The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 7, July

121 Days Old: Nick Yarris' New Life after He Was Freed from Death Row
IF YOU'D ASKED NICK YARRIS HOW OLD HE WAS, ON May 17, 2004--his 43rd birthday--he'd have told you, "121 days." For the rest of his life, Yarris will have his regular birthday and the day he was born again: January 16, 2004, the day he walked out of...
Ballot Insecurity: In Theory, the June 30 Handover in Iraq Is Supposed to Clear the Path to Free and Fair Elections. in Practice, It's a Little More Complicated Than That
SIX MONTHS AGO, THE QUESTION ON the lips of most critics of the occupation of Iraq was one that the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani had posed: Why not hold elections by June 30? At the time, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) claimed...
Blog Heaven
ROBERT MCCHESNEY WILL GET NO ARGUMENT FROM ME on the vital importance of fighting to change the many ways our government policies have made possible the ongoing consolidation of media outlets into fewer and fewer corporate-controlled hands. Having...
Building a Better UN: Yes, We Need It. but We Need It to Be More Effective Than It Has Been. Can the UN Fix Itself?
IF ONE HAD ASKED THE LEADERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS to choose a test case through which they could demonstrate the organization's efficacy before the world, they would hardly have chosen Iraq. With a volatile security situation, too few peacekeeping...
Bush's God
It was recently reported that the Bush campaign had e-mailed members of the clergy, soliciting help in identifying "friendly" congregations that would do the campaign's bidding in their areas. When the e-mail came to light, legal experts warned that...
Check and Balance
FROM THE NATION'S FOUNDING, THE UNITED STATES HAS promoted communications through constitutional guarantees, favorable legislation, and extensive subsidies. There has been nothing sinister about this bias. Although the purposes have varied, the support--first...
Courtroom Contortions: How America's Application of the Death Penalty Erodes the Principle of Equal Justice under Law
ONE COST THIS COUNTRY PAYS FOR THE DEATH penalty is that its courts are constantly compelled to corrupt the law in order to uphold death sentences. That corruption soils the character of the United States as a nation dedicated to equal justice under...
Death's Dwindling Dominion: Public Opinion Is Shifting against the Death Penalty. What Will It Take to Abolish It?
AS WE ENTER THE 21ST CENTURY, AMERICANS have never been more divided over the proper role of the death penalty. Some of us (still a minority) would like to see it entirely abolished--and we have achieved this goal in a dozen states, beginning with...
Earth to Kerry
George W. Bush had a pretty good month. Iraq is still a mess, but the Bush administration, with the improbable help of the United Nations, managed to confound the critics and install a new government in Baghdad. The UN Security Council blessed the...
Eastern Bloc Party: On the Eve of the Iraq War, the Bush Administration Boasted of a Great European Divide. but Today, Europe's United-And Economically Strong
IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THIS year's expansion of the European Union and NATO, go to Berlin. Fifteen years ago, the Berlin Wall, approximately 96 miles of concrete and soldiers, was the symbol of the Cold War. When I visited this spring, my taxi...
Going It Alone: The Rest of the Civilized World Has Abolished the Death Penalty. Will the United States Follow Suit?
AS YOU HAVE READ IN THE PRECEDING PAGES, a large majority of countries in the world have abolished the death penalty. In order to join the European Union, for example, countries have to become parties to the European Convention for the Protection of...
Ground Zero West
WHILE NEW YORK'S SEPTEMBER 11 memorial as yet exists only in architectural renderings, another 9-11 monument, open for more than a year, has already drawn millions of visitors. To get there from Ground Zero, take the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey and...
It Was a Very Bad Year: There's Little to Celebrate about Bill Keller's First Anniversary at the Helm of the New York Times. and the Judith Miller Fiasco Is Only Part of the Problem
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN READERS of The New York Times never knew what they were missing. You had to run down to Hotaling's, the out-of-town newsstand in Times Square, to check The Washington Post or the Los Angeles Times, or wait a few days for the Manchester...
Life after Death
WHY A WHOLE SPECIAL REPORT ON THE death penalty? For one thing, the growing movement to reform and eventually abolish capital punishment in America suggests that heterodox currents are alive and thriving in these seemingly conservative times. For another,...
Look Who's Feuding: Suddenly It's Republicans (for a Change!) Who Are at One Another's Throats over Iraq. There's Even Talk of a Postelection Neocon Purge. the Sun Sets on National Greatness Conservatism
ABU GHRAIB. L'AFFAIRE CHALABI. GEORGE TENET'S RESIGnation. More conservative defections from the war enterprise. A circular firing squad of feuds--between John McCain and Denny Hastert, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay. These have been, to state the obvious,...
Man in the Iron Mosque: Radical Sunni Cleric Sheikh Mahdi Al-Sumeidayih Was Held in Abu Ghraib Prison-And He and His Salafi Followers Are Hardly in a Forgiving Mood
IF THE AMERICAN JAILERS OF SHEIKH Mahdi al-Sumeidayih hoped to take the fire out of one of Iraq's most radical Sunni clerics, they might have been glad to hear the hesitant, almost beseeching tone in his voice less than a week after his release. ...
Nader's New Raiders
WHEN OPPOSITES ATTRACT, it's not always a case of innocent bliss. During the month of April, donations to Ralph Nader's presidential campaign from contributors who have historically given to Republican candidates or the Republican Party spiked dramatically...
Oinkonomics?
Congress seems on the verge of enacting a major new corporate-tax giveaway bill this summer. Ostensibly designed to protect American manufacturing jobs, it will almost certainly have the opposite effect. But hardly any of our lawmakers seem to understand--or...
Rising Starrs
BILL HAS SURVIVED. Almost five years to the day after the Independent Counsel Act expired, former President Clinton released his memoir, My Life, which, properly enough, is none too kind to the zealous team of prosecutors assembled by Kenneth Starr....
Shutting Down Death Row: Illinois' Death-Penalty Reforms May Presage a Fairer Criminal-Justice System
CHANGE IN THE CRIMINAL-JUSTICE SYSTEM IS A rare thing. Change in death-penalty policy is even more rare. Yet Illinois undertook a comprehensive reassessment of its death-penalty system recently, passing reforms that will have far reaching impacts on...
Taking Juveniles off Death Row: This Year the Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments over Whether the Juvenile Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional. If It Decides So, the Court Will Be on the Cutting Edge of Death-Penalty Reform
DESPITE A JUDICIARY INCREASINGLY DOMINATED BY CONSERVATIVE APPOINTEES, the federal courts have shown a heartening willingness to rein in the death penalty. In recent years, they have limited who is eligible and have placed other restrictions on states'...
The Business Motive
I GUESS I OFFICIALLY QUALIFY AS AN OLD FART NOW. I agree with much of Robert McChesney's diagnosis of the media's problems; I just lack faith in the prescription. I think that the "media politics" syndrome he describes has reached its advanced stages--too...
The Social Life of Kerryites
ABOUT A YEAR AGO I GOT roped into the Friendster social-software system by an English friend. Originally designed to help people find dates through friends, it's mainly used by my circle of college chums to stay in touch despite living in farflung...
The Uneven Scales of Capital Justice: How Race and Class Affect Who Ends Up on Death Row
IN 1972, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECLARED THE death penalty unconstitutional. The Court found that because the capital-punishment laws gave sentencers virtually unbridled discretion in deciding whether or not to impose a death sentence, "The death sentence...
The Unique Brutality of Texas: Why the Lone Star State Leads the Nation in Executions
GATHERING DUST IN TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK Perry's inbox is a clemency petition from Joe Lee Guy, a death-row inmate. The petition declares that "the integrity of Guy's capital trial was severely compromised." Considering how horrendously the wheels of...
Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Karl Rove is so desperate for votes from conservative Christians that he just might don a black preacher's robe and hit the pulpit. In early June, Luke Bernstein, coalitions coordinator for the Bush campaign in Pennsylvania, wrote a letter to team...
Waging the Media Battle
OUR PRESS SYSTEM IS FALLING IN THE UNITED STATES, and we must be clear about why it is failing. The problem is not with poorly trained or unethical journalists; in fact, I suspect this may well be as talented and ethical as any generation of journalists...

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