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Susan Estrich: What Revolution?

The gender pay gap is alive and worsening.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE
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Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

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AP Photo / Khalid Mohammed

Many critics of the war suggest that the U.S. remains in Iraq because it wants that nation’s petroleum. But oil is not the primary reason.  Instead, look to the military-industrial complex, a threat that President Eisenhower warned of in the 1960s.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Richard Walden: U.S. Embargoes Compassion for Cuba

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The president of a Los Angeles-based international relief agency writes that America’s inhumane policy toward Cuban aid remains tragically out of date.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Reese Erlich: Trouble Brewing in Paradise

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Reese Erlich

The award-winning investigative journalist probes the divided loyalties of Iraqi Kurdistan, where U.S. trainers are working to fold political militias into the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Lyrics Rated M, for Murderous

Are rappers’ ultra-violent rhymes a sign of lethal intent or just a cry against oppression?

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE

Satire by Andy Borowitz: Naughty Outnumber Nice in New Survey

In a survey designed to determine who is naughty and who is nice, the naughty outnumbered the nice by a whopping 3-to-1 margin, the University of Minnesota revealed today.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes

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This week Truthdig salutes Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes for uncovering the true cost of the war in Iraq. Last year Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz and Harvard budget expert Bilmes estimated the total price tag for Bush’s misadventure in Mesopotamia at $2.267 trillion—a tad higher than the $350 billion to $500 billion so often discussed.

Posted on Dec 23, 2006 READ MORE

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Christianity’s African-American Soul

A New Testament scholar and ordained Baptist minister’s new book suggests that African Americans’ interpretation of Scripture best captures the authenic meaning of the Bible.

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE

Sheinbaum: Carter’s ‘Apartheid’ Mistake

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Sheinbaum: Jewish Journal; Carter: Amazon.com

Internationally renowned diplomat, peace activist and scholar Stanley Sheinbaum (above) discusses Jimmy Carter’s controversial new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2006 READ MORE

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