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Articles from Vol. 272, No. 10, March 12

Bully in the Pulpit?
The following is a forum on Ellen Willis's "Freedom From Religion," which appeared in the February 19 issue. --The Editors Los Angeles * I am a spiritual man. I believe politics must arise from a spiritual source as well as an ideological one....
Bush's Nuclear Revival
George W. Bush's mid-February directive ordering the Pentagon to review and restructure the US nuclear arsenal is a wake-up call for supporters of arms control and disarmament. Under the guise of revising nuclear policy to make it more relevant to...
Confronting Iraq
George W. Bush's description of the US-British bombing of Iraq as a "routine mission" unwittingly summed up the mechanical nature of the US-British air operations in Iraq, which have been bombing on autopilot since 1992. These sorties continue because...
Defining Adequacy Up : FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS VIOLATE STATE CONSTITUTIONS, NEW COURT DECISIONS SAY
It's been more than thirty years since Jack Coons and Steve Sugarman, two University of California law professors, devised the legal theory for challenging the unequal financing schemes that appeared to lock so many poor and minority children into...
Hate versus Death
Almost every week, it seems, we get to read about some state execution, performed or imminent, wreathed in the usual toxic fog of race or sex prejudice, or incompetency of counsel, or prosecutorial misconduct. Take the recent execution in Ashcroft...
Liberation Musicology
The recording industry has been celebrating the supposed defeat of Napster. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the grant of a preliminary injunction that may well have the effect of closing the service down completely and ending...
Murdoch's Fox News They Distort They Decide
It was the last Sunday in January, and Vice President Dick Cheney was making the morning talk-show rounds. On ABC, Sam Donaldson posed hard-hitting questions about the new Administration's failure to alleviate California's energy crisis, the wisdom...
Nader and the Politics of Fear : HE AND THE GREENS ARE A PROBLEM FOR DEMOCRATS, BUT MIGHT ALSO BE A USEFUL ASSET
Mention his name in the House Democratic caucus and Ralph Nader draws spontaneous boos. Among party regulars, many assume that the anger and the regrets lingering from Election 2000 effectively put an end to the "Nader moment." Every right turn by...
Race: The Continental Divide -- If the Civil Rights Movement Succeeded, Why Today's Disparity?
The first moments of a recent documentary about Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Rebels With a Cause, recall one of the signal images of the 1960s civil rights struggle: police training torrents of water from fire hoses on demonstrators in...
Right with Bush
Every conservative is now a compassionate conservative. Well, most were at the recent annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which drew more than 3,000 right-wing activists and leaders to a hotel outside Washington. A year ago George W. Bush...
Thomas Speaks!
Back during the presidential campaign, George W. Bush called Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia his favorite Supreme Court Justices--a remark widely interpreted at the time as just smoke-blowing in the direction of the right. Guess what--it's time...
Unreality Television
The network honchos called by Louisiana Representative Billy Tauzin and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify on the election night debacle were a decidedly ungrateful bunch. True, they were forced to sit through a video of their billion-dollar...