Courting Anti-Americanism

This is risky business, and the “reforms” the IMF is imposing had better work. If they fail, and collapse follows, the United States is the villain at whom every Asian demagogue will point the finger — for the IMF is seen in Asia as an agent of U.S. economic imperialism… …

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The Assassination of Ken Starr

Can one imagine the reaction in Washington in 1974 if it were revealed that Nixon’s lawyer, Jim St. Clair, had hired detectives to investigate Leon Jaworksi’s staff, that they had found out one was homosexual, and that Nixon’s men had “outed” him?… Every newspaper would have exploded with cries for …

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Puerto Rican Statehood: A Path to Disunion

Why are Republicans pushing it? The politics of pander aside, there is money involved. Transnational corporations want another large pool of low-wage labor near the United States, so they can unload more of their high-paid American workers. So they have rented out the services of “conservative” lobbyists… Well, our giant …

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Hillary Tries the “O.J. Defense”

Like Johnnie Cochran and the “dream team” that prevented justice from being done in the O.J. Simpson trial, Hillary Clinton seems to have mastered the “O.J. defense.” The essence of this defense is first to change the subject from the guilt of the accused to the character of the accusers, …

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Detente in the Gulf?

When the Americans, like the British before them, grow weary of their imperial duties and sail away, Iran will dominate the Persian Gulf. It is ordained. No nation in the region can match Iran’s size, population or power. George Bush’s war that smashed Iraq and the U.S.-led embargo blockade that …

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Atheists in the Cub Scout Den

The opening lines of the Boy Scout oath run thus: “I promise to do my best / To do my duty to God and my country. In 1991, 9-year-old twins Michael and William Randall of Anaheim Hills, Calif., refused to take the oath, or to acknowledge any duty to God. …

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Are the Days of Wine and Roses Over?

While Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin is winning applause for shoveling $10 billion into South Korea to avert a default, it is clear neither he nor the IMF saw this crisis coming. Their soothing assurances have about them a ring of hollowness and trepidation… As 1997 ends, even William Jefferson Clinton’s …

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Dishonoring Our Fathers

“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” was the tribute of “Light-Horse Harry” Lee on the death of his old chief, the greatest American of his age, George Washington. Two centuries later, the father of his country has become an embarrassment to some …

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