Month: January 2012

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The First American Freedom Fighter

Monument to Hatuey in Cuba

A half millennium ago this Feb. 2, the Spaniards felt they had put an end to the first major resistance to the European/Christian conquest of the Americas by executing Hatuey, an Indigenous freedom fighter who fought them on Hispaniola and…

Murdoch’s WSJ Misleads on Climate

Rupert Murdoch and his favorite phrase, "Bugger Off," in a poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

Exclusive: Despite a broad consensus among scientists that global warming is real and dangerous, Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal and other right-wing media have made climate-denial a central tenet of U.S. conservatism, requiring endless distortions, as Sam Parry observes.

Foolish Suspicion of Political Islam

Muslim Brotherhood logo

American neocons have long criticized Arab countries for lacking democracy, but now are complaining that some of the new Arab democracies are electing parties with Islamic affiliations. Former CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar finds some of that alarm unnecessary.

Bush’s My Lai

Poster of George W. Bush leaving Iraq by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

From the Archive: Last week’s decision by a U.S. military court to give no jail time to the sergeant in charge of troops at the Haditha massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqis means no serious penalties for anyone associated with what, in…

No Justice for Haditha Massacre

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in poster by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

In 2003, President George W. Bush launched a “preemptive” war against Iraq, citing imaginary threats to the United States. The invasion inflicted massive loss of life, including massacres like the one at Haditha, but with very little accountability in the…

Wall Street Parties On

A Gilded Age party at the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1909

Police have cleared out most Occupy Wall Street encampments around America, but no one is stopping the ultra-rich from partying on with the trillions of dollars in bailout help from the feds and the Fed, as Bill Moyers and Michael…

The Ugly Words of Newt Gingrich

Poster of Newt Gingrich by Robbie Conal (robbieconal.com)

Exclusive: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has built his political career on demonizing those who disagree with him. Off-handedly, he will accuse fellow Americans of possessing the most heinous motives for their actions, now even taking aim at medical researchers,…

Reagan’s Road to Climate Perdition

President Jimmy Carter's solar panels being installed

Exclusive: History can be seen as crossroads where people pick paths and live with the consequences, with some paths leading to grave dangers. Election 1980 was one such crossroad as Americans made the feel-good choice of Ronald Reagan over the eat-your-peas…

Islamic-Tinted Democracy

Saladin, the Islamic commander who battled the Christian Crusaders

More and more, the Republican Party is becoming a Christian fundamentalist movement with attacks on “secularism” and demands for school-run prayers for students, but many of these same politicos express shock when people in the Middle East turn to Islamic-oriented parties, Lawrence…

The Founders’ True Foresight

Benjamin Franklin's banner urging the American colonies/states to unite against Great Britain

Exclusive: The Tea Party’s revisionist history of the nation’s founding document may play well with the ill-informed, but the truth is the framers of the Constitution were fed up with state “sovereignty” and decided on a strong central government, a judgment that has…