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Although many officials and reporters were skeptical at first, the embedded reporting system used in the Iraq war turned out to be a hit with the military and journalists alike. In most post-war analyses, the Pentagon's media plan got high marks from ever
Jensen: Petr—leo, petr—leo, petr—leo
Mar 12, 2003
Bush administration officialsÕ mantra these days is that a war on Iraq will have nothing to do with oil. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said such a suggestion is Ònonsense.Ó
Jensen: PetrÃ³leo, petrÃ³leo, petrÃ³leo
Mar 12, 2003
Bush administration officialsâ€™ mantra these days is that a war on Iraq will have nothing to do with oil. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said such a suggestion is â€œnonsense.â€
Jensen: What Makes A Massacre?
Feb 10, 2003
What is the definition of a "real" massacre?
"Dear member of the U.S. military: Thank you for defending our freedom,"
Jensen: Rape Is Normal?
Oct 20, 2002
It is not surprising that we want to separate ourselves from those who commit hideous crimes, to believe that the abominable things some people do are the result of something evil inside of them.
The question dominating the news: When will we go to war against Iraq? The answer: We are already at war with Iraq.
In 1776 American colonists fought for freedom against a mighty empire, an act of self-determination we still celebrate on the Fourth of July. But we also use the Fourth to maintain a mythology about our role in the world that, while mostly true in 1776, i
Jensen: Talking to the Toastmasters
Jun 23, 2002
Recently I was asked to reflect on the antiwar work of the past eight months, with an eye toward signs of hope. For those of us in that movement, it is easy to feel defeated these days. So, here's one small story to counter that.
Jensen: "I know I'm a racist but ...."
May 25, 2002
White folks are often parodied -- and rightly so -- for beginning sentences about race with the disclaimer, ÒIÕm not a racist, but ÉÓ What follows is more often than not an overtly racist statement.
Feminists hate men. How do we know this? Because it is repeated over and over in the media and by right-wing politicians and other so-called guardians of the moral values of the society.
At various time in my teaching career -- more than ever since Sept. 11 -- I have been advised by faculty colleagues that I should avoid being "too political" in the classroom.
Jensen: Why I Write (for Newspapers)
Dec 20, 2001
My clearest memory of the 1991 Persian Gulf War is a few moments on a bus when the world melted in front of me.
Each year on our annual reports, University of Texas faculty members are asked to list grants we have received, one of the many ways we demonstrate to the bosses that we have been Òproductive.Ó
Jensen: Fast-track: The next attack on democracy
Jul 23, 2001
Conservatives are usually the most strident defenders of the doctrine of original intent, the idea that we should follow the will of the Founding Fathers in interpreting the U.S. Constitution.
Jensen: Rich America, Unfair America
Jun 13, 2001
THE BIGGEST THREAT to democracy in the United States today is economic prosperity. That observation isn't motivated by a desire to see people suffer, but rather is a challenge to the celebration of a certain kind of prosperity, distributed in a certain f
The University of Texas' commitment to free speech on campus -- which has been a curiously lethargic commitment given the centrality of such freedom to higher education -- has gotten curiouser lately.
On Inauguration Day 2001, standing on the steps of the State Capitol just a Êfew blocks from the governor's mansion that George W. Bush recently had Êvacated, about 1,000 Austin residents raised their hands as I administered Êa Citizens' Oath of Office:
People who once branded King a threat to the nation will march today in MLK Day parades. Cities around the country -- even places where King battled segregation -- name streets after him and put up statues. People of all colors invoke his name, legacy and
Jensen: Even Now We Lie To Ourselves About Vietnam
Nov 27, 2000
Bill Clinton has always been keen on apologizing, for himself and on behalf of the nation. He has apologized not only for a sex scandal, but for U.S. support of repression in Guatemala and for slavery.