Twice a week, for the last three years, Arianna Huffington has written a column syndicated in such papers as the Los Angeles Times, New York Post and Chicago Sun-Times. The most recent columns are listed below; the rest can be found by typing a word or phrase into the search box above or browsing the archives. If she hasn't written on a topic you're looking for, just wait awhile, she'll get to it eventually.
The latest column:
The Serpent In Pleasantville
``I thought we lived in Pleasantville,'' said Josiah Pina, a senior at
Columbine High School. ``I could see it happening in other places, but
not here. Nothing ever happened here.'' But beneath this facade of normalcy and order lay a different reality,
one that echoed the denial and disengagement that Gary Ross captured
in ``Pleasantville,'' the movie.
April 22, 1999
The Ghosts At The NATO Celebration
What to do with Washington, D.C.'s homeless during NATO's
50th-anniversary celebration this weekend? Mayor Anthony Williams
has promised a spotless city, and even felons have been pressed into
action, wiping out graffiti, killing off rats and tearing down posters.
But some of the homeless are not cooperating and insist on staying atop
the warm air vents in downtown Washington. Still, every effort will be
made to protect the leaders of the alliance, whose actions helped
render more than a million Kosovars homeless, from the sight of the
homeless in our nation's capital.
April 19, 1999
The Second War In Kosovo
There have been many comparisons made between Kosovo and
Vietnam. But last week the most pronounced parallel involved what
was known in Vietnam as the ``second war,'' fought between the media
and the combined Washington-Saigon establishment. Despite the hard
lessons we learned then about the dangers of managing the news, the
Washington-Brussels establishment appears at least as determined to
manipulate public opinion about the Kosovo war.
April 15, 1999
The Deadly Price Of Good Intentions
With each passing day, our military action over Kosovo is increasingly
judged not by results but by intentions. So when NATO bombs
dropped on a convoy of refugees, NATO's response was to reassert its
noble intentions. ``Our operation,'' said NATO spokesman Jamie Shea,
``was launched to save civilian lives, not to expend them.'' Therefore,
the fact that we had just expended more than 80 lives -- the very ones we claimed
we were there to save -- should not be held against us. Indeed, as the
NATO spokesman put it, the pilot ``dropped his bomb in good faith.''
April 12, 1999
Split-Screen Dictators: Bombs For One, Champagne For The Other
The consensus on Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, who has been on a
week-long visit here, is that he is charming, shrewd and, in the
president's words, "humorous and clever." So forgive me if I did not
see the humor in Zhu's quip to the assembled press that "today is my
first time to experience such a press conference so my heart is now
beating." All I could think of was some poor dissident in a Chinese
prison camp whose heart was racing as he experienced for the first
time torture with an electric baton.
April 8, 1999
Easter Cease-Fire: Charade Or Sacred?
The best example of the Clinton administration's lack of understanding of
the Balkans is its response to Slobodan Milosevic's offer of a cease-fire
over Orthodox Easter. The same president who last December said that
``to initiate military action during Ramadan would be profoundly offensive
to the Muslim world'' has adamantly refused to stop the bombing of Serbia
during the holiest time on the Orthodox calendar.
April 5, 1999
No Outrage Over Outrageous Kosovo Policy
``Where is the outrage?'' This was the mantra of the president's critics
throughout last year, when even his friends were dismayed at his
reckless lack of judgment. Now the president's folly has led to more
than a million Kosovar Albanians being driven out of their homes. But
you have to search far and wide to hear any condemnation.
April 1, 1999
Madeleine Albright: The Spiritual Patron Of The Disaster In Kosovo
If victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan, it is now time
to trace the lineage of the humanitarian and strategic catastrophe in
Serbia to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
March 29, 1999
Backfire In Kosovo
``Today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have
neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.''
These words, uttered 35 years ago in ``Dr. Strangelove,'' apply with a
vengeance to President Clinton and his Kosovo team.
March 26, 1999
Keystone Republicans Fail To CCC The Light
There is something surreal about the Congressional Black Caucus
coming together to thwart a House resolution condemning racism.
But that's exactly what happened this week with the defeat of a
resolution introduced by Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) -- the sole
African-American in the Republican Caucus. What prompted this
sudden rush to denounce ``all who practice or promote racism''
was an earlier resolution introduced by Reps. Robert Wexler
(D-Fla.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Michael Forbes (R-N.Y.)
condemning the Council of Conservative Citizens.
March 22, 1999
The Clinton Curse: Disbelief Abroad And At Home
The curse of Cassandra was that she was given the gift of
prophecy, but nobody would believe her. William Jefferson
Clinton was given the gift of survival, but it is also accompanied
by the curse of disbelief.
March 18, 1999
China: Opportunity Wrapped In A Crisis
The Clinton Administration wants you to believe that the theft of nuclear secrets from the Los Alamos National Laboratory was an isolated incident that happened a long time ago in a faraway administration. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger have been making the televised rounds, singing the same song: We fired the suspect, we increased the counterintelligence budget fifteen-fold, we instituted polygraph tests, we tightened up visitors' access. Move on, there's nothing to see here.
March 15, 1999
The Unbearable Lightness of Liddy
``I can't think about that right now,'' Scarlett O'Hara famously said. ``If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about
that tomorrow.'' Another lady of the South seems to have adopted this timeless approach as she sets out to be
the first President of the 21st century. ``I do feel that's for another day,'' Elizabeth Dole told CNN's Wolf
Blitzer when he asked how important the abortion issue was for her.
March 11, 1999
The Term Limits Turncoats
Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), No. 3 in the Senate Republican
leadership, stunned the political world with his announcement, to
be made official on Tuesday, that he will not seek a third term.
No one expected Mack, a strong term-limits supporter, to actually
limit his own terms. Because these days nobody expects
politicians to live by what they claim to believe.
March 8, 1999
Buchanan The Demagogue Courts The Disaffected -- Again
With Pat Buchanan's announcement last week that he will seek the
presidency for a third time, Campaign 2000 has its first living,
breathing demagogue. According to the ``Dictionary of Cultural
Literacy,'' a demagogue is ``a politician who seeks to win and
hold office by appeals to mass prejudice.'' In other words, ``It's
March 4, 1999
It's The Sensuality, Stupid
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- ``They should have had a laugh track,'' said Elissa Baum, a
20-year-old psychology major at Ohio State. I was at the university's Hillel
Foundation with a group of students who had stayed behind after a lecture I had given on
ethics and the media to watch the Monica Lewinsky interview with me.
March 1, 1999
The Dangers Of Believing Anita Or Juanita
I realized when the Juanita Broaddrick interview finally hit the airwaves that in my mind I'm
already living in the post-Clinton era. What matters to me politically is not what we should do
with Bill Clinton now, but how we should handle future sexual charges against our political
leaders -- things like pubic hair on Coke cans, tongues stuck down unwilling throats and
office discussions of pornographic superstars.
February 25, 1999
None Of The Above: Beating Something With Nothing
In a stunning announcement last week, seven cities in Los Angeles County canceled their
elections -- in the case of Monrovia, for the first time since the turn of the century; in the case of
Beverly Hills, for the first time ever. The reason given was a lack of interest. ``The turnouts are
abysmal, often in the teens or lower,'' said Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder Conny
February 22, 1999
Bob Dole's Erectoral Politics
``It may take a little courage,'' says Bob Dole in his commercial
for Pfizer, the makers of Viagra. Not courage on the battlefield or
the courage to make the tough political decisions but rather the
courage to acknowledge -- ahem -- erectile dysfunction.
February 18, 1999
Bill Bradley: Al Gore's Y2K Problem
There are precious few winners on the post-impeachment
political landscape. One of them is Bill Bradley, who is
threatening to become Al Gore's Y2K problem. While Gore has
been busy crowing about how ``proud'' and ``honored'' he is ``to
work with this great President,'' Bradley issued a simple
statement about how ``the past year has further eroded the shaky
faith the American people have in their leaders in Washington.''
February 15, 1999
Generation Y: The Politics Of Civil Disobedience
The most frequently repeated question of the past year was: What
are we going to tell the kids? The key question of the
post-impeachment era has to be: How are we going to get the kids
who have given up on our democracy engaged in the political
February 11, 1999
Regaining The Trust After The Trial
Is there any leader in the House, the Senate or anywhere abroad
in the land who can give a speech to bring closure to the long
impeachment season? Until now there have been millions of
words from both sides but only one speech that brought the nation
together: Sen. Joe Lieberman's (D-Conn.) eloquent condemnation
of the president last September.
February 9, 1999
The Five Stages Of A Dying Senate Trial
In the death throes of the president's impeachment trial, it is
fascinating to listen to the House managers. ``I have full
confidence,'' said Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) last month, ``that the
United States Senate will do the right thing.'' As late as Sunday, he
was claiming on ``Meet the Press'' that ``there are some undecided
votes.'' (Unfortunately for the House managers, they're all
February 4, 1999
Impeachment Debate Full Of Sound And Fury
As the impeachment drama slouches toward its final curtain, it is
time to take stock of the contribution it has made to our political
lexicon. To do so, we must wade through the mixed metaphors,
illusory allusions, shameless hyperbole and strained literary
references that have filled the third act.
February 1, 1999
Compassion Fatigue On The Right
To paraphrase Jonathan Swift, you can tell a great idea by the number of dunces lined up against it. By that
reckoning, ``compassionate conservatism'' is a great idea, indeed. In the span of one week it was attacked by
Dan Quayle, Gary Bauer and Lamar Alexander. ``Weasel words'' and ``empty shells ... cleverly and
deliberately put together to confuse people by meaning nothing,'' said Alexander. ``Redundant'' and
``defensive,'' huffed Bauer. ``I have ordered my staff to never -- EVER -- utter the words `compassionate
conservative'!'' thundered Quayle, obviously aware that no one, least of all himself, has any control over
what the candidate might say at any given moment.
January 28, 1999
Lights, Camera, Impeachment
Last Sunday, a record 21 percent of the U.S. Senate appeared on
national TV. So whatever else you may think of the president's
impeachment trial, it has served some purpose for a generation of
voters who think that MTV's Serena Altschul qualifies as hard
news. This long, national nightmare's silver lining is that it has
become a sort of ``Hollywood Squares'' for the Senate, with
middle-aged white men and a sprinkling of white women filling
the spaces usually occupied by faded celebrities.
January 25, 1999)
Six Degrees Of Segregation?
The prevalent caricature that Republicans neither care for
minorities nor have a place for them on their agenda gained
credence last month when it was revealed that prominent
Republican leaders -- Rep. Bob Barr (Ga.), Sen. Trent Lott
(Miss.) and Sen. Jesse Helms (N.C.) and Mississippi Gov. Kirk
Fordice -- had been linked to the Council of Conservative
Citizens. They all promptly distanced themselves from the group,
but a visit to its Web site -- with articles describing Martin
Luther King as a ``depraved miscreant'' and America as turning
into a ``slimy brown mass of glop'' made it clear that what was in
order was not distancing but outright condemnation.
January 21, 1999
Clinton's State Of The Union: Focus-Grouped And Unfocused
The president's State of the Union speech was celebrated by
politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle as ``a
remarkable performance,'' ``a tour de force,'' and ``a home run.''
Such lofty praise for a speech that was a laundry list of proposals
with no overarching theme, no vision and not even a single
memorable line must be a response to something other than its
content. That other was a sense of amazement, even awe, at the
fact that a defendant in a Senate impeachment trial could still
convey with his body language, his exuberant smile and his
wonkish text that he was in control -- if not of himself, then at
least of the country and his adversaries.
January 18, 1999
Barking Back At Prozac
If you've been completely wrapped up in the president's Senate trial, you may have missed the stunning news
to come out of the Food and Drug Administration. Earlier this month the FDA approved the first behavior
modification drugs for dogs: Clomicalm and Anipryl. They respectively treat ``separation anxiety'' -- whose
symptoms are excessive whining and barking, drooling, attacking doors and window -- and a form of mental
deterioration known as ``old dog syndrome'' (no jokes about new tricks, please).
January 14, 1999
50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Out Of Politics
Alligator tears are being shed by politicians and pundits alike
over Larry Flynt's drip-by-drip expose of the private lives of
public figures. But ``flynting'' is only possible because our
political and media culture has for years now deliberately blurred
the line between the private and the public realms.
January 11, 1999
Clinton's `Don't Look Down' Economy
Nineteen ninety-eight was the year of the split screen -- the
beginning of the Monica Lewinsky investigation on one screen,
the State of the Union speech on the other; the president's grand
jury testimony on one screen, the president's speech to the United
Nations on the other; the House impeachment debate on one
screen, the bombing of Iraq on the other.
January 6, 1999
Does Constitution Demand Long, Slow Trial? Not So Fast
The conventional wisdom on the Senate trial is that moderates
want a quick resolution and conservatives want a drawn-out trial
replete with witnesses because that's what the Constitution
demands. A closer look at both the senators and the Constitution
January 4, 1999
McCain Contemplating Another Arizona Upset
PHOENIX -- In John McCain's kitchen on Saturday afternoon, it
was hard to drag the senator away from watching the Arizona
Cardinals beating the daylights out of the Dallas Cowboys long
enough to discuss his run for the presidency. He couldn't even sit
in his chair. ``Do you realize how historic this is?'' he kept
repeating to his wife Cindy and me. Both of us were clearly not
displaying the requisite amount of playoff enthusiasm. ``This
hasn't happened since '47. It's been 51 years. This is as big as