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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from June 2002
The Story of Resolution 242 or How the US Sold Out the Palestinians
Kathleen Christison Former CIA Political Analyst
Henry Kissinger writes in his memoirs that when, upon entering the Nixon administration as national security adviser in 1969, he first heard the phrase “a just and lasting peace within secure and recognized borders”, he thought the incantation so platitudinous...
John Entwistle’s Heaven and Hell
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group)
John Entwistle “stood out because he played without emotion,” according to the Associated Press wire story announcing his death. Anyone who has ever heard the Who is advised to remember that humans are primates and primates are mainly visual beasts. An arachni...
Death Penalty, Juries and Scalia
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Amid all the assaults on the Bill of Rights, the trashing of the Bill of Rights in the Patriot Act, the denial of habeas corpus to citizens; amid all this, in the span of one week, the US Supreme Court has issued rulings almost beyond the dreams of the most ardent...
Taking the Pledge
Michael Yates
In 1991, nearly 30 years after I had graduated from high school, my twin sons, then 12 years old and seventh graders at a Pittsburgh public school, read an interesting story in their language arts class. A young teacher, admired and respected by her students, refu...
The Pledge of Allegiance v. the Constitution
Walter Brasch President Bush Call The Decision "ridiculous."
President Bush call the decision “ridiculous.” Sen. Maj. Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said it was “just nuts.” New York Gov. George Pataki called it “junk justice.” Calif. Gov. Gray Davis, in whose state the decision...
Brazil’s Triumph
Norman Madarasz
RIO DE JANEIRO Sporting a haircut to end all football haircuts, Ronaldo — a survivor — brought Brazil the victory that four years ago was stripped from its over-confident soul. After three spectacular breaks in the first, the Milan Inter striker took a...
The Pledge of Allegiance v. the Constitution
Tarif Abboushi
In placing the blame for the current violence squarely on the Palestinians, President Bush has come up lamentably short. Replace your leadership, Bush tells the Palestinians. Meanwhile, the United States does business with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharo...
Reclaiming Our Commons in an Age of Corporate Crime
Ralph Nader
Hundreds of billions of dollars of the nation’s wealth-the people’s resources-are being openly confiscated by corporate interests. Government, the presumed protector of the public’s property, has become, instead, the enabler of the plunde...
Darryl Kile’s Great Day
David Vest
Last Saturday, June 22, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead at his hotel room, an apparent victim of undetected hardening of the arteries. He was 33. To call his death "unexpected" falls far short of the sense of shock felt through the...
The Loya Jirga Joke
Gary Leupp
From the outset, the Bush Administration made clear its distaste for "nation-building." The U.S. had not fared well in past nation-building exercises (in Lebanon in 1983, or Somalia in 1993); they left a very bad taste in the imperialist mouth. It had ex...
Jerusalem Under Attack
Neve Gordon
The last suicide bomber blew himself up no more than 300 yards from my Jerusalem apartment. The windows shuddered as the deafening sound filled the air. Then came a moment of silence followed by the loud echo of sirens. A friend who had seen the attack was...
Alternative Futures
Robert Jensen
There is no alternative. Capitalism is the only future. Free markets are the essence of democracy. How do we know? Because we are told repeatedly by smart guys from corporations and government, and by the journalists and academics paid to explain why the s...
Bush Speech a Setback for Peace
Stephen Zunes
On the one hand, it is reassuring that, after thirty years of rejecting the international consensus that peace requires the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel, an American president now formally recognizes that need. The bad news i...
Ridge Tries to Bully Longshoremen
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
At the rate things are going, it won’t be long before labor organizers are being thrown into military prisons, held without warrant as "enemy combatants". Tom Ridge, director of the Office of homeland Security has been phoning Jim Spinosa, head of ...
The Palestinian Saga Part Two
N.D. Jayaprakash
UN Partition Plan To safeguard US interests in the region, US President Truman, through a letter to British Prime Minister Attlee in November 1945, sought to appoint an Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine. The Committee, in tune with the new ro...
Sharon as Bush PR Flak
Robert Fisk The Independent
Put your flak jackets on, President George Bush has spoken. He wants a regime change in Palestine, just as he wants a regime change in Iraq. He reads the Israeli government press handouts and accurately quotes them to his American people. Ariel Sharon, wants the d...
The Palestinian Saga Part Three
N.D. Jayaprakash
It has always been difficult to fathom the meaning of occupation. But an eyewitness account by a keen observer of the goings on should be an eye-opener to anyone with an iota of conscience regarding the horrendous state of affairs in the occupied territories of Pa...
Arafat Calls for New Elections in US
Rahul Mahajan
Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat stunned the world yesterday by demanding that the United States hold democratic elections for a new Chief Executive before it attempts to continue in its role as broker between Israel and Palestine. "Mr. B...
The Palestinian Saga Part One
N.D. Jayaprakash
While there is constant harping about micro-violence (suicide bombings) and castigation of the Palestinians for the same, the world at large has practically turned a blind eye to the gross macro-violence (State terror) being perpetrated on them by Israel with the ...
The RIAA, The Library of Congress and the Web Pirates
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group)
Last week, the record company cartel for the first time gained a fee from American radio stations. That, not the specific rate, marks the real breakthrough of last week’s ruling by the Library of Congress that established fees for webcasting recorded music. RIAA mou...
Brokerman
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
So, you want to buy some stock in an American corporation. And you go to your broker. Brokerman, please help me. I want to buy some stock in an American corporation. But here’s the thing, Brokerman, sir. Is Wall Stree...
Bush’s Palestinian State
Sam Bahour And Michael Dahan
Last night’s long–awaited speech by President Bush was to set the pace for the Palestinians and Israelis to step back from the vicious and bloody cycle of violence that has gripped them for nearly two years. Instead, President Bush and his administrati...
Reform Now!
Uri Avnery
To: the President. From: the National Security Advisor. Top Secret. I hereby submit to you, Mr. President, the report of the secret task force for reforming Israel, parallel to the task force working on the reform of the Palestinian Authori...
Bush, the Compassionate Exerciser?
Walt Brasch
George W. Bush, the self-proclaimed compassionate conservative who doesn’t want government intruding into private lives, has just mixed government into private lives. In creating a new initiative, spun out as "Healthier Us," he told us heart diseas...
Will the War on Terror Follow the Path of the Cold War?
Jo Freeman
On June 9 the San Francisco Chronicle published an 8-page special section on the FBI’s "wide-ranging and unlawful intellig...
Talkin’ About the F-Word
Bernard Weiner
[Dear Readers: This article was first published in December of 2001, in the wake of 9/11, when the grim outlines of police-state-like tactics were first starting to appear on the American horizon. It might be useful to compare and contrast — whoops, it turns...
Caught Between Borders in a Borderless World
Behzad Yaghmaian
European leaders meet this weekend in Seville, Spain to discuss a new EU policy against "illegal" migration from the poor countries of the South. Migrants from poor countries are presented as a threat to national security. They are blamed for increased c...
Cheney Does Oregon
David Bates
On two occasions, I have found myself directly beneath the underbelly of presidential power. The first was last summer in Austin, when His Fraudulency and a couple of military choppers flew toward Dallas. I recall speculating at the time that this was the closest ...
The Only Thing Generous is the Propaganda
Tom Gorman
For almost two years, the mainstream media have repeated the notion that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made a "generous" offer to Yasir Arafat at Camp David in July 2000. With little or no analysis of what constituted this "generous"...
Ted’s Spell
Ben Sonnenberg
Our friendship began in London at Bill and Dido Merwin’s house in 1959. Ted Hughes was twenty-eight years old and I was twenty-two. I had never met anyone I admired so much who was at the same time so approachable. Ted’s voice was a level baritone with...
Ronaldinho and Brazil
Norman Madarasz
Rio de Janeiro— Brazil’s youngest football superstar had been playing a background role to the national team’s uneven performance in FIFA’s 2002 World Cup. Although providing Rivaldo with a textbook perfect pass that led to the first of the...
Of Lies and Oil, an Interview with Rahul Mahajan
David Martin
Long-time political activist Rahul Mahajan has had a busy year. He completed his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote over 20 articles on the war on terrorism, authored a widely acclaimed book, ...
Stossel and Disney’s Crimes Against Nature
John Borowski
Tampering with Nature, which aired on Friday the 14th, sets new "lows" for journalistic integrity. John Stossel aided and abetted by his producers, produced a one -hour hoax, disavowing environmental protection and giving environmental education a black ...
Southern Cross, The US Takes Aim at Brazil
Chris Floyd
So who’s next on the Bush team’s hit parade? Besides Iraq, of course. It’s abundantly clear that the Chickenhawk-in-Chief and his corporatic cronies will be slapping hot iron all over Saddam Hussein just as soon as the poll numbers are right. The...
Inside the "Serbian Zoo"
James T. Phillips
"Did you come to see the zoo?" A teenage girl wearing a colorful headband and dangling earrings stared at me as she asked about my intentions. The look on her face was a mixture of defiance and bemusement. Journalists prowling around her turf wer...
The Forest Service’s Big Burn
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
If you believe what the Forest Service interrogators say, Terry Lynn Barton started the big fire in Colorado’s Pike National Forest by burning a letter from her estranged husband. Maybe so, and possibly the jury will be forgiving when they hear more details ...
Sex, Drugs and the CIA
Douglas Valentine
[Editors' Note: We are once again pleased to publish an exclusive investigative report by Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program, the best book on the CIA's assassination program in Vietnam. This time Valentine, who has just put the finishi...
The Forest Service’s Big Burn
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
If you believe what the Forest Service interrogators say, Terry Lynn Barton started the big fire in Colorado’s Pike National Forest by burning a letter from her estranged husband. Maybe so, and possibly the jury will be forgiving when they hear more details ...
Sex, Drugs and the CIA
Douglas Valentine
Part Two The Fatal Flaw By 1952 White’s advancement within the FBN had come to a halt, and he was seeking full-time employment with the CIA. For both parties, the timing could not have been better. In April 1952 White was introduced to Dr. Sidn...
What Are They Doing to Argentina?
Mark Weisbrot
The head of the IMF’s delegation to Argentina was recently cornered outside his hotel room by reporters from a popular, muck-raking television show. They handed him a set of large, plastic Halloween vampire teeth. "We found these lodged in President Duh...
The War on Terror is Not a Suicide Pact
Jacob Levich
If the FBI kicks down your door tonight and whisks you off to a military Gulag, you can’t be sure you’ll ever again be permitted to see the inside of a courtroom or the outside of your cell. Of one thing, however, you can be all but certain: Tom...
The South at War
Chris Kromm
In 1938, President Roosevelt commissioned an investigation into conditions in the U.S. South – and he didn’t like what he saw. "The low income belt of the South," the study somberly concluded, "is a belt of sickness, misery, and unnecess...
Red Targets in the "War on Terrorism"
Gary Leupp
The insufferably pompous and benighted Lou Dobbs, who captains CNN’s Moneyline, has recently taken on a glorious cause far removed from his erstwhile function of business news analysis. He wishes to reshape the discourse on the current world situation by red...
Sex, Drugs and the CIA
Douglas Valentine
Part Three Reconstructing History What emerges from the story so far is the likelihood that Barbara secretly went to the Whites’ apartment looking for something she could never obtain from Eliot. Had Eliot been a caring and supportive husband, ...
The Future of the Palestinian Movement
Lenni Brenner
We live in a unique time. There were no public opinion polls during the American revolution. But there are in today’s Palestine. In May, Reuters reported, re Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research interviews of 1,317 West Bank and Gaza adu...
Inside Cheney’s Personal Diary
Bernard Weiner
I can’t believe how easy it all has been. We true-blue conservatives chose a candidate — thank you, Poppy! — shoehorned him into the White House, took our lumps as he demonstrated that he’s, how shall we say, a bit short on lunchmeat; survi...
US Surrender in War on Terrorism
David Vest
Nine months into the global war on terrorism, if we can believe the Bush administration, al Qaeda is stronger than ever, its tentacles wrapped around the planet, running wild from Iraq to the Philippines, all along the Axis of Evil from Nowhere to North Korea. ...
Is It Possible to Understand the Rise in Anti-Semitism?
Ben White
Recently there have been a number of articles written on the subject of anti-Semitism. Some of them have sought to distinguish between criticism of the state of Israel and genuine anti-Semitism. A greater number have warned of an apparent alarming rise in attacks ...
Is It Possible to Understand the Rise in Anti-Semitism?
Ben White
Recently there have been a number of articles written on the subject of anti-Semitism. Some of them have sought to distinguish between criticism of the state of Israel and genuine anti-Semitism. A greater number have warned of an apparent alarming rise in attacks ...
The Incredible Shrinking President
Alexander Cockburn
Because it’s thirty years since Watergate we’ve been treated to plenty of photos of Richard Nixon, mostly at the moment he was leaving office. I was among those happy to see him go, but today am sad that for obvious reasons the National Archive will ne...