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Conservative Responsibility for Iraq and Afghanistan

Afghanistanby Jacob G. Hornberger

Among the favorite mantras of conservatives is “With freedom comes responsibility.” They love to hurl it at liberals whenever they point to the disastrous failure of the welfare state. When liberals cry, “Please, judge us by our good intentions, not by the actual results of our policies,” conservatives respond, “No, good intentions mean nothing. What matters is the damage and destructiveness your policies have caused. You liberals must take personal responsibility for what you have wrought.”

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Kony's Invisible Christian Fanaticism

joseph-konyby Mamoon Alabbasi

There is no doubt that the thirty-minute video 'Kony 2012' by the advocacy group Invisible Children has raised much awareness regarding the relatively under-reported atrocities committed by the Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). It is also true that the video, which boasts of over 80 million views on YouTube so far, has been subjected to much - I think fair – scrutiny. Criticism of the motives, accuracy and objectivity of the video's makers has stirred a rather healthy debate on the issue, where alternative ways forward were discussed.

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Netanyahu: Israel's mouthpiece of lie

Netanyahuby Khalid Amayreh

In his reaction to the tragic shooting incident outside a Jewish school in France Monday, Israeli Prime Minister invoked "Palestinian terror."

"I haven't heard any condemnation from the UN, but one of its bodies, the human rights council, invited representatives of Hamas who condemned the US for killing Osama bin Laden and kills Jewish men, women and children. This is who UNHRC invites today. I have one thing to say to the UNHRC: What do you have to do with human rights? You should be ashamed of yourself."

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The Future is Ours if We Want It

RepublicansOne thing should be obviously apparent to everyone; the Republicans don’t stand a chance of defeating Obama, no matter who the eventual nominee is. If the GOP ends up with a brokered convention and becomes deadlocked, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jeb Bush drafted. That is probably the Democrats worst nightmare. I know it’s mine.

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Police State Blues

PHOTO by Mickey Z, at Zuchotti Parkby Phil Rockstroh

"Our rights do not end where the caprice of authoritarian bullies begins."

At mid-evening, on Saturday, March 17, upon the six-month anniversary of the occupation of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, the NYPD -- because the department suffered no ill consequences from their search and destroy mission launched, in the late fall of 2011, to scour Liberty Square of liberty -- initiated another brutal operation to expel OWS activists from the premises, and to discourage, in general, those who might venture attempts to exercise their right to free assembly and free expression across the whole of the city of New York as winter proceeds into spring.

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