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Friday, May 28, 2004
Andrew Greeley
How War in Iraq Derails Real War on Terror
Colombo Bay sounds like it might be a novel by Joseph Conrad. It is instead a story by Richard Pollak about his voyage from Hong Kong to New York on a container ship named the Colombo Bay, which...
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Friday, May 21, 2004
Caroline Arnold
Thinking Freedom, Talking Democracy
Recent events have been sobering, making a lot of our public concerns look petty and selfish. It's hard to get righteous about heterosexual marriage when our official national policy includes...
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
Arundhati Roy, Amy Goodman
Arundhati Roy On the Indian Elections, Her Support for the Iraqi Resistance & the Privatization of War
Arundhati Roy Interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (5/19/04) Full transcript and audio online at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/19/1449239 AMY GOODMAN: Welcome to Democracy...
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Robert Freeman
National Missile Defense: The Secrets the Pentagon Doesn't Want You to Know
There is a dirty little secret about national missile defense the Pentagon doesn't want you to know. It is this: missile defense is fundamentally flawed--not just in technology but in rationale and...
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
John Buell
The Lessons of Torture Should Be Learned Again
Even as he undertook what is for him the unprecedented step of apologizing, the president unwittingly exposed the conceits underlying his foreign policy. In a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan...
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Monday, May 17, 2004
Naomi Klein
Mutiny in Iraq: Can We Stop calling It a Quagmire?
Can we please stop calling it a quagmire? The United States isn't mired in a bog or a marsh in Iraq (quagmire's literal meaning); it is free-falling off a cliff. The only question now is: Who will...
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Thom Hartmann
Liberal Talk Radio - Let The Water Cooler Wars Begin
Rush Limbaugh has, at various times, claimed credit for the elections of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush - and given how narrow electoral margins have been recently, he may be...
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Saturday, May 15, 2004
John B. Quigley
President Bush Ignored War Reality
According to Bob Woodward's book Plan of Attack , President Bush did not give much thought to the consequences of going to war in Iraq. If Woodward is on target, Bush shut his ears when advisors...
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Friday, May 14, 2004
Arundhati Roy
Let us Hope the Darkness has Passed
India's Real and Virtual Worlds have Collided in a Humiliation of Power
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Andrew Greeley
Bush has no Excuse in Abuse Scandal
The current shock and outrage at the White House and the Pentagon are as phony as a $17 bill. The president might not have known what was happening specifically at Abu Ghraib, but had to know in...
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
Ralph Nader
Letter to President Bush: Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners Produces Blowbacks and Backlashes
May 13, 2004 George W. Bush The White House Washington, DC 20500 Re: Inhumane treatment of prisoners produces blowbacks and backlashes Dear Mr. President:
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Monday, May 10, 2004
Bill Moyers
The Media, Politics, and Censorship
The war in Iraq has become also a war of images. This week, we were troubled by pictures of tortured Iraqi prisoners. Last week, it was photographs of American soldiers who have given their lives...
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Friday, May 7, 2004
Tamim Ansary
9/11: What Could Have Been
Two and a half years have passed since America took the War on Terrorism to Afghanistan. It's time to ask how it's working. Let's review. The day after 9/11, many Americans thirsted for revenge, and...
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Jeff Cohen
A Progressive Response to the Nader Campaign
I am ideologically aligned with Ralph Nader, not John Kerry. I agree with Nader on virtually every issue, while agreeing with only about half of Kerry's positions (or what can be deciphered as Kerry'...
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Thursday, May 6, 2004
Howard Zinn
How to Get Out of Iraq
Any "practical" approach to the situation in Iraq, any prescription for what to do now, must start with the understanding that the present US military occupation is morally unacceptable. Amnesty...
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Norman Solomon
This War and Racism -- Media Denial in Overdrive
Among the millions of words that have appeared in the U.S. press since late April about abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, one has been notably missing: Racism. Overall, when it...
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Jonathan Schell
How to Get Out of Iraq
In the debate over the Iraq war, a new-minted fragment of conventional wisdom has fixed itself in the minds of mainstream politicians and commentators. Whether or not it was right to go to war, we...
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Monday, May 3, 2004
Ralph Nader
The Remarkable Persistence of Corporate Crime and Kickbacks
Big time middlemen merchants have a hard time avoiding conflicts of interests where they say they represent your interests as buyers while they are receiving kickbacks or, more politely, "...
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William Greider
Iraq as Vietnam
It is a pity the major news media have not convened a commission of inquiry to examine their own mistakes and derelictions concerning the war in Iraq. Wouldn't it be instructive to go back now and re...
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Friday, April 30, 2004
Andrew Greeley
How We Got Into This Unjust War
While Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack confirms earlier books by former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and former White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke, it is more effective because it is more...
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Thursday, April 29, 2004
Robert C. Byrd
Mission Not Accomplished
US Senate Floor Remarks -- April 29, 2004
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Tom Gallagher
Can the Antiwar Movement Love a Candidate Who Doesn't Love It Back?
John Kerry has by now more than fulfilled the fears of most opponents of the ongoing war in Iraq. Not an antiwar candidate when he entered the Democratic primaries, he has resolutely passed up every...
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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Huck Gutman
Soldiers on Hire - Part 2
Private Military Firms (PMFs) allow placing many of the costs of the Iraq occupation "off budget." In the USA, as in all democracies, funding for government activities is ultimately in the hands of...
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Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Huck Gutman
Soldiers on Hire
During the era of colonial expansion, trading entities such as the Dutch and English East Indies Companies operated as near sovereign powers, commanding armies and navies larger than those in Europe...
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Monday, April 26, 2004
Howard Zinn
What Do We Do Now?
It seems very hard for some people--especially those in high places, but also those striving for high places--to grasp a simple truth: The United States does not belong in Iraq. It is not our country...
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William Greider
Kerry's Crucible: The Challenger has Entered a Perilous Zone
John Kerry is borne aloft by party unity and the overriding imperative of defeating Bush, but the senator has entered a perilous zone where the outcome may depend more on the content of his character...
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Sunday, April 25, 2004
Stanley Kutler
Colin Powell: Is It Time for the 'Good Soldier' to Resign as the Secretary of State?
Secretary of State Colin Powell is one of the most recognizable, and maybe the most well-liked figure across party lines, in the Bush administration. He has served his country long and well. Yet...
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Friday, April 23, 2004
Michael Pollan
A Flood of U.S. Corn Rips at Mexico
Americans have been talking a lot about trade this campaign season, about globalism's winners and losers, and especially about the export of American jobs. Yet even when globalism is working the way...
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Andrew Greeley
Is Military Draft in the Works?
There's a sign on the horizon, no bigger than a man's hand, that there's a military draft in the works. The Defense Department has announced that Selective Service is making preparations for another...
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Thursday, April 22, 2004
Jonathan Schell
Politics and Truth
Halfway through Tim Russert's hour-long interview with Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry on April 18, there was an exchange that revealed in microcosm some of the fundamental...
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Medea Benjamin
An Earth Day Call to Arnold Schwarzenegger: Go Hummer Free
Just 10 days before Earth Day, the EPA released a long-awaited report on air quality, finding that half the U.S. population lives in areas that fall below government air-quality standards. California...
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Wednesday, April 21, 2004
Robert C. Byrd
President Owes America Answers on Iraq
US Senate Floor Remarks -- April 21, 2004
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Tuesday, April 20, 2004
DLC centrism has become the conventional wisdom of the so-called “liberal” pundits of the press. Roger Kimmel Smith
Perils of the Dead Center
It’s traditional in presidential politics for Democratic candidates to tack toward the center once they’ve secured the party’s nomination. In the current election year, however, this conventional...
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Ralph Nader
America's Crumbling Infrastructure: Fifth Grade Students at a Crumbling Chicago Elementary School Challenge Political Indifference
Byrd Community Academy is a crumbling elementary school in Chicago next to one of the largest and most perilous public housing projects -- Cabrini-Green. It also is the location of one of the more...
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John Buell
National Security in an Age of Terrorism
Some Democrats think the Bush administration may suffer from increasing public doubts about its anti-terror initiatives. Yet the Democrats are taking a risk if they merely sit around awaiting further...
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Monday, April 19, 2004
Robert Freeman
Is Iraq Another Vietnam? Actually, It May Become Worse
A virtual cottage industry has sprung up comparing Iraq with Vietnam. And well that it should. Vietnam cost the lives of not only 58,000 Americans but of three million Vietnamese. Neither the US nor...
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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Howard Zinn
Check the Facts Before Rushing to War
After a year of fighting in Iraq and an occupation fraught with violence, surely it is not rash to suggest, given the debacle over missing "weapons of mass destruction," that it is a good general...
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Tuesday, April 13, 2004
William Greider
Damaged Goods
How Far Will Republicans Go to Hold Onto Power?
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Monday, April 12, 2004
Ralph Nader
Spinning Wheels - Our Continual Refusal to Raise CAFE Standards
T.S. Elliot once wrote, "April is the cruelest month. . . ." He wasn't referring to the unfilled promise of The New York Auto Show - which is featuring "advances" in automotive engineering this week...
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Thom Hartmann
Exposing the Conservative Straw Man - "Productivity"
Thomas Jefferson wrote in a September 28, 1821 letter, "The government of the United States, at a very early period, when establishing its tariff on foreign importations, were very much guided in...
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Friday, April 9, 2004
Marty Jezer
Economic Recovery: Losers and Winners
The American economy, indeed capitalism itself, has always gone through boom and bust cycles. Like night dawning into day, cyclical recessions followed by economic recoveries are inevitable, no...
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Thursday, April 8, 2004
Jonathan Schell
The Phantom Sovereign
The Iraqi struggle for independence from American rule has begun in earnest. US forces there now face a double insurrection-one part Sunni Muslim, the other Shiite Muslim-that threatens at the same...
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Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Robert C. Byrd
A Call for an Exit Door from Iraq
US Senate Floor Remarks -- April 7, 2004
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John R. MacArthur
Bob Graham: A Man Too Decent to be Nominated
I DON'T KNOW where Sen. Bob Graham acquired his strong sense of propriety and proportion. His half-brother Philip, the late Washington Post publisher, famously had little. But chances are that Bob...
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Tom Gallagher
Democrats and Wars
"We are not going to run out of town because some people were lawless in Fallujah." -Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi One thing Democratic Party leaders certainly need to avoid, if they really want to...
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Tuesday, April 6, 2004
Helen Thomas
Iraq War Becoming a Quagmire
It was supposed to be a cakewalk for the American troops invading Iraq. The Iraqis were to throw flowers as the conquerors marched in and took over their country. That was the fantasy of President...
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John Buell
Does Spain's Decision Show Restraint or Appeasement?
The bomb blasts last month in Spain did more than defeat the ruling party. They revealed gaping wounds in international and domestic politics. Within hours of the train blasts, terrorism experts...
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Friday, April 2, 2004
Ralph Nader
A Chill Wind Blows Through Cooperstown
One year ago, following Major League Baseball's opening week and the second week of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon were denied an appearance at the National Baseball...
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Thursday, April 1, 2004
Kumar Venkat
What Kind of Productivity Do We Need?
On my last visit to India, I walked into a restroom at the airport in Bangalore, the high-tech capital of India, and was greeted by an attendant whose job was to dispense liquid soap and paper towels...
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Caroline Arnold
A Cautionary Tale for April First
In honor of April Fools' Day we will consider assorted human follies, including the hapless Henny-Penny and her friends, who, after a pea fell on Henny-Penny's head, believed that "The Sky Is Falling...
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Monday, March 29, 2004
Danny Schechter
Clarke and the Media Failures of 9-11
NEW YORK -- Please raise your hand if the name Richard Clarke rang a bell for you three weeks ago? How many of us knew who he was or what he did? And who among us can cite examples of TV stories or...
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Friday, March 26, 2004
Robert Freeman
Purging The Ghosts of Vietnam
March 29th marks the thirty first anniversary of America's military withdrawal from Vietnam. In the midst of a new war, we should examine the ending of this other war-the Only War America Ever Lost...
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Thursday, March 25, 2004
Peter Singer
Bush's Meandering Moral Compass
In the presidential election that brought George W. Bush to power, the moral character of the candidates was a significant factor with some voters. Among those who rated honesty as an important...
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Norman Solomon
The Media Politics of 9/11
For 30 months, 9/11 was a huge political blessing for George W. Bush. This week, the media halo fell off. Within the space of a few days, culminating with his testimony to the Sept. 11 commission...
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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
John Buell
Marriage and Civic Equality
President Bush tells us that marriage between a man and a woman is a pillar of our civilization. Yet long before same-sex marriage debates, who could marry and what marriage meant were contested...
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Huck Gutman
Outsourcing in the Developing and Developed World
Part Two: The Age of India Cometh
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Friday, March 19, 2004
Nancy Snow
We Aren't the World
There comes a time when we heed a certain call When the world must come together as one There are people dying Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life The greatest gift of all.' -- "We Are the World...
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Thursday, March 18, 2004
James Mann
The Armageddon Plan: Cheney & Rumsfeld Have Practiced Running the Country
At least once a year during the 1980s Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld vanished. Cheney was working diligently on Capitol Hill, as a congressman rising through the ranks of the Republican leadership...
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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Patrick Coy
Myth Making and Spitting Images from Vietnam
With nearly 550 US soldiers killed - so far -- in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, our country is revisiting many of the images and issues of the Vietnam War. Thus we hear much about a quagmire...
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Monday, March 15, 2004
Jeff Cohen
Liars Lose -- The Lessons of Regime Change in Spain
"Political shock in Spain!" blared ABC News on Sunday night, as regime change came to Madrid. Along with Tony Blair, Spain's conservative Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar had been the staunchest of...
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Friday, March 12, 2004
Marty Jezer
My Winter
I've been spending this winter much as I spent last: recovering from testicular cancer. Some readers are probably muttering, "thank you for sharing," and are ready to move on. I understand that. My...
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Thursday, March 11, 2004
Jonathan Schell
The Empire Backfires
The first anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq has arrived.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Bernie Sanders
How a Bad Bill Becomes Law
Remember the elementary school lesson "How a Bill Becomes a Law"? Well, George W. Bush and Republican Leadership in Congress redefined lawmaking when they forced their Medicare law through Congress...
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Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Pierre Tristam
The Dead, the Bad and the Ugly: President's Ad Blitz Bombs 9/11
It was never a question of whether, but of how President Bush would use the graveyards of Sept. 11 to season his re-election campaign. The question was just answered: By eroticizing the dead of that...
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John Buell
Ralph Nader's Untimely Campaign in Perspective
I have admired Ralph Nader for many years. I met him in 1976 while working as an assistant editor of The Progressive magazine. In the summer of 2000 my wife and I discussed his candidacy with him and...
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Monday, March 8, 2004
William Greider
Dean's Rough Ride
In forty years of observing presidential contests, I cannot remember another major candidate brutalized so intensely by the media, with the possible exception of George Wallace. Howard Dean...
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Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Laura Orlando
What's in a Name? EPA Proposes to Call Sewage Sludge "Compost"
Juliet said to Romeo, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." When Juliet spoke to Romeo in Capulet's orchard, she had nary a thought about sewage sludge...
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Monday, March 1, 2004
Robert C. Byrd
A Budget of Gimmicks, False Promises, and Unrealistic Expectations
US Senate Floor Remarks -- February 27, 2004
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Robert Freeman
Will The End of Oil Mean The End of America?
In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance , Robert Pirsig tells the story of a South American Indian tribe that has devised an ingenious monkey trap. The Indians cut off the small end of a coconut...
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Tom Gallagher
The March Primary -- Your Last Chance to Vote Against the War?
Last year at this time, opposition to the Bush Administration's preemptive war in Iraq filled the streets of cities and towns around the world. While it obviously failed to preempt the preemption,...
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Jonathan Schell
Kerry and War
John Kerry has been twice a hero. First, as a soldier in Vietnam, he displayed extraordinary physical courage, winning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Once, injured and...
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Friday, February 27, 2004
Andrew Greeley
Iraq More Than Bush Bargained For
In 1914 the German General Staff had a perfect plan for winning a war with France. It was called the Schlieffen plan. It forecast that Germany could mobilize its entire reserve army on the efficient...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
Haiti’s Lawyer: US Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries, Calls For UN Peacekeepers
The US lawyer representing the government of Haiti charged today that the US government is directly involved in a military coup attempt against the country's democratically elected President, Jean-...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
John Buell
Hunger and the Kindness of Strangers
Cold weather is a fact of nature during Maine winters. Unfortunately, many Maine citizens are as close to starvation as they are to freezing. Social policy could address starvation. Nonetheless, in...
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John Buell
Hunger and the Kindness of Strangers
Cold weather is a fact of nature during Maine winters. Unfortunately, many Maine citizens are as close to starvation as they are to freezing. Social policy could address starvation. Nonetheless, in...
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James Carroll
An Obscene Portrayal of Christ's Passion
"THE PASSION of The Christ" by Mel Gibson is an obscene movie. It will incite contempt for Jews. It is a blasphemous insult to the memory of Jesus Christ. It is an icon of religious violence. Like...
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Monday, February 23, 2004
Blair Bobier
It’s the Electoral System, Stupid!
George W. Bush lost the popular vote in the 2000 election and was installed as president by a questionable party-line vote of the U.S. Supreme Court despite the illegal and widespread...
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Friday, February 20, 2004
Thom Hartmann
Gay Marriage? Blame It On Jefferson...
"It's never been tried before." "The Bible doesn't mention it." "Civilized people have never done things this way." "No society in the 6000 years of the history of civilization since Gilgamesh has...
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Thursday, February 19, 2004
Howard Zinn
The Ultimate Betrayal
I cannot get out of my mind the photo that appeared on the front page of The New York Times on December 30, alongside a story by Jeffrey Gettleman. It showed a young man sitting on a chair facing a...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004
James Carroll
A Wall Across the World
A FENCE, by definition, looks different from its opposite sides. Here in Israel the Sharon government is constructing what it calls a "terrorism prevention fence," a high cement barrier that will run...
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Huck Gutman
The Contest has Just Begun
Is the USA about to enter a time of significant political change? Since the presidential campaign has moved to center stage, that question hovers in the air.
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Friday, February 13, 2004
Andrew Greeley
Bush Playing us for Fools on WMD
The argument goes something like this: We didn't deceive you about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The CIA deceived us. Therefore we will investigate them, but the investigation will be not...
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Tuesday, February 10, 2004
John Buell
Tasteless Halftimes: Advertising and Culture
Why should anyone have been so shocked by the sexually explicit content of the Super Bowl halftime show? Why especially should FCC Chairman Michael Powell be outraged? Powell celebrates the no-holds-...
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Sunday, February 8, 2004
Kevin Phillips
Bush Family Values: War, Wealth, Oil
Four generations have created an unsavory web of links that could prove an election-year Achilles' heel for the president
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Saturday, February 7, 2004
Ralph Nader
Let's Show Appreciation for the Cleaners of America
We pass by them without a murmur of salutation or gratitude. Yet we could not function without them. We would never do their work, yet they are among the lowest paid laborers in our country. Their...
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Sunday, February 1, 2004
Caroline Arnold
Challenge: Act Like Citizens, Not Subjects
French Revolutionist Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794) envisioned a "Republic of Virtue" that would reconstruct society according to certain universal, utopian and monolithic principles of goodness...
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Friday, January 30, 2004
Thom Hartmann
How Global Warming May Cause the Next Ice Age...
While global warming is being officially ignored by the political arm of the Bush administration, and Al Gore's recent conference on the topic during one of the coldest days of recent years provided...
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Monday, January 26, 2004
Ralph Nader
Runaway Corporate Compensation Packages Gaining Speed
In reading the latest news reports of uncontrollable corporate greed, I recalled the cover of Fortune Magazine about 2 years ago which headlined the runaway compensation packages of the big corporate...
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Tad Daley
Top Ten Responses To -- "I Love Kucinich But He Can't Win"
How many times have you heard someone say: "I love Kucinich ... but I just don't think he's electable"? I often encounter staffers for other candidates out here in Los Angeles where I'm based, and...
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Friday, January 23, 2004
Marty Jezer
I Am A Democrat Now
When this presidential campaign started, I thought John Kerry would be a shoe-in. He had everything going for him: a Vietnam combat hero and then an articulate and courageous leader of the anti-war...
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Thursday, January 22, 2004
Arundhati Roy
The New American Century
This article was adapted from Arundhati Roy's January 16 speech to the opening plenary of the World Social Forum in Mumbai
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Marian Wright Edelman
Old South Lingers in a Legal Lynching
There is a boy in Georgia who almost beat the odds. An African American born to a 15-year-old, drug-addicted mother and an absent father, Marcus Dixon nonetheless went on to become an honor student...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Bernie Sanders
We Are the Majority
How do we build a political movement in this country that represents all of the people and not a handful of millionaires? The middle class is collapsing, the people on top are making out like bandits...
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Medea Benjamin
Code Pink says “Give Bush a Pink Slip!”
Bush’s speech to the nation was a combination of platitudes, exaggerations, half-truths and downright lies. Afghans would be curious to hear that their country is now free and prosperous, not a...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Jeff Cohen
Iowa, The Democrats and the Media
As a supporter of Dennis Kucinich, I've talked to dozens of activists over the months (perhaps representative of thousands nationwide) who said that while Kucinich was their favorite choice, they...
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Thursday, January 15, 2004
Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
John Buell
Well, Let Them Eat Mad Cows
Their reactions were as swift as they were predictable. Informed last month that a cow in Washington had been diagnosed with so-called mad cow disease, Secretary of Agriculture Anne Veneman and...
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Thursday, January 8, 2004
Nancy Snow
Kill Your TV: No Oops, I Really Mean it this Time
The first Monday of the New Year started like any other in America-full of cliche, celebrity, weather with Al and this: It was--it was like late--it was real early Saturday morning, we was--we was...
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Kumar Venkat
Free Trade: Benefit or Peril for the Environment?
One of the most contentious issues surrounding globalization is the concern that free trade hurts the environment, both locally and globally. The classic argument for free global trade is that it is...
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Andrew Nikiforuk
Mad Cow Disease: An Issue Comes to a Head
One mad cow is messy; two are messier. And in the next few months, if and when North American regulators actually begin to gather some real science by testing thousands of cows, the picture will...
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