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Remembering Gore Vidal

Gore VidalMany labels characterize him: distinguished author, essayist, playwright, historian, acerbic sociopolitical/cultural critic, freethinker, intellectual, and humanist.

In 2009, the American Humanist Association (AHA) named him honorary president.

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Capitalism Failed

CapitalismEconomic/financial systems dependent on wars and predation eventually self-destruct. Western capitalism is no exception.

Money power runs things. War profiteering is policy. Ordinary people have no say. Exploiting them for profit is prioritized. Divisions between rich and poor grow. By some measures they're unprecedented.

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Hypocrisy over Hezbollah Arms

HezbollahFrom this observers experience in Lebanon there is only one cosmic like event that is nearly as predicable from Ramlet al Baida beach in Beirut, near Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, than the sun coming up like thunder out of Syria across the eastern Bekaa Valley every morning. And that might be the regularity of the on cue from Washington, Riyadh, Doha, and Tel Aviv cacophonous chorus that very frequently these days wafts throughout this country and region: “Hezbollah must give up their weapons!

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Drug-War Regime Change in Venezuela?

obama-chavezby Jacob G. Hornberger

Uh, oh! While the focus is on U.S. foreign interventionism in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere in the Middle East, could it be that the U.S. Empire is ginning up for a regime-change operation over in this part of the world, specifically Venezuela, where the Hugo Chavez administration has long been the bane of U.S. officials?

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Review: 'The Memory of Love'. War, trauma & lying

“The Memory of Love” by Aminatta Forna“The Memory of Love” by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury, London, 2010) is a superb novel about love, betrayal, war-time atrocities that traumatize people into silence, and “the silent lie” that re-writes personal and national histories. The novel is set in impoverished Sierra Leone today but is informed by awful civil war events over the last 3 decades.

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