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2005 Stories by Nat Hentoff

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  • Testing Bloomberg and Klein

    published June 14, 2005

    Nine out of ten African American and Latino students [in New York City] do not graduate with a Regents diploma—a rate that is nearly... More >>

  • Castro's Black Prisoner

    published June 7, 2005

    Congressman Charles Rangel—a frequent, forthright defender of civil liberties on national television—has long been a paladin of black... More >>

  • Fidel Is Afraid

    published May 31, 2005

    Reports suggest that detention conditions [for Castro's political prisoners in punishment cells] amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading... More >>

  • Bush's Moral Guide

    published May 24, 2005

    We have not taken adequate measures given the enormity of the crimes because we don't want to directly confront Sudan [on Darfur] when it is... More >>

  • An Ally From Hell

    published May 17, 2005

    In Um Seifa, a dusty village in Sudan's western region of Darfur, a crowd of white-robed children stood outside their newly reopened school. .... More >>

  • New York Times v. Janice Rogers Brown

    published May 10, 2005

    Editorials in The New York Times are the plenary voice of that newspaper. Accordingly, editorial writers should be as accountable as the... More >>

  • Who Owns the Constitution?

    published May 3, 2005

    The conscience of this nation is the Constitution. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas More >>

  • Whose Constitution Wins?

    published April 26, 2005

    In pre-1937 America, workers were exploited, factories were free to pollute, and old people were generally poor when they retired. This is not... More >>

  • Columbia: The Awakening

    published April 19, 2005

    We just want honesty. We want to feel comfortable expressing views in the classroom that might not be the views that professors themselves... More >>

  • The CIA's Kidnapping Ring

    published April 12, 2005

    U.S. law and international conventions bar sending prisoners to another nation unless there are strong assurances of humane treatment. The CIA... More >>

  • Columbia Whitewashes Itself

    published April 5, 2005

    President [Lee] Bollinger Accepts [the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee] Report as [a] "Thoughtful and Comprehensive Review." Press... More >>

  • Whitewashing Rumsfeld

    published March 29, 2005

    I'm perfectly comfortable in telling you [that] our country is one that safeguards human rights and human dignity. George W. Bush to... More >>

  • Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder

    published March 22, 2005

    For all the world to see, a 41-year-old woman, who has committed no crime, will die of dehydration and starvation in the longest public execution... More >>

  • Defendant Rumsfeld

    published March 15, 2005

    Our country is one that safeguards human rights and human dignity. . . . I live in a transparent country . . . where decisions made by... More >>

  • A Free-Speech War

    published March 8, 2005

    On February 15, The New York Sun, in a front-page story, reported: "A Columbia University professor who has called Israel a 'racist' state... More >>

  • Columbia Still Unbecoming

    published March 1, 2005

    In December, with the approval of Columbia University president Lee Bollinger and Provost Alan Brinkley, Nicholas Dirks, vice president for Arts... More >>

  • Columbia Implodes!

    published February 22, 2005

    There is a one-sided discourse on campus [on Middle East studies]. . . . Why isn't the university interested in open debate? I don't... More >>

  • War Crimes

    published February 15, 2005

    There cannot be an absence of moral content in American foreign policy. Europeans giggle at this, but we are not European, we are American, and... More >>

  • Freedom To Read!

    published February 8, 2005

    In Castro's Cuba . . . there were no newspapers, except official ones. No books, except those sanctioned by the regime . . . Jails filled with... More >>

  • A U.S. Library vs. Fidel

    published February 1, 2005

    Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,... More >>

  • Condi Rice: Misrule of Law

    published January 25, 2005

    During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to succeed Colin Powell as secretary of state,... More >>

  • The Ghosts of Torture

    published January 18, 2005

    [Senator Richard Durbin, Illinois]: And so this morning we read in the paper that we took a prisoner whom we could not, should not, torture... More >>

  • Intimidated Classrooms

    published January 11, 2005

    [Professor] Massad [of Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures department] likened Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's... More >>

  • Targeting Congress on Torture

    published January 4, 2005

    The record of the past few months suggests that the administration will neither hold any senior official accountable nor change the policies... More >>

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