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Archives from May 2002
The Distrastrous Foreign Policies of the US
Bill Christison
Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer (principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas) for, at v...
Twisted Logic
John Jonik
Pennsylvania’s senate has proposed making it a crime for a person under 18 to purchase cigarettes. At this date, it is just a crime for the vendor to sell cigarettes to under-age customers. It is not a crime anywhere, yet, to make and sell smoking products t...
The Distrastrous Foreign Policies of the US
Bill Christison
Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years. From the early 1970s he served as National Intelligence Officer (principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on certain areas) for, at v...
Fettered Histories, Tariq Ali’s Clash of Fundamentalisms
Vijay Prashad
Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid; New Ha...
Israel and Congress
George Sunderland *
* Should John Walker Lindh be found guilty of taking up arms against the United States, pursuant to a fair trial before a court of competent jurisdiction, this writer would have no objection in principle to seeing him executed, or put away for a long period. The la...
American Mainstream Media
Alex Lynch
Years of prewar comfort and lax government oversight of the consolidation of media owners, like the 1996 deregulatory Telecommunications Act, have led to this. The entertainment business has teamed up with news outlets, which are often owned by corporations who ma...
In Defense of Sanctions Against Israel
Lisa Taraki
The recent proposals to impose sanctions on the Israeli academy have caused a great deal of controversy in the US, in Europe to some extent, and of course within Israel itself. Some have argued that collective boycotts are often the first sign of fascist and anti-...
Israel’s Best Interest
Omar Barghouti
There is something peculiar about how the world, the UN included, has been dealing lately with Israel’s uncontested repression of human rights and violations of international law. The main most common concern raised in this respect is "Israel’s be...
Dick Armey’s Bold Plan for Palestine….Texas
Alexander Cockburn
I’d guess it was the most explicit call for ethnic cleansing by a prominent American since Sherman’s designation of the only good Indian being a dead one, or California’s second governor, John McDougal’s declaration in his first message to ...
Hysteria and Panic from France
James Masterson
In the face of the recent hysteria over the "rise" of Jean-Marie Le Pen, a large dose of scepticism is in order. Who gains most from calls for "unity": the electorate in any nation-state, for whom unity is a delusion so long as social divisions...
The Solution to this Filthy War
Robert Fisk The Independent
Ariel Sharon’s “peace” plan presented to President Bush in Washington last night–get rid of Arafat, devise a more obedient Palestinian Authority and keep building settlements for Jews and Jews only on Palestinian land–is fantasy. That ...
The Stones’ Last Tour?
Phyllis Pollack
The Rolling Stones announced plans for their upcoming World Tour 2002/2003 on Tuesday, May 7, at a press conference that was held after the group landed in a blimp in New York City’s Van Cortland Park. The band, comprised of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Char...
French Elections 2002, Muting the Progressive Vote
Norman Madarasz
The fortnight between the first round of the presidential elections to Sunday’s runoff sparked an intense writing frenzy among the French. The on-line site of LIBERATION featured dozens of daily comments, reactions, analyses and debates. How Jean-Marie Le Pe...
Pentagon Pushes for Offensive BioWeapons Development
Edward Hammond And Jan Van Aken
US Navy and Air Force biotechnology laboratories are proposing development of offensive biological weapons. The weapons, genetically engineered microbes that attack items such as fuel, plastics and asphalt, would violate federal and international law. The proposa...
The Muffler Shop of Medicine
Philip Farruggio
The little 5-year old was sick with fever. From his safe, warm bed he could see out the ice covered window overlooking his backyard. The garage roof was smothered with yesterday’s snow. Drips of it hung frozen like slaughterhouse meat from the drainpipe. It ...
Bone Apart, the Remains of Napoleon’s Defeated Army
Patrick Cockburn In Moscow
The remains of 2,000 soldiers from Napoleon’s army, killed by cold, hunger and disease during the French emperor’s disastrous invasion of Russia in the winter of 1812, have been discovered in a mass grave in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. It is the fi...
From Ground Zero to the Bronx
David Vest
As I learned last week, to spend a day in Manhattan with no fixed agenda is to live out a number of scenes from Edgar Allan Poe’s great masterpiece, "The Man of the Crowd." Poe sets his tale in London, but his anonymous character, who wanders day a...
A Travesty of Justice, the Killing of Ricky Johnson
Tom Turnipseed
Governor Jim Hodges of South Carolina turned "thumbs down"and allowed the State of South Carolina to kill an innocent man. In doing so he lied about crucial facts to make himself look good to the public as a tough-on-crime candidate for reelection in Nov...
Love Hurts, A Tribute to the Life of Karen Swymer-Shanahan
Dave Marsh
Karen Swymer-Shanahan, 32, died Monday in Milford, Mass. Karen’s death spelled the end of an era-an era in which the most remarkable person I’ve ever met gathered around herself a circle of loved ones for the privilege of sharing a great human drama. S...
Invasion of Iraq, Coming Soon
Fran Schor
Over the last several months news reports of Bush Administration plans concerning the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein have appeared with relative frequency in the mainstream media. However, with very few exceptions those reports have emphasized...
The Paradoxes of Israel
John Chuckman
The creation of Israel marked the application of a peculiarly nineteenth century solution, the founding of a state based on ethnic or religious identity, to an ancient problem. The problem was, of course, anti-Semitism, something that has dogged the Jewish people ...
End Corporate Welfare, Start with the Ex-Im Bank
Congressman Ron Paul, MD
[Editors' note: the following is Rep. Paul's statement before the House Banking Committee on reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank.] Mr. Chairman, we are here today to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, but it has nothing to do with a bank, do not mislead anyb...
Devastation Only Feeds Resistance to Israeli Occupation
Hussein Ibish
Not only has Israel been allowed to prevent a United Nations investigation into serious allegations of war crimes in Jenin by Israeli troops, it has placed Yasser Arafat in a daunting position. He is now seen to have benefited, personally and politically, from the...
High and Dry in the Mojave
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
May 4, 2002 Let this be a lesson to you all: Don’t try to con teenagers when it comes to spring break. It can be done, of course, but the cons...
Gays and Sept. 11
John Troyer
Last week, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a story by Paul Demko regarding the controversy surrounding Judith Levine’s new book "Harmful to Minors" published by the University Press. Levine’s main thesis is that sex "is not ipso facto har...