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Archives from November 2001
A Homeland Thanksgiving
Oscar Gonzalez
People are more conflicted than ever this Thanksgiving. The deaths of 4,000 people in New York make many of us wonder whether God is sleeping on the job. It is said there are no atheists in foxholes, but, on the flipside, I wonder what happens to the fait...
America’s Message of Greed and Violence for Thanksgiving and Ramadan as We Leave the Children Behind
Tom Turnipseed
With some U.S. military aircraft broadcasting and others bombing, the United States delivered its message of greed and violence to the people of Afghanistan during the first week of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. An airborne special forces radio station aboard...
Moving Toward a Police State
Michael Ratner HumanRightsNow.org
I live a few blocks from the World Trade Center. In New York, we are still mourning the loss of so many after the attacks on our city. We want to arrest and punish the terrorists, eliminate the terrorist network and prevent future attacks. But the government’s decla...
How Britain’s Public TV Channel 4 Killed V.S. Naipaul’s Mr Biswas
Tariq Ali
This is the story of why V.S. Naipaul’s comic masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas, whi...
Plain Truths About Palestine
Sam Bahour
The mirage of positive movement in the deadly gridlock between Israelis and Palestinians continued today, uninterrupted by reality. Following US President George Bush’s footsteps, US Secretary of State Colin Powell, during a major Middle East policy address ...
Suicidal Ignorance
Edward Said
The extraordinary turbulence of the present moment during the US military campaign against Afghanistan, now in the middle of its second month, has crystallised a number of themes and counter themes that deserve some clarification here. I shall list them without to...
A Blow for Peace
Kalpana Sharma
The Hindu Her weapon was a red carnation. Her enemy was war. And she struck a royal ch...
FDR’s Troublesome Precedent for Bush’s Terror Courts
Tony Mauro American Lawyer Media
Only a month earlier, the FBI had arrested eight German saboteurs intent on blowing up American factories, bridges and department stores. Now, on July 23, 1942, the lawyers for the Germans and U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle found themselves at the Pennsylvani...
Shame on You, Chelsea Clinton!
Jonathan D Farley
Oxford’s ornately decorated town hall was brimming with people. So many people… All of them there to protest against the war in Afghanistan. Well, almost all of them. On my way to the meeting, I had seen a group of students standing outside the hall, on...
American Crusades
C. G. Estabrook
A generation ago the US launched wars against poor countries in Southeast Asia and killed millions; Americans were told that it was a necessary step in the crusade against communism. Now in the midst of a war against a poor county in Southwest Asia, we are told th...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
It often seems that the more spectacularly successful an act of terror is, the more counter-productive its consequences. This is especially the case when the terror is expressive rather than instrumental, inspired by religion and not politics. The actions undertaken by th...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
It is just possible that international action against terrorism, often a comparatively small-scale threat, could pave the way to international accords which remove the far greater–but now not entirely unrelated–terror of nuclear war. It could furnish a positiv...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
The flaw in the US proclamation of itself as the arbiter of global terror is not only its past record, but also its continuing imperial disposition and the readiness of US leaders to discount political and social considerations in favour of a stark opposition of good and ...
Here Are Voices of Muslim Feminists
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Salman Rushdie tells us in his Op-Ed essay in the New York Times (Friday, Nov 2, 2001), that “highly motivated organizations of Muslim men”-whom he labels “Islamists”-have been “engaged over the last 30 years or so in growing radical ...
What to Watch for in Afghanistan
Zoltan Grossman
The fall of Kabul and other Afghan cities has led many Americans to believe that the war is swiftly drawing to a close. The U.S. media is creating the impression that the takeover has brought 23 years of war, instability and oppression to an end. Nothing could be ...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
The terrorist coup of September 11 set the scene for the resurgence of an imperial presidency. This was initially concealed by Bush’s dithering on the day itself. Yet his first words insisted that the nation was at war and that reprisals would be visited not only on...
A Vietnam Veteran’s View: What We Leave Behind
Tom Baxter
“Landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) will continue to maim and kill Vietnamese for another 30 to 50 years despite recent efforts to tackle the problem, a prominent U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War said Monday. Jan Scruggs, president of the Vi...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
In the month or so following September 11 an astonishing picture emerged of the extent to which Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and the Taliban had been enjoying crucial support from supposed US friends and client states. It became clear that a steady stream of financial contri...
Terror and Empire
Robin Blackburn
Today, the Middle East and the Muslim world are caught up in the maelstrom of modernity and democracy that perturb the entire globe. Its peoples crave a better life, a degree of respect, and a say in how their countries are run, and have done for a long time past. Autocra...
Blasting our way to peace
George Monbiot
The Guardian The armchair warriors have proved no more merciful in victory than the Northern Alliance. Yesterday’s Sun g...
War Against the Planet
Vijay Prashad
President George W. Bush of the United States appeared on television sets across the world on the 11th of September and declared War Against the Planet. Not only will those who committed the dreadful crimes of the morning be brought to justice, he declared, but so too wi...
RAWA: The People of Afghanistan Do Not Accept Rule by Northern Alliance
CounterPunch Wire
Now it is confirmed that the Taliban have left Kabul and the Northern Alliance has entered the city. The world should understand that the Northern Alliance is composed of some bands who did show their real criminal and inhuman nature when they were ruling Afghanis...
Everything Has Changed
Jack McCarthy
The psychic toll of the Sept 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the recent plane crash of an American Airlines jet in Queens New York may well be incalculable. Still there are signs everywhere that mental illness and morbidity are t...
Kill, Kill, Kill
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
In a recent interview with the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, Osama bin Laden justified the killing of innocent Americans this way : “If an enemy occupies a Muslim territory and uses common people as human shield, then it is permitted to attack that enemy....
Afghanistan, the Puzzle Palace
Steve Perry
When Mazar-e-Sharif fell last Friday, U.S. war planners and pundits sent their warm regards to the brave boys of the Northern Alliance. Taking Mazar meant an allied supply route through the heart of the country, they burbled-a felicitous turn of events that stood...