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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from 2002
Bush’s War is Obscene and Unjustifiable
DENIS J. HALLIDAY
(This is the text of Halliday’s remarks at the Cairo Conference Against US Aggression against Iraq on December 19.) This is a most knowledgeable assembly on matters relating to Iraq and Palestine. I am following a number of excellent speakers. And th...
Report from Colombia
MICHAEL WOLFF
We were able to meet with some of the Union members over in Colombia. We met with SINALTRAINAL–the food service worker’s union and the USO–the oil-workers. It was very inspiring. We looked at these union members as heroes. They are heroes. Many o...
Dr. Bill Frist, Moral Monster
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
We’ll come to Tennessee’s pussy hunter shortly, but first a word about his predecessor as Senate majority leader, that bruised son of Mississippi, Trent Lott. How was Lott finally induced to quit the post he loved so much, and from which vantage point ...
Walter the Weatherman Waits for God
ADAM ENGEL
So I’m in the same fetal position I’d crouched in 30 years ago, only it isn’t Time’s or Newsweek’s or CBSNBSABC news’ fault, but Walter the Weatherman’s. Crazy Walter the Weatherman ten years old. Baby-sitting the lad as a...
Let’s Build a Social Democracy
JOADY GUTHRIE
Let’s build a radically new Social Democracy in these United States in the years and decades ahead, modeled on the twelve Social Democracies of Europe: Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Luxenborg, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and Spain. ...
A New Silent Majority?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Last year around this time, President Bush said that 2002 would be a “war year”. Whatever else can be said about the President or his administration, he has made good on that promise. The enforcement of the No-fly Zone in Iraq, the facilitation of the ...
Caffeine and the First Amendment
JOHN BOROWSKI
Apparently, defending children from the perils of caffeine “upsets the applecart.” My principal informed me that “down town” a reference to the superintendent’s office was vexed by my overt and public criticism of our school district&...
A Pop Quiz on Korea
GARY LEUPP
(Choose the best answer. 3 points each. Answers at the end.) 1. In 1866 the U.S. merchant ship General Sherman defied the laws of Korea (then pursuing a policy of strict isolation) by entering Korean waters, and sailing up the Taedong River towards Pyongyan...
Almost Armchair Travel
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
I took a tour of the Palestinian territories over a six hour time span, quite swift considering the state of roads and roadblocks in the West Bank and Gaza. I did it the easy way, almost like armchair travel, but from one hospital bed to another at the Jordan Hosp...
The Roots Genius of Doug Sahm
DAVE MARSH
The weirdness of Doug Sahm’s stature as a roots music icon never really dawned on me ’til last year when I searched through a batch of vintage electric Dylan interviews. Starting as soon as “She’s About a Mover” hit the airwaves, Dyla...
The Source of Terror
SAUL LANDAU
We live in terrifying times. But into what context can we Americans place the terrorism we’ve recently experienced? Until 9/11 Americans could pretend that we were different, that God or something had truly blessed us. Yes, Al Qaeda tormentors tried to use a...
Bush’s War on the World’s Poor
CHRIS FLOYD
Each day, one turns to the latest news from the bowels of the Bush Regime with Dorothy Parker’s immortal words sounding in the mind like a tocsin: “What fresh hell is this?” Last week, the news was particularly shameful–and the ̶...
How the INS is Killing Music
SUSAN MARTINEZ
These days, the biggest hurdle for international artists who want to perform in the U.S. is getting their passport stamped. Even Grammy-award winning musicians have become prime victims of America’s post-9/11 Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Ac...
Draft Beer, Not Kids
RON JACOBS
CNN reported on January 30, 2002, that Senator Rangel of New York will introduce a bill in the next session of Congress that would reinstate the military draft. Rangel who voted against the recent congressional resolution authorizing Bush to use force in Iraq, cla...
Dressing to the Left
BEN TRIPP
Ladies and grrrls please note this piece is intended primarily for a male audience and contains gender-based secrets which most men would prefer remained unspoken, so if you must read the following, please have the good taste to act like you didn̵...
Becoming Peacemakers
DEENA METZGER
In mid October, after Congress voted the unelected American President extensive war powers to inflict the nightmare of modern technology on Iraq, a dream taught me that spirits are real. A woman’s face appeared above me, her features perfect, her polished sk...
Nadav’s Pre-election Coup?
URI AVNERY
The coming elections will be decided–and perhaps have already been decided–by an anonymous person, whose nom-de-guerre is “Nadav”. “Nadav” calls himself an “expert” in the service of the General Security Servi...
Arming for Armageddon
JOHN STANTON
In 2001, the US weapons industry controlled approximately 50 percent of the world arms market. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) re...
The Second Hindu Country?
ROMI MAHAJAN
Some years ago, when I lived in Bombay, I sat in a meeting called by a Non-Resident Indian business man. There were about 30 high-level business leaders from India present and the NRI was explaining to them the need to create “a group, a network” of In...
Media Silence on Israeli Segregationism?
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Trent Lott’s recent and now-infamous faux pas precipitated an avalanche of media editorials, mostly calling on him to resign his post as U.S. senate majority leader. Lott’s statement that the country would have been better off if U.S. Senator Strom Thu...
Operation Provoke War
MARIA TOMCHICK
In recent weeks, the Bush administration has stepped up efforts to destabilize the Iraqi government, while aggressively deploying troops and ships in a manner that could provoke an attack from Iraq — and provide an excuse to start a war. Over the week...
A 9-to-5er’s New Year’s Revolution
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
OK here’s the deal: I don’t care if you earn $12k or $512k a year, if you work for your bread, then you’re part of the “Silent Majority”. Why silent? Well, take a seat and ponder the state of our America. The President, Congress and m...
Spielberg the Luddite?
JORDY CUMMINGS
Steven Spielberg says he is a Luddite. (Economist 12-02) Though he shares his stoney beard, this isn’t an indication of any Kacyzinski sympathies. No, Spielberg is actually speaking of an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as a cinephile and analogue-g...
Bush’s Bizarro Year in Review
JASON LEOPOLD
President Bush put a positive spin on the sagging economy in his last weekly radio address of the year Saturday, going as far as to say that so-called measures his administration has adopted this year has actually resulted in economic growth that continues to show...
How Bush Sr. Sold the Gulf War
MITCHEL COHEN
“The U.S. has a new credibility. What we say goes.” President George Bush, NBC Nightly News, Feb. 2, 1991 In October, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only as Nayirah, appeared in Washing...