describe this year's presidential election, whose outcome will turn on which party's super PACs gets the most generous bribes from billionaires?"
Obama’s unprecedented war on whistleblowers
From Manning to Kiriakou, critics are aggressively targeted as the White House turns a blind eye to abuses

by PETER VAN BUREN
When Mitt was scared of a fight
His newest attack on Rick Santorum serves as an unwitting reminder of his own political cowardice

by STEVE KORNACKI
Repulsive progressive hypocrisy
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The sharpest edges of President Obama’s counterterrorism policy, including the use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists abroad and keeping open the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have broad public support, including from the left wing of the Democratic Party."
Israel’s real target: Obama
Prime Minister Netanyahu's threats have more to do with challenging Washington than with actually attacking Iran

by GENE LYONS
Guantanamo’s deepening failure
The secretive military system for prosecuting accused terrorists is a travesty, says the man who once ran it

by MORRIS DAVIS
"Six years later it appears all it takes to transform fatally flawed into fundamentally fine for Barack Obama is to tack a new word onto an old title to give it a euphemistic revival: now we have 'reformed military commissions.'”
Climate change denial’s new offensive
Global warming is wreaking devastation, but Big Oil won't give up profits without a planet-destroying fight

by BILL MCKIBBEN
U.S. drones targeting rescuers and mourners
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of  civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, an investigation by the Bureau for the Sunday Times has revealed."
The Cancer in Occupy
by Chris Hedges
"The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement."
US Iran Policy in 'Lockstep' with Israel?: President Obama Risks Becoming a Major-League War Criminal
by Dave Lindorff
The progressive vision America needs
Only a strong alternative to free-market ideology can solve our economic and political woes

by K. SABEEL RAHMAN
"For too long progressives have been content to work within an economic discourse largely set by conservative principles, hostile to state action while idolizing free markets and corporate power."
Top official: drone critics are Al Qaeda enablers
by GLENN GREENWALD
Conservatives vs. Liberals: More Than Politics
by Thomas B. Edsall
"The contest for power between Democrats and Republicans pits two antithetical value systems against each other; two conflicting concepts of freedom, liberty, fairness, right, and wrong; two mutually exclusive notions of the state, the individual, and the collective good."
Romney's Dukakis Moment?
by Jayne Lyn Stahl
"As a young man back in the 1960's, Romney followed the family tradition of avoiding the military by serving as a Mormon missionary in France at the onset of the war in Vietnam."
The Citizens United catastrophe
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"We have seen the world created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and it doesn’t work."
Seeming Madness: The Suffocating Unreality that Kills
by ARTHUR SILBER

What the Occupy movement must learn from Sundance
by Naomi Wolf
"One thing that emerges from watching these documentaries, in aggregate, is that this narrative is global."

How Obama became vulnerable on Iran
By downplaying his diplomacy, he undermines a peaceful solution and encourages the false charge of weakness

by TRITA PARSI
ACLU sues Obama administration over assassination secrecy
The President boasts in public about his executions, then hides behind secrecy claims to shield it from the law

by Glenn Greenwald
Komen for the Cure sells out women, again
The pink-ribbon charity, with a Sarah Palin ally as senior policy director, turns its back on Planned Parenthood

by Mary Elizabeth Williams
Wind power: Renewable resource, or another corporate scam?
A fascinating new film about one small-town political fight takes on the pseudo-green wind industry

by Andrew O'Hehir
The GOP’s “entitlement society” myth
Newt and Mitt blame our economic woes on the use of food stamps and unemployment insurance. They have it backwards

by Robert Reich
No Justice for Haditha Massacre
by Marjorie Cohn
Leon Panetta’s explicitly authoritarian decree
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The very same faction that pretended for years to be so distraught by Bush’s mere eavesdropping on and detention of accused Terrorists without due process is now perfectly content to have their own President kill accused Terrorists without due process, even when those targeted are their fellow citizens..."
Obama’s breach of faith over contraceptive ruling
by E .J. Dionne Jr.
"That is why it is so remarkable that he utterly botched the admittedly difficult question of how contraceptive services should be treated under the new health care law."
Obama Defends Drone Strikes
by Dave Lefcourt
"There are so many absurdities in the president's "defense" of his use of drones it's hard to know where to begin."
If the Iranian powder keg explodes
Closing the Straight of Hormuz could ignite a war and a global depression. Oil's only one part of the picture

by MICHAEL KLARE
Martin Bashir Exposes The Great Republican Hoax
by Karoli
The human rights “success” in Libya
by GLENN GREENWALD
Selling the "Supply-Side" Myth
by Robert Parry
"Despite Newt Gingrich’s claim that 'supply-side' economic theories have “worked,” the truth is that America’s three-decade experiment with low tax rates on the rich, lax regulation of corporations and 'free trade' has been a catastrophic failure, creating massive federal debt, devastating the middle class and off-shoring millions of American jobs."
The downside of unbridled support for Israel
'Israel-firsters' are not those who put Israel first, but rather those who put an Israeli right-wing agenda first, even at the expense of American interests.

by Mairav Zonszein
"'Pro-Israel'" has become political currency in the presidential race, despite bearing divergent connotations."
The Right’s handbook on American-Jewish loyalty
Jerusalem Post’s deputy editor wants Jews to put Israel before the interests of their own country, while Daily Beast’s Eli Lake demands that Israelis stay out of the debate on Israel

by Noam Sheizaf
The predictable aftermath of the anti-CAP smear
by GLENN GREENWALD
"In other words, the smear campaign — to intimidate CAP out of allowing their writers to express prohibited thoughts about Israel — worked perfectly."
The Grave Threat of “Homegrown Terrorism”
by GLENN GREENWALD
"A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group."
Obama’s winning hand on religion
Policies based on science and reason are the best way to protect free exercise of religious belief

by SARAH POSNER
Why Obama's 'targeted killing' is worse than Bush's torture
Both are legally prohibited but speciously justified by the White House. The difference? Obama's policy kills innocent bystanders

by Mary Ellen O'Connell
The hard truth about Citizens United
On the second anniversary of a terrible decision, every proposed solution has a downside.

by STEVEN ROSENFELD
"These two approaches expose an emerging split among progressives with deeper problems that go beyond the steep if not improbable political climb required to adopt any constitutional amendment: passage by two-thirds of Congress followed by ratification by three-quarters of state legislatures."
Rise of the Super-Earths
Astronomers have discovered a giant new kind of planet that could hold life -- and they could change everything

by DIMITAR SASSELOV
Do Drones Undermine Democracy?
by PETER W. SINGER
"In America, our Constitution explicitly divided the president’s role as commander in chief in war from Congress’s role in declaring war. Yet these links and this division of labor are now under siege as a result of a technology that our founding fathers never could have imagined."
Getting Rid of "Anti-Israel" Presidents
by Robert Parry
"The Israeli press is debating the significance of an article by the publisher of a Jewish magazine in Atlanta, Georgia, urging Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to consider sending Mossad hit men to assassinate President Barack Obama."
Two lessons from the Megaupload seizure
by GLENN GREENWALD
Entertainment 2011
It wasn't all bad

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
When a party flirts with suicide
The last time GOP elites lost control of their nominating process, they got Barry Goldwater – and an epic landslide

by STEVE KORNACKI
Does it matter Newt cheated?
When all morality collapses into sexual morality, it's the voters who get screwed

by LINDA HIRSHMAN
Creeping authoritarianism on Capitol Hill
What we can learn from one congressman's convoluted defense of the NDAA

by JOHN KNEFEL
Obama's Drift Toward War With Iran
by David Bromwich
The Odd Couple: Romney Vs. Gingrich
How the GOP race became a showdown between a walking OCD diagnosis and a flatulent serial adulterer

by MATT TAIBBI
Chastened liberal hawk fears clash with Iran
Dealing with a nuclear state is preferable to another Middle East war, says Kenneth Pollack

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
The snake oil of “Who lost Iraq?”
Conservatives fume over Obama's popular pullout from a foolish war -- but don't understand what really happened

by MATT DUSS
Pity The Billionaire-- Excerpt from the book
by Thomas Frank
27 of 35 Bush Articles of Impeachment Apply to Obama
by David Swanson
The Assange Case Means That We Are All Suspects Now
by John Pilger
"This week's Supreme Court hearing in the Julian Assange case has profound meaning for the preservation of basic freedoms in western democracies."
Sanctions v. negotiations on Iran
by GLENN GREENWALD
Air America: Under the Eye of the Imperial Panopticon
by Chris Floyd
Divining the Truth about Iran
by Ray McGovern
"However, if you read the articles very closely you may see references to Iran supposedly working toward the 'capacity to build' nuclear weapons, not that Iran is actually working on building a nuclear bomb."
Is Citizens United just misunderstood?
Two years after the Supreme Court decision, a lawyer who argued the case says it has been unfairly smeared

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Drowning In Hypocrisy
by Paul Craig Roberts
"But it is in the War Crimes Arena where Washington shows the greatest hypocrisy. The self-righteous bigots in Washington are forever rounding up heads of weak states whose countries were afflicted by civil wars and sending them off to be tried as war criminals. All the while Washington indiscriminately kills large numbers of civilians in six or more countries, dismissing its own war crimes as 'collateral damage.' Washington violates its own law and international law by torturing people."
Deconstructing a Demagogue
by TIMOTHY EGAN
"Gingrich, as he showed in a gasping effort in Thursday night’s debate in Florida, is a demagogue distilled, like a French sauce, to the purest essence of the word’s meaning."
The self-destruction of Newt Gingrich
He broke his own cardinal rule of debating on Thursday night – and will now pay in humiliation

by STEVE KORNACKI
Space: The next war zone?
By rejecting an international agreement to demilitarize space, the White House doubles down on American imperialism

by DAVID SIROTA
Obama’s 99 percent speech
There was plenty of mush in his State of the Union, but also an unmistakably combative and populist tone

by STEVE KORNACKI
SOTU 2012: An Analysis of President Obama's Speech
by William Galston
Western justice and transparency
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The CIA seems to have dictated to our democratically elected President that he can’t provide the kind of transparency necessary to remain a democracy. We can kill you–they appear to be planning to say–and we’ll never have to prove that doing so was just. You’ll just have to trust us!"
Thank You for Standing Up
by Chris Hedges
"Our electoral system, already hostage to corporate money and corporate lobbyists, gasped its last two years ago. It died on Jan. 21, 2010, when the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission granted to corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts on independent political campaigns."
How conservatives lie about government
From Social Security hysteria to "Obamacare" madness, right-wing propaganda is increasingly divorced from reality

by MICHAEL LIND
"One benefit of the prolonged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been the revelation that most of the 20 or 30 percent of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives live in a fantasy world."
Rules of American justice: a tale of three cases
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So warped but clear are these Rules of American Justice that they produced darkly sardonic applications yesterday. Mazahir Hussein said: 'Bradley Manning should’ve really considered committing some war crimes instead of exposing them.'"
Newspapers, “truth vigilantes” no more
The NYT's fact-checking question was absurd, but the real problem is that the press has lost its credibility

by GENE LYONS
Progressives, Obamabots and a Realistic Evaluation of the President
by Bob Cesca
Keystone symbolises what is wrong with US policy
by John Kemp
The Myth of "Isolated" Iran
Following the Money in the Iran Crisis

by Pepe Escobar
The Truth About SOPA: How the Corporate Lobby's Argument Doesn't Add Up
by Joe Sestak
"Instead of punishing American tech companies, which create jobs and are the source of much of our innovation, let's go directly after the pirated content overseas."
The Romney Tax Loophole
by Robert Reich
"It's not how much Romney earns. Everyone knows he's comfortably in the top one-tenth of one percent. It's how much he pays of it in taxes. Romney says he pays a tax rate of 'about 15 percent.'"
Chris Dodd’s paid SOPA crusading
by GLENN GREENWALD
Should the government search your brain?
The state may soon be able to force you to reveal your password. That's a huge threat to the Fifth Amendment

by DAVID SIROTA
Mitt’s ticking tax bomb
He all but admits that he pays a lower effective rate than Americans who earn a fraction of his income

by STEVE KORNACKI
Tiny group of super-rich donors dominate primary
Super PACs now spending more money than the official campaigns, and it's raised from millionaires and billionaires

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Why I'm Suing Barack Obama
by Chris Hedges
Is Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Terrorism?
by Kevin Jon Heller
"Again, it is not yet clear that the Mossad are responsible for killing the Iranian nuclear scientists.  If they are, though, the fact that they used explosive devices in public places means that the attacks qualify as terrorism under the Terrorist Bombing Convention."
Israel as the Apartheid State
by Willy Scanlon
"The rule of Apartheid not only destroys any proposed future peace agreement but it also promulgates hatred and tensions in both the separated Palestinian and Jewish communities inside Israeli and the occupied Palestinian territories."
10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the land of the free
by Jonathan Turley
"The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company."
Who are the victims of civil liberties assaults and Endless War?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Overwhelmingly, the victims are racial, ethnic and religious minorities: specifically, Muslims (both American Muslims and foreign nationals)."
A win for progressives on Israel
Hardline activists sought to unseat Rep. Donna Edwards over her Mideast views, but failed to raise enough money

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"American activists who are more aligned with the hardline positions of the American Israel Public Affairs Council than with J Street have long opposed Edwards and sought to unseat her."
Turning America into Pottersville
by Robert Parry
Ron Paul's False Founding Narrative
by Robert Parry
"The broad powers that the Constitution granted Congress were designed to let this central government address national problems that existed then as well as others that would arise in the future."
Overconsumption won’t save America
To avoid another crisis, we need an economy based on thrift and sustainability not loans and credit card debt

bt DAVID SIROTA
Are They Serious?
Laughter at the GOP trails off to stunned silence

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"Ever since George W. Bush, the GOP is convinced that it doesn't matter how stupid, crazy or ignorant their office-seekers are."
Rethinking the Taliban
Don't confuse them with al-Qaida. It's time to start negotiating our way out of Afghanistan

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
Guantanamo’s system of injustice
The first trial of an accused terrorist exposes the flaws of "reformed" military commissions

by LAURA PITTER
Zbig: Israelis “bought influence” and outmaneuvered Obama
The president "should have stuck to his guns" on Mideast peace, says Zbigniew Brzezinski, former NSC advisor

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
The “anti-Semitism” smear campaign against CAP and Media Matters rolls on
by GLENN GREENWALD
Iran and the Terrorism game
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Part of the problem here is the pretense that Terrorism has some sort of fixed, definitive meaning. It does not."
White House and State Department in No Position to Issue Credible Spying Denials
by Dave Lindorff
Gitmo: 10 years of injustice and disgrace
by Vince Warren
Americans May Not Like Capitalism As Much As Conservatives Think
by Kevin Drum
Iran: The Neocons Are At It Again
by Ralph Nader
The new WH Chief of Staff and Citigroup
by GLENN GREENWALD
Pollitt’s Perplexity about Pundits on Ron Paul
by Falguni Sheth
More murder of Iranian scientists: still Terrorism?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But if you’re going to claim that terrorism is a barbaric tactic that has to be stamped out, you can hardly endorse its use by the United States just because it’s convenient in this particular case."
The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised
by Chris Hedges
How a Little Bit of Good Economic News Can Be Bad for the President
by Robert Reich
"Voters pay more attention to the direction the economy is moving than to how bad or good it is."
Obama’s Republican plan for the Pentagon
Like Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan, the president prunes the military just a little

by LAWRENCE KORB
My Guantánamo Nightmare
by LAKHDAR BOUMEDIENE
"On Wednesday, America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay will have been open for 10 years. For seven of them, I was held there without explanation or charge."
Why do we ignore the civilians killed in American wars?
by John Tirman
"However, when it comes to our wars overseas, concern for the victims is limited to U.S. troops."
The evil of indefinite detention and those wanting to de-prioritize it
by GLENN GREENWALD
Obama’s not-so “dangerous” Pentagon cuts
Republicans pounced on Obama's proposed military cuts as endangering America, but, historically, the plan is modest

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
So what if America is the most religious nation?
if you compare creed and deed, the claim is hollow

by BERNARD STARR
"In one area, the United States is indisputably No. 1. The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world."
Newt’s Shop of Horrors
by TIMOTHY EGAN
"And yet, of course, what killed Gingrich was in part his own creation, and not just because he himself is a millionaire consultant paid to destroy or inflate on demand. The Frankenstein’s monster emerged from his own shop of horrors."
Canaries in the Data Mines
Civil libertarians raise alarm over America’s national surveillance network.

by NAN LEVINSON
Think Again: Conservatives Prefer Reagan Fantasies to Reality (And So Did Reagan)
by Eric Alterman
Democratic Party priorities
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The mission here is to enforce partisan loyalty: criticize all you want, but stay loyally in the fold."
GOP nightmare: Obama fixes the economy
After a handful of recess appointments, fears of a "January surprise" surface in conservative circles

by ANDREW LEONARD
Justice for the 99%: A new political party for the rest of us
by Nikki Alexander
"A new political party that serves the public interest is now in the process of qualifying for ballot access in time for the 2012 election ~ the Justice Party."
Meet Foster Friess, Billionaire who Bought Iowa for Santorum
by Daily Kos
Words we don’t want to lose
From "public schools" to "potable water," these 10 terms that could soon leave our vernacular

by DAVID SIROTA
Michael Hastings on war journalists
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Coming Accidental War with Iran
by Lyric Hughes Hale
How to argue with right-wing relatives
Responding to common conservative talking points without losing your mind

by ALEX PAREENE
The Bigots and Billionaires in Ron Paul’s Orbit
by Joe Conason
The GOP History of Hostage-Taking
by Robert Parry
"Knowing that the Democrats are hesitant to take those hits, Republicans have held the U.S. economy hostage to extract concessions from President Barack Obama on GOP priorities."
All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!
by Coleen Rowley
The intellectual cowardice of Bradley Manning’s critics
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Ever since Manning was accused of being the source for the WikiLeaks disclosures, those condemning these leaks have sought to distinguish them from Ellsberg’s leak of the Pentagon Papers."
2012
A Fraughtful Year

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Arms Dealer Obama Will Win by Default
by Robert Scheer
"Barack Obama will be re-elected not as a vindication of his policies but because the Republicans are incapable of providing a reasonable challenge to his flawed performance."
Armed With Naïvete
Time to Stop Being Cynical About Corporate Money in Politics and Start Being Angry

by Bill McKibben
Obama (finally) plays recess hardball
The president ignores GOP obstructionism and appoints Richard Cordray as chief consumer finance watchdog

by ANDREW LEONARD
Obama Fails On Minimum Wage Pledge
by Dave Jamieson
Final Curtain: Obama Signs Indefinite Detention of Citizens Into Law As Final Act of 2011
by Jonathan Turley
"With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country . . . and citizens partied only blissfully into the New Year."
Preparing to Attack Iran with Nuclear Weapons: "No Option can be taken off the Table."
by Michel Chossudovsky
"When a US sponsored nuclear war becomes an 'instrument of peace', condoned and accepted by the World's institutions and the highest authority, including the United Nations, there is no turning back: human society has indelibly been precipitated headlong onto the path of self-destruction."
How can the expectation levels of this two party duopoly sink any lower?
by Ralph Nader
Iraq: The Legacy of Deception and Its Costs
By Susan Lindauer
Blood in my Eyes for You: The Deep Progressive Love for the Laureate's "Industrial Killing Machine"
by Chris Floyd
Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins
by Matt Taibbi
"It takes an awful lot to rob the presidential race of this elemental appeal. But this year’s race has lost that buzz."
It’s time to admit defeat
If we want to avoid repeating our mistakes, we need to stop whitewashing the disasters in Iraq and Afghanistan

by TOM ENGELHARDT
Progressives and the Ron Paul fallacies
by GLENN GREENWALD
Why Ron Paul Challenges Liberals
by Matt Stoller
End of the pro-democracy pretense
by GLENN GREENWALD
"That’s because one of the prime aims of America’s support for Arab dictators has been to ensure that the actual views and beliefs of those nations’ populations remain suppressed, because those views are often so antithetical to the perceived national interests of the U.S. government."
Call for US intervention into Iraqi crisis
by James Cogan
How Many U.S. Soldiers Were Wounded in Iraq? Guess Again.
by Dan Froomkin
"The death count is accurate. But the wounded figure wildly understates the number of American servicemembers who have come back from Iraq less than whole."
New Rules for the New Year
by BILL MAHER
Arthur Brisbane and selective stenography
by GLENN GREENWALD
"That most reporters faithfully follow the stenographer model — uncritically writing down what people say and then leaving it at that — is so obvious that it’s hardly worth the effort to demonstrate it."
Obama’s “mission accomplished” moment?
At the Pentagon, the president whitewashes the Afghan war and looks to continue a disastrous military-first policy

by TOM ENGELHARDT
"When it came to rolling out a new 10-year plan for the future of the U.S. military, the leaks to the media began early and the message was clear. One man is in charge of your future safety and security. His name is Barack Obama. And — not to worry — he has things in hand."
Guantanamo Prisoners Stage Peaceful Protest and Hunger Strike on 10th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison
by Andy Worthington
America’s dangerously removed elite
It's easy to cut public education funding when your kids go to private school. Just ask Christie and Emanuel

by DAVID SIROTA
The Four Occupations of Planet Earth
by Tom Engelhardt
"We exist -- and even Time knows it.  From Tunis in January to Moscow in December this has been, day by day, week by week, month by month, the year of the protester."
Why a Constitutional Law Professor Cannot Sign NDAA, Allowing Military Detention of Americans
by Ralph Lopez
Panetta: Iraq War was “worth it”
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The disastrous legacy of the Iraq War extends beyond treasure squandered and lives lost or shattered. Central to that legacy has been Washington’s decisive and seemingly irrevocable abandonment of any semblance of self-restraint regarding the use of violence as an instrument of statecraft."
What I Want From Candidate Obama: Action, Not Promises
by Curtis Roosevelt
"Our support for 2012 should not require blind faith."
No, the U.S. is not leaving Iraq
Thousands of armed U.S. private contractors will be based in the country, and the potential for violence is real

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Solstice 2011
Dies Natalis Invicti Solis

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
A Hitch in Time
The world loses a philosophical giant

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Politics Over Principle
NYT editorial
"The trauma of Sept. 11, 2001, gave rise to a dangerous myth that, to be safe, America had to give up basic rights and restructure its legal system."
Three myths about the detention bill
by GLENN GREENWALD
Vote Obama – if you want a centrist Republican for US president
Because Barack Obama has adopted so many core Republican beliefs, the US opposition race is a shambles

by Glenn Greenwald
The Molotov Party
For the new GOP, conservative isn’t nearly radical enough.

by Frank Rich
How to Save Iraq From Civil War
by AYAD ALLAWI, OSAMA AL-NUJAIFI and RAFE AL-ESSAWI
"IRAQ today stands on the brink of disaster. President Obama kept his campaign pledge to end the war here, but it has not ended the way anyone in Washington wanted."
Surrendering More American Rights
by Lawrence Davidson
"More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks – even after Osama bin Laden’s death and U.S. intelligence assessments that al-Qaeda is collapsing – Congress keeps on chipping away at U.S. constitutional rights in the name of fighting terrorism, and President Obama is ready to go along..."
The Warped Morality of a Warmonger: Why Alan Dershowitz is Wrong on Israel’s ‘Rights’
by Nima Shirazi
"Renowned torture enthusiast and perennial Israel apologist Alan Dershowitz was in Tel Aviv this month attending an annual business conference sponsored by Globes and, as usual, took the opportunity to equivocate for Israeli espionage, defend war criminals, and warmonger about Iran."
Obama Year Three: Continuing His Rogue Agenda
by Stephen Lendman
Obama: The conservative in 2012
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"Obama is defending a tradition that sees government as an essential actor in the nation’s economy, a guarantor of fair rules of competition, a countervailing force against excessive private power, a check on the inequalities that capitalism can produce, and an instrument that can open opportunity for those born without great advantages."
U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness in Global Trade
by Jared Bernstein
Snapshots of Washington’s essence
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Senior Democrats barely blink at the idea that a president from their party has assembled such a highly efficient machine for the targeted killing of suspected terrorists."
2011 in Review: The Year Secrecy Jumped the Shark
by TREVOR TIMM
"The government has been using its secrecy system in absurd ways for decades, but 2011 was particularly egregious."
2011: The Year the Power Went Off in Washington
by Arianna Huffington
"This year, what was happening outside Washington was much more important than the tired reruns going on inside the Beltway, however slow the media has been to catch up."
Saving Our Democracy
by Sen. Bernie Sanders
"The Constitution of this country has served us well, but when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger."
Obama and the Rule of Law
by Jeff Connaughton
"Long silent and now contradictory, President Obama needs to deliver a clarifying speech about our financial markets and the rule of law."
The Bush/Obama War Against Truth
by Melvin Goodman
"Manning's inhuman and degrading treatment clearly is designed as a warning to other individuals who might be considering the unauthorized release of classified information."
Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth
by Ray McGovern
"What I especially admire in Bradley Manning is this: his ability, at the age of 22, to discern that there can be a hierarchy of -- sometimes conflicting -- values, and that from a moral standpoint some values dwarf others in importance."
Obama and Geithner: Government, Enron-Style
by Matt Taibbi
"The notion that what Wall Street firms did was merely unethical and not illegal is not just mistaken but preposterous..."
Various matters
by GLENN GREENWALD
"A New York Times article yesterday examined the sometimes severe psychological stress experienced by the long-distance, remote-controlled operators of America’s drones."
The media consensus on Israel is collapsing
Across the political spectrum, once-taboo criticism is now common

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
"Criticism of the special relationship, once rare, is now frequent."
Why drones aren’t game-changers
A streak of recent crashes shows just how flawed these remotely piloted aircrafts are

by NICK TURSE
Was Iraq “worth it”?
The same cost-benefit analyses deployed against social programs should be applied to our military misadventures

by DAVID SIROTA
"Thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan, we have a basic sense of how many lives are lost and how much cash is spent in a given invasion."
Why the Republican Crackup is Bad For America
by Robert Reich
Is Iraq War End a New Day?
by Robert Parry
"Indeed, the U.S. departure represents a hard-fought victory for the Iraqi resistance, including anti-American Shiite leader Moktada al-Sadr whose political influence with the Maliki government was a key factor in Maliki's rejection of American requests to leave behind a 'residual' military force."
House GOP Lays Out Its True Beliefs For All To See
by Robyn Blumner
"In one tidy package, the Republican leadership in Congress has presented their priorities to the American people: Protect millionaires, industrial polluters, gouging doctors and fossil-fuel refiners, while sacrificing the interests of federal workers and the long-term unemployed."
The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, But Who It's For
by Robert Reich
Secrecy defines Obama’s drone war
WAPO with Foreign Policy article
"No new legal opinions were sought, said a former Obama official involved in the process, and there was no challenge to the CIA’s unilateral authority to choose targets and launch strikes in Pakistan."
Can the U.S. Government close social media accounts?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So the U.S. Government believes it may have 'legal authority' to compel Twitter to close accounts. From where does that authority derive?"
Manning’s punishment before verdict
Are the proceedings against the Wikileaks suspect designed to send a message to would-be leakers?

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse
by Michael Moore
Ron Wyden: Forging Common Ground on Medicare Reform
by Menachem Rosensaft
"The Ryan-Wyden plan would offer seniors, beginning in 2022, the option of choosing from Medicare-approved private plans in addition to the existing, traditional Medicare plan."
Anatomy of a NATO War Crime
by FRANKLIN LAMB
Twelve biggest US lies of 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, an award-winning US magazine has handpicked a dozen of the most monstrous lies that Washington has delivered to the world over the past year.

PressTV article
The We-Are-At-War! mentality
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So my question to defenders of Obama’s assassination powers is this: which of those four core Bush/Cheney War on Terror premises do you reject, if any?"
Trumping the Newt
Nyuk nyuk nyuk

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
"But at this point, the GOP needs to worry less about winning the election, and worry more about surviving this debacle as a party. In politics, you can survive having people revile you. But you can't survive if they all start laughing at you, and the GOP have turned themselves into a very tasteless but ongoing joke at this point."
Obama to sign indefinite detention bill into law
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The ACLU said last night that the bill contains 'harmful provisions that some legislators have said could authorize the U.S. military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians, including American citizens, anywhere in the world'..."
What if they ended a war and nobody cared?
As the Iraq war concludes, Americans need to reflect on the horror it unleashed – and vow never to repeat it

by GARY KAMIYA
Direct elections: A threat to America!
Why are Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP so terrified of a national popular vote?

BY DAVID SIROTA
Constitutional Attorney Bruce Fein; NDAA An Unprecedented Intrusion...being used to destroy what we are as a republic and as a nation.
a rough transcript and video from interview with Rob Kall of OpedNews
Why do people still deny climate change?
2011 was plagued by droughts, floods and tornadoes. It's high time we take global warming seriously

by GENE LYONS
Bradley Manning deserves a medal
The prosecution of the whistleblower and alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning is an exercise in intimidation, not justice

by Glenn Greenwald
"By exposing some of the worst atrocities committed by US forces in Iraq, the documents prevented the Iraqi government from agreeing to ongoing legal immunity for US forces, and thus helped bring about the end of the war."
White House Caves on Defense Bill Veto Threat
by Adam Serwer
"The President will not veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over provisions codifying the use of indefinite military detention on American soil."
Obama: I can’t comment on Wall Street prosecutions
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Face of the Killer Who Is Your President
by ARTHUR SILBER
"The continuing murders in Pakistan and Afghanistan are so numerous and so regular that they barely merit notice for more than a few days, at least as far as the United States government and most Americans are concerned."
Grand Delusion: Resisting the Siren Song of Specialness
by Chris Floyd
"In the months to come, we will be subjected to an ever-growing, ever-roaring flood of rhetoric about the unique, unquestionable, divinely ordained goodness of America. (And how the "other side" would destroy or demean this precious moral specialness.)"
The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy
by John Nichols
"For the first time in decades, the United States saw a steady dismantling of the laws, regulations, programs and practices put in place to make real the promise of American democracy."
The growing menace of domestic drones
by GLENN GREENWALD
"No matter one’s views, the escalating addition of drones — weaponized or even just surveillance — to the vast arsenal of domestic weapons that already exist is a serious, consequential development."
On Obama, Teddy Roosevelt, And The Not-So-Fierce Urgency Of Maybe Next Term
by Arianna Huffington
When every year is election year
6 percent of the events Obama attends involve asking for money from wealthy donors. Democracy is officially dead

by TOM ENGELHARDT
The real definition of Terrorism
by Glenn Greenwald
"Few things better illustrate the utter meaninglessness of the word Terrorism than applying it to a citizen of an invaded country for fighting back against the invading army and aiming at purely military targets..."
Welcome to the new Arctic
Melting ice is beginning to transform the world's shipping routes. But will it launch a new Cold War?

by DAVID FAIRHALL
WikiLeaks wins major journalism award in Australia
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The Walkley Awards are the Australian equivalent of the Pulitzers: that nation’s most prestigious award for excellence in journalism."
U.S. arming Egyptian military crackdown
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The US attempt to reposition itself as a supporter of democracy and human rights in the Middle East is being undermined by a growing Egyptian perception that Washington will back Egypt’s military junta unreservedly despite its increasing repressiveness."
A Look at America's Geography Shows That the Tea Party Is Doomed
Even as the movement's grip tightens on the GOP, its influence is melting away across vast swaths of America, thanks to centuries-old regional traditions.

by Colin Woodard
Eliot Spitzer: 5 Ways to Make Banks Pay for Their Secret $7 Trillion Free Ride
The CEOs of major banks maintained they were in good financial shape. Meanwhile, they secretly borrowed massive amounts from the government to stay afloat.

by Eliot Spitzer
PolitiFact and the scam of neutral expertise
by GLENN GREENWALD
Romania CIA Prison: Central Intelligence Agency Used Secret
Makeshift Prison For Its Most Valuable Detainees

by ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency
by Robert Reich
Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom
by GLENN GREENWALD
Words That Don't Work
by George Lakoff
"When Luntz says he is "scared to death," he means that the Republicans who hire him are scared to death and he can profit from that fear by offering them new language."
Is this what the future of Occupy looks like?
The movement in New York pivots to a poverty-stricken neighborhood and tries to build momentum around foreclosures

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Why no one’s investigating Wall Street
The government finds money to crack down on food stamp "fraud." If it wanted to go after finance crooks, it could

by DAVID SIROTA
Playing With Fire
Obama's Risky Oil Threat to China

by Michael T. Klare
"Instead of focusing on the Greater Middle East, as has been the case for the last decade, the United States will now concentrate its power in Asia and the Pacific."
The Winter of Our Occupation ...a proposal from Michael Moore
by Michael Moore
NPR’s domestic drone commercial
by GLENN GREENWALD
Twenty Examples of the Obama Administration Assault on Domestic Civil Liberties! [incomplete list]
by Bill Quigley
The Obama Regime Has No Constitutional Scruples
by Paul Craig Roberts
"The Bush/Obama regimes have evaded the Geneva Conventions by declaring that detainees are not POWs, but 'enemy combatants,' 'terrorists,' or some other designation that removes all accountability from the US government for their treatment."
George Orwell on the Evil Iranian Menace
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Given the extensive violence and aggression the U.S. has perpetrated, and continues to perpetrate, on numerous countries in that region, one might think that not even our political culture could sustain the propagandistic myth that it is Iran that is the aggressor state and the U.S. that is its peace-loving victim."
Don’t celebrate the jobs report just yet
We may be headed in the right direction, but the numbers on job growth and hourly wages are troubling

by ROBERT REICH
What Endless War looks like
U.S. officials simultaneously announce that we're defeating Al Qaeda and they'll be a major threat "for years"

by Glenn Greenwald
Congress seeks to tame the Internet
Fearing Web censorship, the tech world unites against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act

by Nancy Scola
Privatization Nightmare: 5 Public Services That Should Never Be Handed Over to Greedy Corporations
by Dave Johnson
The fruits of liberation
by GLENN GREENWALD
Guy Fawkes
To tell the truth

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"In America the main problem is that the mainstream press has been neutered by corporate control, both through direct ownership and indirectly, though manipulating revenues and getting their trained lackeys in Congress to exert political pressure. As a result, TV networks and major newspapers are, at best, only sometimes trustworthy, and quite often not trustworthy at all."
Wes Clark and the neocon dream
by GLENN GREENWALD
"As far as I can tell, there’s barely any difference in goals within the foreign policy establishment. They just disagree on the best methods to achieve the goals."
The Republicans' Farcical Candidates
A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses

by Marc Pitzke
The secrecy-loving mind of the U.S. journalist
by GLENN GREENWALD
"When it comes to the behavior of our highest and most powerful government officials, our Beltway media preaches, “'it is often best to keep the lights off.'”
The Rebirth of Social Darwinism
by Robert Reich
"What kind of society, exactly, do modern Republicans want?"
Lessons From the Dead in a No-Learning-Curve World
by Tom Engelhardt
"These days, the names of the dead dribble directly onto the inside pages of newspapers, or simply into the ether, in a war now opposed by 63% of Americans, according to the latest CNN/ORC opinion poll, but in truth barely remembered by anyone in this country."
Congress endorsing military detention, a new AUMF
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The Obama administration and their Senate defenders have repeatedly made clear that their real objection to this bill is that they want Executive Branch officials — in the DOJ, CIA and Pentagon — to make these decisions, not Congress, and there is no reason to disbelieve them."
The Media's Blackout Of The National Defense Authorization Act Is Shameful
by David Seaman
"Call it what you will: a military junta, a secret invalidation of Americans' civil rights, a Congress gone mad. Whatever it is, it needs to be covered by the press, and quickly."
Occupy Movement: Next Step Convergence
by Joel Hirschhorn
"When it comes to political and social movements, history shows us that they usually fail not because they disappear, but rather because they become marginalized, unimportant despite a core group of committed people and groups."
The Age of Extremism: Mammon Worshippers Launch All-Out War
by Chris Floyd
"On Wednesday -- the day before Britain's unions launched the largest strike the country has seen in almost 90 years -- the UK's coalition government finally removed its mask of "moderation" and showed its true, ravenous face."
Liberals are not uniquely “unreasonable”
A widely discussed critique of the left's attitude toward Obama forgets some important history

by STEVE KORNACKI
What Killed JFK
The hate that ended his presidency is eerily familiar

by Frank Rich
US State Department not for internet freedom
The SOPA bill will help private companies cut off internet sites only to protect their profits.

by Trevor Timm
The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying
The shocking abuse of police power at UC-Davis is important precisely because it is not aberrational

by Glenn Greenwald
The Supercommittee Fails—and That's Good for Obama
by David Corn
"In the latest twist of this never-ending saga, Obama is both calling out the Republicans and holding what appears to be a position of strength. That may all shift suddenly. This is politics. But Obama's Democratic fans should savor the moment."
Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? ...a proposal from Michael Moore
by Michael Moore
Chancellor Katehi’s impressive learning skills
To justify her own lack of accountability, she invokes the same mentality for which Dick Cheney today praised Obama

by Glenn Greenwald
Newt: The ultimate Beltway swindler
Gingrich has taken money from everyone from Big Pharma to Freddie Mac. How is he leading the Republican pool?

by MICHAEL WINSHIP
The media and Iran: familiar mindlessness
A new Post story relies on anonymous government sources to spout the latest Persian-Hitler fear-mongering

by Glenn Greenwald
We need to reclaim the First Amendment
The horrific treatment of protesters shows how "free speech" is now reserved for corporations and the wealthy

by Robert Reich
The boys who cry “Holocaust”
The same neocon hawks who lied us into Iraq are using the ultimate argument-stopper to push war with Iran

by Gary Kamiya
A police raid suffused with symbolism
by GLENN GREENWALD
"A military style raid on peaceful protesters camped out in the shadow of Wall Street, ordered by a cold ruthless billionaire who bought his way into the mayor’s office."
The GOP’s victim-blaming strategy
From Iraq to OWS, Republicans are going to increasingly absurd measures to protect the wealthy

by DAVID SIROTA
"What can we make of the leaders of the world’s richest nation pressing our impoverished victims to pay even more than they already have?"
The Death of Occupy Wall Street?
by Guy Horton
"My suspicion is that this is, in fact, just the beginning."
GOP and TP on Obama’s foreign policy “successes”
by GLENN GREENWALD
"So here you have Think Progress heaping praise on Obama for seizing what is literally the most radical power a President can seize: the power to target — in total secrecy and with no checks or due process — their fellow citizens for execution: specifically, assassination-by-CIA."
Elizabeth Warren, future White House prospect
Yes, talking about 2016 is an absurd, cart-before-the-horse exercise. But let's do it just this once

by STEVE KORNACKI
Why the Washington Post won’t fire Jennifer Rubin
by GLENN GREENWALD
How we can succeed through supercommittee’s ‘failure’
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"Here is a surefire way to cut $7.1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Do nothing."
Now is the Winter of our Discontent
And oh, look! It's started to snow!

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
U.S. takes the lead on behalf of cluster bombs
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But now the Obama administration is moving far beyond a mere refusal to join the convention banning these munitions. According to The Independent, the U.S. is playing the leading role “to torpedo the global ban on cluster bombs” through a “proposal that would permit the use of cluster bombs as long as they were manufactured after 1980 and had a failure rate of less than one per cent."
A passionless presidential race in 2012?
Americans are angry and polarized, but neither Obama nor Romney looks likely to inspire much enthusiasm

by ROBERT REICH
NY Post’s new, crazy OWS smear
Despite utter lack of evidence, Murdoch's paper claims demonstrators vandalized the new 9/11 memorial

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
"The Murdoch tabloid is now claiming that Occupy Wall Street demonstrators defaced the new 9/11 memorial, despite absolutely no evidence that anything of the sort happened."
Nuclear Iran wouldn’t be the end of the world
Judged by deeds not words, the Islamic republic is cautious, and nukes wouldn't change that

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
The one indisputable triumph of Occupy Wall Street
And the million-dollar question: How vital are the actual protests now to the prominence of OWS issues?

by STEVE KORNACKI
Bush and Blair found guilty of war crimes for Iraq attack
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Bush and Tony Blair guilty of 'crimes against peace' and other war crimes for their 2003 aggressive attack on Iraq, as well as fabricating pretexts used to justify the attack."
Newt's Cruelest Campaign: Replace School Janitors With Child Labor
by John Nichols
The weakness of Obama’s strength
The president's image of national security success shows how little he has changed in U.S. foreign policy

by JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH
Bob Schieffer, Ron Paul and journalistic “objectivity”
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The overarching rule of “journalistic objectivity” is that a journalist must never resolve any part of a dispute between the Democratic and the Republican Parties, even when one side is blatantly lying."
Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs
by Robert Greenwald
"We're certain the war industry's Congressional allies are one among many things contractor CEOs are thankful for."
Can Revolutionary Pacifism Deliver Peace?
by Noam Chomsky
Here’s what attempted co-option of OWS looks like
SEIU - fresh off its Obama endorsement - decrees "Occupy Congress" to condemn the GOP and venerate Democrats

by Glenn Greenwald
Yes, it is Wall Street’s fault
Bloomberg joins Republicans in claiming Congress "forced" banks to give bad loans. Don't buy the propaganda

by GENE LYONS
Judge Goldstone’s offensive apology for apartheid
Don't tell me Israeli apartheid doesn't exist. My father implemented agrarian apartheid policies long before 1967

by UDI ALONI
Time for supercommittee #fail
A "grand bargain" on the deficit is a bad deal for the 99 percent

by ROBERT BOROSAGE
"In fact, the best service the supercommittee could do for the country is to fail."
An Iraq-WMD Replay on Iran?
by Robert Parry
"The American public is about to be inundated with another flood of “expert analysis” about a dangerous Middle Eastern country presumably hiding a secret nuclear weapons program that may require a military strike, although this time it is Iran, not Iraq."
The myth of the progressive city
With mayors like Bloomberg and Emanuel, urban areas have become bastions of privatization and corporatist economics

by DAVID SIROTA
Bloomberg vs. Occupy Wall Street
by Joe Conason
"More than 84 percent of the subprime mortgages in 2006, for instance, were issued by private lending institutions, including 82 percent of the subprime loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers."
History Is Made in Australia
by Al Gore
"This is a historic moment. Australia's Parliament has put the nation's first carbon price into law."
We need a Corporate Pledge of Allegiance
If Romney and the GOP are going to insist corporations are people, companies should start proving their patriotism

by ROBERT REICH
This is what GOP brand poisoning looks like
In Ohio and elsewhere, Tuesday's election results offered troubling signs for Tea Party conservatism

by STEVE KORNACK
Finding Freedom In Handcuffs
by Chris Hedges
"The wealthy and the powerful, the ones behind the glass at Goldman Sachs, laughed and snapped pictures of us as if we were a brief and odd lunchtime diversion from commodities trading, from hoarding and profit, from this collective sickness of money worship, as if we were creatures in a cage, which in fact we soon were."
The War Against the Poor
Occupy Wall Street and the Politics of Financial Morality

by Frances Fox Piven
"Devastating as it's been, the war against the poor has gone largely unnoticed -- until now."
How the rich rig the system
From low capital gains taxes to stock buy-backs, here are the ways the elites ensure the markets benefit them

by MICHAEL LIND
"A growing number of Americans suspect that the American economic system is rigged in favor of the rich and merely affluent. That growing number of Americans is right."
"Shallow Throat": Has "The Revolution" Started?
by Bernard Weiner
The human toll of the U.S. drone campaign
by GLENN GREENWALD
The drone mentality
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Many people want to hear nothing about these victims — like Tariq — because they don’t want to accept that the leader for whom they cheer and the drone attacks they support are regularly ending the lives of large numbers of innocent people, including children."
OWS-inspired activism
by GLENN GREENWALD
"A country cannot radically reduce quality-of-life expectations, devote itself to the interests of its super-rich, and all but eliminate its middle class without triggering sustained citizen fury."
The Villain Occupy Wall Street Has Been Waiting For
by Robert Scheer
"In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top."
Big Change Whether We Like It Or Not
by Andrew Bacevich
"All that said, the present moment is arguably one in which the international order is, in fact, undergoing a fundamental transformation."
The Iraq drawdown and the original promise of Obama
His campaign was rooted in a pledge to bring the troops home, which he just announced will happen by year's end

by STEVE KORNACKI
Who won the war in Iraq? (Here's a big hint: It wasn't the United States)
by Peter Van Buren
Palestine Enters UNESCO In 107 To 14 Vote
by James Wall
"In addition to leaving the US and Israel with a demonstratively shrinking number of friends in the international community, the UNESCO vote has far-reaching implications for the PLO's earlier request to the UN Security Council, which requested full statehood membership in the UN General Assembly."
A Master Class In Occupation
by Chris Hedges
"The Occupy movements that have swept across the country fuse the elements vital for revolt."
The human toll of the U.S. drone campaign
by GLENN GREENWALD
"It’s easy to cheer for a leader who regularly extinguishes the lives of innocent men, women, teeangers and young children when you can remain blissfully free of hearing about the victims."
The disturbing truths about Rick Perry’s Texas
Local reports reveal how the governor turned a blind eye to civil rights violations and a crumbling infrastructure

by MICHAEL WINSHIP
The Logical Outcome Of The Occupy Movement
by Timothy Gatto
The People Versus The Police
by Naomi Wolf
"America's politicians, it seems, have had their fill of democracy."
Whodunnit to Herman?
by James Moore
"The sexual harassment story about Herman Cain didn't come out of nowhere."
How the rich created the Social Security “crisis”
The Bush tax cuts coupled with a decades-long smear campaign are the real threat to the successful program

by GENE LYONS
Washington Pre-Occupied
by Robert Reich
"The biggest question among activists now occupying Wall Street and dozens of other cities is how to strike back against the nation's almost unprecedented concentration of income, wealth, and political power in the top 1 percent."
The importance of protests
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Though still in what I hope is its incipient stage, this protest movement proves that citizens of all different backgrounds and even ideologies (though sharing common interests) possess the ability to unite, pose a threat to seemingly invulnerable power factions, and demand change beyond the mere act of voting once every two years — and that they can endure and even grow in the face of abusive police force."
The 99% Solution
The target isn't “the rich”

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"The trouble isn't that the 1% are rich. The trouble is that many of them cheat us in order to become richer without effort.
Middle East propaganda 101
by GLENN GREENWALD
Why inequality in America is even worse than you thought
A new study shows economic and social conditions in the U.S. rank near the bottom of the developed nations

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Why the Left Won't Accept Success
by Robert Parry
"It appears that some don't want to accept that the anti-war movement has won a hard-fought victory and that Obama's election was a factor."
Book release: With Liberty and Justice for Some
by GLENN GREENWALD
Why can’t we say “empire”?
In order to have a real dialogue about our foreign policy, we need to admit that America is an imperial power

by DAVID SIROTA
Iraq war: Mission failed
The political, economic and moral implications of this military disaster could haunt us for years to come

by MICHAEL LIND
Do we need a third industrial revolution?
A new book argues that there's only one way to save life on Earth: Remake our economy

by ANDREW KEEN, BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW
Sachs Fiend:
Goldman Attacks Occupy Wall Street's Non-Profit Bank
When Goldman got huffy at a credit union honouring OWS and pulled its anniversary dinner funding, much more was at stake

by Greg Palast
"...Well, if you say so"
Two great mysteries edge closer to being answered

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
Oh Say Can you c?
The Standard Model comes under question

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
WikiLeaks cables and the Iraq War
by GLENN GREENWALD
How the Obama administration bungled the Iraq withdrawal negotiations
by Josh Rogin
"But what about the extensive negotiations the administration has been engaged in for months, regarding U.S. offers to leave thousands of uniformed soldiers in Iraq past the deadline?"
A remaining realm of American excellence
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Identically, both before and after the Awlaki killing, Americans have routinely celebrated the drone-deaths of hundreds of individuals about whom they knew nothing other than the fact that the Terrorist label had been applied to them by the U.S. Government."
The Iraq War Ain’t Over, No Matter What Obama Says
by Spencer Ackerman
"But the fact is America’s military efforts in Iraq aren’t coming to an end. They are instead entering a new phase."
Inside the Mideast prisoner swap
The "peace process" is dead and Hamas knows how to negotiate.

by ALI ABUNIMAH
About that Iraq withdrawal
by GLENN GREENWALD
The real problem for Marco Rubio
He's probably not the serial embellisher a new story makes him out to be, but it's still a sign of a deeper issue

by STEVE KORNACKI
Process is politics at Occupy Wall Street
You can't understand the movement unless you understand its radically decentralized structure

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
The killing of Awlaki’s 16-year-old son
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Two weeks after the U.S. killed American citizen Anwar Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen — far from any battlefield and with no due process — it did the same to his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, ending the teenager’s life on Friday along with his 17-year-old cousin and seven other people."
Could Gadhafi’s death spark a civil war?
Libya is now in the hands of the rebels, but deep division remain

by PETER GELLING, GLOBALPOST
Occupation and realignment
How a real leftist movement could create a new center in American politics

by MICHAEL LIND
What Happened to the Republican Party on Taxes?
by Jared Bernstein
The austerity death trap
Ron Paul is the latest GOP candidate to propose absurd budget cuts. The government needs to spend more, not less

by ROBERT REICH
"The only way out of this vicious cycle is for the government – the spender of last resort – to boost the economy. The regressives are all calling for the opposite."
The Movement Next Time
by Bill Zimmerman
"And in not remembering, my peers forget that mass movements do not rise all at once but grow from kernels of activism."
The autocratic response to OWS
Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Hickenlooper and others scramble to find ways to discourage these peaceful protests

by DAVID SIROTA
Those hypocritical Iranians
by GLENN GREENWALD
America: With God on our side
by Andrew J. Bacevich
"In the United States, despite a Constitution that mandates the separation of church and state, religion and politics have become inseparable."
What are those OWS people so angry about?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The only thing that’s surprising is that these protests didn’t happen sooner and that they’re not more widespread and intense."
Harry Reid’s wimpy Senate reforms
Fixing the dysfunctional upper house requires more dramatic measures than the majority leader's tinkering

by JONATHAN BERNSTEIN
America’s real death panels
By cutting food stamps and blocking smog regulations, Washington has a hand in killing thousands

by DAVID SIROTA
The LA Times notices the “double standard” on Iran
by GLENN GREENWALD
"If the U.S. believes it has the right to assassinate enemies like Anwar Awlaki anywhere in the world in the name of a “war on terror” that has no geographical limitation, how can it then argue that other nations don’t have a similar right to track down their enemies and kill them wherever they’re found?"
The future of Occupy: Four key questions
The answers will determine whether the economic justice movement can sustain itself

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Will demonizing OWS win elections?
The GOP is trying to turn their criticism of the protesters into a campaign weapon. It's a risky move

by DAVID SIROTA
The End of the American Era
by Stephen M. Walt
"When a state stands alone at the pinnacle of power, however, there is nowhere to go but down."
Obama Admin Seeks Permission To Lie In Response To Freedom Of Information Requests - Even To The Courts
by Jerry Policoff
"Instead the Obama administration has exhibited what may be an unprecedented obsession with government secrecy including blocking numerous law suits by invoking the doctrine of 'State Secrets.'"
The victory OWS has already won
The protests have helped shift the national dialogue from the deficit to the real problems Americans face

by Joshua Holland, Alternet
Is the U.S. Really Leaving Iraq?
Despite planned troop withdrawal, our presence there will be huge

by Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker
Water Wars
Alabama has a new crop of blind boys

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The GOP ties itself up in knots
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters
Hit bankers where it hurts

by MATT TAIBBI
"But the time is rapidly approaching when the movement is going to have to offer concrete solutions to the problems posed by Wall Street. To do that, it will need a short but powerful list of demands. There are thousands one could make, but I'd suggest focusing on five..."
If a Republican Were President
by Robert Scheer
"Instead we are left with a Democratic president who soothes our rage with promises of decent-paying jobs that in actuality are being vigorously exported from our shores by the president's top corporate backers."
Can OWS be turned into a Democratic Party movement?
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Does CAP and the DCCC really believe that most of the protesters are motivated — or can be motivated — to turn themselves into a get-out-the-vote machine for Obama’s re-election and the empowerment of Chuck Schumer and the Democratic Party?"
Petraeus' CIA Fuels Iran Murder Plot
by Ray McGovern
Rick Perry's Revolutionary War "History"
by Robert Parry
"For people who supposedly revere the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, the Tea Party and its favored candidates seem to know little about the actual history of the Revolutionary War or why the Constitution was written."
The “very scary” Iranian Terror plot
by GLENN GREENWALD
Listen to the Occupy Wall Street Movement
by Mohamed A. El-Erian
"To those wondering whether to pay attention to the "Occupy Wall Street" (OWS) protests, the answer is yes. This is more than just a nascent movement that will grow in the weeks and months ahead. It is part of a worldwide drive for greater social justice."
The Awlaki memo and Marty Lederman
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Several months after President Obama ordered Anwar Awlaki killed by the CIA, the Obama DOJ — specifically lawyers within its Office of Legal Counsel — produced a memorandum legally authorizing this action. Despite multiple requests, the Obama administration refuses to release that memo to the public."
The Suicide of Liberty
by Paul Craig Roberts
"Financial deregulation and the consequent financial crisis, collapse of the real estate market, and evictions of millions of Americans from their homes have greatly dimmed America's economic prospects."
The Secrets of Government Killing
by ARTHUR S. BRISBANE
"WHO can’t America kill? The answer, as a matter of law, is simply unknown right now."
The All-American Occupation
A Century of Our Streets Vs. Wall Street

by Steve Fraser
"The fact is that the end of the world as we've known it has been taking place all around us for some time."
Crash 2012
Fighting the coming Great Depression

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
The real danger from classified leaks
by GLENN GREENWALD
"This highlights a vital point: the Obama administration’s chronic, self-serving and dangerous game-playing with classified information."
Obama's Imperial Arrogance
by Stephen Lendman
The Son of Africa Claims a Continent's Crown Jewels
by John Pilger
"However, the main reason the US is invading Africa is no different from that which ignited the Vietnam war. It is China."
How to Regain Our Democracy
by Cenk Uygur
"We must pass an amendment saying that corporations are not people and they do not have the right to spend money to buy our politicians."
Various matters
by GLENN GREENWALD
"If you think about it, [Marc] Ambinder’s observation is amazing: it means that the current iteration of Obama is to the Right on national security as compared to where Romney would have been a few years ago while attacking Obama from the Right."
Are our drone attacks legal?
Our use of these unmanned devices outside of combat zones likely conflicts with international law

by JEAN MACKENZIE, GLOBALPOST 
The Petraeus projection: The CIA director's record since the surge
Hero worship hides the military failures of the CIA director's "global killing machine"

by FRED BRANFMAN
The creative class is a lie
The dream of a laptop-powered "knowledge class" is dead. The media is melting. Blame the economy -- and the Web

by SCOTT TIMBERG
How conservatism conquered America
The right-wing movement has won nearly every battle it has fought. An expert explains what that means

by THOMAS ROGERS
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy America

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
So much evidence, there’s no need to show it
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Now that hordes of Obama defenders are running around justifying the President’s due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki based on exactly the same claim and mindset — our President targeted a Very Bad Terrorist, so no due process or disclosure of evidence was needed..."
A week that transformed the 2012 story line
by E.J. Dionne Jr.
"Finally, the anti-Wall Street demonstrators have created a new pole in politics."
Andrew Ross Sorkin’s assignment editor
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The Occupy Wall Street protest has been growing in numbers, respectability, and media attention for several weeks now.  Despite that, The New York Times‘ financial columnist who specializes in Wall Street coverage, Andrew Ross Sorkin, has neither visited the protests nor written about them — until today."
How to stop the political insanity
Recent research shows that turbulent times reward crazy leaders. Here's what we can do to counteract that

by DAVID SIROTA
Steve Jobs' Legacy: Think Different
by Pierre Omidyar
OCCUPY Your City and Make History
by Robert Greenwald
"The Occupy Wall Street protest is a full bore indictment against corporate greed and dysfunctional government. It's a demand for nation building here at home."
#OccupyWallSt, Then #OccupyKSt, Then #OccupyMainSt
by Lawrence Lessig
"What is surprising -- indeed, terrifying, given what it says about this democracy -- is what happened after the collapse."
Execution by secret WH committee
by GLENN GREENWALD
"American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions..."
Flat-Lining the Middle Class
Economic Numbers to Die For

by Andy Kroll
"In recent months, a blizzard of new data, the hardest of hard numbers, has laid bare the dilapidated condition of the American economy, and particularly of the once-mighty American middle class."
The FBI again thwarts its own Terror plot
by GLENN GREENWALD
The Death Penalty
Killing time

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson

"The main problem with the Troy Davis execution wasn't that the man was almost certainly innocent of the crime he was being killed for; the problem was that no civilized nation should have the death penalty in the first place."
The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality
by GLENN GREENWALD

"What's most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar ("No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law"), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law)."
Why American politics is stuck in the 1980s
Today's "bold new ideas" look a lot like the stale concepts of yesteryear

by MICHAEL LIND

"The 2012 campaign promises to be a debate about bold and contrasting ideas. Unfortunately, they are mostly the bold and contrasting ideas of the 1980s."
The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Will Transform Society (Excerpt)
by Jeremy Rifkin

"The locus of control over energy production and distribution is beginning to tilt from giant fossil fuel based centralized energy companies to millions of small producers, who are generating their own renewable energies in their dwellings and trading surpluses in info-energy commons."
What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?
by GLENN GREENWALD
Losing Afghanistan, Losing Central Asia
by Craig Murray

"Unfortunately, by promoting evil dictatorship in Central Asia, the United States and NATO are not advancing their own long term interests."
Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.
by Ralph Lopez

"Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office."
Question about America's enemies
by GLENN GREENWALD
A President who is helpless in the face of Middle East reality
Obama's UN speech insists Israelis and Palestinians are equal parties to conflict

by Robert Fisk
When Will Wall Street Call for More Federal Spending?
by Robert Reich
The terrible post-9/11 truth: Our government's been hijacked
Democracy has been commandeered by a self-interested gang

by MICHAEL WINSHIP
What media coverage omits about U.S. hikers released by Iran
by GLENN GREENWALD
The origins of Occupy Wall Street explained
Salon talks to the editor of Adbusters about the practical and philosophical roots of the movement

by JUSTIN ELLIOTT
Reagan's "Greed Is Good" Folly
by Robert Parry
"So, it turns out that greed isn't good after all -- at least not for the vast majority of the American people. But this is a lesson that many U.S. opinion leaders still resist."
Dennis G. Jacobs: Case study in judicial pathology
by GLENN GREENWALD
"The last decade has spawned a massive expansion of the domestic Surveillance State.  Worse, the U.S. Government has vested itself with the virtually unchallenged ability to operate this surveillance regime in full secrecy and even beyond the reach of judicial review, which is another way of saying: above and beyond the rule of law."
Obama should support Palestinian statehood
If the president wants to foster peace and be on the right side of history, he must back the Palestinian U.N. bid

BY HDS GREENWAY, GLOBALPOST
A Decade After 9/11: We Are What We Loathe
by Chris Hedges
U.S. not "standing idly by" in Bahrain
by GLENN GREENWALD
Grim Realities in the Obama Budget Plan
by Jeffrey Sachs
"Obama may be leaning against the right-wing juggernaut, but he is not changing its direction, only slightly blunting its force."
The Geithner mystery solved
by GLENN GREENWALD
Teabags
No longer just under the eyes

by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
How the two-party duopoly operates
The behavior of two Colorado politicians shows how superficial the differences between the parties are

by DAVID SIROTA
How Rick Perry courts the Zionist vote
Appearing with Jewish extremists is designed to win over apocalyptic Christians

by SARAH POSNER
U.S. to build new massive prison in Bagram
by GLENN GREENWALD
The greatest elected body that money can buy (UPDATED)
by Stephen M. Walt
Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in Back of Bus
by STEVE CLEMONS
"Perhaps most disappointing is that President Obama, who in earlier years at the UN chastised Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, and George Mitchell for not getting more quickly on a constructive peace track, who felt that achieving an Israel-Palestine two state deal was of such strategic significance to the United States that he made it one of the very first out-of-the gate priorities of his administration, has not only offered nothing new to break the Israel-Palestine negotiations deep freeze but has acquiesced to the very narrative that on the negotiations that Israel embraces."
Jose Padilla and how American justice functions
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Needless to say, none of the government officials responsible for this abuse of a U.S. citizen on American soil has been held accountable in any way."
For Voters to Believe Obama's Second Term Will Bring About Change, He Needs to Acknowledge What Needs to Change in Himself
by Arianna Huffington
A real Wall Street takeover threat
Hundreds of the young and disenfranchised settle into lower Manhattan to send a message to Wall Street -- and Obama

by DAVID TALBOT
The mainstreaming of Walt and Mearsheimer
by GLENN GREENWALD
"But American politicians won't be entertaining that debate as they exercise their veto because, as The Israel Lobby documented and Tom Friedman today put it, 'the powerful pro-Israel lobby . . . can force the administration to defend Israel at the U.N., even when it knows Israel is pursuing policies not in its own interest or America's.'"
The theft of the American pension
In the last decade, the country's biggest companies have raided worker benefits for profit. An expert explains how

by THOMAS ROGERS
Veto a State, Lose an Ally
by TURKI AL-FAISAL
"The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world."
The lessons of Solyndra
The controversy shows what Germany knows: Renewable energy needs to be funded wisely

by ALYSSA BATTISTONI
Major discovery: a purpose of the war in Afghanistan
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Reintegration is at the heart of U.S. and Afghan government strategies to wind down the war, with schooling and employment being offered to coax fighters away from the insurgency."
Endless War and the culture of unrestrained power
by GLENN GREENWALD
"Far worse is what is being done to prosecute that war, the transformation of government institutions and their relationship to the citizenry to sustain it, and, most enduringly of all, the mentality that it has spawned and entrenched."
What we should have done after 9/11
by NOAM CHOMSKY
Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
by Naomi Wolf
The end of evidence
It's hard to determine the goals of 9/11 conspiracists -- but the movement reflects our changing ideas about belief

by ALEXANDER COCKBURN

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