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Rational Fascism

Benito Mussolini, [left] HitlerExcerpted from Chapter 1 of Blackshirts and Reds
by Michael Parenti

While walking through New York’s Little Italy, I passed a novelty shop that displayed posters and T-shirts of Benito Mussolini giving the fascist salute. When I entered the shop and asked the clerk why such items were being offered, he replied, “Well, some people like them. And, you know, maybe we need someone like Mussolini in this country.” His comment was a reminder that fascism survives as something more than a historical curiosity.

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Bachmann’s Iowa Straw Poll Win

Michele BachmannBachmann’s Iowa Straw Poll Win Signals Early Tea Party Role in Shaping GOP Primary

The race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination heated up this weekend as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll and Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally announced his candidacy. Bachmann led the Iowa contest with more than 4,800 votes out of almost 17,000 votes cast, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul placed a close second. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third, and on Sunday he announced he was leaving the presidential race. We speak with Sarah Posner, senior editor of Religion Dispatches, who spent the weekend covering the poll in Iowa for The Nation magazine. "Bachmann is, much more than the rest of them, going to use the language, the sort of rhetoric and ideology that she learned at Oral Roberts [University] to meld the fiscal conservatism, small government message with her religious message," Posner says.

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The Afghanistan War in the Mirror of the Tet Offensive

The Afghanistan WarWhen ‘Defeat’ Became ‘Victory’

On January 31, 1968 the combined forces of North Vietnam (DRV or Democratic Force of Vietnam) and the NLF (National Liberation Front) launched a spectacular series of attacks throughout the contested territory of all of South Vietnam. As many as 100 Vietnamese cities and towns were simultaneously attacked, 36 of 44 provincial capitals were captured, and the impregnable American Embassy complex in Saigon was penetrated.

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Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet

Planetby Michael Parenti

Some years ago in New England, a group of environmentalists asked a corporate executive how his company (a paper mill) could justify dumping its raw industrial effluent into a nearby river. The river--which had taken Mother Nature centuries to create--was used for drinking water, fishing, boating, and swimming. In just a few years, the paper mill had turned it into a highly toxic open sewer.

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Recognition of a Palestinian state - yes


fayyadBut what are the significant objectives ?
By Fadwa Nassar and Hiyam Noir

Many are the voices in the Palestinian society whom are righteously questioning, the significance of the diplomatic battle which has engaged the Palestinian Authority, ahead of the approaching Palestinian bid in the United Nations to recognize a sovereign Palestinian Statehood. The diplomatic battle is about the Palestinian territories which was occupied by the Zionist entity in its 1967 war -  i.e. Gaza Strip, and the West Bank, including the Arab parts of Al-Quds.

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