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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Marty Jezer
Who to be Thankful For
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims who, a year earlier, had carved the Plymouth Colony out of the New England wilderness. Ninety local Indians joined the settlers...
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
William Greider
Why I'm for Dean
First, the rivals saw him as a McGovernite lefty from the 1960s. When that didn't take, they decided to depict him as a right-wing clone of Newt Gingrich who wants to dismantle Medicare and Social...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Naomi Klein
The War on Dissent: Heavy-handed Police and Propaganda Tactics Brought Baghdad to Miami
In December, 1990, U.S. President George Bush Sr. traveled through South America to sell the continent on a bold new dream: "a free-trade system that links all of the Americas." Addressing the...
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Jeremy Scahill
The Miami Model: Paramilitaries, Embedded Journalists and Illegal Protests. Think This is Iraq? It’s Your Country
MIAMI -- We were loading our video equipment into the trunk of our car when a fleet of bicycle cops sped up and formed a semi-circle around us. The lead cop was none other than Miami Police Chief...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Katharine Ainger
In the Line of Fire: The Policing of Mass Demonstrations is Becoming Increasingly Repressive and Politicized
As President Bush arrives in London amid unprecedented security, the politicization of policing across Europe has never been clearer. This is a lesson Simon Chapman, a young British man detained on...
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Howard Clinton?
Howard Dean is a man with strong Clinton-esque tendencies. He's a self-described triangulator. Say good words about the environment. Take some positive action. Schmooze with the environmentalists...
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Saturday, November 15, 2003
Stan Goff
Hold On to Your Humanity: An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq
Dear American serviceperson in Iraq, I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you--some more extreme...
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Thursday, November 13, 2003
Bill C. Davis
“…Like They Were Crazy.”
The other day in Fallujah American soldiers opened fire on a truck carrying chickens believing it was a truck filled with metal pipes that had eluded a checkpoint. Four Iraqi men and a ten-year old...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
'Nothing but Poison Plants Can Grow from Poison Seeds': Another Former Intelligence Official Blows the Whistle on Iraq/9-11 Connection
Veterans from several US wars are protesting across the country today. But at the vigil outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, there is an unusual presence in their ranks.
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Monday, November 10, 2003
Al Gore
Freedom & Security: Speech to MoveOn.org
Sunday, November 9, 2003DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
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Friday, November 7, 2003
Andrew Greeley
Out of Iraq Before the Election
All but the most intransigent radical critics of the president agree that the United States must "stay the course." Even if the war was unnecessary, even if it was based on flawed (perhaps deceptive...
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Thursday, November 6, 2003
Richard W. Behan
A Citizen's Challenge to the Democratic Presidential Candidates
Emboldened by the success of inciting nationwide fear to justify it, George W. Bush is squandering American blood and treasure in a fraudulent war. His willful and overt betrayal of the public trust...
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Danny Schechter, Tim Karr
On Wisconsin: Mainstreaming the Media Movement
The University of Wisconsin has had a long history as a center of dissident culture and alternative perspectives. In the 50's it was an oasis of free thought in a state that sent Joe McCarthy to the...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003
John Buell
Working Hours and Progressive Politics
Recently Maine's United States senators disagreed over legislation that would limit the number of workers who can qualify for the standard time and a half overtime compensation. The outcome of Bush...
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Maria Tomchick
Mass Transit: What Your Tax Dollars Should Be Paying For
Here in the U.S., we live under the myth that mass transit should have to pay for itself, that it should exist without infusions of taxpayer money. The whole notion is absurd. Freeways and road...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2003
James Carroll
Problems That Can't be Solved
IT IS A FOOL who defines a problem in such a way that it cannot be solved. That was a watchword of Cold War arms limitation negotiators, but it seems a forgotten lesson now.
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Sunday, November 2, 2003
Michael Schwalbe
Worker Rights Must Be Trade Policy Bottom Line
How long have you and your dad been selling furniture at the flea market? "About a year," the young man said. "Since the mill closed." He told me that his father had lost his job after twenty years...
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Friday, October 31, 2003
Marty Jezer
A Matter of Intelligence
It’s become evident that our problems in Iraq are based not only on poor intelligence but deliberately distorted and dishonest intelligence. This is compounded, to make things worse, by the fact that...
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Friday, October 24, 2003
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
A Dull and Largely Uncritical Recitation of Official Sources
The New York Times reported yesterday that a Columbia University history professor hired by the paper to make an independent assessment of the coverage of one of its correspondents in the Soviet...
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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Huck Gutman
History, Justice, Surprise: A Story
Huck Gutman recalls a little act of goodness that went on to fill the fountain of justice in Alabama’s Selma city
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Tom Turnipseed
Good Versus Evil Sells Violence To Serve the American Empire
The American people's sensibilities are being saturated by violence and a brutal and destructive struggle couched in terms of good against evil. We are increasingly inundated by violence in...
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Norman Solomon
The Politics of Media Filtration
Now, after all the national media have done for George W. Bush, the guy's complaining. "There's a sense that people in America aren't getting the truth," he says. What an ingrate!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003
John & Elaine Mellencamp
An Open Letter to America: It's Time to Take Back Our Country
As the echo of the war drums fades away and the angry masses calling for blood slowly disperse, we, as a nation must now confront the truth. We face the unpleasant reality of an uncertain future,...
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Andrew M. Manis
Republicans and Racial Reconciliation
The first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, has called three "family discussions" to address problems of racial reconciliation in the state. Having based his campaign...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
John Buell
Reflections on Local Drug Wars
The front page of my local weekly newspaper, the Bar Harbor Times, has two intriguing stories. The selectmen in one of the towns on the island where I live are debating the contribution of funds for...
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Saturday, October 18, 2003
Robert C. Byrd
The Emperor Has No Clothes
US Senate Floor Remarks -- October 17, 2003
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Friday, October 17, 2003
Marty Jezer
Vermont Is Hell
The picture on the cover of the October 13th issue of The National Review is of an idyllic Vermont farm scene. Scrawled across the picture in big bold type is the four-letter word, “Hell.”...
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Thursday, October 16, 2003
Thom Hartmann
The Battle Hymn of the New Liberal Media: A Good Business Plan
In the last Democratic debate, one of the questioners pointed out that fewer Americans identify themselves as either liberals or Democrats than at any time since before Roosevelt's New Deal. The...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Huck Gutman
Life in a Fantasy World
Fantasy beckons as an easy way to make choices since in its orbit reality is of little or no account. The consequences, however, can be exceedingly painful. Consider George W. Bush, his counselors...
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Helen Thomas
No Wonder Bush Doesn't Connect With the Rest of the Country
WASHINGTON -- President Bush recently gave an hour-long exclusive interview to Fox TV anchor Brit Hume, who tossed him a series of softball questions. Among them, Bush was asked how he gets his news...
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William Greider
Lessons of the Blackout
The New York-to-Detroit blackout was one of those brief, sensational moments of chaos that leave behind a resonant political message.
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
US Bullies Europeans on Chemical Testing
Literally tens of thousands of chemicals on the market have never been tested for their impact on human health. The chemical industry thinks this is a good thing. Safety testing is too expensive, the...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Barbara Lee
Congress Should Veto Misguided Second Installment on Iraq War
In the next few days, Congress will be asked to vote on an additional $87 billion appropriation to fund the war in Iraq. This money follows a $78 billion special appropriation in April and a defense...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Nancy Snow
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Triumph of the People’s Will?
I will not fail you, I will not disappoint you, and I will not let you down -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor-elect of California, October 7, 2003
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Geoffrey Wheatcroft
How Blair Lost by Winning
BATH, England -- On BBC radio the other morning, there was a poignant moment when the Pentagon adviser Kenneth Adelman was talking about the war in Iraq. "It bothers me that people in Britain don't...
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Friday, October 3, 2003
Thom Hartmann
Rush Limbaugh May Teach Conservatives A Lesson
The reaction to the drug problem - and drug felonies - recently alleged against Rush Limbaugh highlight sharply the differences between conservative morality and liberal/progressive morality...
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Thursday, October 2, 2003
People Power
Another Rant on Little Caesar, the Doctor and the General, K Street and Fading Gray.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Gary Olson
He Lied. They Died.
#305 Spc. Paul J. Sturino, age 21; #306 Spc. Michael Andrade, age 28; #307 Sgt.1st Class Robert E. Rooney, age 43; #308 Capt. Robert L. Lucero,age 34; #309 Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, age 23. For several...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
Does A Felon Rove The White House?
Allegations are swirling that Karl Rove, senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, may have committed a felony by blowing the cover of a CIA operative. CIA Director George Tenet has...
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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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