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A few weeks ago, the verdict came in on John Walker Lindh, the 21-year old "American Taliban" who fought with the former government of Afghanistan. Lindh escaped life in prison on terrorism charges by pleading guilty to providing service to a terrorist or
Starhawk: Getting Our Tactics Right
Aug 19, 2002
An effective direct action needs to be a bit like Goldilocks_ porridge: not too hot, not too cold, but just right.. The recent protests in Alberta against the G8, the heads of the eight most industrialized countries, are an example of what happens when we
Solomon: THE OLD SPIN ON THE
Aug 18, 2002
With the "New Economy" now in shambles, it's easy for media outlets to disparage the illusions of the late 1990s -- years crammed with high-tech mania, fat stock options and euphoria on Wall Street. But we hear very little about the fact that much of the
Street: Still Separate and Unequal
Aug 10, 2002
The Dream Gone Mainstream
Scahill: The Saddam In Rumsfeldâ€™s Closet
Aug 06, 2002
â€œMan and the turtle are very much alike. Neither makes any progress without sticking his neck out.â€ â€”Donald Rumsfeld
Thirty years have passed since Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein began to cover the Watergate story. The investigative journalism that they did back then still stands out as exceptional. Unfortunately.
Sommers: Neoliberalism and the "Axis of Evil"
Jul 11, 2002
President George Bush's first State of the Union Address listed Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an "axis of evil." No doubt many states commit evil by employing violence to achieve their ends. Yet, while the above-mentioned three have particularly odious e
Street: A Chilling Consensus: Welfare
Jul 07, 2002
Welfare Reform, Cold and Warm
Solomon: Profiles In Media Courage
Jun 16, 2002
The Committee to Protect Journalists released a bleak report the other day. "Attacks on the Press in 2001" is a thick document with details about media suppression in much of the world. While American readers may feel very fortunate, they have no good rea
Solomon: War On Terrorism: Winking At Nuclear Terror
Jun 05, 2002
Two countries -- each with dozens of atomic bombs -- are threatening to make war on each other. Large numbers of troops have mobilized. Deadly cross-border clashes are intense. And people in charge of both governments have become more bellicose by the day
In a twist of fate, obituaries appeared for the inventor of the Barbie doll just as a $50 million advertising campaign got underway for an anti-wrinkle drug with a name that memorably combines the words "botulism" and "toxin." Expensive injections of Boto
Secours: Tennessee Kangaroo Court
May 08, 2002
Any romantic illusions about fairness in the American Criminal Justice System disintegrated at Riverbend Prison in Nashville last Thursday.
Solomon: Media And The Hazards Of Political Faith
Apr 30, 2002
Weeks before the 20th century ended, the pundit Michael Kinsley was uncommonly direct in a Time essay that defended the virtues of the World Trade Organization with these closing words: "But really, the WTO is OK. Do the math. Or take it on faith." Delive
Solomon: Alice's New Adventures In Medialand
Apr 24, 2002
Alice climbed out of the news hole. She seemed badly shaken. "I thought Wonderland was curious indeed," she said, "but Medialand is even more peculiar."
Solomon: American Journalism: A Class Act
Apr 18, 2002
Like most people, American journalists are apt to look at the very rich with awe. Names like Bill Gates, George Soros and Warren Buffett have the ring of modern-day royalty -- high above the rest of us, and maybe even vaguely immortal.
When you write about the world, or report on what's happening "over there," the issues can seem far away enough to permit disengagement. The distance encourages detachment and objectification.
Shalom: Enemy of Peace
Apr 06, 2002
As fighting between Israelis and Palestinians reaches horrible new heights, many are asking whether the time has not finally come to stop tolerating an intransigent leader who refuses to put an end to the violence. Not that he should be killed, or even ar
Shalom: Crisis in Palestine
Apr 05, 2002
The basic problem in the Israel-Palestine conflict today remains what it's been for decades: the denial of self-determination to the Palestinian people. Palestinians have been living under a brutal and humiliating occupation since 1967 and no solution to
An examination of the connections between US foreign policy and the mass incarceration of poor people of color.
Cameras have recorded countless defining moments. And many months after Sept. 11, some nightmarish televised glimpses of that day's horrors still resonate deeply. Visual images are powerful. Yet there's no substitute for words that sum up what might other