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Archives from March 2002
10 CDs Playing at My Desk
Dave Marsh
Top 10 CDs (Now playing at my house): 1. Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses (ATO ad...
Abdullah vs. Osama
Gabriel Ash
Triangulation, the trick Dick Morris taught Bill Clinton, is one of the most elegant jujitsu maneuvers in politics. The leaders of the Arab world may need Morris’s advice as they plan their response to Cheney’s Godfather charm offensive. The Bus...
Crazy Is Cool
Tom Turnipseed
In a very personal way I appreciate the Academy Award acclaim given to movies about people with mental disabilities who prevailed in life like "A Beautiful Mind" and "I Am Sam". I had severe bi-polar disorder when I was a student in the 1950s. ...
The Middle East for Dummies
Bernard Weiner
Confounded and dumbfounded by recent Bush Administration moves, once again I consult that invaluable reference series, this one titled "The Middle East for Dummies." I find their concise, no-BS answers help me through the confusing morass. Q. Why ...
Tipping in America
Alexander Cockburn
Tip-skimming has surfaced in Boston, and there can’t be a tipper in America who, on hearing the news, doesn’t exclaim, "The greedy bastards!" In a lawsuit filed March 7 in Suffolk Superior Court, five former servers from the venerable eater...
The Politics of Packaging
David Vest
In the mail today comes a flyer for a new bookstore in my area, complete with coupons for 10 per cent off books and music, free coffee and a free CD opener. This last gadget provokes me. It heaps me. It makes me want to have a "user experience."...
The New Empire Loyalists
Tariq Ali
Exactly one year before the hijackers hit the Pentagon, Chalmers Johnson, a distinguished American academic, staunch supporter of the US during the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and one-time senior analyst for the CIA, tried to alert his fellow-citizens to the dange...
Israel’s Settler Warlords
Doron Rosenblum
Borne mainly on rivers of blood and Palestinian terror, a grim spectacle unfolded at Rabin Square this week, ostensibly closing a tragic circle–"Shir Lashalom" ("Song of Peace") replaced by cries of "Israel demands war!" at the ...
Render Unto Caesar
Chris Floyd
The rule of law is dead. Even as a fiction, a dream of human betterment — of "civilization," to use that word we hear so often on the lips of warlords and terrorists these days — the idea of law has been discarded, trashed: Just so muc...
The Rhetorical Attacks on Iraq
Alex Lynch
As much as dissent has been under attack here in the United States since Sept. 11, a reasonable amount rational thinking by the American people should prevail when the question of whether to attack Iraq is put on the table. No other periodical went after di...
Bush’s Warmed Over Nuclear Policy
Francis Boyle
Writing in the March 10, 2002 edition of the Los Angeles Times, defense analyst William Arkin revealed the leaked contents of the Bush Jr. administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) that it had just transmitted to Congress on January 8. The Bush Jr...
National Review
Norman Madarasz
Newspaper articles filled with neuroscientific lingo to explain the panic wave that has spread through America following 9/11. Television pseudo-documentaries seeking out the ‘terror’ gene. Radio shows interviewing think tank experts on the inbred driv...
Two Types of Freedom
Wayne Saunders
Two recent sporting spectaculars began with two rather different musical intros; both relate to the cherished concept known as freedom. It was hard to miss the contrast: "I will fight for the right to live in freedom," sang Sir Paul McCartney at t...
RIP Daniel Pearl
Dr. Susan Block
It’s been over a month since I wrote about the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter and father-to-be Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. As it happens, it’s been a month of considerable personal trauma for me and for the Institute, but far, far less than w...
Making Enemies
Paul-Marie De La Gorce
Speaking on 31 January to students at the National Defense University in Washington, The Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld announced a major shift in United States military strategy. The new objective was to be "deterrence in four critical theatres, backed b...
Are the Occupied Protecting the Occupier?
Amira Hass
In recent days, the IDF and armed groups of Palestinians have displayed a common interest in presenting a distorted picture of reality. Both sides are greatly exaggerating when they talk about "Palestinian military resistance" to the IDF incursions into ...
Arabs Don’t Want War on Iraq
Robert Fisk In Beirut The Independent
US Vice-President Dick Cheney arrived yesterday in a Middle East far more concerned with the firestorm between the Palestinians and the Israelis than with Washington’s plans for a war with Iraq. President George Bush may believe Iraq is part of an “axis...
The Executioner’s Last Songs
Jeffrey St. Clair
That pipsqueak Bono announced to the world (everything he says these days seems to have the weight of a Papal Encyclical) in a recent interview in Time magazine that he’s given up on music as a political force. From here on out Bono says he’s going to ...
National Review Editor Suggests “Nuking Mecca”
CounterPunch Wire
American Muslim groups are calling on the National Review to apologize for published statements by editor Rich Lowry who suggested that "nuking Mecca" would "send a signal" to Muslims. ...
Personal Responsibility for the Corporate Elite
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Before the corporate and political elite consign the "corporate accountability" proposal issued by President Bush last week to the dustbin, it is worth highlighting one element: the idea that CEOs sign and personally attest to the accuracy of the financi...
Antrhax Experiments, Production and Cover-up?
H.P. Albarelli Jr.
News reports that the FBI is not close to making an arrest in its investigation of last year’s deadly anthrax mailings and may be "dragging its feet," have provoked charges of a possible cover-up and secret domestic experiments conducted during the...
Contra Warrior Otto Reich Returns to the State Department
John Patrick Leary
Another seminal figure from one of the most troubling episodes in the United States’ recent history has been quietly restored to his old stomping grounds. Otto Reich, like Elliot Abrams and John Negroponte one of the officials most responsible for devising a...
California’s Half-baked Prison Rules
Kay Lee
This isn’t just about being ‘tough on crime’. It’s not about winning a ‘drug war’. It’s not even about prison reform or human rights or social justice. It’s about the lack of common sense displayed by an overw...
What Will Putin Say to Bush’s Posturing?
Lidia Andrusenko
The widely publicised Russia-US friendship is crumbling. However, the US withdrawal from the ABM treaty, refusal to sign an agreement on the limitation of strategic offensive weapons and even the surprise appearance of US troops in Georgia all look minor aberrati...
Bush’s New Nuke Policy
Tommy Ates
"With friends like these, who needs enemies?" That is probably one of the many thoughts going through the minds of some the leaders of countries mentioned as nuclear threats (or targets) as well as some of the American people, who didn’t realize t...