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Archives from November 2001
The Terrorism Account Goes Underground
Douglas Valentine
As noted earlier, terrorism and counter-terrorism are the same thing, and as Michael McClintock notes in Instruments of Statecraft, CIA instructors in the early 1970s “trained students in making criminal terrorist devices and in assassination methods.” A four-...
Placebo Peace Initiative
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
The new Israeli “peace initiative” drafted by Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, is no more than a placebo for internal Israeli consumption and consumption by the US and Europe in response to t...
Greens, Airports and ID Cards
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Oden’s an organic farmer who lives in Jonesboro, Maine. She’s also an organizer for the Green Party USA. She was on her way to Chicago for a Green Party convention, got hassled by a National Guardsman at Bangor airport and finally told she couldn’t board...
Lions and Tigers and Bombs
Steve Perry
A while ago I wrote about the Fourth Generation Warfare scenarios now contemplated at the Pentagon and in the highest reaches of the Bush administration. Basically they envisage a war of mutual terror in which offensives on both sides ar...
Paying Back Big Energy Evil-Doers
Tom Turnipseed
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a “trickle-down” economic stimulus package on a party-line vote that is now on the Senate’s agenda for consideration. The contentious issues boil down to a classical haves vs...
Direct Democracy
Evan Ravitz
On April 4, 1967, exactly a year before he was assassinated, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King summed up what many feel provoked the September 11 attacks: “the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet -my own government.” But we should not...
US Campaign Against Afghanistan Not Self-Defense Under International Law
Brian J. Foley
On September 11, terrorists killed thousands of Americans and left millions fearful of further attacks. The attacks are widely believed to have come from a terrorist network based in Afghanistan. On October 7, the United States launched a military offensive agains...
Underwriting the Taliban
Rep. Ron Paul
Even before September 11th, most Americans were well aware of the hostility that many Middle Eastern nations have for the U.S. Our experiences with Iran, Libya, Iraq, and now Afghanistan have understandably soured many Americans on the entire region. Indeed, the m...
The General Who Came to Dinner
Tariq Ali
General Musharraf’s coming to dinner, Is he a loser or is he a winner? The White House kitchen is all a flutter, Condee Rice with melted butter? The Secretary of State is called for advice, The General, he says, is incredibly nice Enjoys a drink, is h...
Scott Nearing on War
Shepherd Bliss
Scott Nearing is best known for a book he wrote with his wife Helen, Living the Good Life: Ho...
That Red Cross Money Going?
Mark Scaramella
Over $1.2 billion has been generously donated via the various large donation programs that were set up by the big charities in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the East Coast. But is the money really going to help the victims, their families and the rescue workers?...
Instead of Terror
C.G. Estabrook
Last week in this space I argued that the US should have employed the resources of international law to pursue the perpetrators of the September 11 horrors — rightly termed by Noam Chomsky “probably the most devastating in...
Terrorists Who Torture and Kill for Us
C.G. Estabrook
What sort of moral monsters would crash airplanes into buildings and kill thousands of innocent people? Were they the same sort of moral monsters as those whose actions now may produce the death from starvation of perhaps three or four million people over the next...
Give Me Civil Liberties or Give Me Death!
Dr. Susan Block
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin Maybe you’ve heard about the so-called Patriot Act of 2001, maybe you haven...
Life in the Minefields
Patrick Cockburn
in Faizabad The Independent We had just driven through the village of Jorm, a huddle of mud-brick houses surrounded by trees in an upland valley in northern Afghanistan, when we saw about fifty people running towards us in a sort of bewildered panic. As th...
The US’s Stalled Out War
Steve Perry
What’s a few (hundred) thousand Afghans? I was a little taken aback to find that my recent column on the food situation in Afghanistan generated an unprecedented volume of hate mail. Interestingly enough no one contested the notion that countless Afghan civil...
The Memphis Blues Again
Daniel Wolff
The singer is Big Maybelle; the man in the sparkly suit, Rufus Thomas. The place: a jook joint somewhere around Memphis. The photographer: Ernest C. Withers. Big Maybelle had a hit with “Gabbin Blues” in 1953, around when this picture was made. Thomas was ...
Who Me? Yeah, You
Dave Marsh
Maybe when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) hires new employees-millionaire former Congressional stooges like lobbyist Mitch Glazier or mealy-mouthed PR flacks or even receptionists-they learn a theme song. The Coasters’ “Charlie Br...
Terror and Indigenous Peoples
David Price
When President Bush declared war on terrorism with his neo-McCarthyistic threat to the world that “you are either with us, or with the terrorists” he struck a chord with many frightened Americans, but other peoples around the world heard other importan...
A War on Civilians?
Mark Weisbrot
President Bush has declared a “war on terror,” and political leaders such as House minority leader Dick Gephardt insist that “this is not a strike against the people of Afghanistan.” But the evidence is accumulating that our current ...
Green Party USA Coordinator Detained at Airport; Prevented by Armed Military Personnel from Flying to Political Meeting in Chicago
CounterPunch Wire
Armed government agents grabbed Nancy Oden, Green Party USA coordinating committee member, Thursday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor Maine, as she attempted to board an American Airlines flight to Chicago. “An official told me that my name had been f...
Free Speech During Wartime
Robert Jensen
[A talk to University of Texas teach-in on war and civil liberties, November 1, 2001] It might seem strange, given my involvement in antiwar work at a time when most people support the war, that I would title a talk “Against Dissent.” How could I be aga...
Interview of Nancy Oden
Declan McCullagh
(Ed. Note: Nancy Oden is a top U.S. Green Party official and a member of the party’s coordinating committee. An organic farmer, peace activist, and all-around firebrand, she lives in Jonesboro, Maine.) “Just a few weeks ago I had a piece in ...
Dying for Patents
Dean Baker
Over the centuries, people have sacrificed their lives for many reasons — love of country, devotion to their faith, or commitment to a political ideology — but now people are being asked to give their lives for something new: patent protection. ...
Resources on 9/11 and the War on Afghanistan
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair ...