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Terror, Evil, and the New Cold War
by John Buell
In response to September 11, 2001, and the so-called "war on terror," the United States has embraced a notion of Western superiority and lost its identity as a pluralistic democracy. Perhaps the question needs to be asked what it means to be an American. (Read Article in PDF)
Humanism versus the Militarization of America
by Barbara Dority and Fred Edwords
From the perspectives of Just War theory and civil liberties, Humanists have long stood against militarism. Unjust wars not only victimize an enemy, they create an "armed camp" atmosphere at home where citizens lose their civil liberties and a generation of youth are enslaved through conscription.
The Return of the Draft?
by John Swomley
Quite campaigns have been under way to reinstate the military draft in order to supply the thousands of men and women needed to fight so-called wars on terrorism.
Strange Fruit in Abu Ghraib: The Privatization of Torture
by Michael Niman
Until recently, a lack of media coverage regarding prisoner abuse and torture in Afghanistan, Cuba, and Iraq-supposedly due insufficient visual documentation-has allowed the bitter fruits of U.S. privatization to persist under the public radar. (Read Article in PDF)
Unlearned Prison Lessons
by Ralph Reiland
A 1971 Stanford University prison experiment, cut short due to excessive prisoner abuse, demonstrated that "things run out of control when no one is in charge."
Torture and the American Character
by Michael Milam
Public discourse surrounding the guilt or innocence of Rumsfeld and other high-profile leaders in the recent "abuse" scandal fails to address the status of torture in the national character.
The Gift of the West
by Thomas Mates
Having modernized and muscularized, many Westerners believe we've constructed a way of life that serves as a fitting model for other societies and one that is transferable. But how appropriate is this assessment? (Read Article in PDF)
Iraq's Interim Constitution
by Hesham Nasr
On June 30, 2004, the affairs of Iraq became the responsibility of an interim government. But how "interim" and viable is the country's interim administrative law? (Web-only Content: Read Article in HTML)
The Issue At Hand
Letters to the Editor