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Russell: Clusters of Bombs
May 01, 2003
In a truly "developed" world where diplomacy reigned over brute force and the wealth of a nation was used to better the lives of its citizenry, the US military would be stripped of the billions of the people's tax dollars it wastes. Militarism would be si
Raptis: A Tale of Two Ladies.
Apr 18, 2003
The Saxon Lady
Rebick: International Womens Day
Mar 09, 2003
The Lysistrata Project, one of the many anti-war actions sweeping the
Governors, who've been told by President Bush to go home and stare at their own budget spreadsheets, ought to take a look at the president's spending plans and start screaming bloody murder! Because it seems that many states - foreign states - are going t
Russell: "The People" Speak Out
Mar 01, 2003
I was home on January 18 watching the DC anti-war coverage on CSPAN. I was not home because I wanted to be.
In the last few months the Bush Administration has been unyielding in its march towards war over the objections of some allies and despite the efforts of the United Nations. It now seems inevitable that the United States, with some other countries, may so
In the last few months the Bush Administration has been unyielding in its march towards war over the objections of some allies and despite the efforts of the United Nations. It now seems inevitable that the United States, with some other countries, may soon engage in armed conflict in Iraq. But for people around the world terrified by the current conflict, there may be hope yet. That hope lies in a little-discussed mechanism of the United Nations which, although it seems marginalized by American power, has the potential to stop the war.
Raptis: Hate: Religious and Secular
Feb 06, 2003
Hate: Religious and Secular
Russell: Extinguishing Frida
Jan 26, 2003
Usually I leave Hollywood alone. Dramatic film has not been a medium of historical accuracy. Getting around to seeing the movie "Frida," however, put me in a comment-making mood. No, it drove me to speak up as a fan of Kahlo's.
Raptis: Rhodes: Memories
Jan 08, 2003
Andre Vltchek's January 03, 2003 Commentary ("Amnesia In Rhodes") was a pleasant surprise. One is surprised to learn that a fellow-human ( Andre) left Japan and flew to Rhodes in December (!) "to discuss politics, philosophy and democracy with the true de
Rebick: Is anti-semitism an issue for the Left?
Jan 05, 2003
Last week end in Canada, a respected native leader and a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, David Ahenakew, gave a speech in which he made racist attacks against a whole series of minorities in Canada. Following the speech, he told a
Russell: Coining Keller
Jan 01, 2003
Alabama has a new state quarter bearing the image of Helen Keller. To be so coined, Keller out-rated a moon rocket and a Cherokee chief. This quarter will be the first US coin in circulation to include Braille! How come that took so long?
Reinhart: The Israeli Elections
Dec 04, 2002
This is an expanded version of a column in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, November 26, 2002. The Hebrew column is attached.
Russell: No Nursing Homes On Wheels
Nov 19, 2002
The subject of this panel is the 1999 Olmstead Supreme Court decision that declared "unnecessary institutionalization is discrimination" under the Americans with Disabilities Act and that directed states to provide services in the "least restrictive en
Russell: Bourne: Not in Our Name of a Different Sort
Oct 29, 2002
At the turn of the last century, Randolph Bourne could have been writing for our times. Disabled people have claimed him as one of our own. Radicals can claim him as both an accurate historian and timeless prophet in that his writings consist of an excep
As I am writing this, I do not know what action the United Nations Security Council will take with regard to the U.S. push for authority to attack Iraq. It appears unlikely that the Council will give the unambiguous authority for military action that the
Rebick: Victory in Brazil
Oct 10, 2002
Lula stopped just short of a first round victory in Brazil's presidential election but is almost certain to win the second round vote on October 27. With 99 percent of polls reporting Lula has 46.4 percent of the vote. All but a tiny corner of the count
Raptis: The Relatives Of The Aggressors
Sep 20, 2002
In the May 13, 2002 issue of "Newsweek" there is an article by Martha Brant and Weston Kosova on Barbara Bush. The title of the article is: "The Queen Mother."
Russell: The Social Movement Left Out
Sep 02, 2002
It is disheartening, to say the least, when I can still pick up a book or read a call for unity to fight for social justice which omits or does not give equal weight to the disability social movement against oppression.
Russell: Supremes Disable, Part 2
Aug 24, 2002
In March, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said the Supreme Court's 2001-2002 term will likely be remembered as the ``disabilities act term'' for all the cases dealing with the civil rights law.