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Archives from February 2002
Before We Bomb Iraq
Rep. Ron Paul
The war drums are beating, louder and louder. Iraq, Iran, and North Korea have been forewarned. Plans have been laid and, for all we know, already initiated, for the overthrow and assassination of Saddam Hussein. There’s been talk of sabotage, psychological w...
Sharon Must Go
Gideon Samet
It’s time to start saying that the Sharon government is irresponsibly cooperating in the slaughter of its citizens. True, no statement can be more damning. But for some time now, the prime minister has practically been inviting it. His guilt for not preventi...
Sex, Sweat, Feet and the Working Class
Alexander Cockburn
Chalk up another milestone for sex ed. The University of California at Berkeley has put a “male sexuality ” class on ice after the campus newspaper, The Daily Californian, published allegations that as part of their course students were taken to a stri...
Huntington
M. Shahid Alam
Samuel Huntington peddles a culturalist thesis about the sources of conflicts in The Clash of Civilizations. He builds on the premise that the “most important distinc-tions among peoples are not ideological, political, or economic. They are cultural.”...
Baghdad, Spring 1992
James T. Phillips
Baghdad was not being bombed when I visited the war-ravaged city during the early spring of 1992, but thousands of Iraqi children were still dying every month due to disease and starvation. Food and medicine were scarce, dead babies could be found in abundance and...
Baghdad, Spring 1992
James T. Phillips
Baghdad was not being bombed when I visited the war-ravaged city during the early spring of 1992, but thousands of Iraqi children were still dying every month due to disease and starvation. Food and medicine were scarce, dead babies could be found in abundance and...
What’s Wrong With Black Hawk Down
Brendan Sexton III
When I first read the script to Black Hawk Down, I didn’t think it was the greatest thing in the world–far from it. But I thought the script at least raised some very important questions that are missing from the final product. I was misled to think th...
Nuclear Terrorism and US Nuclear Policy
David Krieger
As bad as September 11th may have been, it could have been far worse. Had terrorists attacked with nuclear weapons, the death toll could have risen into the millions. It is likely that even one crude nuclear weapon would have left Manhattan utterly destroyed, and ...
The Future of War and Peace
Eric Hobsbawm
The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history. The total number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars has been estimated at 187m, the equivalent of more than 10% of the world’s population in 1913. Taken as having begun in 1914, it was...
Ecuadorian Indians Take on DynCorp
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
“Imagine that scene for a moment–you are an Ecuadorian farmer, and suddenly, without notice or warning, a large helicopter approaches, and the frightening noise of the chopper blades invades the quiet. The helicopter comes closer, and sprays a toxic po...
Tragedy Defies Representation in WTC Memorial
John Troyer
The year 2002 is a palindrome–meaning a word or number decipherable the same way backward and forward. Palindromes in calendar years are often the subject of mathematical proofs demonstrating the rarity of their occurrence. I have begun contemplating ...
Wired for Business or Democracy?
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
While Internet stocks may have crashed, Internet optimists still abound. In Next: The Fu...
Should Pearl’s Editors Have Sent Him There?
Alexander Cockburn
Daniel Pearl’s dispatches reminded me somewhat of Peter Kann’s in the days when he was the Journal’s most light-heartedly stylish reporter, before assuming the imperial purple and becoming the company’s CEO. It was Kann, back in the late 19...
The Pentagon in the Transcaucasus
Vasily Streltsov
For a third day high-placed Russian and Georgian politicians have been pronouncing loaded phrases, in the deparaging sense, which are not acceptable in diplomatic protocal. In reply to the suggestion of Igor Ivanov that bin Laden might be hiding in the Pankisi gorge, a mo...
Using Shadowy “527 Groups,” Corporations Give Unlimited Dollars Directly to Members of Congress
Counterpunch Wire Report
Using Shadowy “527 Groups,” Corporations Give Unlimited Dollars Directly to Members of Congress Groups Allow Companies to Influence Legislation, Underscore Need for Reform CounterPunch Wire Report Corporations are using shadowy and little-notice...
Is the ABM Treaty Really Dead?
Dr. Robert M. Bowman
On December 13, 2001, President George W. Bush gave notice that the United States was going to withdraw from the ABM Treaty in six months. There are several issues to be dealt with. 1 Does a President of the United States have the Constitutional pow...
Kabul’s Loss
Jonathan Steele
The wheel of fortune turns and Afghanistan’s longest-serving prime minister of recent times sits in a modest flat on a council estate near Clapham Junction. Unfortunately, the open-mindedness with which John Major’s government gave refuge to Sul...
A Prayer for America
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
I offer these brief remarks today as a prayer for our country, with love of democracy, as a celebration of our country. With love for our country. With hope for our country. With a belief that the light of freedom cannot be extinguished as long as it is inside of ...
The Ordeal of Nahla and Sami Al-Arian
Alex Lynch
There were no streetlights down the long back-road; the arms of the yellow gates were left open just enough for a car to fit through. The darkness of the hidden stretch of road left the Muslim community center of north Tampa secluded from the outside world. ...
Canadian Activist Interrogated at the US Border
John Clarke
My name is John Clarke and I am an Organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). In the early afternoon of February 19th, 200...
The ADL Spying Case Is Over, But The Struggle Continues
Jeffrey Blankfort, Anne Poirier And Steve Zeltzer Plaintiffs In The Of ADL Spying Case
In 1993, the District of Attorney of San Francisco released 700 pages of documents implicating the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that claims to be a defender of civil rights, in a vast spying operation directed aga...
Ashcroft Speaks in Tongues
John Chuckman
John Ashcroft, Attorney General of the United States, recently repeated an old chestnut about America being a Christian nation whose founders were Christian gentlemen. The claim is common among the country’s fundamentalist Christians, but it is so ign...
Axis of Evil and Media Stranglehold
Tom Turnipseed
Bush rallies America in a perpetual war against “evil ones” and the “axis of evil.” Ronald Reagan used the cold war to lambast the “evil empire” of the Soviet Union. Their administrations are strikingly similar not only in their use of ...
Skate Date
David Vest
You knew the evening would turn weird when NBC’s cameras momentarily lost track of Hungarian figure skater Julia Sebestyen. With the eyes of everyone on the planet, with the apparent exception of the network’s director, trained on the “long program,̶...
Cracks in the Occupation?
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
To date, 272 officers and soldiers of the Israeli army have signed the initiative to refuse to serve the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinians, while thousands of other Israeli citizens have expressed their support. Those that have signed are not pacifists no...