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Archives from April 2002
Rough Stuff in Seattle:
Jean Fallow
Nellie Nutt, Western Antiwar Movement (Bellingham, WA), holds sign at 4/20/02 Seattle rally. Police later attacked peaceful demonstrators without warni...
A20 in Seattle…Rough Stuff with the Police
Jean Fallow
On Saturday, April 20, 2002, I witnessed two shocking and unprovoked attacks by Seattle police officers on peaceful citizens demonstrating against U.S. economic, foreign and domestic policy. The first incident occurred at Broadway and Thomas on Capitol Hill...
Palestinians and American Responsibility
Todd May
Two facts are clear: that Israelis have needlessly killed many Palestinians civilians in their recent incursion into the West Bank and that the United States has greatly assisted in those killings. The first fact is obvious. The second fact is nearly as obvious, s...
Clemency for Ricky Johnson
Kevin Alexander Gray
Richard Charles Johnson is scheduled to be executed by the State of South Carolina on May 3, 2002 for a crime, according to a co-defendant, he did not commit. Johnson, convicted of killing S.C. Highway Patrol trooper Bruce K. Smalls in 1985, has exhausted his last...
Standing with the Peace Protesters
Rep Dennis Kucinich
On Saturday, thousands of American citizens gathered in Washington, DC to challenge the open-ended war the United States is now waging. They are right to do so, and the broader American public would do well to listen. Congress authorized a police action to ...
The Loneliest Road
Alexander Cockburn
AUSTIN, Nevada: Late in the evening in back-road America you tend to pick the motels with a few cars marked in front of the rooms. There’s nothing less appealing than an empty courtyard, with maybe Jeffrey Dahmer or Norman Bates waiting to greet you in the R...
Who’s Helping the Victims of The Jenin Massacre?
Brian Wood
Via cell phone For the last four days I’ve been in the Jenin Refugee Camp trying to help in digging the corpses from under the rubble. Every day more corpses are dug out, and somehow some people still have come out alive. It has been quite miraculous because...
Gomer as Claudius
John Chuckman
There has been a fair amount written recently about whether America should just get over the inhibitions of its anti-imperial origins and boldly embrace the fact of its having swelled and fattened into a full-fledged empire–a kind of imperial coming out of t...
A Farewell to My Chief
Dr. Susan Block
My Darling Chief Parks, So this is good-bye. Au revoir, mon ch?r Chef! I wish you well. But I am not sorry to see you go. I tip all of my many hats to the ladies and gentlemen of the Los Angeles Police Commission and the LA City Council for their refusal to grant y...
A Big Blow to Big Tobacco
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
The latest evidence that Enron and Arthur Andersen are not aberrations comes from Australia. There, a judge has concluded that British American Tobacco (BAT) has engaged in a massive document-destruction scheme intentionally designed to thwart smokers or fo...
DeskScan
Dave Marsh
(What’s playing in my office): 1. 1000 Kisses, Patty Griffin...
An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers
Kathy Kelly
Dear Soldiers, We’ve met with many of you in recent days, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes in more relaxed settings when your guns weren’t aimed at us. Some of you, trained as snipers, have chosen to shoot over our heads. We think many of...
Taking the Message to the Beast’s Belly
Ronald Jacobs
This was a demonstration I had to attend. The madmen running the world were in a severe state of psychosis and threatening to take us all down with them. I’d made plans to be on one of the buses going to DC a few weeks ago. Then Ariel Sharon unleashed his mi...
Absenteism and the Fall of Lionel Jospin
Norman Madarasz
The Constitution of the Fifth French Republic, drafted by General Charles de Gaulle, was adopted by referendum in 1958. It institutionalized a separation of powers required by de Gaulle to give legitimacy to the way he came to power, namely through a soft, non-vio...
EPA Ombudsman Resigns Accountability in Handling of Superfund Sites Threatened
CounterPunch Wire
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ombudsman Robert Martin resigned today, ending a long-running battle to preserve his office and its ability to independently investigate cases where the agency mishandled Superfund sites. His resignation came on the heels of a...
Who Will Rid Us of the Pedophile Priests?
Joan Smith
I recently attended a seminar at which an eminent philosopher described how he would react if he died and found himself, against his expectations, ushered into the presence of God. He would simply explain, he said, that autocratic forms of government are outmoded ...
Word Games and Body Bags
Irit Katriel
Only an unbelievably brutal world can look at the remains of what was once home for 13,000 impoverished 1948 Palestinian refugees, scratch its head and say "we don’t know what actually happened in the Jenin refugee camp." The camp is now describe...
We Come for Peace
Rep. Cynthia McKinney [Remarks To April 20, Peace Rally In Washington, DC]
[Remarks to April 20, peace rally in Washington, DC] We come here today from the four corners of this nation. We are blacks and whites, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans; Christians, Muslims, and Jews; gay, lesbian, and straight; immigrants and native-bo...
Back Jose Bustani
David Wilson
The Bush administration is staffed by those who made their reputations in the dirty wars under President Reagan: Otto Reich (policy-maker for Latin America whose boss was Oliver North), John Negroponte (US Ambassador to the UN who was US Ambassador to Honduras fro...
250,000 Say
Mike Leon
Washington D.C. On September 11 an Al-Quida-led terrorist network struck at the heart of American financial and political centers, killing thousands, troubling a shaky economy, and for many, destroying the notion that America is immune from the grim art of the ter...
Sex and Power in Catholicism
C.G. Estabrook
It seems difficult to deny that the current scandals about child molestation by clergy in the catholic church are connected with the discipline of celibacy. The requirement, in place for half of the church’s history, that office in the church be limited to u...
US "Suckered" Again in Israel
Michelle Campos
In the Israeli cultural lexicon, there is no bigger insult than "freyer." Hebrew for "sucker," it describes anyone who pays too much for anything, stands quietly in line waiting his turn, or generally is too weak to get his own way, on his own ...
Today I Was a Palestinian
Shaik Ubaid
Today I was a Palestinian. One of more than 100,000 that marched down the Pennsylvania Avenue, from the White House to the Capitol. I even, briefly, marched under the shade of a huge canopy made out of the Palestinian flag. When I reached out and tentatively touch...
Occupation, Terror and Understanding
Daniel Bar-Tal
This is very tragic period in the history of the region and on the personal level I feel that my world collapsed. Almost all my life, I was deeply committed to the cause of peace in the Middle East. Already in the late sixties, as an undergraduate student, ...
A Coup Signed by Otto Reich
Jean-Guy Allard
His fingerprints are all over the perimeter of the crime. The disgraceful disinformation campaign carried out by the private Venezuelan media; the siege of the Cuban embassy in Caracas; the false resignation of President Chavez and his alleged plea for asylum in C...