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Report from Ohio State

By: 
Doug Wagner
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

As President of the Ohio State Campus Greens in the 2003-04 school year, and as an activist in the organization the year before, I've had the privelege of observing student activism emerge out of February 15th, 2003, at one of our nation's largest universities firsthand. It began in a small room in our student union where students outraged at the looming Bush War against Iraq, overwhelmed our student government body meeting to urge that body to pass a resolution against the war. That night, they did- an action that in turn spawned a popular coalition of progressives to run for student government that year.

"It's Time to Get Over It": Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement

By: 
Mark Hand
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from CounterPunch

Researchers and investigative reporters are fascinated with the neoconservatives, that group of American empire peddlers who turned George W. Bush into a junkie war criminal. A similar group, the New Democrats, has been pushing its own dangerous brand of U.S. hegemony but with much less fanfare.

The leading mouthpiece for the New Democrats' radical interventionist program could be our next president.

Another President for the [Israeli] Occupation?

By: 
John Kerry
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from CounterPunch

    "The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America"

My first trip to Israel made real for me all I'd believed about Israel.

I was allowed to fly an air force jet from the Ovda Airbase. It was then that Israeli insecurity about narrow borders became very real to me. In a matter of minutes, I came close to violating the airspace of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. From that moment on, I felt as Israelis do: The promise of peace must be secure before the Promised Land is secure on a thin margin of land.

Back on the ground on that first trip, I toured the country from Kibbutz Mizgav Am to Masada to the Golan.

Bush Or Kerry? Look Closely And The Danger Is The Same

By: 
John Pilger
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from New Statesman

A myth equal to the fable of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction is gaining strength on both sides of the Atlantic. It is that John Kerry offers a world-view different from that of George W Bush. Watch this big lie grow as Kerry is crowned the Democratic candidate and the "anyone but Bush" movement becomes a liberal cause celebre.

While the rise to power of the Bush gang, the neoconservatives, belatedly preoccupied the American media, the message of their equivalents in the Democratic Party has been of little interest. Yet the similarities are compelling.

Gay Rights Groups Going Easy on Kerry

By: 
David Espo
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Prominent gay rights groups are ready to issue an election-year pass to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry (news - web sites) even though he opposes same-sex marriage, settling for less than they want in hopes of avoiding a constitutional amendment they fear.

"It's always disappointing when we find elected officials or candidates who do not support us 100 percent," said Winnie Stachelberg, political director of the Human Rights Campaign.

"But we understand that people are on a journey of becoming more understanding and more supportive of all that affects the gay and lesbian community."

Democrats have aggressively courted gay voters and their campaign donations in recent years.

Not Quite A Dream Team

By: 
Laura Flanders
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from TomPaine.com

John Kerry's primary victories are mounting and "anyone-but-Bush" voters are hankering for a show-down with the Resident. The Massachusetts Senator's "bring it on" victory speeches get big-d Democrats fired up, but when it comes to foreign policy, Kerry is hardly the anti-Bush many are longing for.

As the jockeying begins among those who fancy a government job should Kerry beat Bush in November, it's never too early to give the hopefuls currently advising the candidate a serious look.

Consider Kerry's foreign policy advisers. Ask the candidate's supporters, and the advisor they mention first is Joe Wilson, the Clinton-era National Security Council member who investigated claims that Saddam Hussein was trying to buy weapons-grade uranium from Niger.

Democratic Frontrunner Declares He Will Be Stronger "War President" than Bush

By: 
Patrick Martin
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from World Socialist Web Site

In a speech Friday in Los Angeles, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the likely presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, attacked the Bush administration's management of the "war on terror" and declared that he would be a more effective-and more aggressive-"war president."

The bulk of Kerry's criticism of the Bush administration's foreign and military policy was from the right, not the left, a clear indication of the type of campaign the Democratic Party will wage for the November election. He referred disparagingly to "armchair hawks" in the Pentagon and White House, implicitly contrasting the lack of personal experience in warfare on the part of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz with his own experience as a Vietnam combat veteran.

*** Table of Contents: The Kerry Gamble ***

By: 
Various Authors
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

The thought of another four years of a Bush presidency has led many on the left to adopt an "anybody but Bush" approach to this election. At this point, that means voting for the Democratic Party candidate Senator John Kerry. The following collection of articles explore (and expose) Kerry's position on war, globalization, oppression, and other issues of concern to those fighting for justice and liberation.

"It's Time to Get Over It": Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement
by Mark Hand

Another President for the [Israeli] Occupation?
by John Kerry

Bush Or Kerry?

War and Reaction in Ethiopia

By: 
Jordan Flaherty
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Awasa, Ethiopia "The United States is Ethiopia's best friend in the world," more than one Ethiopian has told me in recent days. On this point, there seems to be much agreement. However, conversations this week from Moyale, on the Southern border with Kenya, to the capital city of Addis Ababa, have revealed mixed reactions to Ethiopia's recent invasion of neighboring Somalia. In the first days of the invasion, many expressed hesitancy, especially in the south of the country, where many people know or are related to Somalis. "My wife is Somali," one merchant in Moyale told me. "Of course I don't think we should be fighting them." Few people here believed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi when he said this week that this war was not inspired by the US.

Dennis Kucinich: Democrat in the Fray

By: 
Josh Frank
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

The movement against the Vietnam War reached its pinnacle in 1972 when Senator George McGovern won the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination. His incumbent challenger was President Richard Nixon. McGovern’s platform primarily consisted of two things: withdrawing US troops from Vietnam and providing a guaranteed family income for every household. However, his candidacy fell well short of those lush lawns on Pennsylvania Avenue. He only garnered 37% of the popular vote-count and walked away with a measly 17 electoral votes. It was Nixon by a landslide.

McGovern may have lost the election, but his vision of pulling out troops and bringing back American POWs proved to be more than just a fantasy.