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Archives from June 2002
Time for a Maximum Income Law
Philip Farruggio
OK, here’s the deal: economic theory need not be formulated and postulated by some MBA, or some "pencil cruncher". In David Kennedy’s fantastic look back at the Great Depression, ...
George W. Bush, Clueless and Dangerous
Joan Smith The Independent
I have lost count of the times I have been ticked off in recent months, sometimes by quite senior politicians, for suggesting that George W Bush is a complete idiot. He is nowhere near as stupid as he seems, I have been told, a proposition that has some force solely becau...
Watergate and All That
Jack McCarthy
Happy 30th anniversary Watergate buffs! Like all the preceding anniversaries of the Watergate break-in the big questions posed by the mainstream press are the old reliables: "What are the lessons of Watergate?" And of course, &quo...
Law and Orders
Ron Sullivan
This has been bothering me since well before September 11, but it’s been getting more acute since then, and even worse since the announcement of the arrest of Abdullah al Mujadir. People in the US are carrying on about who has the right to trial by ju...
Taking on the School of the Americas
Rev. Charles Booker-Hirsch
Since the tragedy of 9/11, we have learned some of the ways Osama bin Laden has schooled his al-Qaida organization into a formidable terrorist organization. No major media organization I know of, however, dares today to discuss how for more than five decades ̵...
Palestinian Elections Now
Edward Said
Six distinct calls for Palestinian reform and elections are being uttered now: five of them are, for Palestinian purposes, both useless and irrelevant. Sharon wants reform as a way of further disabling Palestinian national life, that is, as an extension of his fai...
Rhetoric Distorts Realities
Robert Jensen
A history professor of mine once returned essay exams with the comment that some students’ attitude seemed to be, "Don’t bother me with the facts–I’m going for the bigger picture." George W. Bush wasn’t in that clas...
Corporate Buy Outs and the Decline of Teen Jive
Dave Marsh
Sam Cooke was right. No matter how long it may take, change does come. Last week, Clive Calder of Jive Records and Zomba Music forced Jive’s distributor, BMG Music, to buy his company for $3 billion. Even though it has plenty of cash, BMG didn’...
Stand Up and Clap! Have You Been Serviced?
David Vest
The president has been talking about "service" again. Urging his audience to "make a culture of service a permanent part of American life," President Bush promised graduates of Ohio State University this week that they "will gain satisfac...
The Fear Factor to Promote War and Trample Truth
Tom Turnipseed
In egregious efforts to divert media attention from relevant revelations of foreknowledge of the 9/11/01 attacks, the Bush administration appears to be forcing the fear factor on the American people. To counter the concerns produced by 9/11/01 and rapidly evolvin...
A Corporate (Crime) State
Ralph Nader
What Business Week magazine calls "the corporate crime wave" shows every sign of worsening, as more major corporations scramble to admit massive deception of investors, looting of pension funds, self-enrichment of top executives, restatement of earnings...
The Boy Who Kissed the Soldier
Starhawk
"What source can you believe in order to create peace there?" a friend writes when I come back from Palestine. I have no answer, only this story. June 1, 2002: I am in Balata refugee camp in occupied Palestine, where the Israeli Defense Forces ha...
A Minor Detail
Karl Kraus
[Editors' Note: Karl Kraus (1874-1936) was a Viennese satirist, famed but mostly inaccessible to those unacquainted with the German language. There are translations, including ...
A Review of Chomsky’s 9-11
Tanweer Akram
9-11. Chomsky, Noam. Edited by Greg Ruggiero. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2...
the Terrorism of Everyday Life
Alexander Cockburn
Gangbangers with dirty bombs! Now we’re talking. The big news about the latest suspected terror bomber is not that he now calls himself Al Muhajir but that he was formerly Jose Padilla, born a Puerto Rican, raised in Chicago. Padilla became a son of militant...
The Day They Shot a Wolf in the Ghetto and What It Meant
Quoting The Dean Of Science. "We Are Saddened," He Said, "by The Use Of Violence
I say I saw her end, but I didn’t. And how she began, nobody knows. In prison is what the paper pretends: in a pen, in a lab, with the gate half open, and the wolf lunging out to get free. As if that wasn’t just the lead tot heir stor...
Farewell to the ABM Treaty
David Krieger
Without a vote of the United States Congress and over the objections of Russia and most US allies, George W. Bush has unilaterally withdrawn the US from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, rendering it void. His withdrawal from this solemn treaty obligation b...
US Trade Policy, "Do as We Say, Not as We Did"
Mark Weisbrot
"Do as we say, not as we do," is the advice from the United States to the low- and middle-income countries of the world when it comes to trade. Lately the press has taken aim at this aspect of modern colonialism. They have pointed out the hypocrisy of th...
the Terrorism of Everyday Life
Alexander Cockburn
Gangbangers with dirty bombs! Now we’re talking. The big news about the latest suspected terror bomber is not that he now calls himself Al Muhajir but that he was formerly Jose Padilla, born a Puerto Rican, raised in Chicago. Padilla became a son of militant...
Time to Put Lives Over Patents
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Drug prices in the United States are out of control, and rising. The reason is that the United States permits pharmaceuticals to be marketed by unregulated monopolies: Patent protection gives the drug companies monopoly control over their products. These ...
How the Bush Administration Buried Coleen Rowley
Steve Perry
The daily news cycle is a hungry beast with a short memory, so maybe it should come as no surprise that the revelations of Minneapolis FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley came and went so quickly. Still, you’ve got to credit W and company. The administration has...
the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Linda Belanger
For the last month, since the Israeli attacks on Palestine my feelings have shifted several times daily from swallowing back tears to anger and despair. I have attempted to assuage these feelings by an obsessive and masochistic search for information, information...
Bush’s Weird War
Robert Fisk The Independent
Mr Bush’s Titanic War on Terror Will Eventually Sink Beneath the Waves Meantime, all the men who claim to be fighting terror are using this lunatic “war” simply for their own purposes by Robert Fisk First it was to be a crusade. Then it became th...
Indefinite Siege
Amira Hass
The far-reaching significance of Israel’s siege policy and the institutionalization of the pass system for travel through the West Bank is in direct contradiction to the minimal–if any–interest shown in Israel about the phenomenon. The siege poli...
Venezuelan Coup, Five Facts About April 11th
Roldan Tomasz Suárez
I would like to point out a series of facts about the current situation in Venezuela that are just as valid for times to come. They are pillars on which we must base our political opinions and actions, as well as shields to protect ourselves from an avalanche of l...
Democracy in Crisis
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to righ...
Shelley Stewart, Radio and the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement
The Hand Of The Father, Alejandro Escovedo (Texas Music Group)
Shelley Stewart retired with fanfare from WATV-AM last week. The wire service story focused on his long tenure as a Birmingham disc jockey (originally known as Shelley the Playboy) and talk show host, his membership in the Black Radio Hall of Fame, his ability to attract ...
Dirty Bombs, Blowback and Imperial Projections
Fran Shor
In an effort to maintain its media blitz to scare US citizens into accepting a developing police state and to bury all the emerging evidence of its own criminal negligence in 9/11, the Bush Administration has unveiled an alleged al-Qaeda agent who plotted to unlea...
Bush’s Afghan Democrats, Gangsters, Murderers and Stooges
Robert Fisk The Independent
Washington wants the loya jirga to succeed. True, far too many of its pliant warlords–the Pashtun and Tajik gangsters whom the Americans paid in thousands of dollars for their sometimes loyal alliance against Osama bin Laden–have been trying to bribe and bambo...
On Dance, Identity and War
Omar Barghouti
In the middle of our regular dance rehearsal, our second after the end of the latest Israeli assault, a group of Belgian artists quietly sauntered into our well-lit, yet cozy, studio in Ramallah, some for the first time. Unmistakably surprised by what they saw and...
The Donkeys of the Holy Land
Minerva Wright
Forced to live in tents and ghetto slums, the Palestinian people, including more than 6 million homeless refugees, live a constant, daily struggle to survive and resist losing human dignity as they endure Israel’s grueling apartheid rule. According to Amnest...
Murder, Incorporated
Chris Floyd
While the lumbering giants of the American media make their clumsy bows of obeisance to the presidential paymaster filling their corporate goodie bags with tax cut candy and merger massage oil, a few snippets of unsalted truth about the real world continue to spil...
Stopping a Nuclear War in South Asia
David Krieger
Two nuclear-armed countries stand on the brink of war and the world seems paralyzed as it watches events unfolding in what seems like slow motion. It is a war that could easily escalate into a nuclear holocaust taking millions or tens of millions of lives, and vir...
Sleepless in the Suburbs
Susan Davis
To go to sleep with your anger means to think things over, to give a dispute some time to sort and settle before making what may be a rash move. It can also mean to bank to fire of your anger and see if it dies down and goes out. Charles Burnett used a version of ...
Catherine Millet, Getting Screwed in Paris
Gavin Keeney
Paris-based bon vivant and arts dominatrix Catherine Millet’s sex memoir (The Sexual Life of Catherine M.) raised the collective eyebrows of the art-intelligentsia in Paris, for various reasons, when it was first published last year. Now that it has appeared...
Executioner’s Last Songs, Musicians Against the Death Penalty
Jeffrey St. Clair
That motormouth Bono announced to the world (everything he says these days seems to have the weight of a Papal Encyclical) in a recent interview in Time magazine that he’s given up on music as a political force. From here on out Bono says he’s going to...
Send in the Pundits!
George Sunderland*
* The attentive consumer of news has undoubtedly noticed over the past decade how incompetent our well-paid military leadership is. Beginning with their incomprehensible failure to launch a ground assault on Baghdad during Desert Storm, the military has been the au...
The Palestinian Intifada, An American Struggle
Sam Bahour
AL-BIREH, West Bank. The Palestinian people have no grudge against the American public. We never did. As a matter of fact, if one resists the media spin and takes a closer look at what the Palestinians have been struggling for, it will be revealed that the Palesti...
Bush to the Nation, You’re All Cops Now
Michael Colby
We’ve all been deputized. Like some bad imitation of Sheriff Taylor of Mayberry RFD, Bush walked to the podium last night and asked us all to do the jobs the FBI so thoroughly botched last fall. Oh yes, there was more, he also wants more status, power, and f...
Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War, a review
Tanweer Akram
War, terrorism and violence have been around since the dawn of written history. Since 9/11, terrorism has been a topic of renewed, widespread and vigorous discussion in the United States and in the Western countries. Yet the lack of intensive, balanced, and fair d...
New Security Challenges
David Krieger
The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, in cooperation with Scientists for Global Responsibility and the University of Bradford Department of Peace Studies, held a seminar on "New Security Challenges: Global and Region...
President Chavez’s Censored F-Word
CounterPunch Bulletin
Here’s a clip from "60 Minutes", which aired on May 12, 2002. Correspondent Steve Kroft interviews President Chavez of Venezuela. KROFT: Do you like the United States? There are many things that you don’t like about the United States, ...
Political Hot Air and Global Warming
Michael Colby
Forget the World Cup soccer matches. If you really want some good sporting entertainment try tuning into the global warming scrum going on between the White House and its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Late last week the EPA joined the common sense ...
Credibility Crunch at Bush White House
Tom Turnipseed
There is a broadening crisis in confidence in political and corporate leadership in the U. S. Suddenly, the world’s sole super-power is faced with a credibility crunch as its unparalleled status as a global military and economic giant shows unmistakable sign...
Prosecute Israeli War Crimes at Jenin
Francis A. Boyle
The Israeli government inflicted war crimes, grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and a Crime against Humanity against the inhabitants of Jenin. The United Nations must prosecute these international crimes for the exact same reasons that it crea...
The Indo-Pakistan Conflagration…It’s Just a Shot Away
Ron Jacobs
In recent weeks the eyes of the world have frequently been cast on the Indian subcontinent as the threat of war between India and Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir (hereafter Kashmir) grows ever more likely. Although there have been three major conflicts between the...
The FBI’s Dirty Secrets
Mark Weisbrot
It seems that the FBI is likely to be rewarded for the missed warnings, fumbled intelligence, and bureaucratic foul-ups that preceded September 11. Attorney General John Ashcroft has announced that the FBI is changing its rules so that it can spy on domestic organ...
Berlusconi the Censor
Robert Fisk The Independent
Sciuscia, in Neapolitan Italian, means “Shoeshine”. It is the most controversial, provocative, irritating programme on the second channel of Italy’s state television, RAI. Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, would like to make sure tha...
Nuclear Plants and Terrorism
Danielle Brian
[Editors' note: This article is adapted from testimony given on June 5 before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on security at nuclear power plants.] The Design Basis Threat Nuclear facilities are required to protect against ...
Kashmir on the Brink
George Monbiot
There is something dreamlike about our contemplation of the drift to war in Kashmir. While India and Pakistan move their missiles into position, in Britain our concerns are focused on the evacuation of our own citizens, the destination of the likely refugees, and ...