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Lusane: Obama, Blacks And Latinos
Apr 30, 2011
The White House must draw the right conclusions from recent dismal polls.
Levy: Japan and Israel
Mar 20, 2011
I fell in love with the Japanese people at first sight.
Lusane: Zimbabwe & Tunisia, Egypt, Libya
Mar 10, 2011
The regime of 87-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe has sought to pre-empt the types of protests that have shaken autocrats in North Africa and the Middle East.
Lusane: Celebrate Reconstruction
Feb 09, 2011
The sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War has unleashed a cacophony of voices...
Landau: 2011 American Dream
Jan 11, 2011
“What’s good for General Motors is good for the country,” was a statement attributed to former GM CEO Charles Wilson in 1953, during hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Landau: Wikileaks Deserves An Award
Jan 02, 2011
US officials routinely declare commitment to a free press – except when someone uses it to reveal unflattering information. Ironically, members of the media critical of Wikileaks also think the government should protect us by not sharing “classified information.”
Lynd: Hunger Strike At Ohio State
Dec 31, 2010
As this is written on Christmas Eve, a small group of death-sentenced prisoners at the Ohio State Penitentiary (OSP) have declared their intention to begin a "rolling hunger strike" on Monday, January 3.
Lusane: Black History of the President’s House
Dec 22, 2010
On December 15, 2010 the National Park Service inaugurated its new exhibit, “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation” at the Liberty Bell Center pavilion in Philadelphia’s Independence Park.
Loeb: Republican War on Reality
Oct 31, 2010
Today's Republicans have been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign’s final days.
Lusane: White House, Obama’s House
Oct 21, 2010
As he faces a critical juncture in his presidency, it is perhaps useful for President Obama to reflect upon an obscure but relevant anniversary...
Landau: What We’ve Done To Others
Oct 04, 2010
Few Americans have a clear memory of our nuclear history -- part of our heritage, just like the cruel deeds of 9/11/01.
Landau: The Alan Gross Case
Aug 02, 2010
Someone, perhaps the protagonist himself, made a mistake -- perhaps an “oversight,” as Washington bureaucrats label their errors. Alan Gross, on a mission for his company (DAI) working for US AID (United States Agency for International Development) solicited a tourist visa to travel to Cuba for the purpose of “promoting democracy,” a euphemism for undermining governments that challenge Washington dictates.
Lusane: Racism, Sherrod & Obama
Jul 31, 2010
The Shirley Sherrod controversy, like the Van Jones incident last summer, demonstrates the power of the right-wing media to rock the Obama White House when it comes to racial matters.
Landau: The Rhetoric-Reality Gulf
Jul 19, 2010
To Hell with war, I told myself on July 4, as the people of Alameda, California (my town) celebrated the onset of the war for freedom and independence by forgetting war: a parade, backyard BBQs, booze and fireworks.
Landau: A Tale Of Two Extraditions
Jul 06, 2010
The US government demanded that Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding extradite a drug dealer. When Venezuela made similar demands on Washington, for arguably the Hemisphere’s most notorious terrorist, the Justice Department brushed off the request.
Landau: Israel Gives Jews A Bad Name
Jun 23, 2010
After Israeli commandos murdered nine people and wounded scores of others in international waters, I concluded that Israel continues to give Jews a bad name. The US government and media, in their effort to kiss the Israeli lobby’s ass, contributed to what Margaret Atwood called “a shadow hanging over Israel.” She referred to its continued inhumane treatment of the Palestinians in occupied territories, including its control over access to Gaza.
Landau: Another Far Right Outing
May 31, 2010
I laughed when 61 year old Reverend Baptist minister George Alan Rekers got outed after his most excellent European vacation with a 20 year Rentboy.com. “Anti-Gay Activist Cavorts With Male Hooker,” the headline might have read.
Landau: GM’s Shell Game
May 17, 2010
On April 21, the Wall Street Journal published an op ed by Ed Whitacre, CEO of General Motors, claiming GM had paid back the money it had borrowed from the government -- plus interest. GM ads boasted of their rapid repayment of the company’s TARP loan debts...
Landau: Dan Ellsberg
Apr 12, 2010
In 2005, teaching a history class to university juniors and seniors, I mentioned the Vietnam War. I noticed glazed looks in the eyes of several students. I asked a young woman born about a decade after that war had ended: “You know when the Vietnam War occurred, right?”
Landau: Pentagon Appetite 2/2
Mar 05, 2010
During pre game Super Bowl ceremonies Queen Latifah sang America the Beautiful. Following her, American Idol winner Carrie Underwood began warbling the Star Spangled Banner. Four jet fighters swished over the stadium. Did any of the cheering crowd or the tens of millions watching on TV ask how much it cost to have the thrill of two screaming jets offer the public supersonic foreplay before extra large men smashed and bashed through the thin membrane (the line) to reach the tantalizing quarterback?