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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...