The USA: state of the nation

Good internet sources of information on US political news

To keep up with the US peace movement check in with the 1,000-group strong coalition United for Peace and Justice at
See also CodePink, Women for Peace


An article by Cintra Wilson about how the US American women's peace group Code Pink attracts attention, opposes the war, and evaluates their efforts:

..."Code Pink finds that it can't be taken seriously when it wants to be taken seriously, even though its legitimate work is substantial and deserves to be taken seriously. Such is the sharp double-edge of the glitter tiara..."

Read article here. See Code Pink's web section Peace Room 2008


Elizabeth White reported for the Associated Press on the increase in the number of people now in jail in the U.S.: "one in every 136 U.S. residents... Men were 10 times to 11 times more likely than women to be in prison or jail, but the number of women behind bars was growing at a faster rate, said Paige M. Harrison, the report's other author..." Read the full article at:

The late and much missed Molly Ivins wrote in 2006 about the next two years with Bush:
Can Things Get Any Worse? (May 21, 2006)

"A recent poll showed that the majority of Americans feel the war in Iraq will be the overriding issue of Bush’s presidency. I think that future historians will fixate instead on his global warming record—not only doing nothing to stop it but letting the hole get dug deeper..."

Three Who Made a Revolution Rebecca Solnit on the historical importance of three women: "Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson and Betty Friedan did it in books."

Enough of the D.C. Dems
By Molly Ivins.

" Mah fellow progressives, now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the party. I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the D.C. Democrats, had it with the DLC Democrats, had it with every calculating, equivocating, triangulating, straddling, hair-splitting son of a bitch up there, and that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton..."

Lap Dogs of the Press
By Helen Thomas, March 9, 2006, The Nation
(This article is adapted from Helen Thomas's forthcoming book, "Watchdogs of Democracy? The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public".)

"Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed--conservative swings on television networks, dwindling newspaper circulation, the jailing of reporters and "spin"--nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House could dish out--no questions asked..."

Losing Our Feminist Leaders
By Jessica Valenti, AlterNet. February 8, 2006.

"America lost three amazing leaders in the course of only six days. Betty Friedan, Coretta Scott King and Wendy Wasserstein all worked for change in their own distinct ways, but the impact they had on women's lives spanned class, race and generation lines..."

Is Our Mission About Preserving Our Way of Life, or Helping U.S. Extend its Supremacy?
By Linda McQuaig, February 12, 2006, Toronto Star (Canada)
She asks -- and answers -- the question: "Why are there so many suicide bombers in the Muslim world?"

Who Will Feel Budget's Impact?
By Linda Feldmann, 8 February 2006, The Christian Science Monitor

"Wednesday Bush signs bill with $39 billion in cuts. His 2007 budget would point to more cuts ahead.
Washington - With President Bush's signature Wednesday, Medicaid recipients can expect higher copayments and deductibles. College students may face higher interest rates on student loans, as lenders are squeezed. Work requirements for women on welfare are likely to be tightened. Federal aid to states for child-support enforcement will be curtailed..."

Bush Mouthpiece Defends Illegal Spying
By Marjorie Cohn | t r u t h o u t | Perspective Tuesday, 07 February 2006

"Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was called before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to explain why George W. Bush's program of warrantless spying on Americans is lawful..."

When Will US Women Demand Peace?
By Medea Benjamin, The Nation website, 24 January 2006

"Whenever I travel to international gatherings to talk about the war in Iraq, economic development and women's rights, the question I get asked most frequently is: 'Where are the women in the United States? Why aren't they rising up?' ..."

Bush: 'L'etat, C'est Moi'
By Helen Thomas, January 27, 2006, Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
(After 57 years as White House correspondent for United Press International, Helen Thomas recently joined Hearst Newspapers as a syndicated columnist.)

"We are now learning what President Bush considers to be the limits of his power—nothing. In public appearances this week, Bush defended his program of domestic spying without court approval, citing the inherent war powers of the presidency under the U.S. Constitution..."

Why Hillary Won't Save Us (an important opinion piece by well-known columnist from Texas Molly Ivins)
AlterNet. January 23, 2006.

"If Democrats in Washington haven't got enough sense to own the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely."

..."There are times when regular politics will not do, and this is one of those times. There are times a country is so tired of bull that only the truth can provide relief...

What kind of courage does it take, for mercy's sake? The majority of the American people (55 percent) think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that we should get out. The majority (65 percent) of the American people want single-payer health care and are willing to pay more taxes to get it. The majority (86 percent) of the American people favor raising the minimum wage. The majority of the American people (60 percent) favor repealing Bush's tax cuts, or at least those that go only to the rich. The majority (66 percent) wants to reduce the deficit not by cutting domestic spending, but by reducing Pentagon spending or raising taxes. The majority (77 percent) thinks we should do "whatever it takes" to protect the environment. The majority (87 percent) thinks big oil companies are gouging consumers and would support a windfall profits tax. That is the center, you fools. Who are you afraid of?..."