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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
World Would Perceive Support For Preemptive War
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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!
He's been America's most unorthodox political commentator for more than 30 years. But for Dr Hunter S Thompson the Bush presidency is evil beyond belief - and judgment is nigh
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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
“There He Is, Mr. America...”
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Robert Freeman
The Bush Budget Deficit Death Spiral
Lenders talk about a “debtor’s death spiral.” It occurs when borrowers get so far in over their heads they begin borrowing money just to cover the interest payments on past borrowings. The borrowers...
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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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Saturday, October 16, 2004
Howard Zinn
Our War on Terrorism
I am calling it "our" war on terrorism because I want to distinguish it from Bush's war on terrorism, and from Sharon's, and from Putin's. What their wars have in common is that they are based on an...
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Friday, October 15, 2004
Bill Moyers
A Little Patriotic Sacrifice
There are moments when you see suddenly crystallized in a particular event, a threat to democracy as ominous as the smoke rising from Mt. St. Helens.
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Thursday, October 14, 2004
Frances Moore Lappé, Anna Lappé
The Genius of Wangari Maathai
Several prominent Norwegians have questioned the Nobel Committee for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Wangari Maathai. Why honor environmental activism in an era when war, terrorism and nuclear...
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Helen Thomas
What's Wrong With Being Liberal?
President's Use Of L-Word Signals Desperation by Helen Thomas
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Naomi Klein
James Baker's Double Life
When President Bush appointed former Secretary of State James Baker III as his envoy on Iraq's debt on December 5, 2003, he called Baker's job "a noble mission." At the time, there was widespread...
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Monday, October 11, 2004
Stacy Bannerman
Senator Warner Misses Meeting with Military Families Speak Out
Stacy Bannerman Wife of National Guard Soldier Stop-lossed in Iraq American Citizen Registered Voter Kent, WA October 6, 2004 Senator John Warner, VA Russell Senate Building United States Senate...
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Thom Hartmann
Columbus Day Celebration? Think Again...
"Gold is most excellent; gold constitutes treasure; and he who has it does all he wants in the world, and can even lift souls up to Paradise." -- Christopher Columbus, 1503 letter to the king and...
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Sunday, October 10, 2004
Ralph Nader
Tax Burden Continues to Shift from the Wealthy to the Working Class
As corporations evolve due to new technology and globalization, they simultaneously evolve new loopholes and ways of manipulating the tax system.
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Friday, October 8, 2004
Helen Thomas
Scaring Voters to the Polls
WASHINGTON - Someday President Bush may have to explain why he really went to war against Iraq. But you won't hear it with his re-election at stake and his credibility on the line. Public opinion...
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Andrew Greeley
Exiting Iraq is the Only Solution
The day of the first presidential debate, television served up pictures of the 38 children who died in an explosion in Iraq and their grieving mothers. The blood of those children is on George W...
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Thursday, October 7, 2004
Norman Solomon
Beyond the Debates, a Referendum on an Emperor
More than any other events on the campaign trail this year, the debates have drawn intense public interest. Viewers are eager for something more than the carefully packaged junk that usually passes...
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Tuesday, October 5, 2004
John Buell
Divine Endorsements and Fear Among Voters
Last winter, Pat Robertson claimed that God had assured him George Bush would be re-elected. The role of God and the polls in this election deserves scrutiny. Polls focus on likely voters. Fifty...
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Friday, October 1, 2004
Helen Thomas
Elections Watched by Foreign Observers
WASHINGTON -- It may come as a surprise to American voters but two international groups will be observing the fairness of our Nov. 2 elections. Does this have anything to do with the 2000 election...
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Tom Gallagher
Turn on the Radio, John Kerry
It's taken John Kerry far too long to be clear that George Bush's invasion of Iraq was wrong, and he can't waste any more time getting to the point that the continued occupation of Iraq will also be...
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Monday, September 27, 2004
Robert Freeman
Evaluating Bush's Economic Performance: A Field Guide for the Perplexed
Forbes Magazine's online edition performed a valuable public service in July when it ran a story comparing the economic performance of the ten postwar presidents. Forbes is the right-leaning business...
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Friday, September 24, 2004
Andrew Greeley
A Dove in Good Company
I get a lot of hate mail from conservative Catholics who are furious at my criticism of the Iraq war. You have no right to use your office, I am told, to criticize our fine Christian president. You...
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Caroline Arnold
What Shall the Perplexed Voter Do?
This title headed a pair of essays by William Lloyd Garrison and Thomas Mott Osborne in The Ethical Record 2 (Oct-Nov 1900) during the campaign of William Jennings Bryan against William McKinley. A...
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Thursday, September 23, 2004
Jonathan Schell
Why We Must Leave Iraq
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, once a supporter of the war in Iraq, has been rethinking his position. The day after Senator John Kerry's speech at NYU attacking the President's war policies...
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
James Carroll
Why Americans Back the War
THE WAR IN IRAQ goes from worse to catastrophic. Hundreds of Iraqis were killed last week, as were two dozen US soldiers. Planned elections in January point less to democracy than civil war...
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Monday, September 20, 2004
Laurel Wamsley
The Fog of Peace: Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Economy of Memory
My father remembers. When I ask him why he volunteered to join the Air Force in 1972, he remembers: "Because otherwise I would have been drafted into the Army. My draft number was 38." When I ask him...
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James Carroll
The Bush Crusade
At the turn of the millennium, the world was braced for terrible things. Most "rational" worries were tied to an anticipated computer glitch, the Y2K problem, and even the most scientifically...
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Friday, September 17, 2004
Andrew Greeley
Terror 'War' Doesn't Meet Definition
Is there really a clash of civilizations? Or are we entering the Third World War? Or the Fourth World War? Such are the models and metaphors being proposed to cope with the horror of the mass murders...
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Bill Moyers
Journalism Under Fire
Address to the Society of Professional Journalists Saturday, September 11, 2004 New York City Thank you for inviting me to share this occasion with you. Three months from now I will be retiring from...
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Thursday, September 16, 2004
Howard Zinn
Kerry Needs the Courage to Walk Away from Iraq
If John Kerry wants to win, he must recognize that our military intervention in Iraq is a disaster -- for Americans, for Iraqis, for the world. He must stop boasting about his courage in Vietnam and...
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Friday, September 10, 2004
Naomi Klein
The Likudization of the World: The True Legacy of September 11
Russian President Vladamir Putin is so fed up with being grilled over his handling of the Beslan catastrophe that he lashed out at foreign journalists on Monday. “Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden,...
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Caroline Arnold
Why Kerry Will Win
Today, rather than recite reasons why Bush is worse than Kerry, or analyze the campaign tactics of the candidates, or dissect the motivations of swing voters, I'm going to go out on a limb and...
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Thursday, September 9, 2004
Naomi Klein
The Likudization of the World: The True Legacy of September 11
Russian President Vladamir Putin is so fed up with being grilled over his handling of the Beslan catastrophe that he lashed out at foreign journalists on Monday. "Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden,...
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E.L. Doctorow
The Unfeeling President
I fault this president for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our 21-year-olds who wanted to be what they could be. On the eve of D-Day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to...
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Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Michele Simon
Get Rid of Those Empty Calories with 'Nutri-Wash'
Years ago, the environmental movement coined the term "greenwashing" to describe how corporations use public relations to make themselves appear environmentally friendly. Now, nutrition advocates...
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Tuesday, September 7, 2004
James Carroll
The Unwinnable War
GEORGE W. BUSH finally told the truth. It happened last week when he said of the war on terrorism, "I don't think you can win it."
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Thom Hartmann
Bush Family Wounds America Below The Belt Line
In 1988, the Bush campaign planted a lie in the media that Michael Dukakis had suffered from depression after losing an election for governor. According to Susan Estrich, his campaign manager, it...
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Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Naomi Klein
Baghdad Year Zero: Pillaging Iraq in Pursuit of a Neo-Con Utopia
It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom...
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Norman Solomon
Rove's Brain and Media Manipulation
I just saw a horror movie -- " Bush's Brain " -- the new documentary based on a book with the same name by journalists James Moore and Wayne Slater. The book's subtitle is "How Karl Rove Made George...
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Monday, August 30, 2004
A 27-year-old John Kerry testified about the Vietnam War at a Washington hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971. Roger Kimmel Smith
Senator Kerry, Prepare for your Moment of Truth
Memo to Senator John Kerry: whether you like it or not, the moment of truth in this campaign has arrived. You chose a flawed, phony script in Boston and beforehand. You left a glaring omission in the...
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Friday, August 27, 2004
Norman Solomon
Beyond Hero-Worship
"Happy is the country which requires no heroes," Bertolt Brecht commented. Today, by that standard, the United States is a very unhappy country. These days, the public's genuine eagerness for heroes...
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Marty Jezer
Re-Fighting Vietnam
The most contentious issue of the upcoming presidential election so far is history. Whoever expected that we'd be re-fighting thirty and forty year old arguments about the Vietnam War? In a sense,...
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Robert C. Byrd
Defending Liberty
The Constitution of the United States of America is sheer genius captured on parchment. The delicate balance of authority -- the system of checks and balances and separation of powers -- has served...
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Monday, August 23, 2004
Jeff Cohen
Anti-Terrorism Tip: Quit Spying on Nonviolent Activists
They're at it again. FBI agents in recent weeks have been visiting and interrogating dozens of young activists believed to be planning or considering protests at the Democrat and Republican...
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Friday, August 20, 2004
Jonathan Schell, Tom Engelhardt
Jonathan Schell on the Empire that Fell as it Rose
Had anyone in Washington bothered to read Jonathan Schell's prophetic -- or perhaps I should just say, historically on the mark -- book The Unconquerable World , Iraq could not have happened and all...
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Andrew Greeley
America's Disease is Greed
The most serious spiritual problem in the country today is reckless and untrammeled greed. Greed caused the disgraceful corporate scandals that fill our newspapers. Greed is responsible for crooked...
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Andrew Greeley
America's Disease is Greed
The most serious spiritual problem in the country today is reckless and untrammeled greed. Greed caused the disgraceful corporate scandals that fill our newspapers. Greed is responsible for crooked...
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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Helen Thomas
Kerry Deals Away his Ace in the Hole
It appears American voters have little choice between the presidential candidates in the November election when it comes to the disastrous war against Iraq. Both President Bush and his rival, Sen...
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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Medea Benjamin
Why Hugo Chavez Won a Landslide Victory
When the rule of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was reaffirmed in a landslide 58-42 percent victory on Sunday, the opposition who put the recall vote on the ballot was stunned. They obviously don't...
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Friday, August 13, 2004
Andrew Greeley
Homeland Security's Heavy Hand
The week before last, after a blue moon and in the middle of the dog days (when the dog star rises with the sun), the Bush administration cried wolf. Tom Ridge, czar of Homeland Security, scared the...
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