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Archives from July 2002
Drivel and Squawk, Angelina Jolie, the NYT and Cynthia McKinney
Alexander Cockburn
"At this very moment there are 100,000 fools of our species who wear hats, slaying 100,000 fellow creatures who wear turbans, or being massacred by them." Voltaire, Micromagus, 1752. Angelina Jolie and ...
Discourse and War in Colombia
Philip Cryan
Last week, Carlos Castaño, longtime leader of the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), announced that the group was disbanding. For years the AUC has united the many local rightwing paramilitary groups in Colombia within a single federation. ...
Why Do They Do It?
Linda Belanger
Their religion teaches them to do it…. Their religion teaches them to do it they say of the Palestinian suicide bombers. They teach them in school to hate Jews we are told. But there are things that we are not told about. The Inte...
Colombia’s Disappeared:
Alfredo Castro
Bogota. The number of people being forcibly disappeared in Colombia each year is rapidly increasing and according to a local human rights organisation state sponsored forces, both official and unofficial, are responsible for over 99% of the cases. New stati...
20 Things We’ve Learned After 9/11
Bernard Weiner
As we approach the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it might be useful to see how far an ordinary citizen’s knowledge has progressed one year on. So here, in the way of a summing-up, based on journalistic documentation, is a list of things we...
Don’t Blame the Greens for These Fires
Andrew George
"Methinks he doth protest too much," wrote Shakespeare in MacBeth. Recently, the same warning applies to the logging industry’s desperate demagoguery and the wildfires of 2002. They place blame on "environmental obstructionists" fo...
Inside Ramallah
Amelia Peltz
I admit it. I’m guilty. Guilty of what, you may ask? Well it might seem strange, but guilty of not writing. Of not doing more to adequately chronicle all that has been taking place in Palestine during the past few weeks. Not just in Ramallah, but thro...
A Feast of Bombs
Neve Gordon
JERUSALEM. A few hours after the F-16 jet dropped a 1-ton bomb on a crowded residential area in Gaza, killing 17 people — 11 of them children — and wounding over 140 more, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon exclaimed that the attack had been one of IsraelR...
Financial Journalism, A Very Small Cog
PS Burton
The media have increasingly excited the attentions of the left over the past 20 years or so. The consensus seems to be that the media play a significant role in sustaining capitalism, whether by encouraging people to buy needless consumer goods, or by perpetuating...
Financial Journalism, A Very Small Cog
PS Burton
The media have increasingly excited the attentions of the left over the past 20 years or so. The consensus seems to be that the media play a significant role in sustaining capitalism, whether by encouraging people to buy needless consumer goods, or by perpetuating...
Fast Track and the Hypocrites in the House
Tom Stephens
On Thursday, July 25, 2001, the people of the United States were still reeling from the tales of corporate corruption on Wall Street, and their intimate genetic relationship to the rise of George W. Bush. Congress passed so-called "landmark" legislation ...
Inside Pakistan and Afghanistan with RAWA
Anne Brodsky
I just returned from another 6 weeks with RAWA, five weeks in Pakistan and one amazing week in Afghanistan. RAWA’s work is very busy and the need is still enormous–this includes some cities in Pakistan where refugees are actually flowing in not out. Th...
The Academic Boycott of Israel
M. Shahid Alam
In early April 2002, moved by the massacres in Jenin and the wanton destruction of civilian infrastructure in West Bank cities by invading Israeli forces, two British academics, Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, circulated a call-posted at www.pjpo.org-for an academic ...
Discourse and War in Colombia
Philip Cryan
Last week, Carlos Castaño, longtime leader of the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia), announced that the group was disbanding. For years the AUC has united the many local rightwing paramilitary groups in Colombia within a single federation. ...
Brand September 11
Pierre Tristam
Get ready for September Eleven, the brand. Between now and the first anniversary of that horrible day, Sept. 11 is going to be commemorated sometimes in the most moving ways, sometimes in the most humbling, even sublime ways: Greatness can be touched in spi...
The Censors Go Global
Dave Marsh
The Czech Republic just passed a law giving anyone "promoting drugs" up to five years in prison. So much for the Velvet Revolution. Pathetically ineffectual President Vaclav Havel, a leader of the Velvet Revolution, is currently hospitalized. But when tw...
Brand September 11
Pierre Tristam
Get ready for September Eleven, the brand. Between now and the first anniversary of that horrible day, Sept. 11 is going to be commemorated sometimes in the most moving ways, sometimes in the most humbling, even sublime ways: Greatness can be touched in spi...
A Blind Mule and a Box of Medals
The Time The Doctor Arrived, The Man Was Alert And Thankful.
"Do you know what your daddy did?" said the doctor. "No, sir, I reckon not," said Wilburn. "He saved that man’s life. Your daddy knows a chicken’s body temperature is higher than a man’s. It drawed the poiso...
Zizek and Lenin
Gavin Keeney
SLAVOJ ZIZEK, the Giant of Ljubljana, is like the great brain of Goethe’s fairytale "The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily". In this revolutionary and allegorical tale (reputedly inspired by Mozart’s Magic Flute) there are two lands sep...
The New Mahler, Seattle Style
Ian Daoust
Three weeks ago I attended a surprisingly wretched performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, Washington. Conducting–to call it by that otherwise noble word–was Seattle’s own version of Kurt Masur, Zubin Me...
Our Dinner with Fidel Castro
Bob Geary
In the past 18 years we have found ourselves in many different countries on tour with the Piedmont Choirs. For those who don’t know, this is one the lading children’s choral organizations in the US and is widely known internationally as well. This year...
Our Dinner with Fidel Castro
Bob Geary
In the past 18 years we have found ourselves in many different countries on tour with the Piedmont Choirs. For those who don’t know, this is one the leading children’s choral organizations in the US and is widely known internationally as well. This yea...
American Presidents
M. Shahid Alam
I have stared at them over meals, And in between, for three months now: A full gallery of American presidents Assembled–on a paper place mat. I can tell them apart now in any crowd. I could greet them on a first-name basis: Geor...
Citigroup, Heal Thyself
Ralph Nader
Last week Citigroup, the nation’s largest financial services holding company, trotted out one of its top executives, Robert Rubin, to spread some soothing words about how to clean up the corporate scandals and repair the sagging stock market. Rubin...
Monitor Thy Neighbor
Rep. Ron Paul
Opposition to the Patriot Act, legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President last year, is growing. Americans are beginning to understand that many precious liberties have been put in jeopardy by the government’s rush to enact new laws in the wa...