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Noble Rhetoric Supports Democracy While Ignoble Policies Support Repression

President George W. Bush's November 6 speech before the National Endowment for Democracy emphasizing the need for greater democracy and freedom in the Arab world, while containing a number of positive aspects, was nevertheless very misleading and all-too characteristic of the longstanding contradictory messages that have plagued U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Jakarta Peace Consensus Update: Where is the Antiwar Movement?

In the four months since U.S. President George W. Bush triumphantly declared the end of "major hostilities" in Iraq, the occupation has become ever more untenable and no less illegal by the day. Where are the members of the global antiwar movement?

Liberia: Beyond the Troops-No-Troops Debate

Fueled by media images of carnage and desperation, a debate has been begun regarding a possible U.S. role in Liberia, but so far it has been all troops or no troops, without adequate attention to the big picture.

Iraq: Descending into the Quagmire

The Bush administration seems headed toward committing the same mistakes of its Vietnam-era predecessors--plus a number of its own.

Trading Liberty for Security after September 11

What we have done since September 11 is not to make the hard choice of choosing which of our liberties we are willing to forego, but rather to sacrifice their liberties—those of immigrants, and especially of Arab and Muslim immigrants—for the purported security of the rest of us.

Nuclear War in South Asia

There is reason to believe nuclear capability may make the chances of war worse in South Asia.