Opinion

Northern Ireland Racism spiraling out of control

News Analysis “Race crime shock – attacks now averaging nearly one a day.” This front-page headline in the Belfast Telegraph sent shivers down many observers’ spines last month.

Letter from Brazil: One year of Lula

It is one year since Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former metalworker and leader of Brazil’s left-wing Workers Party, was elected president of the country. I am in Rio de Janeiro, trying to find out what the people think about the country today and the president after his first year in office.

Bush's new educational eugenics

Go ahead, George, and lie to me. Lie to my dog. Lie to my sister. But don’t you ever lie to my kids.

Farmers cant live on stoicism alone

Opinion One of the most enduring figures in American culture is the farmer as Rugged Individualist – sturdy, sunburned, standing proudly in fields among bounteous crops or herds.

Washington, not Miami, calls the shots on Cuba

Opinion On Oct. 10, 2003, George W. Bush gave a Rose Garden rundown of a hard-line position on Cuba made even harder. It’s election time, and the prevailing wisdom is that the president is currying favor with right-wing Cubans in Miami so that, if need be, Florida can once again be used to select a president.

2003s stinkiest media performances

Opinion The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established more than a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.

Breakthrough and peril for the Green Party

Opinion Up against the campaign of a wealthy businessman who outspent him nearly 10-to-1, a strong progressive candidate nearly won the [Dec. 9] runoff election to become San Francisco’s mayor.

Democracy crumbles under cover of darkness

Opinion Never before has the House of Representatives operated in such secrecy:

Mentally ill abandoned by the system

Opinion Fifty years ago half a million of us lived in public mental health hospitals, some voluntary but many against their will. How is it that today, by some estimates, only approximately 80,000 of us are in these hospitals? And where are the mentally ill today if not in hospitals?

Bush administration resurrects J. Edgar Hoover

Opinion As the right wing in the U.S. is in lock-step in its attempted march back in time, using twisted reasoning for public consumption, a report from The New York Times lets us know that the tactics of McCarthyism and COINTELPRO are being revisited.

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