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Archives from April 2001
Oklahoma City and Timothy McVeigh
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
more vigorously that when lauding the Oklahoma citizens and survivors who rushed to Washington DC to press (successfully) for rapid passage of the Effective Death Penalty Act. The memorial is supposed to educate us about terror and about the bombing, yet an uninformed p...
Down the River With Vladimir Putin
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
A couple of years ago Vladimir Putin journeyed to the American Southwest to take his natural son on an initiation ritual. The boy’s mother is now an American citizen. First stop was a big game ranch in Texas, where Putin and Jr blasted zebras, antelopes and bison. A...
Bombing Big Sur
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Apparently, the deserts of Nevada, so similar in terrain to the Pentagon’s other main target practice area, the Iraqi outback, simply aren’t challenging enough for the Navy’s top guns any more. Now they want to bomb Big Sur. A new plan issued by t...
Eating Crow, Eating Dog
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Commander in Chief Bush doesn’t want to eat crow, but the truly big question is whether those captive boys and girls from the US surveillance plane are being forced to eat dog without their knowledge. The Canadians, eager to discredit their rival, China, as a host o...
The Noise on I-40
Alexander Cockburn
Gallup, N.M. – Drive across the United State, mostly on Interstate 40, and you have plenty of time to listen to the radio. Even more time than usual if, to take my own situation, you’re in a 1976 Ford 350 one-ton, ploughing along at 50mp. By day I listen t...
Ten reasons for Canadians to join with other citizens and protest the Free Trade Area of the Americas meetings in Quebec City
Duncan Cameron
1. The FTAA will not be free trade. Trade Minister Pettigrew has said as much: the FTAA is an extension of NAFTA. We know NAFTA is not a free trade deal: all the American protectionist measures still apply: just ask a P.E.I. potato farmer, a softwood lumber worker...