Norman Solomon

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Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 2:15pm
The Democratic Party’s ‘Superdelegates’ Are Super Wrong
When I was a teenage volunteer for Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign in 1968, one of the aspects of the national Democratic Party power structure that bothered me the most — apart from its support for the horrendous Vietnam War — was its internal barriers to democracy. Those barriers turned...
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Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:00am
The Bernie Campaign: The Democratic Party’s Biggest Insurrection in Decades
Forty-eight years ago, a serious insurrection jeopardized the power structure of the national Democratic Party for the first time in memory. Propelled by the movement against the Vietnam War, that grassroots uprising cast a big electoral shadow soon after Senator Eugene McCarthy dared to challenge...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:30am
Needed: Gun Control at the Pentagon
With passion and eloquence, President Barack Obama has renewed efforts to reduce gun tragedies. His proposals to strengthen safety measures and background checks for gun purchasers deserve support. But it’s disquieting to hear a president deliver heartfelt orations against “gun violence” at home...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:45am
Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault
For a long time, as he campaigned for president, a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. Now they’re sounding the alarm that he might. And, just in case you haven’t gotten the media message yet -- Sanders is “angry,” kind of like Donald Trump. Elite media...
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Monday, December 7, 2015 - 8:15am
Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor
Here is a condensed version of President Obama's speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English: I kind of realize we can’t kill our way out of this conflict with ISIL, but in the short term hopefully we can kill our way out of the danger of a Republican...
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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:15am
The Digital Dog Ate Our Civil-Liberties Homework: “It’s Just the Way It Is”
Of all the excuses ladled out for the Obama administration's shredding of the Fourth Amendment while assaulting press freedom and prosecuting “national security” whistleblowers, none is more pernicious than the claim that technology is responsible. At first glance, the explanation might seem to...
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Monday, August 17, 2015 - 6:45am
Subverting Illusions: Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks
Three years after Ecuador’s government granted political asylum to Julian Assange in its small ground-floor London embassy, the founder of WikiLeaks is still there—beyond the reach of the government whose vice president, Joe Biden, has labeled him "a digital terrorist." The Obama administration...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:00am
Bernie Sanders Should Stop Ducking Foreign Policy
Senator Bernie Sanders has sparked a strong grassroots response in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination on social and economic issues. At the same time, he has given short shrift to foreign policy, military spending and war. That approach should change. I’m among millions of...
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Monday, July 13, 2015 - 3:45pm
Perpetual War Creates Endless Consequences
When the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, began this month by issuing a farewell report on U.S. military strategy, the gist was hardly big news. “ Dempsey to Pentagon: Prepare for the Never-Ending War ” read the headline on the cover page of the National Journal...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:15am
Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?
Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn’t be there. Sterling was one of the CIA’s few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against the agency. That happened shortly before the CIA...
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