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By Contributor on August 16, 2005
Watching Torture in Prime Time
By Anne-Marie Cusac

From the August 2005 Issue

In the same week as the one-year anniversary of Abu Ghraib, an episode of the Fox hit show 24 opened with a scene of the Counter Terrorism Unit medical clinic. Lying in a hospital bed, attended to by physicians, was the terrorism suspect who, in the last seconds of the previous episode, had screamed as the show’s hero, Jack Bauer, broke the bones in his hand.

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By Contributor on August 11, 2005
Hybrid vehicles are at the crossroads
By Michelle Robinson

August 11, 2005

Imagine the public outrage if it were discovered that Philip Morris developed a cure for cancer but used it to merely make cigarettes taste better. While that is fictional, something very similar, and very real, may be happening to hybrid vehicles.

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By Contributor on August 10, 2005
Arresting the Drug Laws
David Silverberg

From the August 2005 Issue

In March, Howard Woolridge set out on horseback from Los Angeles to New York City wearing a T-shirt blaring the capitalized declaration: “COPS SAY LEGALIZE POT, ASK ME WHY.” The former Michigan police officer, who plans to reach New York in November, is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group that wants to change our country’s drug laws.

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By Contributor on August 05, 2005
Meet Evangelist Tony Campolo
By John Oliver Mason

From the August 2005 Issue

An ordained Baptist minister, Tony Campolo overcame a heresy trial to preach social justice in the United States. Along with Jim Wallis of Sojourners and Ron Sider, the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, Campolo is trying to counter the forces of the religious right from within a church-based tradition.Tried to Bring Down a President—and Why They’ll Try Even Harder Next Time.

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By Contributor on August 04, 2005
U.S. must stop Iraqi women's human rights from unraveling
Vivian Stromberg

August 4, 2005

The current draft of Iraq's constitution, which is expected to be finalized by Aug. 15, is a threat to women's human rights worldwide.

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By Contributor on August 02, 2005
People with disabilities will be hit hard by Medicaid cuts
Mike Ervin

August 2, 2005

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to cut Medicaid, and some states already have their knives out.

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By Contributor on August 02, 2005
U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations will strain after death of king
As'ad AbuKhalil

August 2, 2005

With the recent death of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, the royal jockeying for power in the country has begun in earnest, and it may have a tremendous impact on U.S.-Saudi relations.

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By Contributor on August 02, 2005
Union split could be turned into opportunity for labor movement
Bill Fletcher Jr.

August 2, 2005

The dramatic split in the AFL-CIO is a symptom of a larger problem. And the split itself will not resolve that problem.

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By Contributor on August 01, 2005
Tiny Labor
By Barbara Ehrenreich

From the August 2005 Issue

In the fifty years of the AFL-CIO’s existence, Big Labor has shrunk to a third of its former size, but it’s been clinging to its outsized clothes and outmoded habits. While membership dwindles, the AFL-CIO has continued to act like a big shot—doling out tens of millions to the Democratic Party and occupying a palatial spread located within kiss-blowing distance of the White House.

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By Contributor on August 01, 2005
George’s gang policy shows the Administration’s true colors
By Luis J. Rodríguez

From the August 2005 Issue

When First Lady Laura Bush visited Homeboy Industries in the Los Angeles barrio of Boyle Heights on April 27, eyebrows went up among some people who have worked with hardened gang youth: What was a Republican, former librarian, and President Bush’s much better half doing among tattooed, brown-skinned men who had been shot, had done some shootings, and were often portrayed in the media as “the worst of the worst”?

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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