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Michael Brenner


The Afghan Delusion

Michael Brenner | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Counter insurgency has been at the heart of the "war on terror." It has failed -- in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The main reasons are readily identifiable. Some are generic; others specific to time and place.
Rep. Sandy Levin


As Republicans head home for recess, millions of unemployed are left behind

Rep. Sandy Levin | July 31, 2014 | Politics
The fight to renew unemployment insurance has always been about those who are most affected. This is about the forgotten Americans struggling just to make ends meet. We hear them, we stand with them, and we urge House Republicans to end their resistance to an extension.
Save the Children

Border Children Need Immediate Cooperation

Save the Children | July 31, 2014 | Impact
These are not criminals. They are innocent children caught up in a situation beyond their control. Regardless of why and how they came, they are here now -- and they deserve to be treated with humanity.
Nick Turse


China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?

Nick Turse | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Is the conflict tearing this new nation apart actually a proxy fight between the world's two top economic and military powers? That's the way South Sudan's Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, tells it.
John Feffer


Is Obama Really Adrift in the World?

John Feffer | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Our celebrity culture has turned us all into armchair therapists who put even our president on the couch to analyze his personality flaws. But when the label of "detached" acquires a political spin, it's no longer just nonsense. It becomes dangerous.
Ian Reifowitz


On Health Insurance Coverage, the South Really and Truly is the Region with the Most Freedom

Ian Reifowitz | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Ain't freedom grand? And what says freedom better than being free from government mandates like the guarantee that you can't be denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition? As we all know, the South has forever been a place where...
William Astore


A Century of Mass Slaughter

William Astore | July 31, 2014 | World
This August marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. That "Great War" was many things, but it was most certainly a war of machines, of dreadnought battleships and "Big Bertha" artillery, of newfangled airplanes and tortoise-like tanks.
Anna Hosain


8 Ways to Help the People of Gaza

Anna Hosain | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Supporting Palestine is not exclusive to one religion, ethnicity or race. Supporting Palestine is about standing up against oppression, against colonization, against discrimination, and against inequality.
Jesica L. Santos

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Here We Are Again

Jesica L. Santos | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Beyond any legal analysis and moral speeches, the reality is that what is taking place right now is a massacre.
Jonathan Hafetz


Rasul Turns Ten: Remembering the Value of Judicial Involvement at Guantanamo

Jonathan Hafetz | July 31, 2014 | Politics
In the near future, Guantanamo will again force courts to confront important questions, from whether the U.S. can continue holding without charge individuals who do not present a significant security threat to determining the end of the war itself.
H. A. Goodman

Republicans Sink to a New Low by Stalling a Well-deserved Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

H. A. Goodman | July 31, 2014 | Politics
When a source of inspiration and spiritual guidance for Catholics around the world is deemed "too liberal" by House Republicans, it's quite evident that Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert are now the face of the GOP.
Jonathan Hutson

Not Just Whistling 'Dixie': Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession

Jonathan Hutson | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group.
Sam Maron

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

Sam Maron | July 30, 2014 | Religion
ISIS is now forcing the approximately 3,000 Christians remaining in Mosul, a major city with thousands of years of Christian history, to choose between essentially the same options given to Jews in 1492: live under intolerable, impoverishing dhimmi status; convert to Islam; leave; or die.
Byron Williams


Is Being Pro-Israeli or Palestinian a Viable Position to Hold?

Byron Williams | July 30, 2014 | Politics
When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in its present-day arrangement, is it even possible to be pro one side without being anti the other?
Dawn Laguens


We're Fighting for Access, Not Choice

Dawn Laguens | July 30, 2014 | Women
Today "choice" does not exist for women in more than 30 states because they live in states in which legislatures have passed laws restricting access to abortion. When there is no access, there is no choice.
Cristina Lopez G.


Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

Cristina Lopez G. | July 30, 2014 | Latino Voices
Understanding or explaining the immigration "phenomenon" that drives Central Americans to the United States doesn't require major academic research or political philosophy theories, because it's a matter of incentives, a concept so characteristic to the human condition and so basic to the framework of economic theory.
Chris Weigant


Congressional Vacations For All!

Chris Weigant | July 30, 2014 | Politics
This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation.
Harry Leibowitz


Dereliction of Duty, Part II

Harry Leibowitz | July 30, 2014 | Politics
Demand that they stay on and pass a budget to care for these children while the courts decide their fate and while Congress considers legal changes for the future. That is the law. They passed the laws... they now need to stand up for the laws they passed.
Allen Frances


Stigmatizing and Shunning the Severely Ill

Allen Frances | July 30, 2014 | Politics
Our fairly recent reliance on prisons and homelessness as solutions to mental illness was the common fashion 200 years ago but now seems anachronistic and indecent in a society that has the tools and can afford to do much better.
Peter Dreier


Can LA's Communities Bank on Antonio Villaraigosa?

Peter Dreier | July 30, 2014 | Politics
As mayor and Assembly speaker, Villaraigosa had considerable success forging compromises in the midst of controversies. So far, however, he's been invisible on this issue.
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