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Archives from April 2002
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...