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Archives from April 2002
Apartheid in the Holy Land
Desmond Tutu
In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I a...
The New Danish Government and the Far Right
Steen Sohn
The Len Pen surprise in the recent French presidential election has made European leaders and pundits comment on and condemn the success of the rightist The National Front and its leader Jean-Marie Le Pen. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Ge...
Prisoners of the Infinite
Jacques Ranciere
"Infinite Justice". This was the initial name given to the Pentagon’s offensive against that fuzzy-contoured enemy, referred to by the term of ‘terrorism’. As we know, the name was quickly changed. It had been, as we were told, a case o...
Chomsky, Letters to the Writer and the Peace Movement
Mike Leon
Madison, Wisconsin. Last year the online magazine Slate ran a piece by Jacob Weisberg abusing the American peace movement ("Left Behind," December 4, 2001) that rather pissed me off. In what seemed a mocking hit piece, Weisberg derided the anti-wa...
The FBI and the Music Bosses
Dave Marsh
The RIAA showed up on Capitol Hill the other day to demand more tax dollars to protect music. A great idea. Musicians can’t make ends meet by working live gigs. Record money trickles in even to the select few who have hits. Almost nobody, incl...
Bank Robs Publishers, Vows Repeat
CounterPunch Wire
"I’m being mugged by a bank," stated Greg Bates, publisher at Common Courage Press in Monroe ME. On April 1, Bank One and its subsidiary, American National Bank, seized $1.2 million belonging to 85 publishers including Common Courage. On April 23, ...
So Long Frank O. Gehry?
Gavin Keeney
While in Los Angeles, in 1998, Frank Gehry’s architecture was required viewing. The Gehry tour included: 1/ The Chiat-Day thing (1991), with its gigantic Claes Oldenburg binoculars marking the entrance to the parking garage; 2/ Rebecca’s (1985), the V...
Henry Kissinger, Wanted Man
Christopher Reilly
Henry Kissinger’s dark past seems to be enclosing around him as various countries in South America and Europe have sought to question him about actions taken by the Nixon and Ford administrations in which Kissinger was National Security Adviser and Secretar...
The Tits Make the Activist
Michael Colby
I started to count the number of references to Erin Brockovich1s breasts in Austin Bunn’s biographical essay on her work in the New York Times1 Sunday Magazine ("Erin Brockovich, The Brand," April 28, 2002). Unfortunately, I got distracted and lost...
At the Church of the Nativity
Larry Hales In Bethlehem
We walked right in to Manger Square–”right through the front door.” The writer in me wants to create some suspense, but I am ecstatic–my heart continues to beat at the rate it was when we were walking through. We were planning the night befo...
Adelphia Censors Goin’ Down
Dr. Susan Block
So, did you dump all your Adelphia stock like I told you to? No? Didn’t take me seriously 10 months ago when I said SELL, huh? Thought I was just some distraught public access pornographer, and that Adelphia, overseen by those fine upstanding censors John J....
Stuck Inside the Pyramid with the J-School Blues Again
Jordy Cummings
Ah, to be a J-school grad. Indeed, ’tis a world of wonderment, of knowing how to write an inverted pyramid without inverting the pyramid, of knowing how to write a hedder while the world heads right. Now don’t get me wrong, my degree will look good in ...
Bleats of Dissent
Michael Neumann
When Jewish voices of conscience speak out on Israel, there is an astonishing gap between the problem described and the response proposed. The Jewish left and its allies begin with the most ringing denunciations. These trail off into the most timid of recommendati...
Let’s Stop the Killing of an Innocent Man
Tom Turnipseed
You can help stop the killing of an innocent person. Richard Charles Johnson was convicted on the testimony of a person who later admitted she lied at his trial and is scheduled to be executed by the state of South Carolina on May 3, 2002. Governor Jim Hodg...
Anti-Bribery Law Takes a Major Hit
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
A key anti-bribery law has taken a major hit. A startling decision handed down last week by a federal judge in Houston undermines the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and will make it difficult for weak and demoralized prosecutors to bring to justice U.S. corp...
Set This Flag on Fire!
Jeffrey St. Clair
For the last 50 years, the state of South Carolina has flown the Confederate flag above the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia, a noxious emblem of the state government’s unremitting animus toward civil rights laws and desegregation. The flag wa...
Letter to a Young Muslim
Tariq Ali
Dear friend Remember when you approached me after the big antiwar meeting in November 2001 (I think it was Glasgow) and asked whether I was a believer? I have not forgotten the shock you registered when I replied "no", or the comment of your frien...
Biowarfare, Terror Weapons and the US
Francis A. Boyle
[Editors' Note: What follows is the transcript of a faculty lecture given by Professor Boyle at the University of Illinois, followed by a few questions and answers.] Last fall we saw an anthrax attack on the United States government that obviously was desig...
Politics and Wordplay at the Vatican
David Vest
Following two days of meetings at the Vatican, and after a two-hour delay blamed on the fact that "we are all wordsmiths" by Bishop Wilton Gregory, American Cardinals released a couple of documents and staged a press conference in Rome. It was not...
US Media Profit, Propaganda and Puffery
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
A crisis without precedent is underway in the United States. And its consequences will be far graver than those wrought by the U.S. presidential election of 2000 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The collapse of the Jeffersonian "free and uncen...
UVM Sells Out to Federal Drug Warriors
Aaron Hawley
Just like the global "Drug War", a victory on the battlefield takes little for the self-proclaimed warriors. University of Vermont (UVM) administrators and Student Government members have already begun patting each other’s backs after "averti...
Earth Day with Shrub
Adam Federman
Nearly every winter Saranac Lake, New York receives the honor of being the coldest spot in the nation. It’s a small claim to fame, one that most likely goes unnoticed outside of this small town of 6,000 in the heart of the Adirondacks. But growing up I alway...
Jenin, the Propaganda Battle
Tanya Reinhart
In Israel, Jenin is perceived mainly as a public relations problem (called in Hebrew "hasbara" — explaining). It appears even that the army and the government believe that Israel is winning the propaganda battle. After all, all relevant principles ...
Time Out! A Pause for Longer-Range Thinking
Bernard Weiner
As the daily political and military atrocities magnetize our attention, it does us good now and then to take a step back and try for some longer-range perspectives on the world situation, and politics in the U.S. of A. So here, in short takes, are some reflections...
Code Bleu, The French Election
David Vest
The French presidential election can be variously construed. One could argue that fragmentation on the Left caused Lionel Jospin, the Socialist prime minister, to miss the run-off, leaving France to choose between Jacques Chirac, an incumbent already reject...