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Archives from August 2002
Selling Out?
Dave Marsh
Doors drummer John Densmore recently wrote an essay in The Nation condemning corporate sponsorship of music. It centered around the Doors (over the objections of keyboardist Ray Manzarek) refusing to sell "When the Music’s Over" to Apple for a comm...
Crushing Congressional Dissent
Wayne Madsen
Historians will one day write that the 107th Congress was the last to stand up to the constitutional encroachment by the military and monarchist policies of the Bush II administration. Just as with the Roman Senate, the Congress of the United States is becoming an...
Rightwing Doves?
Robert Johnson
There is a significant amount of dissenting noise regarding Bush’s mad rush to war coming from portions of the American right-wing. Brent Scowcroft, George Sr.’s former National Security Advisor, has recently come out and said that an attack on Iraq co...
Uribe’s Iron Hand in Colombia
Sean Donahue
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA. The streets were strangely empty in Bogota after the mortars went off on inauguration day. Soldiers, police, beggars, and vendors remained on the streets, but anyone who had the choice stayed locked up inside. The eerie silence was punctuated by ...
the Zionist Lobby and American Policy
Gilad Atzmon
In the last weeks there have been some very serious rumours, probably originated in Israel, claiming that George W. Bush’s latest speech concerning the need for ‘Palestinian reforms’ was sent to Jerusalem for final proofing and corrections not le...
The Attack on Cynthia McKinney
Alexander Cockburn
One less radical black voice in Congress. One less champion of labor. One less brave soul unafraid to jump the traces of political orthodoxy. Cynthia McKinney, five-term US rep from Georgia’s Fourth District, was beaten in Tuesday’s Democratic primary ...
Manichaeanism on the March!
Gary Leupp
War talk is comforting because it renders the choices apparently stark and the options superficially clear. The idea that this ["war on terrorism,"] is a Manichaean struggle between our forces of democracy and good and their forces of fanaticism and e...
Bhopal on $40 a Day
Romi Mahajan
“Living. Improved daily.” That’s the motto of Dow Chemical–global giant–the folks that lied about Dioxin, gave us poisonous silicone implants, and in 2001 merged with Union Carbide, the company responsible for the worst industr...
Bush and the Floods of Europe
Jerre Skog
Sorry to say, the USA is losing its friends in Europe at a much faster rate than it can ever hope to win new ones. Since WWII, Europeans have, in general and when not following world politics too closely, been good friends of US. Many have seen the big nation acro...
The Politics of the Cuba Embargo
Tom Crumpacker
An August 17 article by Mark Helm of Hearst Washington Bureau about our House Speaker Dick Armey’s upcoming retirement casts some light on the way our Congress and Administration have been dealing with Cuba issues in recent years. By way of background recall...
Disunity and Factionalism
Edward Said
What lies behind the Pavlovian regularity with which Arabs try to hurt and impede each other rather than uniting behind a common purpose, asks Edward Said Underlying most of the findings in the much cited 2002 UNDP Arab Human Development Report is the extr...
Pro-Palestinian Activists and the Palestinians
Michael Neumann
If the situation of the Palestinians seems hopeless, it is not simply because of what Israel does. It is also because most pro-Palestinian activists, while complaining unceasingly about the American-Israeli alliance, spare no effort to maintain it. They do so beca...
Junk School Nation
Philip Farruggio
[Please note: most of the information obtained for this column was from the excellent new book "...
The Two Deaths of Abu Nidal
Robert Fisk The Independent
He has died again. This time, Abu Nidal has killed himself. Ten years ago, he died of cancer. Before that, he was shot to death in Libya. Sabri al-Banna, among the most vicious criminals of the Middle East, seems to go on being reincarnated for the benefit of dying all ov...
The Politics of Bankruptcy
Ralph Nader
When the current Congress convened last year there were lots of promises to curb predatory lenders that peddle credit on outrageous terms to poor, elderly and unsophisticated borrowers. Not only is Congress reneging on its promises, but it is rushing to rew...
Chemical Weapons, the US, Iraq and the New York Times
William Blum
It was page one of the New York Times Sunday (August 18), picked up extensively by the international media, a featured story on America On Line. “Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas”, shouted the headline. Senior military officers re...
The New New Laocoon
Gavin Keeney
“The starry heavens above me The moral law within So the world appears Through this mist of tears” — Nick Cave (Longitude Music Company, 1996) The problematic myth of the lone genius is driven by the romantic co...
Peace Declarations from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
David Krieger
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the two most important places in the world where memory is preserved about what nuclear weapons do to people and to cities. Each year on August 6th and 9th respectively, the anniversaries of the bombings, the mayors of Hiroshima and Naga...
Ashcroft’s War on Civil Liberties
Kurt Nimmo
As Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Justice Department, the FBI, CIA–and soon to be unleashed mega-snoop bureau of gargantuan dimensions, the Department of Homeland Security–begin to once again plot the invasion of our civil liberties, I wonder how ...
Advance Draft of Bush’s Astounding 9/11-Anniversary Speech
Bernard Weiner
The following, alleged to be a draft of a speech George W. Bush wrote himself, to be delivered on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, recently came into our hands from a usually reliable White House source, the person known to us as "Shallow Thr...
the Israeli Tilt
Kathleen Christison Former CIA Political Analyst
It won’t surprise anyone, I’m sure, that I think New York Times coverage of Arab–Israeli and particularly Palestinian–Israeli issues–taking into account all types of coverage, from straight news reporting, to analysis, to editorial/op–e...
The Unbearable Lightness of Bombing
Hamit Dardagan
? “Might makes right until they’ve seen the light.” “Send The Marines” Tom Lehrer Be it in Afghanistan or Vietnam, Cambodia or Panama, Iraq or Kosovo, Libya, the Sudan or else...
Ariel Sharon and the Iron Wall Strategy
Gilad Atzmon
From the start, Zionist thought has been divided into two main schools. On the one hand we have the heavy-handed school, which favours military solutions to any conflict. The revisionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky was the founder of this school. In 1923 he publ...
Whats Next…Concentration Camps?
Anis Shivani
This is the season of demystification. What people of my generation never understood about the mass delusions of recent history–Nazism, Stalinism, holocaust, genocide, thought crimes, totalitarian spying–is all becoming crystal clear. We who gre...
The Chicken Hawks Need to Lead by Example
Philip Farruggio
My father was a “Goldwater Republican” in ’64. Hated the Kennedys, hated Johnson,Truman, FDR. He tolerated blacks but wouldn’t live next door to them. Later, his oldest son married one, and slowly my dad’s tolerance increased–ye...