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Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 28th, 2013

Blob Woodward Strikes Again

Yesterday Bob Woodward went on TV to explain how infuriated he is that Obama is planning to follow the law and make cuts to the defense budget required by the "sequester" bill. Specifically, Woodward can't believe this could necessitate lowering our number of aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf from ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 28th, 2013

Hannity Beatdown by Keith Ellison

Right-wing propagandist Sean Hannity often boasts that he grew up on Long Island but turned against his home hockey team, the Islanders.  Instead, Hannity brags, he was a sports traitor who cheered for the Philadelphia Flyers in their “Broad Street Bullies” era. Back then, the Flyers were a hockey sub-culture ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 28th, 2013

Bob Woodward Describes 'A Kind of Madness'

Bob Woodward went on TV yesterday and got very upset that Obama says the upcoming budget sequester will reduce the number of U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf from two to one: WOODWARD: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 27th, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: A Heron in Galveston Bay

This morning I woke up in the lovely home of my hosts whose windows look out on Galveston Bay. On one side was one of those awesome sunrises that makes you know life is worth living.  The planet worth saving.  On the other side of the bay are oil refineries ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

February 26th, 2013

My Final Word on Buzzfeed and Emad Burnat's Detention at LAX

Thanks to everyone for bearing with me as I spend so much time on what happened to Emad Burnat. It's important to me because he's my friend, and he's being bullied. In the U.S., being Palestinian = Easy Target. It's not right.If you haven't been following this since the beginning, ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

February 26th, 2013

Michael Moore Responds to Buzzfeed Story on '5 Broken Cameras' Co-Director Emad Burnat

On Tuesday, February 19th, Emad Burnat, the Palestianian co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary '5 Broken Cameras,' was detained with his wife and son at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving for the Academy Awards. Michael Moore wrote about his efforts to help Burnat and his family gain admittance to the ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 25th, 2013

Eyes Wide Shut on the Iraq War

Ten years ago, as President George W. Bush and his administration were putting the finishing touches on their unprovoked invasion of Iraq, the mainstream U.S. news media had long since capitulated, accepting the conventional wisdom that nothing could – or should – stop the march to war. The neocon conquest ... continue reading

Joe Lapointe

Reporter

February 23rd, 2013

Hannity, Fox and the Crackpots: Now You See 'Em, Now You Don’t

The best way to watch Fox News – and Sean Hannity in particular – is to pay attention not to what they cover but to what they don’t cover. Consider, for instance, the stormy reception Republican Senator John McCain got this week during a “Town Hall” meeting with his voters ... continue reading

Emad Burnat

Co-director, '5 Broken Cameras'

February 22nd, 2013

My Journey From Palestine to Hollywood

My wife and I had seen that look before -- on the faces of our kids, mostly. After all, like all Palestinian children living in the West Bank, ours have grown accustomed to the humiliation of ID checks and interrogations. But we had never seen our youngest son, Gibreel, as ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 22nd, 2013

Brennan’s Loose Talk on Iran Nukes

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on John Brennan to head the CIA focused on lethal drones, but Brennan’s loose talk lumping Iran with North Korea as nuclear threats could be even more worrisome, recalling Iraq WMD exaggerations, as Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity warn Sen. Dianne Feinstein. MEMORANDUM FOR: Senator ... continue reading

Jon Schwarz

MichaelMoore.com

February 22nd, 2013

Sean Wilentz: Wrong on 'Untold History,' Wrong on History in General

Sean Wilentz is a fancy professor of history at fancy Princeton, and a personal friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, two extremely fancy Democrats. And as he recently explained in the New York Review of Books, he hates Untold History, the new book and Showtime documentary series by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. A quick glance might give you ... continue reading

Jesse Lava

Criminal Justice Activist

February 21st, 2013

Did GEO Group Scrub Its Wiki Page to Hide Its Past?

Word came out this week that Florida Atlantic University had sold the naming rights to its new football stadium to the GEO Group, which is the second largest private prison company in America. Beyond Bars has a petition to stop this move, which has generated an outpouring of criticism. Video here: It appears that ... continue reading

Greg Grandin

Historian

February 21st, 2013

The Latin American Exception: How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth

Crossposted from Tomdispatch The map tells the story.  To illustrate a damning new report, “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detentions and Extraordinary Rendition,” recently published by the Open Society Institute, the Washington Post put together an equally damning graphic: it’s soaked in red, as if with blood, showing that in the ... continue reading

Ruth Rosen

Historian and author

February 21st, 2013

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Or Have You?): The Women’s Movement, the Next Half-Century

Crossposted from TomDispatch In 1968, the Phillip Morris Company launched a memorable campaign to sell Virginia Slims, a new brand of cigarettes targeting women, itself a new phenomenon.  It had a brand-new slogan: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”  The company plastered it on billboards nationwide and put it in TV ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

February 20th, 2013

How My Friend and Current Oscar Nominee Emad Burnat Was Held and Threatened with Deportation Last Night at LAX

Last night was the Motion Picture Academy-sponsored dinner in Beverly Hills honoring the directors and producers of this year's five nominated films for Best Documentary. The dinner was an occasional tradition my wife and I started six years ago when we took our fellow nominees (we were nominated for 'Sicko') ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 20th, 2013

Lawrence Wilkerson and David Swanson Debate Colin Powell's Lies at the United Nations

When I wrote about MSNBC's documentary on Iraq war lies this week, I linked to an earlier blog post of mine that drew heavily on a House Judiciary Committee report on the same topic, as well as to Lawrence Wilkerson's recent debate with Norman Solomon on Democracy Now!When Brad Friedman ... continue reading

Laurel Krause

Director, Kent State Truth Tribunal

February 20th, 2013

To the United Nations: A Plea for Justice at Kent State

On February 9, 2013, the Kent State Truth Tribunal and Allison’s family submitted a list of issues to be considered by the United Nations, including Kent State questions to be asked at the United States’ Report on their Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before the ... continue reading

Peter Van Buren

Author, 'We Meant Well'

February 16th, 2013

I Am Patient Zero in Our New Economy: Raise the Minimum Wage

In his State of the Union Address, the president said that the federal minimum wage should be raised to nine dollars an hour. He said also that a person holding down a full-time job should not have to live in poverty in a country like America. I could not agree ... continue reading

Nathan Fuller

BradleyManning.org

February 16th, 2013

On February 23, international protests of Bradley Manning's 1,000th day in jail without trial

PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail awaiting trial for nearly 1,000 days for exposing war crimes, corruption, and widespread abuse. Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst, faces a potential life sentence for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks. He said he hoped the release, which included the 'Collateral Murder' video, ... continue reading

Crystal Zevon

Author

February 13th, 2013

SEARCHING FOR OCCUPY: Navajo Nation Speaking Out

It seems about a century ago that I was in St. Louis where Don Yellowman and Fern Benally of Black Mesa, Arizona tried to deliver a letter on behalf of elders of Black Mesa/Big Mountain to Peabody CEO, Greg H. Boyce. The letter spoke to the devastation caused by Peabody's ... continue reading

David Swanson

Activist and Author, War Is a Lie

February 13th, 2013

ICYMI the SOTU Is SNAFU

A mountain of bad, in fact deadly, ideas that Congress will eagerly support, and a handful of good proposals that no one will work for and Congress will strive to bury: the SOTU is SNAFU, ICYMI. Obama's hiring Romney campaign staff, pushing for a massive corporate trade deal with Europe as ... continue reading

Robert Greenwald

Filmmaker, Brave New Films

February 12th, 2013

Brennan Exposed

I went to Pakistan this fall and spoke with Pakistani officials, legal experts, public health officials, and journalists to hear, document, and learn more on the drone policy that has now garnered national attention. Prior to the CIA Director Nomination Hearing where John Brennan discussed the use and analysis of drone use ... continue reading

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA analyst

February 12th, 2013

To Obama: Close the Deal with Iran

Dear Mr. President: As you put the final touches to your State of the Union Address, I urge you to avoid overstating the “threat” from Iran. Indeed, I hope you might take this august occasion to declare your willingness to lift sanctions on Iran as a final step toward a deal ... continue reading

Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch

February 12th, 2013

Dumb and Dumber: A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve

Crossposted from TomDispatch You could, of course, sit there, slack-jawed, thinking about how mindlessly repetitive American foreign and military policy is these days. Or you could wield all sorts of fancy analytic words to explain it.  Or you could just settle for a few simple, all-American ones.  Like dumb. Stupid. ... continue reading

Michael Klare

Professor, Energy Expert

February 11th, 2013

A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World: The Strategic Importance of Keystone XL

Crossposted from TomDispatch Presidential decisions often turn out to be far less significant than imagined, but every now and then what a president decides actually determines how the world turns. Such is the case with the Keystone XL pipeline, which, if built, is slated to bring some of the “dirtiest,” ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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