The Dissenting Internet
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Here are the progressive "log-ons" that we visit regularly. We recommend them all. And if you are especially generous, think of sending in a subscription to these websites and/or their hard-copy publications. There are no Republican fat-cats supporting these worthies.
The Smirking Chimp deserves a daily visit. Direct links to national and international news and commentary. Updated daily. Much of it is high quality journalism (which one has to look far and wide to collect it these days) -- from such sources as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian (UK), etc.
Truthout. An excellent source of progressive news and opinion, from the American press, the foreign press + the internet. Also some worthy original pieces. If you sign up, Truthout will send a daily e-mail of new listings with links.
BushWatch has the most comprehensive and extensive selection of anti-Bush articles that we know of, meticulously organized and catalogued. A good "first stop" in your search for ammunition against Bush & Co. Also supplies a fresh list of articles and links.
BuzzFlash . Another tremungous list of timely articles (linked) and links to other sources. An excellent "first stop" for a session of surfing.
Democrats.com . Not the website of the National Democratic Party, but self-described as "the largest independent community of democratic activists." Hard-hitting exposes and commentary.
Counterpunch. Solid articles from the left-wing perspective, with a real bite.
The Online Journal features an abundance of fearless, no-holds-barred critiques of establishment politics and the corporate owners/sponsors thereof. Also contains a rich and reliable repertory of links to progressive commentary and critiques of the Bush Restoration.
The Online Gadfly is the website of Ernest Partridge, the co-editor of The CrisisPapers. Features an abundance of brief opinion pieces on politics, economics, the environment, etc., as well as longer scholarly works on environmental ethics, moral philosophy, peace studies and public policy.
Democratic Underground. Another fine source of original opinion pieces. Independent of + thus less constrained than, the Democratic Party.
American Politics Journal.. Despite the stuffy, academic-type title, this site offers beaucoup links and sassy commentary from the left side.
The Nation. The articles used to be formulaic and written by shallow non-entities. Someone has since done something spectacularly right, for The Nation has now become one the premier publishers of liberal and progressive thought. The new online edition appears each Friday.
CommonDreams . A good repository of liberal/left articles re-posted from publications and websites.
Outlook India. One of the best foreign websites, with a heavy emphasis on Indian and Asian politics, but also including many articles on American policy and machinations.
Scoop . A super site from New Zealand. Heavy coverage on New Zealand and Asian politics, but also lots of solid reporting and analysis of American war aims and 9/11 coverup.
The Guardian (UK). England's Guardian offers an incisive analysis of U.S. politics and worldwide machinations, with fresh and definitely non-American insights.
ZNet Magazine.. A wide-ranging list of links and articles from a radical left perspective that covers world and domestic events. Lots of Chomsky.
The New York Times. Despite all its manifest offenses (the NYT gave us all "The Whitewater (non)Scandal"), it is still "the newspaper of historical record." Good Op-Ed pieces, across the political spectrum. Keep an eye out for Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich + Paul Krugman who have super-sensitive BS detectors, and super-sharp crap-cutters.
Salon. Some refreshingly sassy commentaries on the antics of George II and his gang.
A subscription to their "Premium Edition" costs $30.
The advantages may not be fully worth that fee, but Salon deserves the support.
Media Whores Online. As the title suggests, the site takes a dim view of the press in general + the "punditocracy" in particular. It names names + its indictments are generally right on target.
William Pitt's independent website can be counted on to provide eloquent and insightful political commentary. As tribute to the quality of his work, Pitt's essays are frequently found on several other progressive websites.
Media Transparency is another excellent "gateway site" to current articles and commentary on political issues, from a progressive perspective. If you've had about your fill of "the myth of the liberal media," Media Transparency is an ideal place to turn for material for a refuting argument.
Still more progressive websites noted (for the moment) without comment:
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Of course, that's just a beginning. There are many, many more fine sites offering antidotes to the relentless rightward spin of the establishment media. In fact, many of the above listed sites are excellent gateways to these additional sites. See especially, Bear Left and BuzzFlash. To our knowledge, the largest list of progressive and liberal websites is at "Link Crusader."
Any other suggestions? Let us know + we may add to this list.
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