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Archives from March 2001
Now, That’s Not Jazz
Jeffrey St Clair
Ken Burn’s interminable documentary Jazz starts with a wrong premise and degenerates from there. Burns heralds jazz as the great American contribution to world music and sets it up as a kind of roadmap to racial relations across the 20th century. But surely ...
The Vocabulary of Revenge
Nigel Parry
http://nigelparry.com Sitting here in St. Paul, Minnesota, scanning the international wire service reports breaking like a speedboat oi...
Censoring NarcoNews
Gary Webb
Not long after I wrote a series for the San Jose Mercury News about a drug ring that had flooded South Central Los Angeles with cheap cocaine at the beginning of the crack explosion there, a strange thing happened to me. I was silenced. This, believe it or ...
NYPD’s War On Blacks
Michael Lewtin
The whole city of New York deserves “enlightenment” about the NYPD exoneration of Officer Craig Yokemick, who fatally fractured Kenneth Banks’s skull by throwing a police radio at his head in October 1998. Unfortunately, the department...
A Farmer for Our Time
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The crowded courtroom in the southern French town of Montpellier listened on February 9 to prosecutor Olivier Decout sweep through his peroration: “One cannot systematically use violence against scientific progress!” Outside, the police held back a thousa...
Why I Was Fired From the Geological Survey
Ian Thomas
[ Ian Thomas is a former Mapping Specialist at the GIS & Remote Sensing Unit Biological Resources Division United States Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He was fired by the Bush administration for posting maps of caribou migration and cal...
Freud, Zionism, and Vienna
Edward Said
This is a parable worth a few lines here, although it derives from a rather peculiar personal experience of mine which has attracted unusual, if undeserved, media and public attention. Ordinarily, I don’t use myself as an example, but because this one has been s...
How Al Gore Lost Tennessee
Catherine Danielson
Black voters were told to get behind the white voters. “You know what it is to stand at the back of the bus,” said election volunteers. Black voters were told to remove NAACP stickers from their cars-or leave the polling place without voting. Black voters ...
Why the Colorado River Doesn’t Meet the Sea
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Fifty years ago Aldo Leopold hailed the Colorado River delta as North America’s greatest oasis: Two million acres of wetlands, cienegas, lagoons, tidal pools, jaguars and mesquite scrublands. Today it’s a wasteland. The mighty Colorado River no longer r...
Why the Colorado River Doesn’t Meet the Sea
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Fifty years ago Aldo Leopold hailed theColorado River delta as North America’s greatest oasis: Two millionacres of wetlands, cienegas, lagoons, tidal pools, jaguars andmesquite scrublands. Today it’s a wasteland.The mighty Colorado River nolonger reache...
What Are Spies For?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In Intelligence committee rooms on Capitol Hill and in briefing sessions in the FBI, CIA, and other redoubts of the national security establishment the air now quivers with gloomy assessments of the secrets “compromised” by the FBI’s Robert Hanssen, a se...
What Are Spies For?
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
In Intelligence committee rooms on CapitolHill and in briefing sessions in the FBI, CIA, and other redoubtsof the national security establishment the air now quivers withgloomy assessments of the secrets “compromised” by theFBI’s Robert Hanssen, a senior...
The Pardoner’s Tale and the Bush Cuddle
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Most of the mainstream press is colluding with the Bush White House in news management as egregious as anything we saw in the Reagan years. Take the scam pulled by the Knight Ridder news chain in the run-up to George Bush’s speech to a joint session of Congress on F...
The Pardoner’s Tale and the Bush Cuddle
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Most of the mainstream press is colluding with the Bush White House in news management as egregious as anything we saw in the Reagan years. Take the scam pulled by the Knight Ridder news chain in the run-up to George Bush’s speech to a joint session of Congress on F...
The General Blacks Out
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The General turned out to be a coward. When Chilean police knocked on Augusto Pinochet’s door and threatened to slap the cuffs on him, Pinochet fainted. You could have predicted as much. Pinochet was placed under house arrest on January 28 for his role in ord...
The General Blacks Out
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
The General turned out to be a coward. When Chilean police knocked on Augusto Pinochet’s door and threatened to slap the cuffs on him, Pinochet fainted. You could have predicted as much. Pinochet was placed under house arrest on January 28 for his role in ord...