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Archives from August 2002
The Gangbang Asthete
Dr. Susan Block
In The Sexual Life of Catherine M., celebrated French intellectual Catherine Millet ...
Springsteen’s The Rising
Dave Marsh
I’ve avoided talking in detail about The Rising but not because there’s nothing...
Porkland
David Vest
“The Battle of Portland,” as it was named by William Rivers Pitt, took place just a few short downhill blocks from the offices of the Oregonian, which was if anything even more unprepared than Portland’s finest, who failed to provide a “saf...
The Highway Lobby
Ralph Nader
Ever since the first public transit — a ferryboat near Boston in 1630 — got underway, a Broad variety of carriers have emerged — buses, trolleybuses, vanpools, jitneys, heavy and light rail, cable cars, monorails, tramways and automated guideway ...
Stendhal, Ovid and Alison
Gavin Keeney
“Somewhere, even now, a lamb was being led up to the altar steps, a lamb chosen for its perfection and purity: even its delicate hooves, its knobby, skinny legs, were perfect. The eyes of those who had chosen it were loving — they valued i...
CNN Reporting (poem)
M. Shahid Alam
The latest reports from Baghdad are ominous. Children by the busloads are arriving every day at camps just outside the city. They are coming from all over the country, Uruk, Nineveh, Basra and Babylon, sick and dying children, hollow eyed, s...
Ariel Sharon’s Subjugation Strategy
Neve Gordon
JERUSALEM. Israel recently agreed to withdraw its forces from Bethlehem and populated Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinian Authority takes on the responsibility of policing residents there. Israeli soldiers and tanks moved to the outski...
Opie, Anthony and Enron
Jay Diamond
The maelstrom surrounding the termination of two radio broadcasters for encouraging a sex stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral affords us a rare and salient opportunity to think about some of our political assumptions and to examine some of the political cant th...
Clueless at the State Department
Kurt Nimmo
Since the day Dubya was installed in the White House by court appointment, not a week has passed, it seems, that his administration has not said or done something at odds with reality as understood by most of the world. From Kyoto to Columbia, Saudi Arabia to Nort...
Opie, Anthony and Enron
Jay Diamond
The maelstrom surrounding the termination of two radio broadcasters for encouraging a sex stunt in St. Patrick’s Cathedral affords us a rare and salient opportunity to think about some of our political assumptions and to examine some of the political cant th...
McAfrika Burgers and the Third World
Carol Norris
McDonald’s recently launched a new burger-in-a-pita product in Norway: The “McAfrika.” And with this they have inadvertently created a brilliantly succinct metaphor for the increasingly blatant corporate takeover of the Earth – coun...
McAfrika Burgers and the Third World
Carol Norris
McDonald’s recently launched a new burger-in-a-pita product in Norway: The “McAfrika.” And with this they have inadvertently created a brilliantly succinct metaphor for the increasingly blatant corporate takeover of the Earth – coun...
War on Iraq Debate
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
The question dominating the news: When will we go to war against Iraq? The answer: We are already at war with Iraq. The debate over the Bush administration’s call for war is usually described as hawks v. doves — those for the war pitted a...
What’s Behind the War Moves Against Iraq?
Matt Siegfried
The United States government is preparing a new war on Iraq. A section of the Bush administration, reflecting a section of the US ruling class, has long been pursuing an assault on Iraq to overthrow the regime of Sadaam Hussein. It will come as no surprise to anyo...
Power to the Laity
William Hughes
Lyman Frank Baum spun a delightful tale over a century ago. It’s called “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It dealt with a little girl named Dorothy, and her odyssey, via a tornado, from a Kansas farm house into the strange, magical land of Oz. Some s...
Progressive Irrelevance?
Anis Shivani
As long as progressives continue to grant the basic premises of the “war on terrorism–that it is a “war” and that we’re fighting “terror” – it will wage a losing struggle. If voices who question the basic reality of ...
A Real Healthy Forests Initiative
Michael Donnelly
With all the Big Timber-generated hysteria about “environmentalists causing forest fires” as rationale for another Public forest grab, a real analysis of the situation is in order. In none of industry’s calls for more logging, do we have any expl...
Bush’s Bizarro World
Wayne Madsen
Superman comic book fans will fondly recall the topsy-turvy Bizarro world, a planet shaped like a cube where everything happened backwards and nothing made any sense. Welcome now to the Bush world, where the revered Dalai Lama of Tibet may now be branded by the Un...
Kissinger, Hitchens, Springsteen, Haggard and Presley
Alexander Cockburn
Clearly irked by the thought that he and Henry Kissinger may be on the same wave length when it comes to attacking Saddam Hussein, Christopher Hitchens is now declaring in the London Observer that H.K. is against any such war: “A week or so ago I wondered wh...
Progressive Irrelevance?
Anis Shivani
As long as progressives continue to grant the basic premises of the “war on terrorism–that it is a “war” and that we’re fighting “terror” – it will wage a losing struggle. If voices who question the basic reality of ...
A Real Healthy Forests Initiative
Michael Donnelly
With all the Big Timber-generated hysteria about “environmentalists causing forest fires” as rationale for another Public forest grab, a real analysis of the situation is in order. In none of industry’s calls for more logging, do we have any expl...
Power to the Laity
William Hughes
Lyman Frank Baum spun a delightful tale over a century ago. It’s called "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It dealt with a little girl named Dorothy, and her odyssey, via a tornado, from a Kansas farm house into the strange, magical land of Oz. Some saw...
Kissinger, Hitchens, Springsteen, Haggard and Presley
Alexander Cockburn
Clearly irked by the thought that he and Henry Kissinger may be on the same wave length when it comes to attacking Saddam Hussein, Christopher Hitchens is now declaring in the London Observer that H.K. is against any such war: "A week or so ago I wondered whe...
What’s Behind the War Moves Against Iraq?
Matt Siegfried
The United States government is preparing a new war on Iraq. A section of the Bush administration, reflecting a section of the US ruling class, has long been pursuing an assault on Iraq to overthrow the regime of Sadaam Hussein. It will come as no surprise to anyo...
Islam and Politics
Fawzia Afzal-Khan
In the wake of 9/11, an event that changed world history and whose one-year anniversary is around the corner, it behooves us to take stock of the role religion and politics have played in shaping public opinion around the globe regarding the causes and the meaning...
The Phoney Debate on Iraq
Will Youmans
This may surprise you: something like a debate has broken in Washington DC over a foreign policy question. And, to make things even more interesting, it is playing out in the media. It appears that the near-stalemate between the State Department’s multilater...
The CIA, the Bush Gang and the Death of Frank Olson
Chris Floyd
There is a thread running through modern American history, a thin red cord that weaves in and out of the shifting facades of reason and respectability that mask the brutal machinery of power. At certain rare moments the thread flashes into sight, emerging from the...
Nature Can’t Wait
Mikhail Gorbachev
The second Earth Summit has opened. The fact that over 100 heads of state and government decided to come to Johannesburg indicates that they are worried. But that is not enough. There is an immense distance between worry and practical deeds. Worry was already expr...
Pacts with the Devil
Wenonah Hauter
It is an honor to be here among you. My spirits are lifted and my energy has been restored by our enthusiasm, your strength and your bravery. No wonder the thief in the White House—who stole the election—George Bush is too cowardly and morally bankrupt...
The Violence of Curfew
Sam Bahour
Al-Bireh, Ramallah. “Oh God, please tell Sharon to end the curfew by this Saturday so I can go to school.” This is how my secular, eight year old daughter, Areen, has put herself to sleep for the last two weeks. Areen, like so many others here, have tu...
War on Iraq, the Best Case Scenario
William Ring
The end of the Cold War has not brought a Pax Americana, as many had hoped. Instead, it has brought a Timor Americanus: The world fears America, Americans fear the world, and no amount of American power will make the fear go away. Let’s look at the bright si...
Wanted
Jerre Skog
The USA has declared its wish and lately its intention of replacing the regime of Iraq with more cooperative and docile leaders. The Iraqi people may well want to see the back of Saddam Hussein, who wasn’t their choice to begin with but whose Baath-party cam...
Letter to a Pilot
Uri Avnery
I have read the interview given by your commander, Major General Dan Halutz, and, like many others in Israel and abroad, I was shocked. On July 23, one of your comrades (or perhaps you yourself?) dropped a one-ton bomb on a house in a dense residential neig...
What is Israel Hiding?
Joshua Ruebner And Khalid Turaani
With extremism gaining adherents in both communities, the notion that Muslims and Jews can work together for a similar vision of peace between Palestinians and Israelis may surprise many. The idea certainly piqued the interest of U.S. Congressional staff members w...
Fighting for the Right of Dissent and Due Process
Sami Al-Arian
It was the summer of 1976 when I took my first civics course, along with four other courses. I was 18 and determined to graduate in three years with an engineering degree. Class discussion on the first day centered on the Watergate scandal and the separation of po...
Brazil and the IMF
Norman Madarasz
When Brazil received the largest IMF bailout in history on August 9, the stock markets of the world rejoiced. It was one of the few days of significant stock market growth in weeks. Yet in the end, it seemed like a supernova. One last rise flashed brightly before...
Reporters and War Crimes
Robert Fisk The Independent
A reporter’s job does not include joining the prosecution. We are witnesses and we name, if we can, the bad guys Three Western war crimes investigators turned up to see me in Beirut last week. No, they didn’t come to talk about the Bosnian war. They wan...
Flight of the Phoenix From Vietnam to Homeland Security
Douglas Valentine
“The implication or latent threat of force alone was sufficient to insure that the people would comply…” William Colby, RIP Imagine my surprise to learn that the Bruce Lawlor is serving as the O...
Police Brutality in Atlanta
Jonathon S. Wright
Shattered glass lies in piles in a vacant parking lot in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district. Much of this glass can be traced to automobile break-ins, as late-night revelers sacrifice security for a free parking space. On July 14, however, the life of 18-yea...
No War Against Iraq
Richard Falk And David Krieger
The Bush administration’s apparent resolve to wage war against Iraq, tempered for the moment by conservative critics, violates the spirit and letter of the US Constitution, as well as disregards the prohibitions on the use of force that are set forth in the ...
Let Iraq Live
Ceylon Mooney
On the twelfth year of the silent holocaust of Iraq sanctions, we at Voices in the Wilderness once again find ourselves, from August 3 to September 11, on a 40-day fast. We’re fasting to prevent a new onslaught against the people of Iraq while the old war co...
Congressional Pay Raise Scam
Ralph Nader
There are times when comparisons matter a lot. Just compare Congress and its self-voted forthcoming salary increase from $150,000 to $155,000 a year with the federal minimum of $5.15 per hour that Congress has frozen for years. Since 1989, members of Congre...
Bush’s Forest Fire Plan
Jeffrey St. Clair
George W. Bush, fresh off a brush clearing operation at his Crawford ranch, snubbed the Earth Summit in Johannesburg for a trip to Oregon, where he vowed to fight future forest fires by taking a chainsaw to the nation’s forests and the environmental laws tha...
Police Brutality in Atlanta
Jonathon S. Wright
Shattered glass lies in piles in a vacant parking lot in Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district. Much of this glass can be traced to automobile break-ins, as late-night revelers sacrifice security for a free parking space. On July 14, however, the life of 18-yea...
Of Clogs and Enron
Susan Davis
"From clogs to clogs in three generations." (England, 1700 forward, variously.) According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, this saying might have originated in Lancashire, one of England...
Selling Out?
Alexander Cockburn
On the last Nation cruise I was on a panel about nuclear proliferation. (Yes, even afloat off Baja California, the liberal conscience is always on guard duty.) Trying to juice up the panel a bit, I remarked that there was one bit of proliferation that seemed to me...
Oil, al-Qaeda and West Africa
Anthony Gancarski
A friend of mine with an interest in gambling on sports informed me with delight that it was now possible to place wagers on WWE professional wrestling events. The idea of betting on an openly predetermined activity — theater, precisely — seemed to him...
Oil, al-Qaeda and West Africa
Anthony Gancarski
A friend of mine with an interest in gambling on sports informed me with delight that it was now possible to place wagers on WWE professional wrestling events. The idea of betting on an openly predetermined activity — theater, precisely — seemed to him...
Lieberman’s Loyalties
William Hughes
On May 2, 2002, the Senate of the U.S. passed a notorious pro-Israel Resolution (S. Res. 247), with respect to the Mid-East controversy. Its co author was Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT). In pushing the measure, he barked, “You are either with us or the terr...
CNN
Kurt Nimmo
In an August 15 news item carried by Press Gazette Online, Rena Golden, the executive vice-president and general manager of CNN International, admitted censoring news regarding the US war in Afghanistan. This censorship, she explained, "wasn’t a matter ...