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From: Greg R. Rampton Subject: “It Started in Texas: Karl Rove’s Political Prosecutions,” by Scott Horton I am the “curious” and “unstable” FBI Agent mentioned prominently in your July 2007…

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OIL!

The New York Times reports today that BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell, and Total—which is to say, five of the six largest oil companies on Earth—“are in the final stages of…

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From: Steven Matz, Chicago Subject: The Case for Political Rudeness, by Ken Silverstein, May 23, 2008 You make a great case for the effectiveness of rudeness, or ahem, direct language.…

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From: Gary McCardell Subject: Exclusive Video: Hillary in the Führerbunker, by Ken Silverstein, May 12, 2008 On your website, Ken Silverstein posted a link to a video political parody showing…

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Questions for Errol Morris

Starting with Gates of Heaven in 1978, filmmaker Errol Morris has directed a series of genre-defining documentaries, among them The Thin Blue Line, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control, and…

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NOT ME! A timeline of finger-pointing in Iraq

The New York Times today features a long report in which U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker constructs a timeline with an important lesson for the world: the failure of…

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Archive Highlights: Fidel Castro

Reuters, “McCain Hopes Castro to ‘Meet Marx Soon,’” the New York Times, February 22, 2008: Republican presidential front-runner John McCain suggested on Friday that he hoped retired Cuban leader Fidel…

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Archive Highlights: Cuba

James C. McKinley Jr., “At Cuba Helm, Castro Brother Stays the Course,” The New York Times, February 25, 2008: HAVANA — Raúl Castro, who has labored in the shadow of…

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Archive Highlights: Fox Hunting

Sarah Lyall, “Tally Ho! A Determined Crew Hunts for Fox Hunters”, The New York Times, February 18, 2007: For their part, the hunters argue that they have changed their ways…

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A Christmas Proposal

Few human activities are more popular than war, and yet the negative consequences of actual battle, with its inevitable atrocities, often are very high. Therefore when the philosopher William James…

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Notes on “The Black Box”

For readers interested in a little background on this month’s cover story: I first began to develop an interest in the oil of Iraq in 2003. It was the war…

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Supreme Court Upholds Appeals Court Decision in Favor of Harper’s Magazine

New York, NY, October 1, 2007 — The United States Supreme Court today upheld the March 23, 2007 decision of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of…

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Blackwater Remains Above the Law

On Monday, Iraqi authorities, responding to a shootout that left as many as 20 Iraqis dead, announced that they were banning Blackwater USA from operating in their country. It seemed…

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The Shock Doctrine: A Short Film by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein

Alfonso Cuarón, director of Children of Men, and Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, present a short film from Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. An…

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Archive Highlights: Immigration

Julia Preston, Surge in Immigration Laws Around U.S., The New York Times, August 6, 2007: State legislatures, grappling with the failure of the federal government to overhaul the immigration laws,…

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Zimring: Giuliani’s Crimefighting is Overrated

This month Harper’s takes a very serious look at Rudy Giuliani, who could very possibly become the next President of the United States. One of the things that has always…

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Archive Highlights: Rupert Murdoch

“Readers of The Journal May Be Wary of Murdoch, but Advertising Executives Are Not,” The New York Times, August 1, 2007: “It’s just been a dark day,” said Ryan Chittum,…

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Archive Highlights: The Wall Street Journal

“Exclusive: Rupert Murdoch Speaks,” Time, July 28, 2007: The owner-in-waiting will eventually want to see some [changes], starting on Page One. He has little taste for the quirky “A-head” stories…

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The Ongoing Medicalization of Torture

On July 20, George Bush signed an executive order that clarified certain aspects of what his administration has come to call “enhanced interrogation techniques.” It was an extraordinarily detailed document…

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Archive Highlights: Harry Potter

Michiko Kakutani, “An Epic Showdown as Harry Potter Is Initiated Into Adulthood,” The New York Times, July 19, 2007: While Ms. Rowling’s astonishingly limber voice still moves effortlessly between Ron’s…

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Archive Highlights: Executive Privilege

Dan Eggen and Amy Goldstein, Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings: White House says Hill can’t pursue contempt cases, The Washington Post, July 20, 2007: [Bush] administration officials argued yesterday that…

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Archive Highlights: Propaganda

Ken Silverstein, “How the Pentagon’s ‘Surrogates Operation’ Feeds Stories Directly to Administration-Friendly Bloggers,” July 19, 2007: The unit was initially called the “Surrogates Operation” but was later rechristened as “Communications…

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Archive Highlights: Spalding Gray

Robin Snead as told to Victor Ozols, “What It Feels Like . . . to Find Spalding Gray’s Body,” Esquire, August 2007: I got in touch with his wife, and…

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Archive Highlights: Conrad Black

“Black facing rest of life in prison, say experts,” The Daily Telegraph, July 17, 2007 While a United States government prosecutor suggested in court last week that, by “conservative” estimates…

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