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Why Does Mitt Romney Support Violently Overthrowing Democratically Elected Leaders?

(187) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 4:24 PM

When you gaze at the square-jawed, brycreemed glisten of Mitt Romney, you do not immediately picture the kidnapping of a democratically elected president, nor the installation of a tyrant who slaughtered at least half a million people. Yet that is what this man has presented as a model for the...

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There's a Global War Against the Right of Gay People to Live and Love. We Need to Fight Back

(859) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 1:28 PM

There has been a strange hole in Western gay politics -- until now. We have, understandably, been focused on our own national battles for dignity: to get married, and not get fired for being gay, or bullied into despair as teenagers. But while we were starting to win, millions of...

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Would You Trust Management Consultants With the World's Rainforests? Our Governments Have -- Disastrously

(35) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 10:19 PM

The two most dreaded words in any office any time, anywhere, are the same -- management consultants. Their arrival rumbles through a workplace like the approaching thwump-thwump of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park, rattling our desks and making us all fear we will be picked up and gored at random....

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In The Age of Distraction, We Need One Thing More Than Ever: Books

(174) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 10:59 PM

In the twentieth century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined books would be burned. In the twenty-first century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten. To pluck just one, Gary Steynghart's novel Super Sad True Love Story describes a world where everybody is obsessed with...

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Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All

(302) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 10:06 AM

Here is a news story that could determine whether you live or die. Many of the world's scientists are warning that one of the mightiest weapons doctors have against sickness is being rendered useless -- so a few people can get richer, for a while. If they aren't stopped soon,...

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The Queen's Husband Is Ninety Today. Spare Us the Fawning

(59) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 11:38 AM

Is there a more consistently hilarious sight in Britain than the endless parade of slavering monarchists trying to convince us the Windsor family is the embodiment of virtue and hard work? Today is the 90th birthday of Philip Mountbatten. Ordinarily, I would wish him a happy day, as I would...

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It's Not Only Strauss-Kahn Who Should Be on Trial. It's the IMF Itself.

(91) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Sometimes, the most revealing aspect of the shrieking babble of the 24/7 news agenda is the silence. Often the most important facts are hiding beneath the noise, unmentioned and undiscussed. So the fact that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is facing trial for allegedly...

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Larry Flynt -- Freedom Fighter, Pornographer, Monster?

(27) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 12:42 PM

Larry Flynt has won. He was America's pioneer pornographer -- the man who fought against a still-Puritan nation all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to get vaginal close-ups into the grasp of every young man. This fight got him jailed. It got him shot. It got...

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The Deal We Dare Not Turn Down: Save This Rainforest, or Trigger Our Destruction

(72) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 8:49 PM

Sometimes, there are hinge-points in human history -- moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out. Usually, we can only see them when we look back from a distance. In 1793, the great democrat Thomas...

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David Cameron's Claims to Be a "Green" Prime Minister Go Up in Flames

(45) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 2:44 PM

When the British Prime Minister David Cameron gazed into the dewy eyes of a husky and promised to lead "the greenest government ever", what did you think that would involve?

Probably not an attempt to sell off all Britain's trees to logging companies. Probably not a...

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Can We Now Learn the Real Lesson of Bin Laden's Death?

(173) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 11:00 PM

Scramble the film backwards. Rewind. Go back to the day 10 years ago when the air here in Manhattan was thick with ash and Osama bin Laden was gloating. There were two options for the United States government -- to pick up a scalpel, or to pick up a blowtorch....

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From the Crack Dens of Miami to the Royal Shakespeare Company: An Interview With Tarell Alvin McCraney

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 11:54 AM

Tarell Alvin McCraney has made an unusual journey in his thirty years of life -- from the slums of Miami, where his crack-addicted mother died of AIDS and his brother ended up in jail, to writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. But when he glides past a large marble bust...

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Donald Trump Has Revealed the Truth About the Republican Party

(1186) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 12:04 AM

Since the election of Barack Obama, the Republican Party has proved that one of its central intellectual arguments was right all along. They have long claimed that evolution is a myth believed in only by whiny liberals -- and it turns out they were onto something. Every six months, the...

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Workers Will Die Without Health and Safety Inspections

(40) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 12:36 PM

I want to tell you the story of a man called Mark Wright, and how he died - because, thanks to the British Prime Minister David Cameron and a campaign of deceit in the right-wing press, stories like this are certain to happen a lot more from now on. It...

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Don't Be Fooled, Many Brits Will Cringe at the Royal Wedding Frenzy

(310) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 6:32 PM

Okay, let's cut a deal here. If Britain can afford to spend tens of millions of pounds on the royal wedding next week, we have to spend an equal amount distributing anti-nausea pills across the land -- to all of us who can't bear to see our country embarrass itself...

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We Are Not Being Told The Truth About Libya

(287) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 9:43 PM

Most of us have a low feeling that we are not being told the real reasons for the war in Libya. David Cameron's instinctive response to the Arab revolutions was to jump on a plane and tour the palaces of the region's dictators selling them the most high-tech...

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Stop These Bigoted Attacks on Elton John's Baby

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 2:20 PM

We are living in the middle of a great gayby boom. En masse, gay people are trading the dance floor for a baby-vomit-and-puke-filled floor of their own. The latest convert from baby oil to, well, baby oil is Elton John, whose baby boy Zachary was born on Christmas Day. Of...

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The Tea Party's Idols in Britain Are Pillaging the Middle Class -- to Give to the Rich

(187) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 9:46 AM

The Tea Party is gazing lovingly across the Atlantic, with saliva drooling across its chin, at David Cameron's massive program of state-slashing -- bringing the biggest cuts here since the 1920s. But yesterday, there was a moment when his finance minister George Osborne was unveiling his annual budget yesterday when...

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The Conservative Assault on the Homeless

(461) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 3:41 PM

The day after his wife's funeral, Steven Dent walked out of his house, "and I just kept walking," he says. "I walked and walked. I never stopped. I couldn't stand to look back, or to stop moving, ever again." Now, four years later, he sleeps most nights under a bridge...

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The Myth of the Panicking Disaster Victim -- and Why We Should Be Inspired This Week

(145) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 9:23 AM

Before the Second World War, the Ministry of War confidently predicted what would happen when London was bombed from the air by Nazi planes. There would be, they warned, "a mass outbreak of hysterical neurosis among the civilian population." For every one person injured, there would be dozens who lose...

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