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April 21, 2003


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We've received numerous letters regarding William Hartung's "Keeping Hope
, Al Ross
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Because September 11 "changed everything," it hasn't always been easy to
find an objective yardstick by which to judge the Bush Administration's
tactics in the "war on terrorism." But the Admin

A Vesuvius of violence has erupted from the dead center of American
life, the executive branch of the government.

In its tribute to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who died on March 26, The
mentions that his office washroom displayed a framed cover
of the September 22, 1979, issue of The Natio

This editorial was originally published in the April 21, 2003 issue of The Nation.

Of the more than 700 journalists who have registered with the CentCom
Coalition Media Center here, two have emerged as celebrities.

By the start of the third week of war, Bush was bogged down in
Mesopotamia and Washington.

Perhaps Americans can be excused for imagining that "regime change" in
Iraq would be a cakewalk.


Robert Scheer

After carefully crafted U.S.

Stop the Presses

CORRECTION: When this column was originally published, a fact-checking error caused the word "owner" to be removed from a reference to the Jewish "owner-editors" of U.S. News & World Report and The New Republic. This may have made it appear as if Alterman was addressing the issue of Jewish "editors" in general with regard to media coverage and Israel, rather than merely the two men he cited.


"We are in a funding emergency today," read the e-mail from the New York
Abortion Access Fund.

And so for Richard Perle was writ
The second graf of his obit:
This soaring bird of hawkish myth
Was grounded when discovered with
His talon in the cookie jar


She's the ultimate quick-change artist, with a style that can absorb any
trend and an image to match. She's gone from material girl to S/M
maitresse, from power diva to contented mother.

David Cortright has laid out many aspects of an agenda to help the US
peace movement move from the immediate work of trying to stop this war,
to continuing to broaden the reach of our movement

The war is just two weeks old, yet the Bush Administration has
accomplished the unprecedented isolation of the United States worldwide,
even from several of its historic allies.

Ifind David Cortright's call useful but limiting. The most exciting
aspect of the antiwar organizing has been its global reach.

Richard Perle's resignation as chairman of Donald Rumsfeld's
Defense Policy Board on March 27 capped a tumultuous month for the
neoconservative who spent the past decade stoking the fires for t

Led by a former Boeing machinist, Las Vegas exotic dancers are talking union.

There is nothing glorious or gallant about combat.

Bush's motives have more to do with empire and profit than with liberating Iraq.

As the Bush Administration continues its illegal and unjust military
invasion of Iraq, we must steel ourselves for the difficult days that
lie ahead.

At no point in modern American history has the civilian leadership of the
nation's military establishment come under as much criticism from serving
military officers as is the case now regardin

Books & the Arts


A divide exists between Chinese literature and movies written, produced,
read or viewed in the West, and those written and produced in mainlaind


He says he is not a fighter--or rather, the narrator says it; he's "an
onlooker," someone who steps aside, "frail," "not the savior of the
world," not a "prophet," speaking only to himself, liv


OK, let's say that life goes on.


David L. Kirp has chronicled the Mount Laurel, New Jersey, history in Almost Home: America's Love-Hate Relationship with Community (Princeton).