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. 16, No. 12, December

Chalabi-Palooza
THE CONQUERING fabricator has returned. On November 9, Ahmad Chalabi, the notorious Iraqi exile who fed a hungry Pentagon and hungrier press corps fantastic tales of Saddam Hussein's bristling arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and joint ventures...
Dana Rohrabacher, Auteur
ON NOVEMBER 4, THE Los Angeles Times reported that Orange County Representative Dana Rohrabacher had opened Capitol Hill doors to a movie producer, Joseph Medawar, interested in ginning up political support for a proposed TV series about the Department...
Death by Dilution: When Fakes of a GlaxoSmithKline Anti-Malarial Drug Turned Up in Africa, Authorities Assumed the Drug Giant Would Want to Know. Instead, They Learned about a Huge, Evil Trade in Fake Drugs-And about an Industry That Doesn't Want the Truth to Get Out
IN GRAHAM GREENE'S 1949 THRILLER CLASSIC, THE THIRD MAN, HARRY LIME--"the dirtiest racketeer who ever made a dirty living"--peddles diluted penicillin through the sewers of occupied Vienna. During the film's famous scene atop the city's Great Wheel,...
Dossier: The New New Orleans
New Orleans' population before Hurricane Katrina was 462,269 ... Today, 138,026 households, or two-thirds of the 2000 census population, are still forwarding their mail to new addresses ... The city's budget for 2004 was roughly $16.8 billion ... It...
Drug Beneficiary
WITH THE NEW medicare prescription-drug benefit proving an ever more byzantine boondoggle, one would understand if AARP, the bill's most important supporter when it was enacted, wanted to guide its members through this thicket. But AARP seems to have...
Follow the (Dear) Leader: Do Art and Culture Even Exist in North Korea? A New Book and a New Compact Disc Open the Door-Just a Crack-On the Hermit Kingdom
IN TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, the puppet-film satire of the global war on terrorism made by Matt Stone and Trey Parker (of South Park fame), North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is gleefully depicted as an oddball Bond villain: outsized glasses, Elmer...
He's Done: Bush Once Brandished September 11 like a Weapon against His Critics. but in One Dramatic Recent Week, It All Caught Up with Him. the 9-11 Era Is Now Over
THINGS CHANGE FAST, WHEN they finally do. For more than two years, the daily reports of American casualties and car bombs in Iraq, questions about how the White House had led the country into the Iraq War, and the torture memos and "extraordinary renditions"--with...
Homeward Bound: "Choice Feminism" Claims That Staying Home with the Kids Is Just One More Feminist Option. Funny That Most Men Rarely Make the Same "Choice." Exactly What Kind of Choice Is That?
I. THE TRUTH ABOUT ELITE WOMEN THE WEALTHIEST, MOST-PRIVILEGED, best-educated females in the country stay home with their babies rather than work in the market economy. When in September The New York Times featured an article exploring a piece of...
Naval Gazing
EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD has its own target demographic. By the exit of the Metro station near my house in a predominantly African American area of D.C., we've got posters for 50 Cent's new movie, Get Rich or Die Tryin', and BET's show Ultimate Hustler....
Net Effects: Netroots Activists Are Liberal Firebrands? Tell That to Sherrod Brown
IT'S NOT EXACTLY RARE TO SEE THE blogosphere in an uproar. But the recent row between supporters of Paul Hackett and backers of Representative Sherrod Brown, who are vying for the Democratic nomination for senator from Ohio, was a bit odder than most....
One Step Forward ... the West Has High Hopes for Morocco, but Democracy Is Coming Slowly
OVER SEVERAL DAYS THIS FALL, an estimated 1,500 sub-Saharan Africans tried to enter Europe by scaling the wire fences that separate the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla from the rest of Morocco. In the midst of this attempt, on September 29, Morocco's...
Open Doors, Closed Minds: Jim Bill Lynn Believed His Wal-Mart Bosses When They Said He Should Report Unfair Practices. He Did-And Walked into Kafka's Castle
BY ALL ACCOUNTS, JIM BILL LYNN BLED WAL-MART blue. His friend Darrell Altom, who worked with Lynn at Wal-Mart's Searcy, Arkansas, distribution center in the days before Lynn traveled the nation and the world on Wal-Mart's behalf, recalls that at the...
Part-Ing Shots: The Bush Administration's Curiously One-Sided Good-Government Tool
THIS FEBRUARY IN NORTH Carolina, George W. Bush told a giddy crowd, "I'm here to talk about an issue that is going to be an interesting experience in dealing with the Congress [laughter]. And that is Social Security--formerly known as the third rail...
Picture This: Can the ACLU Pry More Abu Ghraib Photos from the Government?
IT'S POURING RAIN OUTSIDE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Jameel Jaffer's office on an October afternoon, making the room dark and chilly, and Jaffer holds up a legal document so a visitor can get a better look. In the document,...
Shots in the Dark: You May Have Forgotten "Missile Defense," but Rumsfeld Hasn't. He's Still Pushing a Useless, Secretive-And Very Expensive-System
ON A FRIGID DAY IN ALASKA LAST WINTER, A rocket, designed to simulate an incoming missile launched at the United States, blasted out of the ground. Fifteen minutes later, an interceptor rocket was to be deployed from a site in the Marshall Islands,...
Sorry, Not Buying: So Republicans Want Black People to Be Grateful for Their Attention? Forgive Me, but We're Not Quite as Bowled over as They'd like Us to Be
NOT LONG AGO, WILLIAM BENNETT--FORMER education secretary, self-styled moralist, and gambler--philosophized, "If you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime...
The Right Fight
MANY DEMOCRATIC STRATEGISTS CONTEND THAT a battle to block Samuel Alito's elevation to the Supreme Court is the wrong fight at the wrong time. The Bush presidency is in trouble on so many other fronts: the deceptions that misled the nation into war,...
The Two Darwinisms
THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT IS NOW MOUNTING a full-throttled attack on Darwinism even as it has thoroughly embraced Darwinism's bastard child, social Darwinism. On the face of it, these positions may appear inconsistent. What unites them is a profound...
This Is Simplification?
THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO CRITICIZE ABOUT THE recent report from President Bush's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Personally, I'm appalled at the report's call for adding $7 trillion more to the deficit over the next two decades--a catastrophe...