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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 Pat.''

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 McCormack.

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 process?

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 Republican.)

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 proves otherwise.

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 getting statehood.''

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