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after the revelations about prisoner abuse and flimsy terrorism cases, is it time to reconsider the fate of John Walker Lindh?

Trial by fury: after the revelations about prisoner abuse and flimsy terrorism cases, is it time to reconsider the fate of John Walker Lindh? Susan Orenstein ON DECEMBER 2, 2001, John Walker Lindh made one of the strongest first impressions in American history. Captured in Afghanistan, there he was on CNN, scraggly, injured, occasionally wincing […]

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Arundhati Roy: activist in an angry world

Arundhati Roy: activist in an angry world – Interview Arlie Russell Hochschild After her novel The God of Small Things sold 6 million copies, how easy it would have been for Arundhati Roy to retreat from the world and sit quietly at her desk. Instead, Roy has used her literary perch to become a leading […]

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Sidestepping sanctions: while the Bush administration looks the other way, U.S. companies are dodging laws that bar them from doing business with nations accused of sponsoring terrorism

Sidestepping sanctions: while the Bush administration looks the other way, U.S. companies are dodging laws that bar them from doing business with nations accused of sponsoring terrorism – Outfront Michael Scherer In April, as American tanks approached the outskirts of Baghdad, Pentagon officials suggested that only U.S. companies would be allowed to take part in […]

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Chad 2.0: computer voting was supposed to revolutionize elections. But has it just updated old problems?

Chad 2.0: computer voting was supposed to revolutionize elections. But has it just updated old problems? – Outfront THE LESSONS OF FLORIDA’S 2000 ELECTION DEBACLE were painfully clear: Butterfly ballots and punch cards are no way to run an election. Vowing “never again,” Congress pledged nearly $4 billion to fund voting modernization, and tech firms […]

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foster kids rarely get the chance to grow roots in a community. But in an Illinois neighborhood known as Hope Meadows, they are finding loving families, supportive social services, and an irreplaceable network of “grandparents.”

Fostering hope: foster kids rarely get the chance to grow roots in a community. But in an Illinois neighborhood known as Hope Meadows, they are finding loving families, supportive social services, and an irreplaceable network of “grandparents.” Rob Gurwitt Every June 17, Loralee Pena and her husband, Al, hold a small celebration. They drive the […]

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The uncompassionate conservative: it’s not that he’s mean. It’s just that when it comes to seeing how his policies affect people, George W. Bush doesn’t have a clue

The uncompassionate conservative: it’s not that he’s mean. It’s just that when it comes to seeing how his policies affect people, George W. Bush doesn’t have a clue Molly Ivins IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND why George W. Bush doesn’t get it, you have to take several strands of common Texas attitude, then add an impressive […]

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for 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith?

Hillary’s prayer: for 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith? Kathryn Joyce It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate […]

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Re:Action: how to learn more about, or get involved in, the issues featured in Mother Jones

Re:Action: how to learn more about, or get involved in, the issues featured in Mother Jones A Gathering Swarm page 36 Wellstone Action trains grassroots activists to take on causes that would have made its namesake proud. Democracy for America is pushing for a progressive overhaul of the Democratic machine. America Coming Together is retooling […]

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Life against the wall: as Israel’s barrier encircles their once-vibrant town, the people of Qalqiliya are losing hope

Life against the wall: as Israel’s barrier encircles their once-vibrant town, the people of Qalqiliya are losing hope Chris Hedges THERE IS A 25-FOOT-HIGH CONCRETE WALL in Nahayla Auynaf’s front yard. The gray mass, punctuated by cylindrical guard towers with narrow window slits for Israeli soldiers, looks from her steps like the side of an […]

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Christian science? Siding with an antiabortion doctor, the FDA rejects easy access to a morning-after pill

Christian science? Siding with an antiabortion doctor, the FDA rejects easy access to a morning-after pill Chris Mooney In late 2002, women’s groups sounded an alarm over the appointment of Dr. W. David Hager and two other physicians–all opponents of abortion–to the FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Although this move involved only 3 of […]