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Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Norman Solomon
Arnold Twists Adam Smith
Arnold Schwarzenegger recently went out of his way to tout the views of an 18th-century economist long revered as an icon by GOP politicians. "I am more comfortable with an Adam Smith philosophy than...
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Saturday, August 9, 2003
Marty Jezer
Liberia And American Interventionism
Weeks have past since George W. Bush toured Africa and said he was thinking about sending American peacekeeping forces to help stop the civil war in Liberia. The United Nations has requested...
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Tuesday, August 5, 2003
James Carroll
America's Habit of Revenge
''ALTHOUGH THE WAR did not make any immediate demands on me physically, while it lasted it put a complete stop to my artistic activity because it forced me into an agonizing reappraisal of my...
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Friday, August 1, 2003
Marty Jezer
Bob Hope: Court Jester
I've always been a sucker for comedy. In my system of values, a bad joke is better than no joke. In my hierarchy of heroes, there is no one braver (at least in the field of non-life-threatening...
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Thursday, July 31, 2003
John Buell
The Politics of Drug Wars
Conservatives complain that government metastasizes like cancers. Programs create new demands for services even as problems grow. This critique hardly fits such popular and effective programs as Head...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Steve Perry
The Bush Administration's Top 40 Lies about War and Terrorism
Bring 'em On!
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Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Helen Thomas
Bush's Vietnam-sized Credibility Gap
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has a huge credibility gap stemming from his exaggerated rhetoric that led the United States to attack Iraq. The Bush hype recalls the Lyndon B. Johnson era when LBJ's...
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Blair Bobier
Kids, Don’t Try This at Home!
Should the Green Party Run a Presidential Candidate in 2004? YES!
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Thursday, July 24, 2003
Norman Solomon
Green Party Taking the Plunge for 2004
For the 2004 presidential race, the Green dye is cast. "The Green Party emerged from a national meeting ... increasingly certain that it will run a presidential candidate in next year's election, all...
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Saturday, July 19, 2003
Robert Alison
Yes, We'll Have No Bananas - Thanks to Selective Breeding, our Favourite Fruit can Neither Reproduce nor Defend Itself from Disease
The banana is about to disappear from store shelves around the globe. Experts say the world's favourite fruit will pass into oblivion within a decade. No more fresh bananas. No more banana bread. No...
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Monday, July 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber
Ari & I: July 14, 2003
Russell Mokhiber questions White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
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Friday, July 11, 2003
Jim Lobe
Iraq: Anatomy of a Quack-Mire
How could such smart people get so much wrong? "I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators," U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney declared on television just as U.S. troops were massing along...
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Marty Jezer
Not A Vietnam-like Quagmire
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held a press conference recently in which he attacked media prophets of doom and gloom for suggesting that the administration's war against Iraq is a Vietnam-like "...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Huck Gutman
Supreme Court Issues Watershed Decision on Gay Rights
IN a stunning decision, the US Supreme Court struck down laws against homosexual practices. On 26 June 2003, it emphatically and unequivocally reversed an earlier decision by declaring that a Texas...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2003
James Carroll
Bush's War Against Evil
IN THE GOTHIC splendor of the National Cathedral, that liturgy of trauma, George W. Bush made the most stirring - and ominous - declaration of his presidency. It was Sept. 14, 2001. ''Just three days...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2003
John Buell
The Politics of Class War
The centerpiece of President Bush's "economic stimulus" plan, ending the so-called double taxation of dividends, is unlikely to have much immediate impact. Its contribution to long-term growth is...
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Danny Schechter
What Do Americans Know? Not Very Much
Millions of Americans accept what they are told and think they understand what they see. And what they are told and what they see is most often news as a manipulated commodity. But the facts that...
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003
James Carroll
Why You Love America
IT WAS THE POINT of fireworks when you were young. In those days, each backyard had its own celebration of the Fourth of July, and your dad, like all the others, presided over the lighting of the...
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Gary Olson
Iraq Eerily Starting to Look a Lot Like Vietnam
I recently returned from a lengthy trip to Europe, where I had extended conversations with strangers from several countries. Although I didn't experience any hostility toward Americans per se,...
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Saturday, June 28, 2003
Huck Gutman
On Science, War, and the Prevalence of Lies
THE USA in many ways has a laudable history. Among the high points in its development was the establishment of the oldest written constitution in the world, a document that established a vibrant and...
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Friday, June 27, 2003
Helen Thomas
Bush Fundraising: Post-Tax Cut Payback From Rich?
President George W. Bush is trying to scoop up an historic $200 million at political fundraising events to kick off his reelection campaign -- even though he has no challengers in the Republican...
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Thursday, June 26, 2003
Huck Gutman
Why Bush Ignores the Numbers
Figures about the American economy give some people headaches. Recognizing this, President Bush would rather talk about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- which have never been found -- than...
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Thursday, June 19, 2003
Nancy Snow
We’re Caught in a Trap
We can't go on together, with suspicious minds And we can't build our dreams, on suspicious minds
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Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Huck Gutman
Eight Steps To Free Media
On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission decided, by a partisan 3-2 vote, to "deregulate" the media. Gone are restrictions preventing newspapers from owning television stations; limits on the...
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Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Helen Thomas
Dems Have Shot In '04 -- If They Don't Go Wobbly
Doubts About Bush's Postwar Credibility Could Lift Left
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Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Bill Moyers
This is Your Story - The Progressive Story of America. Pass It On.
Text of speech to the Take Back America conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future June 4, 2003 Washington, DC Thank you for this award and for this occasion. I don't deserve either,...
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Monday, June 9, 2003
Huck Gutman
Like Déjà Vu All Over Again
ERNEST HEMINGWAY once wrote, "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The novel is one of the classics of the American literary tradition, in part...
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Ka Hsaw Wa
Court Is Villagers' Only Hope
If an American company assists in and benefits from gross human rights abuses committed by its business partners, should it be held liable and accountable?
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Friday, June 6, 2003
Naomi Klein
Downsizing in Disguise
Why is Paul Bremer Hacking Away So Viciously at Iraq's Public Sector?
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Helen Thomas
Report Lambastes Justice Department
WASHINGTON -- Hats off to Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine for nailing the department's abuse of illegal immigrants in the name of fighting terrorism. Fine, an appointee of former...
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Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Pierre Tristam
Fabrications as Magic Potion
Toward the end of "Rambo III," the last of the great war comedies, Rambo and his latest POW catch are surrounded by about half the Soviet army, somewhere in Afghanistan. All seems lost. But poet-...
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Helen Thomas
There Must Be Weapons Of Mass Destruction In Here Somewhere
The Central Intelligence Agency is investigating the accuracy of the Bush administration's conclusions that Iraq represented an imminent and direct threat to the United States. The administration...
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Sunday, June 1, 2003
Caroline Arnold
The Map is not the Territory
In the end, the success or failure of the roadmap depends on how we talk about it. If our discourse is framed by the premise that Palestinian violence is the primary problem, the roadmap does not...
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Friday, May 30, 2003
Helen Thomas
Nothing Sweeter to Bush than Revenge
WASHINGTON -- Revenge must be very sweet, considering the hard-nosed approach the Bush administration takes toward those who opposed the president's decision to invade Iraq. President Bush's personal...
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Danny Schechter
Calling for a Media Crimes Tribunal
In the best of all possible worlds, there would be a war crimes investigation into this dreadful war. And a media crimes tribunal should accompany it, investigating the sins of commission, omission and blinkered patriotism.
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Saturday, May 24, 2003
Helen Thomas
U.S. Rearms While Telling Others To Disarm
WASHINGTON -- While the United States tells other nations to disarm, the Bush administration appears eager to take steps toward expanding our nuclear arsenal. At the behest of the administration, the...
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Andrew Greeley
It's Time for Bush to Tell the Truth
After the 1961 Bay of Pigs disaster, when the CIA tried to invade Cuba and failed, President John Kennedy took personal responsibility and ordered an independent investigation. The incompetent...
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Friday, May 23, 2003
Huck Gutman
After Iraq: Dark Roads
THE war in Iraq is over. US President George W Bush has proclaimed victory. At present, his administration it is trying to govern and reconstruct post-war Iraq. But the results are sorry. Crime is...
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Monday, May 19, 2003
Thom Hartmann
Move Over, Right Wing Radio - the Liberals Are Coming
NEW YORK - A political explosion happened this weekend in New York, and it may be the big one that gives Karl Rove nightmares. It could mean the end of George W. Bush's seemingly unending ability to...
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Sunday, May 18, 2003
Arundhati Roy
Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)
Presented in New York City at The Riverside Church May 13, 2003 Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Social Rights In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our...
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Caroline Arnold
Let's Talk...
You buttered my toast on the wrong side. my son, aged four, 1969 From the Middle Ages onward Western literature contains occasional references to curious objects called `rat-kings.' Considered...
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Thursday, May 15, 2003
John Kampfner
The Truth About Jessica Lynch
Her Iraqi guards had long fled, she was being well cared for - and doctors had already tried to free her. John Kampfner discovers the real story behind a modern American war myth.
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Marty Jezer
Have Road Map, Need Drivers
The Middle East road map to peace is like a backcountry dirt road in Vermont. You can't get there from here. The United States, along with the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations (the "...
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Tuesday, May 13, 2003
James Carroll
The Absolute Weapon
LAST WEEK the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to allow the development of low-yield nuclear weapons -- a reversal of a ban that had been in effect since 1993. According to press reports, the...
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Monday, May 12, 2003
William Greider
Rolling Back the 20th Century
George W. Bush, properly understood, represents the third and most powerful wave in the right's long-running assault on the governing order created by twentieth-century liberalism. The first wave was...
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Sunday, May 11, 2003
Nancy Snow
When Truth is a Dangerous Thing
Last fall I attended a small intimate dinner for eight women on the luxurious Westside of Los Angeles who came together to honor Boston Globe war correspondent Elizabeth Neuffer. We were a few miles...
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Monday, May 5, 2003
Howard Zinn
My Country: The World
Our government has declared a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead -- the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there have been many, many...
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Michael Schwalbe
Lessons in Death, Born in the USA
Young American men are the most violent group in the industrialized world. In 1992, after the first Gulf War, the homicide rate for American men between 15 and 24 was 37.2 per 100,000. That's ten...
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Friday, May 2, 2003
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Weapons of Mass Distortion
The concept of WMD is dishonest. When they are in friendly hands we call them defense forces
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Andrew Greeley
U.S. Miscalculates in Iraq
Watching the Shiite Muslims marching through Karbala and Baghdad last week brought back uncomfortable memories. It was Iran in 1979 and 1980; Jimmy Carter was president, and the insufferable Walter...
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Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Nancy Snow
Operation Media Monopoly Freedom
Statement by Nancy Snow to FCC Public Forum on Media Consolidation
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James Carroll
Memory and Moral Awareness in Korea
''FORGETFULNESS is the way to exile,'' the legend reads at Yad Vashem. ''Remembrance is the way to redemption.'' Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and today is Holocaust Remembrance...
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Thursday, April 24, 2003
Amy Goodman, Henry Norr
San Francisco Chronicle Fires Reporter For Attending Peace Protest
Former Chronicle columnist Henry Norr talks to Democracy Now!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2003
James Carroll
A Nation Lost
EVEN BEFORE conclusions can be drawn about the war in Iraq (Saddam? Weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi stability? Cost to civilians? Syria?) a home front consensus is jelling around a radical...
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Sunday, April 20, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Rhetoric of 'Compassion' Painfully Empty
This year the day of reckoning for national income taxes fell during Holy Week, as Christians celebrated the Passion of Jesus, who taught that we should love one another -- even our enemies -- be...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Norman Solomon
Mark Twain Speaks to Us: "I Am an Anti-Imperialist"
With U.S. troops occupying Iraq and the Bush administration making bellicose noises about Syria, let's consider some rarely mentioned words from the most revered writer in American history. Mark...
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Sunday, April 13, 2003
Howard Zinn
A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism
At some point soon the United States will declare a military victory in Iraq. As a patriot, I will not celebrate. I will mourn the dead - the American GIs, and also the Iraqi dead, of which there...
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Friday, April 11, 2003
Gerald Caplan
Blame America for Conflict in Liberia, Too
I once drove across West Africa from Sierra Leone to Nigeria, where I was living as director of the CUSO-Nigeria program. Even at the time, it was an extraordinarily reckless venture. Today, the very...
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Thom Hartmann
The Real War - On American Democracy
In the midst of news of foreign wars, Americans are beginning to wake up to the real war being waged here at home. It is, however, a confused awakening. For example, Americans wonder why the Bush...
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Sunday, April 6, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Grand Plans Aside, It's Time to End the War
"Hey! Your end of the boat is leaking" That's something we've got to stop saying to one another, said former Congressman Dennis Eckart in a recent speech at Kent State University. He was speaking...
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Saturday, April 5, 2003
Molly Ivins
Did Anyone Sign Up For All of This?
Here's a lovely item. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports U.S. soldiers in Iraq are being asked to pray for President George W. Bush. Thousands of Marines have been given a pamphlet, put out by In...
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Thursday, April 3, 2003
Ralph Nader
Puzzling Questions Arise from Bush's Campaign of Fear
With the chicken hawk-driven war on Iraq in high gear, Bush and Cheney have learned that the best way to silence the Democratic Party, distract from their miserable domestic outrages and provide the...
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Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill
Massacre At Hilla: An Eyewitness Report
Note: This is a rush transcript.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Jeff Cohen
4 New Questions for This Year's Passover Dinner
Why is it that on all other Passovers we ask four questions probing the past, but on this Passover we ask four additional questions about the future? After the U.S. "wins" the war, will Iraq become...
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Arundhati Roy
Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates
How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words? And now the bombs are falling, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilization
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Tom Gallagher
Pelosi Doesn't Represent Us
IT WOULD SURELY come as a surprise to much of the rest of the country, which sees San Francisco as the national epicenter of protest against the invasion of Iraq, to learn that both of the city's...
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Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Pierre Tristam
Pinocchios of a G-rated War Veil Scars of X-Rated Battlefield
Dehumanizing the enemy is the first unwritten rule of war. The impulse is psychologically excusable, because it is easier to kill a subhuman thing than it is to kill a mirror image of yourself (a...
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Thursday, March 27, 2003
Molly Ivins
Bush's Sneak Attack on 'Average' Taxpayers
AUSTIN, Texas -- There was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday morning repeatedly warning the Iraqis that prisoners of war are protected by the Geneva Convention and that showing pictures...
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Norman Solomon
Media War: Obsessed with Tactics and Technology
Two months ago, when I wandered through a large market near the center of Baghdad, the day seemed like any other and no other. A vibrant pulse of humanity throbbed in the shops and on the streets...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2003
James Carroll
America the Destroyer
LOOK AT WHAT America has become. We are moving on steel treads across a harsh landscape as a creature of destruction, kicking up clouds of unreality through which we see illusions of our efficiency...
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Monday, March 24, 2003
William Greider
Washington Post Warriors
A generation ago, when I worked at the Washington Post, the right-wing fringe occasionally referred to us as "Pravda on the Potomac." We reporters were amused but also rankled. We did not see...
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Sunday, March 23, 2003
Ralph Nader
The Judicially-Selected Dictator's Pre-Emptive War
As this is written, the campaign known as "shock and awe" has begun over Iraq and the five million civilian inhabitants of Baghdad. Bombs indeed shock, but why the word "awe"? This is Defense...
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Thursday, March 20, 2003
Norman Solomon
Casualties of War -- First Truth, Then Conscience
The national media echo chamber is not receptive to conscience. On television, the voices are usually loud and facile. People often seem to be shouting. In contrast, the human conscience is close to...
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Sunday, March 16, 2003
Thom Hartmann
When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
The 70th anniversary wasn't noticed in the United States, and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered well that fateful day seventy years ago - February 27, 1933. They...
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Saturday, March 15, 2003
Randy Forsberg
Curbing Saddam Without War
SECRETARY OF STATE Colin Powell has given three reasons for a US-led war in Iraq:
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Friday, March 14, 2003
Dennis Kucinich
Water is a Matter of Public Debate
Every human being has the right to clean water. In the United States, water has long been considered a vital resource and thus managed in the public interest by local governments accountable to their...
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Andrew Greeley
War is not the Smart Option
The disasters that have afflicted American foreign policy in the last weeks should raise once again the question raised during the campaign three years ago: Is George W. Bush intelligent enough to be...
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Molly Ivins
Ticking Everyone Off
AUSTIN, Texas — OK, sign me up for the Bush program. I'm aboard. Who else can we insult, offend, bribe, blackmail, threaten, intimidate, wiretap or otherwise infuriate?
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Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Gerald Caplan
How Dare Bush Invoke Rwanda to Justify His War
Just about every day, George W. Bush or his acolytes lie about why his administration is about to attack Iraq. Often these distortions are preposterous. An obvious example is Mr. Bush's dismissal of...
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Molly Ivins
Press Dropping the Ball
AUSTIN, Texas — After every military engagement, the Pentagon conducts a review to discover what it did right, what it did wrong, what worked and what didn't. It is an admirable tradition and one...
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Monday, March 10, 2003
Helen Thomas
The 'Macho President' Ignores Calls for Peace
President Bush's prime-time televised news conference provided him a great opportunity to make his case that Saddam Hussein's Iraq is a ''direct threat'' to the United States. Bush failed to do so,...
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Sunday, March 9, 2003
Nancy Snow
Al Hurra-Al Who? Haven't heard? We're Free, They're Not!
Some three weeks ago the United States sent out a broadcast signal version of a Valentine's Day greeting card to win Arab hearts and minds. No Hallmark sentimentality like, "I'm thinking of you," but...
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Sam Husseini
Follow the Policy: Why So Long for Iraq to Comply?
"It's been 12 years. Why hasn't Saddam Hussein complied?" So many ask. "Follow the money" it's been said is the way to get at the truth. It's a good adage, but in this case: Follow the policy. In his...
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Friday, March 7, 2003
Caroline Arnold
Pledging Allegiance, Declaring Independence
Last month a San Francisco Court of Appeals refused to reverse the 2002 ruling of a lower court that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional. Attorney General John...
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Thursday, March 6, 2003
Norman Solomon
Media Dodging U.N. Surveillance Story
Three days after a British newspaper revealed a memo about U.S. spying on U.N. Security Council delegations, I asked Daniel Ellsberg to assess the importance of the story. "This leak," he replied, "...
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Phyllis Bennis
Powell’s Dubious Case for War
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the UN Security Council on February 5 wasn't likely to win over anyone not already on his side. He ignored the crucial fact that in the past...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Nancy Snow
While the Propaganda Czar Departs, the Product Pitching Remains
Just last Thursday, Charlotte Beers, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, gave testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about American public diplomacy and...
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Monday, March 3, 2003
Ralph Nader
MSNBC Sabotages Donahue
Monopolist Microsoft and oligopolist General Electric - the co-owners of MSNBC - took their highest rated show off the air and sent Phil Donahue away on February 25, 2003. After choosing Donahue to...
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Friday, February 28, 2003
Bill Moyers
Patriotism and the Flag
I put the flag in my lapel tonight. First time. Until now I haven't thought it necessary to display a little metallic icon of patriotism for everyone to see. It was enough to vote, pay my taxes,...
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Huck Gutman
Corporate Tax Evasion on an Enormous Scale
President Bush has told the nation he is worried about what he calls a "double taxation" on dividends. As a consequence he has proposed to Congress that taxes on dividends be eliminated. The...
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Thursday, February 27, 2003
Howard Zinn
War
As I write this, it looks like war. This, in spite of the obvious lack of enthusiasm in the country for war. The polls that register "approve" or "disapprove" can only count numbers, they cannot test...
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Sunday, February 23, 2003
Martin Luther King, Jr
'The Peace Race': Martin Luther King on the Middle East
What would Martin do?
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Caroline Arnold
No Winners Possible in Bush's Game of War
"The game is over," says Bush about Iraq. What game? Hide & Seek? Cowboys & Indians? Oil & Evil? Saddam & George? Twenty years ago, when we first had C-64s and believed they would...
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Friday, February 21, 2003
Molly Ivins
Trashing the War Critics Doesn't Help
AUSTIN, Texas -- BEFORE WE ALL work ourselves into such righteous snits we can't even talk to one another anymore, let's see what we can agree on. Wanting to get rid of Saddam Hussein does not make...
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Bill C. Davis
The "Irrelevant" in the Middle of the Living Room
What the Bush administration considers irrelevant is any organization or country that doesn’t have a meaningful military. Their military - and it is the Bush administration’s military, not ours – has...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2003
James Carroll
The Age of Innocence
''THIS IS THE patent age of new inventions/ For killing bodies and for saving souls,'' Lord Byron wrote, ''All propagated with the best intentions.'' The lines serve as an epigram for Graham Greene's...
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Monday, February 17, 2003
Huck Gutman
What Are They Really Up To?
The government of the United States is, sad to say, in the hands of blinkered ideologues. And that is putting it kindly. A less generous interpretation is that a small group of people are determined...
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Sunday, February 16, 2003
Bill C. Davis
An Intervention
In a den at Camp David, George, with a non-alcoholic beer in hand, gets an apparition. It's a pretty brown-eyed woman with tight curly hair and a large smile - she's not the blue-eyed, blonde figure...
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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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