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Archives from September 2002
Alternatives to War
REP. BARBARA LEE
Our nation is today on the verge of going to war against Iraq. In a rush to launch a first strike, we risk destabilizing the Middle East and setting an international precedent that could come back to haunt us all. President Bush’s doctrine of pre-emption vio...
The Bleeding Edge of Islam
KURT NIMMO
As Dubya prepares to invade Iraq — regardless of what large segments of humanity may think or say about the wisdom of such a reckless adventure — individual members of the administration are beginning to communicate their vision of post-war Iraq to tho...
Let the Children Starve
ZEYNEP TOUFE
“The situation in Zimbabwe hit you guys hard, I suppose” said my neighbor to the young woman who had just sauntered out of the customs area at the airport. She was from Malawi, he was trying to make small talk about the famine ravaging her country. She...
Troubador of the Highway
DAVE MARSH
I prepared for the opening of Springsteen: Troubador of the Highway, a photo exhibit at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Museum, by making a Bruce mix for a teenager. My way in turned out to be Arthur Baker’s hip-hop remix of “Born in the U....
Bush’s War Drive
NEVE GORDON
One better think twice before supporting Bush’s initiative to launch an attack on Iraq if only because war, as Martin Luther King pointed out, is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrows. A good way to grasp the logic underlying Bush’s plan is by ex...
Taking It to London’s Streets
TARIQ ALI
London: Saturday 28th September. It was a beautiful clear blue sky. No mists but a great deal of mellow fruitfulness. The Stop the War Coalition— a united front that includes socialists of most stripes, liberals and radicals, pacifists and the moderate Musli...
New Navy Fighters Flunk Weapons Tests
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This will provide scant comfort to Iraqis, who are even now refamiliarizing themselves with the quickest route to the nearest Baghdad bomb shelter, but a recently leaked memo from Pentagon’s top weapons inspector warns that the Navy is deploying for battle &...
Refuting Bernard Lewis
Dr. HABIB SIDDIQUI
In recent days, in remembrance of 9/11/01, there has been a plethora of articles, some even by people who are recognized, mostly for wrong reasons, as we shall find out, here in the United States as “experts” on Islam. Professor Bernard Lewis of Prince...
British Tests for Immigrants
WILLIAM MacDOUGALL
“We are freeing countries of different religions and cultural backgrounds and making it possible for them to get back home and rebuild their countries. I have no sympathy whatsoever with young people in their 20s who do not get back home and reb...
National Security, Iran and Iraq
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
On September 19, the American public was presented with a “White House Discussion Draft” of a Resolution authorizing war on Iraq. As one would expect, it plays to the internationalist bent of the multinational media. We are reminded that Congress in 19...
American Civil Liberties After 9/11
EDWARD LAZARUS
On the eve of the first anniversary of September 11th, the New York Times Op Ed page brought into focus the deepening debate over the protection of civil liberties in a nation newly vigilant to the danger of large-scale terrorist attack. Among a dozen essays publi...
The Dogs of War, the Bears of Wall Street
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The higher Bush tries to loft himself with war talk, the darker grow the economy’s dire responses. On Tuesday the Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low. The broader market also finished down. The Nasdaq composite inde...
The Case of the Missing Terrorist Solved? Not Yet
JACOB LEVICH
Three weeks after Counterpunch first probed “The Case of the Missing Terrorist” (16 July – August, 2002), the Financial Times has followed up, adding new information to the strange tale of alleged 9/11 conspirator Atif Ahmed. But ...
Too True North
DAVID VEST
With the golden beech leaves falling fast, snow in the forecast and the equinox hard upon us, it was a toss-up whether autumn or summer would finish first in Fairbanks this year. One thing was certain: winter seemed ready to run them both out of town. Young bull m...
Bush the Magician
KRYSTAL KYER
In a bid for a new public image, President Bush is trying to move away from being an international laughing joke, to a top-rate magician. For years now, the public has poked fun at his poor use of grammar, breathing pauses every third word, beady eyes, and just pl...
Riding to Maine
JAMES T. PHILIPS
I left Kempton early in the morning without saying goodbye to anyone. I wanted to get on my horse and ride. I’d stayed a week in the small eastern Pennsylvania town, made a few dollars working in the kitchen of the Kempton Hotel, and was anxious to get back ...
The Life of a Bum
ANIS SHIVANI
At Henry Chinaski’s job at a magazine publishers’ distributing house, he notices that “the work was easy and dull but the clerks were in a constant state of turmoil.” “Look,” I said, “these books aren’t worth ...
Naming Genocide
JOANNE MARINER
Rafael Lemkin, the hero of Samantha Power’s new book, spent his life fighting against the systematic destruction of national, ethnic, racial or religious groups. The word he invented in 1944 – just in time for its use at the Nuremberg Trials — wa...
Bush’s "I" Words, Intervention and Impeachment
Molly Secours
Don’t abandon Uncle Sam, He needs you! The United States needs world leaders to orchestrate an “intervention”. Using Alcoholic Anonymous12-step terminology; an intervention is a gathering of concerned friends and family members who confront indiv...
Employers Attack; Unions Blink
LEE SUSTAR
With the Bush administration firmly behind them, employers are aggressively moving to break the strength of some of the historically most powerful unions in the U.S.–on the West Coast docks, in the airlines, and beyond. Yet rather than prepare union m...
Bush a Threat to World Peace
DAVID WIGGINS
The Bush administration’s policies are increasing the risk of attack not particularly on US soldiers, but on US citizens, and the continental United States. This administration’s policies are increasing the number of overt enemies of the United States,...
The Pentagon’s Secret Chemical Weapons Program
EDWARD HAMMOND
The Sunshine Project today accuses the US military of conducting a chemical weapons research and development program in violation of international arms control law. The charges follow an 18 month investigation of the Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal ...
US Hypocrisy on Those IKCs
GEORGE SZAMUELY
Going by the hysterical bluster emanating from Washington about the International Criminal Court (ICC) it would seem that upstanding American “peacekeepers” selflessly policing the world are about to be arrested on frivolous charges and hauled before a...
George Will, War Pimp
WILLIAM HUGHES
He lives in tony Chevy Chase, Maryland, just inside Washington D.C.’s Capitol Beltway and he has never heard a shot fired in anger. His name is George F. Will. He loves major league baseball, ex-British Czarina, Margaret Thatcher, and just about any kind of ...
The Portrait of Uncle Sam
LINDA S. HEARD
Like the painting of Dorian Grey, which portrayed eternal youth and goodness before it began to reflect the contents of Dorian’s soul, the face of the once-kindly Uncle Sam is today exposed for all to see. The benign features of this American symbol w...
Janet Reno
JACK WHEELER
In light of Janet Reno’s concession of defeat in Florida’s primary elections, and as an addendum to Chris Ruddy and Carl Limbacher’s current best seller, “Catastrophe,” America needs to remember the horrific evil perpetrated by then-A...
Random Thoughts on Anti-Americanism
GARY LEUPP
If someone asked Karl Marx (you know, the author of the Communist Manifesto and Capital), circa 1860, what was the most advanced and progressive nation on the globe, he would have stated unhesitatingly: the United States of America. It boasted, in his view, the wo...
Germany Shows the Way
Wayne Madsen
Ironically, it is Germany that has pointedly shown the rest of the world that George W. Bush’s march to war and attendant post-9/11 totalitarian trends in the world can be blocked through an election process. The German Red-Green coalition fought off a chall...
The American Century
Chet Batsmack, American
Here’s what you Europeans fail to understand. I’ll give it to you real simple because I know some of you folks are still struggling with your indigenous languages. Everybody says the 20th Century is “The American Century”. This kind of shut...
Hunting with George
BEN TRIPP
I was ten years old in a red plaid jacket and a blaze orange hat, it was deer season in New Hampshire, and some goddamned fool from New York fired a .30/30 round at me with his brand new lever-action Marlin 336. The bullet punched a hole in a birch tree ten yards ...
Smear Mongers
PAUL De ROOIJ
The shockwaves of 9-11 have had a chilling effect on civil liberties in the form of the Patriot Act and the repressive measures taken by a plethora of government agencies. One must add to this the fallout from the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, and it...
Campus Watch
Will Youmans
A Philadelphia-based pro-Israeli organization with the seemingly innocuous name, the Middle East Forum, began a website to monitor US college campuses for academic pro-Palestinian bias and happenings. Campus-Watch (...
Another Oil War
Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Once again the world now waits with fear and trepidation regarding the threat of a US attack on Iraq. The President provides as justification for this impending attack the Iraqi refusal to comply with UN resolutions regarding weapons inspections, the allege...
Webwarfare Comes to America
Lawrence Davidson
A new front in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been opened in the United States. This has not been done by Islamic fundamentalists, or radical Palestinians. It has been done by American and Israeli computer hackers. Action on this new front has taken the form...
Democratic Party Shams
Philip Farruggio
Let me be as concise as possible. You watch C-Span or tune in to those “talking heads” shows, you invariably come across politicians “posturing”, especially during election cycles. Okay, as progressive-minded (a.k.a. practical), well-read w...
On the Contemporary Relevance of the Manchurian Incident
Gary Leupp
On September 18, 1931 (70 years before the Sept. 11 attacks), the opening salvoes of World War II were fired in Manchuria. As I have been reading Bush’s comments comparing Saddam to Hitler, and German justice minister Herta Da?bler-Gmelin’s remarks com...
What Would Jesus Do?
Archbishop Robert M. Bowman
As the world lurches from crisis to crisis and from war to war, we tend to hold powerful forces — governments and multinational corporations — responsible. But for those of us in the Church, it is appropriate for us to examine our own culpability. We h...
Six Weeks of Quiet?
Chris Meyer
“The Israeli government reserves the right to be just as outraged at the loss of an Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldier, gunning down a Palestinian family on the West Bank, as at the loss of an unarmed civilian in Tel Aviv ..”...
Wild, Wild West Politics
Steven Hendricks
My vote’s more important than yours. Sorry, but I got it coming to me. I wake up every day to a governor who calls herself “the lapdog of industry” and a U.S. Senator who calls Arabs “ragheads” and a state House that wants to abolish ...
The Murder of Arafat
Uri Avnery
While I am writing this, Yasser Arafat is still alive. But his life is hanging on a thread. When we visited him the last time in his bombed-out Mukata’ah compound in Ramallah, I warned him that Sharon is determined to kill him. Everybody acquai...
The Bush Victory in Iraq
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
George Bush has already won a victory in Iraq, and we’re not talking about weapons inspectors’ access inside the country. The administration’s beating of the war drums has drowned out the dominant stories of two months ago — the corp...
A Memory of Jim Cummings
THOMAS CROFT
Jim Cummings, former Executive Director of the Worker Center of the King County Labor Council, and the Calumet Project, passed away on April 28th, from complications from an amputation and long-suffered effects of diabetes. In some of my conversations with some of...
Greed Without Limits
RALPH NADER
The ultimate downfall of the corporate globalizers may be that they know no limits. Not satisfied with imposing pull-down agreements on the trade in goods, Big Business is looking to do the same thing for services through the General Agreement on Trade in S...
Alejandro Escovedo’s By the Hand of the Father
SUSAN MARTINEZ Click Here For A Spanish Translation By Oscar Sarquíz.
Click Here for a Spanish Translation by Oscar Sarqu?z. I was the first baby delivered in spanish in Bakersfield, California, by Dr. Ramirez at Greater Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. My father recorded the event on reel to reel t...
Por la Mano del Padre
SUSAN MARTINEZ
Traducido por Oscar Sarqu?z. Yo fui la primera beb? tra?da al mundo en espa?ol en Bakersfield, California, por el Dr. Ramirez en el Hospital Greater Bakersfield Memorial. Mi padre grab? el evento en cinta de carrete, y me hizo o?rla una vez. De hecho, la puso vari...
The Ann Coulter Test
CHRIS CLARKE
Dear Ann, Those snarky coastal leftwingers laugh when you claim you’re in touch with the common man. Here’s a chance for the Saxon Klaxon to make them eat their words! Take this quiz to prove just how down you are with the folks in flyover coun...
Forgetting bin Laden
ADAM ENGEL
What cowards! I’ve never seen anything like it. Send in the Marines to bomb ‘em–or what’s left of ‘em from ’91 — back to the stone-age. Bomb a city that was erected thousands of years ago and has endured countless S...
A Birthday Under Curfew
AMELIA PELTZ
Living under a twenty-four hour a day, military-imposed curfew often puts me into a reflective, somewhat philosophical, if not self-indulgent frame of mind. Perhaps its the confinement. Perhaps its the continuous shooting, shelling, and horrendous roar of the tank...
Advice from a Polemicist
BEN TRIPP
I get an awful lot of mail from people looking for free advice. I have no beef with this, of course, except the ‘free’ part; giving advice comes naturally to a man accustomed to lead and be followed such as myself. Just the other day I was leading and ...
Concerned Citizen
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Episode 1: Friendly Games. Script and Summative Comments ['70s cop drama, 30 min, color.] Opens with standard montage of sedans, blue and brown, tailfinned and otherwise, gliding over federally-funded blacktop. Then the obligatory shots ...