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Saturday, February 15, 2003
Sam Husseini
Compass Roses: From the Seeds of Antiwar to the Flowering of Global Democracy
As Bush plunges us into war, he forces our hands. He forces our hands to reach out to our neighbors to talk to them about war, to share information not polluted with propaganda. He forces our hands...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Robert C. Byrd
Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences
US Senate Floor Remarks -- Wednesday, February 12, 2003
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Friday, February 7, 2003
Huck Gutman
Iraq and The Unhappy Lessons of History
Even those who do not agree with our policy toward Iraq would do well to consider the reasoning behind its formulation. The President's advisors insist that this nation's strategic priority must be...
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Thursday, February 6, 2003
Caroline Arnold
We’re Americans -- For Goodness Sake
"It's the price of exploration. But we're Americans, for goodness sake. .... the descendant[s] of pioneers. This is what Americans do." -- William Fisher (former astronaut) Houston Space Center,...
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Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Margie Burns
Bush-Linked Company Handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United
On the very day of the tragic space shuttle crash, the government appointed an independent investigative panel, and rightly so. Why didn't it do the same on Sept. 12, 2001?
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Friday, January 31, 2003
Molly Ivins
Media Concentration is a Totalitarian Tool
AUSTIN, Texas — Now here's a dandy example of the kind of thing that never makes it to the front page or the top of the news broadcast, but that affects absolutely everyone. The Federal...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Hide & Seek
For corporations, reputation is everything. If they lose it, they stand to lose everything. See Andersen, Worldcom and Enron. If they can keep their dirty laundry out of the public eye, all the...
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Thursday, January 30, 2003
Molly Ivins
Politicians For Sale - At Low Prices
AUSTIN, Texas - The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder. Those who give money in political contributions - less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the U...
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Ralph Nader
Join the Fight for Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, one of the most important and successful civil rights laws in U.S. history, may soon be undermined by the Bush Administration's Commission on Opportunity...
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Thursday, January 23, 2003
Molly Ivins
Health Care Crisis: Sometimes the Sheer Stupidity of Our Choices is Amazing
AUSTIN, Texas - Bet you if I had a nickel for every time someone has started an article or a speech in past five years by saying, "The nation's health care system is facing a crisis," or, "Our health...
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Sunday, January 19, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Time To Stand Up Against Bullying War Talk
We don't know what Bush really knows about Iraq's military capabilities, but his relentless pursuit of a pre-emptive strike on Iraq suggests that he is confident that Iraq can't do much damage to the...
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Saturday, January 18, 2003
Norman Solomon
Mixed Messages Call for Healthy Skepticism
A special issue of Time, the nation's biggest newsmagazine, was filled with health information in mid-January, offering plenty of encouragement under the rubric of medical science with an ethereal...
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Thursday, January 16, 2003
Molly Ivins
Demand Peace: Vote in the Streets This Martin Luther King Weekend
AUSTIN, Texas -- "Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2003
John le Carré
The United States of America Has Gone Mad
America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous...
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Tuesday, January 14, 2003
James Carroll
The 29th Day for America?
CONSIDER THE LILIES, Jesus said - but he was thinking of the field. The lesson for the political season just underway comes from the lilies of the pond, water lilies. It is an old French riddle. ''At...
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Monday, January 13, 2003
Dennis Kucinich
Iraq and the Economy
U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich Swearing-In Ceremony Sunday, January 5, 2003 Cleveland, Ohi
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Corporate Black Caucus
The Congressional Black Caucus says that it has been "the conscience of the Congress since 1969." If that is in fact the case, why then is the caucus not taking a leadership role on major progressive...
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Sunday, January 12, 2003
Huck Gutman
A New Year's Letter to Students
In this letter addressed to his students at the University of Vermont, US, the writer makes a strong case against the Bush administration's planned attack on Iraq, arguing that the action will put a premium on the doctrine of pre-emption as a cover for military offensives by countries, big or small...
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Thursday, January 9, 2003
Tom Turnipseed
Renewing the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: King Day at the Dome 2003
More than 50,000 people marched and rallied at the first annual King Day at the Dome at the South Carolina State House in 2000. The massive gathering sent a message to South Carolina's power...
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Monday, January 6, 2003
Ralph Nader
The Malpractice Crisis
Have you been watching the tv news or the tv news magazine shows lately about the sharp increase in medical malpractice insurance premiums and agitated physicians walking off their jobs in some...
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Sunday, January 5, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Can I See Another's Woe?
Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief? ... No, no! never can it be Never, never can it be William Blake, 1757-1827 One of my...
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Saturday, January 4, 2003
John Buell
Minimum Wages and the Human Commodity
Writing in the midst of war and in the aftermath of the greatest economic crisis of the Twentieth Century, the historian Karl Polanyi commented provocatively that capitalism's most enduring...
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Friday, January 3, 2003
Helen Thomas
Whose Side Are You On, Mr. President?
THE Bush administration has it in for trial lawyers and is planning a big push for "tort reform." The public should be wary of this new attempt to curtail consumer protection. And I hope Congress...
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Andrew Greeley
Bush on the Warpath Without Proof
Early next month the war with Iraq apparently will begin. There's nothing like a good war to stir up patriotic fervor. Moreover, the so-called chicken hawks at the Defense Department have wanted to...
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Thursday, January 2, 2003
Tom Turnipseed
America's Destructive Devotion To Greed and Violence
As 2003 begins, greed and violence are being glorified, romanticized and marketed by the U. S. power structure in a manner unparalleled in recent history. Not since the out-of-control acquisitiveness...
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Monday, December 30, 2002
Norman Solomon
The Penn Paradox: When Actors Take an Unpopular Stand
The recent visit to Iraq by actor and director Sean Penn has added fuel to a public debate about whether celebrities should venture from the art of make-believe to the flash-point realities of...
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Friday, December 27, 2002
Nancy Snow
Reweaving Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte Beers, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, gave her first report card last week of our government's efforts to influence, inform, and engage people in other countries since 9/11.
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Thursday, December 26, 2002
Richard W. Behan
Sing, Dance, Rejoice—Corporate Personhood Is Doomed
A Review of Thom Hartmann's Unequal Protection: the Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights
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Tuesday, December 24, 2002
Pierre Tristam
War Toys' Camouflage of National Character
Children like to see things shot up, blown up, dismembered, distempered and digested, mayhem being their genes' fresher remembrance of things Paleolithic than any more recent babble-tattle on sharing...
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James Carroll
The Christmas Bombings
CHRISTMAS EVE seems made for memory. I remember being wedged among my brothers, all of us between our parents, in the crowded balcony of St. Mary's Church for midnight Mass. The aroma of incense, the...
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Monday, December 23, 2002
Molly Ivins
Giddy Over New Bush Economic Team
AUSTIN, Texas - Gosh, I'm feeling ever so much better about the economy with the new Bush team on the job. William H. Donaldson to head the Securities and Exchange Commission: just the man to take on...
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Saturday, December 21, 2002
Bill C. Davis
Arrogant Dementia
Strange things can happen to the brain. In nursing homes where there are seniors suffering from dementia, black nurses often get hit verbally and physically. There are white elderly men and women who...
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Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
Dubya v. Saddam: Mano E Mano
Why not a mano-e-mano, duel to the death between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein? Or maybe Dubya and Saddam could fight it out without weapons in a barehanded, bare-fisted, no-holds-barred brawl...
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John Buell
Senator Lott and the Legacy of Race
Even many Republicans are rightly appalled by Trent Lott's nostalgic appeal to Southern segregationism and the Dixiecrats. The Lott controversy, however, raises larger questions about the ways both...
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Sunday, December 15, 2002
Molly Ivins
An Economic Snow Job
AUSTIN, Texas — Gosh, I'm feeling ever so much better about the economy with the new Bush team on the job. William H. Donaldson to head the Securities and Exchange Commission: just the man to take on...
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Thursday, December 12, 2002
Huck Gutman
Some Political Lessons from Vermont
The recent elections, which gave Republicans control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House, have raised serious questions for progressives across the country. Why is the country...
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Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Richard W. Behan
The Storm That Threatens Is Not What Kenneth Pollack Thinks
A review of The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq by Kenneth M. Pollack
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Thom Hartmann
The Railroad Barons Are Back - And This Time They'll Finish the Job
The railroad barons first tried to infiltrate the halls of government in the early years after the Civil War. The efforts of these men, particularly Jay Gould, brought the Ulysses Grant...
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Tuesday, December 10, 2002
James Carroll
Thank You, Philip Berrigan
PHILIP BERRIGAN is dead. His family and friends laid him to rest yesterday in Baltimore. Most people associate him with the Vietnam era draft board raids that made him famous. Fewer know that he...
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Friday, December 6, 2002
Bill C. Davis
The Evolution Is Ours
Fresh out of college I worked at a facility for developmentally disabled adults. There was one endearing woman, Adele, who was sixty and brain damaged. Adele had some things together and many others...
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Bianca Jagger
Fair Trade for Coffee Farmers, Too
When I was growing up in Nicaragua, I used to spend my summer vacations in the beautiful mountains of Matagalpa and Jinotega, an area with some of the best coffee plantations in the country. My...
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Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Thom Hartmann
Talking Back To Talk Radio - Fairness, Democracy, and Profits
"All Democrats are fat, lazy, and stupid," the talk-show host said in grave, serious tones as if he were uttering a sacred truth. We were driving to Michigan for the holidays, and I was tuning around...
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Monday, December 2, 2002
Kate Riley
Doublespeak and Internment: 'Let It Not Happen Again'
Clarence Moriwaki sees something all too familiar in the words used in the War on Terrorism. "They call them detainees, instead of prisoners," the Bainbridge Island man says of about 1,200 people...
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Thursday, November 28, 2002
Ralph Nader
"Safety and Soundness of Financial Institutions"
Washington is in the midst of its biennial guessing game about what legislation will get the green light when the 108th Congress convenes next month. Many Committee chairpersons, of course, are just...
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Tuesday, November 26, 2002
James Carroll
The Unkept Promise of Our Holiday
IT IS ODD that the national holiday set aside for the benign purpose of expressing gratitude should also celebrate a primal encounter between European settlers and the native peoples who preceded...
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Thursday, November 21, 2002
Norman Solomon
Unilateral Power -- By Any Other Name
Ever since the U.N. Security Council adopted its resolution about Iraq on Nov. 8, American politicians and journalists have been hailing the unanimous vote as a huge victory for international...
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Saturday, November 16, 2002
Thom Hartmann
Goldwater's Ghost in the Voting Machines?
Computers in the electoral process started in 1964, the year Goldwater opposed Johnson for the presidency. Back then, though, when states bought computers to read punch-card votes, the states owned...
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Friday, November 15, 2002
Ralph Nader
'Never Separate the Lives You Live from the Words You Speak'
The memorial service for Senator Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC on November 13, 2002 was a fitting and diverse tribute from...
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Thursday, November 14, 2002
Norman Solomon
Time Capsule: Looking Backward at 2002
Imagine that you're at the ceremonial opening of a time capsule, half a century after some forward-looking Americans sealed it during a multimedia festival just before Thanksgiving 2002. It's now...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Why Newsweek is Bad for Kids
Did you see the cover story of Newsweek magazine last week? The cover story is titled, "Why TV is Good for Kids." What are we to expect from Newsweek next week? Why Soda Pop is Good for Kids. Why...
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Sunday, November 10, 2002
Caroline Arnold
Remote Control War A Deadly Game
Would you like a different outcome to the Vietnam War? You can buy a video simulation game called Escalation and try. Want to become a skilled sniper? You can do that for free. "America's Army", an...
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Friday, November 8, 2002
Zeynep Toufe
Urgent Request to Blue Fairy: Please Turn These Children Into Stone
Fairy tales often have a universal appeal and draw children of all nations into their magical world. Pinocchio is no exception where the Blue Fairy rewards moral behavior and grants a puppet flesh-...
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Bill Moyers
Election 2002
Way back in the 1950's when I first tasted politics and journalism, Republicans briefly controlled the White House and Congress. With the exception of Joseph McCarthy and his vicious ilk, they were a...
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Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Thom Hartmann
Time to Remove the Bananas... and Return Our Republic to Democracy
Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush both seem to have a funny idea about democracy: they think it's about voting. Saddam was able to win his election without even having to use corporate money or...
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Tuesday, November 5, 2002
James Carroll
The Purpose of the War
CONFUSION STILL reigns over America's war aim, and this week's home-stretch debate at the UN Security Council shows it. Does the Bush administration want ''regime change'' or disarmament? Despite...
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Monday, October 28, 2002
Andrew M. Manis
Memo to the Peace Movement
As much as I agreed with the sentiments coming from Saturday's antiwar rally in Washington, and as much as I wished I had been there, I nevertheless heard and saw a few notes that made me cringe. As...
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Saturday, October 19, 2002
Tamim Ansary
A War Won't End Terrorism
Directly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the war talk began, as if war were the obvious remedy for terrorism. The president vowed to "destroy the infrastructure of terrorism" and...
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Thursday, October 17, 2002
James Carroll
Threshold of a New Era
THAT AN OFFICIAL of the Federal Republic of Germany was sacked last month for comparing George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler was proper, but not because of the insult to Bush. The extremity of Hitler's...
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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Huck Gutman
Abracadabra, Why Iraq!
Because of Economic Decline in Bush Country
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Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Huck Gutman
America’s New Policy of Preemption, and the World Economy
A 31-page document, "The National Security Strategy for the United States", recently submitted by President George W Bush to the Congress, has received much attention. In that document, the Bush...
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Friday, October 4, 2002
Robert C. Byrd
The Iraq War Debate
As I have witnessed the tides that ebb and flow on the world stage over these 50 years, all the more have I come to believe that the Constitution is the principal mast to which we should rope...
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
James Carroll
The President's Nuclear Threat
''THE NATIONAL Security Strategy of the United States,'' the document published by the Bush administration last week, explains the rush to war, lays bare how much more dangerous the world is under...
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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Norman Solomon
Determined Journalism Can Challenge Injustice
You might remember the old movie "Twelve Angry Men," starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb and E.G. Marshall. Most of the dramatic film takes place inside a jury room as a dozen people deliberate at the...
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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Bill C. Davis
A Failure of Imagination
9/11 was said to be more a failure of imagination than intelligence - the implication being that no one could imagine planes being intentionally flown into buildings. (As it turns out there were...
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Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
International Criminals
Saddam Hussein called the hand of George W. Bush and put a stumbling block in front of U.S. war plans by informing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan that he would allow U.N. weapons inspectors to...
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Monday, September 16, 2002
John B. Quigley
Iraq Attack Would Breed More Terrorists
If President Bush wants to get the United States attacked again, as in September 2001, he can do no better than to invade Iraq. The widely felt resentment toward the United States in the Middle East...
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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Bill C. Davis
16 Acres And A Fuel
It was "cheap" aviation fuel and an emotion that brought down the World Trade Center. To be sure, the towers themselves were also an emotion that yielded ten million square feet of office space -...
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Friday, September 6, 2002
Caroline Arnold
Entrusting the World to Supermen
Faster than a speeding Google-search, more powerful than the oil lobby, able to leap to judgment in a single bound! Ready to deal with any local, national or global issue! Instantly knowledgeable...
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Thursday, September 5, 2002
Molly Ivins
Now That's Class Warfare
AUSTIN, Texas -- Some days, you have to believe right-wing ideologues have lost touch with reality completely. Their latest proposal to prevent future Enrons is -- ta-da! -- cut the capital gains tax...
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Wednesday, September 4, 2002
Molly Ivins
Cheney-Linked Nonsense: VP Boosted Saddam
AUSTIN, Texas — Excuse me: I don't want to be tacky or anything, but hasn't it occurred to anyone in Washington that sending Vice President Dick Cheney out to champion an invasion of Iraq on the...
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Monday, September 2, 2002
Molly Ivins
Corporations Bold with Balderdash
AUSTIN -- A new wrinkle in the annals of corporate scandal: Salomon Smith Barney, the stock brokerage/investment banking firm, allocated almost a million shares of hot IPO (initial public offerings)...
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Friday, August 30, 2002
Ralph Nader
The Highway Lobby
Ever since the first public transit -- a ferryboat near Boston in 1630 -- got underway, a Broad variety of carriers have emerged -- buses, trolleybuses, vanpools, jitneys, heavy and light rail, cable...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Helen Thomas
U.S. Must Not Act Like a Rogue Superpower
WASHINGTON -- More and more, the United States is parting company with European and other nations on political, diplomatic and judicial issues. Our friends and allies are wondering what has happened...
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Monday, August 19, 2002
Howard Zinn
The Case Against War on Iraq
THE BUSH administration's plan for preemptive war against Iraq so flagrantly violates both international law and common morality that we need a real national debate.
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Lynn Landes
Alzheimer's in America: The Aluminum-Phosphate Fertilizer Connection
Americans are losing their minds to Alzheimer's disease. It's an epidemic. And it's not typical of what's going on in the rest of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
Joshua or Jesus?
CBS News recently reported on a movement among evangelical Christians in the United States to raise money for American Jewish families to re-settle the West Bank, the bitterly disputed Israeli-...
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Friday, August 2, 2002
Phyllis Bennis
Testimony Prepared for Hearings on Iraq Policy
Senate Foreign Relations Committee 31 July 2002
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002
James Carroll
The Culture of Self-Deception
''MY DEAR FELLOW citizens,'' Vaclav Havel said in his inaugural address as Czech president, ''for 40 years on this day you heard from my predecessors the same thing in a number of variations: how our...
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Thursday, July 25, 2002
Anna Lappé
Organic Diet for a Small Planet
I have just returned from my first visit to Canada. As I'm sure many Americans do, I kept an internal tally: This is like the United States, this is not. I was pleasantly surprised by all the ways...
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Tuesday, July 23, 2002
James Carroll
Questions on Bush's War on Iraq
WE AMERICANS find ourselves in the extraordinary position of witnessing our government's slow but certain movement toward a major war with Iraq.
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Jack Heyman
On the Waterfront: Labor Solidarity vs. Federal Intervention
The future of West Coast ports and their workers is on the line. As a labor battle intensifies, the possibility of federal intervention looms, which could spell more restrictions on democratic...
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Friday, July 19, 2002
Michael Pollan
When a Crop Becomes King
CORNWALL BRIDGE, Conn. — Here in southern New England the corn is already waist high and growing so avidly you can almost hear the creak of stalk and leaf as the plants stretch toward the sun. The...
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Thursday, July 18, 2002
Ralph Nader
'Corporate Socialism'
The relentless expansion of corporate control over our political economy has proven nearly immune to daily reporting by the mainstream media. Corporate crime, fraud and abuse have become like the...
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Sunday, July 14, 2002
Huck Gutman
Dishonesty, Greed and Hypocrisy in Corporate America
This is a tale of greed. And dishonesty. And hypocrisy. These are hard times for Wall Street, the American economy, and President George W. Bush. As the conservative and pro-business major...
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Thursday, July 11, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
Family Fun at the Beach and Rogue Models in the White House
A wonderful 4th of July week of fun and relaxation at Edisto Beach, South Carolina with three generations of my family is over till next year but will be remembered with photos and videos of...
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Thursday, July 4, 2002
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other...
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Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Helen Thomas
Bush Acting as Imperial President
WASHINGTON -- The imperial presidency has arrived. On the domestic front President Bush has found that in many ways he can govern by executive order. In foreign affairs he has the nerve to tell other...
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Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Judy Rebick
Globalization: All We Are Saying is Give Protests a Chance
Last week may very well mark a critical turning point in the Canadian movement against corporate globalization. Ever since last year's protests in Quebec City, the movement has been increasingly...
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Monday, July 1, 2002
Huck Gutman
Economic Inequality in US
Like those magicians whose hand is quicker than the eye, the acolytes of American capitalism make arguments that are fascinating - and deceptive. The historian Francis Fukuyama, darling of American...
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Saturday, June 29, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
Crime in the Suites Enabled by Political Corruption Causes a Crisis in the Credibility of US Capitalism
The continuing revelations of corrupt corporate governance enabled by political campaign contributions is deepening daunting doubts about the credibility of U.S. equity markets and political...
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Thursday, June 27, 2002
Ralph Nader
Reclaiming Our Commons
Hundreds of billions of dollars of the nation's wealth-the people's resources-are being openly confiscated by corporate interests.
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Monday, June 24, 2002
Jonathan Schell, Randy Forsberg
End the Nuclear Danger: An Urgent Call
A DECADE after the end of the cold war, the peril of nuclear destruction is mounting. The great powers have refused to give up nuclear arms, other countries are producing them and terrorist groups...
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Thursday, June 13, 2002
Marian Wright Edelman
Congress Must Act to Rescue Children Living in Poverty
"It is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need." So wrote Paul to the Corinthians when they had lost their enthusiasm for giving money to help the poor of the...
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Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Marcus Gee
Is Henry Kissinger a War Criminal?
Thirty years after the death of Charles Horman inspired a bestseller and an Oscar-winning movie, his widow still pursues those she believes are really to blame -- including the former U.S. secretary of state. It's one reason the quest for international justice makes the United States so nervous.
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Monday, June 10, 2002
Molly Ivins
Cheney's Mess Worth a Close Look
AUSTIN, Texas - The Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating Halliburton - the company formerly run by Vice President Dick Cheney - for accounting irregularities. What took so long?...
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Saturday, June 8, 2002
Norman Solomon
Nuclear Weapons and Media Fog
American media outlets roused themselves from outright denial early this month, spurred by belated warnings from top U.S. officials that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill millions...
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Thursday, June 6, 2002
Tom Turnipseed
A Crisis in Confidence in U.S. Leadership
There is a broadening crisis in confidence in political and corporate leadership in the U. S. Suddenly, the world's sole super-power is faced with a credibility crunch as its unparalleled status as a...
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Wednesday, June 5, 2002
Huck Gutman
A South Asian Colloquy
In recent days, a remarkable colloquy has taken place in the American media between two men widely regarded as the greatest contemporary Indian novelists. Amitav Ghosh, in America's most important...
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Monday, June 3, 2002
John Buell
Casting Blame for September 11
Are liberals to blame for September 11? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof thinks so. The FBI may have been inept and beset by turf wars. Nonetheless, Kristof wrote in a May 31 column that: "...
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Sunday, June 2, 2002
Arundhati Roy
Under the Nuclear Shadow
This week as diplomats' families and tourists quickly disappeared, journalists from Europe and America arrived in droves. Most of them stay at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. Many of them call me. Why...
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