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Monday, September 29, 2003
Huck Gutman
A Riveting American Drama
Why is the USA in the Quagmire That It is in Today? The Answer Lies in Domestic Politics, Cowboy Diplomacy and Greed
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Friday, September 26, 2003
Tom Turnipseed
The Legacy of Military Solutions: Live by the Sword and Die by the Sword
Military solutions are presently paramount in American politics and the old martial maxim of living by the sword, and dying by the sword is a proverbial truth now haunting the Bush/Cheney...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
John Buell
In Cancun It Was Paeans to the World's Wealthy
It was supposed to be a trade summit with a difference. The major sponsors promised to devote themselves to the poor. Nonetheless, the recent summit in the posh resort city of Cancun replayed old...
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Monday, September 22, 2003
Les Gapay
How a Regular Guy Gets Homeless
I pull into a campground, pay my fee and pitch my green, two-person tent beneath the trees in the hills above California's southern coast. Someone has left some firewood, and I split it with my ax...
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Friday, September 19, 2003
Andrew Greeley
Big Lie on Iraq Comes Full Circle
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief (director of communications, in the current parlance), once said that if you are going to lie, you should tell a big lie. That may be good advice, but the...
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Thom Hartmann
Might Bush's Blank Check for War Bounce If He Deceived Congress?
On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, George W. Bush said what virtually every other senior member of his administration had been going out of their way to refute. " We've had no evidence ," he told CNN's...
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Thursday, September 18, 2003
Kumar Venkat
Globalization's Unanswered Questions
During the run-up to the World Trade Organization's failed meeting in Cancun, most editorial writers around the world called for an end to unfair farm subsidies and tariffs in rich countries. After...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003
James Carroll
Saying 'No!' To The War In Iraq
THE CATASTROPHE in Fallujah -- 10 Iraqi policemen killed by US forces acting, as one Iraqi said, "just like Saddam" -- can be the occasion of new recognitions. The normal ecology of war is chaos and...
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James Carroll
Saying 'No!' To The War In Iraq
THE CATASTROPHE in Fallujah -- 10 Iraqi policemen killed by US forces acting, as one Iraqi said, "just like Saddam" -- can be the occasion of new recognitions. The normal ecology of war is chaos and...
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Monday, September 15, 2003
Ralph Nader
Big Snapple? Selling the City, Drink by Drink
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg held a news conference on September 9th which was described by the New York Post this way: "Looking more like a pitchman than a politician, the mayor bought an orange-mango...
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Friday, September 12, 2003
Helen Thomas
Declare Victory and Leave
President Bush should take advice from a Vietnam-era Republican senator: Declare a victory in Iraq and get out.The late Sen. George Aiken, R-Vt., gave that counsel to both Presidents Lyndon B...
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Marty Jezer
Out of the Streets, Into the Voting Booths
One year from now the presidential campaign will be in full swing. Absent a political meltdown (which is not inconceivable), the Republicans will have renominated George W. Bush and the Democrats...
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Thursday, September 11, 2003
Danny Schechter
How Media Has Changed Since the Day that 'Changed Everything'
Two Years Later
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Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Thom Hartmann
The Genetically Modified Bomb
Imagine a bomb that only kills Caucasians with red hair. Or short people. Or Arabs. Or Chinese. Now imagine that this new bomb could be set off anywhere in the world, and that within a matter of days...
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Tuesday, September 9, 2003
James Carroll
To Honor the Victims, Let Us Make Peace, Instead of War
THE COINCIDENCE of dates is precious to human beings because it creates the impression that underlying the chaos of normality is a structure of order. The passage of time is not a mere matter of...
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Monday, September 8, 2003
Rachel Shabi
The Torturers' Picnic
Repressive Regimes Will Be Stocking Up Again at This Week's Arms Fair - and We're Footing the Bill
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Sunday, September 7, 2003
Sheila K. Johnson
The Battle of Algiers and Its Lessons
I hadn't looked at The Battle of Algiers, that classic 1965 film about urban guerrilla warfare, for at least twenty years, but once seen it tends to linger undiminished in the mind's eye. Made by...
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Norman Solomon
9/11 Couldn't Eclipse the Truth
One of the great media cliches of the past two years is that Sept. 11 "changed everything." The portentous idea soon became a truism for news outlets nationwide. At the end of 2001, the front page of...
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Friday, September 5, 2003
Jonathan Schell
The Importance of Losing
The basic mistake of American policy in Iraq is not that the Pentagon-believing the fairy tales told it by Iraqi exile groups and overriding State Department advice-forgot, when planning "regime...
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Helen Thomas
Who's Counting the Dead in Iraq?
Remember the enemy body counts during the Vietnam War? Some of those U.S. tabulations were highly exaggerated in an effort to show gains on the battlefield. Well, we don't do that anymore. The...
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Mark Morford
The Big Lie Of Jessica Lynch
A $1 Mil Book Deal, Zero Memory Of Any "Rescue" And The Worst Book You'll Read This Year
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Thursday, September 4, 2003
Norman Solomon
The Quagmire of Denouncing a "Quagmire"
When I hear pundits warn that Iraq is becoming a "quagmire," I wince. "Quagmire" is a word made famous during the Vietnam War. The current conflict in Iraq comes out of a very different history, but...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Amy Goodman
The US Government Wanted 'To Make an Example Out of Me:' Young Webmaster Heads to Prison for Political Website
Judge Bans Him From Associating with Anyone Who Wants to Change US Gov't 'In Any Way'
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Tuesday, September 2, 2003
James Carroll
Facing the Truth About Iraq
THE WAR IS LOST. By most measures of what the Bush administration forecast for its adventure in Iraq, it is already a failure. The war was going to make the Middle East a more peaceful place. It was...
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Monday, September 1, 2003
Jonathan Schell
Ways to Win
Events have suddenly and unexpectedly handed the Democratic Party an opportunity to defeat George W. Bush in 2004. His main justifications for his war in Iraq (existence of weapons of mass...
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Friday, August 29, 2003
Norman Solomon
The Ten Commandments -- Are They Fair and Balanced?
A national media spotlight has focused on the battle between the Constitution of the United States and some religious fundamentalists who viewed themselves as angels of Montgomery. The removal of a...
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Andrew Greeley
U.S. Sinking in Iraq Quagmire
Faced with persistent sabotage and an increase in guerrilla violence, the Bush administration faces unpalatable options in Iraq, especially as the country approaches the beginning of the year before...
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Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Naomi Klein
Bush's War Goes Global
The US President Has Created a Tool Kit for Any Mini-Empire Looking to Get Rid of the Opposition
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Danny Schechter
Marching on Washington and Moving in the Movement
Remembering What It Was Like Four Decades Ago
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Tuesday, August 26, 2003
John Buell
Shedding Light on the Massive Power Blackout
For want of a nail, a ship was lost. As this tale suggests, concerns about technological interdependence preceded the digital age. Amidst war, the loss of a few sailing ships could end the political...
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Medea Benjamin
Grassroots Democracy in Iraq, American Style
BAGHDAD -- Majid Muhammed Yousef yearns for democracy. As an Iraqi Kurd, he and his family suffered tremendously under Saddam Hussein. After the US overthrew Saddam, Majid was grateful and excited...
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Saturday, August 23, 2003
Robert C. Byrd
Unprepared for Peace in Iraq
As the situation in Iraq continues to spiral out of control, an anxious nation watches. Despite assurances to the American people that our troops would be welcomed with open arms as liberators, U.S...
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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Robert C. Byrd
Trouble Brewing: The Doctrine of Pre-Emption is Beginning to Look Like a Doctrine of Provocation
Remarks delivered on the floor of the Senate on Aug. 1, 2003
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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Helen Thomas
No Mercy in Ashcroft's Brand of Justice
Attorney General John Ashcroft doesn't have enough to do, hunting down terrorists. With the help of a rollover Congress, he now has a new and bigger club to go after federal judges who impose lighter...
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Thursday, August 14, 2003
Tom Turnipseed
The Iraq War Could Become The Greatest Defeat In United States' History
The Bush/Cheney administration's military invasion of Iraq could become the greatest military defeat in United States' history. U.S. troops are being attacked daily by increasingly diverse forces in...
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Michael Gould-Wartofsky
Young People Are Speaking -- Is Anyone Listening?
I'll be casting my first vote for president in 2004, because I don't know if my generation and the world we were supposed to inherit will survive another four years of the Bush regime intact. There...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Pierre Tristam
Eli Whitney Started Spiral Toward Sprawl with Fast Gun
If children ask why the sky is blue and where babies come from because blue skies and babies are backdrops to their world, it must be a matter of time before they start asking where sprawl comes from...
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Ralph Nader
Make the Recall Count
The upcoming California gubernatorial recall election (the first ever) has been described as a "circus," a "farce," "wacky" and "show business." More reflective observations have described it as a...
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Norman Solomon
Arnold Twists Adam Smith
Arnold Schwarzenegger recently went out of his way to tout the views of an 18th-century economist long revered as an icon by GOP politicians. "I am more comfortable with an Adam Smith philosophy than...
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Saturday, August 9, 2003
Marty Jezer
Liberia And American Interventionism
Weeks have past since George W. Bush toured Africa and said he was thinking about sending American peacekeeping forces to help stop the civil war in Liberia. The United Nations has requested...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2003
James Carroll
America's Habit of Revenge
''ALTHOUGH THE WAR did not make any immediate demands on me physically, while it lasted it put a complete stop to my artistic activity because it forced me into an agonizing reappraisal of my...
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Friday, August 1, 2003
Marty Jezer
Bob Hope: Court Jester
I've always been a sucker for comedy. In my system of values, a bad joke is better than no joke. In my hierarchy of heroes, there is no one braver (at least in the field of non-life-threatening...
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Thursday, July 31, 2003
John Buell
The Politics of Drug Wars
Conservatives complain that government metastasizes like cancers. Programs create new demands for services even as problems grow. This critique hardly fits such popular and effective programs as Head...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Steve Perry
The Bush Administration's Top 40 Lies about War and Terrorism
Bring 'em On!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Helen Thomas
Bush's Vietnam-sized Credibility Gap
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has a huge credibility gap stemming from his exaggerated rhetoric that led the United States to attack Iraq. The Bush hype recalls the Lyndon B. Johnson era when LBJ's...
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Blair Bobier
Kids, Don’t Try This at Home!
Should the Green Party Run a Presidential Candidate in 2004? YES!
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Thursday, July 24, 2003
Norman Solomon
Green Party Taking the Plunge for 2004
For the 2004 presidential race, the Green dye is cast. "The Green Party emerged from a national meeting ... increasingly certain that it will run a presidential candidate in next year's election, all...
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Saturday, July 19, 2003
Robert Alison
Yes, We'll Have No Bananas - Thanks to Selective Breeding, our Favourite Fruit can Neither Reproduce nor Defend Itself from Disease
The banana is about to disappear from store shelves around the globe. Experts say the world's favourite fruit will pass into oblivion within a decade. No more fresh bananas. No more banana bread. No...
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Monday, July 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber
Ari & I: July 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
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Friday, July 11, 2003
Jim Lobe
Iraq: Anatomy of a Quack-Mire
How could such smart people get so much wrong? "I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators," U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney declared on television just as U.S. troops were massing along...
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Marty Jezer
Not A Vietnam-like Quagmire
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference recently in which he attacked media prophets of doom and gloom for suggesting that the administration's war against Iraq is a Vietnam-like "...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Huck Gutman
Supreme Court Issues Watershed Decision on Gay Rights
IN a stunning decision, the US Supreme Court struck down laws against homosexual practices. On 26 June 2003, it emphatically and unequivocally reversed an earlier decision by declaring that a Texas...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003
James Carroll
Bush's War Against Evil
IN THE GOTHIC splendor of the National Cathedral, that liturgy of trauma, George W. Bush made the most stirring - and ominous - declaration of his presidency. It was Sept. 14, 2001. ''Just three days...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003
John Buell
The Politics of Class War
The centerpiece of President Bush's "economic stimulus" plan, ending the so-called double taxation of dividends, is unlikely to have much immediate impact. Its contribution to long-term growth is...
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Danny Schechter
What Do Americans Know? Not Very Much
Millions of Americans accept what they are told and think they understand what they see. And what they are told and what they see is most often news as a manipulated commodity. But the facts that...
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
James Carroll
Why You Love America
IT WAS THE POINT of fireworks when you were young. In those days, each backyard had its own celebration of the Fourth of July, and your dad, like all the others, presided over the lighting of the...
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Gary Olson
Iraq Eerily Starting to Look a Lot Like Vietnam
I recently returned from a lengthy trip to Europe, where I had extended conversations with strangers from several countries. Although I didn't experience any hostility toward Americans per se,...
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Saturday, June 28, 2003
Huck Gutman
On Science, War, and the Prevalence of Lies
THE USA in many ways has a laudable history. Among the high points in its development was the establishment of the oldest written constitution in the world, a document that established a vibrant and...
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Friday, June 27, 2003
Helen Thomas
Bush Fundraising: Post-Tax Cut Payback From Rich?
President George W. Bush is trying to scoop up an historic $200 million at political fundraising events to kick off his reelection campaign -- even though he has no challengers in the Republican...
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Thursday, June 26, 2003
Huck Gutman
Why Bush Ignores the Numbers
Figures about the American economy give some people headaches. Recognizing this, President Bush would rather talk about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- which have never been found -- than...
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Thursday, June 19, 2003
Nancy Snow
We’re Caught in a Trap
We can't go on together, with suspicious minds And we can't build our dreams, on suspicious minds
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Huck Gutman
Eight Steps To Free Media
On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission decided, by a partisan 3-2 vote, to "deregulate" the media. Gone are restrictions preventing newspapers from owning television stations; limits on the...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Helen Thomas
Dems Have Shot In '04 -- If They Don't Go Wobbly
Doubts About Bush's Postwar Credibility Could Lift Left
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Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Bill Moyers
This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On.
Text of speech to the Take Back America conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future June 4, 2003 Washington, DC Thank you for this award and for this occasion. I don't deserve either,...
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Monday, June 9, 2003
Huck Gutman
Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
ERNEST HEMINGWAY once wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The novel is one of the classics of the American literary tradition, in part...
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Ka Hsaw Wa
Court Is Villagers' Only Hope
If an American company assists in and benefits from gross human rights abuses committed by its business partners, should it be held liable and accountable?
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Friday, June 6, 2003
Naomi Klein
Downsizing in Disguise
Why is Paul Bremer Hacking Away So Viciously at Iraq's Public Sector?
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Helen Thomas
Report Lambastes Justice Department
WASHINGTON -- Hats off to Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine for nailing the department's abuse of illegal immigrants in the name of fighting terrorism. Fine, an appointee of former...
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Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Pierre Tristam
Fabrications as Magic Potion
Toward the end of "Rambo III," the last of the great war comedies, Rambo and his latest POW catch are surrounded by about half the Soviet army, somewhere in Afghanistan. All seems lost. But poet-...
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Helen Thomas
There Must Be Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Here Somewhere
The Central Intelligence Agency is investigating the accuracy of the Bush administration's conclusions that Iraq represented an imminent and direct threat to the United States. The administration...
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Sunday, June 1, 2003
Caroline Arnold
The Map is not the Territory
In the end, the success or failure of the roadmap depends on how we talk about it. If our discourse is framed by the premise that Palestinian violence is the primary problem, the roadmap does not...
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Friday, May 30, 2003
Helen Thomas
Nothing Sweeter to Bush than Revenge
WASHINGTON -- Revenge must be very sweet, considering the hard-nosed approach the Bush administration takes toward those who opposed the president's decision to invade Iraq. President Bush's personal...
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Danny Schechter
Calling for a Media Crimes Tribunal
In the best of all possible worlds, there would be a war crimes investigation into this dreadful war. And a media crimes tribunal should accompany it, investigating the sins of commission, omission and blinkered patriotism.
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Saturday, May 24, 2003
Helen Thomas
U.S. Rearms While Telling Others To Disarm
WASHINGTON -- While the United States tells other nations to disarm, the Bush administration appears eager to take steps toward expanding our nuclear arsenal. At the behest of the administration, the...
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Andrew Greeley
It's Time for Bush to Tell the Truth
After the 1961 Bay of Pigs disaster, when the CIA tried to invade Cuba and failed, President John Kennedy took personal responsibility and ordered an independent investigation. The incompetent...
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Friday, May 23, 2003
Huck Gutman
After Iraq: Dark Roads
THE war in Iraq is over. US President George W Bush has proclaimed victory. At present, his administration it is trying to govern and reconstruct post-war Iraq. But the results are sorry. Crime is...
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Monday, May 19, 2003
Thom Hartmann
Move Over, Right Wing Radio - the Liberals Are Coming
NEW YORK - A political explosion happened this weekend in New York, and it may be the big one that gives Karl Rove nightmares. It could mean the end of George W. Bush's seemingly unending ability to...
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Sunday, May 18, 2003
Arundhati Roy
Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)
Presented in New York City at The Riverside Church May 13, 2003 Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Social Rights In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our...
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Caroline Arnold
Let's Talk...
You buttered my toast on the wrong side. my son, aged four, 1969 From the Middle Ages onward Western literature contains occasional references to curious objects called `rat-kings.' Considered...
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Thursday, May 15, 2003
John Kampfner
The Truth About Jessica Lynch
Her Iraqi guards had long fled, she was being well cared for - and doctors had already tried to free her. John Kampfner discovers the real story behind a modern American war myth.
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Marty Jezer
Have Road Map, Need Drivers
The Middle East road map to peace is like a backcountry dirt road in Vermont. You can't get there from here. The United States, along with the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations (the "...
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Tuesday, May 13, 2003
James Carroll
The Absolute Weapon
LAST WEEK the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to allow the development of low-yield nuclear weapons -- a reversal of a ban that had been in effect since 1993. According to press reports, the...
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Monday, May 12, 2003
William Greider
Rolling Back the 20th Century
George W. Bush, properly understood, represents the third and most powerful wave in the right's long-running assault on the governing order created by twentieth-century liberalism. The first wave was...
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Sunday, May 11, 2003
Nancy Snow
When Truth is a Dangerous Thing
Last fall I attended a small intimate dinner for eight women on the luxurious Westside of Los Angeles who came together to honor Boston Globe war correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer. We were a few miles...
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Monday, May 5, 2003
Howard Zinn
My Country: The World
Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead -- the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there have been many, many...
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Michael Schwalbe
Lessons in Death, Born in the USA
Young American men are the most violent group in the industrialized world. In 1992, after the first Gulf War, the homicide rate for American men between 15 and 24 was 37.2 per 100,000. That's ten...
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Friday, May 2, 2003
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Weapons of Mass Distortion
The concept of WMD is dishonest. When they are in friendly hands we call them defense forces
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Andrew Greeley
U.S. Miscalculates in Iraq
Watching the Shiite Muslims marching through Karbala and Baghdad last week brought back uncomfortable memories. It was Iran in 1979 and 1980; Jimmy Carter was president, and the insufferable Walter...
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Nancy Snow
Operation Media Monopoly Freedom
Statement by Nancy Snow to FCC Public Forum on Media Consolidation
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James Carroll
Memory and Moral Awareness in Korea
''FORGETFULNESS is the way to exile,'' the legend reads at Yad Vashem. ''Remembrance is the way to redemption.'' Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and today is Holocaust Remembrance...
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Thursday, April 24, 2003
Amy Goodman, Henry Norr
San Francisco Chronicle Fires Reporter For Attending Peace Protest
Former Chronicle columnist Henry Norr talks to Democracy Now!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2003
James Carroll
A Nation Lost
EVEN BEFORE conclusions can be drawn about the war in Iraq (Saddam? Weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi stability? Cost to civilians? Syria?) a home front consensus is jelling around a radical...
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Sunday, April 20, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Rhetoric of 'Compassion' Painfully Empty
This year the day of reckoning for national income taxes fell during Holy Week, as Christians celebrated the Passion of Jesus, who taught that we should love one another -- even our enemies -- be...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Norman Solomon
Mark Twain Speaks to Us: "I Am an Anti-Imperialist"
With U.S. troops occupying Iraq and the Bush administration making bellicose noises about Syria, let's consider some rarely mentioned words from the most revered writer in American history. Mark...
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Sunday, April 13, 2003
Howard Zinn
A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism
At some point soon the United States will declare a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead - the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there...
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Friday, April 11, 2003
Gerald Caplan
Blame America for Conflict in Liberia, Too
I once drove across West Africa from Sierra Leone to Nigeria, where I was living as director of the CUSO-Nigeria program. Even at the time, it was an extraordinarily reckless venture. Today, the very...
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Thom Hartmann
The Real War - On American Democracy
In the midst of news of foreign wars, Americans are beginning to wake up to the real war being waged here at home. It is, however, a confused awakening. For example, Americans wonder why the Bush...
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Sunday, April 6, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Grand Plans Aside, It's Time to End the War
"Hey! Your end of the boat is leaking" That's something we've got to stop saying to one another, said former Congressman Dennis Eckart in a recent speech at Kent State University. He was speaking...
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Saturday, April 5, 2003
Molly Ivins
Did Anyone Sign Up For All of This?
Here's a lovely item. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports U.S. soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W. Bush. Thousands of Marines have been given a pamphlet, put out by In...
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Thursday, April 3, 2003
Ralph Nader
Puzzling Questions Arise from Bush's Campaign of Fear
With the chicken hawk-driven war on Iraq in high gear, Bush and Cheney have learned that the best way to silence the Democratic Party, distract from their miserable domestic outrages and provide the...
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