War & Peace:
to the United Nations
- What he actually said in addition to the smell of sulfur part.
Hugo Chavez, 9/20/06.
- With the Democrats and the mainstream media enabling them,
administration leaders are five years into a major war binge. They won't
stop until they've hit bottom. Rich Gell, 9/12/06.
The Day That
Changed Everything Wasn't 9/11
- Yes, it changed everything -- not September 11, 2001, when the
Twin Towers collapsed, but November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell
and left the U.S. at sea, drifting without an enemy in a strange new
world. Ira Chernus, 9/11/06.
Bush -- "Take
- The widespread destruction of a defenseless Lebanon-its
civilians, its life-sustaining public services, its environment-is a
grim and indelible testament to your consummate cruelty and ignorance.
Ralph Nader, 8/17/06.
Awe" Bombing of Lebanon
- As one of the family of "bombing nations," Israel, like the US,
Russia, Britain, and to a lesser extent other industrial nations, has
made air power its weapon of choice in prosecuting war. Beau
and the Middle East Aflame
- Consider the possibility that the most fundamental belief,
perhaps in all of history, but specifically in these last catastrophic
years, seems to be in the efficacy of force -- and the more of it the
merrier. Tom Englehard, 7/17/06.
into Anger and Despair
- What is really driving policy in Washington today? James
- "Imperial overreach" is too fancy a term for what the Bush
administration has actually done. While its officials have talked a
great game when it came to achieving "victory" in Iraq and exporting
democracy to the Middle East, its main exports have turned out to be
mayhem and ruins. Tom Engelhardt, 4/3/06.
- Now that most Americans no longer believe in the war, we might
ask: How come so many people were so easily fooled? Howard Zinn, 3/27/06.
What to Expect Next
- The grand jury supervised by U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald
has returned an indictment charging I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby with
perjury, obstruction of justice and false statements to the grand jury.
But this indictment does not end the story; rather these charges are
most likely merely a chapter in a long and tragic story.
Elizabeth de la Vega, 10/28/2005.
Globalisation is an anomaly and its time is running out
- Today's global economic relations are a product
of very special transient circumstances, namely relative world peace and
absolutely reliable supplies of cheap energy. James Kunstler,
The Ironies of Conquest - The The chief beneficiary of the
occupation of Iraq and the chaos it produced has not been the Bush
administration, but Iran. Michael Schwartz,
Bombings – War Is Not the Answer
- Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of London, today, as we
continue to pray for the peoples of Iraq, Afghanistan, the Sudan, and
elsewhere who daily face the continuing violence, horror, fear, and
disruption of war and terror. FCNL, 7/7/2005.
War - "George Washington believed that an overgrown military
establishment in the New World would replicate the errors of the Old one."
Greg Guma, 6/24/2005.
Few, Yet Too Many - One of the more bizarre aspects of the
Iraq war has been President Bush's repeated insistence that his generals
tell him they have enough troops. Paul Krugman, Memorial Day 2005.
Mortal Secret - The holiest acreage in America was
consecrated in an act of revenge. James Carrroll, 5/3/05.
The Normalization of War
- Americans have become enthralled by -- and found themselves in thrall
to -- military power and the idea of global military supremacy.
Andrew J. Bacevich, 4/21/05.
Long Emergency - Even after the terrorist attacks of 9/11,
America is still sleepwalking into the future. James Howard
Planet - The combination of imperial impunity and national
goodness of a kind not possessed by other lands has, in fact, proved
something of a lethal cocktail. Tom Engelhardt, 3/25/05.
Logic 101 - In any freshman course in logic, the White House
reasoning would collapse, shot full of holes. In Washington, it's become
the conventional wisdom. Arianna Huffington, 3/21/05.
Spring - "The claim that democracy is on the march in
the Middle East is a fraud." Tom Engelhardt, 3/17/05.
Run by the Same Guys Who Sell Toothpaste - If you listen to
the presidential debates, you can’t figure out what they’re saying,
and that’s on purpose. Noam Chomsky, 3/11/05.
Why Europe Ignores Bush - the Bush administration is neither loved nor feared in growing sectors of the international community increasingly, it is simply being
ignored. Tony Karon, 2/21/05.
Train Wreck of
an Election - Iraq is a train wreck. But the man who caused
it is not being held responsible. James Carroll, 2/1/05.
Iraq: The Responsibility of Withdrawal - How get out of Iraq
without making thing worse. From FCNL, 1/13/05
Shock, Awe and the Human Body - "It is hard to avoid the
conclusion that the Bush administration is not torturing prisoners
because it is useful but because of its symbolism." William
Pfaff, 12/21/04. See also Saying
the Unthinkable, David White 6/7/2004.
On War - A
very powerful statement on the nature of war. Chris Hedges,
Afraid to Look
in the Moral Abyss - Why don't we Americans look directly at
the war? James Carroll, 12/7/04.
You Asked for
my Evidence, Mr Ambassador. Here It Is - In
Iraq, the US Does Eliminate Those Who Dare to Count the Dead.
Naomi Klein, 12/4/04.
Election Myths to Get Rid Of - The first step is to dispel
some myths, size up the real danger and end the despair.
Connie Rice, 11/29/04.
War on Terrorism - Since war is itself the most extreme form
of terrorism, a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory. Is it
strange, or normal, that no major political figure has pointed this
out? Howard Zinn, 10/19/04.
Unfeeling President - "I fault this president for not
knowing what death is." E.L. Doctorow, 9/9/04.
Are Their Ends - What are the most likely real reasons for
the invasion of Iraq. Patrick C. Doherty, 8/5/04.
are Their Means - What the Bush Administration really knew
about Iraq. David Sirota and Christy Harvey, 8/3/04.
Torturers Among Us - What have we learned so far about
officially sponsored torture by the US government? Robert Kuttner,
Logic of Torture - The responsibility lies at the very top.
Mark Danner, NYR 6/24/04.
IMF-World Bank Crisis Deepens
- The two institutions are in the midst of their most serious
crisis in years, one that provides the opportunity for weakening their
hold on the governance of the world economy. Walden Bello, 5/5/06.
Exporting the American Model
- There is something absurd and inherently false about one
country trying to impose its system of government or its economic
institutions on another. Chalmers Johnson, 5/3/06.
What Could Go
Wrong in 2005 - Is the US economy a haystack soaked in
kerosene? Marshall Auerback, 1/21/05.
Years of Failure - Median real income has fell by $1,500 in
the last three and a half years. Joseph Stiglitz, 10/4/04.
Class Warfare - Why the new economy is leaving the USA. Richard
Away the Ladder: The "Real" History of Free Trade - How all
countries have developed economically by protecting their internal
markets. Ha-Joon Chang, 12/30/03.
Bubble of American Supremacy - The unilateral assertion of US power
in the world resembles a financial bubble that will inevitably burst.
George Soros, 11/25/03.
Equity Factor and Free Trade - Lessons from Europe. Sarah
of the Governed - The reign of corporations and the fight for
democracy. Jeffrey Kaplan, 10/30/03.
Trade Keeps Children in Poverty - A UNICEF report tells how global
free trade is increasing the wealth and poverty gap. Maxine Frith,
at Capitalist Culture - John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group,
delivers a stinging critique of current capitalist behavior in the US.
Jeff Richgels, 10/2/03.
Reality the IMF Ignores - The crisis in the global system.
Joseph Stiglitz, 10/2/03.
Nations Revolt - The WTO talks at Cancun were rigged against the
poor. Robert Kuttner, 9/17/03.
Report - First hand story from an eyewitness. Peter Rossett, 9/16/03.
American Prosperity Myth - The US economy is no longer best at
delivering prosperity to its citizens. Will Hutton, 8/14/03.
About Trade - The WTO needs to be
transformed into a Fair Trade Organization. George Monbiot, 6/25/03.
the Obvious - The Bush Administration's gross fiscal irresponsibility. Paul Krugman, NY Times, 5/27/03.
- The essential nature of New Orleans. George
- At a fundamental level, I'd argue, our current leaders just
aren't serious about some of the essential functions of government.
Paul Krugman, 9/2/2005.
Katrina's Real Name
- Her real name is global warming. Ross Gelbspan,
Costs of Human Assault on Nature - A sweeping report that
measures damage not to nature itself, but to the things nature does for
people. Andrew Revkin in the NYT, 4/5/05.
Crunch to Come - Soaring Oil Profits, Declining Discoveries,
and Danger Signs. Michael T. Klare, 3/22/05.
Now - How mankind is sleepwalking to the end of the Earth.
The Independent, 2/9/05.
House Rodeo - Earlier this year, four gaunt horsemen in black
shrouds cantered down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Mike Davis, 11/10/04.
Empire Strikes Out - Nature always bats last, and it's her own
field. Kenny Ausubel, 10/15/03.
Nothing Sacred - John Kerry and George Bush have deeply
differing views – and values – when it comes to our natural
resources and the quality of our air, land and water. Tai Moses,
That Deserve to Die - We'd be better off without them. Bruce
Sterling, 10/1/03. (A PDF file.)
Eyes Wide Shut - Our future and global warming. George Monbiot,
Is Dead - What has happened to all the fishes in the sea?
Warming Alert from the World Meteorological
Organization - New weather extremes were set in 2002. 7/3/03.
The Suburbanites - A parable about lawns.
Not Despair - Do
not give in to bipolar thinking disorder. The end of the world has not yet come.
David White, 11/6/04.
Politics of Love - To say, "We must love one another or
die" is only to say that, among nations, a new communal politics
defines the only future there can be. James Carroll,
New in the World - Memory says, 'I did that,'" Friedrich
Nietzsche once wrote. "Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.'
Eventually, memory yields." Renato Redentor Constantino,
prefer a baby and the cross to the adult Jesus - "From
Constantine to Bush, power has needed to stifle a revolutionary message."
Rev Dr Giles Fraser, 12/24/04. See also the Sojourners website: www.sojo.net
of the Christmas Story - "The child who was born in
Bethlehem represented a drastic political challenge to the imperial
power of Rome." James Carroll, 12/21/04.
- To play, to act, is to create at least a possibility of
changing the world.
Howard Zinn, 11/8/04.
Exceptionalism - To treat the disease we must recognize that
the U.S. is not an exception to the rules of civilization. Ron
Amnesia - or Collective Alzheimer's: America 'Remembers'
. James Wallerstedt
and Visions - Who Is To Run The World, And How? Noam Chomsky,
New American Century - Another world is possible, from the World
Social Forum in India. Arundhati Roy, 1/22/04.
Taboo in the Homeland - Is it taboo to really ask, "Why do they
hate us?" Ira Chernus, 3/16/04.
in a Word? - Plenty, if the word is "marriage". An
exploration of the underlying cultural assumptions. George Lakoff,
Terror and the Psychodynamics of Empire - A psychological view of
the interrelationship of terror and security. Stephen Soldz,
the Theocracy of Evil - The dangers of Believing in the absence of
evidence. Scott Ritter, 2/6/04.
All Odds - How slavery came to an end in the British Empire. Adam
World House - A story about how we all need to live together
peacefully on this planet. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968.
Kings Dream: Freedom, Not Space Travel - A compassionate vision for the
people of this land. Ira Chernus, 1/16/04.
the American Community - A vision for everyone. Howard Dean,
Religion, Apocalypse, and Middle East Foreign Policy - An in-depth
analysis of Bush's "messianic militarism". Chip Berlet
& Nikhil Aziz, 12/5/03.
Apocalypse - "Militarizing the problem of terrorism, our
leaders have dangerously obfuscated its political, social and historical
dimensions." Robert J Lifton, 12/11/03.
Religious Language - A theologian analyzes the Bush's religious
statements. Juan Stam, 12/8/03.
Reform - Why media independence is important for democracy.
Bill Moyers, 11/14/03.
Grid of History: Cowboys and Indians - A historian writes about the
deep roots of empire and racism in Western culture. Roxanne
Call This Country America - The United States is only a piece of the
American continent. What if China insisted on being called
"Asia"? Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, 10/13/03.
Hierarchy of Race - Privileged whites are oblivious to its reality.
Martin Jacques, 9/20/03.
They Might Hate US - Is it really all about us? Paul Street,
Role in Terror - How terrorism is a symptom of injustice.
Karen Armstrong, 9/18/03.
for a New Direction? - The need for a new grand strategy.
Patrick C. Doherty, 9/12/03.
Small Group of Dedicated People Might Actually Do Something - A
challenge to us all. Doris 'Granny D' Haddock, 8/29/03.
of Chaos - The neoconservative belief that destruction results in creation yet again proves the opposite. William Pfaff, 8/24/03.
Nation of Victims, Renana Brooks, 6/18/03. An exposure of Geo
W's dominating language, and how to overcome it with a positive message.
Imperial Democracy, Arundhati Roy, 5/13/03. Impassioned views about
democracy in India and around the world.
My Country: The
World, Howard Zinn, 5/5/03. What it means to be a patriot.
Let a Thousand
Stories Bloom, Ira Chernus, 4/12/03. About the need to create stories
to live by.
Through the Dark Emotions, Miriam Greenspan, 4/9/03. How to deal
emotionally with dark times.
Metaphor and War,
Again, George Lakoff, 3/18/03. How metaphors can lead us
Triumph of Fear, Michael Learner, 3/12/03. How not to let fear
rule our lives and our country.
America Takes on Iraq, Robert Jewett & John Shelton Lawrence, 1/12/03.
The myth of the lone hero who is above the law.
The Costs of American Privilege,
10/6/02. Privilege is as much a curse as a blessing.
Love Save the World?, Walter Wink, 12/1/01. The religious
basis for active non-violent resistance.
As Others See
- The USA's mass media constantly tell us how Americans see the
"war on terror." But the same outlets rarely tell us much about
how the rest of the world sees it. Norman Solomon, 9/8/06.
Immigration — and the
Curse of the Black Legend
- If Americans hit the books, they'd find what Al Gore would call an
inconvenient truth. The early history of what is now the United States
was Spanish, not English, and our denial of this heritage is rooted in
age-old stereotypes that still entangle today's immigration debate. Tony
Whose Century is the
- The United States is in visible decline. More and more analysts
are willing to say this openly, even if the official line of the U.S.
establishment is to deny this vigorously. Immanuel Wallerstein,
- Because it is natural to regard those who died in war as heroes, it
can seem necessary to affirm the wars themselves as heroic, too. James Carroll, 5/29/06.
The Flag That
Refuses to Go Away
- The sad black flag flies atop municipal buildings, legion
halls, and police stations in every city and town. James Carroll, 5/8/06.
Decline and Fall
- Kevin Phillips says that America -- addicted to oil, strangled
by debt and maniacally religious -- is headed for doom. A book
review by Michelle Goldberg, 3/17/06.
- In a major London address, British Defense Secretary John Reid
warned that global climate change and dwindling natural resources are
combining to increase the likelihood of violent conflict over land,
water and energy. Michael Klare, 3/11/06.
- The military-industrial complex has become so pervasive that it
is now all but invisible. Bob Herbert, 2/27/2006.
Graduates Versus Oligarchs
- We're seeing the rise of a narrow oligarchy: income and wealth
are becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small,
privileged elite. Paul Krugman, 2/27/2006.
Decoding the Cartoon Crisis
- Most Muslims (and non-Muslim Middle Easterners such as several
million Christian Arabs) probably see the current tensions as a
political battle, not a cultural one. Rami G. Khouri, 2/8/2006.
- "Most progressives probably cheered when they read
that an influential group of evangelical leaders have decided to back an
initiative to combat global warming.", Paul Waldman, 2/8/2006.
After the War
- "When you look at the endless series of wars of this century
you do not find a public demanding war, but rather resisting it ...",
Howard Zinn, 12/30/2005.
'Never Before!' Our Amnesiac Torture Debate
- Torture by US officials long predates the Bush Administration
and has in fact been integral to US foreign policy since the Vietnam
War. Naomi Klein, 12/13/2005.
'White Man's Burden' in Iraq
- "One of the many rarely spoken reasons why conservatives
in Washington won't let us leave Iraq is the old notion of civilizing a
Joshua Holland, 12/7/2005.
Then. Fascism Now ?
- When people think of fascism, they imagine Rows of
goose-stepping storm troopers and puffy-chested dictators. What they
don't see is the economic and political process that leads to the
Paul Bigioni, 11/28/2005.
of the Demons
- "For Paul, the enemy was not fallen angels, but
''sovereignties" which are hostile to humanity. He was talking about
Roman tyrants and an uncaring imperial bureaucracy. He was talking about
James Carroll, Halloween 2005.
Real Threat of Fascism
- Fascist dictatorships were borne to power by big business, and
they served the interests of big business with remarkable ferocity.
Paul Bigioni, 9/30/2005.
Mosquito and the Hammer
- An interview with James Carroll, 9/12/2005.
Grasping the Depth of Time as a First Step in Understanding Evolution
- One of the most powerful limits to the human imagination
is our inability to grasp, in a truly intuitive way, the depths of
terrestrial and cosmological time. Verlyn Klinkenborg,
Big Dreams, Big Hopes
- What if we prepared every child with the education and skills they
need to compete in the new economy? What if no matter where you worked
or how many times you switched jobs, you had health care and a pension
that stayed with you? Barack Obama, 6/4/2005.
Alliances Sprout in Suburbs - Information about the Busa Farm
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. "Mary Gilbert
says she has garden guilt." David Desjardins, Globe Staff, 6/5/2005.
Discouragement - The lesson of that history is that you must
not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change.
Howard Zinn, 5/24/05.
America - "This is one of the most insular societies
I've ever encountered anywhere. That is something you do not find
to that extent in the rest of the world." says Nobel Laureate
Wole Soyinka. by Derrick Jackson, 4/29/05.
US Abuse of
Black Men a Prelude to Scandal
- The precedence is there if we care to acknowledge it.
Derrick Jackson, 5/12/04.
Absurdities and Atrocities
- War crimes have doomed the US occupation of Iraq. Mark
We Face a Fork
in the Road - What would Jesus do? James Wallerstedt
While I never expected Republicans raised on privilege and wealth to
bring any real democracy to Iraq (Some
Call It a Victory), their total incompetence at occupation and
reconstruction is still a surprise. This essay from London clearly
identifies how bad the situation has become: It
Looks as If the Game is Up ... Gwynne Dyer,
Accomplished - "How long will America continue to pay
the price in blood and treasure of this President's war?" Robert Byrd,
What Do We Do
Now ? - It seems very hard for some people to grasp a simple
truth: The United States does not belong in Iraq. Howard Zinn,
Faces Must Finish What We've Started - The occupation is the
basic problem. Virginia Hoffman, 4/23/04.
do We Go From Here - The anti-war movement and the occupation
of Iraq. Stephen R. Shalom, 4/25/04.
and the Forging of the New Iraq - What does this mean for the people
of Iraq. Walden Bello, 4/19/04.
Worth the Price? - What are the real consequences of a
"military" solution. Cathy Kelly, 4/7/04.
for an Exit Door from Iraq - The time is overdue for departing. Senator
Robert Byrd, 4/7/04.
Rationale: Version 10.0 - What if the War on Iraq was a
software release., P.J. Crowley and Robert
O. Boorstin, 3/19/04.
Bushes's New World Disorder - "The main outcome of the war for
the United States is clear. We have defeated ourselves." James
Interview - Comments on Iraq, Hussein and the U.S. Elections., Noam
Chomsky with Matthew Tempest, 3/21/04.
Spanish Leader Opposes Bush & Blair on Iraq
- "The war in Iraq was a disaster, the occupation of Iraq is a
disaster," Spain's prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero. 3/15/04 from Agence
His First Day in Office, Bush Was Ousting Aristide
- How they targeted Haiti and Aristide. by Jeffrey D. Sachs,
They Had to Crush Aristide - Haiti's elected leader was regarded as
a threat by France and the US. by Peter Hallward, 3/2/04.
Tell the Truth - A resolution for the new year. Ruth Rosen,
on our Victories - What we have accomplished for peace in 2003. Eisha
Kucinich’s Acceptance Speech for the Gandhi Peace Award - A vision
for finding a peaceful future.
Vision for America - The Democrats need to stand for values
and not become Republican clones. Senator Edward Kennedy, 1/12/05
Harvard Medical School's Global Environment Citizen Award
- "We journalists are simply beachcombers on the shores of
other people's knowledge, other people's experience, and other people's
wisdom." Bill Moyers, 12/1/04.
Longest Night - What we must do to regain our country. Doris
"Granny D" Haddock, 12/22/03.
a Way Out of the Quagmire - How to get out of the mess in Iraq.
Problem Prisoner - What does capturing Saddam Hussein really mean?
Tom Paine, 12/15/03.
Character Myth - What kind of character is George W. Bush really?
- "It's not that he's mean. It's just that when it comes to
seeing how his policies affect people, George W. Bush doesn't have a
clue." Molly Ivins, 12/1/03.
- Just what kind of empire is the US? Jonathan Schell, 12/1/03.
Lessons We Remember Today - What to remember on Veterans Day.
James Carroll, 11/11/03.
and Security - One can not have security without freedom. Al
Vanishing Case for War - The use and misuse of secret intelligence.
Thomas Powers, 11/5/03.
Price for a Hollow Victory - Authorizing $87 billion more does not
reflect the right policy for Iraq or the right policy for America.
Sen. Robert Byrd, 11/3/03.
Emperor Has No Clothes - Who is willing to believe their own senses?
Senator Robert Byrd, 10/17/03.
the Iraq War - How a planned campaign of misinformation built public
support for this war. Analysis by Sam Gardiner, 10/8/03.
Among the Barbarians - Only two presidential candidates are willing
to address the heart of our problems. Ford & Gamble, 10/9/03.
Them Eat War - Why U.S. blue collar men support Bush. Arlie
your only tool is a hammer - What happens when you have a humongous
military machine sitting in your garage? Roger Arnold, 10/2/03.
Occupied Country - What happens to the occupied and the occupiers.
Howard Zinn, 9/18/03.
Importance of Losing - Admitting error is better than continuing in
folly. Jonathan Schell, 9/5/03.
If We'd Never Gone to War with Iraq - An alternative history.
Jonathan Freedland, 9/5/03.
in Iraq Hurt the Innocent - Some real consequences of over ten years
of sanctions. Bert Sacks, 8/7/03.
Weapons are No Cure for Fear - Where are the most feared WMD's ?
Ira Chernus, 8/6/03.
Within - A point by point legal analysis of Geo. Bush's State of the
Union Address. John Dean, 7/25/03.
the War Necessary - As the days go by the tragedy of the War on Iraq
becomes more apparent. James Carroll, 7/22/03.
War Against Evil - How those who seek to destroy evil often become
themselves evil-doers. James Carroll, 7/8/03.
of the Iraq War - A very
thorough and insightful review of how the Bush administration sold this
war. Judis & Ackerman, 6/19/03.
The Truth Will Emerge
- In spite of the spin that is everywhere, the
truth is still fundamental. Sen. Wm. S. Byrd, 5/23/03.
Seduction of War - A compelling message from a
war correspondent about the true nature of war and what it does to us. Chris Hedges, 5/17/03.
George's Car Lot - Would you buy a car from this man? 2/28/03.
Killing of Hussein's Sons and the Nuremberg Precedence - Why violent
deaths instead of public trials? 7/24/03
Unconquerable World - Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the
People. A book review by Howard Zinn, 7/13/03.
at Lying Misses a Crucial Point, Ira Chernus, 6/10/03. How
image can take precedence over fact.
of America's Future, Bill Moyers, 6/8/03. Progressive politics
and its role in the United States.
the Record Speak, Tom Paine staff, 5/31/03. The record of
official statements about WMD in Iraq.
War Profiteers Playing
Cards, from the Ruckus Society, 5/29/03. A somewhat outrageous
example of culture-jamming depicting the power elite of the USA.
'Saving of Private Lynch', Mitch Potter, Toronto Star, 5/4/03. A much
more believable story without the hype.
Wonderland Logic, Peter
Freundlich, 4/23/03. What the Bush administration has learned from
A Nation Lost,
James Carroll, 4/22/03. What is the vision of this country?
Reason Why, George McGovern, 4/21/03. A view of the current times from
a former Presidential candidate.
American Vision, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, 3/12/03. A
vision that embraces the entire world.
Love Really Overcome Violence and Hate?, Mary Lord, 3/15/02.
Reflections on the Quaker peace testimony.