Sunday, July 4, 2010

Truthout 7/4

Ridiculous America
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I worked five shifts at the bar between Saturday and Saturday this week, and saw some things that really got me thinking about the nature of this nation. I knew this already, but my week on the sidewalk really brought it home: this is a truly ridiculous country, in every positive and negative sense of the word."
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This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776--The Movie
Michael Winship, Truthout: "As we commemorate the Fourth of July, one of the joys -- and there are many -- of life in these United States is that you never know what the hell we, the people, will say next."
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Why Did It Take a Rock Magazine to Report the Military's Total Disaster in Afghanistan?
Peter Richardson, Alternet: "The controversial Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal didn't just expose poor judgment on the part of the U.S. military's key leader in Afghanistan. It also illustrates one of the most persistent shortcomings of American corporate journalism."
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Government Loses Appeal in Guantanamo Habeas Case
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers: "An appeals court put government prosecutors on notice that they must show evidence that an Algerian detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than eight years is actually "part of" al Qaida, or set him free."
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BP Wasted No Time Preparing for Gulf Disaster Lawsuits
Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers: "In the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP publicly touted its expert oil clean-up response, but it quietly girded for a legal fight that could soon embroil hundreds of attorneys, span five states and last more than a decade."
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Witnessing Against Torture: Why We Must Act
Kathy Kelly, Truthout: "An old cliché says that anyone who has herself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, going to trial in Washington, DC, I and 23 other defendants prepared a pro se defense. Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors."
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"I'm A Racist" - Part II
Ed Kinane, Truthout: "'My Name is Ed. I'm a Racist.' That's the title of an article I recently wrote about living in a society where no one escapes racist conditioning. Now I want to continue those reflections."
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From Manifest Destiny to Manifest Insanity
Roberto Rodriguez, Truthout: "As a result of several recent draconian laws, Arizona's image has taken a drubbing internationally. And yet, Arizona is but the spear. In reality, its politics are not dramatically different from those of other states, or from Washington's. More than a dozen states are waiting in the wings with copycat legislation, and the Obama administration continues to view migration through the prisms of law enforcement and military might."
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A Prevention Model for Reducing the Federal Debt While Doing Social Good
Neil Wollman, Truthout: "The growing federal debt has become such a political problem that President Obama has appointed a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to tackle it. So far, the public discourse has focused on two painful, but seemingly necessary solutions - raising taxes and cutting current government programs."
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