A Hero of the Cuban Revolution

January 4, 2009

Che – Part 1 (Cert 15) by Philip French , The Observer, Sunday 4 January 2009 Related: Peter Bradshaw’s review of “Che” This month is the 50th anniversary of the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and his replacement by Fidel Castro, who, sadly enough, was also to become a dictator. Shortly after the revolution, […]

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Spike Lee: ‘Barack changes everything’

January 4, 2009

Lee lays it down for the Guardian Ever since a college project filming riots in New York in 1977, Spike Lee has used his movies to provide an alternative commentary on life in his home country. Here, he tells John Colapinto what the future holds now that Obama has torn up the script for African-Americans […]

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A fight to the death?

January 4, 2009

Why Israel went to war in Gaza by Chris McGreal in Jerusalem, The Observer, Sunday 4 January 2009
‘Are you a target if you voted for Hamas?’ Last night Israel sent its ground forces across the border into Gaza as it escalated its brutal assault on Hamas. As a large-scale invasion of the Palestinian territory appears to be getting under way, Chris McGreal reports from Jerusalem on Israel’s hidden strategy to persuade the world of the justice of its cause in its battle with a bitter ideological foe

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Truths and hope

January 1, 2009

The Central Virginia Progressive-The DAVISReport sends us You Can’t Fix What you Don’t Acknowledge-Can I get an Amen? I am pleased to present this guest essay from my friend and colleague, Tyrone Nelson. A former school board candidate,Tyrone Nelson is well known in the greater Richmond Community. He is the pastor of the Sixth Mount […]

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Like I said . . .

December 22, 2008

Patrick Fitzgerald, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is a public menace. He makes it hard for people to exist and behave as they normally would in their natural habitat. Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko and others were doing only what came natural when Fitzgerald decided to stick […]

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Undergoing reconstruction

December 18, 2008

Hello, Readers! My hope was to be done with re-design by now. I think this site will look nicer when the work is done and the content here should be better organized, its missions clearer. I’m working as fast as I can. Thanks for your patience.

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Wacko Jacko’s Mask of Zorro

December 13, 2008

Michael Jackson steps out in his most bizarre outfit yet By Simon Cable He has never lacked creativity when it comes to fashioning a ‘disguise’. But Michael Jackson’s latest effort is remarkable, even by his standards. With his trademark trilby hat and a black eye mask, the troubled 50-year-old looked a dead ringer for Zorro.

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“A passion for justice”

December 13, 2008

The Fed Who Blew the Whistle Is he a hero or a criminal? by Michael Isikoff NEWSWEEK From the magazine issue dated Dec 22, 2008 Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government’s most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed […]

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How not to win a war

December 13, 2008

Report Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders By JAMES GLANZ and T. CHRISTIAN MILLER BAGHDAD — An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded into a $100 billion failure by […]

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Rich’s indictment

December 13, 2008

Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich By FRANK RICH ROD BLAGOJEVICH is the perfect holiday treat for a country fighting off depression. He gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce. From a safe distance outside Illinois, it’s hard not to laugh at the “culture of Chicago,” where even the president-elect’s Senate seat […]

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O.J. Convicted for double murder!

December 11, 2008

Even I can see that O.J. got a raw deal by Marc Lamont Hill Last week, after years 14 years of legal wrangling and media attention, O.J. Simpson was finally sentenced for the double murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. As a result, he will spend up to 33 years in prison for […]

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A place of honor

December 11, 2008

Black Airmen coming to Obama’s Inauguration By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE When the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black force of elite pilots, emerged from combat in World War II, they faced as much discrimination as they had before the war. It was not until six decades later that their valor was recognized and they received the Congressional […]

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Illinois Scandal

December 9, 2008

Illinois Governor in Corruption Scandal By MONICA DAVEY CHICAGO — The governor of Illinois brazenly put up for sale his appointment of Barack Obama’s successor in the United States Senate, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. In recorded conversations with advisers, the governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, seemed alternately boastful, flip and spiteful about the Senate choice, which […]

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Illinois Gov. arrested in corruption crime spree

December 9, 2008

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested Tuesday by FBI agents for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald called a “staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois’ top office. The predawn rousting of Gov. Rod Blagojevich from his Ravenswood Manor home Tuesday marked a stunning climax to a tale […]

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an ode to a great guy and a great editor

December 4, 2008

I arrived at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont 20 years ago almost to the day. I stayed in Vermont for almost two years, first visiting frequently after leaving, then those visits peterring out to where I have not been to Vermont in several years now. As it turned out, my Vermont time was a […]

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“Gonna be a Bumpy Ride”

December 3, 2008

The Central Virginia Progressive-The DAVISReport sends us Foreshadowing the “R” Word- A Day Late and Many Dollars Short Our Government is finally admitting what seems to surprise only them, that we are in a recession and have been for some time. “Duh”?! The following is a re-posting of a previous entry on this blog originally […]

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“I want to gather up talent from everywhere”

December 1, 2008

Des Moines Register Debate: Advisors Moderator: Senator Obama, you have Bill Clinton’s former national security advisor, state department policy advisor and Navy secretary, among others, advising you. With relatively little foreign policy experience of your own, how will you rely on so many Clinton advisors and still deliver the kind of break from the past […]

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Not nice

November 25, 2008

Melanie Reid in the Times of London threw the kitchen sink at actress Nicole Kidman: Kidman is one of those women who turns other women off. And no, not just because she’s pretty and we’re jealous. It is because we perceive, and men don’t, that she’s one of the most overrated actors in the world, […]

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A worthy comment

November 24, 2008

Script: Finally tonight as promised, a Special Comment on the passage, last week, of Proposition Eight in California, which rescinded the right of same-sex couples to marry, and tilted the balance on this issue, from coast to coast. Some parameters, as preface. This isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics, and this isn’t really […]

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Another inauguration morning

November 24, 2008

Inaugural Poem, 20 January 1993 On the Pulse of the Morning by Maya Angelou A Rock, A River, A Tree Hosts to species long since departed, Marked the mastodon. The dinosaur, who left dry tokens Of their sojourn here On our planet floor, Any broad alarm of their hastening doom Is lost in the gloom […]

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