Doug Bandow

A servant, not a god

National | RELIGION: Millions over the past century put their faith in civil governments to solve problems and close inequalities, but a look at the scriptural basis of the state should temper Christian expectations
by Doug Bandow
Posted 4/17/04, 12:00 am

RELIGION ONCE SEEMED TO HAVE little to do with the national political debate, but no longer. George W. Bush is the most overtly observant Christian to hold the presidency in a quarter century. The Democratic primaries drew as candidates an Orthodox Jew and an ordained (Pentecostal) minister. Wesley Clark and Howard Dean publicly (but not convincingly) proclaimed their deep Christian faith. John Kerry is a Roman Catholic.

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Finest things dollars can buy

Cuba | More than 40 years after Castro seized power purportedly to end economic injustice, disparity is in fashion once again
by Doug Bandow
Posted 9/07/02, 12:00 am

HAVANA—Contrary to conventional wisdom, Cuba is a land of material plenty. Store shelves are full. Meals of pork and lobster abound. Homes are decorated in the finest tile and newest furniture. Doctors and nurses stand by, ready to stitch the smallest wound.

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Slave wages

International | Persecution in Pakistan is all in a very long day's work
by Doug Bandow
Posted 5/04/02, 12:00 am

LAHORE, Pakistan—"We love our children, but we need food," said Saddiq Masih, a 50-year-old brickmaker. That is why none of his 13 children was in school. Ranging in age from 18 months to 25 years, all seem destined to spend their lives making bricks.

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