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January 31, 2016

The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalistshas been apotentpolitical tactic— anda journalistic disgrace. It’s intendedto imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusalto march enthusiastically behind the Wall Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are “bros”...

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Published on January 31, 2016 05:42 • 21 views

January 28, 2016

For years, New York Times columnistPaul Krugman has repeatedly complained about the D.C. orthodoxy-enforcing tacticof labeling only those who subscribe to Washington pieties as “Very Serious People,” or “VSPs.”It’s a term Krugmanborrowed (with credit) from the liberal blogger Atrios,who first coined itto illustrate how Iraq War opponents were instantly marginalized in establishment discourse and only war advocates weredeemed to be Serious. Krugmanmockingly uses itso often that theNew York Tim...

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Published on January 28, 2016 05:15 • 22 views

January 27, 2016

The immediate aftermath of the NATO bombingofLibya was a time of high gloating. Just as Iraq War advocates pointed to the capture and killing of Saddam Hussein as proof that their war was a success, Libya war advocates pointed to the capture and brutal killing ofMuammar el-Qaddafi as proof of their vindication. War advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nicholas Kristof were writing columns celebrating their prescience and mocking war opponents as discredited, and theNew York Times publis...

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Published on January 27, 2016 03:50 • 6 views

January 25, 2016

Saadiq Long, the Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran who was secretly placed on the no-fly list in 2012 and then smeared by a fabricated news report last Decemberclaiming he was arrested in Turkey “as a member of an ISIS cell,” left Turkey last week and has now returned to the U.S. The U.S. government, which worked to secure Long’s release from a Turkish deportation center, gave him a waiver from the no-fly list to enable him to fly back home. Along with his wife and daughter, Long, as theWashingto...

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Published on January 25, 2016 13:24 • 16 views

January 21, 2016

The British political and media establishment incrementallylost its collective mind over the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the country’s Labour Party, and itsunraveling and implosion show no signs of receding yet.Bernie Sanders is nowhere near as radical as Corbyn;they arenot even in the same universe. But, especially on economic issues, Sandersis a more fundamental, systemiccriticthan the oligarchical power centers are willing to tolerate, and his rejection of corporate dominance ov...

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Published on January 21, 2016 05:15 • 13 views

January 19, 2016

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the six-term congresswoman from South Florida and chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been embroiled in numerous significant controversies lately. As theWashington Post put it just today: “DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s list of enemies just keeps growing.”

She is widely perceived to have breached her duty of neutrality as DNC chair by taking multiple steps to advance the Clinton campaign, including severely limiting the number ofDemocratic debates a...

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Published on January 19, 2016 10:17 • 16 views

January 15, 2016

When news first broke of the detention of two U.S. ships in Iranian territorial waters, the U.S. media — aside from depicting it as an act ofIranianaggression — uncritically cited the U.S. government’s explanation for what happened. One of the boats, we were told, experienced “mechanical failure” and thus “inadvertently drifted” into Iranian waters. On CBS News, Joe Biden told Charlie Rose, “One of theboats had engine failure, drifted into Iranian waters.”

Providedtheir government script, U.S...

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Published on January 15, 2016 07:58 • 23 views

January 13, 2016

Executives of Al Jazeera America (AJAM) helda meeting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to telltheir employees that the company is terminating all news and digital operations in the U.S. as of April 2016, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs. The announcement marksa stunning and rapid collapse of what, from the start, has been a toweringfailure.

AJAM began when Al Jazeera purchased Current TV in late 2012 from founder Al Gore for $500 million, and the channellaunched six months later. From the star...

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Published on January 13, 2016 11:04 • 25 views

News broke last night, hours before President Obama’s State of the Union address, that two U.S. Navy ships “in the Persian Gulf” were “seized”by Iran, and the 10 sailors on board were “arrested.”The Iranian government quickly said, and even the U.S. government itself seemed to acknowledge, that these ships had entered Iranian waters without permission, and were thus inside Iranian territory when detained. CNN’s Barbara Starr, as she always does, immediately went on the air with Wolf Blitzer t...

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Published on January 13, 2016 05:15 • 14 views

January 8, 2016

It’s been almost one year since millions of people — led by the world’s most repressive tyrants — marched in Paris ostensibly in favor of free speech. Since then, the French government — which led the way trumpetingthe vital importance of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdokillings — has repeatedly prosecuted people for the political views they expressed, and otherwise exploited terrorism fears to crush civil liberties generally. It hasdone so with barely a peep of protest from most...

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Published on January 08, 2016 06:30 • 24 views

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