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Archives from June 2002
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...