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Archives from April 2002
Leaving Nablus
Kristen Schurr
Yesterday afternoon we walked through the deserted and dusty streets of Nablus- the only water I saw was the mud made by the sewage running through one street that we had to stand in while Israeli soldiers hassled us, checking our passports and questioning us. As ...
Israel and the Intifada for Dummies
Bernard Weiner
So much convoluted politics in the Middle East, so much history, so much violence and hatred. It’s all so confusing. So once again I turn to the noted reference series for answers that can help me make the turmoil and tragedy easier to figure out. Q. ...
Searching for the Truth in Jenin
Kathy Kelly
On April 17, we entered the Jenin camp for a third time, accompanied by Thawra. We had met Thawra the night we first entered Jenin. She came into the crowded, makeshift clinic organized by Palestinian Medical Relief Committee workers, cradling Ziad, an 18 d...
Drowning in a Sea of Apathy
Philip Farruggio
Dissent is not merely a right of sovereignty, it’s an obligation. Parroting Marie Antoninette, our current political leaders declare "let them eat cake", when there’s plenty of "bread" to share from our nation’s table. ...
Advice from a Gulf War Vet
Jeff Paterson
Do you know anyone in the military, or thinking about signing up soon? Pass this along to them. They may or may not appreciate it, but they deserve a heads up. In August of 1990, I was an active duty U.S. Marine Corps Corporal. I was ordered to the Middle E...
Free the Books!
Eric Flint
The Free Library was set up about a year and half ago, with the co-operation of Baen Books. Leaving aside the various political and...
A Peace Proposal, Bring in the Children
David Krieger
We receive many positive proposals for peace from friends and readers of the Sunflower and our wagingpeace.org web site. I wa...
A Letter from the Frontier
Chris Floyd
Gaius Aelius Messala legatus, XVII Legion to his brother, Quintus. Germania Magnia. 19 October [8 A.D]. Brother! Warmest greetings from the River Elbe. Tonight you recline on soft couches with your friends, feasting and drinking–and tal...
The Propaganda of Otto Reich
Tom Turnipseed
The Bush administration is engaging in damage control for their questionable involvement in the failed 2 day coup against the democratically elected government of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Alarmingly, the ominous Otto Reich is emerging as a key player in...
Bush Playing Russian Roulette with Palestinians
Sam Bahour
The United States of America is organizing another international conference in the Middle East. This one, sadly, emerges as a result of the destruction of Palestinian society by Israel. By doing so, the US is setting itself up for a political and security failure,...
A Year in the Life of Spencer Abraham
Jeffrey St. Clair
When Spencer Abraham toiled as the junior senator from Michigan, he wanted desperately to do away with the Department of Energy, a federal outpost that the Republicans have railed against since its creation under Jimmy Carter. In his six years in the senate, he ne...
A Colonizing Project Built on Lies
M. Shahid Alam
It is not an easy life when it must be lived, defended, justified everyday, every hour-before the world and before the bar of one’s own conscience-with lies, cover-ups, deceptions and sophistry. But this has been the particular burden of Zionists as t...
Undoing Chavez
Norman Madarasz
The recent coup in Venezuela shows that, in many ways, it’s only a secondary matter whether the CIA was informed_or whether it was behind it (...
Carrots, Sticks, Israel and Palestine
Norman G. Finkelstein
During the June 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza, completing the Zionist conquest of British-mandated Palestine. In the war’s aftermath, the United Nations debated the modalities for settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. At the Fifth Emergency ...
The Chemical Coup
George Monbiot
On Sunday, the US government will launch an international coup. It has been planned for a month. It will be executed quietly, and most of us won’t know what is happening until it’s too late. It is seeking to overthrow 60 years of multilateralism in fav...
Fear and Learning in America
Brian Wood
Dictated by phone IDF Attacks Church of the Nativity At 7:30 tonight, about 2 hours ago, the Israeli military attempted to break into the Church of the Nativity. I got a phone call from a friend in Beit Jala who said she had just received a call from a frie...
With the Wounded and the Homeless in Nablus
Kristen Schurr
I’ve been sitting with a 15 year old girl, a volunteer for the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, under a grapefruit tree here in Nablus. Earlier today about 25 internationals and 6 Palestinian UPMRC workers, including 3 medics, a doctor, the gi...
Inside Jenin, Rubble and Decomposing Bodies
Brian Wood
It was by accident how we four internationals ended up in the Jenin Refugee Camp. We weren’t planning to go there today because we’ve been interviewing refugees that are in the villages outside of Jenin. We got to a village adjacent to the camp to interview so...
Fear and Learning in America
Robert Fisk The Independent
Osama bin Laden once told me that Americans did not understand the Middle East. Last week, in a little shuttle bus shouldering its way through curtains of rain across the Iowa prairies, I opened my copy of the Des Moines Register and realised that he might be right. ̶...
The Oilman, the General and the Coup that Failed
Gabriel Ash
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was ousted on Friday by a group of conspirators lead by an oilman and a general. The international press hastened to bury Chavez with summaries of his ill-fated career. But after spending only two days in military limbo, Chavez ret...
The US Should End Aid to Israel
Todd May
Philosophers are often renown for two things: their ability to think logically and their irrelevance to public discussion and debate. I am hoping to buck the trend a bit here by using my training in thought to offer a practical solution to a complex issue before t...
The Press, the IMF, the CIA and the Chaavez Coup
Ron Jacobs
I left for Boston early in the morning on April 12, 2002 with my son, who was going to visit a couple of colleges he is considering attending next year. Since it was so early, there wasn’t a lot of conversation between the two of us. Indeed, we mostly listen...
The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Coup Plotters
Jack McCarthy
"With yesterdays resignaton of President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would be-be dictator." "Hugo Chaves Departs", New York Times editorial, 4/15/02 "…the violation o...
A Field Trip to Jenin
Susi Abeles
Jenin is one among many "closed military zones" from which the media is barred; it considered the most devastated of the areas assaulted and occupied by the IDF in the last two weeks of its incursions into the Palestinian Territories). Reports leak out o...
How I Got Over Last Week
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group Advance)
Amy Ray sings “Become You,” the title track of the Indigo Girls’ new album, while...
The Media, The CIA and the Coup
Christopher Reilly
In a rare sequence of events, democratically elected leader President Hugo Chavez was overthrown in a military coup led by the business elite, only to be reinstated as president days later due to the support of the Venezuelan people. The democratic leader, ...
An Open Letter to Abe Foxman
Jordy Cummings
Hey, Abe. Jordy Cummings here. How is the meeshpuchah? (ie., family) How was your Seder this year? We had an interesting one–Chomskyites on one side of the room, Zionists on the other side. Nevertheless, there was shalom babayi (ie., "peace in the hous...
Amid the Rubble of Nablus
Kristen Schurr
Here in Nablus the Israeli military have cut the phone lines and destroyed the water supply. As in Jenin, the Israeli military not only bulldozes houses, tortures and kills Palestinians, but also targets the infrastructure, bringing more death, terror, and starvat...
You Won’t Break Them, General Sharon
Breyten Breytenbach
Sir, You don’t know me. There’s no reason why you should and little cause for you to listen to what somebody like myself may have to say. Should it interest you, I’m a writer born in South Africa, now living and working abroad. As a writer...
CounterCoup in Venezuela
Gregory Wilpert
It looks like Venezuela is not just another banana-oil republic after all. Many here feared that with the April 11 coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela was being degraded to being just another country that is forced to bend to the powerful will of...
Was the CIA Behind the Chavez Coup?
William Blum
How do we know that the CIA was behind the coup that overthrew Hugo Chavez? Same way we know that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That’s what it’s always done and there’s no reason to think that tomorrow morning will be any different....
Homicide Bombers
James T. Phillips
A young man or woman who wants to become a homicide bomber has to endure years of rigorous education and training before they are competent enough to create collateral damage out of innocent civilians. The young men and woman who decide to become suicide bombers a...
A Good Old-Fashioned Incursion
David Vest
"This is not an invasion of Cambodia," explained Richard Nixon in 1970. Clearly. An invasion would have been unpopular, not to mention illegal. No, it was an "incursion," and staffers were ordered to call it such. The term was openly moc...
The Coup in Venezuela
Gregory Wilpert
The orchestration of the coup was impeccable and, in all likelihood, planned a long time ago. Hugo Chavez, the fascist communist dictator of Venezuela could not stand the truth and thus censored the media relentlessly. For his own personal gain and that of his hen...
Bulldozing History
Patrick Cockburn In Moscow The Independent
One of the strangest monuments to the Stalinist era is under threat in Moscow. Planners are discussing whether the Moskva hotel, a bulky grey building that rises a couple of hundred yards from Red Square, should be demolished. First-time visitors to the city are st...
The Struggle for Freedom in Palestine
M. Junaid Alam
After an episode of horror, silence prevails. The final pleas and cries of hundreds of Palestinians, ignored by international bodies, were answered most decisively with the screaming sounds of Israeli bombs and bullets. The frantic rush of anxious ambulances unabl...
General Motors–Backwards Into the Future
Ralph Nader
Once again, General Motors shows how it can go backwards into the future. Its average new motor vehicle fuel inefficiency has been getting worse in recent years. Now it wants to unbundle many of its vehicles by dropping standard equipment side air bags and anti-lo...
Thoughts on Our War on Terrorism
Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney
Authorities tell us that the world changed on September 11. As a result, university professors must watch what they say in class or be turned in to the "speech" police. Elected officials must censor themselves or be censured by the media. Citizens now re...
Life in the Ruins of Nablus
Beth Daoud
“Life Goes On,” is what Mary Kelly from Ireland said to me when I commented about food supplies being stored where dead bodies had previously laid. The bodies of 19 Palestinians who had been murdered by Israeli soldiers were put in a courtyard of the Al-Beq Mo...
Palestinians and Americans
Sam Bahour
The Palestinian people have no grudge against the American public. We never did. As a matter of fact, if one resists the media spin and takes a closer look at what the Palestinians have been struggling for during the last two weeks–let alone the last thirty-...
Republican Porn and ANWR
Michael Colby
The oil-hungry Republicans are pulling out all the stops in their maniacal pursuit of drilling for crude in Alaska1s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). First, they seized the news that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, the original "evil one," wa...
Nonviolence and Inner Disarmament
Nancy Stohlman In East Jerusalem
Yesterday morning in Jerusalem, Ben Scribner and I met an American named Mike, sitting on the steps of the Damascus gate with his backpack and sunglasses. He, like the other internationals who arrive each day, was jazzed and ready to join the Palestinian struggle. Paul fr...
Afghan Prisoners and the Geneva Convention
Olivier Audeoud
The legal position of the prisoners taken in Afghanistan by United States’ troops is at the heart of a debate that has been confused by US statements and by a degree of international compliance in the name of the fight against terrorism. According to...
The Curses of Nationalism
Anne Winkler-Morey
To those of you who would call me a self-hating Jew because I oppose the Israeli government’s policy of terrorism and apartheid against the Palestinian people, let me say this right away before you do: I do not go to synagogue. I would like my daughter to ha...
The Middle East Quagmire
Rep. Ron Paul
We were warned, and in the early years of our Republic, we heeded that warning. Today, though, we are entangled in everyone’s affairs throughout the world, and we are less safe as a result. The current Middle-East crisis is one that we helped create, and it ...
All About Evil
Brian J. Foley
Evil is back. Perhaps it never really left, and we simply grew too sophisticated to talk about it. Before September 11, using the word "evil" made people think you were crazy, exaggerating, or a religious fundamentalist. Not now. President ...
The Fabrications of Thomas Friedman
John Chuckman
Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times, is my favorite phony American liberal. Why phony? Over the years Mr. Friedman has written a number of remarkably parochial, jingoistic columns. Topics have included his protectionist views on competition with Japa...
The Battle for the St. Petersburg Zoo
Patrick Cockburn In St. Petersburg
The hippopotamus in Leningrad zoo survived the German siege of the city in the Second World War because keepers persuaded him to eat dubious porridge mainly made from sawdust. Now the 165-year-old zoo, in the Alexander Garden near the Peter and Paul Fortress in the...
Terrorism vs. Tayloris
Nick Ring
Frederick Taylor’s 1911 Principles of Scientific Management came to define the treatment of workers in a system where efficiency: the most work done in the most time was what managers cared about. To an author who infamously provided the decisive answer to &...
What Comes Next?
Jeff Halper
With the fall of the Jenin refugee camp and the crushing of resistance in the casbah of Nablus, April 9 — the twelfth day of the Israel’s final push to defeat the Palestinians – marks the end of yet another stage of the Palestinian’s strugg...