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Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Jonathan Schell
Iraq's Unpredictable Politics
Introspection is not the purpose of this occasional column, but a moment of it seems appropriate in the wake of the election recently held in Iraq. That election might have been a blood-soaked fiasco...
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Saturday, February 5, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Democratic Elections in the Middle East
Enthused by the turnout in the Iraq elections last Sunday, a friend of mine wondered if democratic elections in Iraq and the Middle East would likely bring about a pro-American result. I told him the...
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Michael Gould-Wartofsky
What We Really Owe Iraq Now
Published on Friday, February 4, 2005 by the Harvard Crimson Look, we let those Iraqis have an election! Surely we're bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East. So intones the neoconservative...
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Friday, February 4, 2005
Jesselyn Radack
A Whistle-Blower's Inside View of the Homeland Security Nominee
On Wednesday, in hearings on his nomination to be head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff had this to say: "If you are dealing with something that makes you nervous, you'd better make sure that...
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Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Molly Ivins
Election Déjà Vu
Here's hoping. The trouble with being a congenital optimist is that gloom-mongering feels so uncomfortable. The election in Iraq Sunday, like the one in Afghanistan last year, was moving, inspiring...
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
James Carroll
Train Wreck of an Election
In thinking about the election in Iraq, my mind keeps jumping back to last week's train wreck in California. A deranged man, intending suicide, drove his Jeep Cherokee onto the railroad tracks, where...
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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Barbara Lee
Erase the Darfur Blood Stain From California's Pensions
Over the last two years, the Sudanese government and government-supported militias have undertaken a systematic campaign of violence and displacement, targeting civilians of the non-Arab ethnic...
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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Molly Ivins
World Skeptical of Delusional Bush Reign
A substantial nit to pick with President Bush's second Inaugural Address and some questions about his theme:
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Huck Gutman
Speedy Gonzales & The Rule of Law
What does it mean that Alberto Gonzales is about to be approved as Attorney General of the USA? That this particular appointee of President George W Bush will become the chief law enforcement officer...
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Sunday, January 23, 2005
Huck Gutman
Man-Made Tsunami
The world's largest seismic dislocation since the 1940s which occurred in the Indian Ocean on the 26th of December was catastrophic. When two tectonic plates shifted under the Andaman Sea, they...
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Saturday, January 22, 2005
Howard Zinn
Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home
We must withdraw our military from Iraq, the sooner the better. The reason is simple: Our presence there is a disaster for the American people and an even bigger disaster for the Iraqi people.
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Thursday, January 20, 2005
Jonathan Schell
What Is Wrong with Torture
The war in Iraq has given birth to an issue that may one day be seen as more important than the war, the question of torture. Just as H.J. Res. 114, by which Congress authorized the war, was the key...
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Michele Simon
Weak Links in the Food Chain
Last week, the federal government released its Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. Updated once every five years based on the latest science, the 70-page document purports to tell us which foods...
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Nancy Snow
Tall Order, Tough Questions
No one doubts that the U.S. Senate will confirm Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the next secretary of state, our nation's chief diplomat. How tough the next couple of days will be for the president's...
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Pierre Tristam
Inaugural Fear in a Year of War
In Europe the Russians had just raped and pillaged their way to Warsaw, "liberating" the first European capital occupied by Nazis five years earlier. The western front had bogged down in a six-month...
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Sunday, January 16, 2005
Caroline Arnold
What's the Story? Truth or Dramatic Fiction?
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets ... fiercely agitating the scanty...
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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Out of Touch With Nature
Wild and domestic animals, sensing the peril of the sinister tsunami approaching from within the Indian Ocean, fled to the safety of higher ground. Compared with human losses which have climbed to an...
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Friday, January 14, 2005
Huck Gutman
Man-Made Tsunami Continued: Waves of Devastation
This article is a continuation of Gutman's Man-Made Tsunami . . .
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Andrew M. Manis
White America and the MLK Holiday
Since 1986, the third Monday in January has occasioned civic and ecclesiastical commemorations of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. As a civil rights historian who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Norman Solomon
Far from Media Spotlights, the Shadows of "Losers"
A system glorifies its winners. The mass media and the rest of corporate America are enthralled with professionals scaling career ladders to new heights. Meanwhile, the people hanging onto bottom...
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Paul Rockwell
Beyond Elections: Dr. King's Teachings on Strategy and Tactics
According to Arundhati Roy, "There is no discussion taking place in the world today that is more crucial than the debate about strategies of resistance." There is no greater strategist in American...
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Friday, January 7, 2005
Norman Solomon
Acts of God, Acts of Media
The new year has scarcely begun, but Americans watching television have already heard a lot about God. When Larry King interviewed George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton the other night, CNN presented...
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Jonathan Schell
Letter From Ground Zero: Something Strange
As I followed the initial coverage of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, I was reminded of a time in the early 1980s when I spent some months researching the effects of a nuclear war-- the thermal...
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Tuesday, January 4, 2005
John Bonifaz
We Must Choose to Fight. Count Every Vote
Remarks Delivered at the Rally for the Republic Faneuil Hall, Boston Monday, January 3, 2005 Four years ago last month, the United States Supreme Court stopped the vote counting in the State of...
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James Carroll
The Road Back
"There was once a man in the land of Uz called Job: a sound and honest man who feared God and shunned evil. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him." So begins the famous meditation on the...
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John Buell
One-of-a-kind Journalist Moyers Will Be Missed
In American journalism, the year ended with a loss. Bill Moyers, anchor of PBS' NOW, has retired.
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Monday, January 3, 2005
Maria Tomchick
Playing Politics with Disaster Aid
The past week's news has been all-Tsunami all-the-time. But a couple of important aspects of the disaster haven't received much air-play.
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Thom Hartmann
Dialing In For Democracy - Now Is Critical
Jeff Taylor is one of Vermont's three electors - representatives elected by the citizens of Vermont to vote for President of the United States. He and his two peers have joined the electors of...
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Sunday, January 2, 2005
Saul Landau
America's Double Standard on Terrorism
Cuban expatriate Luis Posada Carriles, an old U.S. terrorist chicken, has come home to roost in Bush's nest, exposing the president's anti-terrorist policies as a hoax. Posada, 77, unabashedly...
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Friday, December 31, 2004
Molly Ivins
Oh, What a Year it Was
AUSTIN, Texas -- Oh 2004, 2004, bird thou never wert. Was it really that horrible a year, or does it only seem that way?
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Thursday, December 30, 2004
Saul Landau
Chile's Pinochet: Indictment a Victory for International Law
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is finally being brought to justice. This represents a victory not only for Chilean civil society but for international law. It also reopens the possibility...
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004
James Carroll
A Year of Living Dangerously
The turning of the year is one of the great markers. Time runs out on one period and begins anew on a next one. Memory and anticipation meet.
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Norman Solomon
Tailgated by Media Technology
The last few days of every year bring a heightened sense of time passing, never to return. "Not always so," the end of a calendar reminds us.
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Bianca Jagger
Grant Tommy Zeigler an Opportunity to Prove his Innocence
Over the weekend, William ''Tommy'' Zeigler, a lifelong Christian who joined the Catholic Church earlier this year, spent his 29th Christmas on Florida's Death Row. Who can comprehend the grief of...
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Friday, December 24, 2004
Andrew Greeley
No Peace on Earth During Unjust War
One reads in the papers that the Pentagon expects the war in Iraq to continue till 2010. Donald Rumsfeld will not guarantee that it will be over by 2009. How many dead and maimed Americans by then?...
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
Blair Bobier
Mock the Vote
Some people just have no respect for the law these days. Unfortunately, they happen to be in charge of our elections.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Helen Thomas
Iraqis Hate U.S. Policies, Not Freedom
Is there a religious crusader element in the armed struggle now under way in Iraq, as some Islamists believe? As long as such suspicions prevail, the United States is bound to face zealous opposition...
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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
James Carroll
The Politics of the Christmas Story
The single most important fact about the birth of Jesus, as recounted in the Gospels, is one that receives almost no emphasis in the American festival of Christmas. The child who was born in...
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Monday, December 20, 2004
Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader on Seymour Melman
In the rarified world of economics and industrial engineering, there was never anyone like Columbia University professor Seymour Melman. I grew up reading and listening to the prophetic, factual and...
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Saturday, December 18, 2004
Lucinda Marshall
Unacceptable: The Impact of War on Women and Children
In the name of such euphemisms as sovereignty, democracy, freedom and liberation, armies everywhere, most notably those who act at the behest of the U.S. military-industrial complex, are exacting a...
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Molly Ivins
Social Security Suicide: Loony and Bizarre
Relatively recent writings on Social Security convince me of two things. One is that we should be looking for maximum skepticism in our sources on this subject. And the second is that anybody who...
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
John Atcheson
Methane Burps: Ticking Time Bomb in the Arctic Tundra
The Arctic Council's recent report on the effects of global warming in the far north paints a grim picture: global floods, extinction of polar bears and other marine mammals, collapsed fisheries. But...
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004
James Carroll
God's Clock
Once a week or so, I come downstairs in the morning to find that the three weights of the grandfather clock in the living room have fallen to the bottom of the oaken cabinet. To keep the clock going...
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Monday, December 13, 2004
Jeff Cohen
R.I.P. Gary Webb -- Unembedded Reporter
Gary Webb, a courageous investigative journalist who was the target of one of the most ferocious media attacks on any reporter in recent history, was found dead Friday after an apparent suicide.
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Saturday, December 11, 2004
Helen Thomas
How Dangerous Is Depleted Uranium?
The Pentagon claims that American forces and Iraqis are not at risk from contact with depleted uranium, which is used in armor-piercing munitions and protective tank plating. That's baloney to some...
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Friday, December 10, 2004
Ralph Nader
The Destruction of Mosques in Fallujah: An Open Letter to George Bush
President George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush:
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Thursday, December 9, 2004
Dennis Kucinich
The US Administration and the International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court (ICC) derives from the principles and purposes of the United Nations, specifically that all states shall refrain from the threat or use of force against the...
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Norman Solomon
The Limits of "Man Bites Dog" Stories
The usual notion of big news is the unusual. Journalists are taught to look for "man bites dog" stories -- the events that raise eyebrows and make us think, "Wow!" News of the ordinary also makes the...
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Sharleen Leahey
Tom Brokaw: Not the Greatest Witness To History
Recently I watched portions of NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw's farewell TV special, "Witness to History". The last segments of the program detailed the attacks by Saudi dissidents on American targets...
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Tuesday, December 7, 2004
John Bonifaz
The Ohio Recount Will Go Forward
John C. Bonifaz, founder and general counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, presented this speech before the "Fight for Democracy" rally in Columbus, Ohio, on December 4, 2004: We serve as...
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James Carroll
Afraid To Look in the Moral Abyss
Why don't we Americans look directly at the war? We avert our gaze, knowing that the situation in Iraq grows more desperate by the day. Vaunted "coalition" efforts to "break the back" of the "...
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Monday, December 6, 2004
Bill Moyers
On Receiving Harvard Medical School's Global Environment Citizen Award
On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School presented its fourth annual Global Environment Citizen Award to Bill Moyers.
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Sunday, December 5, 2004
Molly Ivins
Torture in Our Names
AUSTIN — It is both peculiar and chilling to find oneself discussing the problem of American torture. I have considered support of basic human rights and dignity so much a part of our national...
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Thursday, December 2, 2004
Howard Zinn
Harness That Anger
In the days after the election, it seemed that all my friends were either depressed or angry, frustrated or indignant, or simply disgusted. Neighbors who had never said more than hi to me stopped me...
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Thom Hartmann
Scalia To Synagogue - Jews Are Safer With Christians In Charge
Antonin Scalia, the man most likely to be our next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, turned history on its head recently when he attended an Orthodox synagogue in New York and claimed that the...
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Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Huck Gutman
Packaging Violence
As I write, the radio, television and newspapers are consumed by an incident that occurred in Detroit, a large city in the USA's Middle West. As a professional basketball game between the Detroit...
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Molly Ivins
A Rotting, Dead Chicken
Well, look at it this way: You cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
James Carroll
Ukraine's Scream
In Askold Melnyczuk's novel " Ambassador of the Dead ," a Ukrainian-American boy is confronted every year with teachers who tell him his ancestral land does not exist. When the boy protests that...
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Monday, November 29, 2004
Norman Solomon
News Media in the 60th Year of the Nuclear Age
Top officials in Washington are now promoting jitters about Iran's nuclear activities, while media outlets amplify the message. A confrontation with Tehran is on the second-term Bush agenda. So, we'...
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Sunday, November 28, 2004
Ralph Nader
Wal-Mart Ways
Law-breaker, union-buster, tax-escapee and shifter of costs to others, the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, announced last week that it would respect the wishes of its Chinese workers to form a...
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Helen Thomas
Democrats Need to Hang on to Values
Democrats who joked about fleeing to Canada after the re-election of President Bush should stick around and stick to their values. President Bush appears likely to launch vigorous policy assaults...
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Molly Ivins
Three Ugly Weeks: Second Bush Term Goes From Bad to Worse
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dan Green of New York City says of the election results, "You can't be depressed now, the worst is yet to come." Following that good advice, I intended to keep my indignation dry and...
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Ralph Nader
Ralf Hotchkiss & His Whirlwind Wheelchairs
Nearly forty years ago, a young high school motorcycle rider in Rockford, Illinois went over a grate, flipped over into the air and landed with a broken body. He became paraplegic. Because of the...
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Monday, November 22, 2004
Jeff Cohen
Media and the Election
You all know about journalists embedded with the troops in Iraq. I started out as a media critic at FAIR and, as if in a slow-motion nightmare, I ended up embedded inside the mainstream media. I've...
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Thursday, November 18, 2004
Molly Ivins
CIA 'Purge'? What is This, the USSR?
Whilst the punditry wanders weak and weary in the deep fogs of the "moral values debate," what say we pay some attention to what is going on, eh? According to Newsday, "The White House has ordered...
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Jonathan Schell
What Happened to Hearts?
For some time now, American political discussion has seemed to revolve around little stock phrases, such as "defining moment" (at the time of the first Gulf War), "the end of history" (at the end of...
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Howard Zinn
The Missing Voices of Our World
When I decided, in the late 1970s, to write A People's History of the United States , I had been teaching history for twenty years. Half of that time I was involved in the civil rights movement in...
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Helen Thomas
Arafat Was a Man of His People
WASHINGTON -- This is a requiem for Nobel Peace Prize winner Yasser Arafat, the fallen leader of the benighted but unbowed Palestinian people. He never achieved an independent state for his people or...
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James Carroll
Protecting 'Innocent' Ears
Let me get this straight. What offends about "Saving Private Ryan" is not the way the film objectified the carnage of D-Day as something beautiful or the way it resuscitated the discredited myth of...
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Monday, November 15, 2004
Thom Hartmann
Restoring Trust in the Vote
Mea culpa. On November 6th, I submitted an article to Common Dreams that - based on interviews I'd done with a Florida Democratic candidate for Congress and information and people he'd pointed me to...
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Friday, November 12, 2004
Helen Thomas
Attack on Fallujah Can't Be Justified
Do Americans of good conscience really believe that we are making the United States more secure by bombing and killing the people of Fallujah? That's the justification President Bush and his hawkish...
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Andrew Greeley
How Many More Iraqis Must Die for Our Revenge?
The election is over and so we can forget about the Iraq war. It is no longer a political issue and hence matters to no one. The American electorate has followed the tradition of standing by a...
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Thursday, November 11, 2004
Huck Gutman
US Elections: What Happened?
"WHAT HAPPENED?" That was the entire message I received by e-mail from a friend in Kolkata the day after the Americans voted for President, and elected George W Bush to a second term.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Dennis Kucinich
A Note On The Presidential Election in Ohio
The 2004 presidential election was determined by the results of Ohio. The unofficial result, as reported on November 3, had George Bush with approximately 136,000 more votes than John Kerry. Senator...
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Tuesday, November 9, 2004
James Carroll
A Long-Run View
We are standing at First Avenue and 90th Street, waiting for our daughter. She is one of more than 30,000 runners competing in the New York City Marathon today, and this is the 18-mile point, where...
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Monday, November 8, 2004
Howard Zinn
The Optimism of Uncertainty
From an excerpt of Paul Rogat Loeb's book " The Impossible Will Take a Little While ":
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Saturday, November 6, 2004
Ralph Nader
The Next Election
Let's face it. Most politicians use the mass media to obfuscate. Voters who don't do their homework, who don't study records of the politicians, and who can't separate the words from the deeds will...
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Friday, November 5, 2004
Molly Ivins
Don't Mourn, Organize
AUSTIN, Texas — Do you know how to cure a chicken-killin' dog? Now, you know you cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise.
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Helen Thomas
Light Shed on Questions About War
WASHINGTON -- There is new information on two abiding mysteries about the Iraq war: How many Iraqis have been killed? And why did President Bush order a U.S. attack on Iraq in the first place? Last...
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Thursday, November 4, 2004
Thom Hartmann
The Ultimate Felony Against Democracy
The hot story in the Blogosphere is that the "erroneous" exit polls that showed Kerry carrying Florida and Ohio (among other states) weren't erroneous at all - it was the numbers produced by...
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Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Arundhati Roy
What We Call Peace is Little Better Than Capitulation To a Corporate Coup
This is an edited extract from the 2004 Sydney Peace Prize lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy at the Seymour Center last night. Sometimes there's truth in old cliches. There can be no real peace...
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Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Pierre Tristam
Sleepless Before Election Night in the America of Fact and Fiction
On election night four years ago my daughter, who was not yet 7, got to stay up as late as she wanted to find out who the next president would be. She's been up since. Sleep-walking through the last...
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John Buell
Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
There has been plenty to discourage me this fall. We have had an unedifying campaign. A rash of storms has reminded us that human beings are buffeted by forces they neither control nor even fully...
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Monday, November 1, 2004
Norman Solomon
The World Is Depending on Us to Defeat Bush
In the shadow of this election day, across the United States, millions of people are doing more than just hoping -- and more than just voting. With a vast array of activism, progressives have been...
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Saturday, October 30, 2004
Nancy Snow
Kerry Wins
Just days ago my students asked me to go out on a limb and predict the presidential election results. Since I teach a course this fall called "Political Communication and Elections" it was like...
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Helen Thomas
Bush Win Would Mean Dark Times
The presidential election on Tuesday is one of the most crucial in American history. There are many reasons -- in foreign policy and on the domestic front -- why President George W. Bush should not...
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Friday, October 29, 2004
Andrew Greeley
For God's Sake, Vote Him Out
There are two proportionate reasons for rejecting President Bush's bid for re-election. Both the United States and the world are a mess. Mr. Bush is responsible for both messes. The first president...
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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Barbara Lee
Clean Elections: Berkeley's Solution to Payback Politics
After election day, following the most expensive campaign in U.S. history, it will be payback time. Our president -- whether Kerry or Bush -- will have more than $300 million to return to the big-...
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Hunter S. Thompson
Ugly, Tasteless, Terrifying and Wild... Count Me In!
The genetically vicious nature of presidential campaigns in America is too obvious to argue with, but some people call it fun, and I am one of them. Election day - especially when it's a presidential...
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Monday, October 25, 2004
Huck Gutman
America's Momentous Polls
The past several months have been a remarkable time for an observer of politics in America. There has been much, much, on which to comment, much to analyze. A war in Iraq has become a swamp from...
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Medea Benjamin
Stolen Election? This Time Around, Let’s Be Prepared
After months of traveling from swing state to swing state, I have been astounded by the number of people who are furious with the "war president" George Bush, and have dedicated enormous energy to...
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Sunday, October 24, 2004
Caroline Arnold
Your Vote Counts--Make the Most of It
It's almost all over but the voting -- the unique way our democracy chooses its leaders and makes public policy to create a good society for our nation. Yet this year we know we are not only deeply...
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Friday, October 22, 2004
Jonathan Schell
Invitation to a Degraded World
Ever since September 11, 2001, and the "war on terror" it occasioned, the very quality of public events -- their grain, their tenor, their style, if you like -- has seemed to undergo a certain...
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Norman Solomon
The Presidential Pageant
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2004, the ABC television network cancelled Miss America. Fifty years after it premiered on national TV, the famous "beauty pageant" has fallen on hard times...
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
David Korten
An Open Letter to Ralph Nader: From the Author of "When Corporations Rule the World"
Dear Ralph: You have publicly expressed your dismay at what you perceive to be a loss of nerve by those of us who supported you in the 2000 presidential race, but now endorse Senator Kerry. It is not...
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Debi Smith
To Be Silenced, Or Not to Be: That is the Question.
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” — Justice William O. Douglas
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
James Carroll
A Politics of Love
"We must love one another or die." After 9/11, W.H. Auden's poem "September 1, 1939" crackled through the Internet because that line spoke to the urgent longing many Americans felt. I cited it myself...
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Norman Solomon
Two Weeks to Go -- and One President to Oust
We're at a moment in history when progressives must work together -- not with a false kind of unity that papers over differences, but instead with a candid kind of unity that recognizes and fights...
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William Loren Katz
What Goes Around Comes Around: A Tragedy and a Failure That Has Stimulated Terrorism
It will be 18 months ago this election eve, since President Bush on May 1, 2003, donned a flight jacket, landed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln and before a "Mission Accomplished" banner announced the...
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Monday, October 18, 2004
Ralph Nader
The Democracy Gap
"Freedom is participation in power," said the Roman orator Cicero. By this deep definition, freedom is in short supply for tens of millions of Americans, a scarcity with serious consequences. This...
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