Live from Iraq


By Stewart Nusbaumer

Surviving in Mosul Stuggling to survive after a horrific explosion.

Street Without Joy
Will Bush’s surge secure Baghdad’s bloodiest block?

Good Morning, al-Adhamiya
In one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods.

Squiring Out Of Baghdad
Is the surge ending or dispersing the insurgency?

With PTT in Heet
A Marine unit training and equipping the Iraq Police.

Embed in Trouble
What is a journalist to do with attacked by a U.S. Army biggie? Go to the bigger?

Four Days in Dulab
In a small, dangerous town in the most violent province in Iraq.


 

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  Articles & Essays: Hussein Captured, But War's Not Over
 
  With Saddam Hussein in U.S. custody, the war may become more deadly. It probably will become more deadly.
By Stewart Nusbumer
 

  Commentary: Ralph, Don't Run!
 
  Nader is considering another run for the presidency; four years ago Ralph gave Americans an interesting alternative to Bush & Gore, this time Ralph could give Americans four more years of brutal, insane war.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: How Do You Spell "Iraq"? V I E T N A M
 
  In Vietnam, first U.S. troops spearheaded the war effort, later Vietnamese soldiers. But Vietnamization failed and Iraqization is headed for the same fate.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Light At The End Of The Iraq Tunnel
 
  The national media continues to adhere to the Bush Administration's "see no quagmire," but Americans are seeing Vietnam.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Progressive Foreign Policy Applauded
 
  At a major gathering of progressives to discuss foreign policy and national security, there was strong agreement Bush must go and liberal policy must return.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: America's "Bleeding Heart" Conservatives
 
  First came "deficit happy" Reaganites, then "bleeding heart" neocons, and now "big spending" Bushites -- for Iraqis of course. What are these people?
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Why Schwarzenegger Won
 
  The Democrats messed up big-time in California, but Arnold had major help from a supposedly neutral media.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: The Exploding War
 
  The assumption was they wouldn't fight and the goal was to raise corporate profits, the reality is the war is deteriorating and Bush is in trouble.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: How Not To Stop A War
 
  A one-legged Vietnam veteran set out to stop the Iraq War and ended up creating a new American Dream.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: America Kicks Back
 
  A people at peace with their soldiers at war.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Veterans Organize To Bring Troops Home!
 
  "Veterans For Peace" is gearing up to become a major national force to oppose the Bush Administration both at home and overseas.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Book Review: From The Bottle To The Dollar: The Massacre of American Drunks
 
  The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition
By W. J. Rorabaugh
Oxford University Press, 302 pages, 1981

Reviewed by Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: The Peril of Ignoring The Presidency
 
  The tendency of the American Left is to overemphasize local politics and slight national campaigns; will this give George Bush another 4 years?
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Terror To Empire
 
  With Democrats fearful and media silent, the Bush Administration has transformed the war against terror into a war for empire. Can Americans stop this madness?
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: U.S. Troops Trapped In Iraq
 
  According to Confused Rummy & Chickenhawk George, the Iraq War is over, there are only small pockets of criminals; according to this Vietnam veteran, the war has not ended but changed, changed to a guerrilla war the U.S. will lose.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Book Review: The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope
 
  The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope
By Andrew Delbanco
Harvard University Press, 143 pages, 2000

Reviewed by Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Bush Opposes Cheaper Drugs For Americans
 
  The Senate votes to allow cheaper drugs into the country, the greatest beneficiaries would be our cash strapped seniors, but the Bush Administration says no!
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: The Class of 2003
 
  Few of the most recent college graduates view America as a symbol of hope or as a target to attack; most have other, more immediate concerns.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Commentary: The Darkening of The American Dream
 
  Here we go again, an overextended military overseas, a depressed economy at home, and the darkening of the American Dream.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: A Flak Attack On The New Jersey Turnpike
 
  With the war in Iraq revving up and the war at home in America ratcheting up, flashbacks from Vietnam while heading for an antiwar demostration.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: The Best Allies Money Can Buy
 
  Wars create strange bedfellows, backstabbing friends, and really weird politics; unnecessary wars such as with Iraq even more so. But allies can always be bought.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Anti-War Demonstrators Overwhelm NYC Rally
 
  More than 400,000 thousand protestors clogged the streets of Manhattan making it impossible for many thousands of demonstrators to reach the antiwar rally near the United Nations. The huge turnout transformed a court-orderd stationary rally into a slow march through the canyons of New York City.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: What's Wrong With Populism?
 
  The Democratic Party is America's second party of elites: advocating the interests of the privileged, acting liberal without liberalism, toeing the money line. It's time for the Democratic elites to join the Republican Party.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Surfing Television News For Antiwar Demonstrations
 
  The largest antiwar demonstration since the Vietnam War, every daytime news network covered the protest live, yet every network also covered it very differently.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Everyday Warriors & Weekend Warriors
 
  With America at war and Americans confused and uncertain, a question needs to be answered: should the U.S. military expand the number of active duty troops and decrease the number of reserve troops or should it retain the current mix? It's more important than you realize.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: War Veterans Gather To Stop A New War
 
  Angry military veterans attack "an administration of chickenhawks" who demand the blood of another generation of US soldiers and marines -- blood these macho-posturing, drum-beating hyper-"patriotic" middle age warriors refused to risk in their youth.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Commentary: Gone
 
  Senator Paul Wellstone is gone: progressives have lost a dynamic voice for 1960s liberalism; the US Senate has lost a shining example of idealism and compassion; both military veterans and antiwar activists have lost a best friend; the country has lost a man that refused to be controlled by opinion polls and refused to hug the safe political center.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Veterans Administration Out Of Control?
 
  With the Bush Administration gearing up for a major war, it's crucial to examine the failed performance of the Veterans Administration and ask a critical question that is never asked: for what veterans?
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Military Or Mercenary?
 
  With corporations supplying more of the soldiers, the US military is becoming less an extension of foreign policy and more a tool for business profit.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

  Articles & Essays: Protestors Overflow NYC's Central Park
 
  On Sunday in New York City, 15,000 determined demonstrators said no to war with Iraq.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
 

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  Live from Kabul


By Stewart Nusbaumer

On the Road to Kabul
Is Afghanistan progressing and becoming more stable -- or slipping back into civil war?

The Morning the Apple Exploded
An inside view of an Afghanistan beginning to explode, one apple at a time.

The Kabul Rumble
There are many dangers in Afghanistan, but one is seldom mentioned.

"Every Missile Was a Painkiller"
Afghanistan is an enigma wrapped in pain with a future that is anyone’s guess.

Kabul Erupts in Gunfire
A spark becomes a riot and Stewart is surrounded by gunfire.

Bombed in Afghanistan
With reality confusing and fear rising, illusions are manufactured as fast as drinks can be consumed.

Unfinished Business
Defeat in Iraq would be a humiliation, defeat in Afghanistan could be a real threat.

A Diffferent Fireworks
On the 4th of July in Kabul there was a different type of fireworks.

Where Did The Dough Go?
Billions have been donated for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, so where did the money go?

On The Edge
It's simple why we're not winning the hearts and minds of Afghans and nation-building is a diaster.

 

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  Live from China

By Stewart Nusbaumer

China

Astounded in China
China’s development is stunning and its power is growing quickly; will America become a lapdog for the Asian dragon?

Bombed in Beijing
Yes China’s development is stunning, but not as stunning as the Goddess of Tiananmen Square.

Enigma or Bomb?
It's a weird world with weird Americans making it hard to tell what is really real.

Tongue-Tied & Stomach Pumped
While their language tells us about Chinese society, their cuisine tells us about a very dirty political secret.

Drinking & Driving
Driving in China teaches you to appreciate airplanes; drinking the booze will probably turn you into a tea drinker.

Sexpots Galore
When sex merges with politics, the Big Dog authorities never win.

 

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