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Archives from April 2002
Dear Loathsome Trade Hacks
Don Henley
[Editor's note: What follows is Don Henley's letter to Hits magazine after they superimposed his face in post-Grammy party photos.] Dear Loathsome Trade Hacks, I was terribly amused by your series ...
Sting of Stings?
David Vest
This is the story as I watched it unfold, and as those who could get into rooms I couldn’t enter shared it with me. Most of it I know to be true, the rest I have on good authority. The year was about 1965. It was the biggest country music show to hit ...
An American Jew Talks About His Shame
Bernard Weiner
As an American, as an American Jew, and as a longtime supporter of Palestinian rights, I am ashamed. Where Presidents Carter & Clinton made serious attempts to help broker a peace in the Middle East, I’m ashamed to tell all the Israeli and Palesti...
Thomas Friedman’s Lies
M. Shahid Alam
Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Qur’aan (4: 135) Greater love has no one than this, that o...
Israeli Invasion Brings No Peace to Bethlehem
Robert Fisk In Bethlehem The Independent
The Independent If this is a war on terror, Jesus wasn’t born in Bethlehem. The first to die was an 80-year-old Pa...
America’s Bravest
Gabriel Ash
Not every day you’ll catch me declaring my profound agreement with the interloper in the White House. So take note. In his State of the Union, George Bush urged Americans to volunteer, to help build an America that "serves goals greater than the self.&q...
Bullying Brazil
Norman Madarasz
The latest expression of unilateral discord by the United States against an independent international agency has put the United Nation’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the line of fire. In a move unprecedented even for the US’...
Farce and Terror in Ramallah
Robert Fisk In Ramallah The Independent
Journalists were ordered out of Ramallah late on Sunday night. It’s an old trick. Whenever the Israeli army wants to stop us seeing what they’re up to, out comes that most preposterous exercise in military law-on-the-hoof: the “Closed Military Area”...
Is Protest Music Dead?
Jeff Chang
Ever since John Lennon and Yoko Ono led a raucous crowd of flower-toting, peasant-bloused hippies in a pot-hazy chorus of "...
Israel’s State Terror
Lev Grinberg
What is the difference between State terrorism and individual terrorist acts? If we understand this difference we’ll understand also the evilness of the US policies in the Middle East and the forthcoming disasters. When Yassir Arafat was put under siege in h...
Murdering Arafat?
Uri Avnery
If Ariel Sharon succeeds in murdering Yasser Arafat, as he wants to, the Palestinian leader will remain in the collective memory of his people, and the whole Arab world, like Moses in Jewish memory. Moses rebelled against Egyptian oppression, led his peop...
Sins of the Church
Alexander Cockburn
The ripe tones of Archbishop Mahoney of Los Angeles filled my house last week, courtesy of National Public Radio. Mahoney spoke of his horror, his shame at the stories of priest abuse. He apologized to the victims. The mellifluous sanctimony of his penitence fille...
Tennessee Kangaroo Court
Molly Secours
Any romantic illusions about fairness in the American Criminal Justice System disintegrated at Riverbend Prison in Nashville last Thursday. What was billed as a clemency hearing for the African-American death-row inmate, Abu-Ali Abdhur Rahman, turned out to...
DeskScan
Dave Marsh
(What’s playing this week at my house): 1. Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses...
America’s War Inc.
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
Critics of the US war machine frequently cite U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower’s seminal speech in which he uncannily predicted the threat the "US military industrial complex" would pose to America and the world. In 1961, Eisenhower, a retired U.S....
Palestine, the Way Out
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
Every foreign military invasion has a pre-defined end called withdrawal. The hideous Israeli incursion of internationally recognized Palestinian territories is no exception. Every military operation has a defined political goal, yet Sharon seems to be keeping this...
Peace and Nuclear Disarmament, a Call to Action
Rep Dennis Kucinich
". . . Come my friends, ’tis not too late to seek a newer world;" – Alfred Lord Tennyson If you believe that humanity has a higher destiny, if you believe we can evolve, and become better th...
The Marketing of Lisa Beamer
Steve Perry
I shuffled past the television on the morning of March 11–the six-month anniversary of the shots heard round the world–in time to see Lisa Beamer on the Today Show, weeping at the behest of Katie Couric. (At 45, the terminally pert Couric is still the ...