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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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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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Wednesday, January 7, 2004
Helen Thomas
Remove Arrows from Dean's Back
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean says he knows he's the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination "because I keep picking buckshot out of my rear end all the time." He...
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Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Michael Schwalbe
The Sport of Empire
Last summer my twelve-year-old nephew excitedly told me that he was finally going to get to play real football. That meant being on a school team, wearing a uniform, pads, and a helmet, and tackling...
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Thom Hartmann
A Fistful of Kryptonite Against SuperGeorge...
In this season of blockbuster movies, it's useful to remember that one of the first lessons aspiring novelists and screenwriters learn is that the goodness of a hero is defined by a single quality -...
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Monday, January 5, 2004
Robert Freeman
How Will Bush Deal With the Deficits? Connecting the Dots to Iraq
Republican hearts are all aflutter over one quarter of strong GDP numbers. But the 8.2% third quarter growth was purchased on credit-the $374 billion budget deficit that was the largest in the...
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Friday, January 2, 2004
Tom Turnipseed
Courageous African-American Woman Brings Us Hope For Peace
On New Years Eve I was honored to stand next to Harriet Elaine Johnson and her husband for an hour at our weekly peace vigil in front of the South Carolina State House. Ms. Johnson held a sign that...
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Norman Solomon
George Will's Ethics: None of Our Business?
We can argue about George Will's political views. But there's no need to debate his professional ethics. Late December brought to light a pair of self-inflicted wounds to the famous columnist's...
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Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Medea Benjamin
10 Good Things About a Bad Year
No two ways about it, 2003 was a demoralizing year for those of us working for peace and justice. With George Bush in the White House, Arnold Schwarzenegger in the California State House, and Paul...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Ralph Nader
Memoirs of a 'Racketeer for Capitalism'
Perusing through a history book as a college student, I came across a jolting declaration in a footnote by one of the most highly decorated soldier of the twentieth century. He said: "I spent 33...
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Friday, December 26, 2003
Norman Solomon
The Unpardonable Lenny Bruce
No doubt Lenny Bruce would have laughed with at least a tinge of bitterness if -- like millions of Americans -- he picked up a newspaper the day before Christmas 2003 and read that he'd been "...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Helen Thomas
Cheney Should Check his Own 'Facts'
WASHINGTON -- Look who's talking. Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing the press of "cheap-shot journalism" in covering the Bush administration, claiming "people don't check the facts." Cheney is...
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Saturday, December 20, 2003
Thom Hartmann
Conservatives Target Testicles
Rush Limbaugh just declared psychological war on the working white males of America, although most of them probably didn't realize it. This week Limbaugh rolled out a "funny" faux advertisement for...
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Friday, December 19, 2003
Helen Thomas
Saddam Should Face International Court
Saddam Hussein should be tried by the International Court of Justice at The Hague. That court has a record of meting out justice to people accused of genocide and other gross violations of human...
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Naomi Klein
Risky Business in Iraq
It's 8:40 am and the Sheraton Hotel ballroom thunders with the sound of plastic explosives pounding against metal. No, this is not the Sheraton in Baghdad, it's the one in Arlington, Virginia. And it...
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The Enola Gay Kai Bird, Martin Sherwin
The Enola Gay: Ugly History Hides in Plain Sight
This week, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum unveiled a fully restored, finely polished artifact of World War II — a Boeing B-29 "Superfortress." This particular airplane — the Enola...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Cole C. Campbell
'Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths': A Big Story - but Little Noted by Big Media
Between May and November of 1967, Tiger Force - an elite platoon of the Army's 101st Airborne Division - killed and maimed dozens, and most likely hundreds, of Vietnamese civilians. Four years later...
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Robert Fisk
Saddam Hussein, Like Adolf Hitler, Will Live on for Millions of People
Was this really the man with whom I shook hands almost a quarter of a century ago? I've spent 24 hours looking again and again at those videotapes. The more I look, the more Saddam turns into a wild...
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Ira Chernus
U.S. "Torture Lite" Led To Saddam's Capture
"This guy was in interrogation. He wasn't willingly giving stuff up." That' s what an officer involved in Saddam's capture told the Washington Post. If the informant who led U.S. forces to Saddam...
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Matthew Harwood
Bush Administration Newspeak on Iraq
George Orwell was an uncommonly perceptive man. Because of his fiction and essays, words and concepts such as newspeak and doublethink have been ingrained into the popular political lexicon. Orwell...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Bill C. Davis
Saddamania
Like a figure you love to hate in Wrestlemania operas, Saddam is a pumped-up hyped reality whose intense wattage is useful to the extent that it gives a patina of heroism to the very people who have...
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John Buell
Capturing the Wicked Witch of Iraq
The announcement Sunday that United States troops had captured Saddam Hussein should be greeted as good news by all. Even ill-conceived invasions can bring ancillary benefits. Removing any...
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Friday, December 12, 2003
Barbara Dudley
The Case for Protectionism
The last three months have witnessed the collapse of WTO negotiations in Cancun, and the near collapse in Miami of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), with an eleventh hour rescue that saved...
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Marty Jezer
Hearts and Minds
The Pentagon has embarked on a new policy in Iraq. Taking inspiration and instruction from the Israeli government of Ariel Sharon, the U.S. has started to destroy buildings suspected of being used by...
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Thursday, December 11, 2003
Kumar Venkat
Global Trade = Global Warming
Recent news that Russia is unlikely to ratify the Kyoto Protocol -- which would deliver a deathblow to the world's first climate change pact -- comes at a time when the need for a comprehensive...
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Saturday, December 6, 2003
Ralph Nader
Be Leery of Binding Arbitration Agreements
"Americans are in love with their cars" is a badly overworked phrase, but it is a cliche that rings the cash registers at car dealers to the tune of $650 billion dollars of new car sales annually.
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Friday, December 5, 2003
Marty Jezer
Other People's History
The old political dictum “to the victor belong the spoils,” often applies to history as well as to political patronage. For one of the benefits of being a “victor” is the opportunity to shape the...
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Wednesday, December 3, 2003
Barbara Dudley
FTAA Collapse in Miami: Something to Celebrate
The FTAA meeting in Miami represented a great victory for global justice activists throughout the Americas; but as is so often the case with the left in the US, anti-FTAA activists are finding it...
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Tuesday, December 2, 2003
John Buell
Lessons Across the Pond About European Nations
If the Bush administration's denunciations of Europe often are overdrawn and even a source of future embarrassment, liberals and the left are not immune from periodic overdoses of Europhilia. Like...
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Monday, December 1, 2003
Jeff Cohen
Bush and Iraq: Mass Media, Mass Ignorance
Bush and Iraq: Mass Media, Mass Ignorance
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Friday, November 28, 2003
Ralph Nader
If Sam's Club Can Negotiate for Lower Pharmaceutical Prices, Why Can't Uncle Sam?
If Sam's Club can negotiate for lower pharmaceutical prices, why can't Uncle Sam? Because the approval by the Congress of a new pharmaceutical benefit for Medicare was saddled with a legal provision...
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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Marty Jezer
Who to be Thankful For
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in the autumn of 1621 by the Pilgrims who, a year earlier, had carved the Plymouth Colony out of the New England wilderness. Ninety local Indians joined the settlers...
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003
William Greider
Why I'm for Dean
First, the rivals saw him as a McGovernite lefty from the 1960s. When that didn't take, they decided to depict him as a right-wing clone of Newt Gingrich who wants to dismantle Medicare and Social...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Naomi Klein
The War on Dissent: Heavy-handed Police and Propaganda Tactics Brought Baghdad to Miami
In December, 1990, U.S. President George Bush Sr. traveled through South America to sell the continent on a bold new dream: "a free-trade system that links all of the Americas." Addressing the...
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Jeremy Scahill
The Miami Model: Paramilitaries, Embedded Journalists and Illegal Protests. Think This is Iraq? It’s Your Country
MIAMI -- We were loading our video equipment into the trunk of our car when a fleet of bicycle cops sped up and formed a semi-circle around us. The lead cop was none other than Miami Police Chief...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Katharine Ainger
In the Line of Fire: The Policing of Mass Demonstrations is Becoming Increasingly Repressive and Politicized
As President Bush arrives in London amid unprecedented security, the politicization of policing across Europe has never been clearer. This is a lesson Simon Chapman, a young British man detained on...
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Sunday, November 16, 2003
Robert Freeman
How We Know Bush Will "Cut and Run" from Iraq
It looks like it's official. We're going to "cut and run" from Iraq. Oh, to be sure, that's not what the standard press reports say. They say the president insists, "We will NOT cut and run from Iraq...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Howard Clinton?
Howard Dean is a man with strong Clinton-esque tendencies. He's a self-described triangulator. Say good words about the environment. Take some positive action. Schmooze with the environmentalists...
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Saturday, November 15, 2003
Stan Goff
Hold On to Your Humanity: An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq
Dear American serviceperson in Iraq, I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you--some more extreme...
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Thursday, November 13, 2003
Bill C. Davis
“…Like They Were Crazy.”
The other day in Fallujah American soldiers opened fire on a truck carrying chickens believing it was a truck filled with metal pipes that had eluded a checkpoint. Four Iraqi men and a ten-year old...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
'Nothing but Poison Plants Can Grow from Poison Seeds': Another Former Intelligence Official Blows the Whistle on Iraq/9-11 Connection
Veterans from several US wars are protesting across the country today. But at the vigil outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland, there is an unusual presence in their ranks.
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Monday, November 10, 2003
Al Gore
Freedom & Security: Speech to MoveOn.org
Sunday, November 9, 2003DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC
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Friday, November 7, 2003
Andrew Greeley
Out of Iraq Before the Election
All but the most intransigent radical critics of the president agree that the United States must "stay the course." Even if the war was unnecessary, even if it was based on flawed (perhaps deceptive...
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Thursday, November 6, 2003
Richard W. Behan
A Citizen's Challenge to the Democratic Presidential Candidates
Emboldened by the success of inciting nationwide fear to justify it, George W. Bush is squandering American blood and treasure in a fraudulent war. His willful and overt betrayal of the public trust...
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Danny Schechter, Tim Karr
On Wisconsin: Mainstreaming the Media Movement
The University of Wisconsin has had a long history as a center of dissident culture and alternative perspectives. In the 50's it was an oasis of free thought in a state that sent Joe McCarthy to the...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2003
John Buell
Working Hours and Progressive Politics
Recently Maine's United States senators disagreed over legislation that would limit the number of workers who can qualify for the standard time and a half overtime compensation. The outcome of Bush...
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Maria Tomchick
Mass Transit: What Your Tax Dollars Should Be Paying For
Here in the U.S., we live under the myth that mass transit should have to pay for itself, that it should exist without infusions of taxpayer money. The whole notion is absurd. Freeways and road...
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Tuesday, November 4, 2003
James Carroll
Problems That Can't be Solved
IT IS A FOOL who defines a problem in such a way that it cannot be solved. That was a watchword of Cold War arms limitation negotiators, but it seems a forgotten lesson now.
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Sunday, November 2, 2003
Michael Schwalbe
Worker Rights Must Be Trade Policy Bottom Line
How long have you and your dad been selling furniture at the flea market? "About a year," the young man said. "Since the mill closed." He told me that his father had lost his job after twenty years...
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Friday, October 31, 2003
Marty Jezer
A Matter of Intelligence
It’s become evident that our problems in Iraq are based not only on poor intelligence but deliberately distorted and dishonest intelligence. This is compounded, to make things worse, by the fact that...
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Friday, October 24, 2003
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
A Dull and Largely Uncritical Recitation of Official Sources
The New York Times reported yesterday that a Columbia University history professor hired by the paper to make an independent assessment of the coverage of one of its correspondents in the Soviet...
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Thursday, October 23, 2003
Huck Gutman
History, Justice, Surprise: A Story
Huck Gutman recalls a little act of goodness that went on to fill the fountain of justice in Alabama’s Selma city
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Tom Turnipseed
Good Versus Evil Sells Violence To Serve the American Empire
The American people's sensibilities are being saturated by violence and a brutal and destructive struggle couched in terms of good against evil. We are increasingly inundated by violence in...
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Norman Solomon
The Politics of Media Filtration
Now, after all the national media have done for George W. Bush, the guy's complaining. "There's a sense that people in America aren't getting the truth," he says. What an ingrate!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003
John & Elaine Mellencamp
An Open Letter to America: It's Time to Take Back Our Country
As the echo of the war drums fades away and the angry masses calling for blood slowly disperse, we, as a nation must now confront the truth. We face the unpleasant reality of an uncertain future,...
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Andrew M. Manis
Republicans and Racial Reconciliation
The first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue, has called three "family discussions" to address problems of racial reconciliation in the state. Having based his campaign...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
John Buell
Reflections on Local Drug Wars
The front page of my local weekly newspaper, the Bar Harbor Times, has two intriguing stories. The selectmen in one of the towns on the island where I live are debating the contribution of funds for...
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Saturday, October 18, 2003
Robert C. Byrd
The Emperor Has No Clothes
US Senate Floor Remarks -- October 17, 2003
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Friday, October 17, 2003
Marty Jezer
Vermont Is Hell
The picture on the cover of the October 13th issue of The National Review is of an idyllic Vermont farm scene. Scrawled across the picture in big bold type is the four-letter word, “Hell.”...
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Thursday, October 16, 2003
Thom Hartmann
The Battle Hymn of the New Liberal Media: A Good Business Plan
In the last Democratic debate, one of the questioners pointed out that fewer Americans identify themselves as either liberals or Democrats than at any time since before Roosevelt's New Deal. The...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Huck Gutman
Life in a Fantasy World
Fantasy beckons as an easy way to make choices since in its orbit reality is of little or no account. The consequences, however, can be exceedingly painful. Consider George W. Bush, his counselors...
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Helen Thomas
No Wonder Bush Doesn't Connect With the Rest of the Country
WASHINGTON -- President Bush recently gave an hour-long exclusive interview to Fox TV anchor Brit Hume, who tossed him a series of softball questions. Among them, Bush was asked how he gets his news...
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William Greider
Lessons of the Blackout
The New York-to-Detroit blackout was one of those brief, sensational moments of chaos that leave behind a resonant political message.
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
US Bullies Europeans on Chemical Testing
Literally tens of thousands of chemicals on the market have never been tested for their impact on human health. The chemical industry thinks this is a good thing. Safety testing is too expensive, the...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Barbara Lee
Congress Should Veto Misguided Second Installment on Iraq War
In the next few days, Congress will be asked to vote on an additional $87 billion appropriation to fund the war in Iraq. This money follows a $78 billion special appropriation in April and a defense...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003
Nancy Snow
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Triumph of the People’s Will?
I will not fail you, I will not disappoint you, and I will not let you down -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor-elect of California, October 7, 2003
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Geoffrey Wheatcroft
How Blair Lost by Winning
BATH, England -- On BBC radio the other morning, there was a poignant moment when the Pentagon adviser Kenneth Adelman was talking about the war in Iraq. "It bothers me that people in Britain don't...
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Friday, October 3, 2003
Thom Hartmann
Rush Limbaugh May Teach Conservatives A Lesson
The reaction to the drug problem - and drug felonies - recently alleged against Rush Limbaugh highlight sharply the differences between conservative morality and liberal/progressive morality...
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Thursday, October 2, 2003
People Power
Another Rant on Little Caesar, the Doctor and the General, K Street and Fading Gray.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Gary Olson
He Lied. They Died.
#305 Spc. Paul J. Sturino, age 21; #306 Spc. Michael Andrade, age 28; #307 Sgt.1st Class Robert E. Rooney, age 43; #308 Capt. Robert L. Lucero,age 34; #309 Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, age 23. For several...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003
Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
Does A Felon Rove The White House?
Allegations are swirling that Karl Rove, senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, may have committed a felony by blowing the cover of a CIA operative. CIA Director George Tenet has...
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Monday, September 29, 2003
Huck Gutman
A Riveting American Drama
Why is the USA in the Quagmire That It is in Today? The Answer Lies in Domestic Politics, Cowboy Diplomacy and Greed
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Friday, September 26, 2003
Tom Turnipseed
The Legacy of Military Solutions: Live by the Sword and Die by the Sword
Military solutions are presently paramount in American politics and the old martial maxim of living by the sword, and dying by the sword is a proverbial truth now haunting the Bush/Cheney...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
John Buell
In Cancun It Was Paeans to the World's Wealthy
It was supposed to be a trade summit with a difference. The major sponsors promised to devote themselves to the poor. Nonetheless, the recent summit in the posh resort city of Cancun replayed old...
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Monday, September 22, 2003
Les Gapay
How a Regular Guy Gets Homeless
I pull into a campground, pay my fee and pitch my green, two-person tent beneath the trees in the hills above California's southern coast. Someone has left some firewood, and I split it with my ax...
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Friday, September 19, 2003
Andrew Greeley
Big Lie on Iraq Comes Full Circle
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief (director of communications, in the current parlance), once said that if you are going to lie, you should tell a big lie. That may be good advice, but the...
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