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Archives from August 2002
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 ...