The Humanist Interview: What Next for the Women of Afghanistan?
by Daniel Consolatore
Why does the leading feminist organization in Afghanistan fear the Norther Alliance and the current interim government there? Why do the Afghan people mistrust the United States? What is the solution to Afghanistan's problems and the key to that country's future? Are democracy and secularism possible in such a nation of Muslims? The answers to these and other questions may surprise you.
Islam and Terrorism: A Humanist View(Read Article in HTML)
By David Schafer
The three most respected humanist writers to emerge from the Muslim community-Salman Rushdie, Ibn Warraq, and Pervez Hoodbhoy-seem to suggest that Islam is, by nature, a violent faith that must be abandoned. But is this what these authors really mean, and if so are they correct? Or is Islam as varied and diverse as most other religions?
When a Muslim Nation Embraces Secularism
By Matt Cherry
The Republic of Turkey may well provide a model for a modern Muslim nation. Founded in 1922 by Ataturk on the principles of "patriotism blended with a lofty humanist ideal," it is now an official candidate for membership in the European Union. But it still has a way to go before fully living up to its founder's ideals and those of the world's leading secular democracies.
Prove It, Mr. President
By Tad Daley
George W. Bush's claim that most of the hijactkers of September 11, 2001, were trained in al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan may well be true. But the promiseed "proof" of this contention is long past due-the absence of which is seriousl damaging U.S. credibility in the "War on Terrorism."
How Politics Impact Your Personal Life
By Riane Eisler
How can we bridge the gap between the personal and the plitical and demosnstrate to others that politics matter? The answer may be as close as your newspaper, TV, or history textbook. One only needs to know what to look for and how to interpret it. From there it becomes possible to work toward a new cultural ideal.
An Economy for the Earth
By Lester R. Brown
To economists, the natural environment is a subset of the global economy. But to ecologists, the economy is acutally a subset of the global ecosystem. The first way of thinking has brought us to the brink of environmental disaster. It's time to reverse our outlook, put the Earth first, and develop a sustainable, planetary eco-economy.
Money Mottos: Reflections of Liberty
By David Cooper
The inscription "In God We Trust: on U.S. currency seemed nothing more than a harmless departure from a principle seperation of church and state-until some politicians got the notion to post these words in public buildings. Now it becomes insturctive to trace the history of theis and other mottos on U.S. coins.
THE ISSUE AT HAND
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Government Admits Spying on Drug Reformers
Profiles in Media Courage
THE CULTRE WAR: The Politics of Literacy
WATCH ON THE RIGHT: A Faith-based Administration
THE POPULAR CONDITION: Pricey Prime-Time Anti-drug Propaganda
CHURCH AND STATE: Split Personality
ALTERNATIVE VOICES: Humans: Couldn't Live Alone, Couldn't Live Together