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30 December 2001 Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-1965 by Michael Beschloss
4 November 2001 The Betrayal of America by Vincent Bugliosi.

Archives of previous columns

30 December 2001 Paul Corrigan How Many Boys Did You Kill Today?: A new book by Michael Beschloss presents an unguarded, likable Lyndon Johnson, and reveals that he doubted the authenticity of the Gulf of Tonkin attacks.
Tim Francis-Wright India and Pakistan Gird for War: While the President continues his vacation in Texas, India and Pakistan prepare for war.
24 December 2001 Paul Corrigan Under the Influence at NBC: NBC no longer shows NFL games, and has lost revenue from beer ads. Therefore, its decision to accept liquor ads makes sense. But why stop there?
Tim Francis-Wright Names that Swoon: Over 50 corporations have bought the rights to name professional sports venues in the United States and Canada. But even Wall Street thinks that naming rights are a bad idea.
16 December 2001 Paul Corrigan Unconditional Surrender: Stopping bin Laden and al-Qaeda is right and just. Nothing short of unconditional surrender is acceptable.
Tim Francis-Wright Deficits Pending: It should come as no surprise that the Republican Party no longer finds deficits to be anathema.
10 December 2001 Tim Francis-Wright When Is an Evil Weapon not Evil?: President Bush correctly excoriated our enemies who would obtain weapons of mass destruction. When our allies do it, or we ourselves do it, it's all right, in his book.
2 December 2001 Paul Corrigan Science Fiction: Astronomers have discovered a planet 150,000,000 light years away from Earth. That's science. For the fiction part of science fiction, we need the Bush administration.
Paul Corrigan A Tribute to George Harrison: George Harrison was a generous man, but he was a celebrity who had an uncanny disdain for celebrity.
Tim Francis-Wright The Fall of the House of Enron: The collapse of Enron should be a red flag to those who would deregulate utilities or privatize Social Security.
25 November 2001 Paul Corrigan Keep On Shoppin': The President is not just asking is to stimulate the economy, but also asking us to drop out of America's political decisions.
Tim Francis-Wright A Government of Men, Not Laws: Unlike John Adams and other framers of the Constitution, the Bush administration prefers a government of men, not laws.
18 November 2001 Paul Corrigan Happy Thanksgiving: One enduring tradition of America's Day of Thanksgiving is the love that we as parents have for our children.
Tim Francis-Wright Out for Blood: The American Red Cross should worry about what to tell those who answered its call for blood, but whose donations wound up in incinerators.
11 November 2001 Paul Corrigan A Simple Apology: After reading this 1998 speech, it is clear that Republicans owe former President Clinton an apology.
Tim Francis-Wright Postage Due: Republicans talk about homeland defense, but little funding is available for the actual defense of the homes of Americans.
4 November 2001 Paul Corrigan The Surprise Party: It is time for the Republican Party to change its name. I nominate "Surprise Party" as the new moniker.
Tim Francis-Wright Sis! Boom! Bah!: American colleges are losing their way in two different ways at once.
28 October 2001 Paul Corrigan Dan Quayle: Every Day is Groundhog Day: Dan Quayle is blaming Hollywood again for America's ills. In case he forgets how important Hollywood was to Reagan Republicans, we imagine the movies he would have done.
Tim Francis-Wright The Traps of Power: In recent weeks, the Bush administration and its friends in Congress have acted as if their lives mattered much more than those of ordinary Americans.
21 October 2001 Tim Francis-Wright In for a Dollar: President Bush has loudly trumpeted his Fund for Afghan Children. Establishing a cash fund in the White House is an endeavor fraught with political and ethical peril.
14 October 2001 Paul Corrigan What Our Government is Not Telling Us About Anthrax: Just this week Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson told the Senate that the U.S. is prepared to respond to a future biological attack. Is our government telling us the truth?
Tim Francis-Wright Batter Up: On Thursday night, President Bush claimed that the 11 September hijackings bolstered the case for missile defense. If that is so, then I have a proposition for him.
7 October 2001 Paul Corrigan Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act: Americans have not appeased terrorism, but the American media appears willing to appease the right's usurping of the political agenda.
Tim Francis-Wright Spin Cycle: Until last week, Republicans in Washington had opposed almost any restrictions on transactions with offshore banks. They reckoned that terrorists were not smart enough to use the same methods that ordinary criminals had used for years.
30 September 2001 Paul Corrigan A Real Bridge to the 21st Century: During this time of crisis lurks a deep and growing resentment of America and its policies. But this crisis also allows America to change its ways for the better.
Tim Francis-Wright God Bless Afghanistan, Too: Afghanistan is the country that really needs divine blessing. Millions of Afghans may soon be starving, in refugee camps or at home. Regardless of what its military does, America and its allies must help.
23 September 2001 Paul Corrigan The Empire Strikes Back: Americans want a return to the sense of security from before the day of terror, but will not find it through a series of retaliatory strikes.
Tim Francis-Wright Put the Opposition in Loyal Opposition: Our two-party political system is in danger of being just a veneer on top of a one-party state. We cannot afford that now.
16 and 17 September 2001 Paul Corrigan The Meaning of Life: September 11th was a day in which Americans can take great pride.
Tim Francis-Wright Two Wrong Paths: There must be a connection between the actions of September 11 and our reactions that serves justice, not vengeance.
Tim Francis-Wright The Crusader: One word out of George Bush's mouth made me pessimistic about what lies ahead.
9 and 11 September 2001   Special front page in memory of the victims in New York and Washington
Paul Corrigan Throw the Bums Out: I should have realized that Cheney and Bush would bring a hybrid of the private and public corporations to the White House. To their discredit, they have incorporated the most abusive practices of both forms.
Tim Francis-Wright Time to Care About Africa: The American delegation to the United Nations conference in South Africa walked out because of offensive language about Zionism, but it had already failed to show that the United States cares about Africa.
2 September 2001 Paul Corrigan Zell Miller Believes in "Voodoo" But Not Strong Women: Zell Miller will do and say anything to maintain the status quo and his position of privilege. That's not moderation—that's prostitution.
Tim Francis-Wright Déjà Voodoo: When it comes to the budget, the Bush administration is as cynical as the Reagan administration was. Democrats have yet to grasp what is going on.
26 August 2001 Paul Corrigan Jesse Helms: The Personification of Ignorance: The ignorance that Jesse Helms represents will not be extinguished with his retirement. It can only be swept away by more pervasive change in North Carolina and in our country.
Tim Francis-Wright Money Isn't Everything: While they consider the fate of campaign finance reform, Democrats in Washington should remember that elections depend on more than just money. Ask Steve Forbes.
19 August 2001 Paul Corrigan The Cone of Silence: I keep hoping the administration will Get Smart. I am still waiting.
Tim Francis-Wright The Tragedy of the Commons: The Federal government needs to assert its role as protector of the environment. It can start by discouraging the manufacture of inefficient and polluting trucks.
11 August 2001 Paul Corrigan Home Rule: When your "Homies" Make the Rules and the Money: George Bush supports Home Rule and States' Rights, but only when it suits his political aims.
5 August 2001 Paul Corrigan A Real Compassionate Conservative: My uncle John truly was a compassionate conservative.
Tim Francis-Wright Acceptable Bigotry: Hatred of gays and lesbians is acceptable in much of society, both in America and elsewhere. It is high time that religious institutions recognize their complicity in this bigotry.
29 July 2001 Paul Corrigan No Learning Curve: The Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church continues to cover up sexual abuse by priests to protect its image and power.
Tim Francis-Wright Copyright Machine: American copyright law is just one facet of a system that protects weak ideas, inhibits intellectual progress, and lessens the rights of consumers.
22 July 2001 Paul Corrigan Dear Mom and Dad: Everything is relative when it comes to letters home from camp.
Tim Francis-Wright Great Scott! Cheney's Electric Bill Explained!: Bear Left has figured out why the Vice President's electric bill is so high. The answer might surprise you.
15 July 2001 Paul Corrigan Bush Doesn't Understand Real Catholic Values: The Catholic bishops have pressured the Bush administration to put the compassion that it promised into its conservatism.
Tim Francis-Wright Nuclear Reactionaries: The Bush administration believes that the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty is a relic of the Cold War. In reality, the cold war relics are the Republicans in Washington.
8 July 2001 Paul Corrigan Bush Administration lacks Credibility on the Economy: Is the Bush administration schizophrenic about the economy or does it just plain fib?
Tim Francis-Wright Blind Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor worried in public last week about the fairness of the death penalty in America. Unfortunately, it took her 20 years on the Supreme Court to realize that.
1 July 2001 Paul Corrigan Does Freedom Include Privacy?: You might think that conservatives that champion individual freedom would protect patients' rights. You would be wrong.
Tim Francis-Wright The Parties of Lincoln and Jefferson Become the Parties of the Benjamins: The new Republican agenda is that of capital, and the new Democratic agenda is much the same.
24 June 2001 Paul Corrigan Your Children Teach You Well: My daughter graduates from elementary school tomorrow.
Tim Francis-Wright Start Worrying, and Learn to Fear the Bomb: If a recent report is true, then the President is a fool. If it is false, then the Bush administration plays us for fools.
17 June 2001 Paul Corrigan Privatize Bombing Rights: Knowing that President Bush has a love for private-public partnerships, a new Disney theme park should be in line to replace Vieques.
Tim Francis-Wright The Greenback Revolution: The golden rice fiasco is just one of several in which the biotechnology industry has followed the quest for profit, not better food.
10 June 2001 Paul Corrigan Bear Left's Believe It Or Not: I decided to take one day—June 6, 2001—and check for news stories about conservatives that are all too believable.
Tim Francis-Wright Moderation, But Only in Moderation: The Bush administration has let its ideology govern its actions so much that any later attempts at moderation are feeble, at best.
3 June 2001 Paul Corrigan Days of Future Passed: The Office of the Independent Counsel is preparing a referral to Congress that the President had an improper drinking relationship with "that woman."
Tim Francis-Wright The Old Dope Peddler: Imagine for a moment a drug cartel that earned over $14 billion last year by selling two addictive recreational drugs. That cartel is Philip Morris.
27 May 2001 Paul Corrigan A Uniter, Not a Divider: The defection of James Jeffords shows that Bush really is a divider
Tim Francis-Wright Star Wars Episode Two: Episode Two suffers many of the same flaws as Episode One
20 May 2001 Paul Corrigan Demographic Trends Indicate GOP Terminally Ill The Republican Party could shortly find itself on the ash heap of history
Tim Francis-Wright Political Trends Indicate Democratic Party At Sea: If the Democrats abandon centrism, they might redicover their natural constituencies
13 May 2001 Paul Corrigan What Would Jesus Do?: An Open Letter to President Bush Would George Bush's favorite philosopher back the death penalty?
Tim Francis-Wright Sore Losermen 2001: The widespread dismay that Sudan, but not the United States, is on the United Nations Human Rights Commission is generally misplaced
6 May 2001 Paul Corrigan Dies, Damned Lies, and Our Collective Version of the Truth: The United States as a whole, not just Bob Kerrey, should face the truth of what happened in Vietnam.
Tim Francis-Wright These are Charities? The Seamy Side of Yale's Most Exclusive Clubs: Eight of Yale's most exclusive clubs are officially charitable organizations, but there is little that distinguishes them from the fraternities at most colleges. At stake are hundreds of thousands of dollars of annual contributions.
29 April 2001 Paul Corrigan Better Dead than Red: Even for Pat Robertson, everything is open to sacrifice when a market of 1.2 billion people is at stake.
Tim Francis-Wright The 18th Brumaire of George Bonaparte: The first 100 days is the wrong Napoleonic analogy for our President. We should instead remember that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
22 April 2001 Paul Corrigan Friday Night Political Football: Now I don't want to get off on a rant, but I'd like to talk about Dennis Miller.
Tim Francis-Wright This is a Charity?: The seamy underbelly of Skull and Bones, the exclusive club at Yale University, is that it wrongly claims to be a charitable organization.
15 April 2001 Paul Corrigan They Shoot Hockey, Don't They?: The first step in Youth Hockey Anonymous is the realization that you have a problem.
Tim Francis-Wright What Liberal Media?: Conservatives have complained for years about a liberal bias in the American media toward their ideas. These complaints are ringing more hollow than ever.
8 April 2001 Paul Corrigan The Candy Man Can: I used to find comfort in the knowledge that legal and moral were intertwined. Now I know the truth.
Tim Francis-Wright The Flip Side of Globalization: Globalization is more than just the free trade of money and goods. It is also the globalization of ideas, which can be an important counter to those who would be plutocrats.
1 April 2001 Paul Corrigan Video Games Develop Ambidextrous Brains: A very timely article outlines a new educational strategy for America's youth.
Paul Corrigan 100 Million Voters Can't Be Wrong: Apathy was the real reasons that the Democrats lost the presidency.
Tim Francis-Wright Bush Launches New Civil Rights Initiative: A very timely article describes the new fight against unfair advantages in college admissions.
Tim Francis-Wright Follow the Money: Three parts of the American tax system that benefit only the rich.
25 March 2001 Paul Corrigan American Dreams Lost: the Republicans' strategy in California shows the party's faults.
Tim Francis-Wright The New Political Correctness: Real political correctness is in the White House, not on campus.
15 March 2001 Paul Corrigan Pardon The Rich: The bizarre unifying aspect of the Rich pardon
Tim Francis-Wright Time for a Political Estate Tax?: combatting the system that gives us Max Kennedy and the President Select.

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Facts of the week from previous weeks

30 December 2001

Only four years ago, Pat Robertson claimed on his daily television shows that Disney, the corporate parent of ABC, was "becoming the family of homosexuality and anti-religious bigotry." But Robertson is now a Disney employee, now that Disney bought the Family Channel from Fox for some $5 billion. Robertson reportedly has a contract, renewable at his option, to continue his "700 Club" show each weekday. Perhaps God and Mammon are not so incompatible after all.

24 December 2001

The revised figures on gross domestic product show that the U.S. economy turned in its weakest performance in a decade in the third quarter. Patris est filius.

16 December 2001

The Fund for Afghan Children has finally sent off its first, inadequate, shipments to the children of Afghanistan. Although the packages are intended as Ramadan treats, they left the United States one week before the end of the monthlong holiday. And included were candies that devout Muslims would not eat.

10 December 2001

The United States tried to scuttle all talks on a verification protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention only two hours before a planned adjournment. The talks will continue next year because not one of the other participants wanted to throw away six years of work by 144 countries.

2 December 2001

George Bush claimed during the last presidential campaign that he identified with Jesus Christ more than any political philosopher. Yet he admitted in a recent interview that he could not recall anything specific from the weekly sermons at the Methodist church that he attends.

18 November 2001

On 29 October, the unspecified secure location of the Vice President was a duck blind in upstate New York.

11 November 2001

Even Roger Ailes of unabashedly conservative Fox News decided not to air a speech by President Bush, because a cartoon was more worthy of air time.

4 November 2001

At the conservative Free Republic website, criticism of President Bush is now off limits. Of course, criticism of former President Clinton was expected, and as recently as two years ago, linking George Bush to drug-running was perfectly acceptable.

28 October 2001

The Bush administration believes that Iraq might be involved in the manufacture of anthrax sent through the American mails. But it has rejected as fatally flawed the international treaty that would let it test that premise.

21 October 2001

Neither Chief Justice Rehnquist nor Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott should be proud of their stands in the 1983 case Bob Jones University vs. United States.

14 October 2001

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an anti-terrorism bill that most members, including those on the Judiciary Committee, had not seen—or even had a chance to read.

7 October 2001

The United States gave 1000 of these missiles to Afghan rebels in 1986 and 1987 in their war against Soviet troops. Now, hundreds of these missiles are in the hands of groups throughout Asia, including the Taliban.

30 September 2001

In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

23 September 2001

In 12 days since the terrorist attacks of 11 September, approximately 13,000 Americans have died from cigarettes.

16 September 2001

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." — Mohandas Ghandi

9 September 2001 The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recently been an advocate of genetically modified foods. Lo and behold, CSPI received this year a new grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, an important funder of research into genetically modified crops. Is this payback, payment for services rendered, or coincidence? You decide.
2 September 2001 According to an analysis conducted for the New York Times, the 1990s economic boom was a bust for the middle class and poor in the United States. In Washington, D.C., for example, the average income of families in the wealthiest fifth of the population, once adjusted for inflation, grew to 24 times the average in the bottom fifth, up from 18 times.
26 August 2001 A survey of schoolchildren 13 to 15 in 68 countries revealed that about 11 percent of the children in Latin America and the Caribbean were offered free cigarettes by a tobacco company representative in 1999 and 2000. In Russia, it was 17 percent. In Jordan, it was 25 percent.
19 August 2001 Now even the International Monetary Fund doubts the wisdom of George Bush's tax cut. It calculates the ten-year cost of the tax cuts at a staggering $2.5 trillion.
11 August 2001 The head of a Boston law firm recently explained that $178 million was not enough for 150 lawyers to "retire on."
5 August 2001 The United States now imprisons more people than any other country.
29 July 2001 Guns in American homes are 22 times more likely to be used in deadly domestic disputes, suicides, or fatal accidents than in self-defense.
22 July 2001 Philip Morris presented a report to the Czech government that argued that smoking helped the Czech Republic financially by killing off pensioners.
15 July 2001 Counting companies and countries together, of the 104 largest economies in the world, 56 are corporations.
8 July 2001 For Americans, from 1979 to 1997, after-tax income, adjusted for inflation, grew 157% for the top 1% of the population, rose 10% for the middle fifth of the income spectrum, and was effectively unchanged for those in the bottom fifth.
1 July 2001 United States Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill assured reporters on 29 June that the economy was "doing just fine." But corporate insiders do not seem to agree.
24 June 2001 In 1998, the United States spent $130 per capita on nuclear weapons. This is at least 10% of GDP for at least 40 countries.
17 June 2001 In 1999, American pharmaceutical companies spent $13.9 billion on marketing, more than they spend on R & D.
10 June 2001 Although her father made purchasing alcohol with a fake ID a Class B misdemeanor, usually resulting in arrest, Jenna Bush was charged with a Class C misdemeanor.
3 June 2001 2 million upper-income taxpayers who are not supposed to benefit from the new 10% tax bracket will get rebate checks anyway.
27 May 2001 Republicans who decry the defection of James Jeffords forget that 4 of the 49 current Republican Senators were elected to the House or Senate first as Democrats.
20 May 2001 To keep pace with the pay of top executives, the average 1990 minimum wage of $3.69 would need to increase in 2000 to $20.48.

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Links of the week from previous weeks

30 December 2001 Missile Defense: The Untold Story: The real reason for the push for missile defense is both complicated and creepy (Bill Keller, New York Times).
The NRC: What, Me Worry?: For decades, regulations have required only minimal security at American nuclear plants (Daniel Hirsch, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
Hysteria and the Myth of Absolute Security: Since September 11, costs and benefits no longer matter (Nathan Newman, Progressive Populist).
The World after Sept. 11: The problem after any war is with the victor (Noam Chomsky, AFSC Conference, 8 December 2001).
Rail Safety Crisis May Shut Down Network: British rail privatization has been disastrous in every sense (Joanna Walters and Kamal Ahmed, London Observer).
Brace Yourself for Part Two of the War for Civilisation: Demonizing bin Laden may be just the start (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
24 December 2001 What's Wrong with This Picture?: A very few corporations control much of the American media (Mark Crispin Miller, The Nation).
Earth's 2001 Temperatures to be Second Highest: The average global temperature for 2001 will be the second-highest in 140 years (Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press).
How the World See the U.S. and Sept. 11: World opinion leaders oppose attacks on countries beyond Afghanistan (Brian Knowlton, International Herald-Tribune).
New RNC Chairman Marc Racicot Mixes Politics and Profits: An active lobbyist will lead the Republican Party (Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity).
Congress Not Asserting Authority to Check Presidency: It should stop the Bush administration from creating a secret government (Charles Levendosky, Caspar Star-Tribune).
The Arms Dealer Next Door: Pierre Falcone is not just an important Arizona Republican; he's also an Angolan weapons broker (Ken Silverstein, In These Times).
The Innocent Dead in a Coward's War: The war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of thousands of unwitting civilians (Seamus Milne, The Guardian).
16 December 2001 Burglars with Badges: The FBI now can perform secret, warrantless searches in any criminal case, rehardless of the Fourth Amendment (Nat Hentoff, Village Voice).
Back into the Inferno: Eight years after its inept and bloody debacle in Somalia, the US seems set on revenge (Richard Dowden, The Guardian).
Watchdogs on Short Leases: Most of the 50 United States have ethics laws that are ineffectual in practice (Kenneth Vogel and Meleah Rush, Center for Public Integrity).
Palestine: Israel's Last Best Hope: Israel will suffer badly if Ariel Sharon does destroy the Palestinian Authority. (Dominique Vidal, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
History Lessons: The Cold War has many lessons to teach about international relations, if George Bush cares to listen (Doug Ireland, In These Times).
Who's Watching the Watchers?: Heightened security in America has also meant official investigation of dissent (
America's Debt Crisis Starts in Corporate Suites: While the government has dealt with its debt problem, the private sector has not (Nicholas von Hoffman, New York Observer).
10 December 2001 Ashcroft Deconstructed: John Ashcroft's appearance before the Senate proved true his harshest critics (Jacob Weisberg,
Confessions of a Traitor: Criticism of the President or his cabinet is no longer just impolitic, it's treasonous (Frank Rich, New York Times).
Warlords Still Fighting over the Spoils of Victory: Afghan factions are still battling over Kandahar (Justin Huggler, The Independent).
Lots of Wars on Terror: The Bush doctrine now serves globally—to every action a disproportionate reaction (Gary Younge, The Guardian).
Labour MP defects to Lib Dems: Are the Liberal Democrats becoming the British party of the Left (Matthew Tempest, The Guardian)?
The Wall Street Journal and The Workers Vanguard Agree: They agree that Afghans had better lots under the Soviets (Tom Turnipseed, Common Dreams News Service).
2 December 2001 The Press vs. Al Gore: The mainstream press cut Al Gore no slack and may have cost him the 2000 election (Eric Boehlert, Rolling Stone).
We Are the War Criminals Now: America and its allies are ultimately responsible for recent acts in Afghanistan (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
John Ashcroft v. The Constitution: With the help of a panicked Congress, the Bush administration has gutted civil liberties (Nat Hentoff, Village Voice).
What Is Happening to the America I Love?: South Africans know what curtailing civil rights can lead to (Rose Moss, Boston Globe).
Secret US Plan for Iraq War: The United States plans to arm Iraqi opposition forces (Peter Beaumont, Ed Vulliamy and Paul Beaver, London Observer).
Feminist Front: Despite its overt concern for Afghan women, Washington continues to support many regimes that oppress women (Cassandra Balchin, Red Pepper).
Amnesty International Dismayed at UK Rejection of Inquiry: Britain will not investigate the death of hundreds of Taliban prisoners (Amnesty International).
Adventures in Baby-Sitting: Like certain scary bad parents one remembers from high school, the government has behaved quite oddly (Kurt Andersen, New York Times Magazine).
25 November 2001 Cases Closed: Immigration lawyers working on cases stemming from the 11 September attacks claim that secrecy measures imperil justice (Josh Gerstein,
A Muscular Lobby Tries to Shape Nation's Bioterror Plan: The nation's drug companies have a huge amount of pull in Washington (Leslie Wayne and Melody Petersen, New York Times).
Afghan Women as Co-Leaders: The women of Afghanistan, who are regaining their voices, must be allowed to effect positive change (Christian Science Monitor).
New Shin Bet Law Heads to Knesset: While the United States gives its intelligence services free rein, Israel tries reform (Gideon Alon, Ha'aretz).
Where Journalists Who Disagree are "Terrorists": In Zimbabwe, the war against terrorism means a war against a free press (Bill Saidi, London Observer).
Robert Kennedy's Transformation: Robert Kennedy stood for many things that the current Justice Department does not (James Carroll, Boston Globe).
Going Ballistic: The Pentagon is trying to muzzle Ted Postel, an MIT professor and critic of missile defense (Brendan Koerner, Village Voice).
Brain Drain: The American zeitgeist is often anti-intellectual, and the Internet does not always help things (Mark Crispin Miller, Center for Book Culture).
18 November 2001 In a Rancid Jail, the Warlords of Kabul Await Death: The Northern Alliance can be just as cruel as the Taliban (Chris Stephen, London Observer).
Al-Qaeda's Trail of Terror: The Taliban left damning evidence behind in Kabul (5 different reporters, London Observer).
Christian Leader Condemns Islam: Franklin Graham, who spoke at the Bush inauguration, has damned over a billion Muslims (Jim Avila,
Politics in the Name of the Prophet: The West has confused and simplified the many kinds of political Islam (Éric Rouleau, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
Blasting Our Way to Peace: Justice, not victory, was supposed to be the rationale for our actions in Arghanistan (George Monbiot, The Guardian).
Saudis and Americans: Friends in Need: Don't bet on the American-Saudi relationship being in trouble (Matt Silverstein, The Nation).
Ashcroft's Odd Targets: Why is John Ashcroft more worried about terminally ill Oregonians than terrorists (Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe)?
11 November 2001 The Search for New Voting Technology: Changing the way we vote is urgent and not so complicated (Stephen Ansolabehere, Boston Review).
Tobacco Firm to Profit from Cancer Genes: Japan Tobacco plans to profit from a lung cancer vaccine, thanks to deals with biotech firms (Sarah Boseley, The Guardian).
The Political Clock is Ticking: Despite a popular Republican President, history is on the side of the Democrats (Kevin Phillips, Los Angeles Times).
LBJ Tape "Confirms Vietnam War Error": Lyndon Johnson secretly admitted that the Tonkin Gulf incident probably never happened (Martin Fletcher, London Times).
Revealed: How Bungled US Raid Came Close to Disaster: That videotaped raid by Army Rangers was a debacle (Luke Harding, Julian Borger, and Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian).
Disappearing in America: The nation is sliding toward a trap that we entered this conflict vowing to avoid (New York Times).
Fliers See Bias as Pilots Move to Bump Them: Pilots are discriminating against passengers who have the wrong name or skin color (Stephanie Stoughton, Boston Globe).
American Crusade 2001 Trading Cards: need a laugh? Check out these cards, thanks to our friends at
4 November 2001 Conflict Resolutions: The Afghan war is a new kind of conflict, far different from those that shaped the American and British armed forces (Mary Kaldor, Red Pepper).
Encyclopedia of Terror: Western intelligence agencies have found extensive terrorist training manuals that are based on their own handbooks (Nick Fielding, London Times).
Secret CIA Site in New York Was Destroyed on Sept. 11: The CIA had a front operation at 7 World Trade Center (James Risen, New York Times). We show you the possible fronts.
What if Cipro Stopped Working?: Bayer sells a drug similar to Cipro for use in poultry; this use could endanger public health (Ellen Silbergeld and Polly Walker, New York Times).
Racial Profiling Goes Primetime: To accept profiling is to reify racial power. (Patrick Sullivan,
CNN Chief Orders "Balance" in War News: Walter Isaacson claims that it is perverse to show much suffering in Afghanistan (Howard Kurtz, Washington Post).
This War is a Farce: The terrorists run free and the Afghan people suffer (John Pilger, The Mirror).
The New War Against Terror: Five questions about our new war (Noam Chomsky, MIT Technology and Culture Forum, via Z Magazine and Monkeyfist Collective).
28 October 2001 Working-Class Heroes: The true heroes of New York were apparent even before 11 September (Joshua Freeman, The Nation).
Indebted America: indebted Americans are struggling as the United States bails out the aerospace industry (Seth Sandronsky, Common Dreams News Service).
Farewell to Democracy in Pakistan: The West is more worried about an Islamic Pakistan than Pakistanis are themselves (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
Honesty is the Best Policy: The allies need to be honest about their military strategy, and to pursue justice, not war (London Observer).
Many Faces of Gender Inequality: Gender inquality around the world has several aspects and severe consequences (Amartya Sen, Frontline [Delhi]).
Boston Group Sues to Allow Generic Cipro: Bayer paid generic drug manufacturers not to sell generic ciprofloxacin to Americans (Liz Kowalczyk, Boston Globe).
House Stimulus Plan: This is Unity?: For Republicans, tax breaks for corporations are much more important than almost anything (Matthew Miller, Tribune Media Services).
Farewell Tuvalu: One of the world's smallest countries is starting to pay the ultimate price for global warming (Andrew Simms, The Guardian).
21 October 2001 Profiles in Cowardice: Homogenized news does not require media concentration, just capitulation (Victor Navasky, The Nation).
Gagging the Sceptics: The true defenders of America are those who are now being told that they are anti-American (George Monbiot, The Guardian).
Afghanistan on Edge of Humanitarian Catastrophe: The Afghan refugee situation is becoming increasingly serious (Staff and agencies, The Guardian).
This is Not a Test: Civil defense works well for the American government, but not the American people (Stephen Schwartz, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
United States: All-Powerful but Powerless: The American military is still stuck in the business of empire management (Steven Clemons, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
Bush and Putin on Brink of Missiles Deal: They are close to agreeing to reduce nuclear arsenals while allowing some missile defenses (Robert Cornwall and Calum MacLeod, The Independent).
The Anti-Globalization Movement: Six-part series on the movement and its funders (James Harding, Financial Times).
States Turning to Tobacco Money: Many states are dipping into proceeds from tobacco lawsuit settlements to balance their budgets (Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press).
14 October 2001 The Globalizer Who Came in from The Cold: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has lots to say about the World Bank (Greg Palast,
Bombing Afghanistan with Food: The US could win battles, but not the war, if it fails to prevent starvation (Graham Allison, Boston Globe).
The Suicide Bomber and the Baghdad Conspiracy: Links between Iraq and one of the 11 September hijackers may split the worldwide alliance (Chris Blackhurst, The Independent).
First Round of Budget Cuts Aren't Enough, States Find: Many state governments are finding that the lean times are now here (Pam Belluck, New York Times).
I Lost My Brother on 9-11; Does He Matter?: The American media should not assume that there are no dissenters who matter (David Potorti,
Bread not Bombs: By doing little to avert a famine in Afghanistan, the West is sowing the seeds for more Islamic hatred (Nick Cohen, London Observer).
Letter From Ground Zero: The destruction of the twin towers was a taste of annihilation, something our leaders should try to avoid (Jonathan Schell, The Nation).
7 October 2001 Evidence Presented to Parliament: What Tony Blair presented to Parliament to support British actions in Afghanistan.
Missionary Tony and His Holy British Empire: For now, Tony Blair orbits the globe, but he will have to return to earth (Andrew Rawnsley, London Observer).
Our friends are killers, crooks and torturers: America and Britain are allying to some of the nastiest butchers around (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
America's Frankenstein: The United States reinvented jihad as an instrument of foreign policy, but now faces its creation anew (Praveen Swami, Frontline [Delhi]).
Building Up the U.N. Helps Build Our Case: Global international organizations are valuable resources in crises. (Robert Keohane, Raleigh News and Observer via
Media Spin Revolves Around the Word "Terrorist": News outlets should call the hijackers "terrorists"—if they will use the label with integrity and consistency (Norman Salomon, FAIR).
U.S. Pressures Qatar to Restrain TV Outlet: One of the only independent voices in the Middle East is the target of our government (Andrea Koppel and Elise Tablot, CNN, via
The Wrong Man for the Job: John Dean recalls and regrets his role in the nomination of William Rehnquist to the Supreme Court (Laura Miller,
30 September 2001 God Wills It? No, God Doesn't: God does not take sides in wartime (James Carroll, Boston Globe).
September 11th Source Books: Source documents unearthed by the (private) National Security Archive.
White House Drops Claim of Threat to Bush: Remember how Air Force One was a target of the hijackers? Never mind. (Mike Allen, Washington Post).
Anti-Terrorism: In the war on terrorism, what are we fighting for? (William Saletan,
Afghan Chaos Explodes Around Region: Refugees from ther Taliban are plunging into chaos a huge swath of Central Asia (many authors, London Observer).
How the Plotters Slipped US Net: Technology failed to detect the plans of the hijackers, but a technological approach was doomed (Duncan Campbell, The Guardian).
White House Whitewashers: The White House and the media are getting along more poorly than ever (Jake Tapper,
Get Out of Jail Free Cards: It is a good time to be a police officer on trial in America (Geov Parrish,
23 September 2001 Who's Who in the Terror War: Country-by-country analysis of the Middle East and Southwest Asia (David Plotz,
Secret Memo Reveals US Plan to Overthrow Taliban Regime (Ian Traynor and Gary Younge, The Guardian).
September 11, 2001 — Why?: The issues underlying what is going on represent the crisis in our world-system and the battle about its successor (Immanuel Wallerstein).
The Middle East: How the Peace Was Lost: The Israeli government under Ehud Barak missed a chance for an historic peace in early 2001 (Alain Gresh, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
Welcome to the Death Zone: The U.S. can't win a ground war in Afghanistan, says an officer who trained the mujaheddin (Tom Carew,
USA is Playing into bin Laden's Hands: Ironically, the Bush administration is set to give Osama bin Laden exactly what he wants. (Thomas Greene, The Register).
Three Things We Learned: The working class and public institutions are the bedrock of American society (Jeff Faux, The American Prospect).
A Sense of Proportion: Escalation must be avoided at all cost (Jonathan Schell, The Nation).
16 September 2001 The Truth about the World's Most Wanted Man: Osama bin Laden (Chris Blackhurst, The Independent).
Transcript of March 1997 interview with Peter Arnett: Osama bin Laden.
Hunting bin Laden: PBS Frontline website on Osama bin Laden.
The Counterterrorist Myth: The terrorist Usama bin Ladin has had little to fear from American intelligence (Reuel Marc Gerecht, The Atlantic).
Blinded by Scandal: The media, obsessed with trivia, missed warnings about possible terrorist attacks (Arianna Huffington,
How to Defeat bin Laden: Stop talking war and start convincing the Islamic world that he is a dangerous fugitive from justice (Michael Klare,
When the Innocent are Murdered, We All Go into the Dark with Them: The attacks on America are totally contrary to Islam (Ziauddin Sardar, London Observer).
Bush is Walking Into a Trap: Retaliation is a trap, and America should avoid it (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
9 September 2001 The Danish Dilemma: While the United States intends to put a missile defense radar at Thule in Greenland, Inuits are suing for their right to return there (Jørgen Dragsdahl, Bulletin of the Atmic Scientists).
Heart of Darkness: Ted Koppel presents a five-part series on the hidden genocide in the Congo. Is your cellphone a culprit? (Nightline, ABC News).
Surviving Mugabe: The west owes troubled post-colonial African states, like Zimbabwe, more than an apology (Gary Younge, The Guardian).
Donor cuts off $60 million to Stanford: To protest limits on stem cell research, Jim Clark is withholding part of his $150 million donation for a biomedical research center (Kelly St. John, San Francisco Chronicle).
A Valuable Lesson from Fish and Forests: Destroying traditional cultures in pursuit of economic ideals does more harm than good (John Kay, Financial Times).
Laissez ain't so fair after all: The most striking feature of libertarian thinking is the avoidance of empirical investigation (Molly Ivins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
Unsettled Scores: If the Supreme Court had waited one more day to make its ruling in Bush v. Gore, Al Gore might well be President (Howard Fineman, Newsweek).
Governor Says Gramm Weighing Whether to Resign: Texas Republicans sometimes do believe in affirmative action (R. G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle).
2 September 2001 New Accusations of a Vatican Role in Anti-Semitism: A new book argues that the Vatican laid the intellectual foundation for Anti-Semitism in the 19th and 20th centuries (Emily Eakin, New York Times).
Slavery in the 21st Century: There are 27 million people enslaved today, more than ever before (Sydney Morning Herald).
Bush's Energy Plan Bares Industry Clout: The findings of Dick Cheney's task force boosted the interests of the corporate executives it consulted (Judy Pasternak, Los Angeles Times).
Reflections on a Gelded Donkey: Rather than a commitment to principles, the Democrats have shown little more than a will to win at any costs. (E. C. Fish,
Painted Black: The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television would like you to think that he speaks for all African-Americans (Jonathan Chait, The New Republic).
A Fair and Free Election: There is finally some good news from East Timor (John Aglionby, The Guardian).
26 August 2001 Yale, Slavery and Abolition: In the 1930s and 1960s, Yale University chose to name most of its colleges after slave owners and pro-slavery leaders (
The US and the Genocide in Rwanda: The United States government willfully ignored evidence of the Rwandan genocide as it was happening (National Security Archive).
Misery Will Last, Says Buffett: Warren Buffett predicts eight years of economic stagnation (Jane Martinson, The Guardian).
U. S. Plays Both Sides in Macedonia: The U.S. has been linked to arming and equipping both the rebels and the government in Macedonia (Arthur Neslen, Red Pepper).
Test Anxiety: Talks of resuming nuclear testing may obscure the Pentagon's more ominous plans (Jeffrey St. Clair, In These Times).
The Right is Left Bereft: Cheer up! The right wing is in trouble, not just in Britain, but everywhere (Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian).
19 August 2001 U. S. Needs a Political Revolution: America needs ordinary Americans to regain control of their country. (Bernie Sanders, Common Dreams News Service).
Scotchgard Strikes Back: 3M knew about problems with its Scotchgard product years before it started phasing it out (
Dateline: 43rd Street: The news pages of the New York Times have consistently promoted globalization and glossed over its ills (Cynthia Potts, Village Voice).
Regarding Henry Kissinger: A panel discussion on the making of a war criminal (Harper's Magazine).
Atlantic Menhaden: To fatten farm animals, we are overfishing the one fish that makes the Chesapeake Bay tick (Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation).
Manipulating consent: PR, Media Whores and Mind Control: The public relations industry has a lot of explaining to do (BajanMan,
11 August 2001 "They Made Me Feel Like a Criminal": Big Brother quite often watches the wrong person (Amy Herdy, St. Petersburg Times).
Theocracy Now: Bush is putting America under God's law (James Ridgeway, Village Voice).
Greens say Republicans crashed their party: In Washington state, Republicans are trying subversion, not persuasion (Neil Modie, Seattle Post-Intelligencer).
Little of $246B Deal Fights Tobacco: Most states are not using their tobacco settlement windfall on tobacco control programs (Thomas Farragher, Boston Globe).
Philip Morris Czech Republic Study: the full text of the report that claimed that smoking deaths saved money for the Czech government (American Legacy Foundation).
In the Tank: The Commission to Strengthen Social Security might as well move to the Cato Institute (Ryan Lizza, The New Republic).
5 August 2001 American Work Culture: An outgoing Washington correspondent won't miss America's obsession with "24/7" (Martin Kettle, The Guardian).
Undue Influence: Expedition of drug approvals has undermined the world's best system for reviewing drugs (Jennifer Washburn, The American Prospect).
The Daily We: Is the Internet really a blessing for democracy? (Cass Sunstein, The Boston Review).
The Case of the Missing H-Bomb: For forty years, a hydrogen bomb has sat in the waters near Savannah, Georgia (Jeffrey St. Clair, In These Times).
The Next Battlefield May Be in Outer Space: Guess where the Pentagon plans to spend its money (Jack Hitt, New York Times Magazine).
Exploring Cosmic Darkness, Scientists See Signs of Dawn: The birth of the cosmos may now be visible (James Glanz, New York Times).
29 July 2001 Bush Plans 'Space Bomber': What the Bush Administration really has in mind for Star Wars Episode II (Ed Vuillamy, London Observer).
'You Could Sense the Venom and Hatred': Jailed Genoa protesters faced torture (Paul Harris, Nick Paton Walsh, Martin Bright and Rory Carroll, London Observer).
Censorship at the National Press Club: When Henry Kissinger spoke there, the moderator admittedly screened out any tough questions (Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, Eat The State).
Raising the Temperature: Corporate power will not be given up voluntarily--mass action is needed (George Monbiot, The Guardian).
The Coffee Connection: The price of your morning cup of coffee is over a day's wage for its growers in Guatemala (Elizabeth Neuffer, Boston Globe).
Audacity on Trial: Talking union still amounts to a punishable offense in much of the Old South (JoAnn Wypijewski, The Nation).
The Alchemy of OxyContin: How a prescription drug became the drug of choice on the streets of America (Paul Tough, New York Times Magazine).
22 July 2001 Bush Wants to Dump Treaties: There is something about a treaty that the Bush administration doesn't like (Helen Thomas, Hearst News Service).
Letterman Censors Ani DiFranco: David Letterman's producers didn't want her to sing a song about racism (Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive online).
Exporting Corporate Control: A Canadian gold company is trying to muzzle journalist Greg Palast (Joe Conason,
Bush the Radical: Bush is undermining the pillars of 50 years of American foreign policy (Anthony Lewis, New York Times).
What the Protesters in Genoa Want: The G8 leaders must listen, then act (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, New York Times).
The Battle of Genoa: First-person report of the anti-globalization actions in Genoa (Walden Bello, The Nation Online).
Death in Genoa: Another first-person report of the anti-globalization actions in Genoa (Adam Porter, Mao Magazine).
Italia Independent Media Center: Up-to-the-minute news from Genoa.
Global Protest is a Force for Good: The G8 leaders must listen, then act (lead editorial, The Guardian).
15 July 2001 How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote: Republicans won in Florida by ignoring the rules and clouding the truth (David Barstow and Don Van Natta, Jr., New York Times).
Jeb Bush's Recount Role Examined: Despite a public recusal, Jeb Bush and his staff made calls to those involved in the election dispute. (Lisa Getter, Los Angeles Times).
America's Military Revolution: The Bush military policy represents a new and important departure in American strategic thinking (Michael Klare, Le Monde Diplomatique).
Patently Wrong: The international agreement to fight AIDS may fail to provide much-needed care for millions in the South. (Philippe Rivière, Le Monde Diplomatique).
French Connections: France now has a truly popular movement against globalisation and the liberalisation of trade. (Christophe Aguiton, Red Pepper).
For Utilities the Fix Is In: The President has effectively frozen and perhaps halted legal actions against polluting utilities (William Greider, The Nation).
8 July 2001 Rush-Whacked: Rush Limbaugh admits that there really is a right-wing media conspiracy (Chris Mooney, The American Prospect).
Cold War Ghosts: The revisionists keep trying to exhume McCarthy (Victor Navasky, The Nation).
A Wrong Turn on Patients' Rights: All of the patients' rights bills would make a bad situation worse (Marcia Angell, New York Times).
Making Patients Pay: Allocating medical resources is worth debating, but in public, not in boardrooms (Ellen Frank, Dollars and Sense).
Artists of Resistance: The great artists and writers have almost always fought for the right things (Howard Zinn, The Progressive).
The International Dealers in Death: The world is awash with guns that have spawned an epidemic of killing (Ian Traynor, The Guardian)
1 July 2001 World War II: The Secret History: Series of articles from the Boston Globe with revelations from declassified documents.
Nakatani: Japan interested in independent defense: Japan may develop its own missile shield independent of the United States (Asahi Shimbun, in English).
The Man from Alcoa: The grown-up in the Bush cabinet has turned out to be a crank (William Greider, The Nation).
Rewriting History: David A. Bell reviews The Essential E. P. Thompson (New York Times Book Review).
(Some of) the People's Tax Cut: How the Democrats blew it on the recent tax cut (Leah Platt, The American Prospect).
US makes a patently healthy decision: the United States has finally admitted that some things are more important than corporate profits (Julian Borger, The Guardian)
The Paper Trail: Special report on logging of rainforests in Indonesia and the cheap paper that results in the West (The Guardian).
24 June 2001 A Do-It-Yourself SIOP: The government's nuclear war plan is top secret, but new software shows what the Pentagon hides (Bret Lortie, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
The U.S. Nuclear War Plan: A Time for Change: An assessment by the NRDC's of American nuclear war plans.
Firm's Iraq Deals Greater than Cheney Has Said: On Dick Cheney's watch, Halliburton's subsidiaries contracted with Iraq (Colum Lynch, Washington Post).
Whatever Happened to Competition?: The local paper is apt to be in a partnership with a TV station--if the same company doesn't own them both (Carl Sessions Stepp, American Journalism Review).
Bush's Tax Savings: Unreal!: Bush and his cabinet will personally enjoy huge savings from his tax cut (Michael Scherer, The Nation).
Same Sexers Under Siege: The right-wing crusade against gay rights is gathering momentum (Doug Ireland, The Nation).
Class Act: Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly ignore the economic interests of the working class (Noam Scheiber, The New Republic).
Harvard's Hoard: Does a $19 billion endowment serve Harvard University, or vice versa (Johanna Berkman, New York Times Magazine)?
17 June 2001 Power Down, Profit Up: One supplier of electricity in California cut power at peak times to reap huge profits (Chris Knap and Ronald Campbell, Orange County Register).
McVeigh's Path to Death Chamber: He learned his sense of right and wrong from the government (Howard Zinn, Boston Globe).
Catholic Colleges Face Doctrine Requirement: Theologians will need to toe the line or else (Michael Paulson, Boston Globe).
No iPatents: Everything you need to know about software patents in 15 minutes (euroLinux).
The Letter of Dr. Baburam Bhattarai on the Palace Massacre in Nepal: this got the editors and publishers of a Kathmandu newspaper thrown in jail (Monthly Review).
Secular Society at Stake: The United States government is helping cults get footholds in Europe (Bruno Fouchereau, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
Inmates on Alabama's Death Row Lack Lawyers: Most inmates on Alabama's death row lack appellate attorneys (David Firestone, New York Times).
Dark Side of U.S. Quest for Security: Squalor on an Atoll: The Marshall Islands are a mess that we created (Howard French, New York Times).
10 June 2001 Foul Call at Legends Field: Tampa police trampled on rights at a recent Presidential appearance (St Petersburg Times).
Going for the Gold: Why can't self-financed candidates give back to society by running for the zoning board (Gail Collins, New York Times)?
Aluminum Sliding: Paul O'Neill has made $60,000,000 by not selling stock he promised months ago to sell (Jake Tapper,
The New Nuclear Danger: Current American nuclear policy threatens to raise the chances of nuclear war (Jonathan Schell The Nation).
Bush Given Idiot's Guide to Europe: George Bush has had a cram session of European politics to avoid any gaffes this week (Peter Beaumont, London Observer).
The Mystery of John Doe #2: Timothy McVeigh's execution may keep us from knowing one of McVeigh's accomplices (David Neiwert,
3 June 2001 Number Crunching Towards Gomorrah: The right is in a tizzy about the new census figures, but they've misinterpreted them (Leah Platt, American Prospect).
Trying Times: can a high-tech executive inject new life into a struggling left-wing journal (Danielle Svetcov, Chicago Tribune)?
Clean Elections at Stake: Will the Massachusetts Democratic Party renege on real campaign finance reform (Micah Safry, The Nation Online)?
Citizen Kane on Steroids: In Italy, hen Berlusconi won, democracy lost (Martin Lee, In These Times).
Hug Your Customer: As much as they might try, multinational corporations can never really be our good friends (Naomi Klein, The Guardian).
Surprise Party: The movie Pearl Harbor ignores the role of colonialism in starting the Pacific War (Mickey Z., ZNet, via
27 May 2001 Fuming: The honeymoon between the Bush administration and the press may have ended (Ryan Lizza, New Republic Online).
Leaked Spy Report Names UK: Europe's privacy is in peril (Stuart Millar, Richard Norton-Taylor, and Ian Black, The Guardian).
The Military's Toxic Timebombs: Bush will not clean up the Pentagon's mess (Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn,
How One Man Put Bush on the Ropes: Jeffords has derailed the President's conservative agenda (Edward Helmore, London Observer).
Bush's Faustian Deal With the Taliban: The war on drugs has become truly paramount (Robert Scheer, The Nation).
Padlock the Revolving Door!: To really get clean politics, keep ex-politicians out of corporate boardrooms. (Ted Rall, Mother Jones Online).
Seeds of Death: Hindu farmers are fighting cotton seeds that violate their religious beliefs (Srinand Jha,
Dinero Sucio, Cimiento del Imperio y el Crecimiento de Estados Unidos: American banks are vital for money launderers around the globe (James Petras, La Jornada)
20 May 2001 O'Neill Lays Out Radical Vision for Tax: Treasury Secretary wants to eliminate corporate taxation altogether (Amity Shlaes, Financial Times).
Ethnic Similarity Aids Iowa, Dorr Says: Bush nominee for Agriculture Department post credits European stock for the success of three Iowa counties (George Anthan, Des Moines Register).
Shelter Girls Easy Prey: An Atlanta emergency girls' shelter is now a recruiting ground for pimps (Jane Hansen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
A Perfect Storm?: President Bush is responsible for managing several crises, and that is worrysome (Thomas Friedman, New York Times).
Jesse's Dangerous Game: Debunking Jesse Ventura's claim that he was a Navy SEAL in Vietnam (Bill Salisbury,
Can Insiders Be Outsiders?: The immediate interests of the Democratic leadership are at odds with the long-term interests of the party (Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect).
Timothy McVeigh is a Symbol of an Enduring Commitment to Violent Retribution: Vengeance is the one honest explanation for the death penalty (Fergal Keane, The Independent).
Indian Headcount Soars in America: Immigrants from India are now the third-largest Asian immigrant group in America (Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India)
13 May 2001 The Oklahoma Conspiracy: Timothy McVeigh claims to have acted alone, but new evidence suggests otherwise (Andrew Gumbel, The Independent).
Algeria: Big Deal in the Desert?: Algeria might have tried to build a nuclear bomb, or it might still be trying (David Albright and Corey Hinderstein, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
Is GE Mightier than the Hudson?: For 25 years, General Electric has dodged its responsibility for cleaning up the upper Hudson River (Richard Pollak, The Nation).
Do Windmills Eat Birds? Foxes Advocate Hen Welfare: Now that wind power is cheap, some very unlikely bird lovers have emerged (David Case,
Behind the Organic-Industrial Complex: Multinationals are industrializing organic food (Michael Pollan, New York Times Magazine).
6 May 2001 The Shameful Context of Kerrey's Killings: The United States as a whole should feel guilty about Vietnam (James Carroll, Boston Globe via Common Dreams News Center).
Colin Powell's Vietnam Fog: Bob Kerrey is not the only famous Vietnam War veteran who still struggles to get his story straight (David Corn, The Nation Online).
More Missing Pages: Two missing pages kept the House from passing a budget, but there is more missing than that (Paul Krugman, New York Times).
Death is Now the Only Certainty: Will George Bush allow the world's tax cheats to laugh all the way to the offshore bank? (Will Hutton, London Observer).
Ballistic Missile Defense: Everything you wanted to know about Star Wars, Episode II (Federation of American Scientists).
Executive Compensation: Everything you need to know about executive pay at America's largest companies (New York Times).
Live from N.Y.: Security Cam Hams: The best way to combat proliferating security camreas may be good old-fashioned street theater (Julia Scheeres, Wired).
29 April 2001 How Kilowatt Socialism Saved L.A. from the Energy Crisis: Both prudence and strong unions have helped Los Angeles (Jeff Stansbury, Los Angeles Times)
After the American Century: The Supreme Court has just now allowed us to visit a Third World country right here at home (Ted Rall, United Press Syndicate).
Minimum Wage in the Millions: The CEO gravy train keeps rolling along (Holly Sklar,
Right-Wing Colleges Reject "God is an Abortionist" Ads: proof that the right wing's favorite colleges practice really effective political correctness (David Mazel,
Strom?: Republican control of the Senate depends on the health of a 98-year-old (Michael Crowley, The New Republic Online).
Elmo Gets Wired: Say it isn't so! AOL gets product placement on Sesame Street (Gail Collins, New York Times).
A Presidency of Dunces: One hundred days in office, and what a sorry record for America (Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian).
Foil Bush's Maneuvers for Packing the Court: Democrats should block all Supreme Court nominations until the 2004 elections (Bruce Ackerman, Los Angeles Times, via Common Dreams News Center).
22 April 2001 Cut the Blah Blah Blah: The numbers behind NAFTA just don't add up (Naomi Klein, The Guardian).
Robertson Remarks on China Abortions Rile Conservatives: Abortion is apparently God's will in Communist countries (Thomas Edsall, Washington Post).
"I Lived in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time": Sixty years later, remembering the Holocaust means promoting ethic and religious tolerance (Stephan Ross, Boston Globe).
A Test of Civilization: Humane treatment of American prisoners could reflect well on the strength and virtue of the United States. The converse also applies (Anthony Lewis, New York Times).
When You Get What You Wish For: A leaked document from the Negotiating Group on Investment of the FTAA may be a harbinger of things to come (Paul Knox, The Globe and Mail, via Common Dreams News Center).
15 April 2001 Relief from the "Pre-Death Tax": Politicians wanting to help middle-income Americans should look at something much worse than the estate tax (Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe).
The patriot: What separates American terrorist Timothy McVeigh from thousands of other gun-worshipping zealots? (Gary Kamiya,
Centre for Media Alternatives of Quebec 2001: Independent Media Center's unofficial clearinghouse for news about the Quebec summit.
A World without Microsoft: Your computer could let you own your own means of production. Or maybe not (Heather Sharp, Red Pepper).
Muddled in the Middle: The American heartland, which mostly voted for Bush, relies on the largesse of "big government" (Paul Krugman, New York Times).
Guess what Katherine Harris and Sander Sauls are doing in June? (Pam Parker, Online Journal)
Cozy Deal sets up Big Casino Payout: How a former aide to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson could collect a huge fee from a secret deal Thompson signed last year (Cary Spivak and Dan Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
8 April 2001 Bush's Texas tax cut has a real downside, legislators find (Dave McNeely, Austin American-Statesman)
Realizing Labor Standards: How to improve labor standards worldwide (Archon Fung, Dana O'Rourke, and Charles Sabel, Boston Review)
Dead Wrong: They're Lying and They Know It: Don't believe the latest lies about "double taxation" and the estate tax (Michael Kinsley, Washington Post)
Percy Schmeisser: Monsanto has won a judgment against a Canadian farmer whose fields were contaminated with genetically modified canola
Pundits Who Predict the Future are Always Wrong: To pretend that we can predict the political future is an insult to democracy (Rick Perlstein, The Nation)
If Tables Were Turned, We'd Do the Same: What if a Chinese spy plane had landed on American soil (Dale Brown, Los Angeles Times)
A National Disgrace: President Bush's actions regarding the Kyoto Protocol have been unpatriotic (Kevin Sweeney,
1 April 2001 Philip Agre's canonical list of links regarding the 2000 presidential election
President George W Bush, Polluter of the Free World (Andrew Gumbel, The Independent)
Bankrupt Democrats in the Senate: the 36 senators who voted for the bankruptcy reform (Common Dreams News Center)
My Nike Media Adventure: the story behind those emails between Jonah Peretti and Nike (Jonah Peretti, The Nation)
The President Who Bought Power and Sold the World (Ed Vuillamy, London Observer)
The Conservative Cabal That's Transforming American Law (Jerry Landay, Washington Monthly)
Chemical Industry Archives: internal documents that the chemical industry wishes were still secret (Environmental Working Group)
25 March 2001 Exploding the myth of the Confederate flag as neutral symbol (Joshua Michael Zeitz, Dissent)
The Mother Jones 400: the 400 top contributors to federal campaigns in the last election cycle
Today's tax debate is eerily reminiscent of one from 1981 (William Greider, The Nation)
Doublethink as tax policy (Gerard Baker, Financial Times)
The Market for Clout: a billionaire exposes American money politics (Warren Buffett, Washington Post)
Here's a Capital Idea: Make the Rich Pay Taxes! (Nicholas von Hoffman, New York Observer)
15 March 2001 The Republican party used a philosophy it supposedly despises to win the Presidential election (The Nation)
The U.S. government said it would never use commercial reactors to produce weapon material. Guess what? (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
In Gadsden County, Florida, the butterfly ballot would have been an improvement (Los Angeles Times)
"Lost" Votes and a Stolen Election: the county-by-county disenfranchisement in Florida (
Why George Will won't be commenting on "Debategate" (FAIR)

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