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San Francisco Has Become America’s Largest Gated Community — And That Is Bad For California

  California is an earthly paradise. Yet there is something badly broken about the Golden State. At its best, California is America’s America, where the young and adventurous go for a fresh start.   The trouble is that housing in much of California has become so expensive that the young and adventurous have been priced…


The Worst Global Crisis We Face: Nuclear – Evironmental – Financial

        Chomsky on Civil Liberties, Obama and the Future Of  Politics by STEVEN DUREL Linguistics professor Noam Chomsky has been America’s premier political dissident since the Vietnam War. As a vocal critic of US foreign policy, the self-described “libertarian socialist” has been beloved by generations of students and activists. In the wake…


Assange: The Swedish Case Is A Nuisance, Assange Regarded Enemy Of America

      It was a huge surprise that Julian Assange suddenly checked into the Embassy of República del Ecuador in London. The twitter reaction from leading Swedish media personalities, in the midst of a Football match, was predictably myopic – and as nationalistic as Football. The picture that came into their minds was that of an…

Photos: Atlantis Shuttle To Earth Final Mission

THE LAST TOUCHDOWN   PHOTOS: Shuttle Returns To Earth For The Final TimeBelow   CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Atlantis and four astronauts returned from the International Space Station in triumph Thursday, bringing an end to NASA’s 30-year shuttle journey with one last, rousing touchdown that drew cheers and tears. A record crowd of 2,000 gathered…

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Raging Bull Of Debt: Fury of Mobs Spreading around the World

The Global Temper Tantrum Fury is spreading. But the mobs ignore the real culprit behind broken economies. Yiorgos Karahalis / Reuters-Landov Riot police at a protest against austerity measures in Athens on June 28, 2011. This is the age of indignation. Politics in the Western world are becoming more emotional—because our problems are so intractable….

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Egyptian Fighter Jets intimidate over Liberation Square

Perilous choices for Egypt’s military By Jon Alterman, Special to CNN January 30, 2011 1:40 p.m. EST Egyptian soldiers drive an armored personel carrier slowly through a crowd of protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Jon Alterman says Egypt’s government is a military government He says military enjoys a privileged role in…