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Saturday, December 22, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
War is Working for Bush: Osama Becomes Saddam; Iraq Becomes the Scapegoat for U.S. Government-Produced Anthrax Terror
Polls in the United States show unprecedented support for George W. Bush and his leadership in the victory of the world's sole super-power over the destitute nation of Afghanistan, and its rag-tag...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Huck Gutman
The Inhumanization of War
The United States has had two great war poets. Surprisingly, both wrote about a conflict now distant, the American Civil War of 1861-65, when the nation's northern and southern states opposed one...
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Sunday, December 16, 2001
Medea Benjamin
Feeding the Hungry May Be the Prime Task of Peacekeepers
For 20 years, I have traveled the world, first as a U.N. relief worker and now as a human-rights activist. I've witnessed famine in Africa and visited burned-out villages in Central America. I have...
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Saturday, December 15, 2001
Bill C. Davis
"Sounds Good to Me...."
Last night, in New York City, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general under the Johnson administration, was speaking to a group of peace advocates. In opening comments to a group of four hundred, the...
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Thursday, December 13, 2001
Bill C. Davis
'All Gone to Look for America': An Alternative Anthem
The lyric that is haunting these red white and blue days is from a Simon and Garfunkel song that could be a national anthem. The lyric is “….all gone to look for America.” America is a search you can...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2001
John Buell
Civil Liberties and the Fear of Freedom
Those who support civil liberties, not only because they protect the rights of the accused but also because they enhance security and quality of life for all, have a lonely job. Deemed allies of...
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Monday, December 10, 2001
Bill C. Davis
The Curious Narrative From Author Unknown
An Afghan journalist records on videotape Mike Spann, well-scrubbed CIA agent-hero interrogating John Walker, wretched and grimy traitor; two young Americans on opposite sides in a prison in...
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Saturday, December 8, 2001
Bianca Jagger
Selective Justice: The US Has Been Sponsoring Terror in My Native Latin America for Decades
My involvement in human rights issues and my commitment to justice was inevitable, for I was born in Nicaragua, a country which endured almost 50 years of despotic rule. In the early 20th century it...
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Friday, December 7, 2001
Molly Ivins
Enron's Connections With Bush Go Way Back
HAIL and farewell, o Enron! What a flameout. The Establishment media, sucking its collective thumb with unwonted solemnity, is treating us to meditations on two themes: ``How the mighty have fallen...
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Bill C. Davis
Zahn on Jazeera – Cable Clash
The former Fox personality, Paula Zahn, from her new fair and balanced desk at CNN, was having an intense discussion with the anchorman from al-Jazeera. Paula abandoned her journalistic cool, which...
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Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
The Wall Street Journal and The Workers Vanguard Agree: Both Capitalists and Communists Conclude Afghanistan Better Off Under Soviets Than Northern Alliance
The Wall Street Journal, the leading global newspaper of business, is published by Dow Jones and Company who also operate the world's most widely followed stock-market indicator tracking the world's...
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Danny Schechter
The "Turbanators" And The Terrorists: War Crimes And Media Omissions
My late and great friend Abbie Hoffman used to open his lectures with a bet, what he called the Journalist Challenge. He offered $100 to any reporter present who could file a story on his talk with...
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Friday, November 30, 2001
Bill C. Davis
George, the Pope and the Sanctity of Human Life
George and the Pope agree about the sanctity of human life. Both claim to be loyal to the teachings of Jesus. Sure, they’ve had their disagreements in the past. The Pope asked George to spare the...
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Jeff Cohen
Internet Samizdat Releases Suppressed Voices, History
Days after their son Greg died in the World Trade Center terror, Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez wrote a letter to the New York Times that counseled against "violent revenge, with the prospect of sons...
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Marty Jezer
Nicaraguan Lesson
One of the more telling events of the post-September 11th period was the recent election in Nicaragua. With the media focused on Afghanistan, it was virtually ignored in the American press. My...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
A Continuum of Terror - From Mujahedeen to al-Qaeda
A native of Egypt, Ali Abdelsoud Mohamed rose to the rank of major in Egypt's special forces before being forced out of Egypt's military in 1984 because he was considered a religious extremist. Much...
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Tuesday, November 27, 2001
James Carroll
This War is Not Just
IN RECENT DAYS, sage editorial writers, religious leaders, politicians, liberal pundits, and admired columnists have joined in the Donald Rumsfeld-Condoleezza Rice chorus praising the American war in...
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Saturday, November 24, 2001
John Buell
Bombs as Self-Defense?
The Pentagon now trumpets the expulsion of the Taliban from Kabul as the first installment in its war on terrorism. These apparent gains make it hard for war critics to be heard, but they still raise...
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Friday, November 23, 2001
Barbara Kingsolver
Reflections On 'Wartime'
Lately I've been saying this quiet word, "wartime." It brings a taste to the root of my tongue, and to my ear the earnest tone of my parents recalling their teenage years. The word speaks of things I...
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Dennis Hans
Bush’s Definition of Terrorism Fits Northern Alliance Like a Glove; TV Interviewers Don’t Notice
Mark well the sequence. On the morning of November 10, President George W. Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly and spoke words that warmed the hearts of human rights activists the world over:
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Thursday, November 22, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
Broadcasting and Bombing
America's Message of Greed and Violence for Thanksgiving and Ramadan as We Leave the Children Behind
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Tuesday, November 20, 2001
James Carroll
Robert Kennedy's Transformation
TODAY IN Washington, President Bush will honor Robert Kennedy by naming the Justice Department building for him. By any measure, this is an extraordinary public event, but it has a poignant personal...
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Kristine M. Holmgren
Nightmare of Fascism Seems Too Real Since Sept. 11 Attacks
I had the dream again. It is a Technicolor, not-ready-for-prime-time dream, spiced with foul language and blood-chilling foreboding. In my dream, I am held captive in the front seat of a shabby sedan...
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Sunday, November 18, 2001
Bill Kauffman
War & Peace: And They Call It Thanksgiving
There are few things sadder than a Thanksgiving table surrounded by empty chairs. Wartime brings such heart-wrenching tableaux: the missing soldier, the absent daughter, the stranded son. And now the...
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Saturday, November 17, 2001
John Buell
Terrorizing the Constitution
I am not surprised that John Ashcroft would seize any real or imagined pretext to inflict draconian damage on civil liberties. Much more astounding has been the almost complete capitulation by...
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Sunday, November 11, 2001
Bill Kauffman
I Love My Country. But Perhaps Not This One
The Office of Homeland Security. Has a nice retro-Soviet ring to it, eh? Or how about Operation Infinite Justice, the Orwell-by-way-of-Madison-Avenue moniker that Pentagon image-makers first hung on...
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Saturday, November 10, 2001
Ralph Nader
Corporate Patriotism
U. S. corporations aren't even subtle about it. Waving a flag and carrying a big shovel, corporate interests are scooping up government benefits and taxpayer money in an unprecedented fashion while...
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Ralph Nader
Corporate Patriotism
U. S. corporations aren't even subtle about it. Waving a flag and carrying a big shovel, corporate interests are scooping up government benefits and taxpayer money in an unprecedented fashion while...
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Friday, November 9, 2001
Howard Zinn
A Just Cause, Not a Just War
I believe two moral judgments can be made about the present "war": The September 11 attack constitutes a crime against humanity and cannot be justified, and the bombing of Afghanistan is also a crime...
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Thursday, November 8, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
Paying Back Big Energy Evil-Doers
Giving Big Bucks To Bush's Buddies at Enron, But Shunning the Middle-Class Turned Jobless
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Reggie Rivers
Is the Attorney General the New King of the United States?
Were you aware that the attorney general of the United States now has the power to arrest someone without probable cause, hold that person without presenting evidence, and ultimately give that person...
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Laura Flanders
Weapons of Mass Destruction
U.S. is Dropping World's Biggest Non-Nuclear bomb in Afghanistan
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Sunday, November 4, 2001
Eric Margolis
First, the Bad News, Then... The Bad News
As our world continues to spin out of control, two horrible events in the last two weeks had special resonance for me: the spreading anthrax terror, and the death of my old Afghan comrade, Abdul Haq...
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Thursday, November 1, 2001
Molly Ivins
The Oppressive World We May Unwittingly Create
NEW YORK -- It now looks, with 20-20 hindsight, as though he should have taken a few more deep breaths before smacking that tar-baby that is Afghanistan. We're running out of time for three reasons--...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
Terrorizing the Poor and Subsidizing the Rich
Haziza, a 12 year old girl from Kabul, Afghanistan, helped find her mother and baby brother dead in the rubble of their home on the first night of the U.S. bombing in early October.
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Bill Moyers
This Isn't the Speech I Expected to Give Today...
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Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Huck Gutman
Thinking the Unthinkable
Looking back on the events succeeding the 11 September attack on America, Huck Gutman feels the specter of massive nuclear destruction lurks behind a horizon that may be closer than we perceive
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Saturday, October 27, 2001
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
How Wall Street Created a Nation
Oviodio Diaz Espino was working as a corporate lawyer at J.P. Morgan in New York when he went to a Christmas Party in 1997. At the party, Diaz met a movie producer, Webster Stone. Stone noticed Diaz...
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Friday, October 26, 2001
William Greider
Pro Patria, Pro Mundus
It's Time to Ask "Borderless" Corporations: Which Side Are You On?
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Molly Ivins
All the News That Turns a Profit
Excuse me if my professionocentrism is showing, but I believe the American media deserve a good chunk of all the blame that is going around for Sept. 11 and its aftermath. Here we are trying to...
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Thursday, October 25, 2001
Huck Gutman
The Aftermath of Terror
Many are the commentaries on the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, the global response, the bombing of Afghanistan. Of them all, the most trenchant comes not from a columnist...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2001
Molly Ivins
Ill-Advised Tax Cuts: "Wealth Has Never Yet Sacrificed Itself on the Altar of Patriotism"
AUSTIN — We had one of those "What was he thinking?" moments with Texas Gov. Rick (Goodhair) Perry the other day. The only governor we've got decided to bring back that old bone of contention: prayer...
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Tuesday, October 23, 2001
John Buell
Weighing World Trade, Terrorism and Democracy
Any progressive who suggested that international economic development was crucial in eroding support for terrorism would be accused of rationalizing terror. Yet this is exactly the posture the...
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Tom Turnipseed
War On The Poor And Working Class
This week the U.S. House of Representatives will take up an economic stimulus package that indicates just how much the House has sold out to the big corporate and wealthy interests at the expense of...
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Arundhati Roy
'Brutality Smeared in Peanut Butter': Why America Must Stop the War Now
As darkness deepened over Afghanistan on Sunday, October 7, 2001, the US government, backed by the International Coalition Against Terror (the new, amenable surrogate for the United Nations),...
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Monday, October 22, 2001
Naomi Klein
Protests Aimed at Powerful Symbols of Capitalism Find Themselves in a Transformed Landscape
Signs of the Times
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Sunday, October 21, 2001
Michael Schwalbe
Professing Hard Truths
The enforcers of conformity who have criticized professors for daring to link the events of Sept. 11 to U.S. foreign policy would be wise to consider the case of Benjamin Sherwood Hedrick, a...
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Saturday, October 20, 2001
Steve Boggan
'We Blew It': Nike Admits to Mistakes Over Child Labor
The multi-billion dollar sportswear company Nike admitted yesterday that it "blew it" by employing children in Third World countries but added that ending the practice might be difficult. Nike...
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Thursday, October 18, 2001
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Three Arguments Against the War
Unspeakable acts of violence were committed on September 11. The perpetrators of the horrific attack of September 11 must be brought to justice, using the instruments of domestic and international...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Molly Ivins
Afghanistan: U.S. Having Two Debates
AUSTIN — Afghanistan is to nation-building what Afghanistan is to war — pretty much the last place on earth you'd choose, if you had any choice at all. I point this out not to oppose the idea, about...
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Stephanie Salter
Afghanistan: We Didn't Have To Do This
AS LONG AS WE STILL HAVE IT, I'm going to make the most of the First Amendment: What we are doing in, above, and to Afghanistan is short-sighted, counterproductive and immoral. That I am among a mere...
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Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
New Targets of Terror: Media Outlets and a Poor Country to Build Back for Big Oil
Anti-U.S. sentiment, protests and anger are spreading across Pakistan even among anti-Taliban moderates and pro-western, English-speaking liberals. They wonder why the U.S. continues to bomb a poor...
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James Carroll
A Change For the Better or Worse?
AMERICA WAS CHANGED forever by the catastrophe of Sept. 11 - so they say. But what kind of change? As the US response at home and abroad unfolds, concerns mount about forces set in motion.
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George Monbiot
Gagging the Skeptics: The US, founded to protect basic freedoms, is now insisting that its critics are its enemies
If satire died on the day Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize, then last week its corpse was exhumed for a kicking. As head of the United Nations peacekeeping department, Kofi Annan failed...
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James Carroll
A Change For the Better or Worse?
AMERICA WAS CHANGED forever by the catastrophe of Sept. 11 - so they say. But what kind of change? As the US response at home and abroad unfolds, concerns mount about forces set in motion. Change can...
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Sunday, October 14, 2001
Barbara Kingsolver
No Glory in Unjust War on the Weak
TUCSON -- I cannot find the glory in this day. When I picked up the newspaper and saw "America Strikes Back!" blazed boastfully across it in letters I swear were 10 inches tall--shouldn't they...
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Saturday, October 13, 2001
Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
Why Bother?
Friends: No one Mokhiber/Weissman column has received more response than the column we wrote in November 1999 about Sam Smith's quest to answer the simple question: Why Bother? Smith at the time was...
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Friday, October 12, 2001
Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan on July, 26, 2018. (Photo: PTI Handout) Imran Khan
Terrorists Should Be Tried in Court; Bombing Civilians Will Only Lead to Further Atrocities
The world is heading towards disaster if the sole superpower behaves as judge, jury and executioner when dealing with global terrorism.
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Thursday, October 11, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
The Earth Is Our Homeland And Expanding Secret Military Actions Will Not Protect It
Continuous television news hypes the "War on Terrorism" like it's a big ball game we can win if we can only destroy enough of "the enemy" and their "targets" as we unleash our sophisticated, hi-tech...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Danny Schechter
Before The Deluge
"And let the buildings keep our children dry"
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Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Robert Fisk
Lost in the Rhetorical Fog of War
A few months ago, my old friend Tom Friedman set off for the small Gulf emirate of Qatar, from where, in one of his messianic columns for The New York Times, he informed us that the tiny state's Al-...
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Norman Solomon
TV News: A Militarized Zone
When the bombing of Afghanistan resumed Monday night [Oct. 8], retired generals showed no fatigue at their posts under hot lights at network studios. On CNN, former NATO supreme commander Wesley...
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Monday, October 8, 2001
Rahul Mahajan, Robert Jensen
A War of Lies
A war that is supposed to help feed the desperate people of Afghanistan will in fact help starve them. A war supposedly brought on by Taliban intransigence was actually provoked by our own government...
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Rahul Mahajan, Robert Jensen
Afghanistan: A War of Lies
A war that is supposed to help feed the desperate people of Afghanistan will in fact help starve them. A war supposedly brought on by Taliban intransigence was actually provoked by our own government...
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Friday, October 5, 2001
Marty Jezer
My City
It's not a city I like to visit. Nor would I ever again want to live there. It's too crowded, too expensive, too noisy and too big for this spoiled, transplanted small-town Vermonter. But I lived my...
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Thursday, October 4, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
Let's End Terror of Killing Now, Before Its Too Late
The talking heads on television discuss the imminent use of doomsday devices like chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Our specie's only hope for survival is to stop the cycle of killing before...
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Tuesday, October 2, 2001
James Carroll
Mahatma Gandhi's Unfinished Work
WHEN ITALIAN prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a self-appointed spokesman for the West, asserted last week the ''superiority of our civilization,'' one wonders what Mahatma Gandhi would have made of...
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Saturday, September 29, 2001
Arundhati Roy
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
In the aftermath of the unconscionable September 11 suicide attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, an American newscaster said: "Good and evil rarely manifest themselves as clearly as...
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Arundhati Roy
The Algebra of Infinite Justice
In the aftermath of the unconscionable September 11 suicide attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, an American newscaster said: "Good and evil rarely manifest themselves as clearly as...
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Friday, September 28, 2001
John Buell
Patriotism, Democracy, and Dissent
"I am an American." These words hauntingly recur in a recent Advertising Council campaign. The voices and faces reflect some of the race, nationality, age, and gender classifications in our official...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Laurel Wamsley
Granfalloons, Toy Balloons, and American Flags
The tragic events of Tuesday, September 11 have changed everything: things we took as givens are now as distant as the careless days of summer. Our most famous skyline has been chopped down; our...
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Laurel Wamsley
Granfalloons, Toy Balloons, and American Flags
The tragic events of Tuesday, September 11 have changed everything: things we took as givens are now as distant as the careless days of summer. Our most famous skyline has been chopped down; our...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Barbara Kingsolver
And Our Flag Was Still There
MY DAUGHTER came home from kindergarten and announced, "Tomorrow we all have to wear red, white and blue." "Why?" I asked, trying not to sound wary. "For all the people that died when the airplanes...
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Tom Turnipseed
Merchants of Death Make Money From Killing
While the dead and missing toll rose toward 7000 people and the stock market suffered it's largest week's loss since the great depression due to the terrorist attack on the symbols of U.S. economic...
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Amber Amundson
A Widow's Plea for Non-Violence
My husband, Craig Scott Amundson, of the U.S. Army lost his life in the line of duty at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 as the world looked on in horror and disbelief. Losing my 28-year-old husband and...
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Amber Amundson
A Widow's Plea for Non-Violence
My husband, Craig Scott Amundson, of the U.S. Army lost his life in the line of duty at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 as the world looked on in horror and disbelief. Losing my 28-year-old husband and...
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James Carroll
God Wills It? No, God Doesn't
WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH used the term ''crusade'' last week, his spokespeople quickly disavowed it, and with good reason. But far from being a long-ago history that we can blithely abjure, the Crusades...
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Monday, September 24, 2001
Huck Gutman
Changing US view of Pakistan
In these difficult days, when the roads ahead are unclear, one writes with a sense of great humility. Even the past, to an American observer such as myself, is neither so clear or certain as it...
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Sunday, September 23, 2001
Barbara Kingsolver
A Pure, High Note of Anguish
TUCSON -- I want to do something to help right now. But I can't give blood (my hematocrit always runs too low), and I'm too far way to give anybody shelter or a drink of water. I can only give words...
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Barbara Lee
Why I Opposed the Resolution to Authorize Force
ON SEPT. 11, terrorists attacked the United States in an unprecedented and brutal manner, killing thousands of innocent people, including the passengers and crews of four aircraft. Like everyone...
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US Rep Barbara Lee
Why I Opposed the Resolution to Authorize Force
ON SEPT. 11, terrorists attacked the United States in an unprecedented and brutal manner, killing thousands of innocent people, including the passengers and crews of four aircraft. Like everyone...
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Saturday, September 22, 2001
Maurice Sher
Make War on War
As a proud U.S. citizen and U.S. Army war veteran, I must speak up and tell our nation's leaders: "Don't perpetuate the cycle of violence"
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Jacob Levich
Bush's Orwellian Address: Happy New Year! It's 1984
Seventeen years later than expected, 1984 has arrived. In his address to Congress Thursday, George Bush effectively declared permanent war -- war without temporal or geographic limits; war without...
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Jacob Levich
Bush's Orwellian Address: Happy New Year! It's 1984
Seventeen years later than expected, 1984 has arrived. In his address to Congress Thursday, George Bush effectively declared permanent war -- war without temporal or geographic limits; war without...
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Friday, September 21, 2001
Huck Gutman
Crash Course in Global Relations
AT a time when many are in despair, there is a new ray of hope. The US President has gone back to school. What George W Bush underwent this weekend at Camp David would be the envy of Harvard or Yale...
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Jacob Levich
Bush's Orwellian Address: Happy New Year. It's 1984
Seventeen years later than expected, 1984 has arrived. In his address to Congress Thursday, George Bush effectively declared permanent war -- war without temporal or geographic limits; war without...
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Thursday, September 20, 2001
Jeff Cohen
Rule of Law vs. Rule of War: Are Media Missing the Lesson of Oklahoma City?
Many media voices are enlisting in the push toward war. CBS anchor Dan Rather seemed more soldier than reporter on Monday's Letterman show when he endorsed the war drive and added: "George Bush is...
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Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Tamim Ansary
Bomb Afghanistan to Stone Age? It's Been Done
SAN FRANCISCO -- Last week I heard a lot of talk about "bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age." Ronn Owens, on KGO Talk Radio, allowed that this would mean killing innocent people, but "we're at...
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Sunday, September 16, 2001
Jonathan Schell
Worst Case: Nuclear Arms in a New World
NEW YORK -- On Tuesday morning, a piece was torn out of our world. A patch of blue sky that should not have been there opened up in the New York skyline. In my neighborhood - I live eight blocks from...
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Robert Fisk
Bush is Walking Into a Trap
Retaliation is a trap. In a world that was supposed to have learnt that the rule of law comes above revenge, President Bush appears to be heading for the very disaster that Osama bin Laden has laid...
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John Buell
Apocalypse Now?
In apocalyptic tones, the media now tell us that life will never be the same after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. They are surely right in one sense. Plane travel is...
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Saturday, September 15, 2001
Howard Zinn
Violence Doesn't Work
The images on television have been heartbreaking. People on fire leaping to their deaths from a hundred stories up. People in panic and fear racing from the scene in clouds of dust and smoke. We knew...
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Huck Gutman
An American Tragedy
A stunned United States, transfixed by images of horror and tragedy, has entered a new era. I write on the day following that tragedy from a country in which, to echo the poet William Butler Yeats,...
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Jeff Cohen
Remembering The Last US Retaliation Against Terror
Nothing will ever be the same, we're told, after the cataclysmic terrorism of 911. Yet some things seem unchanged in the media -- such as the pundit clamor for retaliation against someone, somewhere...
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James Carroll
We Need the Rule of Law, Not the Rule of War
HOW WE LOVE our country! For days now, we Americans, while mourning and shuddering, have felt the accumulating weight of our patriotic devotion. We are joined in the shocking recognition of what a...
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Friday, September 14, 2001
Tom Turnipseed
An Eye for An Eye?
Four commercial airliners hijacked by suicidal terrorists and turned into weapons of mass destruction killed thousands of U.S. citizens at the World Trade Center In New York City, the Pentagon in...
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Steve Niva
Addressing the Sources of Middle Eastern Violence Against the United States
éIn the wake of the immense tragedy of the recent attacks on American soil it is difficult to get beyond the horror and shock of what has just happened and engage in serious reflection on the sources...
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Saturday, September 8, 2001
Huck Gutman
Bush's Stem Cell Policy: A Biological Confidence Game
On the streets of America's larger cities small-time scoundrels used to play a game called 'three-card monte.' The game used three cards, one an ace. The cards were displayed face up to onlookers,...
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Russell Mokhiber, Robert Weissman
September in Washington, D.C.
This year, at the end of September, the maturing anti-corporate globalization movement is poised to make history. During the fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank,...
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Tuesday, September 4, 2001
James Carroll
History Teaches, But Will We Learn?
SOMETIMES A CIGAR is only a cigar, so Freud said, but there was a time when a cigarette was anything but. Nothing embodied the chaos of Europe's destroyed economy after World War II more dramatically...
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