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Fred Branfman, the editor of “Voices From the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War” (Harper & Row, 1972), exposed the U.S. secret air war in Laos...

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A Satire: Serving the Nation, Republican-Style


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The rich need ever more servants at a time when millions of people need jobs. Now, thanks to ingenious legislation, there’s a win-win solution.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE

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If McCain Had Won


AP / Carolyn Kaster

Nothing reveals the true state of American politics today more than the fact that Democratic President Barack Obama has left the Democratic Party far weaker than it would have been had McCain been elected.

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WikiLeaks Exposes the Danger of Pakistan’s Nukes


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There are few scenarios more frightening for America than a domestic nuclear terrorist attack. We now know that U.S. policy is actually increasing the danger of a nuclear incident.

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Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

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Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All


U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE

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When Rolling Stone Calls the Shots, It’s Time to Negotiate


AP / Gerald Herbert

It is amazing how little commentary there has been on the key issue raised by the McChrystal Affair: Should U.S. war policy be made by Rolling Stone?

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE

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5 Million Iraqis Killed, Maimed, Tortured, Displaced—Think That Bothers War Boosters?


U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. JoAnn S. Makinano

The immensity of Iraqi civilian suffering is incomprehensible. How can war’s cheerleaders like Christopher Hitchens claim to fight on behalf of the people whose lives they helped destroy?

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE

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Fred Branfman
Fred Branfman

Fred Branfman, the editor of “Voices From the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War” (Harper & Row, 1972), exposed the U.S. secret air war in Laos while living there from 1967 to 1971 and went on to develop solar, educational and Information Age initiatives for California Gov. Jerry Brown and national policymakers. Branfman died in 2014 at the age of 72.

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