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Environmental Justice: One Illegal Bid At A Time

Environmental Justice: One Illegal Bid At A Time

On April 21, the day before Earth Day, Tim DeChristopher was released from custody by the Department of Justice. He had served 21 months for having committed an act of civil disobedience against a government bureau that had violated the law. In his mid-20s, DeChristopher, who graduated from high school in Pittsburgh, was in Utah […]

Republicans Lie About ‘Support Our Troops’

Republicans Lie About ‘Support Our Troops’

For a decade, Republicans have been screaming at Americans to “support our troops.” But, they don’t really support our troops. Their constant chanting was originally code to support the Republican administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the Republicans truly wanted to support the troops, they would have demanded—early in the wars—better armament […]

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

When a craven of buffoons and bigots disguised in the bodies of Birthers figured that anyone with dark skin and a foreign name had to be born outside the U.S., Barack Obama provided a birth certificate. Not just the usual “short form,” but a state-certified copy of the “long form” that detailed he was born […]

World Silent As Muslim Massacre Goes On In Myanmar

World Silent As Muslim Massacre Goes On In Myanmar

Mohammad Hossein Nikzad, a close personal friend and a senior student of political science called me, worriedly talking about the dire situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the atrocities the Buddhist Rakhines are committing in the East Asian nation. He called my attention to the mainstream media’s flagrant inattention to the heartrending genocide […]

Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Based on recent statements made by Kuwait Ambassador Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, it is clear that the Government of Kuwait is accepting of the US position that they can hold any Kuwaiti for however long and for any reason or for no reason at all. On June 29, 2012, the United States dismissed allegations […]

American Patriotism In Hyper-Drive

American Patriotism In Hyper-Drive

It’s midway between Flag Day and Independence Day. That means several million copies of full-page flags printed on cheap newsprint, June 14, have been burned, shredded, thrown away, or perhaps recycled. It’s an American tradition. Flag Day was created by President Wilson in 1916 on the eve of the American entry into World War I. […]

Media Silent As Iran Arrests Suspects In Assassination Of Nuclear Scientists

Media Silent As Iran Arrests Suspects In Assassination Of Nuclear Scientists

The announcement by Iran’s intelligence ministry that it has arrested 20 people associated with the terrorist operations in which two of the country’s nuclear scientists were assassinated received the Western mainstream media’s meaningful silence, but clearly demonstrated the influence and might of Iran’s intelligence apparatus, giving a serious warning to the hell-bent enemies of the […]

The Devilish Plan Of Saudi-Bahrain Merger

The Devilish Plan Of Saudi-Bahrain Merger

The recently declared plan by the members of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council to annex the soil of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and form a greater Arab union has attested to the fact that the tyrannical and merciless rulers of Arab sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf are still obliviously living in the colonial era, dating back […]

Pakistan Chronicle

Pakistan Chronicle

Wahid Monawar, a regular contributor to The Public Record, is a former Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Currently, he is a member of the Peace Project. Follow him @AfghanPolicy. In this column, he offers another point of view on issues related to US dealings with Pakistan. “What can I do […]

Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves. But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of […]

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