Opinion

No mandate, no surrender

Several months ago most pollsters predicted that the margin of difference between Kerry and Bush would be razor thin. I can’t recall anyone projecting a landslide for either candidate, let alone a major political realignment nationwide. Guess what? They were more right than wrong.

Major battles await new Congress

News Analysis Although hopes to wrest the House and Senate from right-wing Republican control were not realized on Nov. 2, the Bush administration may find some stumbling blocks in pushing their agenda through Congress.

The dump-Bush strategy for independent media

Opinion The right wing’s media strategy to slant the odds in the upcoming 2004 elections will draw from its familiar bag of tricks, with help from its ultra-wealthy friends.

Du Bois before Lenin

Opinion This year marked the centenary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ most famous book, Souls of Black Folk. It fell in a year wracked by warfare and capitalist deceit. The fraud of weapons of mass destruction sent our troops into battle against a people who have suffered the ravages of an uncertain history for at least a century.

This land is your land

Opinion Of America’s landmark environmental laws, only one statute has protected so much of our natural heritage – public lands, national forests and even the sea – for so long.

The canaries in the mineshaft

Opinion This summer’s heat wave in Europe left more than 11,000 people dead in France alone. Hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed. Most of the victims were elderly. Most lived in isolation from family and community. Most were poor.

Medicare battle coming up

Opinion Adecisive battle over the future of Medicare will begin soon, when the House-Senate conference committee charged with working out the differences between the Senate and House bills on Medicare sends its report to both houses of Congress.