The Pentagon’s Implausible Deniability

Smear campaigns are now endemic to our twittering world of 24-hour news cycles. Not smear campaigns by the media, but smear campaigns against the media. Or, at least, the few intrepid reporters still trying to dig deep into stories and come up … Continue reading

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Waking up on Cold Mountain

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In the powerful words of Ruby, played by Renee Zellweger in the Civil War movie Cold Mountain, “They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, ‘shit, … Continue reading

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Mean America

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Being a teenager has always been tough. But being a teenager in today’s whiz-bang world of social media and anti-social media attitudes is downright dangerous. Kids are encouraged to identify with those who “hate” the same people they do, instead … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of Al Jazeera?

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By Leslie Griffith & JP Sottile America doesn’t make many products these days. But if you ask people from northern Africa to south Asia—and all points in-between—what it is that America makes, you can count on a one word answer. … Continue reading

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