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Johann Hari: The Enduring Truth-Telling of Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is one of the most hysterically abused figures in the world today. Even his critics have to concede that his work inventing the field of linguistics — and so beginning to decode the structure of how language is formed in the human brain — makes him one of the most important intellectuals alive. But when he applies the ...

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War–what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, according to latest work by San Anselmo filmmaker | Pacific Sun

Born in 1914, the first year of World War I, poet William Stafford grew up hearing war horror stories along with the biblical commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” When the U.S. government drafted him into World War II, he felt he could not go and instead became a conscientious objector, one of 12,000 who lived in civilian public-service camps throughout ...

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What book(s) would you recommend to somebody who wants a context in which to understand the BP Oil Spill and what’s at stake in the Gulf?

From the Brennan Center‘s Just Books Jonathan Schell, Author, Fate of the Earth: Standing behind the Gulf spill is the incomparably larger crisis of global warming, brought on not by the spill of oil the but burning of oil (products) in our cars and other devices. Recently, I’ve read two books on the subject that I’d like to commend. The ...

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Imagine Peace: Thai exhibit on political crisis

BANGKOK — On one wall hangs a giant Thai flag torn in half but stitched up with a zipper. Nearby is a poster-sized news photograph of smoke mushrooming out of a Bangkok shopping mall, the gray cloud outlined by a skull. Out of Thailand’s bloody political turmoil that ended in mid-May, an art exhibit has emerged called “Imagine Peace.” Eighty ...

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Robert McChesney and John Nichols on “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again”

University of Illinois Professor Robert McChesney and The Nation correspondent John Nichols, two leading advocates of the media reform movement, joins Democracy Now to talk about their book, “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again.” McChesney and Nichols argue that journalism should be seen as a public good and that the ...

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Real Story in Rolling Stone Article: Inner Circle Knows Afghanistan War Facts Would Kill Remaining Public Support | CommonDreams.org

While the country focused on the fall of General Stanley McChrystal following Michael Hastings’ explosive Rolling Stone article, a notable story was buried in the piece: top military officials know that public awareness of the facts of the war would greatly erode public support. “If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less ...

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The American Way of War: The Dismal “War on Terror” from Bush to Obama | by Daniel Luban via CommonDreams.org

A succinct analysis of Tom Englehart’s book on empire and war in the Bush and Obama administrations. CHICAGO – A year and a half into the presidency of Barack Obama, any hopes that he would usher in a dramatic rethinking of U.S. foreign policy have been more or less definitively dashed. Notwithstanding the wild-eyed warnings of right-wing hawks who see ...

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Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Oliver Stone Tackles Latin America’s Political Upheaval in ‘South of the Border’

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has taken on three American presidents in JFK, Nixon and W. and the most controversial aspects of the war in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July. He looked at the greed of the financial industry in the Hollywood hit Wall Street and its forthcoming sequel. In South of the Border, his latest documentary ...

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TomDispatch’s Engelhardt on his new book ‘The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s’

Democracy Now discusses the latest in the ongoing US war in Afghanistan, the longest-running war in American history, with Tom Engelhardt, creator and editor of the website TomDispatch and author of The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s. Engelhardt says the US war in Afghanistan has troubling parallels with the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan of the 1980s. Amy ...

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