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Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Robert Freeman
Is Iraq a Success? Just Ask Humpty Dumpty
In "Through the Looking Glass," Lewis Carroll's companion book to "Alice in Wonderland," Humpty Dumpty harumphs to Alice, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2005
James Carroll
America's Mortal Secret
The holiest acreage in America was consecrated in an act of revenge. Beating a retreat back to Washington from their defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run, Union soldiers crossed into the property...
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Saturday, April 30, 2005
Helen Thomas
Commanders Responsible for Abu Ghraib
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has got to be kidding. It turns out that only those rogue enlisted men and women and one woman general are to blame for the horrifying treatment of prisoners and detainees...
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Jerry Lembcke
Debunking a Spitting Image
STORIES ABOUT spat-upon Vietnam veterans are like mercury: Smash one and six more appear. It's hard to say where they come from. For a book I wrote in 1998 I looked back to the time when the spit was...
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Friday, April 29, 2005
John Kampfner
Tony Blair: The Blundering Actions of a Desperate Man
The story is worse than people think. Now that the government has been forced to disclose the full legal advice submitted by Lord Goldsmith, the extent to which Parliament and the country were misled...
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Norman Solomon
Iraq: War, Aid and Public Relations
American news outlets provided extensive -- and mostly laudatory -- coverage of Marla Ruzicka after she died in Baghdad on April 16. The humanitarian aid worker's undaunted spirit and boundless...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Ralph Nader
Lack of Democracy in the U.S.
In spreading democracy throughout the world, brazen hypocrisy prevails for Bush-Cheney
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Norman Solomon
Intervention Spin Cycle
Forty years ago, on the morning of April 26, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson spoke with a top State Department official about fast-moving events in the Dominican Republic. A popular rebellion was on...
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Monday, April 25, 2005
Molly Ivins
The Whim of a Hat
Hey, the sun is shining, the bluebonnets are out, our big music festival, South by Southwest, rocked, and the puppy wants to play. You expect me to write about Terri Schiavo, Iraq, and Paul ("There...
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Wednesday, April 20, 2005
american values Guy Reel
American Values
What is America? What are the values it has most fought for and admired? A few of the first, and most important, come to mind: Freedom. Equality. Democracy. Champion of the little guy. Helper of the...
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Monday, April 18, 2005
Thom Hartmann
How Rich is Too Rich For Democracy?
At what point does great wealth held in a few hands actually harm democracy, threatening to turn a democratic republic into an oligarchy? It's a debate we haven't had freely and openly in this nation...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Molly Ivins
Connect These Dots
Freshly returned from a week of intellectual sparring at the Conference on World Affairs, the annual gabfest in Boulder (the late jazz critic Leonard Feather called it "the leisure of the theory...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005
James Carroll
Far from Texas, in Dire Need
George Bush and Ariel Sharon have the love of ranches in common. Each man uses his spread in the rough country as a retreat and as a symbol of identity. Ranchers are plainspoken men of the simple...
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Thursday, April 7, 2005
Jonathan Schell
Faking Civil Society
Perhaps the most beautiful achievement of political life in the late twentieth century was the international movement for democracy that brought down several dozen dictatorships of every possible...
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Amy Goodman, David Goodman
Un-Embed the Media
Recent revelations that the Bush administration has been fabricating news stories, secretly hiring journalists to write puff pieces and credentialing fake reporters at White House news conferences...
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Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Philip Kovacs
Bill Gates and the Corporatization of American"Public" Schools
On February 26th governors, policy makers, and business leaders from across the nation met to discuss ways of preventing American students from falling behind their international competitors. The "...
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Ralph Nader
Scientists or Celebrities?
Question - have you ever heard of Maurice Hilleman? If your answer is No or Who?, join about 99 percent of the American people. He passed away this month in Philadelphia at the age of 85. Here is...
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Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Brita Rose
Give Peace a Real Chance
We find ourselves in familiar territory reminiscent of the failed Oslo Peace Accords of over 10 years ago. High hopes and great expectations abound amidst a new atmosphere of peace talks, promising...
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Sunday, April 3, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Latest Convergence of Liberal and Conservative Activity
The on-again-off-again alliances between conservative and liberal groups is on again, but not without its contradictions. Back in the early Eighties, during the Reagan years, conservatives joined...
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William Greider
Pro-Death Politics
I was astounded to read an E.J. Dionne column in the Washington Post about a baby boy in Texas who was denied life support by hospital officials over the objections of his mother--astounded because...
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Friday, April 1, 2005
Helen Thomas
Screened Audiences, Fake News Promote Bush Agenda
Bush, Government Manipulate Media
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
John Kampfner
In The Real World, Iraq Does Matter
The government is wrong to think the war concerns only a minority
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Jeff Cohen
Schiavo Case: Media Pander to the Right
Putting aside your view of the Schiavo story, it's clear that right-wing "pro-life" protesters scored a media coup in terms of attention and coverage. On television, their voices and leaders have...
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James Carroll
Spring's Mystery
A soft rain is falling outside the window. Drops of water glisten on the branches and twigs. Each drop, you see now, clings to a bud, magnifying the tiny crimson knots, which are the year's way of...
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Monday, March 28, 2005
Ralph Nader
The Many Layers of the Terry Schiavo Controversy
The Terri Schiavo tragedy unfolds in many layers of controversy. They range from the bitter dispute between her husband, Michael, and her father and mother, Robert and Mary Schindler, all the way to...
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Friday, March 25, 2005
William Greider
Elite Protectionists
A man-bites-dog story of momentous implications is unfolding in Washington: The US multinational establishment, having successfully championed free-trade orthodoxy for decades, may now be flirting...
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Thursday, March 24, 2005
Norman Solomon
Little Reporting on Paranoia in High Places
Journalists often refer to the Bush administration's foreign policy as "unilateral" and "preemptive." Liberal pundits like to complain that a "go-it-alone" approach has isolated the United States...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
James Carroll
If Kennan Had Prevailed
The death last week of George F. Kennan concentrates the mind. The great American statesman was 101 years old. His longevity was second to his influence, though, and a chorus saluted him as the...
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Monday, March 21, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Deja Vu: Parents in Charge, Tuition Grants, and Choice in Education
As the U.S. District Courts began their final push to desegregate the public schools, I worked to establish Jefferson Davis Academy in Barnwell County at Blackville, South Carolina in 1964-65. My...
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Thom Hartmann
Young People: The Key To Republican Single-Party Rule
Democrats and progressives make the mistake of thinking that today's Social Security debate is about Social Security. It's not. It's about creating single party rule for a generation or more. To do...
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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Ralph Nader
Tom DeLay: Don't Resign
The Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, Cong. Tom DeLay of Texas, and I agree on one issue dear to his mind and heart. We do not want him to resign from Congress in the midst...
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Friday, March 18, 2005
Medea Benjamin
Reigniting the Anti-War Movement
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Over 1,500 US soldiers have been killed, more than 100,000 Iraqis have lost their lives, violence continues unabated, and we--the...
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Thursday, March 17, 2005
Norman Solomon
Why Iraq Withdrawal Makes Sense
Sometimes, an unspoken assumption among progressive activists is that the occupation of Iraq must be tolerated for tactical reasons -- while other issues, notably domestic ones, are more winnable on...
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Jack Heyman
Defending Labor's Right to Protest the War
There's a rising tide of workers' anger against the war in Iraq and the cuts in government programs to pay for it -- in enforcement of worker- safety laws, health care, Social Security, education and...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
The Internal Axis of Evil
We have just returned from a weekend deep in red state territory, where our red state relatives are as you would expect -- still pro-Bush, still pro-Iraq war, still pro guns, for privatization of...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
A Scofflaw in the White House: Undermining Respect for Law
The Ides of March are upon us and, much like the situation with Julius Caesar in ancient Rome, we have an imperialist, authoritarian chief resident in the White House. Please understand, I do not...
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Monday, March 14, 2005
Nancy Snow
The Propaganda Czar from Paris + Texas
'I understand that Karen Hughes was born in Paris.' --John Kerry, 2004
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Sunday, March 13, 2005
Robert Freeman
Social Security Reform: Stop the Stampede
The Japanese have a wise expression: Isoga ni bamaware. It means, "When you're in a hurry, take the long way around." It could not be any more relevant than right now, with President Bush trying to...
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Helen Thomas
Credibility Matters Little to Brits, Americans
Funny thing about the United States and Great Britain. I once thought their people cared about the credibility -- and accountability of their leaders -- especially when it comes to war and peace. But...
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Saturday, March 12, 2005
Deborah James
The Walking Zombie of the WTO
More than 240 activists from 23 countries gathered in Hong Kong last weekend to plan a strategy for mobilization against the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) this coming...
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Thursday, March 10, 2005
Norman Solomon
MoveOn.org: Making Peace With the War in Iraq
Sadly, it has come to this. Two years after the invasion of Iraq, the online powerhouse MoveOn.org -- which built most of its member base with a strong antiwar message -- is not pushing for...
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Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Phyllis Bennis
Ten Questions the Senate Should Ask John Bolton at his Confirmation Hearing, But Probably Won't
1. In 1994 you said "There is no United Nations." Do you still believe that the international community, and the world's premiere multilateral organization, are illusions?
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Tuesday, March 8, 2005
Helen Thomas
No Order from Bush to Stop Torture
Never let it be said that the U.S. State Department lacks chutzpah. The department recently issued its annual report on human rights practices of nations around the world, pointedly criticizing...
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Saturday, March 5, 2005
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Blair Still Took Us to War On a Lie
To Insist That the Ends Now Justify the Means is Morally Disgraceful
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Friday, March 4, 2005
Saul Landau, Farrah Hassen
The White House Stage Manages the “Get Syria” Move
After 9/11, Administration neo-cons offered a "noble lie" to sell the public on the need to invade and occupy Iraq (The Iraqis will shower our troops with flowers and kisses). The same group has...
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Andrew Greeley
Bush a Hypocrite to Lecture Putin
Suppose that Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Canada and announced that the United States was retreating from its principles of freedom since the World Trade Center attack. The United States...
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Thursday, March 3, 2005
Molly Ivins
Bad to Worse
Republicans Vote Down Military Exemption to Bankruptcy Bill, Add Loopholes for Rich
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Norman Solomon
When Junk Interrupts Junk
Once in a while, mass media outlets give a fair hearing to radical ideas that make sense. But those ideas have little chance to take hold - mainly because followup is scant. Instead of bouncing...
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George McGovern
Gonzo but Not Forgotten
As the candidate who lost 49 states to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, I have always been pleased that among the precious few who thought I would have made the better president was...
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Amy Goodman, David Goodman
Why Media Ownership Matters
George Bush must have been delighted to learn from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that 56 percent of Americans still think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the start of the war,...
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Saturday, February 26, 2005
Nancy Snow
The Language Police: Gettin’ Jiggy with Frank Luntz
If you need any more confirmation that America is the numero uno propaganda nation, look no further than the GOP language maestro Frank Luntz, who has produced a memorandum of "The 14 Words Never to...
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Ralph Nader
What Security?
George W. Bush often says that the safety of all Americans is his highest priority. He doesn't mean advancing vigorously the implementation of laws he has sworn to enforce against occupational...
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Robert Freeman
Competing Models for Public Education: Which Model is Best?
Cultures live by their models. They die by them as well. Ulysses spawned ancient Greece. Horatio Alger defined rags-to-riches America. Rambo epitomized the 1980's. When it comes to education, our...
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Friday, February 25, 2005
Molly Ivins
Beyond Harvard, Girls Face Truly Big Problems
I would worry more about this — I so enjoy being part of our national intellectual discourse — except the Texas legislature is in session again, so I have to keep my indignation dry for the real...
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Helen Thomas
$9B Goes Missing In Iraq
Huge Sum Disappears Without A Trace
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Andrew Greeley
How Long Can Bush Get Away With Lies?
One hears new rationalizations for the war on this side of the Atlantic. After the hearings on Secretary of State Rice, a Republican senator, with all the self-righteous anger that characterizes many...
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Arnie Alpert
Is Another World Possible? A Water Activist Reports from Porto Alegre
The Sunday morning workshop on forced privatization of water and power began like so many other World Social Forum events: no one from the sponsoring organization was there at 9 a.m., thirty minutes...
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Monday, February 21, 2005
Marty Jezer
Will Bert and Ernie Be Next?
How do you deal with the politics of homophobia? Do you ignore it in the hope that it will go away? Do you stand up to it, thus giving it legitimacy? Or do you treat it with the laughter it really...
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Sunday, February 13, 2005
Caroline Arnold
If You're Not at the Table, You're on the Menu
On a hot July evening in 1996 about a hundred people from Portage County gathered at Ravenna High School to hear the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Preliminary Environmental Investigation report on...
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Friday, February 11, 2005
William Greider
The New Colossus
The New Politics of Capital
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Andrew Greeley
Creationists Still Fighting Evolution
Slightly more than half of the American people reject evolution. During the last decade, the General Social Survey conducted by National Opinion Research Center (and directed by my colleague Dr. Tom...
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Thom Hartmann
Progressives and Democrats: Assert Your Brand!
Politics is all about branding. And brands are not about issues or details - they're about identity. When progressives and Democrats think of how Bush voters understand the word "Republican," they...
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Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Jonathan Schell
Iraq's Unpredictable Politics
Introspection is not the purpose of this occasional column, but a moment of it seems appropriate in the wake of the election recently held in Iraq. That election might have been a blood-soaked fiasco...
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Saturday, February 5, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Democratic Elections in the Middle East
President Bush’s Legacy of Peace and Freedom? by Tom Turnipseed
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Michael Gould-Wartofsky
What We Really Owe Iraq Now
Published on Friday, February 4, 2005 by the Harvard Crimson Look, we let those Iraqis have an election! Surely we're bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East. So intones the neoconservative...
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Friday, February 4, 2005
Jesselyn Radack
A Whistle-Blower's Inside View of the Homeland Security Nominee
On Wednesday, in hearings on his nomination to be head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff had this to say: "If you are dealing with something that makes you nervous, you'd better make sure that...
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Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Molly Ivins
Election Déjà Vu
Iraq election heartwarming, but haven't we been here before?
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Tuesday, February 1, 2005
James Carroll
Train Wreck of an Election
In thinking about the election in Iraq, my mind keeps jumping back to last week's train wreck in California. A deranged man, intending suicide, drove his Jeep Cherokee onto the railroad tracks, where...
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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Barbara Lee
Erase the Darfur Blood Stain From California's Pensions
Over the last two years, the Sudanese government and government-supported militias have undertaken a systematic campaign of violence and displacement, targeting civilians of the non-Arab ethnic...
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Thursday, January 27, 2005
Molly Ivins
World Skeptical of Delusional Bush Reign
A substantial nit to pick with President Bush's second Inaugural Address and some questions about his theme:
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Huck Gutman
Speedy Gonzales & The Rule of Law
Ethics, in today's America, primarily refers to sex: no Presidential fooling around, no sanctioning of homosexual love. But what about the appointment as Attorney General of a person for whom the Geneva Convention is 'obsolete' and 'quaint'?
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Sunday, January 23, 2005
Huck Gutman
Man-Made Tsunami
The world's largest seismic dislocation since the 1940s which occurred in the Indian Ocean on the 26th of December was catastrophic. When two tectonic plates shifted under the Andaman Sea, they...
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Saturday, January 22, 2005
Howard Zinn
Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home
We must withdraw our military from Iraq, the sooner the better. The reason is simple: Our presence there is a disaster for the American people and an even bigger disaster for the Iraqi people.
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Thursday, January 20, 2005
Jonathan Schell
What Is Wrong with Torture
The war in Iraq has given birth to an issue that may one day be seen as more important than the war, the question of torture. Just as H.J. Res. 114, by which Congress authorized the war, was the key...
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Michele Simon
Weak Links in the Food Chain
Why Uncle Sam Won't Tell You What Not to Eat
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Nancy Snow
Tall Order, Tough Questions
No one doubts that the U.S. Senate will confirm Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the next secretary of state, our nation's chief diplomat. How tough the next couple of days will be for the president's...
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Robert Freeman
Getting our Money’s Worth in Public Education: Are We Buying Our 'McStudent' Lie?
When are we going to stop lying to ourselves about public education? When are we going to stop pretending we can get world-class results on second- world spending? When are we going to stop fooling...
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Pierre Tristam
Inaugural Fear in a Year of War
In Europe the Russians had just raped and pillaged their way to Warsaw, "liberating" the first European capital occupied by Nazis five years earlier. The western front had bogged down in a six-month...
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Sunday, January 16, 2005
Caroline Arnold
What's the Story? Truth or Dramatic Fiction?
"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets ... fiercely agitating the scanty...
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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Tom Turnipseed
Out of Touch With Nature
Should We Celebrate Life and Our Universe Or Subdue, Dominate and Destroy the Natural World?
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Friday, January 14, 2005
Huck Gutman
Man-Made Tsunami Continued: Waves of Devastation
This article is a continuation of Gutman's Man-Made Tsunami . . .
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Andrew M. Manis
White America and the MLK Holiday
Since 1986, the third Monday in January has occasioned civic and ecclesiastical commemorations of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. As a civil rights historian who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005
Norman Solomon
Far from Media Spotlights, the Shadows of "Losers"
A system glorifies its winners. The mass media and the rest of corporate America are enthralled with professionals scaling career ladders to new heights. Meanwhile, the people hanging onto bottom...
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Paul Rockwell
Beyond Elections: Dr. King's Teachings on Strategy and Tactics
According to Arundhati Roy, "There is no discussion taking place in the world today that is more crucial than the debate about strategies of resistance." There is no greater strategist in American...
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Friday, January 7, 2005
Norman Solomon
Acts of God, Acts of Media
The new year has scarcely begun, but Americans watching television have already heard a lot about God. When Larry King interviewed George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton the other night, CNN presented...
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Jonathan Schell
Letter From Ground Zero: Something Strange
As I followed the initial coverage of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, I was reminded of a time in the early 1980s when I spent some months researching the effects of a nuclear war-- the thermal...
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Tuesday, January 4, 2005
John Bonifaz
We Must Choose to Fight. Count Every Vote
Remarks Delivered at the Rally for the Republic Faneuil Hall, Boston Monday, January 3, 2005 Four years ago last month, the United States Supreme Court stopped the vote counting in the State of...
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James Carroll
The Road Back
"There was once a man in the land of Uz called Job: a sound and honest man who feared God and shunned evil. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him." So begins the famous meditation on the...
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John Buell
One-of-a-kind Journalist Moyers Will Be Missed
In American journalism, the year ended with a loss. Bill Moyers, anchor of PBS' NOW, has retired.
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Monday, January 3, 2005
Robert Freeman
Is Public Education Working? How Would We Know?
Imagine you're five feet eight inches tall. When you change the unit of measurement to yards, you're 1.9 yards tall. Are you shorter because the number is smaller? No. Or go to centimeters. Now you'...
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Maria Tomchick
Playing Politics with Disaster Aid
The past week's news has been all-Tsunami all-the-time. But a couple of important aspects of the disaster haven't received much air-play.
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Thom Hartmann
Dialing In For Democracy - Now Is Critical
Jeff Taylor is one of Vermont's three electors - representatives elected by the citizens of Vermont to vote for President of the United States. He and his two peers have joined the electors of...
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Sunday, January 2, 2005
Saul Landau
America's Double Standard on Terrorism
Cuban expatriate Luis Posada Carriles, an old U.S. terrorist chicken, has come home to roost in Bush's nest, exposing the president's anti-terrorist policies as a hoax. Posada, 77, unabashedly...
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Friday, December 31, 2004
Molly Ivins
Oh, What a Year it Was
AUSTIN, Texas -- Oh 2004, 2004, bird thou never wert. Was it really that horrible a year, or does it only seem that way?
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Thursday, December 30, 2004
Saul Landau
Chile's Pinochet: Indictment a Victory for International Law
Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is finally being brought to justice. This represents a victory not only for Chilean civil society but for international law. It also reopens the possibility...
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Tuesday, December 28, 2004
James Carroll
A Year of Living Dangerously
The turning of the year is one of the great markers. Time runs out on one period and begins anew on a next one. Memory and anticipation meet.
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Norman Solomon
Tailgated by Media Technology
The last few days of every year bring a heightened sense of time passing, never to return. "Not always so," the end of a calendar reminds us.
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Bianca Jagger
Grant Tommy Zeigler an Opportunity to Prove his Innocence
Over the weekend, William ''Tommy'' Zeigler, a lifelong Christian who joined the Catholic Church earlier this year, spent his 29th Christmas on Florida's Death Row. Who can comprehend the grief of...
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Friday, December 24, 2004
Andrew Greeley
No Peace on Earth During Unjust War
One reads in the papers that the Pentagon expects the war in Iraq to continue till 2010. Donald Rumsfeld will not guarantee that it will be over by 2009. How many dead and maimed Americans by then?...
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Thursday, December 23, 2004
Blair Bobier
Mock the Vote
Some people just have no respect for the law these days. Unfortunately, they happen to be in charge of our elections.
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