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May 2006

Medical marijuana | Reefer madness |

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IF CANNABIS were unknown, and bioprospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough.

March 2006

USA: Legalize the 'Illegals'

There is no immigration crisis — other than the one created by a small but vocal stripe of opportunist politicians, media demagogues and freelance xenophobes.

Gender pay gap: what's it worth?

Girls may well opt for arts degrees over engineering, but that's not because nobody has told them that engineers earn more than academics - it's because the 'male' professions have fallen out of favour even among men.

February 2006

Iraq's death squads: On the brink of civil war

Most of the corpses in Baghdad's mortuary show signs of torture and execution. And the Interior Ministry is being blamed.

Educators face blowback for protesting Iraq war

Just over three years ago, as the nation readied for war with Iraq, elementary school teacher Deb Mayer stood in front of her class and uttered the word that would get her blacklisted from her profession - 'Peace'

The Blog | Michelle Pilecki: The Huffington Post

Arms-control treaties, nuclear proliferation, weapons of mass destruction -- in dealing with these issues, does the State Department need career professionals who know what they're talking about? Apparently not

Dozy Sycophant: Dave on Ms Armstrong

The question I want answered is: why can’t Blair sack some people — Peter Mandelson, Keith Vaz, Hilary Armstrong? They’re among the foulest turds ever to disgrace the Houses of Parliament, besides being utterly hopeless. - Washington's Iraq Blindness

The Iraq that exists in President Bush’s imagination and the real Iraq, the one in which 160,000 U.S. troops occupy a nation sliding into civil war, have never seemed further apart.

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

Cindy Sheehan's side of the story. If true, this is just very sad for our country

Bloggerheads- Reactions to State Of The Union 2006

Reactions to Bush's State Of The Union 2006 Address from around the blogs

January 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Israel's shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians

Israeli soldiers killed twice as many Palestinians last week alone - both of them children - as the number of Israelis killed by Hamas all last year.

Bush has backward view of dissent

Did Bush deliberately deceive the American people to justify the war in Iraq? I don't know...and neither do you. But here's what we do know: The president doesn't think we should be asking in the first place. And that might be the biggest scandal of all.

The Smirking Chimp: Bush thinks he's a war leader like Lincoln:

History will look back on George Bush as a justifiably insecure man who went to war to aggrandize himself. Lincoln was a skilled debater and a thoughtful, eloquent speaker; Bush can barely string single-syllable words into a coherent sentence.

Independent: Palestinian with Aids barred from Israeli hospital

A Palestinian Aids patient has been denied permission to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel despite warnings by senior Israeli clinicians that the case is urgent.


Throughout the twentieth century, segments of the Left made common cause with a range of totalitarian tyrannies. The relevant tyrannies include Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnam, Castro’s Cuba, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Milosevic’s

D-squared Digest

It is now apparently the view that this is all about saving the Iraqis from Saddam Hussein. It's not, of course; as I've pointed out before, in so far as this is about the Iraqis at all, the main benefit from them is the possibility of saving them from us

D-squared Digest

Literally people have been asking me: "How is it that you were so amazingly prescient about Iraq? Why is it that you were right about everything at precisely the same moment when we were wrong?"

Whiskey Bar: Twilight of the Neocons?

History, Ismael Reed once said, is the story of warfare between secret societies. I'm not ready to go that far, but I think it's fair to say the history of U.S. foreign policy over the past forty years has been the story of the war between two not-so-secr

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