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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...
Sex Crimes and the Constitution
Alexander Cockburn
The hoofprints of Lucifer are everywhere. And since this is America, eternally at war with the darker forces, the foremost Enemy Within is sex, no quarter given. Here are some bulletins from the battlefront, drawn from a smart essay on “Sex & EmpireR...
The Chicago School and Corporate America
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Frank Easterbrook and Daniel Fischel are University of Chicago law professors who believe that, when it comes to making profits, nothing — not even the law — should stand in the way. (For almost two decades, Easterbrook has also been a federal appeals ...
The Philippines: “Second Front” in the U.S.’s Global War
Gary Leupp
After some fits and starts, on February 15 the U.S. opened up a “second front” in the “war on terrorism” in the southern Philippines. At least, that’s how the mainstream media is depicting “Operation Balikatan 2002,” the joint ex...
The Shallow Throat Documents
Bernard Weiner
The Bush Administration seemed to have everything so well coordinated after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. How, many wondered, could they have put the whole shebang together so quickly? We may never know all the details, but recently some minutes of a pre-9/11 Bush i...
Texas A & M Cloning
David Vest
Those of us with fond memories of the “Aggie Cold Fusion” debacle and bizarre reports of long-term alchemical research (well-funded, too) by top Aggie scientists could hardly have been more delighted by the triumphant production of “Copycat,̶...
The Devil and Georgie Bush
John Chuckman
George Bush sits quietly at his desk in the Oval Office. Suddenly, with a puff of acrid, yellow smoke, a dark figure appears at his shoulder, arrogantly leaning an elbow against the back corner of the big leather chair. He wears a soot-stained stovepipe hat, a rum...
The Guard Who Never Owned Up to His Crime
Kay Lee
I am so frustrated by numerous identically fruitless attempts to stop prison guard violence, especially in Florida, but of course I, like many others, will continue to seek justice. A federal case should be made out of the latest travesty. The recent acquit...
Waylon Jennings, John Wayne and the Navajo
David Orr
I was on the Navajo reservation last weekend. You may know that the Navajo people have long had a major fondness for and relationship with Waylon Jennings, moreso perhaps than any other musician. The relationship goes back many years, when Waylon began making regu...
Empire in Decline
George Lewandowski
A few nights ago, I sank onto the couch next to the dog, and popped “The Missiles of October,” a 1974 made-for-TV docu-drama about the Cuban missile crisis, into the DVD player. This is a behind the scenes teleplay, based upon Robert F Kennedy’s...
Caught in the DMZ
Ramzi Kysia
The drive from Basra to Safwan, Iraq, is eerily apocalyptic. In the Demilitarised Zone, the Iraqi desert is an odd mix of greenhouse farms competing for space with decrepit and bombed-out concrete factories and mills. To the east run a series of rebuilt plastics factor...
The US and Iran
Ron Jacobs
I’m not sure where GW Bush was in 1979, but he must remember something about the popular uprising of the Iranian people that overthrew the US’s biggest puppet in the region-the Shah. Although the revolution had been brewing for years, in 1978 and early...
Giblet Gravitas
Prudence Crowther
9/11: “And when you would say something that is sad/Speak how I fell”– Henry VIII, death of Buckingham Why Bush give major speech before ASA? Poodle of anesthesiologists? Today company passed out orange nylon “survival kits...
Dave Van Ronk
Lenni Brenner
The NY Times rarely runs 2 obits. But they did for Dave. The 1st obit saw him as a major inspiration for Bob Dylan. The 2nd was more complex, obviously a critical fan’s memorial to someone far too significant, as a performer & person, to be reduced to a...
Arab Nations Lost in a Pit of Desperation
Robert Fisk The Independent
A few days ago, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia called upon the “conscience” of the American people to help the Palestinians. The Emir of Qatar went one step further in self-abasement. The Arabs, he said – and he apologised for using the word ̵...
Underwriting War in Colombia
Phillip Cryan
President Bush’s budget proposal includes $98 million in military aid and training to help the Colombian government protect an oil pipeline from guerrilla attacks. The aid is being pitched by the Bush administration and its Colombian counterpart, the governm...
From New York to Porto Alegre
C.G. Estabrook
The second month of the second year of the new century began with the two ways open to us set, as it were, side by side. In New York the ...
The View from Porto Alegre
Robert O'Brien
The world’s business and governmental elite held their annual meeting last month in New York City. More than 50,000 people gathered to focus on social justice at a “shadow event” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Not a chain-link fence was in sight and po...
Ante Pavelic, the Real Butcher of the Balkans
Jonathan Levy And Tom Easton
Ante Pavelic was the original ‘Butcher of the Balkans.” He was the leader of the Nazi puppet government of the “Independent Sate of Croatia” who died peacefully in Madrid in 1959. The mass murderer of 80,000 Jews, 30,000 Gypsies, and over 5...
Bush’s Folly
Tom Turnipseed
The European Union commissioner in charge of international relations attacked U.S. foreign policy under the Bush Administration as having a dangerously “absolutist and simplistic” attitude toward our allies and other members of the global community. Ch...
Dear Jeb Bush, About You and Enron
Joan Claybrook
The Honorable Jeb Bush Office of the Governor The Capitol Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001 Dear Governor Bush: Florida’s pension fund –for which you chair the oversight board –lost $334 million on Enron stocks and bonds in the wak...
Time for a Woman President
John Chuckman
With the tone and substance of national policy in the United States in a seemingly bottomless downward spiral, threatening both the peace of the world and the freedom of Americans, it may be fair to ask, why talk about a woman running for president? The simple ans...
War Powers and the War on Terror
Sen. Russell Feingold
President Bush used strong rhetoric in his State of the Union address last month to describe our fight against terrorism. But to back that rhetoric with constitutional might, the president must also honor the terms of the War Powers Resolution, which requires the ...
Resisting the Assassins’ Power
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Why does the movement against corporate globalization protest at meetings like those of the World Economic Forum, recently completed in New York? What does the movement for global justice want? There are a million ways to answer these questions. One set of ...
Banning the Koran
Alexander Cockburn
Call it another skirmish in the war on terror, which is translating these days as more or less anything deemed unpalatable to social harmony. Los Angeles school officials are pulling an edition of the Koran from the district’s libraries because of complaints...
Black Land Loss
Tommy Ates
Saying goodbye to the old family farm is always sad; but losing it through coercion or threat of violence is simply criminal. This situation, as well as various others, is what has happened to many black and poor farmers over the past 30 years. According to an Ass...