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|Remembering the Dead:
Democracy Now! Special Coverage of Reagan's Presidency
- Remembering the Dead:
Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Iran-Contra, the Nuclear Race and Covert Wars from Central America to Africa
- Noam Chomsky on
Reagan's Legacy: Bush Has Resurrected "The Most Extremist, Arrogant, Violent and
Dangerous Elements" of Reagan's White House
Central America and the Iran-Contra Scandal
The 8 years Reagan was in office represented one of the most bloody eras in the history of
the Western hemisphere, as Washington funneled money, weapons and other supplies to right
wing death squads. And the death toll was staggering - more than 70,000 political killings
in El Salvador, more than 100,000 in Guatemala, 30,000 killed in the contra war in
Nicaragua. In Washington, the forces carrying out the violence were called "freedom
fighters." Reagan described the Contras in Nicaragua as, "our brothers, these
freedom fighters and we owe them our help. They are the moral equal of our founding
- Remembering the Dead:
Reagan Foreign Policy From the Target End
- Robert Parry On What
the Corporate Media Forgot: The Reagan Administration's Manipulation of Intelligence and
Exaggeration of Threats
- "Reagan Was the
Butcher of My People:" Fr. Miguel D'Escoto Speaks From Nicaragua
- Congressional Medal of
Honor Winner: Reagan Was "An Accomplice to the Death of Literally Thousands and
Thousands of People"
- Journalist Allan Nairn:
Reagan Was Behind "One Of The Most Intensive Campaigns Of Mass Murder In Recent
The Middle East
The policies of the Reagan administration in the Middle East, specifically during the
Iran-Iraq war, fueled one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern times in which more than a
million people were killed. Chemical weapons were used and two of the most ancient
societies on earth were devastated. During Reagan's years in power, the U.S.armed Iran and
normalized relations with Iraq, selling weapons to both sides of the conflict.
- Remembering the Dead:
Reagan Armed Iraq and Iran in 1980s War That Killed Over 1 Million
- Nobel Prize Winner
Shirin Ebadi: "The Same People That Gave Saddam Hussein Chemicals to Make These
Weapons Used it as an Excuse To Attack Him"
- The Reagan-Saddam
Connection: "We Create These Monsters And When It's Not Convenient We Cover Them
The Reagan-Saddam Connection
Afghanistan and the Roots of 9/11
During Reagan's 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military
aid to Afghanistan to support the mujahedeen - or holy warriors - against the Soviet
Union, which had invaded in 1979. The U.S.-supported jihad succeeded in driving out the
Soviets but the Afghan factions allied to the US gave rise to the oppressive Taliban and
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda.
- Ghost Wars: Reagan
Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan
The U.S. Invasion of Grenada
On October 25, 1983, the United States invaded the small Caribbean nation of Grenada. The
fiery leftist President Maurice Bishop had been assassinated days earlier. When U.S.
forces moved in they landed at the airport, and killed more than a dozen Cubans and more
than 40 Grenadian soldiers. The U.S. quickly consolidated its occupation of the island and
expanded its force to more than 7,000. By December a pro-American government was
- Remembering Reagan's
Invasion of Grenada
The dominant view is that the US was on the right side in South Africa, that it opposed
apartheid. But nothing could be further from the truth, particularly when Reagan was
president. Reagan labeled Mandela's African National Congress a notorious terrorist
organization, while continuing Washington's support for the apartheid regime.
- Allied with Apartheid:
Reagan Supported Racist South African Gvt
The Nuclear Race
- Helen Caldicott on the
Nuclear Race: Reagan Was the "Pied Piper of Armageddon"
Following the discovery of the first cases of AIDS in 1981, it soon became clear a
national health crisis was developing. Scientists, researchers and health care
professionals at every level expressed the need for funding but the Reagan White House
remained silent on the subject for years while thousands of Americans were dying from the
- Ignoring AIDS: The
After taking office in 1981, Reagan began a sustained attack on the government's civil
rights apparatus, opened an assault on affirmative action and social welfare programs,
embraced the White racist leaders of then-apartheid South Africa and waged war on the
tiny, Black Caribbean nation of Grenada.
- Reagan and Race:
"He Maintained A System Of Rich And Poor, A System Of Black And White"
Under Reagan, the number of homeless people went from something so little it wasn't even
written about widely in the late 1970s to more than 2 million when Reagan left office.
Homeless rights activists say the single most devastating thing Reagan did to create
homelessness was when he cut the budget for the Department of Housing and Urban
Development and overhaul tax codes to reduce incentives for private developers and
low-income homes creating a major crisis for low-income families and individuals.
- Reagan and the Homeless
Epidemic in America
Class and Organized Labor
Many critics view Reagan's administration as one of the worst in history for organized
labor. After a prohibited strike by the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization,
Reagan fired more than eleven thousand air traffic controllers, jailed strike leaders and
ultimately abolished the union, paving the way for a crackdown on organized labor.
- Reagan, Class
and Organized Labor: "One Of The Most Damaging Presidents In
|From Truthout, 7 June 2004
W. Rivers Pitt
Writer Edward Abbey once said, "The sneakiest
form of literary subtlety, in a corrupt society, is to speak the plain truth. The critics
will not understand you; the public will not believe you; your fellow writers will shake
The truth is straightforward: Virtually every significant problem
facing the American people today can be traced back to the policies and people that came
from the Reagan administration. It is a laundry list of ills, woes and disasters that has
all of us, once again, staring apocalypse in the eye.
|A. Griscom, Grist
Magazine (13 June, 2004)
How Green Was The Gipper?
Reagan infamously declared that, 'trees cause more
pollution than automobiles do.' Unlike Bush, his administration told you exactly what they
were up to.
|G. Palast (14
While Reagan napped: Ronnie, Osama and the Chin defense
G. Palast 13 June, 2004
"You are a slimey piece of sh*t." Conservatives'
thoughtful response to Greg Palast - plus Noam Chomsky
G. Palast, 6 June, 2004
Killer, coward, con-man
good riddance, gipper ...
more proof only the good die young
coverage of his death, his life, and his legacy.
Slate weighs in on Reagan's
and Mikhail's Excellent Adventure: How Reagan won the Cold War" by Fred Kaplan,
posted June 9, 2004
"Reagan's Osama Connection: How he
turned a jihadist into a terrorist kingpin," by Fred Kaplan, posted June 10, 2004
"The Man, the Myths: Don't believe
everything you hear about Ronald Reagan," by David Greenberg, posted June 9.
"Not Even a Hedgehog: The stupidity of
Ronald Reagan," by Christopher Hitchens, posted June 7, 2004
"Never a Gray Moment: The
international press looks at Ronald Reagan," by Michael
Young, posted June 7, 2004
"What Reagan Got Wrong: Liberty is not
the absence of government," by William Saletan, posted June 6, 2004
"Ronald Reagan, Party Animal: The man
who taught Republicans to be irresponsible," by Timothy
Noah, posted June 5, 2004
Slate evaluates Reaganomics:
"Reagan vs. Clinton: Who was
responsible for the prosperity of the '90s?" by Dinesh D'Souza and E.J. Dionne,
posted November 1997
"Credit Check: Now it's really morning in
America. Who deserves a bow?" by Jacob Weisberg, posted
Aug. 31, 1997
Slate on the rest of Reagan's record:
"Reagan's Record: Sorry to spoil the
birthday party, but
" by Michael Kinsley, posted Feb. 9, 2001
"Reagan's Record II: Did he win the
Cold War?" by Michael Kinsley, posted Feb. 16, 2001
Slate on how we remember him:
"Everybody Loves Reagan: How a
divisive president became an American Idol," by David
Greenberg, posted Nov. 13, 2003
"Saint Ronald: Why must we pretend the
40th president was alert and engaged?" by
Timothy Noah, posted Nov. 5, 2003
"Saint Ronald, Part 2: Richard Pipes'
new memoir adds ballast to CBS's miniseries," by Timothy
Noah, posted Nov. 6, 2003