President Cruz?

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Tom Degan: Show me a guy whose antics are too weird for the GOP and I’ll show you a guy who really should be be watched – if only for our own amusement.

President Hugo Chavez and America’s “Backyard”

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Joseph Palermo: The simple fact remains: Chavez, who died of cancer at the age of 58, was the only president of Venezuela in modern memory who did ANYTHING for the poor people of that country who make up the vast majority of its nearly 30 million citizens.

The Midnight Swimmer

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Lawrence Wittner: In his latest novel, Edward Wilson — a U.S. Special Forces officer in the Vietnam War who subsequently became an expatriate, a British citizen, and a teacher in the UK — does help to illuminate the Cold War crisis of the early 1960s.

Operation. . . North. . .Iran?

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John Macmurrary: With the increasing and increasingly shrill volume of rhetoric about war with Iran, it might be a good time to let the White House and our elected representatives know how we feel about that.

Climate-Change Denier Group Feels the Heat

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Steven Mikulan: As much as Heartland may wish to deny certain fundamentals of science, there are signs that its gonzo billboard ads have created a classic cause and effect backlash among some supporters.

America Heads Back to the Future

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Randy Shaw: Many white Americans yearn for the days when racism was not “an issue.” White attitudes toward George Zimmerman’s actions confirm this.

Cuba’s “Silent Transition” Toward A Free Market Economy

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Sherwood Ross: Whatever the shape of the future, Raul Castro, who promised Cuba would never return to capitalism, appears to be doing just that.

Republican House Threatens Latin America

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Tom Hayden: As a result of the Republican takeover of the House, hard-line right-wingers like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Connie Mack will lead key committees and sub-committees for the next two years. Any hopes to improve US relations with the new nationalist and democratic regimes of Latin America have dimmed sharply.

Ted Sorensen’s Death Should Cause Reflection

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Ivan Eland: In the wake of the death of the man responsible for most of President John F. Kennedy’s soaring public phrases, a reassessment is needed of the Kennedy administration, which has been consistently overrated by the media and public.

A Great LA Filmfest on Endangered Species List?

Prakriti Maduro in "Habana Eva."

Ed Rampell: Film lovers and the creative community should stand and deliver to LALIFF so that it can continue to showcase unusual, offbeat Latino movies. Don’t force Olmos to make Zoot Suit II to finance it out of his own pocket. Viva LALIFF!

Michael Moore Speaks: Capitalism, A Love Story

Ed Rampell: The good news is that Capitalism, A Love Story is another Michael Moore instant classic, and in his considerable, 20-year-long oeuvre – which spurred revitalization of the documentary as an art form, as well as an entertainment medium — is second in quality and power only to his 2004 masterpiece, Fahrenheit 9/11.

Afghanistan: Presidential Double Standards and Military Power

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The time will come sooner or later when President Obama will have to stand up to the military and face the inevitably shrill attacks from the armchair commanders and “conservative” bloviators who populate the mainstream media.

Bring Cuba In From The Cold

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by Charley James – At the end of the state funeral for Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on October 3, 2000, official mourners were milling about in front of Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica. Cuban president Fidel Castro stepped over to Jimmy Carter to ask a serious political question: What did Carter think of using the [...]

Havana and Hamas: Obama Can Chart a New Course at Last

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As we lament the horrors in the Gaza Strip, currently playing out on our televisions, we might be well served to reflect on 50 years of Castro’s regime in Cuba, and what lessons and opportunities our history of opposition to the Cuban revolution might hold for the incoming Obama administration.

It’s Time for Bush Appointees to “Spend More Time with Their Families”

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by Joseph Palermo – Forty-eight years ago, President-Elect John F. Kennedy thought it would be a good idea to show “bipartisanship” and continuity by keeping on Allen Dulles from the previous administration as Director of Central Intelligence. He found out after the Bay of Pigs fiasco of April 1961 that he had made a big [...]

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