70: Open Issue

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With the election right around the corner, it's clear that political matters are at the forefront of public consciousness. The essays in this Open Issue are indicative of people's dissatisfaction with issues past and present, domestic and foreign.
70: Open Issue Introduction: Surveying the Terrain
Zack Furness
Following a summer that included a Bad Subjects book publication, a series of public readings, the departure of several editors, and the constant stress brought about by everything related to the Bush administration, we figured it was time to change gears and offer people a chance to vent their frustrations on a topic of their choice. Hence, the Open issue.
70: Open Issue Ants
Leah Halper
Maybe this is an evolutionary advantage ants have over humans: though we in the US have a giant standing over us with intent to kill, most of us placidly go about feeding our children, tapping co-workers for information, following our chemical trails without looking up.
70: Open Issue Bondage, Business, and Blood Debt: The Case for Slavery Reparations
Michael Brooks
Irrespective of the amount of time that has passed since the official abolition of the slave trade, the debt incurred by slavers remains due and must be paid.
70: Open Issue Get Your Elbows Off The Table
A. Rafik Mohamed
The recent abuses and mistreatment of Iraqi war prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad should not come as any great surprise to Americans. It is simply, yet tragically, reflective of the types of prisoner abuses carried out by some law enforcement personnel, and occasionally entire police department divisions, within the U.S. against U.S. citizens.
70: Open Issue Social Justice and The Rule of Law
Omar Swartz
When we strip away the hyperbole that surrounds the Rule of Law, we find that it is nothing more than something shown by the officials of the political and legal systems to justify or to explain what they are doing. It is merely a narrative of authority, a solipsistic expression of some presumed worthiness.
70: Open Issue Cuba, Democracy, and the Multiparty Political System
Tom Crumpacker
With this and untold sums through NED, CIA, Republican and Democratic Party Institutes and other agencies and organizations, our president has been trying to overthrow the Cuban people's government, in a manner similar to what the Nixon administration achieved in Chile in the early 1970s and the many other regime changes accomplished by US in Latin America and elsewhere in the Third World during the past 50 years.
70: Open Issue Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism: A Response to Judith Butler
Rebeca Siegel
A large part of the academic left aids and abets, promotes and develops Judeophobic discourse. Both in the spirit of dissent and reflection that any pluralistic society owes itself, especially from left-wing intellectuals, it is imperative that progressive academics who deplore racism or gender discrimination fight for our discursive spaces within the left by repudiating Judeophobia, the only locus where the left and the right consistently coincide.
70: Open Issue Perpetual Peace or Perennial Process?: Perspectives on Sharon’s Gaza Plan and Other Recent Developments
Matt Weiss
Not only is it prudent politics for Middle East peace organizations to speak out on these other contemporary issues, it is also the right thing to do. As stated by Martin Luther King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
70: Open Issue Notes on Nudity and Pubic Hair
Zack Furness
Between sips of cheap booze, I was eventually able to pinpoint one of my central concerns regarding sexuality in the 21st century; an unchecked social trend that had manifested itself in front of me and demanded dollar bills.
70: Open Issue Our Jug Band Could Be Your Life: Jug Bands Against George Bush
Bay Woods
To put it bluntly, country isn't Republican.
70: Open Issue Sentencing Statement
Rosalie Riegle
This is a statement read by Rosalie Riegle on June 3, 2004 in Federal Court, Omaha, Nebraska. She had been convicted for Non-Violent Trespass onto Offut Air Force Base, the United States' nuclear command post, on March 14th, 2004. She was sentenced to $100 fine and one-year unsupervised probation.

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