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Articles from Vol. 273, No. 13, October 29

'Antiterrorist' Bedfellows
As the war on terrorism gears up, governments around the world are already justifying repression in the name of that cause, while the Bush Administration and its allies send signals that they may look the other way. On September 21 the Administration...
Boodle & Airline Security
The attacks of September 11 have not only exposed the failures of our intelligence apparatus and the "blowback" problem of US foreign policy. They have also stripped bare how one branch of corporate America, the $273 billion airline industry, has successfully...
Ecobuilding's New Mortar
The marching order to "leave nothing but footprints" enlisted an infantry of green builders this season, before our collective attention turned to security. While our man from the Midland Petroleum Club (a k a George W. Bush) dissed environmental causes...
Ends and Means: Defining a Just War
I have never since my childhood supported a shooting war in which the United States was involved, although in retrospect I think the NATO war in Kosovo achieved beneficial results. The war in Afghanistan against apocalyptic terrorism qualifies in my...
Labor Sifts the Ashes : UNIONS ARE GRIEVING OVER LOST MEMBERS WHILE BRACING FOR UNCERTAINTIES AHEAD
Two days after the World Trade Center attacks, and without any notice by the press, a thousand or more people crowded onto the first-floor gallery of the AFL-CIO's Washington, DC, headquarters to mourn organized labor's soul-numbing casualties. The...
Letter from Berlin
FIRST CLASS Saturday mornings, one often catches a glimpse of Germany's Environment Minister, Jurgen Trittin, at the farmers' market on Kollwitzplatz. The market is in the trendy neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, a short bike ride from the Regierungsviertel,...
LETTER FROM GROUND ZERO : Annihilation and the Ways of Peace
One month after September 11, ground zero--six blocks from where I live--remains unquiet. Inextinguishable subterranean fires belch smoke into the neighborhood, as if the ruin were an active volcano, spreading a stench whose source we do not care to...
Letters
UNICEF AND TEXTBOOKS IN PALESTINE Jerusalem * Fouad Moughrabi's "Battle of the Books in Palestine" [Oct. 1] incorrectly states that UNICEF evacuated its staff from the West Bank and Gaza at the outset of the intifada one year ago. In fact, staff...
New War, Old Weapons
President Bush has stated that his global campaign against terrorism will be a "new kind of war," in which traditional military approaches will give way to a more innovative mix of tactics. Or, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it in an Op-Ed...
New World Order
As I write, the world is filled with fear. I am having one of those reactions that psychologists describe as a stress response. I suppose I'm not alone, though. A friend calls and says, "You hung a flag yet? Anyone who's been to Cuba, you better hang...
Patriot Games
Patriotism requires no apologies. Like anti-Communism and anti-Fascism, it is an admirable and thoroughly sensible a priori assumption from which to begin making more nuanced judgments. Nor does patriotism need to be exclusionary. I am an American...
Press Watch
The press conference that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held shortly after the United States began bombing Afghanistan on October 7 was painful to behold. The questions posed by reporters tended to be either trivial--Did the B-2s involved in the...
The Crash
The new war on terror isn't going to be of much use in combating the present plunge in America's well-being. Well before the twin towers fell to earth the country was entering a fierce decline, and it is assuredly going to get worse.The fall in growth...
The Democrats' Dilemma : IN TRYING TO AVOID BEING SEEN AS UNPATRIOTIC, THEY RISK LOOKING LIKE LAPDOGS
This is difficult, but imagine what it would be like if Democrats in Congress actually had their act together. In this scenario, it is barely a week after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Airline lobbyists...
The Limits of War
The war in Afghanistan, coming after the atrocities of September 11, provokes a welter of contradictory emotions. On the one side, a desire for justice and a yearning for security. And on the other side, dread of a war unrestrained by national boundaries,...