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by Martha Rosenberg

Government's top veterinarian leaves to spend more time with industry.

Leaving a government job for the private sector used to mean an end to pressure, accountability, and visibility. But not for former Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administrator Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, the Department of Agriculture's top veterinarian.

Thursday, 30 August 2007 04:44

Greg Palast: New Orleans two years after

by Greg Palast

"They wanted them poor n*ggers out of there and they ain't had no intention to allow it to be reopened to no poor n*ggers, you know? And that's just the bottom line."

It wasn't a pretty statement. But I wasn't looking for pretty. I'd taken my investigative team to New Orleans to meet with Malik Rahim. Pretty isn't Malik's concern.

by Michael Winship

Monday, Monday. Can't trust that day. The GOP always seems to purge its leadership ranks on Mondays -- just when I'm sweating the deadline for this column, so I have to start all over. I swear, it's the work of that vast right-wing conspiracy. Go pick on somebody your own size, dammit.

by Sam Provance

Breaking News: The Army officer in charge of the interrogation/torture operation at Abu Ghraib in late 2003 is being court-martialed. My first thought was: Finally an officer is being held accountable. In view of the repeated rebuff to my own attempts to stop the torture and identify those responsible, however, you will perhaps excuse my skepticism that justice will be done.

by Cindy Sheehan

(Editor's Note: Here are partial remarks from Cynthia McKinney at the Kennebunkport, Maine peace rally on August 25, 2007)

"Our country is in danger, not just from foreign enemies, but above all, from our own misguided policies. This war must be ended; and in my judgment, it can be ended. And it does not involve giving up. But it does involve not continuing to follow the bankrupt policy that we're following at the present time."

by Greg Palast

"What I've experienced in the last six months is the ugly side of the American dream."

Last month, David Iglesias and I were looking out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where his dad had entered the U.S. from Panama decades ago. It was a hard moment for the military lawyer who, immediately after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired Iglesias as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, returned to active military duty as a Naval Reserve JAG.

Captain Iglesias, cool and circumspect, added something I didn't expect:

by Harvey Wasserman

A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has collapsed.

A broken 54" pipe has spewed 350,000 gallons per minute of contaminated, overheated water into the Earth. "The river water piping and the series of screens and supports failed," said a company spokesman. They "fell to the ground."

By Danny Schechter
Editor, Mediachannel.org

Why did the markets and the media downplay the subprime menace?

That "why didn't we know" question is back. Again? It was asked about 9/11 in connection with our government ignoring warning after warning about likely terrorist attacks. The CIA has just raised it again about their own ostrich-like behavior in the run-up to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Now it's being asked by The New York Times about the failure to anticipate and potentially pre-empt the subprime mortgage crisis that has since escalated into a deeper meltdown in global financial markets leading to layoffs and predictions of a fall-off in economic growth.
Monday, 27 August 2007 06:59

Marjorie Cohn: Turning Iraq Into Vietnam

by Marjorie Cohn

Desperate to shore up support for continuing his unpopular war on Iraq, George W. Bush drew an analogy with Vietnam when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The price of America's withdrawal [from Vietnam] was paid by millions of innocent citizens," Bush declared. But he overlooked the 4 million Indochinese and 58,000 American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for that imperial war. And the myriad Vietnamese and Americans who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the defoliant Agent Orange the U.S. forces dropped on Vietnam. The 10 years it took to end our war there claimed untold numbers of lives.

By Hanna Rosin
Author of God's Harvard

When I first began covering religion for The Washington Post, more than 10 years ago, deflecting conversion attempts became a routine part of my work. Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries. What did it matter that I was a reporter doing my job if I was headed for eternal damnation? To a population of domestic missionaries, I presented as a prime target: a friendly non-Christian who was deeply interested in learning more about their beliefs.

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