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Glenn Greenwald: Could Obama Be Impeached?

ObamaThe New York Times recently broke the story that President Obama rejected the views of top administration lawyers when he decided he had the legal authority to continue U.S. military participation in the war in Libya without congressional authorization. Obama continues to face congressional opposition to the ongoing Libya attack. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has called on the White House to further clarify the legal basis for the war in Libya or face a cutoff of war funds. Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers filed a lawsuit accusing President Obama of violating the War Powers Act of 1973.

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King Abdullah's bleak forecast

King Abdullah IIby Khalid Amayreh

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Jordan's King Abdullah II voiced alarm and frustration over Israel's determination to throttle every promise for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian Israeli conflict.

"I am not convinced that they (Israel) are interested in a two-state solution... They are not interested in peace with the Arabs, because unless they do the two-state solution, that can't happen."

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Liberating Wars

airstrikesAmerica's imperial wars are for wealth, power, and unchallenged dominance, never for humanitarian concerns or liberation, notions Washington contemptuously spurns.

Yet rhetorical posturing claims otherwise. In April 1986, Ronald Reagan arrogantly said US air and naval forces "launched a series of strikes against (Gaddafi's) headquarters, terrorist facilities, and military assets, (carefully) targeted to minimize casualties among the Libyan people with whom we have no quarrel. From initial reports, our forces have succeeded in their mission."

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A Few Notes on WHAT IS LEFT

LEFTor Toward a Manifesto for Revolutionary Emancipation

WHAT IS LEFT in two senses:

–what remains of the historic left, conceived more universally as emancipatory politics independent of place and cultural nexus, that is, not just Marxism, and its progeny, but all forms of resistance to oppression, including by indigenous peoples or in response to religious convictions.

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Two Capitalisms

Capitalismby Joel S. Hirschhorn

With a kind of religious fervor, American conservatives love to talk about their love of capitalism, as if it has a singular definition and can always be counted on to serve public and national interests. The intelligent way to think about capitalism is that it can be of two kinds. The good kind is patriotic and stakeholder oriented, the bad kind is selfish and shareholder obsessed. The global economic downturn is strong evidence of the dominant second form of capitalism that has caused so much human suffering while it has served the rich and powerful.

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