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Christian Avard is the editor of The Message for the Week, a weekly newspaper in southern Vermont. He was a reporter for the Rutland Herald, Deerfield Valley News, The Commons (Windham County, VT), Vermont Guardian, Raw Story and his works have appeared on numerous blogs and websites. He lives with his family in Dummerston, Vermont.

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An Open Letter to Journalists in Sochi

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:46 PM

To American and other western journalists covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

This is deep, but I have to get this off my chest.

I'm quite surprised how you are acting in Russia. You are taking your gripes out on Twitter about poor hotel conditions, dirty water, dual...

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All Sports Is Political: The Dave Zirin interview

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 6:01 PM

They say sports and politics don't mix. One sportswriter disagrees with that. In fact, he would argue that professional sports has always been political and has been a positive force in shaping American society.

Dave Zirin is The Nation magazine sports editor and a columnist for SLAM Magazine, The Progressive,...

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Jessica Valenti: Even progressive heroes can rape

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 1:56 PM

Ever since sexual assault allegations surfaced against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Wikileaks supporters, many who consider themselves "progressive," "liberal," pro-women's rights," "anti-rape," etc. have rallied behind Assange. Many supporters claim Assange was being set-up by his enemies. Feminist Naomi Wolf blatantly discredited the alleged victims' stories...

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"Only the mood music has changed": Tariq Ali on Obama's presidency

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 3:10 PM


Is president Barack Obama the change America has been waiting for or is he another corporate Democrat representing elite interests? According to Tariq Ali, very little has chanced between Obama and former president George W. Bush. In his latest book "The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home,...

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Reese Erlich: "Stop using the word 'terrorist'"

(20) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 6:47 PM

Defining what a terrorist is and isn't is a major dilemma. What one may consider terrorism, another may consider resistance. So where does one draw the line? Reese Erlich tackles that topic in his latest book "Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire." Erlich...

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Anna Baltzer: Palestinians "come second" at peace talks

(27) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 12:54 PM

A visit to the occupied territories of Palestine can change one's perspectives forever. Such was the case of Anna Baltzer. Baltzer is a Jewish-American granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Ankara, Turkey and soon after volunteered with the...

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Dr Jack Shaheen: "More leadership needed on Park 51 conversation."

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2010 | 7:50 PM

The national conversation on the Park 51 Islamic Community Center has taken a turn for the worst. Opponents claim it's too close to the Ground Zero and is offensive to families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Others call it a breeding ground...

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It's not about "He said, She said": Media misses the mark on Ben Roethlisberger

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2010 | 8:11 AM

The recent sexual assault allegations brought forth against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has provided another teachable moment. But just like the Kobe Bryant case, and other cases involving professional athletes, the media missed the mark in putting sexual assault into perspective.

In March, reports surfaced that...

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Mothers and Soldiers: Healing the Bonds Destroyed by War

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 7:30 PM

The bonds established between mothers and children are sacred. Mothers provide unconditional love, caring and support, and they teach their children to live in the world with a sense of purpose. But life circumstances oftentimes get in the way of relationships and affect the outcomes for better or for worse....

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Peeling Away the "Obama Phenomenon": An Interview with Paul Street

(10) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 12:23 AM

How progressive is Barack Obama? It's a question pundits, bloggers, and journalists have trouble grappling with. But one individual goes beyond the Obama phenomenon and investigates who Obama is and what he's all about. In Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics, author Paul Street cuts to the...

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US Policies Empower Afghan Taliban: Experts

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2009 | 2:02 PM

"Mission compromised" may best describe U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan. According to journalists Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald, American foreign policy and military officials are making several costly miscalculations of Afghanistan's politics, history, and culture. In their new book, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, Gould and Fitzgerald...

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Jack Shaheen: Obama Delivers a Message of Peace to the Muslim World

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 5:29 PM

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As I surf the Internet and visit my favorite blogs, I read that many people are saying "why didn't Barack Obama say this" or "why didn't Obama say that?" Many prominent Mideast experts and bloggers are expressing disappointment in Obama. They...

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Dennis Perrin Sounds Off on Jon Stewart, Barack Obama, and The Nation

(8) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 2:20 PM

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Now that we've passed the 100-day mark of the Obama administration, I wanted to check in with author and comedian Dennis Perrin. Last summer I interviewed Perrin for Huffington Post just after his new release Savage Mules: The Democrats...

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Surviving Within: Helen Benedict Uncovers the Harsh Realities of Women in the Military

(16) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 5:20 PM

"I'm more afraid of men [in my unit] than I am with the enemy." Those were the words that Helen Benedict heard from several female soldiers. The enemy was within. Since March of 2003, more than 160,500 women have served in Iraq. More women have fought and died during this...

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Why Do You Kill?: A former German Parliament Member Speaks on the Iraqi Resistance

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 4:10 PM

In one of his final interviews, former president George W. Bush told ABC News Martha Raddatz that the war in Iraq was justified because of al-Qaeda. But Raddatz said that wasn't "until the U.S. invaded." Then Bush responded with "So what? The point is that al-Qaeda said they're going...

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Media Expert Elaborates on Election 2008 Arab and Muslim Stereotypes

(15) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 9:12 AM

Jack Shaheen, a sort of one-man anti-defamation league, is a former CBS News consultant on Middle East Affairs. He is one of the world's foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims and has written works such as "Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture," "Nuclear...

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She Blew the Whistle on Bush and Blair, Now Former Spy Katherine Gun Assesses Obama and McCain

(20) Comments | Posted October 10, 2008 | 2:17 PM

It's likely that most Americans have never heard of Katherine Gun. She is the former British secret service officer who leaked an email describing a plot orchestrated by the Bush and Blair administrations to force the hand of the United Nations in authorizing the invasion of Iraq. Gun was put...

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Q&A With Attorney And Author Vincent Bugliosi: "It's Not Enough To Be Rid Of Bush. What About Justice?"

(22) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 9:50 AM


Vincent Bugliosi is a renowned prosecutor and respected lawyer. How good is he? Bugliosi successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, including 21 murder convictions without a single loss. His most famous trial, the Charles Manson case, became the basis of his classic book, Helter Skelter....

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Pelosi To McCain Hecklers: "Can We Drill Your Brain?"

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 10:02 AM


DENVER- Leading Democrats held a press conference at Union Station today and got more than they bargained for.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D- SC) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) introduced a proposal for energy independence. As one of the speakers addressed increasing green energy development and implementation,...

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The Kos And The System: "Blogfather" Markos Moulitsas On Digital-Era Activism And His New Book

(11) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 8:26 AM

"I am progressive, I am liberal. I make no apologies." Those were the first ten words written by Markos Moulitsas Zuniga when the Web log Daily Kos was launched in 2002. At the time the Bush Administration was hellbent on invading Iraq. Daily Kos gave people an outlet to vent...

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