Opinion

Guns vs. butter

Opinion President Bush’s announcement that he wants another $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan ignited a storm that is expected to rage in Congress for months. It signals the intersection of the war and the economy in a crisis that could determine the outcome of the 2004 elections.

New thinking on global warming

Opinion According to a report issued by a committee of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, severe change in the earth’s climate can take place in less than a decade. This runs counter to the belief widely held as late as the 1980s that any significant change in average temperature over the earth’s surface would need centuries to be noticed.

The Rosenbergs and the Cuban Five

Opinion Political frameups of pro-labor, antiracist and antiwar activists are nothing new in U.S. history. The Haymarket martyrs, Tom Mooney, Sacco and Vanzetti, Angelo Herndon, Angela Davis: these are just a few of the most celebrated cases where government authorities used trumped-up evidence to railroad innocent people to jail or to the death chamber.

War theater of the absurd

Opinion According to Senator John Warner (R-Va.), the new Pentagon “terrorism futures market” will be “immediately disestablished.” This is a reassuring thought, given the idiocy and ridiculousness of the idea in the first place.

How globalization threatens democracy in India

Opinion Ending the colonial rule of British imperialism, India won its independence and established itself as a sovereign, socialist, democratic republic on January 26, 1950.

Berlusconi and totalitarianism

Opinion The New York Times reports that Italian students and teachers are protesting the inclusion in high school graduation exams of an essay question about “terror and repression in totalitarian systems,” which the question defines as “communism, Nazism, and fascism,” highlighting communism.

Splits in the powers that be on Iraq

Opinion I never thought I’d agree with Zbigniew Brzezinski on much of anything. (For those who may not remember, he was Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and a leading cold war ideologue.)

Where is Smedley when we need him?

Opinions Official publicity surrounding the Iraq War gives no indication that military people might harbor dissenting views or be reluctant to obey orders. But the voices of soldiers who said “no” crop up in the historical record.

Questions on Cuba

Opinions Who can deny that there are a great number of prisoners in Cuba suffering the most severe jail conditions existing in today’s world? For them there is neither day nor night because they are blindfolded and in complete darkness. Their ears are also plugged and they remain in complete silence.

Counting the dead in Iraq

Opinion On an almost daily basis, U.S. casualties in the invasion of Iraq continue to mount, one by one, as families grieve for their loved ones who are not coming home. Thus far, there have been more than 50 U.S. military deaths since May 1, the day White House Resident Bush declared the war over.

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