King George Loses His Crown

Apr 5, 2007
In his quest to expand presidential authority, George W. Bush has claimed extraordinary powers, whether to imprison American citizens without charge or ignore the laws of nature. The Supreme Court's ruling on the EPA is a breath of fresh air, not just for the environment but for our democracy.
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Thatcher Saddened by Despot’s Death

Dec 11, 2006
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has expressed her sorrow following the death of brutal Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a friend until the end. Victims of Pinochet's atrocities have also expressed sadness, now that the tyrant will escape trial for years of abuses against his people, including torture and the disappearance of some 3,000 individuals.

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

Feb 8, 2006
Building on his "President Jonah" theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush's presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.Updated: Internationally-acclaimed man of letters Gore Vidal issues a new conclusion to his essay about the corruption of the Bush administration: "This is what we call dictatorship. Dictatorship. Dictatorship. And it is time we objected."

A Life, Wasted

Jan 3, 2006
The father of a soldier killed in Iraq calls his son's death "wasted in a belief that democracy would grow simply by removing a dictator--a careless misunderstanding of what democracy requires." Read the column