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Archives from May 2002
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...