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Archives from March 2002
The Making of Exile on Main Street
Phyllis Pollack
Photographer Dominique Tarlé has documented the recording of the masterpiece album by the Rolling Stones, ...
Palestine, Palestinians and International Law
Francis A. Boyle
I am not Arab. I am not Jewish. I am not Palestinian. I am not Israeli. I am Irish American. Our People have no proverbial "horse in this race." What follows is to the best of my immediate recollection: The Big Lie Growing up in the United...
The Making of Exile on Main Street
Phyllis Pollack
Photographer Dominique Tarlé has documented the recording of the masterpiece album by the Rolling Stones, ...
The Israelis Took Over My House
Maha Sbitani
Yesterday at 5:00am I was awakened by what sounded like huge trucks. When I looked out the window I saw several tanks. A half hour later the Israeli soldiers rang the bell–we did not answer–then I heard them coming up the steps after breaking down the ...
Bethlehem Under Fire
Kristen Schurr
Last night, 30 March 2002, 20 of us stayed in Al Azzeh refugee camp of 5,000 inside of Bethlehem with several families expecting an invasion by the Israeli military. We went two to a house. There is no land to build on, so any new homes are built atop existing one...
Human Shields in Bethelem
Jordan Flaherty
I’m staying in the al azzeh refugee camp, in Bethlehem, along with about twenty other international civilians. We’re here to act as human shields, because we’ve heard an Israeli invasion is imminent. It’s 1:30pm right now, on Easter Sunday...
Lies Leaders Tell When They Want War
Robert Fisk The Independent
How much longer can Ariel Sharon pretend that he’s fighting in the “war against terror”? How much longer are we supposed to believe this nonsense? How much longer can the Americans remain so gutlessly silent in the face of a vicious conflict which is com...
Justice and Democracy Denied
José Saramago
In a village just outside Florence over 400 years ago, the villagers were at home or working in their fields when they heard the church bell. In those pious times the bells rang several times a day, so the sound came as no surprise. But the bell was tolling the de...
Does Pedophilia Scandal Spell an Opportunity for Catholics
Brian J. Foley
The recent pedophilia crisis presents an enormous, unprecedented opportunity for American Catholics. Many Catholics have long known that something was rotten in the Church. They were discouraged, however, by the Church from exploring further. Such authorit...
The Military Draft and Slavery
Rep. Ron Paul
I rise to introduce legislation expressing the sense of Congress that the United States government should not revive military conscription. Supporters of conscription have taken advantage of the events of September 11 to renew efforts to reinstate the military dra...
The Horror of It All
Claud Cockburn
Continued from part one… The German, and indeed most of the Western, intelligentsia were incredulous when Hitler set out to prove that Wall Street and the communists, all run by Jews, were in essence the same people pur...
Waylon Jennings, an Honest Outlaw
Jeffrey St. Clair
"To live outside the law you must be honest," sings Bob Dylan in Absolutely Sweet Marie, a tune that has always struck me as kind of comic rejoinder to Leadbelly’s great prison song Midnight Special. But those lines could also be an epitaph for the...
Remembering Tammy Wynette
David Vest
You don’t think of Tammy Wynette as a battered woman. You think of her as a star, the object of adulation and perhaps desire. She was the object, too, of envy, even of scorn. Hillary Clinton let it be known that she wasn’t going to stay home and...
Year of the Yellow Notepad
Alexander Cockburn
Call it the year of the yellow notepad. Doris Kearns Goodwin, ejected from Parnassus, from Pulitzer jury service and kindred honorable obligations, sinks under charges of plagiarism consequent, she claims, upon sloppy note-taking on her trusty yellow legal pads....
What Price Oslo?
Edward Said
The television images on Al-Jazeera have been burningly clear. There is a kind of Palestinian heroism in evidence there that makes this the story of our time. An entire army, navy, and air force supplied munificently and unconditionally by the United States have ...
The US and Iran’s Quest for Democracy
Saeed Vaseghi
If the recent US threats and actions damage the propcess of development of new democratic structures in Iran, then it will not be the first time that Iranians’ efforts to build a democratic system has been setback by foreign intervention. The last major int...
Occupation and Terror
James Packard Winkler, Ph.D.
The political battle continues in the Middle East through gun barrels rather than across negotiating tables. Americans are ill equipped to make sense of this historical conflict that pits two Semitic peoples against each other, each side exacting punishment and b...
The Horror of It All
Claud Cockburn
Continued from part two… Here we have a new aspect of the historical phenomenon represented by this book and its popularity. Some of its attitudes to class, to sex and to the Jews offer a preview of assumptions which a...
Gethsemane
Wilhelm Reich
Reich published The Murder of Christ in the early 1950s. It was billed as Volume One of The Emotional Plague of Mankind, and dedicated thus: "To The Children of the Future." Gethsemane is the fourteenth chapter, subtitled "True Justice; the Meaning ...
A New International Division of Labor
M. Shahid Alam
  " it is exactly at one year old that I propose to provide for them [Irish children] in such a manner as instead of being a charge upon their parents or the parish, or wanting food and raiment for the rest of their lives, they shall ...
What’s Playing at My House
Dave Marsh
1. Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses (ATO advance); 2. Mike Ireland and Holler, Try Again (...
The Horror of It All
Claud Cockburn
‘THE most daring and original novel of the century is When It Was Dark by Guy Thorne.’ Since the date of publication was 1903, this claim by the publishers might look as cautious as a bet on a cert. How many still more daring and original novels had ha...
American Soul (and Empire)
Shepherd Bliss
For over half a year now I have been trying to make meaning from the events surrounding the Sept. 11 Fall of the Towers. Grief, fear, and anger prompted this search. I have consumed hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, columns, analyses, and commentaries ...
Clearingcutting Montana
Jeffrey St. Clair
A tremendous victory. A kick in the ass of the timber industry. A huge step forward for native fish conservation. A win whose significance cannot be overstated. These are the chest-beating sound bytes that have been broadcast by a cadre of environmentalists to sup...
A Better World Is Possible
Fidel Castro
[Editor's Note: On March 22, the United States delegates to the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, following instructions from the Bush White House, left their seats at the beginning of this speech by Fidel Castro. Had the...
50 Years of James Bond
Alexander Cockburn
The most successful saga in postwar popular culture got off to a conscientious start after breakfast on a tropical morning in Jamaica early in 1952. Ian Fleming, forty-three years old and ten weeks away from his first and last marriage, knocked out about 2,000 wor...
A Corporate Lawyer Speaks Out
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Look at the law in each of the fifty U.S. states. All have a provision similar to that of Maine’s section 716: "The directors and officers of a corporation shall exercise their powers and discharge their duties with a view to the interest of th...
50 Years of James Bond
Alexander Cockburn
Continued from 50 Years of James Bond The titular villains in the Bond books are always grotesques. Le Chiffre, in Casino Royale, set the tone, weighing in at 252 pounds at a height of 5’8", with his ‘small, rather ...
Talking to Tanks
Azmi Bishara Al-Ahram
The Israeli army continues to pursue the objectives delineated by the Israeli prime minister and his chief-of- staff. These include not only the restoration of Sharon’s damaged prestige but also breaking the back of the nationalist movement embodied in the youths of...
From Teapot Dome to Enron
T.W. Croft
The Enron debacle has major implications for the labor-capital movement. Not only did Enron’s collapse undermine the retirement security of all workers whose pension funds held Enron stock, the company’s melt-down revealed serious flaws in our nation&#...
Killing for the Flag
Jason McQuinn, Chuck Munson And Tom Wheeler
The U.S. is the only nation-state to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. The U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law. After deliberately targeting the civilian public health i...
How Black Academia Can Rise to the Next Level
Tommy Ates
On affirmative action and the hiring process, can black academia practice what they preach? Well, probably yes and no… The question of whether racial discrimination exists against whites at historic black colleges depends what definition ...
Corporate Power is the Enemy of Democracy
Robert Jensen
GEORGE W. BUSH says he likes to put things in simple terms. Let’s adopt his strategy and ask: Do Americans want to struggle to create a rich democracy, or are we going to roll over and accept a democracy for the rich? Never has the question been pla...
How Change is Wrought
John Chuckman
A number of thoughtful American readers have asked what might be done about the problems I’ve described as disturbing the planet. This is a daunting request, because the problems are part of the warp and woof of a gigantic, complex society. But ther...
Why are We in Ukraine?
Rep. Ron Paul
I strongly oppose H. Res. 339, a bill by the United States Congress which seeks to tell a sovereign nation how to hold its own elections. It seems the height of arrogance for us to sit here and lecture the people and government of Ukraine on what they should do an...
Censorship at Angelfire
Kay Lee
If you know anyone who builds on the free angelfire.com webspace, they may need to know what angelfire did to me, so it doesn’t happen to them. MY three year old, only-offensive-to-bad-employees, Making the Walls Transparent ACCOUNT AT ANGELFIRE.COM ...
Hail to the Chaff
David Vest
As winter gave way to spring, there was too much weather and too much to write about. Anyone with good sense would have burned the pencils. Everytime I tried to leave the house and avoid the issue I was lashed back indoors by driving hail and falling branches fro...
Censorship at Angelfire
Kay Lee
If you know anyone who builds on the free angelfire.com webspace, they may need to know what angelfire did to me, so it doesn’t happen to them. MY three year old, only-offensive-to-bad-employees, Making the Walls Transparent ACCOUNT AT ANGELFIRE.COM ...
Bullies
Philip Farruggio
When I was a skinny little kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, we had two bullies in our neighborhood, terrorizing all the skinny and chubby kids on our block. One day, as luck would have it, the two bullies got "into it" with each other (a rarity, cause bul...
Notes from Hawai’i
Shepherd Bliss Big Island, Hawai'i
The Hawai’ian Islands are besieged. Multinational corporations and tourists contribute to over-development and bring invasive plants and animals that upset the balance of nature. But a resurgence of indigenous culture, including sustainable agriculture, has been occ...
Prozac and Suicide, an Interview with Dr. David Healy
Rick Giombetti
Dr. David Healy of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales in the UK is hardly a household name in the United States and that is a shame. One of the world’s leading research psychopharmacologists, Healy’s expert testi...
Seeking Pain and Reducing Pleasure
Robert Jensen
In most situations, people tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain, which generally makes sense. I want to suggest that at this moment in history, U.S. citizens need to invert that. If we want to become human beings in the fullest sense of the term, if we want...
Attacking Iraq Brings Nuke Holocaust Closer
Early 2001, The Bombing Of Iraq Had Lasted Longer Than The US Invasion Of Vietnam.
And still they talk of going on because he has "weapons of mass destruction". Even if he does, they’re useless if he can’t deliver them. Economic sanctions have driven the population into misery. Before 1990 the country had a...
Bomber Blair
Ben White
It is a fact that when a politician says something you must carefully analyze why it was said. The grander the statement the closer the scrutiny must be. This is because messianic visions and courageous vows are not usually followed by accompanying actions. Unfort...
The New Tartuffe
Amir Ahmadi
In February sixty American academics and professionals published a statement in Europe called ‘What We’re Fighting For.’ It is a defense of the US military action in Afghanistan and more generally of what has taken the media name of ‘war on...
Attacking Iraq Brings Nuke Holocaust Closer
Early 2001, The Bombing Of Iraq Had Lasted Longer Than The US Invasion Of Vietnam.
And still they talk of going on because he has "weapons of mass destruction". Even if he does, they’re useless if he can’t deliver them. Economic sanctions have driven the population into misery. Before 1990 the country had a...
Roger Daltrey’s LA Surprise
Phyllis Pollack
On Monday night, March 18, the Who’s Roger Daltrey gave a surprise performance in Los Angeles at The Joint, appearing with the club’s Monday night "house band," comprised of longtime Rolling Stones back-up vocalist Bernard Fowler, Stevie Nick...
Live from Ramallah
Lori Allen
It’s noon on a Monday in the second week of March and I’m going mad. Mad from frustration, anger, anxiety, worry, fear–every possible negative response in my emotional cauldron… Despite a promise to mysel...
Child-Murderers and Madness
Fran Shor
Over the last few weeks stories about parents murdering their children have received prominent attention in the media. In the United States and Canada these family tragedies have contended for front-page and lead items in competition with on-going global crises. I...
Georgia Is Only the Beginning
Armen Khanbabyan
The unprecedented pace of the expansion of the US and NATO in the post- Soviet space is so worrying to the Russian political elite that it is obstructing their ability to objectively evaluate the real meaning of what is happening. Naturally, in Russia people are i...