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Oil wells on fire in southern Iraq as British Tanks drive past, March 23, 2003. (Press Association via AP Images)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas — and the funds they generate. Continue reading

Mike Challenger, of Bothell, Wash., applauds a speaker as he stands dressed in Revolutionary-period wear at a tax day tea party rally of about a hundred protesters Friday, April 15, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 4, 2014 | Blog

Historian Jill Lepore says that the debates of 240 years ago offer no insight into those of today. Continue reading

Fireworks light up the sky over the National Mall in Washington Friday, July 4, 2008.(AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
July 3, 2014 | Blog

This July 4, cherish the words of the Declaration but also summon Thomas Paine’s spirit to remind yourself that we can, if we really care, pick up the broken thread of democratic zeal. An essay by Bill Moyers and Bernie Weisberger. Continue reading

NSA Surveillance demonstration in Washington, DC
July 3, 2014 | Perspectives

Securing state power from the domestic population and securing concentrated private power are the driving forces in policy formation. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, James Farmer (Wikimedia Commons)
July 2, 2014 | Perspectives

Before embracing rigid and divisive politics, the Republicans had been closely aligned with the cause of civil rights and had been supporters of equal justice. Continue reading

Byzantine emissaries to the Caliph. By Unknown, 12th/13th century author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
July 1, 2014 | Blog

Recent events in Iraq and Syria have revived the words “caliphate” and “Levant” which had not been used for several decades. Continue reading

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to veterans during a national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2002. Cheney spelled out to veterans the administration's justification for a pre-emptive attack against Iraq, calling Saddam Hussein "as dangerous as we say he is." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
June 27, 2014

From the health effects of smoking to weapons of mass destruction, the powers that be have told us some real whoppers over the years. Continue reading

President George HW Bush and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney at Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1990. (Image: Doug Mills/ AP)
June 27, 2014 | Blog

As the US once again contemplates military action in Iraq, let’s not let our history in the region disappear down the memory hole. Continue reading

President George W. Bush speaks to US troops, Nov. 27, 2003, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 27, 2014 | Blog

In 935 Lies, Lewis details the carefully orchestrated campaign of untruths about Iraq waged by the Bush administration that galvanized public opinion and led us to war. Continue reading

Col. T.E. Lawrence,, shown Oct. 3, 1928. (AP Photo)
June 27, 2014 | Perspectives

Then and now, Lawrence’s understanding of the ancient and potent jealousies of the people among whom he had lived and fought in the Middle East has generally been ignored. Continue reading

Josh Earnest White House Press Briefing
June 27, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war. Continue reading

Iraq War Card, Searchable database of false statements
June 26, 2014 | Blog

A new interactive database lists the 935 false statements made by top Bush administration officials in the run up to the Iraqi war. Who leads the pack? Continue reading

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June 26, 2014 | Blog

Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, the 99-year-old activist challenges a new generation to redefine revolution for our times. Continue reading

Josh Earnest White House Press Briefing
June 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Investigative journalist Charles Lewis joins Bill this week to talk about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war. Watch the full show » Continue reading

Voting Rights -- Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder
June 25, 2014 | Perspectives

Voting restrictions motivated by partisanship and race continue to be in place half a century after the Freedom Summer and one year after the Shelby decision. Continue reading

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