Opinion

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Gabo lives

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez died on April 17, 2014 in Mexico City. His 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" gained him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982.

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Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?

U.S.-Russia relations took a dangerous turn over Ukraine and Crimea. This is a very troubling development. If it continues in the present direction, the result will be damaging on a range of issue,

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Supreme Court extends attack on democracy with McCutcheon decision

The Supreme Court struck down limits on overall contributions to political parties and candidates. 

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Writing on Amtrak

Soon we'd be snaking through the freight yards and pulling into the Amtrak platform at L.A.'s Union Station.  It was a dramatic opening scene - almost cinematic - filled with promise.

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Melba Hernandez, 93; leader of the Cuban Revolution

On Mar. 9, Cuba and the world lost a remarkable revolutionary figure, Melba Hernandez Rey, age 93. The cause of death was complications of diabetes.

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Tony Benn: British labor giant dies

Tony leaves behind the books and wonderful diaries he wrote and the enormous admiration and the friendship of millions of people.

 

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Straight talk on the U.S. and Ukraine

It's been interesting to observe the large numbers of people who suddenly think they're experts on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine - both those on the left and the right.

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Nuclear disarmament policy a mixed bag, at best

The ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the negotiation of a Fissile Materials Treaty, both of which the Obama administration favors, have been held up, one by the U.S. Senate, the other by another country.

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ACA needs "patients and subscribers" movement

In West Virginia, we have some of the shortest life spans, highest poverty rates, oldest median ages, worst educational investments, and most dangerous work environments in the country.

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Chris Hedges’ catastrophism is faulty politics

While Hedges goes beyond liberal analysts in his critiques of present-day society, he also in my view falls into the trap of what I call "political catastrophism."

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