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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize; "What For?" asks green group by TokyoTom

Pres. Obama has apparently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this morning " for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, " but there appears to be a few on the left who feel that the award...

Doug Bandow urges Republicans to rebuild based on calls for a modest foreign foreign policy by TokyoTom

Doug, you were right on Iraq in 2003 and are right now , but haven't you forgotten one little thing? What gives you any cause to believe that the stiff-necked neocons and others who fell for their war-mongering (the Christian right and other) will...

Fein on Iraq: Obama should unilaterally limit Presidential discretion by rejecting the AUMF by TokyoTom

Good idea, Bruce , but do you really expect Obama to bite, and thereby drastically reduce his own discretion? Obama already has George W. Bush and Congress to blame for the war - what important advantage does he gain by claiming the AUMF was an unconstitutional...
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Ron Bailey/Reason: Gore's proposal to generate all power carbon-free in 10 years requires trillion$ on nukes by TokyoTom

On July 17, Al Gore challenged our nation to produce " 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly carbon-free sources within 10 years ". Ron Bailey , science correspondent of Reason online , has examined whether Gore's...

Jared Diamond: Those in stateless societies "enjoy" lives that are murderous and short by TokyoTom

Jared Diamond has an interesting essay at the current issue of New Yorker, " Vengeance Is Ours ", that is worth considering. In the essay, Diamond not only describes the moral and political economy of cycles of personal and inter-tribal vengeance...

Hope from Democratic candidates on War? See "A Responsible Plan to End the War" by TokyoTom

Democrats presently in Congress don't seem to care too much about doing much to stand up to Pres. Bush on the war in Iraq, despite becoming the majority party on the back of a wave of voter revulsion over the war in November of 2006. This lack of...
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Harold Bloom: "The Fall of America" by TokyoTom

There's a short but good interview here of Harold Bloom, Yale literature professor and cultural critic (update: NOT to be confused with the long late Allan Bloom, author of Closing of the American Mind; my bad!): http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture...
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Goering and Madison on War by TokyoTom

Having just stumbled across places where Lew Rockwell and others have done me the honor of posting three of my favorite quotes on war, I'd like to repeat those quotes here in the hope of increasing the likelihood that others might see them. My favorite...

War-profiteering and "Parasitic Imperialism" by TokyoTom

I posted the following in response to a piece by Glenn Greenwald: War-profiteering is simply more Treasury-raiding by elites - at our cost and our children's. An economics professor at Drake (Ismael Hossein-zadeh, an ethnic Kurd from Iran, by the...
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