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As any casual observer of mega-bookstore shelves knows, the history of the modern civil rights movement is a well-studied field.

Here where everyone forgets everything,
including where they are
or what they are fighting to remember,

An English woman I've never met
calls to read me her new poem
about the little Texas junco bird
whose cry sounded to the early settlers

These are times of threat and crisis. So say the leaders of our government, and maybe they are right. Al Qaeda, they report, is on the rise, and terrorism a...

On a sparkling Indian Summer day fifteen years ago, I was waiting in front of the Pyongyang Hotel with a British documentary producer.

The Republican landslide on November 5 was a sobering reality for progressives, but this GOP ascendance has done nothing to tamp down the enthusiasm and energy of the emerging antiwar movement.

On November 17, a coalition of prominent women's groups began a peace vigil and fast at Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. The idea, organizers say, is to issue an urgent call that our safety and well-being as a nation will not be served by war but by focusing on non-violent resolution of conflicts, and by using our nation's wealth, energy and skills for social programs such as schools, health care and affordable housing for the world's poor. This will ultimately provide the seeds of a safer, more stable world order in a way that military might never can.

The goal of the vigil is to continue the protest through March 8, International Women's Day, when the action will culminate in a peace march along the Mall in DC. The coalition is sponsoring a simultaneous online women's peace petition, "Listen to the Women," which organizers hope will contain at least one million signatures by March 8, 2003, when it will be presented to its recipients in the White House. Sign the petition and/or download a copy and help distribute it in your communities.

Support was provided by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the
Dick Goldensohn Fund, and is gratefully acknowledged. Liza Featherstone
is writing a book about Wal-Mart and women workers, to be published by
Basic Books in late 2004.

Back in the days when the United States government was overtly and covertly assisting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the most extreme Muslim fundamentalists in Afghanistan, US Navy Rear Admiral John Poindexter was in the thick of it.

Serving as the Reagan administration's national security adviser, Poindexter helped devise the secret Iran-Contra networks that the White House used to illegally sell arms to the fundamentalist dictators of Iran and then schemed to divert the ill-gotten gain to the Nicaraguan rebels who sought to overthrow the government of Nicaragua.

Poindexter's violations of the public trust were so extreme that in the late 1980s his story came to serve as an internationally recognized example of what happens when government officials begin to operate outside the legal and moral boundaries of civil society.

A spate of recent terrorism events--the bombing of a French tanker, the
destruction of a nightclub in Bali, an FBI warning of a "spectacular" Al
Qaeda action and the surfacing of a new Osama bi

Returning to Israel after an extended absence can be a disturbing

Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?

How dismal was election night 2002?

One big problem with liberal and leftist debate about Al Qaeda or Iraq
is that it rarely seems to have much to do with Al Qaeda or Iraq.

"Debacle 2002" is already in reruns but has been replaced by a new
dramatic series called "Zero 4," which chronicles some familiar
characters and a few new faces running for President.

Within the next decade, 30-40 percent of current public school teachers
in the United States will retire, opening up more than 700,000 teaching

Robert Bly, with David Ray, founded American Writers Against the
Vietnam War in 1967; it sponsored many rallies and readings against the
war. He is preparing a similar group to do readings against the Iraq


The current Salmagundi (Summer-Fall 2002) has a section on what it
calls "Femicons" (the category includes articles on Emma Goldman,
Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Willa Cather); but

Is our public health system ready?

Unions are edging into the peace movement, but they are still minor

With Republicans in full control in Washington, next year's prospects
are grim.

In 2000, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan posed a question to
the Millennium Summit of the UN: "If humanitarian intervention is,
indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how s

"I was in a highly unshaved and tatty state," John Lennon said of his 1966 meeting with a certain conceptual artist, then mounting her first show at London's Indica Gallery.