Month: March 2012

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Lobby Behind Trayvon Martin’s Death

Murder victim Trayvon Martin (Family photo)

The slaying of unarmed teen-ager Trayvon Martin has shed light on the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council, which dreams up pro-corporate legislation to peddle to the states and as with the gun-toting “Stand Your Ground” law can inflict suffering and death on…

Israeli ‘Refuseniks’ Reject Anti-Arab Bias

Noam Gur, an 18-year-old Israeli who refuses to serve in the military because of its mistreatment of the Palestinians.

Many admirers of Judaic traditions, including the commitments to independent thought and social justice, have wondered why the Israeli experience has veered so far from those honorable principles. But Lawrence Davidson says some Israelis continue to ask the tough questions…

PBS Undercuts Indie Documentaries

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In recent years, PBS has grown more and more timid as financial and political pressures have mounted, explaining why two of its more controversial series presenting independent documentaries have gotten stuck in a time slot guaranteeing fewer viewers. PBS veterans…

Romney’s ‘Etch a Sketch’ Foreign Policy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

An aide’s remark comparing the consistency of Mitt Romney’s positions to lines on an Etch a Sketch toy suggests his presidency would follow a course designed to win him a second term, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. In that, Romney’s neocon foreign policy…

The Sarah Palin/Neocon Alliance

Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC on Feb. 11, 2012. (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Exclusive: “Game Change,” the HBO movie on John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, faults his Republican campaign for its slipshod vetting of the little-known Alaska governor, but leaves out the back story of big-time neocons from D.C. helping position Palin for her…

Did the Founders Hate Government?

An artist's rendering of the Constitutional Convention in 1787

Exclusive: Orwell’s insight that who controls the present controls the past, and who controls the past controls the future could apply to the American political debate in which the Right has built a false narrative that enlists the Framers of…

McGovern Protests Brennan’s Speech

Deputy national security adviser John Brennan

After learning that U.S. national security official John Brennan would address Jesuit-run Fordham’s graduating class, ex-CIA analyst (and Fordham alum) Ray McGovern protested in a letter to the Fordham Ram. McGovern cited Jesuit principles of truth and justice — and Brennan’s role in the…

The 1%’s Doctrine for the 99%

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Exclusive: Many on the American Right insist federal actions from the Civil War to recent banking regulations were encroachments on states’ rights and personal liberties, but underlying these claims in the 1860s and today is the greed of the richest…

Kony’s Deleted Christian Fanaticism

Graphic for the group, Invisible Children

Joseph Kony, the brutal commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army, has been introduced to millions through a video on YouTube. But that denunciation of his war crimes skirts his claim to be motivated by Christianity, an omission not applied to violent…

Is IAEA Greasing Skids to Iran War?

Yukiya Amano, Secretary-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency

The U.S. press corps has embraced the integrity of the International Atomic Energy Agency as central to the case for bombing Iran. But WikiLeaks documents revealed how the IAEA’s new leader is a pawn of the West, and Gareth Porter…