Month: February 2012

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In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in January, focusing on Election 2012, a possible new war with Iran, the economic degradation of America’s middle class, missteps on climate change and more.

Obama’s Chess Match with Israel/Iran

President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel at White House on May 18, 2009. (Credit: White House photo by Pete Souza)

Israel, Iran and the Obama administration are engaged in a three-dimensional chess match that could end in a destructive war or a negotiated agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. Much of the maneuvering has occurred through public hints and private feints,…

Failure of ‘Pro-Democracy’ Wars

President George W. Bush meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in June 2006

A key justification for three recent U.S. military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya was to oust brutal dictators and pave the way for a more democratic future. But these violent strategies have fallen short on the pro-democracy front, writes…

A Biohazard Valentine of Dissent

Image of Planet Earth taken from Apollo 17

The powers-that-be would prefer the common folk to accept their fate quietly, even as many are made surplus to the work force and all are facing global warming’s coming devastation of the planet. But more and more people are choosing…

The Right’s Inside-Out Constitution

Portrait of James Madison, "father of the Constitution" and fourth president of the United States

Exclusive: It has become an article of faith on the American Right that the Founders opposed a strong central government and that federal activism — from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to President Obama’s health-care reform — violates the nation’s first…

Bleak Report on the Afghan War

Gen. David Petraeus, as commander of allied forces in Afghanistan in 2010.

Gen. David Petraeus and other U.S. commanders have touted supposed progress in the Afghan War to justify the escalation that they demanded more than two years ago, but a new report by an in-the-field Army officer found a less sanguine…

Rick Santorum’s Nightmarish America

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, the latest Republican “flavor of the month” for president, exudes a boyish enthusiasm that many Americans find personally appealing. But his vision for America would combine a moralistic theocracy with free-market capitalism and perpetual war, a nightmarish scenario,…

Resisting the Pull of Anti-Iran Terror

Mohammad Javad Larijani, a senior aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, discussing Israel's alleged role in murder of Iranian scientists. (Credit: NBC's RockCenter)

Israeli agents reportedly have collaborated with an Iranian terror group to murder Iran’s civilian nuclear scientists in an escalation of violence that further draws the United States toward the precipice of another Mideast conflict, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar…

Founders’ Secular Vision for America

Thomas Jefferson, a leading advocate for the separation of church and state (in 1788 portrait by John Trumble, credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation)

The dispute over requiring church-run hospitals and schools to cover birth control for female employees has stirred up longstanding confusion over what the First Amendment does and doesn’t do. Some on the Christian Right insist that it means religious doctrine…

Grammys Trims ‘Ethnic’ Music Genres

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Money has a way of not just talking but corrupting nearly everything it touches, including awards purportedly meant to honor artistic quality. At this year’s Grammys, some of the less “popular” genres of music have been slashed to streamline the…