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The Terror Enigma

“Remember 9/11!” is the rallying cry of the War Party; what we are remembering, however, is a half-truth.  It is time to draw the curtain on the largely ignored prehistory of September 11.  Although Bush-administration officials deny that they had

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Stemming the Tide

On August 9, 2001, during a speech from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, President George W. Bush put an end to several months of debate surrounding government funding of research on stem cells derived from human embryos.  After discussing his

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Attack of the Jacobins

Trent Lott—to the guillotine!  The cry has gone up, the mob is implacable, and the once-powerful and seemingly unassailable Senate majority leader has gotten the message loud and clear: Confess your sins, bare your neck, and prepare to lose your

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The Etymology of “Homeland Security”

A search for the origin of the term “homeland security,” which has emerged almost from nowhere since last September, leads to the little-known Institute for Homeland Security, formed in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., in October 1999.  

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Putin’s Gamble: Playing the Terrorist Card

When Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Bush shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks to express his solidarity, pundits East and West took this as a sign of what one American columnist called the coming “earthquake” in U.S.-Russia relations. 

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Osama bin Laden: The Balkan Connection

The U.S. and British embassies were shut down in Sarajevo on October 17 after receiving threats from Bosnian Muslims and their foreign co-religionists resident in Bosnia who profess outrage at the bombing of Afghanistan. “This step has been taken due

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The Serbs and the West

A thousand editorialists have described Vojislav Kostunica, Yugoslavia’s new president, as a “moderate nationalist.” In fact, Kostunica is no more “nationalistic” than Jacques Chirac or Vaclav Havel. He is a self-described Serbian patriot, who says he wants for his people

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Immigration Misinformation

The debate over immigration policy has been marked by inaccurate reporting in an astonishing number of instances. Errors and material omissions by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Census Bureau, and the Department of Education are only the

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Banking on Boris

On Wednesday, September 1, a homemade bomb exploded on the third level of the Manezh Square underground shopping mall—dubbed “Luzhkov’s pyramid” by critics of the Moscow mayor’s taste in architecture—in the heart of Russia’s ancient capital, only yards away from

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What Are We Willing to Settle For?

For nearly half a century, hundreds of school districts across the nation have battled exorbitantly expensive social engineering schemes forced upon them by federal courts under the guise of “desegregation remedial orders.” These orders, which supersede local, state, and federal

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Kosovo and the Albanian Drug Trade

As I write this at the end of April, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia is in its fourth week. Albania—predictably—has been turned into a NATO base, and the Kosovo Liberation Army is openly recruiting volunteers in NATO countries, including the