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Archives from August 2002
US Bombs Still Killing Civilians
Robert Fisk The Independent
Tamim’s family live in Joee Sheer, which means “stream of milk”. But, outside his slum home, a stream of warm, reeking sewage flows. Never was there more reason to take off your shoes at a wooden door. Inside, you climb a narrow staircase and step...
Death by Sanctions
M. Shahid Alam
Iraq deaths double under UN sanctions. New York Times (Feb.17, 2000) Sleep my child, do not wake now. The portents in the sky foretell A searing death for you. The couriers of death have come, Stealth in their cyber gaze. Th...
Bono Betrays Ireland
Andrew Cockburn
The people of Ireland, currently suffering under the deluges of a terrible summer, are being further depressed by an avalanche of mendacious propaganda urging them to vote "Yes" in a referendum on the Treaty of Nice to be held this October. A torrent of ...
Einstein’s Regret
David Krieger
Einstein’s regret ran deep Like the deep pools of sorrow That were his eyes. His mind could see things That others could not, The bending of light, The slowing of time, Relationships of trains passing In the night, and power, Dormant...
The Quest for the Fuel Efficient Car
Ralph Nader
Once again the Congressional toadies for the auto industry have beaten back efforts by legislators such as Democrat, Senator John Kerry and Republican John McCain to gradually increase fuel efficiency standards from the abysmally wasteful levels now inflicted on y...
Dodging Bullets in Nablus
Jill Dreier
So, before I get started about yesterday, let me say that while Sam was dodging rubber bullets, tear gas and sound bombs at the demonstration today (courtesy, of course, of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)), I didn’t have one gun pointed at me or any shot...
More Shareholder Power Not the Solution
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
If nothing else, the still-unfolding corporate scandals should free us to think freely and creatively about corporate power, corporate form and the rules governing corporate behavior. A common diagnosis of the current scandals is that they can be traced to ...
an Open Letter to Bush on Cuba
Nelson P. Valdés
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Ambrose Bierce Dear President Bush, A lot of people on the right have expressed support for your tough policy o...
Guarding Karzai
Ansar Ahmed
To me, perhaps the most unspoken national level tragedy marked by September 11 is the fast waning of Pax Americana. The worst hit victim is the democratic ideals many of us cherish and uphold. Paradoxically, most of the actions taken by the political administratio...
Meet Gul Agha, the UN’s Warlord of the Year
Robert Fisk The Independent
Gul Afgha knows how to handle the United Nations. He smiles, he praises, he loves the UN, and he is immensely grateful for the advice of Under Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, the diminutive Ugandan Ola...
Leafing Through the Bush Legacy
Walt Brasch
Usually, it takes years, even decades, for a political leader to develop his legacy. George W. Bush, over-achiever that he is, has done it in about 18 months. And, there’s still two and one-half years left for him to expand that legacy. Bush, the sem...
Iraq, the Final Storm
Ron Jacobs
"I will reserve whatever options I have. I’ll keep them close to my vest. Saddam Hussein needs to understand that I’m serious about defending our country." George W. Bush. What Mr. Bush doe...
AIPAC, Congress and Iraq
Anthony Gancarski
A couple of interesting tidbits appear on the "new this week" section on the website of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee: "Take Action! Urge Bush to Approve $200 Million to Israel A $29 billion homeland security bill that re...
Families of the Disappeared Demand Answers
Robert Fisk The Independent
They came for Hussain Abdul Qadir on 25 May. According to his wife, there were three American agents from the FBI and 25 men from the local Pakistani CID. The Palestinian family had lived in the Pakistani city of Peshawar for years and had even applied for naturalisation....
Bush Administration Tries to Hide Role in Venezuelan Coup
Mark Weisbrot
Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill’s trip to Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay has brought some needed attention to the financial and economic crises there. But there is one country where the US is playing an enormous — and thoroughly destructive &...
Now Ain’t the Time for Your Tears
Dave Marsh
"No artist ever lost money auditing a record company." It’s been said, and it’s been true, since before I was old enough to vote. I’ve never even heard anyone suggest it could be refuted. Nevertheless, why it works that way remained ob...
For Forgotten Afghans, the UN Offers a Fresh Hell
Robert Fisk The Independent
In Afghanistan, it is possible to go from hell to hell. The first circle of hell is the Waiting Area, the faeces-encrusted dustbowl in which 60,000 Afghans rot along their frontier with Pakistan at Chaman–a bone-dry, sand-blasted place of patched bedouin tents, skin...
The First 21st Century Police State
Anis Shivani
The New York Times wrote recently about Russia getting a new "Western-style" legal code: "The code enshrines the fundamental concept of presumption of innocence and gives new responsibilities–and, in theory, independence–to judges, while...
The Fallon Cancer Cluster and a US Navy Bombing Range
Jeffrey St. Clair
Last June, Adam Jernee died from acute lymphocytic leukemia, a remorselessly fast-moving cancer of the blood. He was 8-years old and had fought the cancer for more than two years of his short life. Adam and his father lived in Fallon, Nevada. This small ran...
Karzai’s Bodyguard
Gary Leupp
One often hears that Afghanistan is the most ferociously independent of countries, the graveyard of invaders. So the news that Hamid Karzai has been fitted with a battery of American bodyguards must give us pause. Why, one might ask, in this battle-hardened countr...
Rigas in Cuffs
Dr. Susan Block
Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners, Masturbators and Stockholders, Fornicators and Thieves In these dark days of creeping loss of liberty and drooping market value, the Lord and the Lady have granted us a Miracle! Hallelujah (Amen and Awomen)! They have brou...
From Hiroshima to Hope
David Krieger
"I will write peace on your wings, and you will fly all over the world." – Sadako Sasaki August 6th. Hiroshima Day. A time for reflection, for listening to the sounds of birds and water, the rust...
The Sign of the Elites
Philip Farruggio
Just went to view the new "summer blockbuster movie" "Signs". To me, M. Night Shyamalan, the director who brought us the excellent film "Sixth Sense" has created, in all candor, a replica of the standard 1950s sci-fi B movie. ...
The Return to Afghanistan
Robert Fisk The Independent
President George Bush’s “war on terror” reached the desert village of Hajibirgit at midnight on 22 May. Haji Birgit Khan, the bearded, 85-year-old Pushtu village leader and head of 12,000 local tribal families, was lying on a patch of grass outside his h...
America, You’re Not Alone!
Jerre Skog
Some of my fellow beings in the USA might feel that some of their mighty corporations are nothing but members of a giant (Dis-?) Organized Crime syndicate, there with the sole purpose of creating wealth for the higher CEOs and funding for the Reps and Dems, but th...
We Must Come Alive
Bruce Gagnon
Today we gather to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that were killed by a weapon of mass destruction by the U.S.. The U.S. is the only nation to use such a nuclear weapon of mass destruction. And now today, we are ready to invade Iraq....
Fit for Democracy vs. Fit through Democracy
Bill Christison
former CIA political analyst A 277-page U.N. report published in late July–you know the kind, overflowing with tables, charts, and obscure acronyms–turns out to be more useful and valuable than most other books I’ve read in the past few years. Un...
The Last Frontier of Israel and Palestine
Jordy Cummings
Imagine if, in the midst of these horrendous suicide bombings, prominent Arab-Americans sat on television and celebrated the bombings, sometimes in language even more intense than the nihilist leadership of Hamas? ‘Tis hard to imagine, because it probably wo...
Iraq and the New Great Game
Rahul Mahajan
In the run-up to the Gulf War, government officials put forth a bewildering array of reasons for the war, culminating with Secretary of State Baker’s fatuous claim that "it’s about jobs." In this coming war, perhaps the earliest and mo...
Foxes and Pension Funds
Alexander Cockburn
Lurking in back of the current uproar about corporate chicanery is an argument about the management and disposition of society’s acccumulated wealth. Read first some striking remarks about the role of pension funds by the former British Labor ministe...
Inside Saddam’s Secret Diary
Bernard Weiner
Dear Diary: This is so much fun! Watching those harebrained idiots try to figure out what to do with me makes me smile. They couldn’t get me under the last Bush who tried, and it’s not going to be any easier this time. Is it because IR...
US Silent to Israeli Brutality
Mike Leon
Madison, Wisconsin. Becky is a bright, peaceful, and clear-minded woman living outside Madison. She works at a Fortune 500 company based in Wisconsin. She is in fact a wonderful human being–warm, funny, remarkably giving and thoughtful, the type of pe...
The Elections in Brazil
Norman Madarasz
South America is being shaken economically. Argentina’s banking system has all but collapsed: money has become a scarce item, indeed, even after devaluating to three-quarters of its previous worth. Venezuela, having survived a coup d’etat in April, bra...
The End of Innocence
Gilad Atzmon
In the light of the tragedy and the devastating images from New York City, in the shadow of embarrassingly stupid remarks made by the major western ‘free world’ leaders and in the light of the call for a western jihad against a faceless enemy, I feel ...
Nuclear Apartheid
David Krieger
These are difficult times for peace. Since the Bush administration assumed power in the United States, there has been a steady beating on the drums of war accompanied by a systematic undermining of the foundations of international law. The September 11th terr...
Everyone’s a Critic
Gavin Keeney
It’s possible to rule out much of the so-called criticism of large, high-profile design proposals as "internecine" squabbling (professional jealousy and etc), but it is not possible to pass judgement so easily on the increasing public interest in ...
Fat Americans
Susan Davis
"The platter kills more than the sword." (England, 1384; Illinois, mid-20th century) This proverb meant something different in the late 14th century than it does today. Most likely it was an attack on the corrupt an...
The Saddam in Rumsfield’s Closet
Jeremy Scahill
"Man and the turtle are very much alike. Neither makes any progress without sticking his neck out." Donald Rumsfeld Five years before Saddam Hussein’s now infamous 1988 gassing of the Kurds, a key...
Jeff Gerth Saves Cheney, Again!
Alexander Cockburn
Republican strategists are jubilant over a New York Times (Thursday, Aug 1) front-page story by Jeff Gerth and Richard Stevenson that effectively damps the bonfire of public suspicion over Cheney’s business ethics, dousing it with a thick blanket of cautious...
Bankruptcy Made Easy
Chris Floyd
Who says liberals never have anything nice to say about the bug-eyed religious extremists who have taken over the Republican Party and poisoned America’s political discourse with their frothing ignorance and Talibanic zeal for barbaric repression? We dispute...
The Labor Party
Ralph Nader
The Enron scandal–followed by revelations about WorldCom and other corporate shenanigans–has produced a lot of instant experts who for the first time are actually finding fault with the ethics of the nation’s biggest enterprises. For Tony ...
Activists Under Siege
Steven Higgs
BLOOMINGTON. Add Scott Wells’ name to the growing list of Indiana environmental activists to find themselves face to face with government agents. The Monroe County Councilman last week was questioned by the FBI and ATF about last month’s fire at Pedigo...
AIDS and Africa’s Invisible Children
Zeynep Toufe
In a July 11th article, the British weekly The Economist recounts the latest grim statistics on AIDS, noting emphatically that the 9,000 people who die each day from AIDS represents three times the number killed in the World Trade Center attacks. "If all men ...
Draft Picks, Staffing the Latest War
Anthony Gancarski
It’s axiomatic that if you watch enough O’Reilly Factor, you’ll be treated to the sight of a Nabokovian Nymphet in a thong, as his program "exposes" the immorality of youth run amok. Mr. O’Reilly, like many of his ideological coho...
Dark Deeds in the Black Hills
Jeffrey St. Clair
If there was even the smallest doubt before, it’s been eradicated now. The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, where Crazy Horse and Black Elk went on vision quests, must be returned to the Lakota Sioux for its own survival. In 1868, the fede...