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Wednesday, September 26, 2001

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  • Bush Administration Pushes Free Trade Agenda to Shore Up Alliances in the Middle East

    The Senate passed legislation today that would remove all trade barriers between the United States and Jordan afterthe Bush administration persuaded a pivotal Republican senator to drop his objections.

  • "Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism": Correspondent John Cooleydiscusses the Investigation in Germany, Osama Bin Laden’s Financial Assets, and His Book, the Mostdetailed Ac

    Two weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, investigators have not yet identified anyknowing accomplices in the United States or uncovered a broad support network that assisted the 19 hijackers. Thisaccording to a senior law enforcement official in yesterday’s New York Times.

  • Warfare Over Welfare: How the Bush Administration’s War Preparation Hurts the Poor

    In the last two weeks the thousands of people affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center have receivedunprecedented levels of assistance from federal state and local agencies. Agencies have generally made drastic cutsin red tape to facilitate the flow of aid and employed extremely generous standards in determining who receives it ­including housing, food, and disaster assistance. The aid has gone to victims of the disaster regardless of income,and therein lies the irony. For the Giuliani administration continues to discourage poor people from applying forpublic aid and housing assistance in New York.

  • Should the US Fund the Northern Alliance, the Opposition to the Taliban?: A Debate

    Long after Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan in 1979, the country remained mired in violent upheaval. Many Afghans who oppose the fundamentalist Islamic regime of the Taliban, which took power in 1996, support the Northern Alliance party, which grew out of the Mujahedeen. The official head of the Northern Alliance is the ousted president Burhanuddin Rabbani, who claims to be the head of the Government and controls most of the country’s embassies abroad and retains Afghanistan’s UN seat after the U.N. But others say the Northern Alliance, which is the main oppositionparty to the Taliban, is also responsible for gross human rights abuses and corruption. The Afghan Northern Alliance follow a milder form of Islam than the Taliban. The group is made up of an ethnically and religiously disparate group of rebel movements, mainly non-Pashtun ethnic groups. Pashtuns are the majority ethnic group in Afghanistan.

  • Thousands Gather to Hear Vietnamese Monk and Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh Speak On"Embracing Anger" and Working for Peace

    One of the things we have tried to do here on Democracy Now! is bring the voices of people from New York and aroundthe world who have been victimized by terror but continue to speak for peace. As people in the US struggle with thequestion of how to respond to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and the certainty of US military action inCentral Asia, these voices are more important than ever. One of the most important of those is Thich Nhat Hanh.