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  • Iraq, Afghanistan, El Salvador

    What has struck me most throughout the Presidential campaign is how narrowly stupid both teams are on international diplomacy and military issues. There was a perfect illustrative moment in the vice presidential debate when Edwards commented on the insurgency and opium cultivation in Afghanistan and the dwindling hope of fair elections there, and Cheney rebutted with his story about El Salvador in the 1980s. Cheney gamely talked about insurgency there, and how "we" held elections anyway, and now it's a democracy, etc. Edwards let it go. He didn't talk at all about ARENA, Roberto D'Aubisson's fascist party fueled by death squads which were armed and trained by the United States (which is now back in power). There was no mention of the Truth Commission which found that 90 percent of El Salvador's 75,000 civil war victims were killed by this U.S.-backed right-wing force. Or that the democratic government immediately granted amnesty to the named killers.
  • Worse Than The Blues

    Worse Than The Blues
    Bob Dylan sang, "If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine." Well, you should see John Fahey's thought-dreams. "All I have ever done with music," Fahey wrote in 1996, "was to depict various emotions in an organized...

    Six finalists vie for Baltimore's top art award, the Sondheim Prize

    Art prizes are always contestable because they attempt to define the ineffable: By putting money and prestige behind a particular artist, awards inevitably make a claim about art itself. There is, of course, a certain drama to the very act of deciding....

    Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign. Since March 26, the Saudi-led coalition has been...

    Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at strategic base

    Militiamen loyal to Yemen's exiled president besieged an air base Saturday once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said. Qa'ed Nasser, a...