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Wednesday, June 7, 2000
Jeff Cohen, Steve Rendall
Can A Man Who Has A Problem With People Of Color Be A Color Commentator On 'Monday Night Football'?
Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh may be returning to television. He recently auditioned for a job as color commentator on ABC-TV's "Monday Night Football." The tryout followed weeks of self-promotion by...
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Monday, June 5, 2000
Ralph Nader
The Current Trend Of Excessive Consumption Is Creating A Consumer Culture That Values Quantity Above Quality
Thorstein Veblen – the turn-of-the-(19th)-century social scientist who coined the term conspicuous consumption – would blush if he were here to witness today's consumption patterns. Luxury and excess...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2000
Howard Zinn
Unsung Heroes
A high school student recently confronted me: "I read in your book A People's History of the United States about the massacres of Indians, the long history of racism, the persistence of poverty in...
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Tuesday, May 2, 2000
James Carroll
Emerson, Thoreau, and the Walk for Hunger
In 1837, an economic bust hit New York, impoverishing many. A family of hard-working bakers responded by giving their bread away to the hungry. They were the Hecker brothers, and the youngest of them...
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Monday, May 1, 2000
Ralph Nader
Coke's Alleged Racism: African American Employees Rally, Call For Boycott
IN A RECENT annual report, Coca-Cola assured its shareholders that it had plenty of room for growth. The company only sold 1 billion of the world's 48 billion beverage servings, the annual report...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2000
Tom Turnipseed
White Privilege: No Pain, No Gain!
The Confederate Flag debate in South Carolina and shocking racial disparities in our criminal justice system have the potential to inflict necessary pain on 400 years of white privilege. The rebel...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2000
Frances Fox Piven
Welfare Movement Rises
The federal law that gave us "welfare reform" expires in September 2002. Inevitably, Republicans and Democrats will compete to claim it a success, pointing to the fact that the number of people on...
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Thursday, April 20, 2000
Molly Ivins
Where's The Outrage? I Got Plenty For Ya
REMEMBER WHEN Bob Dole used to go around saying: "Where is the outrage? Where is the outrage?" We were all, like, "Huh?" -- a sort of national version of that totally blank stare of incomprehension...
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Tuesday, April 18, 2000
Ralph Nader
Greenspan Shrugged: The Reserve Chair's Philosophy Differs Little From His Ayn Rand Days
Last year Congress made Federal Reserve Board chair Alan Greenspan a virtual regulatory czar over financial services corporations. Considering the waves of adulation that have been sweeping over...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Molly Ivins
Capitalism Doesn't Do Squat For Social Justice
Capitalism, as we all know, is a dandy system for creating wealth, but it doesn't do squat for social justice. No reason to expect it to -- that's not its job. Its moral imperative is: ``Buy low,...
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Sunday, April 9, 2000
Jeff Cohen
Democrats Suffer From a Bad Case of Clintonism
When Al Gore recently joined conservatives in supporting a special law to award Elian Gonzalez permanent U.S. residency, his maneuver was straight out of the playbook that has governed eight years of...
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Thursday, April 6, 2000
Jeff Cohen
Nader Has The Numbers But Buchanan Has The Limelight
A revealing national poll of likely voters, released on April 11, found Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in third place behind George W. Bush and Al Gore - and ahead of prospective Reform candidate...
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Monday, April 3, 2000
Ralph Nader
Farm Aid: The DEA Should Get Out Of Regulating Hemp Agriculture
INDUSTRIAL HEMP IS one of the longest and strongest natural fibers in the plant kingdom. It is also one of the most versatile plants, with approximately 25,000 uses – ranging from paper to textiles...
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Saturday, April 1, 2000
John Buell
Revisiting Canadian Health Care
With health costs escalating and complaints mounting, politicians promise us a fresh look at health care reform. One hopes the promise will be kept. One old tale needing reexamination is the now...
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Thursday, March 30, 2000
Danny Schechter
Why The Latest News About Online News Ain't So Good
When you are new to the Internet, it seems so overwhelming. So many choices. So much information. So many sites to visit. A whole new world! That period of individual discovery is often brief...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2000
Molly Ivins
How Do You Spell Vietnam? 'Colombia'
THOSE of you old enough to remember the Vietnam War will recall the early years, when the majority of Americans couldn't find the place on a map and practically nobody could tell the difference...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2000
James Carroll
Bill Clinton's Next Life?
What becomes of Bill Clinton? With the shape of the race to succeed him established, this most political of presidents moves to the margin of domestic public discourse. In less than a year, he is a...
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Monday, March 27, 2000
Ralph Nader
Stadium Subsidies Scalp The Public
Ever since the Boston Tea Party, public debate over whether to pay taxes and how to spend those dollars has been a vibrant part of our democratic process in Massachusetts and across the nation. The...
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Friday, March 24, 2000
Tom Hayden
LAPD: Law And Disorder
Can you top this? seems to be the theme of the escalating police scandal in Los Angeles. What started as a story of corrupt cops now involves the Police Chief and District Attorney calling each other...
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Thursday, March 23, 2000
Norman Solomon
The Power And Limits Of Photojournalism
Despite all the emphasis on new media, photography has never lost the power to move us. Some recent photo essays in major American magazines, focusing on the poor and dispossessed, are efforts to...
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Monday, March 20, 2000
Ralph Nader
Art Attack: Gene Stilp Uses Props And A Wicked Sense Of Humor To Focus Media Attention On Public Policy Issues
Imagine a public interest artist using the town square as a canvas. Now comes Gene Stilp, a 49-year-old lawyer with a keen advocacy sense, a nose for news, and the creativity and skills to...
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Friday, March 17, 2000
Norman Solomon
The Media's Lethal Injection of Numbing
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. -- The moon, a bit more than half full, glowed in a sky of stars and darkness. Only a faint breeze was blowing across the San Francisco Bay. A few yards from the dark water's edge...
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Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Norman Solomon
Tribune Swallows Times: Bad Day for Journalism?
Another day, another huge media merger. This time it's the Tribune Co. swallowing up Times Mirror -- uniting two firms best known for their powerhouse daily newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and the...
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Monday, March 13, 2000
Molly Ivins
Simplistic Solutions Don't Work
AUSTIN, Texas -- We've already seen how disgusting the results can be when politicians drag religion into politics, so perhaps we should be depressed at the news that education is going to be the...
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Sunday, March 12, 2000
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Donald Kaul
Where's The Justice?
Damn me for a liberal, but I'd rather get my economic crashes the old-fashioned way, by surprise, not see them produced artificially by a bureaucrat.
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Friday, March 10, 2000
William Greider
Alan Greenspan Intends To Take The Glow Off Gore's Best Feel-Good Issue--The Stock Market
On the morning after, people awoke to the drear prospect of "gush and bore" for the next six months, and excitement flew out the window. No reason to despair--we can refocus mental energies on...
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Tuesday, March 7, 2000
James Carroll
Pittsburgh's Joe Healy: A Man Of Hope Gunned Down
Youthful hope and a shared commitment make strong bonds of friendship, and then they make grief especially pointed. But the grief requires a recovery of the hope and a new commitment. Let me explain.
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Monday, March 6, 2000
Molly Ivins
'Republicans For Clean Air': Pollution Fighters? Not Exactly
REPUBLICANS for Clean Air, a group previously unknown to the Federal Elections Commission or anyone else in politics, is now running an ad in Tuesday's primary states claiming that Gov. George W...
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Friday, March 3, 2000
William Greider
AFL-CIO Goes Global
Seattle changed many things, and one of them is American labor. Nothing lifts the spirit or one's vision like winning. Rank-and-file members returned home exhilarated by their victory, and so did...
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Thursday, March 2, 2000
Norman Solomon
Reporting on Bloodshed, TV Journalists Play Dumb
For Americans watching TV news, March began in typical fashion. When five people were shot on the first day of the month in a town near Pittsburgh, cable networks swiftly jumped into action. They...
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Tuesday, February 29, 2000
James Carroll
A Tale Of Two War Veterans: John McCain And Phil Berrigan
John McCain's widely irresistible story does not begin with his valiant record as a prisoner of war. Nor is its most compelling aspect his role in bringing about an end to the punitive US embargo...
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Monday, February 28, 2000
Ralph Nader
Still Paying More: Thirty Years After Landmark Book, The Poor Are Still Being Fleeced Because They're Poor
Some 30 years ago David Caplovitz wrote about a situation that the poor have known for years. He called his book The Poor Pay More. At the time, his documented evidence created quite a stir, and many...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Who Owns America?
The other day, at our local bookstore, we passed a book. And then doubled back. The book is titled Who Owns America?: A Declaration of Independence. Sounded like it was written by people we should...
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Thursday, February 24, 2000
Norman Solomon
Open Letter: Facing the Pacifica Crisis
Hovering over all this about Pacifica is that the composition of the Pacifica national board has shifted against progressives. Since the board has made itself self-perpetuating and able to fill its...
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Jeff Cohen
John McCain and the Media: A Buss-Fest or a Bust?
Reporters have given criticism of the candidate a back seat.
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Monday, February 21, 2000
Nancy Snow
The South Carolina Primary: Bush Wins, America Loses
Lee Atwater must be smiling somewhere. The originator of the establishment South Carolina firewall, he was the 1988 Bush campaign manager who made his celebrity from happy-go-lucky hatchet politics...
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Ralph Nader
Statement of Ralph Nader, Announcing His Candidacy for the Green Party's Nomination for President
Today I wish to explain why, after working for years as a citizen advocate for consumers, workers, taxpayers and the environment, I am seeking the Green Party's nomination for President. A crisis of...
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Sunday, February 20, 2000
Phyllis Bennis
Clinton Administration Turns Deaf Ear As UN Officials Voice Concerns About The Way Sanctions Have Ravaged Iraqi Society
THE resignations should be a wake-up call for Washington. Hans Von Sponeck, the United Nation's assistant secretary general and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, announced his resignation last week...
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Thursday, February 17, 2000
Norman Solomon
NPR Floats An Ombudsman, But Problems Run Deep
What if a big restaurant chain announced that it was hiring a chief inspector -- and filled the job with the person who'd been in charge of the company's kitchens? We might roll our eyes if the...
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Saturday, February 12, 2000
Bernie Sanders
Falling Behind In Boom Times
When US leaders extol the virtues of the ''American Way'' to foreign leaders in overseas economic gatherings, they should keep in mind that at least 11 other countries rank ahead of the United States...
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Thursday, February 10, 2000
Norman Solomon
E-Vandalism Intrudes On the Power To Be Heard
A specter is haunting cyberspace -- the specter of e-vandalism. Media alarms have been loud recently: Electronic commerce is under siege. A virtual crime wave threatens to wreak havoc on the World...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2000
James Carroll
America's 21st-Century Gulag
In taking the measure of the European conquest of the New World, when so many indigenous people were eliminated by sword, gunfire, and disease, we note that the invading Europeans did not practice...
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Thursday, February 3, 2000
Norman Solomon
Fine Journalism Deserves A Lot More Attention
Time magazine recently offered some notable journalism. A 14-page investigative report -- "Big Money and Politics: Who Gets Hurt?" -- provided extensive coverage of how government decisions really...
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Monday, November 22, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
The Confederate Flag Debate: An Opportunity For Racial Understanding And Reconciliation
Columbia, S.C. --The Confederate Flag debate in South Carolina offers an opportunity for understanding and racial reconciliation that can bridge the great divide of racism in the United States. The...
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Wednesday, July 28, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Paying The Price of Economic Oppression
Columbia, S.C. -- The boycott of South Carolina led by the NAACP, fellow civil rights groups and people of goodwill throughout the nation that encourages people to stay away from our state until the...
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Monday, July 19, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
A Dubious Uniqueness: South Carolina's the Only State to Fly Dixie's Flag It's Time to "Furl the Flag," the Symbol of Our Greatest Mistake and Loss
Columbia, S.C. -- The flag that remains flying over the battlefield is the symbol of victory in our ancient heritage of mortal combat. When Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to...
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Tuesday, July 13, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Macho Media Moss-backs Vs. Women's Soccer Champs and X-Gamers
Some moss-backed sports traditionalists, from naysaying newspaper sports columnists to the macho men of sports talk radio, are freaking out over the prodigious popularity of the World Cup Champion US...
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Wednesday, June 2, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Baby Boomers/Baby Bombers
Our baby boom leaders have become baby bombers as Clinton and Blair attempt to emulate Roosevelt and Churchill by militarily destroying Milosevic's Yugoslavia like their World War II heroes destroyed...
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Wednesday, May 26, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Time For Peace
Now is the time to make peace in the Balkans. People everywhere are becoming increasingly outraged by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the "ethnic cleansing" of Kosovar Albanians by the Serbian...
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Friday, May 14, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Make Love, Not War
Bill Clinton is much better at making love than war. I campaigned and voted for Bill Clinton twice and spoke up for him during the impeachment process, so I've paid enough dues to tell him the world...
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Wednesday, May 5, 1999
Tom Turnipseed
Deadly Games and What's to Blame
I turned "gun-shy" at the age of six when my Daddy took us hunting because of the loud noise of the shotguns and what they did to birds and squirrels. My fear of guns led me to study the history of...
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Sunday, September 28, 1997
Craig Brown
It's Time For America To Dream Again
It's been said that dreams are our roadmap to the future. If so, just where is our country heading? Consider the cynical, short-sighted, poll-driven promises made in the recent presidential election...
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Wednesday, June 2, 1976
Howard Zinn
Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?
Memorial Day will be celebrated ... by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers...
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