Tuesday, February 9, 2010



Robert Scheer on Gorbachev's Advice to Obama
"Gorbachev’s Sermon on the Mount" -- Mikhail Gorbachev is not honored enough for the example he set. His past practices and recent cautions about Afghanistan should be heeded by Barack Obama.

Chris Hedges on the Afghan National Army
"Afghanistan’s Sham Army" -- American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

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Gbemisola Olujobi on E-Waste in Africa
"Digital Dumping and the Global ‘E-Cycling’ Scam" -- The port of Lagos in Nigeria receives about 400,000 used computers every month, out of which only one in four is useful. The rest end up in landfills, garbage dumps and, in a curious twist, as resources for scammers.

Pat and Kevin Tillman

Truthdig Classic: Kevin Tillman's “After Pat's Birthday”
"Happy Birthday, Pat Tillman" -- Pat Tillman’s birthday is Nov. 6, and we wish to commemorate his life by republishing Truthdig’s most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by Pat’s brother, Kevin Tillman.


Rep. Dennis Kucinich on the House Health Bill
"Kucinich: Why I Voted No" -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich explains why he voted against the landmark health reform bill, which he says “continues the redistribution of wealth to Wall Street at the expense of America’s manufacturing and service economies.”


E.J. Dionne on Defeated Anti-Tax Measures
"When Voters Disrupt the Tea Party" -- Here’s a story you may have missed because it flies in the face of the dreary conventional wisdom: When advocates of public programs take on the right-wing anti-government crowd directly, the government-haters lose.


Robert Fisk on Hamid Karzai
"America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator" -- Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

Amy Goodman on Yip Harburg's Songs of the Depression
"The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’" -- The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Ruth Marcus on Health Care Canards
"Department of Health Care Misinformation" -- The outright falsehoods peddled by Republican opponents to the House health reform bill lead one to wonder whether they have any genuine fact-based objections.

William Pfaff on Obama and Foreign Policy
"A Disappointing Year With Obama" -- Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?

Eugene Robinson on the Fort Hood Shooting
"When a Time Bomb Is Ticking" -- Fairness is one thing, foolishness is another. Any soldier who seemed to be falling apart—Muslim or not—should have been given extra scrutiny.

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