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Archives from July 2002
All Roads Lead to Yucca Mountain
Jeffrey St. Clair And Alexander Cockburn
It’s a rare day when you see these guys sweat, but the nuclear industry is getting frantic. You can tell by the desperate nature of their recent campaign to push through the senate their plan to ship the nation’s commercial nuclear waste to Yucca Mount...
Jeb Bush’s Florida, a Terrorist Haven?
Jack McCarthy
Florida is not only a sanctuary for retirees and tourists. It is also a haven for terrorists, some retired some still active. Now Florida doesn’t harbor the kinds of terrorists who would interest our bumbling "Homeland Security" inspector To...
European Worries and Bush’s Terror War
Gary Leupp
The United Kingdom and the United States are, to use that rather disturbing Chinese expression, "as close as lips and teeth." Their governments rarely disagree in public. Yes, there was that Suez Affair way back when, and some difference in approach to t...
How a Saudi Billionaire Does Beirut
Robert Fisk
His yacht rides at anchor off his new $100 million Beirut hotel-resort complex. He opened it last week–it includes four swimming pools, eight restaurants, three bars and a massive shopping arcade–in a blaze of fireworks and laser lights. He is listed a...
The Disastrous Foreign Policies of the US, Part 3
Bill Christison
What kind of lunacy is going on in Washington? Hatred of U.S. foreign policies intensifies day by day in much of the world, but the present administration is not even examining the possibility of changing those policies to allay the hatred and reduce the likelihood...
The Disastrous Foreign Policies of the US, Part 3
Bill Christison
Hatred of U.S. foreign policies intensifies day by day in much of the world, but the present administration is not even examining the possibility of changing those policies to allay the hatred and reduce the likelihood of future terrorism. Instead, the response of ...
The Disastrous Foreign Policies of the US, Part 3
Bill Christison
What kind of lunacy is going on in Washington? Hatred of U.S. foreign policies intensifies day by day in much of the world, but the present administration is not even examining the possibility of changing those policies to allay the hatred and reduce the likelihood...
How the Bush Used 9/11 to Remap the World
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
[This interview with Tariq Ali was conducted by F?bio Fernandes of M?o ?nica, the Brazilian Magazine.] Question: After the September 11th attack and its consequences in US and in the Middle East, do you believe the world is facing a state of war right now? Why ...
The BUSHARON Global War
Lev Grinberg
President George Bush’s speech intensified the plight of the peace supporters in Israel, and in the entire Middle East. Since 1977, they were accustomed to American presidents playing the role of "fair mediators": pressuring Israel to restrain viol...
Yucca Mountain Bound
Rick Mercier
I thought I really have to care about the plan to stash our country’s nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain. I mean, the place is all the way in Nevada, which might as well be Mars as far as most of us here in Virginia are concerned. Then I found out some o...
IDF, Gangbanging in Tanks
Kurt Nimmo
When I lived in Chicago a few years back, on occasion gangbangers would injure or kill children in the interminable process of turf war. For instance, two kids were caught in the crossfire one sunny afternoon. They were on their bikes outside a candy store near Hu...
God the Capitalist
John Stanton And Wayne Madsen
God exists and God’s a corporation. The evidence is irrefutable. Whether through one of "his" subsidiaries–Islam Catholicism or Christian Evangelical–it’s clear that God believes in one world under capitalism and demands o...
Palesitinian Life Under Curfew
Lori Allen
Occupied Ramallah. The West Bank is under curfew. Every resident of six of the seven major Palestinian cities, about seven hundred thousand people, is under house arrest. Stepping into the street is tantamount to breaking the rules of occupation. A punishable offe...
The Crooks in the White House
Alexander Cockburn
This is exciting. Will Dick Cheney keel over from his fifth heart attack before he becomes the first veep since Spiro Agnew to resign in the face of charges of financial crookery? Or will Bush fire him to divert attention from his own seamy business past? O...
What’s So Bad About Israel?
Michael Neumann
It’s hard to say what’s so bad about Israel, and its defenders–having nothing better to use–have seized on this. Some do so soberly, like Harpers publisher John R. MacArthur, who thinks Israel comes off no worse than the Russians in Chechny...
Bush’s Loose Lips
Gavin Keeney
Instead of mouthing the words "liberty" and "democracy", illiberally and demotively, George W. Bush might consider the universal implications (the ideal lineaments) of Liberty and Democracy. But anyway, please don’t hold your breath. ...
Why I Will Not Celebrate This Fourth of July
Rahul Mahajan
I am an American. Let me be clear about that. It feels strange saying that because I have so often been made to feel a foreigner in my own country — first because of my Indian ethnicity, and then more recently because of my outspoken criticism of Amer...
Independence Day and the Working Poor
Philip Farruggio
This Independence Day we may choose different ways to show our patriotism. Some of us will carry flags on the SUV as we drive (frequently) to the gas pumps. Some will wear flags on our clothing, or hang them from porches and balconies. Larry Piffany, of Ormond Bea...
The Uncommon Pledge of Allegiance
Tom Gorman
A few years ago, I performed a civic act that few Americans have the nerve to suffer–I attended a city council meeting. As I waited for the proceedings to begin, I was glad I had brought something to read. The council members filed in and opened the proceedi...
Bush Freezes Peace Process
Ahmad Faruqui
Much of the world expected President Bush to use his long-awaited speech to announce a peace conference and articulate a vision of how a Palestinian state would be created. He would lay out a time table for Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders, eliminate the ill...
What the Flag Means to Me
S. Brian Willson
I was probably seven years old before it really sunk in that everybody in my town was not celebrating my birthday on July 4. It was an exciting day with parades, picnics, fireworks and, in my case, special birthday parties and gifts. I lived much of my young life ...
Ashcroft’s Vendetta
Steve Baughman
The frenzied cry to string John Walker Lindh up by his thumbs is a fine example of America’s determination never to let facts get in the way of a good temper tantrum. Attorney General John Ashcroft accuses Lindh of dedicating himself to "killing America...
Independence and Terrorism
Todd May
Two hundred and twenty six years ago, a newly declared country on this land fought a war against an occupying colonial power. Using guns, geography, and a superior military strategy, it struggled against the arrogance of British power. Underlying the complaints ag...
Brazil, the Workers’ Party and the Financial Times
Norman Madarasz
As North American tourists and media people fly into Rio de Janeiro, "A Garota de Ipanema" can’t help ringing in their ears. The Tom Jobim classic, just as the bossa-nova (or new beat) samba jazz melange he crafted, sounds the eternal music of Sout...
Bombing the Mind, The Pentagon’s Drug War
Edward Hammond
In The Futurological Congress (1971), Polish writer Stanislaw Lem portrayed a future in which disobedience is controlled with hypothetical mind-altering chemicals dubbed "benignimizers". Lem’s fictional work opens with the frightening story of a po...
Bombing the Mind, The Pentagon’s Drug War
Edward Hammond
In The Futurological Congress (1971), Polish writer Stanislaw Lem portrayed a future in which disobedience is controlled with hypothetical mind-altering chemicals dubbed "benignimizers". Lem’s fictional work opens with the frightening story of a po...
Logging and Mining Industries’ "Provider Pals" Target Public Schools
John Borowski
A Ford Motor Company donation of $1.5 million dollars to "Provider Pals" epitomizes the quest by extractive industries and their spawn to conquer society’s last, un-commercialized bastion: our public school system. Provider Pals is the latest attem...
A Global AIDS Fund and a Living Wage Campaign
Behzad Yaghmaian
The leaders of the world’s industrialized nations met in Calgary, Canada to formulate a common strategy for the future of the world, its "security," and its sustainability. Similar to most international meetings in recent years, Africa and poverty ...
The Death of the Oslo Accords
Francis A. Boyle
Oslo is dead. Generals Barak and Sharon deliberately killed off Oslo on 28 September 2000 when they knowingly instigated the Al Aqsa Intifada by desecrating the Haram-Al-Sharif. When Barak could not compel President Arafat into permanently accepting the Oslo Agree...
Lynne Cheney’s Primer
Robert Jensen
This Fourth of July, many American parents will no doubt be reading Lynne Cheney’s alphabet book, America: A Patriotic Primer, to their children. If kids pay close attention they will learn a lot, but unfortunately it will be a lesson in obfuscation a...
The Trial of the SOA 37
CounterPunch Wire
Columbus, GA ­ Thirty-seven human rights activists will stand trial in federal court next week for civil disobedience at the School of the Americas (renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) in Columbus, Georgia. They were among 10,000 who...
Bush’s Bolivian Mercenaries
Chris Floyd
"War": a potent, pliable word. Under the rubric of "war"–which implies dire emergency, imminent threat, the abandonment of normal life and the normal rule of law–there is no limit to the moral erosion that can occur. The previously ...
Cracking Down on Corporate Crime, Really!
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Here is one of the most remarkable aspects of the still-unfolding financial scandals swirling around Worldcom, Xerox, Global Crossing, Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco and a growing number of other companies: The fraud occurred in the most heavily regulated and monito...
Uninvited Guests Become Neighbors
Sam Bahour
I am the General Manager of the Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers. We are trying to build a chain of modern shopping cetners in the midst of the Israeli re-occuption of Palestinian cities. Below are two personal accounts, one today and one from 4 days ago, of life...
Real Fireworks or Just Bombs Again?
Leah C. Wells
As Interdependence Day approaches, the United States humbly admitted error in bombing a wedding party in Afghanistan, killing around 40 people and injuring more than 60. Bombs and rockets in our country symbolize a celebration of freedom, but in other parts of the...