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So, what the hell are these elections about?

African refugeesby Adam Keller

Two weeks ago the "Makor Rishon" newspaper glorified the canine unit of the Israel Defense Forces and its tireless contribution to the campaign proclaimed by the government of Israel against the African refugees who threaten to seek asylum in our enlightened country. The paper's correspondent went to the southern border and heard about the spectacular antics of the two-legged soldiers and their four-legged best friends: "Dogs are incomparably capable when it comes to a chase. They locate undesirables in the border area, identify them as infiltrators and immediately start pursuit. A dog can just go on chasing and chasing, not letting go. At present, in the new reality on the borders of Israel, chase dogs assume greater significance ("Makor Rishon", Sept. 28, 2012).

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Progressives: In Swing States, Vote for Obama

Obamaby Daniel Ellsberg

It is urgently important to prevent a Republican administration under Romney/Ryan from taking office in January 2013.

The election is now just weeks away, and I want to urge those whose values are generally in line with mine -- progressives, especially activists -- to make this goal one of your priorities during this period.

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9/11 mastermind's plea to judge

Khalid Sheikh Mohammedby Anar Virji

It was a sharp, unexpected statement delivered in measured Arabic in just a few minutes. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's comments to a courtroom in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Wednesday were surprising. Mohammed is accused of being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States; he's charged with war crimes and murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted. His trial hasn't yet begun; the court is hearing pre-trial motions this week.

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The Debate; What They Didn't Say

 Obama forcefully defending his term in officeThe reason I’m writing more these days is because I was going to lay low while I applied for my passport and then to move to Ecuador. I have decided that I’m not going to let them scare me away. I feel that it is more important to stand up for what you believe in then to slink away with my heart on my sleeve.

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EU War on Free Expression

Press TVFree expression in all forms is fundamental. Without it, all other freedoms are at risk. Included are free speech, thought, culture, intellectual inquiry, and press freedom.

Denial risks tyranny. Voltaire said, "I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Howard Zinn called dissent "the highest form of patriotism."

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