ARTICLES: 2002 AND EARLIER

Vol. 22, No. 5,514 - The American Reporter - September 7, 2016

COLOMBIAN REPORTER TELLS ALL - TO U.S. PRESS

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK -- Colombian journalist Ignacio Gomez told a roomful of America's most influential journalists Tuesday how Washington-supported Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is connected to drug traffickers and how U.S. military trainers helped organize a massacre in his country.

Momentum
IN MY DREAMS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- As the holiday season begins, no visions of sugarplums dance in my head; revenge fantasies seem to have taken their place.

Caring
HELP FOR AGING AND AILING MINDS

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- One thing I learned from reading the psychological classic, "Listening to Prozac," years ago was that the physiological effects of stress and trauma are cumulative.

On Native Ground
THE AMERICAN POLICE STATE IS NOW COMPLETE

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. - We got a preview of what the 108th Congress is going to be like with the Republicans' performance in ramming the Homeland Security Act through this month's lame duck session.

Momentum
LOVE IN THE TIME OF BAD POLITICS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Someone told me that Prozac sales have gone up 25 percent since the elections, and while I'm not surprised, I don't intend to medicate myself with drugs or marinate myself in sorrow as I watch my country prepare for repression at home and destruction abroad. Instead, I'm going to take my cue from the great singer, songwriter and poet Greg Brown, and revel in love and knowledge.

The Pooh Papers
JUDGES HAND DISNEY DEVASTATING LOSS IN POOH APPEAL

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 21, 2002 -- A California Court of Appeal dealt a "devastating" setback to the Walt Disney Co. Wednesday when it refused to consider the studio's appeal from harsh sanctions levied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige for its destruction of thousands of documents in a billion-dollar lawsuit over royalties due to Stephen Slesinger Inc., the owners of Winnie the Pooh commerical rights for the U.S. and Canada.

An A.R. Special Report
UNDER NEW BILL, TAXPAYERS TO UNDERWRITE INSURANCE LOSSES

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK -- Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), the world's second largest financial conglomerate, had a successful sojourn on Capitol Hill recently. He persuaded the leaders of Congress that U.S. taxpayers ought to give insurance companies a multi-billion handout in the event of losses ascribed to terrorism.

On Native Ground
THE PRICE OF EMPIRE IS TOO STEEP FOR U.S. TO PAY

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- President Bush got everything he wanted from the United Nations Security Council when it acquiesced to his desire to get a multinational imprimatur for Persian Gulf War II.

Ink Soup
OLD COLUMNS HAUNT CANDIDATE

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- My Princeton friend and financial advisor, Sam Arnold, of the firm of Smith Barney, Paine Webber, no less solicitous of my journalistic than of my fiscal welfare, sent me a piece from the New York Times recently.

The American Reporter
Salutes
America's Veterans

American Speeches
OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST INTERNET CENSORSHIP

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11, 2002 -- Thank you very much for that introduction, Dan. I have to tell you that your invitation came as a bolt out of the blue for me.

Momentum
DEATH OF THE PIANO FIGHTER

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Warren Zevon is dying the way he lived: without tears.

The Pooh Papers
DISNEY SAYS MILNE HEIRS TO RETAKE POOH RIGHTS

American Reporter Staff

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 5, 2002 -- In a stunning announcement, the Walt Disney Co. Monday declared Monday that it had struck a deal under the 1998 revision of the U.S. Copyright Act with two English heirs of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard to have the two recapture rights to the world's most popular bear from the American heirs of a literary agent who owned them for more than 72 years and then sell them to Disney in 2004.

Caring
UNSINKABLE, AN OLD CAPTAIN GOES DOWN WITH HIS SHIP

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- The tall, cantankerous Navy captain had been on my mind for months. I last seen him last polking his cane at me though a half-open door yelling, "Godammit, I said, get outta here!" I didn't argue with him.

Momentum: THE 'SPOILER' QUESTION

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Like many people, I've been wrestling with the so-called "spoiler" question ever since the 2000 presidential election. If a vote for Ralph Nader was really a vote for candidate George W. Bush, as we were warned throughout the campaign, then shouldn't I have voted for Vice President Al Gore? Even though I didn't think very much of him?

Ink Soup
THE IDIOT AS OTHERS SEE HIM

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The gym to which I repair every afternoon for an hour of huffing, puffing, and perspiring is not large. The men's locker room measures some 10 x 30 feet, with 70 lockers, three benches, and two lavatories, plus showers and a small sauna, the latter large enough for about five people.

Caring
THE POWER IN REMEMBERING OLD FRIENDS

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- An angel named Greg who fixed sprinklers and liked Grand Funk Railroad in high school. An angel named Bob who did tai chi and became a legend in experimental theater. Angels and Bushmen, stragglers from "Montgomery." My Montgomery. Code word for the past.

On Native Ground
FOUR FREEDOMS WE'VE LOST SINCE SEPT. 11

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- What has happened to your legal rights since Sept. 11, 2001?

Momentum
THE FIGHT AGAINST THE AMERICAN EMPIRE

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Despite President Bush's outright lie that when it comes to war with Iraq, "America speaks with one voice," the antiwar movement has been steadily growing.

Ink Soup
PINIELLA AND ARMPITS

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- When the Mariners faded this year, I thought, well, I can go back to rooting for the Yankees.

A Meditation
IN A STRANGE AND SOMBER CAPITOL, A SNIPER WAITS

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD -- The woods are trembling tonight, the leaves in a shiver and the birds choked silent while a killer stalks a strange and somber capitol to right a terrible mistake. Once again "X" marks the spot as the toll hits 10. The night of Michaelmas is past, a stolen horse returns, and in the waiting silence as a mark is about to cross the sights of a sniper's rifle, its bore on this eleventh victim, it may be time to stop. Or maybe not; just ahead is the darkest evening of the year, and perhaps more of the unknown God who is Death. Do not fold, spindle or mutilate - oops, too late.

Hominy & Hash
WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE NEED, AND THE DIFFERENCE

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- In a nutshell, those qualities of life we all have in common are what define human nature. I get hungry, you get hungry; I get thirsty, you get thirsty; I get tired, you get tired; I get lonely, you get lonely.

Caring
A DIFFERENT KIND OF P.O.W.

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Starvation, dehydration, and bedsores are daily occurrences at these hellholes. The weak and helpless are beaten and often abused, and some are even raped. Are we talking of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps? No, but right here in ours - and to a different kind of POW: our own elderly parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, brothers, sisters and friends in nursing homes.

On Native Ground
A BLANK CHECK THAT SHOULDN'T BE CASHED

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- About the only good thing you can say about Congress' abrogation of its constitutional duties in giving the Bush administration a blank check for a war with Iraq is that the vote wasn't unanimous.

Momentum
THE UGLIEST WORDS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Biopsy is one of the ugliest words in the dictionary. Benign is one of the most beautiful.

An A.R. Special Report
Indonesian Terror Comes Of Age


EVEN AFTER BALI, A SENSE OF DENIAL PERSISTS

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Oct. 15, 2002 -- In Jakarta on Monday everybody talked about the Bali bombing, from nice-looking television anchors in their studios to street vendors in the crowded streets of Jakarta. But what surprised me was that many of them subscribed to the conspiracy theory that the bombing was done by "American agents."

Reporting: Indonesia
ISLAMIC MILITANT SUSPECTED IN BALI BLASTS BLAMES 'AMERICAN AGENTS'

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Oct. 14, 2002 -- An Islamic militant with suspected ties to al-Qaida who became an immediate suspect after a deadly car bomb exploded outside two popular nightclubs packed with foreign tourists on the island of Bali said Sunday he and other Islamic clerics blame "American agents" for the blast.

News Analysis: BALI BOMBS WERE WAKE-UP CALL FOR INDONESIA

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Oct. 13, 2002 -- Three bomb blasts that killed 216 people, most of them foreign tourists in Bali, were a wake-up call for many Indonesians who may have been slow to recognize that terrorists pose a real and deadly threat in the world's largest Muslim country.

Reporting: Indonesia
BOMB BLASTS SHATTER BALI

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Oct. 13, 2002 -- Indonesia was back in the world's newspaper headlines Sunday after three bombs exploded separately in two Indonesian cities, including a powerful car bomb that blasted the famous Kuta Beach in Bali and killed 216 people and injured almost, most of them Australians and other foreign tourists.

Hominy & Hash
GEOGRAPHICALLY CHALLENGED

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- More of my ideas for a column come from overhearing conversations at a coffee shop than from the Muse sitting on my shoulder.

On Native Ground
THE SPINELESSNESS OF THE DEMOCRATS

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- If ever there was a moment that is ripe for political change in America, it is now.

An American Reporter Special Report
THE NATIONAL STRATEGY TO SECURE CYBERSPACE: A SOBER CYBERASSESSMENT

by Andy Oram

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- On Sept. 18, 2002, a federal security agency released a long-awaited draft containing recommendations for protecting the nation's computers and networks from attack.

Media Beat
SEN. JOHN KERRY'S UNPRINCIPLED CHANGE OF HEART

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- Many news stories and commentaries have marveled at the failure of Democrats to seize the high political ground this fall. With the nation's economic stride continuing to falter under a Republican president, the main opposition party should be cruising for a triumph in the midterm elections. Instead, the Democratic Party may be lucky to hold its own in the House and Senate.

'AGGRESSIVE QUESTIONING' BY A.R., OTHERS, BROKE KEY CAMPAIGN STORY

American Reporter Staff

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10, 2002 -- The Los Angeles Times today cited "aggressive questioning" that "flustered" a candidate at a post-debate news conference Monday for tipping the balance of the California gubernatorial race towards incumbent Gov. Gray Davis after alleged photographic evidence of a crime by the governor, reluctantly proffered by the candidate, proved to be false.

Momentum
NO CLOTHES, DAMMIT!

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Just how loudly can you shout, "The Emperor has no clothes?"

Ink Soup
BEFORE THE BEGINNING

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE,Wash. -- The huge thought for today is inspired by a book entitled "God, Chance, and Necessity," by Keith Ward (1996). He is Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists.

Election 2002
CALIF. GOVERNOR HOPEFULS CLASH - AFTER THE DEBATE

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 -- After a tame debate that drew few viewers, California Gov. Gray Davis and millionaire GOP challenger Bill Simon met a goodly portion of the press excluded from Monday's event - and the excitement began.

Caring
THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Every three weeks I let her needle me. Little tiny needles wrapped in paper looking like miniature chopsticks which she taps in and twists just till my chi sings. You can feel it grabbing hold of the ethereal body through meridians that run throughout your body like miles of invisible electrical cords. Or so I imagine.

Hominy & Hash
WHOSE LIFE IS IT, ANYWAY?

Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It's always the family trying to do right by the loved one -- that same loved one who never did right for himself while he still could. It was his life, he could do what he wanted to while he lived it ... as long as it didn't hurt anyone else.

Market Mover
SUPPORTING AMERICA'S WAR, MAYBE

by Mark Scheinbaum

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Oct. 8, 2002 -- I thought I heard George Bush loud and clear one year ago, "America is at war." I even noticed 3,000 Americans were killed at their desks, riding on planes, or trying to help others.

On Native Ground
WHEN IN DOUBT, GO START A WAR

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It was a statement that would naturally get the Bush administration and its lapdogs in the news media upset, but there was more than a little truth in it.

Momentum
NO WAY OUT EXCEPT POETRY

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In 1957, Jacques Brel wrote a song called "La Colombe." It was translated into English by Alasdair Clayre and recorded in the mid-'60s by Judy Collins. The chorus, sung in an angry, piercing, taunting voice, goes: "The dove has torn her wings so no more songs of love. We are not here to sing. We're here to kill the dove."

Hominy & Hash
RUSH TO JUDGE, RUSH TO DEFEND by Constance Daley

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- In Mishawaka, Ind., last month, there was an act of great anger, great violence, against a 4-year-old child as her mother smacked her around, pulled her hair and pummeled her as the child sat in a car seat in the back of an SUV. The 30 seconds on videotape stirred every heart in every culture around the world.

Caring
WHEN I'M OLD, I'LL WEAR MY BIRTHDAY SUIT

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I give up. I cannot find geriatric nudist camps anywhere.

On Native Ground
THE PEOPLE'S ROLE IN NATIONAL SECURITY

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. - Who can respond most effectively to the threats of terrorism - the people or the government?

Brasch Words
SON'S DUFFEL BAG EVOKES MEMORIES OF WAR AND STRUGGLE FOR PEACE

Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Two weeks before Christmas 1990, we received a duffel bag in the mail: 32 pounds of dirty civilian clothes and freshly-creased never-worn Class A uniforms, cassette tapes, souvenirs from Japan, about five dollars in pennies, a combat helmet - and a set of dog-tags.

Reporting: India
TERROR SIEGE AT TEMPLE LEAVES 29 DEAD, 70 HURT

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, Sept. 24, 2002 -- Terrorists struck the main Hindu temple in Gujarat's western capital city of Gandhinagar in the late hours of evening today as hundreds of devotees said their prayers, blasting their way into the pink sandstone Akshardham Temple in a white Indian-made Ambassador sedan while hurling grenades and firing indiscriminately at helpless people praying there.

The Pooh Papers
THE WRONG BARREL OF WILDCATS

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 24, 2002 -- The Walt Disney Co. came to our house today, not with Mickey Mouse and Pocahontas and a silly grin, but in a dirty T-shirt with a foreign accent, a pile of ancient contracts and old newspaper articles under one arm, all attached to subpoenas for me and my wife.

Reporting: India
INDIAN IN AL-QAEDA FUNDING, BOMBAY BLASTS ARRESTED IN LISBON

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, Sept. 23, 2002 -- Abu Salem, also known as Abdul Salem Ansari, 41, the dreaded underworld don of India wanted in more than 60 cases of murder, attempted murder, extortion and abduction was arrested in Lisbon, Portugal, by the European police agency Interpol on Sept. 18, officials here say. He was arrested along with his wife, Bollywood actress Monica Bedi for traveling on forged documents. Both Indian law enforcement and the American FBI believe he played a role in funding al-Qaeda terrorism.

Reporting: Baghdad
BAGHDAD, AUTUMN 2002: CITY OF DOOM

by Norman Solomon

BAGHDAD -- When Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz described the box that Washington has meticulously constructed for Iraq, he put it this way: "Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't."

Caring
A JOURNEY NO ONE SHOULD MAKE ALONE

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Most of us know what is meant when we say that we have had or need to have "the talk" with our kids. But there is another time to have "the talk" and this time the topic is not the birds and the bees but something that is of equal importance and which causes maybe even greater discomfort: "the talk" about death.

On Native Ground
THE U.S. RULES SUPREME. GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It's now official. The United States now reserves the right to attack any nation at any time for any reason.

The Pooh Papers
EDITOR TO BE SUBPOENAED IN POOH CASE, DISNEY SAYS

American Reporter Staff

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 20, 2002 -- Joe Shea, the Editor-in-Chief of The American Reporter who broke most of the major stories in the epic struggle betwen the Walt Disney Co. and Stephen Slesinger Inc. over rights to Winnie the Pooh, will be subpoenaed to provide a deposition by the Walt Disney Co., a Disney lawyer said Thursday, bringing to two the number of journalists the company has embroiled in the long-running and complex case.

Reporting: Nepal
U.S. PRAISES NEPAL, WHERE DEMOCRACY AND PRESS ARE ENDANGERED

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Sept. 17 -- President George W. Bush has told Nepal's government that with perseverance and courage terrorism will be defeated completely, and the world will be freed of the menace.

Momentum
SHARKS IN THE SKIES

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It happened to be a lovely September day in New York City - warm air, blue sky, a few puffy white clouds. It was Sept. 6, 2002, but to me every plane flying overhead looked as if it was ready to attack a building. To me, every plane looked like a shark swimming across the sky.

Caring
FOR SOME ELDERLY, EVERY DAY IS SEPTEMBER 11

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- At the end of September last year I was talking with a geriatric psychiatrist who described her first group meeting with the families of Alzheimer patients after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She thought they'd want to talk about how they felt.

Hominy & Hash: GREED

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- On those hot summer days of our teenage years, we'd sit around the ice-cream parlor convincing ourselves the fans overhead were doing something that made it far better to be inside than out.

Market Mover
TABLOID ADVICE FROM THE REAL 'TAILOR OF PANAMA'

by Mark Scheinbaum

EL VALLE DE ANTON, COCLE, Panama, Sept. 13, 2002 -- With apologies to John Le Carré and a grade B movie starring Pierce Brosnan, we take you now to Panama's sleaziest, but largest-circulation newspaper, for advice on business, life, and the human spirit, as told by the real "Tailor of Panama."

Momentum,
MY BIG FAT BLUE CRUSH

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, VT. -- How is it possible to fall in love with a movie when the acting is dreadful and the storyline is confused, stale and predictable? I don't know, but it just happened to me.

The American Reporter
Gratefully Remembers the Sacrifice
of

New York's Citizens, Firemen and Police Officers
September 11, 2001

Anniversary of Horror
BRAVE NEW CYBERWORLD: POLICY AND THE INTERNET ONE YEAR LATER

by Andy Oram

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- The attacks of Sept. 11, one year ago, not only left thousands of bereaved families but invoked in everyone a fundamental human anxiety. It cut through all psychological denial and left us facing our terrible vulnerability. And immediately, the question came up of the vulnerability of the world's computers, networks, and complex information systems.

Anniversary of Horror
SILVER SPEARS AFIRE: THE TWIN TOWERS REMEMBERED

by Philip E. Daoust

SAN FRANCISCO -- When I was about 10 years old my family went on a three-day trip to New York City, about three hours south from my home in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.

Anniversary of Horror
IN DEFENSE OF AN AGGRESSIVE AMERICA

by Cynthia Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- "These are times that try men's souls," wrote Thomas Paine in the Crisis Papers of 1776. Those words were written long before jet airplanes, and oil and Huntington's famous "clash of civilizations," before the Twin Towers were even a gleam in a young republic's eye.

On Native Ground
WHO WILL BEAR THE BURDEN OF THE FIGHT?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When I hear the bold talk from the hawks in the Bush administration about attacking Iraq, the infantryman in me shudders.

Momentum
BEAR WITH ME

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- You know how sometimes you see something completely unexpected and your brain tries to turn it into what you think you should be seeing there, and it takes a little time to realize that you're seeing something absolutely new?

Ink Soup
POPPING

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Dr. Soup, who never saw an iced drink he didn't like, has been inspired by his refrigerator to invent a new and much more efficient way of dealing with the irksome congestion that the flying public must endure on the ground, once the plane has landed.

On Native Ground
HOW AMERICA'S REALLY CHANGED SINCE SEPT. 11

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- We have heard it often over the past year. Our nation has changed since that warm, clear late summer day last September when an outrageously blue sky was transformed into a color palate of horror - the bright orange of burning aviation fuel, the black smoke of offices aflame, the pink mist of blood and gore falling from 100 stories up, the gray cloud of debris from the collapsing World Trade Center sweeping down city streets like a hurricane's storm surge.

Momentum
WHEN HEADLINES GET PERSONAL

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It was a quiet day on the home front, so I called my mother in Ft. Lauderdale to see how things were going down there. As it turned out, she was both shaken and stirred.

A.R. Exclusive
INDIA OKAYS PAKISTAN SUMMIT; DIPLOMATS HELP COOL WAR FEVER

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Aug. 27, 2002 -- Despite growing tensions in South Asia due to the mobilization of about 1,000,000 soldiers by India and Pakistan, a meeting of South Asian foreign ministers held here in the Nepalese capital last week brought the two nuclear rivals closer to resolving their differences, senior officials said in Kathmandu. Topping the list of accomplishments was an Indian commitment to attend a January summit on regional issues - thought not the bilateral dispute - in Pakistan.

Reporting: India
INDIA AND PAKISTAN FEUD OVER KASHMIR ELECTIONS

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, August 25, 2002 -- The forthcoming general state elections in Jammu and Kashmir in September have embroiled not only the two newly-nuclear South Asian powers - India and Pakistan - but also the entire international community in a sea of confusion.

HAIL CAESAR!
A SALAD BY ANY OTHER NAME

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It's almost a sacrilege to live on this island and not care one wit about golf. In fact, one of the local jokes is "St. Simons is a nice little drinking island with a golfing problem." So, it was no surprise that John was looking over my shoulder to catch the suspenseful final round of the International Golf Tournament.

On Native Ground
BARBARA LEE WAS RIGHT

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Rob Morse, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, recently pointed out that it may already be too late for Congress to put the brakes on the impending U.S. attack on Iraq - even as President Bush declares he won't do anything precipitous and now claims he's open to non-military approaches.

Momentum
THANKS, BETTY FRIEDAN

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Ever since the ring came in the mail I've been talking to it.

Hominy & Hash: WATCHFUL EYES

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It was startling to see the surveillance films from Wal-mart's parking lot showing a kidnapping in progress, the perpetrator speeding off, the distraught mother trying to hold onto the car carrying her baby until she, scraped and bruised, fell away. I was surprised to see the short video but not disappointed. We know such cameras exist but mumble about rights of privacy.

Caring
A GRASSROOTS CALL FOR NURSING HOME REFORM

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- California is the only state in the nation that has a law regarding patient-staff ratios in nursing homes. Or so I thought until last weekend.

Reporting: Nepal
NEPAL LEADS THE WORLD IN NUMBER OF IMPRISONED JOURNALISTS

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug. 18, 2002 -- Nepal's press freedom, restored with the establishment of democracy in 1990, has been endangered since the imposition of the state of emergency to crush Maoist violence last November, Nepali journalists told The American Reporter.

REPORTERS WHOSE STING BROKE INDIAN DEFENSE SCAM FACE OFFICIAL WRATH

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, Aug. 18, 2002 -- He might be called the Matt Drudge of India. But unlike the man who broke the story of President Bill Clinton's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the founder of the investigative Web news portal Tehelka.com, Tarun Jit Tejpal, is now facing the government's wrath for his reporting.

On Native Ground
ARE THE SAUDIS REALLY OUR ALLIES?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In the "war on terror," Saudi Arabia is supposed to be on the side of America.

Momentum
SPRINGSTEEN RUNS UPSTAIRS AND INTO THE FIRE

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- As America braces for the inevitable flood of sanctimony and sentimentality that will accompany the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bruce Springsteen has come along to reawaken our buried feelings about that hideous day.

Caring
SOLITUDE CREATES ROOM FOR COMMUNITY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- One of the most important things caregivers can do is take care of themselves. That is often the hardest for us to do. Taking care of others comes naturally. Taking care of ourselves, now that is a more difficult task.

On Native Ground
STILL WAITING FOR THE TRUTH

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Before President Bush decides to get us into another war with Iraq, perhaps he and others in his administration ought to start answering some questions about the conduct thus far of the "war on terror."

Momentum
A TERRIBLE FAVOR

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When your loved ones ask you to help them kill themselves, rest assured that it's going to hurt you at least as much as it hurts them.

Reporting: India
INDIAN ECONOMY IS THREATENED AS WORST-EVER DROUGHT LOOMS

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, August 7, 2002 -- Meena Kumar livess in the heart of New Delhi, India's capital, and with her colony experiencing no electricity cuts and constant water supply, used to have a lot to brag about.

Market Mover
IN URUGUAY, A WEIRD MONEY GAME INVITES U.S. BROKERS

by Mark Scheinbaum

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Aug. 7. 2002 -- I'm not an investment banker in Uruguay nor do I play one on television. But what if - just what if, I'm on to something here?

FOR NEPALESE IN AMERICA, WAR AT HOME IS A WORRY

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, August 6, 2002 -- Nepalese living in the United States and Canada are very much concerned about the threat to multi-party democracy due to the Maoist violence and splits in the political parties in Nepal, they have told the American Reporter.

Ink Soup: HEREAFTER: A CONVERSATION WITH HEAVEN'S HEAD HONCHO

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. - -I die and wake up in ... some other place. A figure approaches me, a smallish man, bearded, with a fringe of reddish brown hair and a kindly expression.

On Native Ground
ALTERNATIVES TO A WAR WITH IRAQ

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There were no surprises at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearings on what appears to be an increasingly inevitable war with Iraq.

Reporting: Corporate Reform
WHITE HOUSE BACKS AWAY FROM CORPORATE REFORMS

by Philip E. Daoust

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2002 -- Outrage on Capitol Hill is growing against President George Bush for attempting to weaken provisions of a sweeping corporate reform bill he signed into law on Tuesday.

Momentum

ALL FOLKED OUT

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Everyone is abuzz about Bob Dylan playing at the Newport Folk Festival this weekend, but no matter what happened back in 1965, it's really no big deal. Dylan will play anywhere. A few years ago, you could barely go to a bar mitzvah without hearing him and his boys do a set. But I just came back from the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and no matter what happens in Newport, my opinion is that folk music is all folked out.

Hominy & Hash
DO NOT DEFROST

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Why would anyone seek immortality when they already have it? As long as someone thinks about you, talks about you, remembers you, then you are forever kept alive with those warm memories.

Caring
LESSONS FOR ALL FROM LEPERS OF MOLOKAI

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- This time the Veal Marsala took us away ... not to Paris, or to Florence but to the island of Molokai. Another coincidence in our strangely interwoven lives. We'd both been there though she had not gone to the leper colony.

Reporting: Indonesia
SIX YEARS AFTER INDONESIA'S REVOLUTION, ANOTHER STIRS

by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- During the early, tumultuous days of the Indonesian "People's Revolution," American Reporter Correspondent Andreas Harsono reported exclusively in The American Reporter that the Suharto government planned to oust pro-democracy leader Megawati Sukarnoputri from her PDI post, and for three weeks afterwards was forced into hiding as security police searched his home and offices. He was honored in 1999 as a Neiman International Fellow, and after a year of study at Harvard returned to Indonesia to continue his career in journalism. In the interim, Megawati became president of the world's fourth largest nation. This is his memoir of those heady days.

On Native Ground
A NATION OF SNITCHES?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The federal government is trying to recruit mail carriers, utility workers, bus drivers and other folks who interact with the public to become voluntary informants for the Justice Department.

Momentum
BABY, I JUST DIED: THE PASSING OF ALAN LOMAX

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- July 19th was a somber day for folk music. The great musicologist Alan Lomax died at the age of 87, and one of his direct musical descendants, the great but almost unknown Dave Carter, died at 49.

Reporting: Nepal
OPPOSITION IN NEPAL FEARS ANTI-DEMOCRACY CONSPIRACY

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, July 24 -- The split in the ruling Nepali Congress on the issue of extension of the state of emergency the government hopes will help crush the ultra-leftist Maoist guerrillas and the announcement of fresh elections in November will further deepen the crisis in Nepal, other political parties and analysts have warned in iterviews with The American Reporter.

Ink Soup
DR. SOUP, FRIEND OF THE MOSQUITO

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- When I moved out here - and the phrase "out here" marks me at once as an alien, for the natives are under the happy delusion that "out here" is simply "here" - I was struck at once by two absences: the absence of rain and the absence of mosquitos.

Caring
AMID SQUALOR AND SUFFERING, THE LIGHT OF TENDERNESS

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- He's an old Norwegian man, dying in the back country, at home with a schizophrenic son as his only caregiver. Adult Protective Services had called us. Someone was worried about them, thought things were out of control and wanted us to help.

Editorial
BUILD US A TOWER OF THE HEART

by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Towers in the heart, a castle of the soul - these ought to be the goal of the men and women who are trying to design the World Trade Center victims memorial in New York.

On Native Ground
BOMBING FOR FOR POLLING NUMBERS?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. - The economy is faltering, the stock market has tanked, and President Bush's lame attempt at portraying himself as the champion of corporate responsibility has failed. Sounds like a good time to invade Iraq.

An American Reporter Special Report
Oil and War

OIL POLITICS UNDERLIE GLOBE'S 'PERMANENT WAR', EXECUTIVES SAY

by Lucy Komisar

DIVONNE, France -- The Middle East conflict, the Afghanistan war, the attempted coup in Venezuela - underneath all the talk about religion and ideology as causes, there's another factor that ties them together: that black viscous substance that has made countries go to war since its ability to power economies was discovered more than a century ago. Oil. The fight to get oil, to control its sources and transport, is behind major conflicts around the world today, according to oil executives meeting at a conference in France.

A.R. Special Report
U.S. HELPED COOL INDIA-PAKISTAN WAR FEVER

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, July 15, 2002 -- Just when it seemed that India and Pakistan had quietly agreed to ratchet down a tense, dangerous and potentially nuclear confrontation over the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Vajpayee government was once again rocked by an incident near Jammu Saturday, where three Islamic militants dressed in the garb of sadhus, or holy men, struck in the slum colony of Kasim Nagar on Saturday night, killing 28 Hindus, including 13 women and a three-year-old boy.

Hominy & Hash
GENEVIEVE, SWEET GENEVIEVE: SONG FOR A SISTER

by Constance Daley

NEW YORK, N. Y. -- My sister was named for the girl in a song written by Henry Tucker in 1869.

Caring
A MOTHER LODE OF MEMORY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Amazing what a few glasses of wine, Chicken Marsala and a good friend can do for the soul. I met Jackie's daughter at the Italian restaurant on the corner that used to be somebody's house, feeling too tired to see anyone. And had it been anyone but her I would have canceled. This lady was worth pushing through for.

Make My Day

DR. SEUSS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Erik is out of the office this week, so we are printing a column - well, some doggerel - we lost waaaay back in 1997. Let us know if you think it should have stayed lost.

Reforming Corporate America
An AR Special Report

Editorial
INVESTORS TELL PRESIDENT: BETTER START JOB-HUNTING

by Joe Shea

The American Reporter has obtained the original copy of a letter from American investors to President George W. Bush, informing the President of steps they are taking in response to his "tough" speech yesterday about corporate scandals that have decimated the stock market and cost Americans almost a trillion dollars. Here is the full text: Dear Mr. President:

Reporting: Chile
CIA KNEW OF LATIN TERROR PLAN, MEMO SHOWS

by Lucy Komisar

WASHINGTON -- In the days after the 1976 assassination in Washington of two opponents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, the Central Intelligence Agency learned that a conspiracy to murder leftist political opponents around the world by six Latin American governments was planning a Paris operation. The State Department memorandum says the security services of those countries knew that the United States was aware of their plans.

Caring
NAMING THE MONSTERS UNDER THE BED

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I am very glad I have a twisted sense of humor to lighten life's dark corners. It will stand me in good stead as I face old age. Those who lack it experience their slow and inevitable process of disintegration as something resembling the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

On Native Ground
WELCOME TO POST-CONSTITUTIONAL AMERICA

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Justice Department rounded up more than 1,000 people and imprisoned them in secret. Many of them are still behind bars today, even though not one those still jailed have been formally charged with any crimes related to Sept. 11.

An A.R. Editorial
LET FREEDOM RING!

by Joe Shea

There was something just too inviting about the bell that sat in the principal's window during recess. When it came time for that bell to ring, the fun ended and the kids of St. Columbus Elementary School in the hamlet of Chester, N.Y., filed off the playground and back into classes. But one day I picked up a snowball and flung it at the bell just as a nun was reaching to pick it up. Not surprisingly, I found myself dangling by my left ear from the tips of her thumb and index finger a few minutes later. Freedom has always had a price.

Passings
THE DEATH OF ROCK 'N ROLL

by Jim Trageser

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- It's time to finally make it official: rock 'n roll is dead.

Brasch Words
PROTECTNG AMERICA FROM PARTISAN ZEALOTS

by Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- President Bush call the decision "ridiculous."

On Native Ground
PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO WHAT?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- What took them so long?

Momentum
ROLL, YOU OLD BLUE NORTHERN

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Maybe I waited too long to write this column, but I never thought the bastards would actually shut Amtrak down.

Art Review
ZEN VAUDEVILLE & HEART DANCES: THE RETURN OF YOKO ONO

by Gary Gach

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- All good things come around, all in good time. Such is the case with the work of Yoko Ono, who's been indefatigably pushing the boundaries of art and life for the past 40 years, but is only now getting the broad recognition she's due in America's museums of art.

Hominy & Hash
READY FOR THE ROARING '20s?

Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Birthdays are a time to think back and plan ahead; at least, that's how I pass them. So, thinking back, I realize I was born a decade too late for the Roaring '20s, a time of life last century that affected almost every decade to follow. The era was a turning point in style, attitude, technology, social mores and, of course, was preserved on the silver screen. We have the movies; we can see it, hear it and almost taste it.

Caring
MIDDLE EAST CHILDREN NEED SHELTER FROM BLOODSHED

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Near midnight on this side of the world, the Israeli Defense Force sends out an emergency call for reservists to join the battle against militant Palestinians. A similar call goes out to Palestinian fighters.

Brasch Words
THE COMPASSIONATE EXERCISER

Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- President George W. Bush, the self-proclaimed compassionate conservative who doesn't want government intruding into private lives, has just mixed government into private lives.


MUSHARRAF FACES DEMONS OF HIS OWN MAKING by Aman Singh

by Aman Singh

NEW DELHI, June 22, 2002 -- A "perfect diplomat," "high-strung," "hasty" and "a charmer" are some of the ways those who interact with Pakistan's self-proclaimed President Pervez Musharraf have described him.

Momentum
AND THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Remember the good old days of "I am not a crook"? That was a much simpler time, when a big whopper wasn't a hamburger and Richard Nixon was a crook and so much more.

Media Beat
AMERICAN JOURNALISM BESET BY 'CREEPING INDIFFERENCE AND SILENT HOLLOWING OUT'

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- American journalism has devoted massive attention to reporting on business in recent years. Overall news outlets are enthralled with efforts in our society to maximize corporate profits and personal wealth. Top executives and shrewd investors are good bets to emerge as media heroes, unless or until they appear to be headed for prison. Insatiable avarice - always pushing for more, more, more - is unlikely to cause bad press. In fact, journalists are apt to cite enthusiasm for boosting "net worth" as evidence of sturdy character.

Ink Soup: THE PLAGUE OF PEDANTORRHEA

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A touch of that old patrician disease, gout, this morning led me rashly to take an indocin tablet without, as the label clearly recommends, cushioning its fall into my person by first ingesting food or milk. This resulted in a spell of mental confusion, which I exploited for the usual purpose of composing an INK SOUP.

Caring
PRESCRIPTION FOR A STICKY DILEMNA

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I picked him up from the front of the hospital where he was waiting for me, barefoot in a wheel chair. Released from the cardiac unit after three days and alot of morphine, he was going home on sustained-release nitroglycerin and happy as a man freshly saved from Hell.

LETTERS FROM BEIJING: 'DEAR MOM...'

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Our daughter Kerry, traveling to and in China with a dozen University of Pittsburgh engineering students in tow, kept in touch with us almost daily from cybercafes. Responding to a ighthearted thought that we might rent a bus, pick up our families in assorted cities for a family reunion on wheels, and, in general, have a ball, she wrote:

Congratulations, America!
U.S.A. 2, Mexico 0

World Cup Soccer

A.R. Essay
ARABS AND JEWS ARE TARGETS OF ANTI-SEMITISM

by Jim Trageser

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- The recent embrace of the Palestinian cause among progressives in the West is not only a complete reversal of the Left's traditional support for Israel, but also displays a patronizing attitude - better known as racism - toward the Palestinians themselves.

On Native Ground
RESTORING FAITH IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Corporate integrity may sound like an oxymoron, but it's the current lack of it in American financial markets that is causing a crisis of confidence that may ultimately be a bigger threat to the nation than anything Osama bin Laden's crew can pull off.

Make My Day DADDY YAAAAY!

by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Kids have it pretty good these days.

Momentum
WE PARTIED TILL THE COWS WENT HOME

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The formal black-and-white ball was the climax of Brattleboro, Vermont's first Strolling of the Heifers parade and farm festival last weekend. The town's power elite put on tuxedos, and Alfred, the town's premiere black drag queen, chose a white satin ball gown with a closed square back, tight bodice, umbrella skirt, and pearls.

Ink Soup
SPRING FOR IT

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The routine seems so simple. Make sure you've got your membership card, your helmet, your old person's pass for the bus, your quarter, your bath kit... And then:

On Native Ground
FEELING SAFER YET?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- According to President Bush, "the only path to safety is the path of action."

Caring
UNLIKELY NOMADS OF THE MIDWAY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- "I met you on a midway at a fair last year and you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear." It's one of singer, songwriter Joni Mitchell's best lines and I find myself singing it in the car on my way to the various midways called life. Songs from Blue. Rivers to skate away on. Or, this one: "The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in '68/ and he told me, all romantics make the same mistake/ cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark café."

Momentum
CAN YOU READ THIS WITHOUT GLASSES? DON'T BOTHER

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The lure - an invitation to join an outdoor adventure trip and kayak, canoe, and raft on three lovely Massachusetts rivers, with a little mountain climbing on the side - was so irresistible that I bit like a trout.

Ink Soup
CLUTTERED LIVES

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- When you think of it, the word biography is strange. Bio:graphy :: life:writing. There is a sense in which all writing is life-writing, for what else is there? But biography is the story of one life, usually a life that rises above the ordinary.

On Native Ground
BIG OIL, BIN LADEN, THE BUSH TEAM AND SEPT. 11

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I used to think that President Richard Nixon set the gold standard for secrecy, paranoia and corruption. But President George W. Bush is coming up fast on the rail.

Momentum: AFTER MEMORIAL DAY

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Memorial Day has come and gone and left us filled with images. There was a stunning documentary about the Pacific battles of World War II on NBC, and another one on HBO about New York City on Sept. 11. Sunday's New York Times gave us a stunning narrative of what happened inside the World Trade Center between the plane strikes and the buildings' collapse.

+ In Memoriam +
Our American Dead

A.R. Editorial
PHILIP, RICHARD AND PAUL

by Joe Shea

Now they lay beneath brown earth, young friends and men every canon and creed will honor, and every cannon of war has killed. That is to say that the creed of war that killed my cousin Paul and my friends Richard and Philip is the same everywhere: It is a belief in cannons that kill young men, as old as mankind.

Caring
HONORING OUR LIVING HEROES

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- His mates on the Deny Bolia just called him "Freddie." He'd cooked for many a sailor and not a few admirals during World War II. A 22-year career in the Navy as a chef, and many years since retirement brought him to his final port-of-call: living with his daughter, Vitta and her two children in the back country east of San Diego.

On Native Ground
MORE TRUTH, LESS SPIN NEEDED FROM BUSH TEAM

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The extent of the incompetence of the Bush Administration grows by the day. Secrecy and spin seem to be the only things it can do right.

Media Beat
A MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT'S MEN ON MEDIA STRATEGY

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- Once buried in the bowels of the White House computer room, a startling memo on media strategy has bubbled to the surface like a cold sore.

Momentum
LIGHTEN UP, AMERICA!

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Americans these days are humor-impaired. Although few of us make cruel jokes intended to hurt people, the daily give-and-take of American life provides rich material for humor that we're suddenly afraid to touch.

Caring
'ELDER RAGE' MAY BLAZE PATH TO CAMELOT

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- She stood up after my presentation and dissented. A young marketing person from a local chain of nursing homes, she didn't think I had been fair in my portrayal of nursing homes as less-than-desirable places to be.

Hominy & Hash
SOME 'EXPATS' ARE NOT-SO-INNOCENTS ABROAD

Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Expatriates are either banished from their own countries or leave of their own accord. It's a rather negative-sounding definer harking back to Ernest Hemingway's novels set in the '20s -- chronicles of a bunch of expatriates hanging around in France and Spain. That disillusioned, cynical group of artists and writers exemplified "The Lost Generation," so-called by Hemingway after writer Gertrude Stein tossed off that line in a conversation.

On Native Ground
WHO KNEW WHAT, WHEN, BEFORE SEPT. 11?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- A few weeks ago, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) called for an investigation into whether the Bush administration had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and whether anything was done to prevent them.

Momentum:
TRASHING OUR DEMOCRACY

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In today's toxic political climate, only two philosophies seem to be allowed. Either you believe fervently in free-market capitalism, rugged cowboy individualism, zero tolerance, revenge as foreign policy, and that those who lag behind economically deserve it, or you believe passionately that we're all in this together, one for all and all for one, doing unto others and working together to help every person on the planet have a good, decent, sustainable and humane life.

Caring
ANGELS FROM MONTGOMERY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Mother's Day urgency: We found ourselves following the well-worn migratory paths of the great herd in and out of those catacombs of commerce known as "the mall," every last one of us foraging for the perfect gift to offer the tribal deity, the goddess of our particular hearth and home so that we might live yet another year basking in the warmth of her maternal blessing.

Momentum:
A TASTE OF HISTORY

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Our senses have a way of reconnecting us with our past. For example, I remember a long-ago summer spent on a Greek island, walking in the hills and picking fragrant mountain oregano, wild bay, rosemary and sage. As the herbs dried in the sun, I sewed little packets for them out of a rough-spun blue-and-white-checked cotton. I filled the bags, tied them with string, brought them home, and gave a set to my family.

Ink Soup
A LETTER FROM HUCK

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Hi. My name is Huck. For now, that is -- it's what the Browns called me when I agreed to humor them by eating the swill that they seem to think cats enjoy. When I move on I'll no doubt be called Puss, or Tom, or with luck, Burt.

Reporting: Nepal
U.S. HELP SOUGHT AS NEPAL KILLS 400 MAOIST REBELS

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- In a significant reversal of fortune for Nepalese forces, government security forces attacked thetraining camps and hideout shelters of Maoist terrorists and killed about 400 of them over the last two days, officials said here. The terrorists are blamed for killing more than 1,000 police officers during a four-year rebellion.

On Native Ground
'MORAL CLARITY' AND THE WAR ON TERROR

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Is anyone going to stand up to President Bush's plan of perpetual war for perpetual re-election?

Market Mover
RATTLING SABERS SPOOK MARKETS

by Mark Scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Stock markets can deal with negative and positive trends; they don't like uncertainty.

Ink Soup
RISING TO THE BOTTOM

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- If living a moral life is the loftiest of human aspirations, should we not take our standard of this life from those at the top of society, the loftiest of human types, those to whom we look "up"? We seem to take much else from them -- house design, hairstyles, dress length, dietary norms, even the latest small talk -- so why not the idea of good and bad?

On Native Ground
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN JENIN?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- If the total destruction of the Palestinian Authority and all other civic and cultural institutions on the West Bank was the goal of "Operation Defensive Wall," Israel got what it wanted.

Momentum: WHY DOES AMERICA WANT TO IRAQ AND ROLL?

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Did I miss something? When did it become generally accepted that the United State's most pressing concern is the elimination of Saddam Hussein? Shouldn't there have been -- at the veryleast -- a national conversation? Was I asleep that day?

Market Mover
CISCO KID AND THE BARBERSHOP DUET

by Mark Scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sometimes going to a new barber can prove instructive for everyone. Artie the Barber didn't know what he was starting, but, hey, he was holding the razor.

Caring
THE ALAN WATTS SCHOOL OF SURVIVAL

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- It was early morning in Little Italy and I was indulging in one of my very favorite therapeutic modalities ... purposeless wandering in an unexplored region.

Reporting
ACTOR ROBERT BLAKE ARRESTED IN WIFE'S 2001 MURDER

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2002 -- Robert Blake, the 68-year-old star of the '70s hit police drama "Baretta," on Thursday became the star of a new major tv drama, his own arrest for the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley, 44, liveon local television on the six o'clock news.

LAPD CHIEF 'TOO TOUGH FOR L.A.' IS OUT: WILL CITIES FOLLOW?

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted along strict racial lines Wednesday morning not to contest a decision by the city's police commission to terminate the contract of Los Angeles Police Dept. Chief Bernard C. Parks, even as influential black ministers and politicians warned that they may now support citywide secession movements.

Momentum
OPRAH'S TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENT

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I was happy when Oprah Winfrey ended her book club last week, because I believe she is using literature as part of a campaign to push a Big Lie on her followers (and the Dalai Lama may have fewer and less passionate followers.) The lie is that if you worship at the shrine of her, you can become her, or just like her.

Reporting: Nepal
NEW MAOIST ATTACKS KILL 200; AT LEAST 100 REBELS ALSO DIE

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, April 16, 2002 -- More than 200 people, including 60 policemen, were killed when armed groups of Maoist rebels suddenly attacked all the police posts in Dang district, the home constituency of Nepal's Home Minister in western Nepal on Thursday night, officials said.

Anniversary Essay, Part I
THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE

by Richard LeCuyer and Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO, April 17, 2002 -- Editor's Note: In this, the third of our 7th Anniversary Essays, two compelling writers suggest that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not as intractable as it seems when viewed in the light of the region's long history of cooperation.

Anniversary Essay
A PLEA FOR THE SOUL OF FRANCE by Mark Scheinbaum

by Mark Scheinbaum

LAKE WORTH, Fla., April 15, 2002 -- The prestigious French daily Le Monde today was focused on neighboring Germany's reaction to the rise in anti-Semitism in recent weeks and months. It probably provides a welcome relief for French readers - if not French Jewish readers - from the wave of anti-Jewish attacks in their own country.

Caring
A TRAVEL LOG FROM THE AMYGDALA

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- The Man in Black tells Princess Buttercup in Rob Reiner's wonderful film Princess Bride, "Life is pain highness, and anyone who tells you different is selling something."

Hominy & Hash: NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT 'FUNNY UNCLES'

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- We used to call them "funny uncles" when our little friends had extended families living at their house.

On Native Ground
BUSH TALKS PEACE, BUT PREPARES FOR MORE WAR by Randolph T. Holhut

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It's hard to make a case that anything good will come out of the current carnage in the Middle East. But David Corn, Washington correspondent for The Nation, brought up an interesting theory in a recent column - the fighting on the West Bank may have stopped President Bush's plans to invade Iraq.

Momentum: GOOD-BYE, UNCLE MILTIE

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When Milton Berle died two weeks ago at the age of 93, it meant more than the end of several entertainment eras. It meant this was the last time I could trot out the story of how I may have made Uncle Miltie - a man who made millions wet their pants laughing at him on television - wet his own.

Anniversary Essay: IS THE LEFT TURNING ANTI-SEMITIC?

by Jim Trageser

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- When did it become chic to hate the Jews again? It was just a few years ago that it was still very hip and in todefend the historically beleaguered Jews. Books attacking the German populace and the Catholic hierarchy for not doing anything to stop the Holocaust were best-sellers. Jewish arts festivals sprang up in cities across the United States, the klezmer revival was in full blossom, and being a young Jew was the essence of cool.

Caring
AGING BODIES NEED COMFORT, TOO

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Water has figured prominently in my thoughts all week. Hot water, hot tubs, whirlpools, spas and the like.

Crisis In The Middle East
An American Reporter Special Report

A.R. Editorial: AN OPPORTUNITY 'OUTLAYED' AND WAYLAID

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2002 -- President Bush's decision to send Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Middle East to implement the agenda he "outlayed" yesterday follows an insistent drumbeat of criticism of a do-nothing policy that has hampered the U.S. war on terrorism, called into question the essential fairness of our nation, and angered friends and foes of the United States.

Crisis In The Middle East
Media Beat

PALESTINIAN DEATHS BLURRED IN EDITORIAL FRAME

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- In times of crisis, many policymakers and journalists pay special attention to the editorializing from America's most influential papers. The spin of news coverage and the mix of individual opinion piecesusually indicate the outlooks of the media establishment, but theeditorials by powerhouse newspapers convey more direct messages.

Crisis In The Middle East
On Native Ground

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE FROM BUSH ON MIDEAST?

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- So President Bush has finally come to the conclusion that its time to get fully and forcefully involved in the Middle East peace process. What took him so long?

Momentum
IN THE NAME OF GOD! by Joyce Marcel American Reporter Correspondent

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There's something about the Judean desert that inspires awe. Maybe it's the rich redness of the land combined with the vastness of it - those vistas of terrifying solitude which lead your eyes to the sky and your mind to question your own existence. You can't help thinking, "Of course three of the world's great religions come from here. Of course you can feel a presence you might call God. Of course this is the Holy Land."

Editorial
MR. PRESIDENT, GO TO JERUSALEM

by Joe Shea

Everything important requires a journey. Great men make those journeys; thus, Sadat journeyed to Begin; thus, Eisenhower journeyed to Korea; thus, at a critical moment in world history, when a deadly impasse has paralyzed the peace process upon which much of the world's well-being is precariously hung, you, Mr. President, must go to Jerusalem and help Israel find a way to peace with a new state of Palestine.

Ink Soup
PASCHAL INK

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sunday was Easter, as it was on that memorable episode of "The Simpsons" when the Rev. Lovejoy, from the pulpit of the First Church of Springfield, preached a sermon containing no reference at all to crucifixion, death, or resurrection. This put the family -- Homer,Marge, Lisa, and Bart -- straight to sleep, where each dreamed throughBible episodes (Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, and Revelation), none of themwith the least hint of Golgotha or the empty tomb.

Commentary
A SONG OF JOY IN A WORLD OF SORROW

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a really anti-climactic day. Known as Good Saturday to the Christian faithful, it is neither the dark drama of the crucifixion northe resplendent, boulder-busting glory of the Resurrection. It's a bona fide,certified, really bad day where defeat seems a foregone conclusion, even totrue believers.

Editorial
'STRANGE AND TWISTED MUSIC' FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, March 29 -- If Middle Eastern terrorists launched deadly attacks against U.S. cities this very afternoon, who would we blame? Would it be al-Qaida? Palestinians? Israel? Iraq? Who would we crucify on this Good Friday?

On Native Ground
A FLOCK OF CHICKEN HAWKS

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Why does it always seem like the distinguished folks who scream the loudest for the use of military force are the ones who never spent a day in uniform?

Momentum
THE SCENT OF LILACS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Beatrice Arthur, Tallulah Bankhead, and the state of Vermont -- three names that made an unexpected connection andtaught me an unexpected lesson last week.

Commentary
POOH v. MICKEY IS A BATTLE ROYALE

by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- It's being called "the biggest case you've never heard of," and it could end up costing The Walt Disney Company as much as $6 billion per year in revenues. Two parties are both fighting for the same honey pot, and it all comes down to greed.

Ink Soup
BEING EDITED

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Keeping a journal, as I do, can be a great comfort, especially when the old memory starts to depend on Post-It notes all over the inside of my skull. It can also be humiliating, infuriating, and baffling. But informative withal.

Caring
THE LAST BEST HOPE OF THE ELDERLY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- When people ask me how what I do differs from being a "regular nurse," I always think of many answers, so I usually respond by saying, "A nurse care manager is first and foremost a patient advocate." But the picture is hardly drawn by those pale words. How do you I explain that I stand beside elderly people who have no one close enough to help? Unfortunately, even when there is family they are sometimes irrelevant. How do you explain to others that "family" means people who care, and that many times blood is just not thick enough? How do you explain that the simple presence of love, mixed with skill and persistence, can change someone's world?

Hominy & Hash
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Until recently, all Mary Mack knew about our court system was gleaned from watching fifty episodes of "Law & Order" each week. In between those, "100 Center Street," "NYPD Blue" and "Judge Judy" filled the gaps. What's to know? You show up, you tell the truth, you step down and walk out, head held high.

Editorial
AT THE TOP OF THE A-LIST, HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES FREEDOM

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD -- I live eight blocks and a 12-minute walk from the new home of the Academy Awards at the new Hollywood & Highland shopping center's Kodak Theater, but I was at Mass 500 yards and a million years away when the "Gold Knight" was handed out for the first time to my favorite songwriter, Randy Newman, after 16 nominations. No matter; I was busy praying for Halle Berry to win.

An American Reporter Special Report
The Myth of Liberal Media

On Native Ground
AR Special Report: THE MOST CHERISHED MYTH OF CONSERVATISM

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It seems that one of the easier ways to make money in publishing these days is to write a book on "liberal media bias." Bernard Goldberg has struck the jackpot with his book "Bias: A CBSInsider Exposes How the Media Distort the News." It's been on the best-seller lists for weeks, thanks to all of the conservatives who rushed outto the book stores to buy it. Even President Bush was seen with a copy. Right-wingers have been complaining for years that the news mediaare liberal. It is an unquestioned article of faith in the conservativecanon, but how true is it?

Momentum
YOUNG AGAIN, AND ALIVE

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Well, I'm back in Vermont again, sitting at my desk, looking through the pictures I took in Florida. Here's one of Beth Greenberg on stage in her ruffled pink party dress, her mouth wide open, channeling Ethel Merman with all her heart and soul as she lip-synchs "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from "Gypsy." And here's Jeanne Max in a chef's hat and apron, lip-synching to, well, Jeanne Max. The song is "BeMy Guest" from "Beauty and the Beast," but Jeanne has trouble remembering lyrics these days, so she pre-recorded her number.

Ink Soup
WHO'S A RUSSIAN POET? PUSHKIN, ITS GREATEST, WAS AFRICAN

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Some years ago I got into trouble with a reader in "Little Odessa," otherwise known as Brighton Beach, the largest North American concentration of immigrants from the old Soviet Union.

Caring
LILACS, WHITE CAPS, AND SOULS THAT SMOULDER

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- As I dropped down from the coastal hills toward the ocean today I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road. The ocean was positively alive -- whitecaps like I haven't seen in my adult life, if ever.

Momentum
THE RAVINGS OF RIGHT-WING LOONS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- First of all, I want to apologize to the loons, those shy, Web-footed, black-and-white, fish-eating diving birds. I don't know much about them, but somehow their name has become attached to different kinds of craziness, i.e., loon, lunatic, loony bin.

Ink Soup
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS FRENCH

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- It was the end of Time. The Earth and its moon, to say nothing of the Hubble telescope, had vanished into oblivion.

Hominy & Hash
A PALL OVER GEORGIA

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- When there's a universal understanding of how to act in any given situation, we say, "Well, it goes without saying." How do you treat a dead body? "Well, it goes without saying, you treat it carefully and with great respect." We all know that. It goes without saying.

Commentary
MONEY LAUNDERER GETS OFF EASY IN SWISS COURT by Lucy Komisar

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK -- Just a few days after top Swiss law enforcement officials came to Washington to assure Attorney General John Ashcroft they were serious about cracking down on money laundering, a Geneva judge has handed themildest possible slap on the wrist to one Russian culprit and declinedto indict several others who laundered $60 million through Swiss banksin scam known as "Russiagate."

Caring
CARE FACILITIES COMPLICIT IN ELDER ABUSE by Cindy Hasz

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- There was important news on elder abuse this week: The Senate Special Committee on Aging presented findings from its 18-month investigation of crime in nursing homes; what they found was that when crimes against the elderly do occur in nursing homes, they often go unreported.

On Native Ground
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A QUICK AND EASY WAR by Randolph T. Holhut

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Remember back in December when the pro-war crowd was gloating over the quick and relatively painless rout of the Taliban? Remember the ridicule they heaped upon those who predicted a long andcostly struggle in Afghanistan?

Momentum
THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Why does American culture spend so much of its vast energy and emotional and economic capital on creating and sustaining two illusions worthy of professional magicians: that the world can be made safe, and that life can be made pain-free?

Brasch Words
AMERICA'S NEW FEAR: THE TRUTH

by Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Between a diner and an empty store that once housed a shoe store, video store, and tanning salon, in a small strip mall in Bloomsburg, Pa., is Friends-in-Mind, an independent bookstore.

Ink Soup
EXPLORING THE DEPTHS OF ENNUI

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- These are notes from my journal, so please keep them strictly to yourself.

Hominy & Hash
WHILE ALL THE BIRDS ARE SINGING IN THE SKY*

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- There are friends, and then there are other friends. How quickly we define someone, saying she's my friend, when, really, she's just another mother like myself dropping her children off at school at the same time.

Caring
WHEN LOVE GOES THE DISTANCE

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I was at the corner coffee shop yesterday when I ran into a man who I have seen over the last few years at a certain nursinghome down the hill. I'd never really talked to him, though he'd been a constant presence at dinner time, helping his wife when as I sat and fed other patients in the same dining room.

Commentary
KILLING ANDREA YATES WILL ONLY COMPOUND A TRAGEDY

by Jim Trageser

ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- If there is any one word that can come close to describing the Yates family tragedy playing itself out in a Texas courtroom this week it might be this: Sadness.

Momentum: THE DEVILS AND DANIEL PEARL

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The repulsive way in which journalist Daniel Pearl of The Wall Street Journal was killed in Pakistan -- his throat slit on camera after he was humiliated for being a Jew! -- shocked and saddened us all.

Hominy & Hash
TERRORISTS

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Leon Klinghoffer. Do we even remember his name?

Ink Soup: THE LATEST

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seasoned readers of Ink Soup will be aware of how earnestly we avoid even the slightest mention of anything topical. It isn't pusillanimity, it is simple common sense.

The Pooh Papers
ACCOUNTING CONFLICT OF INTEREST HINTED IN DISNEY-POOH CASE

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 25, 2002 -- A lengthy and expensive accounting in the battle over royalties on Winnie The Pooh revenues may be tainted, according to persons familiar with the case and court records.

Caring
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- We were sitting in the Pancake House talking about the perfect dreadfulness of her life when she went still as a bird dog on point. Her eyes were fixed on a far spot across the room.

ANIMATOR LED ONE OF CENTURY'S MOST SUCCESSFUL LIVES

by Tom Mitsoff

IRVINE, Calif. -- As we age, we often ponder the meaning and quality of our lives. One measure of a successful life is how many other people's lives we have touched in a positive way. One of the 20th century's leaders in that regard passed away last week. Animator Chuck Jones was one of the key figures who developed the Warner Bros. "Merrie Melodies" and "Looney Tunes" cartoons that featured characters like Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and, of course, Bugs Bunny.

+ In Memoriam +
Daniel Pearl
A Great American Journalist

THE PENTAGON'S WAR AGAINST THE PRESS

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- If you want a good idea of what's missing from the news coverage of our ongoing "war on terrorism," take a trip down to your local library or bookstore and check out the anthologies "Reporting World War II" and "Reporting Vietnam," both published by the Library of America.

Media Beat
NEW MEDIA HEIGHTS FOR A REMARKABLE PUNDIT

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- Thomas Friedman of the New York Times has achieved another media triumph with the debut of "Tom's Journal" on the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer." The feature will be a "one-on-one debriefing of Friedman by Lehrer or one of the program's senior correspondents," says a news release from the influential PBS program. Friedman will appear perhaps a dozen times per year -- whenever he comes back from a major trip abroad.

Momentum
THE AGE OF FABULOUS WOMEN

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Back when I was in high school, women didn't play sports, although we were allowed to swim. So now I watch with awe and joy as those young Olympic women fly into the air on snowboards, turn somersaults on skis, or race down silvery ice on thighs as powerful as steel girders, or shoot and ski and race and pant and sweat and win and lose in front of the entire world. Yes, I keeping thinking, we have finally entered the age of fabulous women.

Caring
MY OWN HELEN OF TROY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Just lately, I've felt like I am standing in the darkroom of life, watching as the face of my mother develops, increasingly luminous in shadow. I realize it is not she that has changed. It is only the vantagepoint of the gathering years that has changed my perspective. What has gripped me recently is her sheer ontology; her resolute thrust of "being" in spite of the mounting contradictions of aging. I don't say death because she is not dying. She is 80 and in worsening health but she is too busy being alive to be complicit in deterioration.

War On Terror
DEATH TOLL HITS 200 IN NEPAL CLASH; MAOISTS ABANDON 40 HEADLESS BODIES

by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Feb. 18, 2002 -- In the deadliest attack since the launch of a Maoist insurgency here in 1996, more than 200 people - including over 100 police and other security personnel - were killed Sunday morning in the Achham district 600 kilometer west of Kathmandu, defense officials said.

CARLUCCI GOES ALL-OUT TO STOP UNFLATTERING DOCUMENTARY

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2002 -- Most people would be thrilled to be a real-life character in a movie. Not Frank Carlucci. His lawyer suggested to filmmaker Raoul Peck and Zeitgeist Films that they might find it legally troublesome if they identified the former high-level U.S. official by name in a scene in Peck's film "Lumumba," which is being shown on HBO this month.

FUTURE OF E-COMMERCE MAY HANG ON SHARED AUTHENTICATION

by Bill Densmore

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Since the Internet burst from its academic and military origins in the mid-1990s, people who own "content" have been troubled by two things: How to get paid, and how to keep from being ripped off. Fresh efforts,technology and legal theories may make 2002 the year for answers.

On Native Ground
POLITICS v. BUSINESS: WHY CONSERVATIVES CRACK UP

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Conservatives have been quick to dismiss the Enron collapse as a business scandal, rather than a political scandal. In a recent column in The Washington Post, Michael Tomasky made the case that it's neither.

Momentum
JOURNALISTIC HIGH JINKS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Whenever my local paper, The Brattleboro Reformer, prints something that angers its readers, they always fire off letters to the editor certain to contain two things, the word "sensationalism," and the phrase, "you're just trying to sell more papers." But it's a red herring to say that newspapers choose news items with an eye to selling more papers. Mostly, they print news to fill up the white space between the advertisements. And while newspapers don't seek usually sensationalism, when it comes, they greet it with open arms -- as do their readers.

Editorial
A WAR THAT ALL OF US CAN WIN

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 12, 2002 -- I went to a meeting tonight where the idea was broached of turning our lone neighborhood park, where there's now a busy soccer field, kids' playground and picnic area, into a dog park - a place not for kids and people but for dogs to run and take a crap.

Ink Soup
NUP, PILLS, AND HECK

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wsh. -- The fire that I've just started in the grate of my study might serve to counter some of the bad news to be found this morning in two newspapers. The Chronicle of Higher Education brings the tidings that the Northwestern University Press is rumored to be about to close... again. I never knew they'd been shut down before.

Mitts Off
CAPTURE OF BIN LADEN IS JOB NO. 1

by Tom Mitsoff

IRVINE, Calif. -- Where on Earth is Osama bin Laden? Parents of today's teens and pre-teens may remember a children's television show with a similar title which aired for a few seasons in the mid-1990s. In that animated series, title character Carmen Sandiego, the world's greatest thief, was on the loose and it was up to the ACME Detective Agency to solve her clues and track her down. Most of the time, the wily thief managed to stay far enough ahead of the crime fighters at the detective agency where she formerly worked to elude capture.

Caring
WHEN BEING NEGATIVE IS A POSITIVE THING

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I have so many patients who wage a daily and desperate battle with anxiety. It literally possesses them so that there is little room left for anything else.

On Native Ground
SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE ON ARMS WE DON'T NEED

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There's nothing that gets the Republican Party excited more than spending more money on making war.

Momentum
ADDICTED TO LOVE - AND WHAT ELSE?

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In the interests of full disclosure, I admit that my current addictions are to L'Occitane lavender scent from Provence, prime time television, anything sweet, and raw almonds. But after watching the Super Bowl, that veritable monument to American addiction, I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't anything that we, the American people, aren't addicted to.

The Pooh Papers
ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO. WORKED POOH CASE DURING SHREDDING AT DISNEY, LAWYERS SAY

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 4, 2002 -- Arthur Andersen & Co., the accounting firm that oversaw the shredding of Enron Corporation records, was hired as the outside accounting expert in the long-running Winnie the Pooh royalties case and worked on it at the Walt Disney Co. from 1994 to at least 1998, a period when thousands of pages of documents related to the case were destroyed in violation of a court order, The American Reporter has learned.

Caring
ELDERLY MONKS ARE BROTHERS' KEEPERS

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Abbot Claude at Prince of Peace Monastery is 93 years old. Besides one fall a couple of years ago which broke his nose and put out some teeth he is in good health. I met him several years ago when he called me after an article of mine ran in the paper. He and Abbot Basil were impressed and invited me to their Oceanside quarters for a benediction.

WHY WE ABANDON OUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

by Tom Mitsoff

IRVINE, Calif. -- If you have already abandoned your New Year's resolutions, you're not alone.

The President's Heal;th
BUSH HAS CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA, COLLEGE STATION REVEALS

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES -- President Bush has a classic form of cardiac arrhythmia that was responsible for his fainting spell two weeks ago, a Pasadena, Calif., college radio station has revealed. The White House confirmed the report.

Ink Soup
DIM INTERVAL

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Living in London, we picked up a phrase that was a Leitmotif of the weather forecast there: bright interval.

+ In Memoriam +
Thomas "Ski" Demski
"A Grand Old Man for the Flag"

Hominy & Hash
JUST FOR THE RECORD

by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- When we see the United States Marine monument depicting war-weary fighting men crawling their way up the rocky mountain and raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi, we're proud of all U.S. Marines. And what's more, all marines are proud to be part of the Corps, lucky to have survived, sad to have suffered the losses - 6,000 men on Iwo Jima alone.

Caring
LETTING GO: THE DIGNITY OF RISK

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Sometimes honoring "patient rights" means you have to walk away from someone who might really need your help. Someone like the 90 year-old man who threw us all out of his house tonight.

The Pooh Papers
'GET EISNER DOWN HERE': RECORDS OF DISNEY AFFILIATE IN HONG KONG WERE SHREDDED, TOO

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2002 -- The Walt Disney Co. destroyed "hundreds of boxes and thousands of pages" of records from its Hong Kong manufacturing arm that showed how Winnie The Pooh-related products were made, shipped and licensed, newly-released documents in an 11-year-old lawsuit for hundreds of millions in past due royalties reveal.

On Native Ground
IT'S STILL ABOUT 'THE ECONOMY, STUPID'

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- To the surprise of almost no one, the Republican Party plans to make the ongoing "war on terrorism" the centerpiece of its campaign strategy for the 2002 Congressional elections.

Momentum
QUESTIONS I ASK MYSELF

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Whenever I'm driving, taking a shower, cooking, or watching television, little questions bubble up in my mind. For example, right now I'm wondering why, when the American people were so enthusiastic about a war in Afghanistan to "get" Osama bin Laden, they didn't complain one bit about the fact that although we caused buckets of devastation over there, we didn't get him.

Ink Soup
OUR BEAUTIFUL MR. NASH

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Editor's Note: Those who have lived the last 40 years or so in Princeton may make better senseof this story than the rest of us. I have just had the oddest experience. An hour ago I went to a movie a few blocks down the hill from where I live to see Ron Howard's film "A Beautiful Mind."

The American Reporter
proudly salutes
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Money Trail
ENRON: THE LESSONS OF SEPT. 11 AND NOV. 8

by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK -- How did top executives of Enron do it? How did they cause the world's biggest bankruptcy while making off with millions ofdollars? They used the same financial tools as Osama bin Laden.

The Pooh Papers
DISNEY PAID $750,000 TO POOH OWNERS IN EARLIER DISPUTE

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 19, 2002 -- The Walt Disney Co. paid at least $750,000 in 1983 to the widow and her daughter who own the commercial rights to Winnie the Pooh after lawyers accused the company of cheating them on royalty payments and threatened the studio with a lawsuit, newly-opened documents in a 1991 lawsuit revealed Friday.

On Native Ground
THE REAL ENRON SCANDAL

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt., Jan. 18, 2002 -- The Enron debacle is finally on the news media's radar. The proximity of the Bush Administration to a company that collapsed in the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history does raise plenty of suspicions, and rightly so.

The Pooh Papers
PUBLIC FINALLY GETS A PEEK AT POOH v. MICKEY

by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 18, 2002 -- Call it the case of Bear v Rodent; call it W. Pooh v M. Mouse; call it one of the biggest lawsuits that you've never heard of. But whatever the name, the court battle between the Walt Disney Co. and a Beverly Hills family may be now approaching trial after 11 years, with almost all of the proceedings conducted in total secrecy.

Media Beat
A COMMUNIQUE FROM THE GHOST OF MARK TWAIN

by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- I see that I'm damn near legendary now; and since I died long ago, that's safe for all concerned.

Momentum
THE INCREDIBLY SHRINKING MOVIE STARS

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- So, a few weeks ago, when a good friend and I went to see "Ocean's Eleven," I happened to notice that when handsome George Clooney stood next to heartthrob Brad Pitt, they were exactly the same size. They looked like bookends.

Ink Soup
OF GULLS & DEMONS

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A friend says that I use bad language (by which she means h--l and d--n) and that she has been unaccustomed to this at the University of Washington, the speech of which is much more fastidious than that to which she was exposed at Princeton. I must write to President Tilghman about this terrible problem.

Hominy & Hash
SOUTH'S TRAIL TO VOTING RIGHTS PASSED THROUGH SELMA

by Constance Daley

SELMA, Ala. -- Selma, Ala., is as familiar to me as Little Rock, Ark., or Dallas, Tex.

Caring
FOR SOME ELDERLY, HEAVEN'S JUST A HOT BATH AWAY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I'd been diving for attractive artifacts on the ocean floor of my mind. As I rested in the shallow, warm waters off the coast of my bathroom tub, I mused on the absurdity - indeed criminality - of the elderly in nursing homes being denied the pleasures of a long soak in hot, steamy water.]

Mitts Off
AIRPORT SCREENERS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT POLITICAL STATUS

by Tom Mitsoff

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- What's an airport security guard to do? There may be some doubt in his or her mind after recent events.

On Native Ground
ENRON'S FALL AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Whatever happened to the "New Economy?"

Make My Day
DO THEY HAVE CAT-FLAVORED DOG FOOD?

by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- There are three pivotal decisions in a person's life: when to get married, when to have children, and whether to own a dog or turn evil and own a cat instead. After I got married, I realized how lucky I was when my wife said, "Let's get a dog."

Exclusive: DISNEY PETITION REVEALS 'CRIPPLING' SANCTIONS

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4, 2002 -- A set of "potentially crippling" secret sanctions levied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige against the Walt Disney Co. for destroying key evidence in the long-running lawsuit brought by owners of the commercial rights to Winnie The Pooh for unpaid royalties was revealed today in the studio's rejected petition for a writ of mandate from California's Second District Court of Appeal, which was obtained by The American Reporter after Disney unsuccessfuly sought to keep it concealed.

Momentum: INSIDE OUTSIDER ART

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The word "outsider" can be painful - maybe it's too close to the word "outcast" for comfort. Who among us, after all, doesn't want to feel connected or in some way, a part of things? So when it comes to the growing world of Outsider Art, many artists find the name insulting.

Ink Soup: A COOT'S TALE

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Imagine my astonishment when I read the ad in the Village Voice.

On Native Ground: WAR PAST, WAR PRESENT

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- "America's New War" seems to be in a lull right now. There's little left to bomb in Afghanistan. The Taliban have been routed. There's a new government in Kabul and Osama bin Laden and hisloyalists are on the run.

Caring
KINDNESS, TURPENTINE AND PENNY CANDY

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- He used to call me "windy Cindy from Windy City." I just called him Grampie.

Momentum
NOTHING GOOD EVER SEEMS TO HAPPEN TO PERU

by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Shocking and saddening news came from downtown Lima, Peru, last weekend. Over 260 people died in a devastating fire, and the number will probably rise to above 300. Blackened bodies lined the streets, 30 percent of them children. More than 180 people were injured. Medical burn teams were flown in from abroad. The massive blaze was sparked by an exploding chain reaction of fireworks, which the Peruvians use to celebrate Christmas and New Year's.

European Diary
GERMANY WELCOMES THE NEW YEAR AND THE EURO

by Erika Lorentzsen

PARIS -- Editor's Note: Erika Lorentzsen was a Russia-based writer for the Moscow Times who now is a freelancer based in Paris. She spent New Year's Eve in Berlin as it witnessed the advent of the new European currency, the Euro.

Make My Day
SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE ... UHHH

Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- I could do the old joke about how my New Year's resolution is to quit procrastinating tomorrow, but I'm sick of that joke. Or I could do the joke about how I'm giving up Lent for the New Year. Or I could just jab myself in the eye. Guess which one I'll find more amusing?

The Pooh Papers
DISNEY REBUFFED IN APPEAL OF TOUGH SANCTIONS

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. suffered another blow to its hopes of winning a long-running court case over commercial rights to Winnie The Pooh when California's Second District Court of Appeal denied the studio's writ seeking to toss out severe sanctions levied by a Los Angeles judge against the company for destroying 40 boxes of evidence after he ordered it to keep them intact.

Caring
AN ELDERLY MOTHER'S 'VIA DOLOROSA'

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," the song goes. We all recognize the feeling. And sometimes that sense of real or existential abandonment can be compounded.

Ink Soup: ATTENTION, PLEASE!

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The phrase "attention deficit" will call to the mind of anyone who has been reasonably alert for the last few years an unruly child of school age in need of medication and perhaps of professional help. The three R's today would seem to be, in roughly this order: Reprimand, Ritalin, and Rehab.

Happy New Year!

A CHANGE WILL COME

by Joe Shea

The hills and forests and rivers and streams of Orange County, N.Y., where I grew up in the small farming town of Monroe (population 2,000), are known for their beauty in Spring, Summer and Fall. The verdant green fields of grass that by late Spring is hay and the waving fields of summer corn give way to the glowing colors of change in the Fall.

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