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US Writer Opposed Lying & War

Gore VidalGore Vidal (1925-2012)

Outstanding American writer Gore Vidal died this week. Gore Vidal was a  brilliant American writer and a resolute opponent of the interconnected evils of lying and war. Eugene Luther Gore Vidal ( October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was a writer of essays, novels, screenplays and Broadway plays. His numerous books included “Myra Breckinridge”, the  historical novels “Julian”, “Burr” and “Lincoln” and “The City and the Pillar” that was  notable for featuring explicit homosexuality. [1].

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American lessons in (in)tolerance

Like Roosevelt, "Obama did speak about the importance of religious tolerance"by Joseph Massad

In the last week, officials of the Obama administration have been visiting Egypt and issuing instructions to the new Egyptian president regarding the question of religious tolerance and Egyptian Christians, demanding and insisting that they be included in the new administration in certain capacities or else. This concern of American government officials about Muslim tolerance of Christians, however, is hardly a new concern. 

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A Law Enforcement Alternative to War in Syria

sectarian-clashesOnce again the United States is engaging in a war it is destined to lose. Add Syria to the long list of nations where the United States has unnecessarily used military force to its disadvantage since the end of World War II.

There is an alternative to waging war against other nations and their people, and the United States will continue losing such wars until it adopts a better strategy.

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Remembering Gore Vidal

Gore VidalMany labels characterize him: distinguished author, essayist, playwright, historian, acerbic sociopolitical/cultural critic, freethinker, intellectual, and humanist.

In 2009, the American Humanist Association (AHA) named him honorary president.

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Capitalism Failed

CapitalismEconomic/financial systems dependent on wars and predation eventually self-destruct. Western capitalism is no exception.

Money power runs things. War profiteering is policy. Ordinary people have no say. Exploiting them for profit is prioritized. Divisions between rich and poor grow. By some measures they're unprecedented.

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