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The Emperor's Messenger Has No Clothes

Thomas FriedmanBelén Fernández Dresses Down Thomas Friedman

A review of "The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work," by Belén Fernández, published by Verso in its new series Counterblasts, dedicated to "challenging the apologists of Empire and Capital."

What's scary about Thomas Friedman is not his journalism, with its underinflated insights and twisted metaphors. Annoying as his second-rate thinking and third-rate writing may be, he's not the first - or the worst - hack journalist.

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Adnan’s Victory

KHADER ADNAN MUHAMMAD MUSAA Palestinian village, somewhere in the West Bank.

In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!”

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Gaza Gripped by Crisis

Gaza Blackouts Punishing years under siege, Cast Lead's devastation, and regular IDF air, land and sea attacks took a terrible toll on Gazans physically, economically and emotionally.

In 2010, Doctors Without Borders (Medicine Sans Frontiers) said over half of children under age 12 need mental health help. Moreover, one-third of cases are severe.

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The Real War Heroes

War HeroesFrom the book- RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War

"That must be them." Petra took one hand off the steering wheel and pointed to a group of soldiers about two hundred meters away, standing along our road next to a high chainlink fence topped with barbed wire.

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Obama Administration 'Brainwashes' Public on Afghanistan

air-strikeIn 1967, Michigan Governor George W. Romney, a potential contender for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, abandoned his earlier support for the war in Vietnam, which he had called “morally right and necessary.” Asked why he changed his position, Romney said, “When I came back from Viet Nam [in November 1965], I’d just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get.” That remark indicating the U.S. military had lied to him was widely interpreted as a fatal gaffe, and Romney pulled out of the race two weeks before the New Hampshire primary.

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