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  • Ambassador from Lebanon to the U.S.: Who Is Gabriel Issa?

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    The recently installed ambassador from Lebanon is actually a Lebanese-American who lived in the U.S. more than 40 years. Shortly before the 2016 presidential election in Lebanon, Gabriel Issa of Detroit returned to Lebanon on a permanent basis and became a close advisor to Lebanon’s soon-to-be president, Michel Aoun. By the age of 21, Issa had founded two businesses, AAA Language Services and Iterotext Translation, which, along with several other businesses, he devoted his career to building.   read more
  • Mexican Drug War Deaths in One Year Outnumber 5 Years of US Deaths in Iraq

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The U.S.-supported “get tough” anti-drug strategy in Mexico has achieved some success, but has come at a price: 5,376 deaths so far in 2008—15 a day. This approach has caused drug trafficking groups to collapse and splinter. The U.S., which releas...   read more
  • Bailing Out the Banks (and Others) Has Cost the Average Family $1,900…So Far

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The 5-member Congressional panel tasked with overseeing the $700 billion bailout has issued its first report. The Department of the Treasury has so far doled out $165 billion to 87 banks in exchange for stock and warrants. Treasury also gave AIG $...   read more
  • Bush Lifts Protection for Endangered Species

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    The Bush administration issued revised endangered species regulations that will eliminate some of the mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists have performed for 35 years on dams, power plants, timber sales and other projects. In ...   read more
  • By the Heliport of Babylon

    Saturday, December 13, 2008
    Fragments of bricks, engraved with cuneiform characters thousands of years old, lie mixed with the rubble and sandbags left by the US military on the ancient site of Babylon in Iraq. From April 2003 to June 2004, US troops built embankments, dug d...   read more
  • Breaking the Law: Bush Officials Feel the Heat

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008
    With so much attention centering on the developing financial crisis, it isn’t surprising that other important stories have slipped through the cracks. Nevertheless, as the Bush administration winds down, there has been a surprising flurry of activ...   read more
  • The Best and Brightest are Not Always the Wisest: Frank Rich

    Saturday, December 06, 2008
    Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner [Obama’s nominees for Director of the National Economic Council and Secretary of the Treasury] are both protégés of another master of the universe, Robert Rubin. His appearance in the photo op for Obama-transi...   read more
  • National Security Advisor: James “Chevron-Boeing” Jones

    Friday, December 05, 2008
    When George W. Bush took charge of the White House, he chose as his National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, who spent 14 years on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation and even had an oil tanker named after her. When Barack Obama won e...   read more
  • Uncovering the Secrets of the Bush Administration

    Thursday, December 04, 2008
    Washington Monthly editor Charles Homans presents a roadmap for digging out the most important secrets that the Bush administration wants to keep hidden forever. It won’t be easy. As Vice-President Cheney said in a speech in 2007, “I learned early...   read more
  • Guantánamo Prosecutor Tells Why He Resigned

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    Lt. Col. Darrel Vandeveld, a devout Catholic, was called up as a military lawyer after 9/11 and served in Iraq, Bosnia and Africa. In 2007, he became a prosecutor for the military commissions trying terrorist suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, a rol...   read more
  • College: Slipping Away From the Poor and Middle Class

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008
    According to a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in the last 25 years the cost of a college education has gone up at triple the rate of family income. Increasingly, middle-class parents are going into debt to pu...   read more
  • Protecting Corporations Against Their Employees

    Sunday, November 30, 2008
    The Labor Department is racing to complete a new rule, strenuously opposed by President-elect Barack Obama, that would make it much harder for the government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals to which workers are exposed on the ...   read more
  • Cyber-Attacks from China and Russia Threaten U.S. War Command

    Saturday, November 29, 2008
    Cyber-attacks aimed at the U.S. military come on two fronts, said Tim McKnight of Northrop Grumman. A number of countries are actively working to develop methods for disabling the computer systems the U.S. military relies on during wartime. And ad...   read more
  • Gay Marriage is Good for the Economy

    Saturday, November 29, 2008
    During a break in a youth soccer tournament a few years ago, one of the other fathers on my son’s team surprised me when he told me that he was a strong supporter of gay marriage. He explained that it was good for his business.   “What do you do...   read more
  • In Praise of George Bush

    Thursday, November 27, 2008
    I don’t think that anyone would accuse me of being soft on George W. Bush. For example, I have argued that Bush should be indicted for violating the U.S. War Crimes Act. However, the man is not all bad. I believe that his lack of racism played a s...   read more
  • Medicaid Pays for Risky, Unapproved Drugs

    Monday, November 24, 2008
    The government is paying millions for risky medications that have never been reviewed for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found. Millions of private patients are takin...   read more
  • 10 Worst Corporations of the Year

    Sunday, November 23, 2008
    Each year for the past 20 years, the Multinational Monitor has chosen the 10 worst corporations of the year. There have been some terrible ones before, but 2008 produced a bumper crop. They are: AIG, Cargill, Chevron, Chinese National Petroleum, C...   read more
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