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Sirens and protests

Jerusalemby Adam Keller

The alarm sounded when we were at the corner of Frishman Street, twenty minutes before the demonstration against the war. The first alarm in central Tel Aviv. I was among those who ran to the nearest stairwell. There is only a small statistical chance the missile will fall exactly where you are. This morning two men and a woman in Kiryat Malachi sitting on their balcony thought they could ignore the sirens. They are dead.

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The Real Petraeus Scandal

John Allen [right] David Petraeusby Ivan Eland

Nothing titillates the nation’s capital like a sex scandal masquerading as a policy controversy. The American news media will use any excuse to get into public officials’ private lives so it can try to achieve the ratings of Entertainment Tonight–style celebrity gossip shows while maintaining a veneer of “responsible journalism.” In America’s unique celebrity-driven culture, this phenomenon happens in political campaigns as well as in the current scandal involving David Petraeus, the recently cashiered CIA spy chief.

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After The Flood: Requiem for a friend, death knell for a dying paradigm

The Floodby Phil Rockstroh 

So much has been lost to the hubris and cupidity inherent to the hyper-industrialization and commercial hustler that defines the Anthropocene Epoch. To take it all in, to allow oneself to feel the full implications of the dire situation, of the ecocide and humanity lost to endless war and economic exploitation, one would be knocked to one's knees with sorrow or compelled to give voice to bursts of full-throated rage.

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The 'Lesser of Two Evils' Sucks

obama-romneyby Luke Hiken and Marti Hiken

Voting for the lesser of two evils? Why? The Democratic Party has moved so far to the right to capture the “centrist” voters that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats will ever represent the “people” and what is best for us. At this point it is questionable whether there are any vestiges of democracy that might be left in the country.

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Killing Iranian Children

15-year-old Iranian Manoucherhr Esmaili-LiousiIt was inevitable. Today the Guardian reported the first death of an Iranian child from the U.S. Empire’s sanctions on Iran. The death of 15-year-old Iranian Manoucherhr Esmaili-Liousi brings to mind the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children from the 11 years of sanctions that the Empire enforced against Iraq during the 1990s.

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