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Landau: Afghanistan Disaster
Mar 02, 2008
The overwhelming public sentiment against Iraq will turn to Afghanistan as casualty rates continue or accelerate.
Landau: Father of Modern Cuba
Feb 24, 2008
Cubans, even in Miami, will admit that Fidel Castro changed their lives. Their departure to the US is testimony to some of the failings of the Cuban revolution, but while Castro remains alive, he will use his agile mind to improve the Caribbean isle's experiment in socialism.
Landau: Speech Found In Mailbox
Feb 07, 2008
Between now and the November election, the public and the political professionals expect me to behave like a traditional candidate. Avoid important issues and instead focus on abstractions like "change" and non political, life style issues like for or against abortion, gay marriage and owning machine guns. I'm supposed to support the deportation of immigrants and stand for lowering taxes. I'm supposed to act like the toughest leader in the world, meaning I'll send US troops anywhere to fight "terrorism," or whatever.
Landau: Bush Snatched Defeat
Jan 23, 2008
Insisting on Iran's nuclear threat despite the opposite findings of an intelligence report is a part of Bush's well-rehearsed tactic of spreading fear to keep power. Historians will view Bush as the president who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), made public on December 4, concluded Iran had closed its nuclear weapons program four years earlier. Bush could have attributed this "fact" to his aggressive rhetoric (threats). Instead, he whined at his press conference that day: "Look, Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. The NIE says that Iran had a hidden -- a covert nuclear weapons program. That's what it said. What's to say they couldn't start another covert nuclear weapons program?"
Landau: 60 Years of Empire
Jan 15, 2008
George W. Bush has led the United States from a bright dream toward an incipient nightmare.
Landau: Portrait of Rudy
Dec 08, 2007
Portrait of Rudy -- the contender from the Ridiculous Party
Lendman: Thanksgiving Hypocrisy
Nov 20, 2007
In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks for the year's blessings and bounty.
Landau: Truth Begets Pariah Status
Nov 17, 2007
Truth Begets Pariah Status
Jornaleros line the corners along East Oakland's High Street. Additional groups of mostly young men wait along San Leandro Street and International Boulevard. An occasional car or pick up truck stops, all run to the vehicle and a few get in to clean a yar
Landau: LIBBY AND POSADA: TWO SIDES OF A RATTY COIN
Aug 10, 2007
How does the commutation of the prison sentence of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, coincide with the release by a federal judge of Luis Posada Carriles, former top terrorist of the Western Hemisphere?
Landau: J.Lo Investigates The Juarez Muders
Jul 24, 2007
At six AM, on June 15, 2000, a man noticed our TV camera and pointed across the street. In this residential section of Ciudad Juarez, a woman lay motionless in the street. As we filmed her inert form the local police and the judiciales (federal investigat
Landau: 47 years later in Havana
Jun 24, 2007
I landed at Jose Marti International airport in May of 1960, 17 months after a young, bearded man and his fellow barbudos had captured control of the island and sent a hated dictator fleeing. Musicians played a lively tune as the passengers deplaned, a yo
In May 1970, 19 years before Chinese officials ordered troops to fire on its students and other citizens demonstrating in favor of democracy at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, US state and federal officials had authorized National Guardsmen to fire with live
Landau: WHINING IMPERIALISTS
Apr 30, 2007
Two kinds of imperial whining have come to pervade foreign policy discussion. One relates to Bush's overextending the military so they cannot deploy to other places desperately needing their lethal capacity.
Landau: Feeling calmer than in New York
Apr 23, 2007
The bus ride headed 30 miles north from Damascus takes us - a rare group of American visitors -- to Sednaya, the site of All Convent of Our Lady, Greek Orthodox Church. Mother Superior told us the Virgin Mary had visited this spot, disguised as a deer. Th
Landau: A fool and charlatan in power
Feb 21, 2007
"Éthere is a connection between fools and power."
Landau: Gore Vidal in Havana -- Part 1
Jan 16, 2007
After 9/11, George Bush began firing fear-loaded spitballs at Congress and the media who reacted by being frightened. Five years and three months later, Gore Vidal in Havana countered W's discords of panic with chimes of truth.
Landau: A gay outing for Democratic voters
Dec 22, 2006
The Reverend Elmer Gantry was reading an illustrated pink periodical devoted to prize-fighters and chorus girls in his room at Elizabeth J. Schmutz Hall late of an afternoon when two large men walked in without knocking.
The policy change has begun: from reckless imperialism to prudent imperialism. The signal: the nomination of the malleable establishment fixer Robert Gates to replace as Defense Secretary the intractable neo con Donald Rumsfeld, who announced his resig
Landau: BushÕs Foley ÐThe DemocratsÕ big chance
Oct 28, 2006
Less than one month before the November congressional elections, the Great Scriptwriter in the Sky directed Republicans to stage a disruptive sex scandal Ð for the benefit of the Democrats.