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Kate Doyle served as an expert witness in the Mack trial. The documents used in the trial and dozens of other declassified US records on US policy in Guatemala may be found at the website of the National Security Archive.

The military needs more lawyers. More accurately, the Defense Department
wants military recruiters to recruit law students on campus and through
official channels.

The day after Mary Robinson stepped down as United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, forced out by determined pressure from
Washington, George W.

(Translated From the Norwegian)

The Nobel Carter finally got
He got 'cause he's what Bush is not.

Now they've given Jimmy Carter the Nobel Peace Prize. Looking at the
present, wretched incumbent, Democrats feel smug about their paladin of

There's a joke circulating on the Internet: A grandmother overhears her
5-year-old granddaughter playing "wedding." The wedding vows go like
this: "You have the right to remain silent.


Strategic lessons for a Democratic Party that is having trouble finding its way.

It's filling the grassroots role once played by the Christian

On his new album, country-rocker Steve Earle lets politics infuse his music.

Even after twenty-five years, the bitter taste of Argentina's "dirty war" lingers.

Shortly after Ronald Reagan became President of the United States, the
nation's capital got a second morning newspaper. Eventually, Dr. Ronald
Goodwin, formerly the Rev.

The author may be contacted regarding this piece at JonWiener@hotmail.com.

When the University of Nebraska Press sent my review copy of the
Selected Short Stories of Weldon Kees
with a note asking that I
please accept the book with the compliments of the author

The Bush Administration seems to be gunning to make history as the first
great unilateralist government of the twenty-first century.

Help prove that the public supports peace by donating money to the campaigns of members of Congress who voted against the war and now face tough re-election campaigns. And let the pols know exactly why you're supporting them. Chief among these, according to MoveOn.org, are Paul Wellstone, who faces a brutal Senate race in Minnesota, and Rick Larsen, Rush Holt and Jay Inslee, all running for re-election in hotly contested House districts.

Regardless of who's in office, though, it's critical to build up the grassroots. A national movement will give decent legislators the backbone to stand up to the hawks and will serve notice to less enlightened members of Congress that there will be political costs to their support for war. And the notion of peace is gaining traction. As the Washington Post reported yesterday--a week after The Nation's Liza Featherstone wrote about a nascent peace movement--people are seeing a "rising tide of student activism, of protesting by people who have never protested before and of an engagement on the issue that was absent prior to US involvement in Vietnam."

There are big marches being planned in Washington, DC, and San Francisco for October 26, as well as smaller events happening almost continously nationwide. The country is clearly not united behind Bush's policy of regime change in Iraq. The larger the protests, the more difficult this will be to ignore.

Can George W. Bush be trusted as he further heats up the rhetoric on Iraq?

Two days after a horrific bomb blast in Bali, Indonesia, killed over 180 ...

A majority of House Democrats on Thursday rejected President Bush's request for blank-check authority to wage war with Iraq, despite the fact that House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, helped draft the resolution and lobbied for its passage.

As expected, the resolution authorizing Bush to order the invasion of Iraq – without a Congressional declaration of war -- passed the House and Senate easily in votes late Thursday and early Friday. The Senate approved the resolution by a lopsided 77-23 vote; the House by a somewhat narrower 296-133 margin.

The surprise came in the size of the vote against the resolution. Just weeks ago, when foes of the administration canvassed the House to determine the size of the opposition bloc, they counted just a few dozen firm votes against the administration's proposal.

You couldn't tell from press accounts, but more than 90,000 people massed last Sunday in nationwide protests against Bush's plans to invade Iraq. The New York Times reported "several thousand people" filling the East Meadow in New York City's Central Park for an afternoon rally. But organizers, and numerous Nation eyewitnesses, put the number much closer to 20,000.

Staged by Not In Our Name, an ad hoc coalition of groups and individuals, the day's efforts were largely focused around the Pledge of Resistance, a set of principles laying down a philosophical foundation for political and social activism. And the momentum is building. The Institute for Policy Studies has compiled a list of more than 250 events planned in the coming weeks on college campuses, in churches and in Congressional offices. This number could jump dramatically after today's Congressional vote in favor of Bush's war resolution. Check out UnitedForPeace, a new site recently launched by Global Exchange, for a close-to-comprehensive collection of event listings coast to coast.

Even after today's 296-133 House vote supporting the Administration's resolution, there's still time to make Iraq a key campaign issue in next month's elections. Get tips from the National Network to End the War Against Iraq, a nationwide coalition of more than 140 peace and justice, student and faith-based organizations. And after this week's votes in support of war, you might be tempted to consider Michael Moore's pledge to never again vote for any Democratic member of Congress who supports George W. Bush's war against Iraq.


Los Angeles

George Bush's speech from Cincinnati was calm, composed, reasonable--a
studied performance calculated to win plaudits from the punditry and the
consent of Congress to an Iraq resolution tailore

"You look beautiful," shouted more than one speaker to the crowd that
gathered in New York's Central Park on Sunday, October 6, to protest
George W.

There you go again, Mr. Ashcroft.

On October 6 Brazilian voters propelled Workers' Party candidate Luiz
Inácio da Silva, or "Lula," as he is known, one step closer to
the presidency of the second-most-populous country in