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"We don't seek empires. We're not imperialistic. We never have been. I can't imagine why you'd even ask the question." Donald Rumsfeld, questioned by an al-Jazeera correspondent, April 29, 2003.

"No one can now doubt the word of America," George W. Bush, State of the Union, January 20, 2004.

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in reverse chronological order
Report from Baghdad -- Hospital Closings and U.S. War Crimes, April 19, 2004, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, ZNet.

Report from Baghdad -- Winning Hearts and Minds, April 14, 2004, Common Dreams, ZNet.

Report from Fallujah -- Destroying a Town in Order to "Save" it, April 12, 2004, Common Dreams, Alternet, ZNet Feature/Update, Times of India (April 22), reprinted widely.

Report from Baghdad -- Opening the Gates of Hell, April 7, 2004, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, ZNet Update, Alternet, reprinted widely.

'War on Terrorism' Makes Us All Less Safe, March 15, 2004, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Alternet, ZNet Feature/Update.

Bush -- Is the Tide Turning?, February 13, 2004, Znet, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Progressive Trails, Dissident Voice.

Perle and Frum: No End in Sight, February 8, 2004, Los Angeles Daily Journal.

Don’t Throw Me in That Briar Patch, or, Our True Intelligence Failure, February 3, 2004, Common Dreams, Counterpunch, ZNet

Kerry vs. Dean; New Hampshire vs. Iraq, January 28, 2004, Common Dreams, Z Commentary.

State of the Union 2004: Myth and Reality, January 21, 2004,, Common Dreams.
After the capture, war's hard truths remain, co-authored with Robert Jensen, December 16, 2003, Austin-American Statesman.

Gunpoint Democracy in Iraq, September 2003, The Progressive, Cover article.

When will voters finally get wise to the shell game?, co-authored with Robert Jensen, September 9, 2003, Philadelphia Inquirer.

What do the People Have to do With It? Guardians of Democracy Unclear on the Concept, July/August 2003, Extra!.

Deceit runs Deep, July 18, 2003, USA Today.

End the Deception, with Robert Jensen, June 4, 2003, USA Today.

Don't Lift the Sanctions Yet!, May 9, 2003, Common Dreams, Alternet,,

No pretty script in this drama
, March 30, 2003, The Hindu Sunday Magazine.

The New Humanitarianism: Basra as "Military Target," March 27, 2003,, Z Commentary.

Myths and Facts about the War, with Robert Jensen, March 20, 2003, Common Dreams,,

Ave Caesar, March 17, 2003, Common Dreams,,

UN Resolution or Not, this War Violates International Law, March 11, 2003,, Z Commentary

Responding to Colin Powell, February 5, 2003, Common Dreams,,
War in Afghanistan not the success people think, Knight-Ridder newswire, Tallahassee Democrat, October 13, 2002

The Other "Good War:" Afghanistan One Year Later, Common Dreams,, Alternet, Z Commentary October 7, 2002

Just a War or a "Just War?", with Robert Jensen, The Hindu September 15, 2002

Bush at the UN: "Diplomacy" in the Age of the American Empire, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams,, September 13, 2002

Iraq Debate in Mainstream is Ultra-Hawks vs. Moderate Hawks, with Robert Jensen, Dallas Morning News, Common Dreams, August 30, 2002

What We Need to Know about Iraq, Knight-Ridder newswire, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Hampton Roads Daily Press, August 6, 2002

Iraq and the New Great Game Alternet, Working for Change, The Black World Today website, Common Dreams,, reprinted August 2, 2002

Justice for Bhopal -- Corporate Crimes and Their Bodycount Common Dreams,,, July 15, 2002

Why I Will Not Celebrate This Fourth of July Common Dreams,,,, July 4, 2002.

What Are We Celebrating on the Fourth of July? with Robert Jensen, History News Network, July 1, 2002.

Arafat Calls for Democratic Elections in the United States -- World Reaction is Mixed, Common Dreams,,, YellowTimes, MiddleEastWire, New Hampshire Gazette, others, June 26, 2002.

"Special relationship" with Israel is about U.S. control with Robert Jensen, The Hindu, Common Dreams,, May 13, 2002.

New Crusade: the U.S. War on Terrorism, Monthly Review, February 2002.

The State of the Union and the New Cold War, Common Dreams,,,, January 31, 2002.
We Can't Just Forget About Dead Afghan Civilians with Robert Jensen, Houston Chronicle, Common Dreams, December 21, 2001.

"We Think the Price is Worth it": Media uncurious about Iraq Policy's Effects -- Here or There (November/December 2001) Extra!

Reporters Have to Press Harder about Afghanistan with Robert Jensen (November 14, 2001) Newsday (Long Island), Common Dreams,

Many Voices in Anti-war Movement with Robert Jensen, Austin American-Statesman, November 13, 2001.

Never a Good War or a Bad Peace with Robert Jensen, The Hindu (Sunday magazine), October 28, 2001.

Poisoning the Well Common Dreams,,, others, October 26, 2001.

Nothing Humanitarian about this War, Houston Chronicle, October 18, 2001, Charleston Gazette, October 21, 2001.

Hearts and Minds: Avoiding a New Cold War, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams,, Alternet, Znet, chapter in Voices for Peace, Simon&Schuster UK, Octob er 18, 2001.

A War of Lies, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams, Znet,, Alternet,, others, October 8, 2001

Tough Talk Won't Solve Problem of Terrorism, with Robert Jensen, Newsday (Long Island), Common Dreams,, October 3, 2001.

No News is Bad News, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams,, October 1, 2001.

"Honoring" Dissent, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams, September 30, 2001.

Draining the Swamp, with Robert Jensen,,, September 24, 2001.

America's Unlimited War, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams, Znet,,, Progressive Populist, others, chapter in Voices Of Sanity-Reaching Out For Peace, Rainbow Publishers, September 21, 2001.

Now IS the Time to Speak for Peace, with Robert Jensen, Common Dreams,, September 17, 2001.

Struggle for the Soul of a Nation, Common Dreams,, September 15, 2001.

A Call to Dialogue, Common Dreams, Alternet, September 13, 2001.

The War Comes Home, Common Dreams,, widely reprinted, September 12, 2001.

Containing the Rogue State, Common Dreams, August 11, 2001.

'Smart' Sanctions, Dumb Politics, with Robert Jensen, Jordan Times, Common Dreams, and other websites, June 14, 2001.

Nothing 'Free' about Expanded Trade Agreement, with Robert Jensen, Houston Chronicle, April 20, 2001.

Riding the Global Gravy Train, Texas Observer, April 13, 2001.

Time to Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons Used in Gulf, Kosovo, Baltimore Sun, February 4, 2001, South Florida Sun-Sentinel February 6, 2001, Common Dreams,, others.
Movement for Global Justice? The Fight over PNTR with China,, November 2000.

Support the UT sickout, with Robert Jensen, Austin American-Statesman and San Antonio Express-News, September 6, 2000.

The Unending War: Considering Sanctions on Iraq, Texas Observer, Resist Newsletter, Third World Traveler, elsewhere, May 26, 2000.

The real threat to free speech at UT, Austin American-Statesman, February 4, 2000, and Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2000, Common Dreams.
Being an Empire Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry, Middle East Times (Cairo) August 1999

Facts about bombing of Sudan pharmaceutical plant never acknowledged by U.S., Houston Chronicle, August 20, 1999.
Full Spectrum Dominance: U.S. Power in Iraq and Beyond"Report from Baghdad -- Hospital Closings and U.S. War Crimes "Report from Baghdad -- Winning Hearts and Minds"Report from Fallujah -- Destroying a Town in Order to "Save" it"Report from Baghdad -- Opening the Gates of Hell"War on Terrorism" Makes Us All Less Safe Bush -- Is the Tide Turning?Perle and FrumIntelligence Failure Kerry vs. Dean SOU 2004: Myth and Reality