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Archives from January 2002
The Titanic Sails at Dawn
Dave Marsh
“To attack the business at a time when we are facing serious challenges that undermine the entire base of the industry is like arguing about the size of your room and the price of your ticket when you’re on the Titanic and you’re about to hit the...
10 Things We Know About Bush
David Vest
Ten things we don’t need polls to tell us about George W. Bush, who has suddenly been transformed in the public eye from Bumbling Dubya, illegitimate usurper, to Old 43, Our President. 1. “I don’t care. I like the guy.” Show...
State of the Union and the New Cold War
Rahul Mahajan
Any who doubted the characterization of the war on terrorism as a new Cold War had only to listen to the State of the Union address, Bush’s most depressing speech since he launched his unlimited war with his address to a joint session of Congress on Septembe...
The Colder War
John Pilger
Last week, the US government announced that it was building the biggest-ever war machine. Military spending will rise to $379 billion, of which $50 billion will pay for its “war on terrorism”. There will be special funding for new, refined weapo...
Eliding the Truth
Jay Moore
I spent a recent weekend in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plymouth, to remind you, is the place where American folklore, if not necessarily American history, got its first start. It is the location where a small group of English exiles arrived in 1620 seeking freedom f...
Follow the Geneva Convention
Michael Ratner
Secretary of State Colin Powell has added his voice to the chorus: It is in the best interests of the United States, he says, to initially treat combatants captured in Afghanistan as prisoners of war. This is the view of other realists in the Pentagon and administration, ...
Free Noelle Bush!
Jack McCarthy
Poor Noelle Bush. Too bad she didn’t get caught naked and humping in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Mall like her brother Jebby Jr last October. Or making an unwanted entrance through the bedroom window of a love interest like her older, spurned b...
Tears of a Clown
Jeffrey St. Clair
It turns out that Linda Lay’s weepy interview with Lisa Meyers of NBC News this week was as phony as an Enron stock prospectus. The tears shed by Lay’s latest trophy wife were scripted by public relations mavens from the powerhouse firm Hill and Knowlt...
Blowback and Daniel Pearl
Dr. Susan Block
Apparently, sometime over the weekend, while I was playing Guant?namo S&M games with Kim and the Bonobo Gang and photographing our fun for the world, some Pakistani dudes calling themselves “The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Soverei...
Killer Dog, Weird Couple
Alexander Cockburn
West of the Rockies people may pretend an interest in Enron, the treatment of the Al Qaeda prisoners in Guantanamo, even the volcano in the Congo but where their attention is truly fixed is an LA courtroom where the dog-maul trial is in its opening throes. Since ...
Guantanamo S/M Porn PR Disaster
Dr. Susan Block
I was beginning to accept The War for what the Great Pretzel Swallower had proclaimed it to be (in so many malapropisms): a Fight for my Freedom to Party. A fight for my freedom to fly, shop, drink champagne, wear miniskirts and, of course, have lots of sex. If an...
Why This War Is Wrong
Gary Leupp
Last semester, following the September 11 attacks, faculty at Tufts and many other universities spoke out against war preparations. As U.S. attacks upon Afghanistan began on October 7, we spoke out against the bombing. The Tufts Daily editorially disparaged our st...
Afghan Opium Trade Back in Business
Patrick Cockburn In Kabul
Despite promises to crack down on the drugs trade, the new Afghan government has evicted the main drug control agency from its headquarters in Kabul and taken its vehicles. “They literally threw us into the street,” said Mir Najibullah Shams, the Secret...
The Tyranny of the Bottom Line
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Ralph Estes’ voice is not being heard in Congress. That probably says more about Congress than it says about Ralph Estes. At last count, 11 Congressional committees were up and running, investigating the collapse of Enron and the role of the au...
Shootout at the Marin Hot Tub Club
Larry Chin YellowTimes.org
In a rare television appearance a couple of days ago, former (or some say still current) president George Herbert Walker Bush lashed out personally at John Walker Lindh, the American who took up arms with the Taliban. Shaking with rage, the elder Bush spit venomously abou...
The Birds of Kandahar
Alexander Cockburn
Further evidence of the bright era now dawning in Afghanistan: life is returning to normalcy in Kandahar after the grim supervision of the Taleban clerics. On accounts by Tim Reed in the London Times and more recently John Lee Anderson in the New Yorker, joyful so...
Liberal? Media?
John Chuckman
One the silliest expressions used in America is “liberal media.” The word “liberal” itself has been so abused and twisted in the last few decades, you’d think the Ministry of Truth had decreed its meaning must be changed. “Liber...
Bush’s Civil Rights Nominee Called Affirmative Action “Racist”
George E. Curry
BlackPressUSA.com President George W. Bush’s controversial choice to join the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights once ...
MLK Jr.’s Dream Perverted
Tom Turnipseed
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words expressing his dream of love, peace, and justice that could transform a suffering world filled with hate, violence, and injustice became awesomely authentic for me as I did research for a talk I made at our King Day at the...
Enron Makes Case for Campaign-Finance Reform
Senator Russell Feingold
As the Enron story unfolds, we are reminded why the U.S. Supreme Court, in its famous 1976 Buckley vs. Valeo decision, said that the appearance of corruption, not just corruption itself, justifies congressional action to place limits on our campaign-finance system...
Enron’s Drip, Drip, Drip
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The collapse of Enron is a story far too rich to be reduced to a single story line. But one crucial narrative is how a series of seemingly small and technical decisions purchased in Washington, D.C. eventually combined to enable Enron’s implosion R...
Report: Cal Energy “Crisis” Was A $71 Billion Hoax, And It’s Not Over
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
“It Wasn’t a Shortage, It Was a Shakedown” Report: Cal Energy “Crisis” Was A $71 Billion Hoax, And It’s Not Over Santa Monica, CA. –The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) issued the first comprehensive review of...
Pierre Bourdieu and ATTAC
Norman Madarasz
Distinguished French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu, succumbed to illness on Wednesday January 23. He was 71. Bourdieu held the chair of sociology at the Coll?ge de France, the highest instance of independent French research, where he had been teaching since 1982. ...
Know Your Rights
National Lawyers Guild What Rights Do I Have?
Whether or not you’re a citizen, you have these constitutional rights: The Right to Remain Silent. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives every person the right to remain silent in the face of questions posed by any police officer or government agent. Th...
Kurds are Freedom Fighters in Iraq, Terrorists in Turkey. The Political Status of Iranian Kurds Is Unclear…
Tariq Ali
The last round of Indo-Pak fighting over Kashmir in the Himalayan snowlands around Kargil coincided with the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia. On that occasion, Indian jets crossed the border and bombed positions inside Pakistan. If Nato could, why not India? N...
The Prosecution of Petrelis and Pasquarelli
Alexander Cockburn
Throwing the book at people is nothing new, but in our post 9/11 world the screws are tightening. Take San Francisco, whose District Attorney is Terence “Kayo” Hallinan, regarded by many with some justification as a progressive fellow. Indeed in his 20...
Turkey Targets Chomsky
Robert Fisk
Noam Chomsky, one of America’s greatest philosophers and linguists, has become the target of Turkey’s chief of “terrorism prosecution”. Scarcely two months after the European Union praised Turkey for passing new laws protecting freed...
Protecting Justice and Liberty After 9/11
Nadine Strossen
[Testimony Before Congressman John Conyers' Forum on National Security and the Constitution] The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-partisan, non-profit organization consisting of nearly 300,000 members dedicated to protecting the principles of freedom...
Lying On Top, Ken Lay Only One of Many
Dean Baker
“The third quarter is going to be great.” That’s what Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay said last September to a room full of workers who had come to hear about the company’s prospects after a recent wave of bad news had sent the stock pri...
If They Could Only Hear Themselves
David Vest
First we had Osama bin Laden telling Pakistani journalists that the death toll in the World Trade Tower attacks was far greater than the U.S. government was letting on. An interview in UMMAT, published on September 28 and reported in CounterPunch, made it clear th...
The Case of Abu-Ali, Racism, Misconduct and the Death Penalty
Molly Secours
Some people are born victims. As in the case of Abu-Ali Abdhur Rahman who, beginning at age three, was a victim of extremely violent and horrific sexual and physical abuse at the hands of his parents. Often times he would be hung and locked in a closet with tortur...
The Guantanamo Prisoners, Justice or Revenge?
Terry Waite
I can recognise the conditions that prisoners are being kept in at the US camp at Guantanamo Bay because I have been there. Not to Cuba’s Camp X-Ray, but to the darkened cell in Beirut that I occupied for five years. I was chained to a wall by my hands and ...
Moby-Dick and the Hunt for Bin Laden
Brendan Cooney
But wherefore it was that after having repeatedly smelt the sea as a merchant sailor, I should now take it into my head to go on a whaling voyage; this the invisible police officer of the Fates, who has the constant surveillance of me, and secretly do...
Invading the Courts
Judith Resnik Legal Times
The press tells us that regulations are in draft to fill out the president’s Nov. 13 order establishing a military commission to determine the fate of people the government thinks might be terrorists. A special ABA committee just issued a report calling for procedur...
No Regrets
Robert Jensen
There are about 2,700 faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin, the largest campus in the United States. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd here. But this fall, UT President Larry Faulkner made me feel special. In September Faulkner...
Human Rights Group: Geneva Convention Requires US to Treat Guantanamo Bay Prisoners as POWs
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lawyers with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a leading constitutional rights and international human...
Employees Charge Enron With Theft Before Senate
Jordan Green
On Dec. 18, the Senate Commerce Committee heard from former employees and shareholders of the collapsed energy trading company Enron, who watched retirement plans tied up in the company’s stock vanish while executives cashed theirs out. Mary Baines Pe...
The Crisis in Black Leadership
Kevin Alexander Gray
A black out is in effect. Discussion and action on issues of race, class, human and civil rights, poverty and disparate wealth that were moving to the top of the world political agenda prior to 9/11 are off the table. And many of the people trying to resurrect tho...
A Preamble for the Constitution of the Corporations of the USA
Tom Turnipseed
We the corporations of The United States, in order to make more money, establish our profits with campaign contributions and lobbying, insure a revolving door of greedy executives, provide pink slips for our employees and steal their retirement, promote theft from...
Trying John Walker
Marjorie Cohn
No evidence is more damning than the confession of a defendant in a criminal case. Attorney John Ashcroft has announced that the federal government will charge John Walker, who was found in the company of the Taliban in Afghanistan, with conspiracy and aiding terr...
MLK Jr. and the Palestinian Dream
Ahmad Faruqui
It is almost forty years since Dr. King made his landmark speech in which he spoke of his famous dream. By drawing attention to the plight of the African-American people in the US, he helped establish the Civil Rights movement that serves as a beacon of hope for m...
Bulldozing Rafah
Gideon Levy Ha'aretz
The punitive action executed by Israel at the weekend in the Gaza Strip, and in particular the mass demolition of homes in Rafah on Thursday morning, constitute a war crime. There is no other way to describe and define the collective punishment of hundreds of innocent civ...
Enron at the White House
Walt Brasch
The farther the Bush administration tries to distance itself from Enron, the Houston-based energy trader now in bankruptcy, the more apparent the ties become. Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill and Secretary of Commerce Don Evans admitted they talked w...
The Angel at the National Press Club
John Chuckman YellowTimes
This morning, an angel–yes, that’s right, an angel– appeared to a gathering of reporters at the National Press Club in Washington. The stunningly beautiful creature with satiny white wings and glowing pink skin announced that it was appearing on behalf o...
The Ships on the Way
Uri Avnery
The chiefs of the three big parties in Israel–the Likud, the Labor Party and the army–were sitting on the stage. They were frustrated. They knew already that they had not succeeded in selling the great show that they had prepared with so much effort: t...
All They Will Call You is Detainee
Lawrence McGuire
Some of the terms used by America to describe the prisoners, such as “battlefield detainees”, have no legal meaning, the Red Cross says. (Kim Sengupta The Independent, U.K., Jan. 14, 2002) How does the song go? ‘Y...
Atta, the Times and the Iraqi Agent
William Blum
Is there anyone out there who’s not yet totally cynical about US foreign policy and the propaganda that accompanies it? For months we’ve been told that Mohamed Atta, the alleged ringleader of the September 11 attacks, had met an Iraqi intellige...
Greenpeace. Lord Melchett and the Business of Betrayal
George Monbiot The Guardian
Environmentalism as an argument has been comprehensively won. As a practice it is all but extinct. Just as people in Britain have united around the demand for effective public transport, car sales have broken all records. Yesterday the superstore chain Sainsbury’s a...
An Open Letter to Richard Perle
Kathy Kelly
director Voices in the Wilderness Dear Mr. Perle, I am writing to you from a faraway land, Iraq, and yet I sense ...
Bush, Enron and the Pretzel
Jack McCarthy
It’s no wonder George W. Bush is having fainting spells. Everyday he has to worry that Osama bin Laden’s angry young men are stalking him. But it’s Dick Cheney who is in hiding. And now Bush is just a bombshell memo away from politi...