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So Much For Obama's 'Transparency'

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President Obama, who pledged to run a "transparent" White House, instead is threatening reporters with trial and imprisonment if they don't reveal the identities of officials who leak information about government wrongdoing.

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Irritation with Mediacracy

Russell Brand

by Jonathan Cook

Russell Brand, is getting plenty of exposure in the British media at the moment as he plugs his new book, Revolution (and there’s no shame in that!).

It is worth noting the differences between the Brand who was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight last year and the Brand who now faces off with Paxman’s dull successor, Evan Davis (see the interview below), as well as the differences in the reception of the two interviews.

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Tunisia: The Arab world's full-fledged democracy?

Tunisia's youth

by Soumaya Ghannoushi

The spoils of the Arab Spring have been divided among many. If the most obvious beneficiaries have been the old guard, Arab autocrats and their foreign allies, who have an equal interest in keeping the region firmly under their thumb, they have not been the only ones. Al-Qaeda's share of the spoils has been substantial.

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1918, a report from the front

1918

by Michael Parenti

Looking back at the years of fury and carnage, Colonel Angelo Gatti, staff officer of the Italian Army (Austrian front), wrote in his diary: "This whole war has been a pile of lies. We came into war because a few men in authority, the dreamers, flung us into it."

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Obama Still Does a Good Imitation of Bush

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We really should be used to this by now. After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe.

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