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Alan Gross and Regime Change in Cuba

Alan GrossEver since Alan Gross was arrested and incarcerated in Cuba, his supporters have portrayed him as a simple, naïve American who was doing nothing more than distributing some cell phones to Jewish groups in Cuba. U.S. officials have especially played the innocent, couching their demands for Gross’s release in the context of free speech and other principles of a free society.

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A Terrible Normality

statue_of_libertyby Michael Parenti

Through much of history the abnormal has been the norm. This is a paradox to which we should attend. Aberrations, so plentiful as to form a terrible normality of their own, descend upon us with frightful consistency.

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Fascism Wins Big in Israel

NetanyahuIsraeli election results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats.

Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected Israel's most extremist government in history. Militarism, belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, occupation ruthlessness, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy.

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Relax, Obama won't take your guns away

Obama's gun control plan will try to ban about 157 types of guns from being sold or importedby Patty Culhane

There is something happening with the debate over guns in this country. It seems to me that people on both sides have stopped listening. They have entrenched and, excuse the pun, started readying for battle. That, in my opinion, is a recipe for further division, despair and anger. This country doesn’t need any more of that right now.

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Strategies of containment

classwarMany of us on the left have been kettled at demonstrations: surrounded by a wall of police, herded into a small area, and prevented from reaching our goal. The term is a translation of kesseln, the German military tactic of enclosing an enemy force within a tight cordon of troops and gradually wearing it down rather than attacking it directly.

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