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Archives from May 2002
Russian Colonel, Insane But Fit for Duty
James Dunlop Chechnya Weekly
The Russian media have commented at length on the recent determination by psychiatrists employed at the Serbsky Institute in Moscow that Colonel Yury Budanov–on trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don for having strangled a young Chechen woman in March of 2000...
Crumpling the Constitution
Walt Brasch
With one word, a federal judge has described not only John Ashcroft’s handling of the Department of Justice, but also the Bush administration’s policy of citing national security as the reason why it’s trying to hide the Constitution from ...
The Silent Destruction of Palesinte
Rev. Sandra Olewine
So much of the destruction against Palestinians which happens here is ‘silent destruction.’ This term was rightly used by Nigel Roberts of the World Bank quoted in an the article by Amira Hass describing the economic crisis within the Palestinian areas...
Chomsky v. Bennett
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
[CNN Transcript, May 30, 2002] PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: They are two best selling authors with two very different takes on terrorism. In his book, “9-11,” Noam Chomsky accuses the United States of being a terrorist state. He says the war in A...
Jim Carrey–"I Just Want to be Loved!"
Steve Perry
Here is Jim Carrey, telling you pretty much everything you need to know about Jim Carrey: "I just knew [from an early age] that I needed a lot of attention from a lot of people and I needed to prove to the world that I was magic. That was the underlying facto...
Georgia and the War on Terrorism
Gary Leupp
Tucked under the Caucasus Mountains linking Europe and Asia, Georgia boasts a culture over 2400 years old. On occasion it has played a major role in world affairs; its most famous son, Iosif Djugashvili (Joseph Stalin) helped shape the twentieth century. Yet it, a...
Are You a Patriot or a Journalist?
Robert Jensen
‘Are you an American first, or are you a journalist?" Unfortunately that question–posed to a journalists’ meeting in Salt Lake City in April by distinguished newsman Bill Kovach–is necessary after Sept. 11, as the few who dared ...
Sex Among the Sacred
Tom Turnipseed
An evolving sex scandal involving dozens of Roman Catholic priests and their often young parishioners has the media focusing on sexual predators concealed for decades within religious institutions. Complete with cover-ups by higher-ups, the disturbing stories of s...
Web of Deceit and GM Foods
George Monbiot The Guardian
Tony Blair’s speech to the Royal Society last Thursday was a wonderful jumble of misconceptions and logical elisions. He managed to confuse science with its technological products. GM crops are no more “science” than cars, computers or washing machines, ...
The Cleaning Lady
Philip Farruggio
She works hard for her money, as the song relates. She’s the cleaning lady, the one who gets on her knees and scrubs your toilet of all the things that none of us would ever wish to look at, let alone touch. She mops and dusts and vacuums your house for $40-...
The Age of Inequality
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Here’s the latest evidence of the startling growth of income and wealth inequality, in the United States and around the world: The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly reports this week on the development of a new innovation in healthcare delivery: ...
Christopher Hitchens is No Longer an Authentic Voice of Dissent
Scott Lucas The New Statesman
It was a sudden, devastating attack. The perpetrator struck mercilessly, leaving no time for a considered response. When he had finished, the ‘left’ was in ruins. ‘I have no hesitation in describing this mentality, carefully and without heat,̵...
The Disastrous Foreign Policies of the United States, Part 2
Bill Christison
The all-out campaign of the U.S. to impose on the world its own version of big-corporation, free-trade globalization is every bit as damaging to international peace and justice as Washington’s unquestioning support for Israel’s policies on Palestine and the il...
Lincoln Brigade Memorial
Michael Leon
Madison, Wisconsin. Amid the national flag waving as the War on Terrorism continues its bloody toll, on this idyllic Monday morning about 80 people gathered in James Madison park here to honor the efforts and sacrifices for justice made by 45,000 freedom fighters ...
Castro, Bioterrorism and the State Department
Nelson P. Valdes
Last May 6, John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, gave a presentation at the conservative Heritage Foundation entitled "Beyond the Axis of Evil: Additional Threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction." Bolton’s t...
Atomic Terror Alert
Harvey Wasserman
So if Bush knew something at some time about the possibility of terrorists using jets to crash into government buildings, why didn’t he do something about it before September 11? And far more important: If he knows something about the possibility of terrori...
Brazil, France and Politics of the World Cup
Norman Madarasz
Rio de Janeiro–Brazil went into FIFA’s 1998 World Cup as the confident defending champions. Four years earlier in Los Angeles, the "Selection", as the team is known at home, beat Italy in a scoreless epic, played in scorching heat, that ended...
I’m Through Pulling Punches
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group)
Ticketmaster now charges “convenience” fees up to 60 percent on concert tickets: They get $9 on the $15 tickets to John Mayer’s shows, for instance. There’s nothing Mayer can do to evade this “convenience,” unless he’d like...
The Coming Firestorm
Robert Fisk The Independent
So now Osama bin Laden is Hitler. And Saddam Hussein is Hitler. And George Bush is fighting the Nazis. Not since Menachem Begin fantasized to President Reagan that he felt he was attacking Hitler in Berlin – his Israeli army was actually besieging Beirut, killing th...
Farewell, Stephen Jay Gould
Jeffrey St. Clair
Look back at the life of the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould and we confront an astonishing fact: he was only 60 when he died at the start of this week. It hardly seems possible that Gould could have done so much work in so complex a field in so little ti...
The Unbearable Lightness of NGOs
Gavin Keeney
NGOs KNOW BEST NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) in one form or another have been part and parcel of the theory of civil society since at least the 18th century. Today, the Enlightenment-era philosophy underwriting such institutions has been hijacked ...
Documents Prove Pentagon Violated Bioweapons Act
Edward Hammond
Three Pentagon documents proposing development of offensive biological weapons have been turned over to the US Department of Justice, the US government law enforcement agency. Two of the documents are from the US Naval Research Laboratory and the US Air For...
General Principles
Chris Floyd
Quietly, without fanfare, in a bland statement issued by its most "moderate" front man, the Bush Regime crossed another moral Rubicon last week, carrying the once-great republic they have usurped deeper into the blood-soaked mire of international crimina...
Reforming the CIA
Bill Christison
The CIA was established 55 years ago. The entire U.S. intelligence community today includes at least a dozen agencies and, contrary to general perception, the CIA does not actually control any of the others. Over these 55 years, the multiplicity of agencies has le...
It’s Time to Halt Executions Nationwide
Mark Weisbrot
Back in January, when the Enron scandal threatened to ensnare the Bush Administration, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer bragged to NBC’s Tom Brokaw after a hard day of managing the news. "Did you notice all the Enron stuff that everybody was as...
It’s Time to Halt Executions Nationwide
Sen. Russ Feingold And Sen. Jon Corzine
Gov. Parris N. Glendening took a courageous step when he put a moratorium on executions in Maryland, as Gov. George Ryan did in Illinois in 2000. Mr. Glendening’s action signals mounting concern about flaws in our death penalty system: the 101st death...
Middle Eastern Migrants After 9/11
Behzad Yaghmaian
My short visit to Quebec was nearing its end. After a magnificent week of visiting friends, I was ready for my trip home: New York City, USA. I had crossed the border many times in the past. But this time I was exceptionally anxious, unsettled and feeling insecure...
Apartheid’s Accidental Prophecy
Susan Abulhawa
The apartheid government of South Africa came to power in 1948, the same year that the State of Israel was created in Palestine. Having lived and witnessed the legacy of Zionism, I wonder sometimes if this shared birth year was not an accidental prophecy. ...
BETE NOIRE
Gavin Keeney
Image–Henry Fuseli, "The Nightmare" (1781-82) All-Purpose Disclaimer: The following is a bad dream–the result of a feverish brain and hyper-imagination. It bears no resemblance whatsoever to reality as ...
The Real Bush is Back
Dean Baker
After the latest morbid turn in the Chandra Levy mystery, it appears that politics has now come back full circle to where it was before September 11th. With the recent scandals and miscues, the President is no longer Winston Churchill or Franklin Roosevelt, he is ...
Sharon, the Great Reformer?
Uri Avnery
When the inhabitants of Bethlehem came out of their homes, after the long weeks during which Israeli soldiers shot at everything in town that moved, they discovered that the landscape had changed. While they were imprisoned in their homes, the army had been workin...
Riddle of the Spores, The FBI and Anthrax
George Monbiot
The more a government emphasizes its commitment to defense, the less it seems to care about the survival of its people. Perhaps it is because its attention may be focused on more distant prospects: the establishment and maintenance of empire, for example, or the d...
Ken Lay to George Bush, "Welcome to the Club"
Bernard Weiner
Dear Georgie: I thought I was the only guy facing a political/ethical firing squad. But you have topped me, my lad. The "I" word is beginning to be brought out of mothballs. Unless something major happens (another terrorist attack would help out a...
Displaced Reality, Impressions from a Visit to Jenin
Yulie Khromchenko
"When they came in they blasted the door open. Three hundred soldiers in my house, and they put us, twelve people, in one room. They brought a dog and took a man with them to serve as a human shield to walk between the houses. Then they took me. I won’t...
Dick Cheney’s Obscenity
Brian J. Foley
Here’s an obscenity even greater than the bare breast of a statue for Attorney General Ashcroft to cover up: the U.S. war against Afghanistan. That’s the implication of Vice President Dick Cheney’s damage control efforts on the Sunday talk...
Follow the Money, Bush, 9/11 and Deep Threat
Fran Shor
"What did the President know and when did he know it?" This question, evocative of the Watergate investigation, is now being posed by politicians and pundits seeking to determine what information the Bush Administration ...
The Big Squeeze and the Jolly Roger
Dave Marsh
Around the time that Thriller redefined the blockbuster hit in the mid’80s, I found myself reporting a vision. "What the record companies really want is to release one record a year-maybe one each, but maybe just one," I said. "Everyone will b...
In Defense of a Divestment Campaign Against Israel
Francis Boyle
During the drafting of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, the Palestinians carefully studied the American Declaration of Independence as well as the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. As can be seen from the text of their Declaration, the Palestini...
Israel, Jews and the Left
Jordy Cummings
Can it be that it was all so simple? In 1948, upon Israel’s founding, the International Left was supportive of Israel, including Arab communist and socialist parties, particularly in Egypt. Even after the "Nakhba," Marxists, even within the ...
Confusing the Face of the Enemy
Ron Jacobs
During America’s war against the Vietnamese, one of the common plaints of the soldiers in the jungle was that one couldn’t tell the "enemy" from a "friend". Eventually, this inability to differentiate turned to a frustration that ch...
The War on Terrorism in Yemen
Gary Leupp
Soon after September 11, government officials and journalists suggested that Yemen might be an appropriate target in the endless "war on terrorism" launched by the Bush administration. Unlike Iraq, Somalia, Iran and some other candidates (but like the Ph...
The Bulldozer War
Christian Salmon
During the wars in former Yugoslavia the architect Bogdan Bogdanovich coined the term "urbicide" to describe the destruction of cities in the Balkans. In Palestine the violence has targeted the entire landscape. A trail of devastation stretches as far as...
Say No to the Military Draft
Rep. Ron Paul
I hope my colleagues who believe that the current war on terrorism justifies violating the liberty of millions of young men by reinstating a military draft will consider the eloquent argument against conscription in the attached speech by Daniel Webster. Then-rep...
Crisis for American Jews
Edward Said
A few weeks ago, a vociferous pro-Israel demonstration was held in Washington at roughly the same moment that the siege of Jenin was taking place. All of the speakers were prominent public figures, including several senators, leaders of major Jewish organis...
Time for Real Change
Philip Farruggio
According to the 2000 census there are over 105 million households in the U.S., containing an average 2.59 people each. The median household income is $37,000 per year (for the 2.59). Doing division, that works out to around $14,000 per person. Taking all things i...
Economic Fiction and the Ghost of Ricardo?
M.G. Piety
If, like many people, you’re planning to read a little didactic fiction this summer, I suggest ...
Kyoto, NAFTA and Canada
Norman Madarasz
There’s little over a month left before the Kyoto Protocol is to be ratified. As things stand right now it may instead go down as the late 20th century’s grandest testament to good intentions. In preparation for that fateful moment, the Federal governm...
Bush Fiddled While NYC Burned
Michael Colby
The decision to send Condoleezza Rice out before the reporters yesterday to downplay new evidence that the White House had credible warnings of Osama bin Laden’s plans to hijack planes was a huge slap to the face of reason. Rice’s two main arguments se...
Terrorist Warnings
Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Several weeks ago, I called for a congressional investigation into what warnings the Bush Administration received before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was derided by the White House, right wing talk radio, and spokespersons for the military-indust...
Cease-fires and Terrorists
James T. Phillips
During the 1999 war in Kosovo it was aggravating as hell to watch as innocent civilians suffered, all the while knowing that a well-armed and well-equipped NATO military force was sitting across the border in Macedonia doing nothing to stop what was described as e...