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Huck Gutman's Columns for The Statesman and Dawn
Huck Gutman is a regular columnist for The Statesman, the oldest and most prestigious English-language newspaper in Kolkata. He is also a regular contributor to Dawn, the most important English-language newspaper in Pakistan. Most of his commentaries are also reprinted (and several are originally published) on Common Dreams, America's most widely-known web site for news and commentary from a progressive perspective.
Professor Huck Gutman teaches at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. USA. He served as a Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor at the Calcutta University in 2000-2001, where he taught courses in American poetry. Huck Gutman's columns are also available, below. .
To read about modern poets and listen Huck Gutman's commentaries, click on Modern Poetry.The Worst President Ever? In Dawn, July 6 and July 7, 2005.
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Packaging Violence In the Kolokata Statesman on November 30, 2004. Also on Common Dreams News Center, November 11, 2004.
Elections: What Happened? In the Kolokata Statesman
on November 10, 2004. Also on Common
Dreams News Center, November 11, 2004.
Why George W. Bush won the American presidcency in 2004 -- and how.
All-American Disaster In
the Kolkata Statesman
on October 20, 2004, and in Dawn as "America's Momentous Polls" on
October 25, 2004. Also on Common
Dreams News Center, October 25, 2004.
What was at stake in the U.S. Presidential election of 2004.
A Two-Part Series on the Emergence of Privatized Military Firms in the Iraq War and Occupation
1. Soldiers on Hire: Part I In the Kolkata Statesman on April 27, 2004. Also published in Monthly Review, June 2004, Volume 56 — Number 2
2 Soldiers on Hire: Part II In the Kolkata Statesman on April 28, 2004. Also published in Monthly Review, June 2004, Volume 56 — Number 2
A Three-Part Series on Outshoring and Offshoring:
From Outsourcing to Offshoring In
the Kolkata Statesman on
March 23, 2004.
Outsourcing, offshoring and the movment of jobs in the world economy.
The Age of India Cometh In
the Kolkata Statesman
on March 24, 2004.
The movement of jobs, and especially white-collar service jobs, to the developing world: what it means and augurs.
The View from America: Losing Jobs is Grim In
the Kolkata Statesman
on March 25, 2004.
The movement of jobs, and especially white-collar service jobs, away from the United States: a political as well as economic matter.
Justice Surprise: A Story In
the Kolkata Statesman on
October 23, 2003 and on Common
Dreams News Center on October 23, 2003.
Selma, Alabama: From "Bloody Sunday" to the present day, a remarkable story of perseverance and civil justice.
Watershed Decision In the Kolkata
Statesman on July 9, 2003 and on Common
Dreams News Center July 9, 2003.
The Supreme Court publishes a historic decision extending rights to homosexuals.
Science, War, and the Prevalence of Lies In the Kolkata Statesman
on June 27, 2003 and on Common
Dreams News Center, July 28, 2003.
The Bush administration censors, spins, and lies to advance its agenda on the environment and war.
Bush Ignores the Numbers In the Rutland
Herald on June 25, 2003 and on
Common Dreams News Center June 26, 2003.
Increasing inequality of income is ignored so that major tax breaks can be extended to the wealthy.
Steps to Free Media In the Rutland
Herald on June 18, 2003 and on Common
Dreams News Center June 20, 2003
Practical legislative actions that can protect democracy and access to free speech from the devastating control of media by a small number of huge corporations.
Deja Vu All Over Again In the Kolkata Statesman
on June 8, 2003, in the Karachi Dawn
on June 17, 2003, and on Common
Dreams News Center June 9, 2003.
Two million manufacturing jobs disappear during President Bush's two and a half years in office -- and he changes the subject.
After Iraq: Dark Roads In the Kolkata Statesman on May 23, 2003, on Common Dreams News Center on May 23, 2002, and in the Karachi Dawn on June 3, 2003.
Corporate Tax Evasion on a Massive Scale On the Common Dreams News Center, February 28, 2003.
What Are They Really Up To? In the Karachi Dawn on February 17, 2003, and in the Kolkata Statesman and on Common Dreams.
Iraq and the Unhappy Lessons of History On Common Dreams, February 7, 2003.
A New Year's Letter to Students In the Karachi DAWN Sunday/Tuesday, January 12/14, 2003. On the Common Dreams News Center on January 14, 2003.
Abracadabra, Why Iraq! Because of Economic Decline in Bush Country In the Kolkata Statesman on October 16, 2002, on the Common Dreams News Center, October 16, 2002, and in the Karachi Dawn on October 21.
America’s New Policy of Preemption, and the World Economy In the Kolkata Statesman on October 9, 2002, on the Common Dreams News Center, October 9, 2002, and in the Karachi Dawn on October 21.
Dishonesty, Greed and Hypocrisy in Corporate America. In the Kolkata Statesman on July 14, 2002, in the Karachi Dawn as "Ills of corporate America" on July 17, 2002, and on the Common Dreams website on July 12, 2002.
Economic Inequality in U.S.In the Kolkata Statesman on July 2, 2002, in the Karachi Dawn on July 1, 2002, and on the Common Dreams website on July 1, 2002.
South Asian colloquy In the Kolkata
in their Accent
magazine on June 9, 2002, and in the Karachi
Dawn on June 6, 200,and on the Common
Dreams website on June 6, 2002 Reprinted
in the Kashmir Observer and
on the website Tehelka.com.
Amitav Ghosh and Salman Rushdie consider the complexities of the postcolonial world, assessing what should be done about nuclear threats and imperial resurgence.
the Middle East In the Kolkata Statesman,
April 20, 2002 and on the Common Dreams News
Center, April 20, 2002.
The Middle East today: Sharon, Arafat, Bush, Powell and what is going on in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Exit Strategy In the Kolkata
Statesman, MArch 20, 2002 and on the Common
Dreams News Center, March 21, 2002.
Israelis and Palestinians do not know how to get out of the conflict they are in, and Americans have no idea what to do in Iraq if things do not go exactly as they expect they will go.
The Enron Scandal: The
Long, Winding Trail In the Karachi
and on the
Common Dreams News Center,
February 16, 2002.
A succinct overview of the Enron bankruptcy and its causes in political, accounting, and business failures.
Donors Had Links to Enron On Common
Dreams News Center, February 15, 2002
Half of President Bush's largest contributors had deep and complex links to bankrupt Enron Corp.
Lessons of the Enron Debacle" On Common
Dreams News Center, February 7, 2002
In the wake of America's largest corporate bankruptcy, questions about bribery, fraud, malfeasance and mismanagement have arisen. What can be done to prevent a recurrence of this disaster?
"Linked in a Circle
of Humanity"In the Kolkata Statesman,
January 19, 2002
American perceptions of the dangers posed by the confrontation of Indian and Pakistani forces across the Line of Control in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament.
In the Kolkata Statesman,
January 3, 2002.
The continuing tide of migration, revisited: with particular emphasis on the changing legal status of immigrants in the USA.
of War" In the KolkataSTATESMAN,
December 18, 2001. On the Common Dreams website,
December 19, 2001.
Mechanized warfare in Afghanistan -- changing human reality, and a consequent loss of responsibility.
Unthinkable" In the KolkataStatesman,
October 30, 2001; in the Karachi Dawn,
November 7, 2001; on the Common Dreamswebsite,
October 30, 2001.
In the wake of terrorism, a greater risk of nuclear war faces the community of nations
of Terror" In the Karachi Dawn,
October 25, 2001; in the Kolkata Statesman,
October 25, 2001; on the Common Dreams website,
October 25, 2001.
The significant and sometimes surprising results of terrorism
U.S. View of Pakistan" In the
Karachi Dawn, September
24, 2001; on the Common Dreams website
September 24, 2001.
The terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 has led to a new American view of Pakistan.
American Tragedy" In
September 15, 2001; in the Kolkata STATESMAN,
September 17, 2001; on the Common Dreams
website September 15, 2001.
Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon: A political analysis, the day after.
Indian-U.S. Relations in the Festival 2001 Magazine of the Kolkata Statesman, Fall 2001. With photographs. Because this page has many images, it loads slowly. And for unknown reasons, it works MUCH better in Netscape than in Microsoft Internet Explorer."A Biological Confidence Game" In the Karachi DAWN, September 8, 2001; in the Kolkata STATESMAN, September 10, 2001; on the Common Dreams website September 9, 2001.
of Historic Magnitude" In
the Karachi DAWN, August
11, 2001; in the Kolkata STATESMAN,
August 20, 2001; on the Common Dreams website
August 20, 2001.
President George Bush rejects numerous treaties: The diplomatic and geo-political consequences
20, 2001; also in the Karachi DAWN,
July 20, 2001
The continuing tide of migration, by necessity, may be the secret history of the twentieth century
US' Energy Woes" in
the TAIPEI TIMESJune
The Emerging Energy Crises -- and President Bush
in True Character"
June 15, 2001; also in the Karachi DAWN, July 5, 2001
Senator James Jeffords of Vermont switches parties, and changes control of the US Senate from Repbulican to Democrat
From an American Friend" June 5, 2001
Rep. Jim McDermott, Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India
of Corporate Agenda" April
China, the Stock Market, the US Budget, and the Free Trade Agreement
Ploy Puts Bush on the Backfoot
April 9, 2001
Republican Senator John McCain takes on President Bush
Statesman" January 25,
A Retrospective View of the Clinton Presidency
Premise That Holds Good" January
Despite Problems, Democracy Still Lives in the US
Cipher Tugs at Every Bond"
December 19, 2000
AIDS and the Need for Caring
the Coat-Tails" December
The Supreme Court and the Presidential Election of 2000
in the Grip of Circumstances"
November 22, 2000
The Future of the US Presidency in the Aftermath of the Contested Election of 2000
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