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Archives from September 2002
The Press Blackout on Sabra and Shatila
TOM GORMAN
Between August 27 and September 10, 2002, the Los Angeles Times ran a well-written series of articles on the anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Entitled "Munich Olympics: Thirty Years Later," the series contained twenty articles totaling over 18,00...
Bush and the Romans
TARIQ ALI
The consequences of 11 September remain visible on several fronts. Psychologically, the American empire has constructed a new enemy: Islamic terrorism. Its practitioners were evil, the threat was global and, for that reason, bombs had to be dropped unilaterally an...
W: A Law Unto Himself
JIM KIRWAN
Jim Kirwan is a political independent artist/illustrator and activist writer who has been intermittently published since the 1970s. He has worked for two governors, the att...
Tyranny After Midnight
DANTE TORFIC
There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run. There’s still time to change the road you’re on. Jimmy Page / Robert Plant “Stairway to Heaven” This may not be the case anymore....
20 Questions About Bush’s War on Arabs
BRUCE JACKSON
1. Why did the White House announce that George Bush himself authorized the arrest of the Lackawanna Six, since arrests warrants are normally the purview of an assistant attorney general and the White House never before announced the direct involvement of George B...
Debating War, a Forgotten Tradition
JOAN HOFF
This time honored tradition goes back to the lengthy discussions leading to the War for Independence, before the war of 1812, before the Mexican War in 1845, before the 1898 Spanish-American War, and between 1914 and 1917 when the United States entered the First W...
Privatizing Public Water
KYRSTAL KYER
President Bush, the United Nations, and the rest of the “Washington consensus” are offering up privatization as a solution to water and sanitation problems around the world, as well as inside the United States. Worldwide, an estimated 1.1 billion peopl...
Toxic Wastes and the New World Order
MITCHEL COHEN
Part One Fourteen years ago, the soon-to-be infamous barge, the Khian Sea, left the territorial waters of the United States and began circling the oceans in search of a country willing to accept its cargo: 14,000 tons of toxic incinerator ash. First ...
Jean Chretien, the Master Cynic
NORMAN MADARASZ
‘Only in Canada’ is not the jingle for a beer ad. Perhaps only in Canada can one say without smudging one’s conscience that: “Still, the planet actually is becoming a fairer place, if slowly.” (Toronto Globe and Mail, editorial commen...
Why Bush Wants This War
PETER LEE
"Why does a dog lick its own balls?" the joke goes. "Because he can." And so the justification for the Iraq war has drifted from urgency to necessity to facility, and now simple gratification. The new selling point for the invasion is th...
Cheney’s Breakfast in Burlington
Ron Jacobs
Burlington, VT. In what local Democrats perceive to be a serious attempt to effect a regime change in Vermont, where their party has owned the Governor’s office since 1991, Dick Cheney flew into town this morning. The reason for his most honored visit...
How to Fight Corporate Crime
Ralph Nader
Can anybody in Washington do what needs to be done about corporate crime in the eight weeks before the November elections? Don’t look to the Republicans. Their “whatever corporations want” subservient stance during the Nineties reached le...
How to Silence Pro-Palestinian Voices
Jordy Cummings
“This isn’t Gaza.” So quotes the Concordian, one of the weekly papers of my alma-mater, Montreal’s great Concordia University. The quote comes from an irate suppoprter of Benjamin Netanyahu, angry that a glorious display of civil disobedien...
The Rape of a Nation
Salam Rahal
It has been many months since I last wrote anything that I believe would be a contribution toward the struggle of Palestinians for freedom, independence and most importantly justice. I found that my inability to write was part of both an inner and external strugg...
War with Iraq is Not Bush’s Decision
Richard Falk And David Krieger
It took the public expression of doubts by Brent Scowcroft, a former national security adviser to presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush, to initiate finally a national debate on the merits of preemptive war against Iraq. Before Scowcroft spoke out it was nearly i...
Who Cares for Human Rights? It’s a Just War
Ilija Trojanow And Ranjit Hoskote
The events of September 11, 2001, have been widely described as a tragedy, and so they were, for the victims and their families. But, as we all know, one person’s tragedy can be another person’s windfall. The greatest beneficiary of these attacks, and ...
Bush the First, Hating Saddam, Selling Him Weapons
Kurt Nimmo
In an interview with CNN’s Paula Zahn, former president George Bush spoke recently of his "hatred" of Saddam Hussein. "I hate Saddam Hussein," said Bush."I don’t hate a lot of people. I don’t hate easily, but I think he&#...
Sabra and Shatila, the Forgotten Massacres
Peggy Thomson
Every time I open my closet door I see them. The black Talbots sandals I wore when I revisited the wretched Palestinian refugee camps known as Sabra and Shatila. Although I’ve cleaned them, for some reason the sandals seem to be coated with a film of dust an...
September 1982, Sabra and Chatila
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
I woke up that morning Where far across the earth In Beirut, in Sabra and Chatila camps Zionist butchers were hard at work That day was to have been special It marked the anniversary of my birth Instead came the news of the massacres Sending shock waves ar...
Goodbye to All That
Rep. Cynthia McKinney
[This is a transcript of Rep. McKinney's remarks on September 14 at the reception for the Congressional Black Caucus.] This is an important week for all of us, although it is a particularly important week for me. This week we had t...
EPA’s Air Report, Smoking Gun of a Hatchet Job
Ben Tripp
Let’s talk about the environment. For those of you who don’t know, the environment is that large brown thing outside your window– unless you live in Manhattan, in which case it’s on the other end of the Triborough bridge; take the Major Dee...
Yet Another Bush Doctrine
William A. Cook
He said it and we must obey! “We (America) want the United Nations to be effective and respected and successful. We want (the) its resolutions to be enforced.” This is the third of Dubya’s new foreign policy doctrines, each a furtherance of his ...
The Illegalities of Bush’s War on Afghanistan
Francis Boyle
The “Blowhard Zone” On September 13, 2001 I got a call from FOX News asking me to go on the O’Reilly Factor program that night, two days after the tragic events of September 11, to debate O’Reilly on War v. Peace. It is pretty clear ...
Bush’s Crackdown on Medical Marijuana
Heidi Lypps
The month of September has seen a dramatic escalation of the War on Drugs in California, with DEA raids on two leading medical marijuana dispensaries. On September 5th, DEA agents arrested Valerie and Michael Corral of WAMM (Wo/Men’s alliance for Medical Mar...
Americans Caught in a Web of Paranoia
Linda S. Heard
The Americans are being slowly indoctrinated into believing that they are citizens of a nation under siege, beset by evil forces both within and without. Inspired by the Bible-thumping rhetoric of their beloved right-wing Christian leader, they see themselves as f...
The Shoney’s Incident
Hussein Ibish
When I arrived in San Francisco last Friday morning, I was whisked off to the local studios of a network news channel for a scheduled debate on Iraq. That debate never took place since I found myself transfixed by and commenting on a dramatic roadside search of su...
All that Matters is Oil
Adam Federman
No king, no president, no group of capitalists, will hatch a war without justifying it on the grounds that it serves the common good and cannot be avoided for this or that reason, and that the nation’s standing in the eyes of other peoples, henc...
The Other Israel, a Review
Kathleen Christison Former CIA Political Analyst
The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent by Kathleen Christison former CIA political analyst A very close friend, non-Jewish, recently told me that, although she does not sympathize with much that Israel has done to the Palestinians in the last fe...
Why Do They Hate Us?
Riad Z. Abdelkarim, MD
One of the most widely asked questions in the weeks and months following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against our nation has been, "Why do they hate us?"– the "they" in this question ostensibly referring to the world’s Arabs and M...
Bush’s Wars
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
[What follows is the transcript of a televised debate from the excellent Australian SBS program ...
American Primacy at Bay
Ahmad Faruqui
The United States of America, accounting for a twentieth of the world’s population, generates a third of its gross domestic product, and owns about half of its financial wealth. Militarily, it has no equal. Culturally, it is the world’s leading film an...
J. Edgar Hoover vs. Alfred E. Neuman
Dave Randall The Independent
The congressional hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee are in progress. Senator Joe McCarthy from Wisconsin straightens his papers and looks up, licking his lips at the prospect of the next witness: a slight, boyish figure crossing the room. As he settle...
Bush’s War Dossier
Robert Fisk The Independent
Years ago, in a snug underground restaurant in downtown Tehran, drinking duq–an Iranian beverage of mint and yoghurt–Saddam Hussein’s former head of nuclear research told me what happened when he made a personal appeal for the release of a friend from pr...
A Voice for Peace
Kurt J. Leege
As I stood at the anti-war rally in New York this morning besieged by the rabid reborn cult of Lyndon LaRouche, a terrible thought occurred to me: Throughout all of the articles written and arguments condemning the upcoming war, regardless of political affiliation...
A New Theology of Power
M. Shahid Alam
“This book sounds an alarm: Israel, through the deep and pervasive power of its lobby, threatens deeply-cherished American values-especially free speech, academic freedom and our commitment to human rights.” Paul Findlay, They Dare ...
Snitching at Shoney’s
Wayne Madsen
The Bush administration, complete with its Homeland ("Heimland") Security fixation, Gestapo-like TIPS (Terrorist Information and Prevention System) program, and continuous war preparations and sabre rattling, now has its own hero: Eunice Stone of Carters...
Rebel Angel, A Memoir. Chapter Three
David Vest
Chapter Three: Neither-Handed J. O. Curnutt, my maternal grandfather, bought me a typewriter and a stack of newsprint when I was 12 and told me to “get to writing.” A veteran of the First World War, he had met Tallulah Bankhead and claimed to ha...
Lacking Tenacity
Josh Frank
With a backwards administration gutting social services, butchering the environment, and unashamedly scrambling to war; the gates of liberal dissent are left shuttering in their wake. But who holds the essential keys to stop the parody? Our cheerful Democrats do. ...
a Review of Bernard Lewis’ Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
Anis Shivani
Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. By Bernard Lewis. Oxford University Press. 180 pages. $23. Bernard Lewis, leading Orientalist and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, has been in great demand by the American media for his e...
Bush Across the Rubicon
Robert Fisk The Independent
How small he looked in the high-backed chair. You had to sit in the auditorium of the UN General Assembly yesterday to realize that George Bush Jr threatening war in what was built as a house of peace could appear such a little man. But then again Julius Caesar was a litt...
The View from Istanbul
Behzad Yaghmaian
The short walk through the Egyptian Spice Bazaar is a stroll in heaven. It is a page in a book of history of the East, and romance with the past. The magnificent colors of spices–blue, red, yellow, green, purple, and white–resonate the beauty of the gr...
The Bush Administration, a Short History
Ben Tripp
Mark Twain’s significant other, Samuel Clemens, once remarked that “Journalism is the first rough draft of history.” Not any more. Someone else will have to take up the skein of our time and weave it into the rich tapestry of days, someon...
A Witness from the Past
Uri Avnery
A person who died 1900 years ago was summoned this week by Ariel Sharon to appear before his verbal kangaroo court. That, in itself, is not surprising. In Jewish consciousness, there is no clear borderline between past and present, as there is none between ...
Nuclear Plants and Terrorism
Jeffrey St. Clair
As George Bush and Tony Blair fume timorously about Saddam Hussein’s taking babysteps toward acquiring a primitive nuclear weapon, it is clear that the real nuclear threat resides much closer to home. The original plan for the 9-11 attacks called for ...
Democracy and US Policy on Cuba
Tom Crumpacker
Primo io, dopo io, sempre io, viva io. Benito Mussolini Our government has said for years that the purpose of its Cuba policy is to bring democracy to Cuba...
Contempt Within a Civilization
Zeynep Toufe
[Speech given on 9/11/02 to an anti-war community forum meeting in Austin, Texas.] When I came to this country a few years ago, I honestly expected it to be a very closed, repressive society. That was my only explanation of why U.S. foreign policy could be ...
The Cost of War
Mark Weisbrot
Back when the first Gulf War was being debated, I gave a speech at an anti-war rally in Charleston, Illinois. A university student interrupted to heckle. I stopped and looked at him: “You look like you could carry a gun. If you think this war is such a great...
Bush and Iraq, Contempt for the United Nations
Adam Jones
On September 12, U.S. President George W. Bush addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations. He was there to make the case for vigorous action against Iraq. Bush told delegates that the U.N. had been born in “the hope of a world moving toward justice...
No Thank You, Mr. President
Lev Grinberg
Following end of the ’67 battles, the Israeli government decided to knock down the barriers separating Eastern Jerusalem and annex the eastern Palestinian neighborhoods. Expecting immediate American pressure to withdraw from the conquered territories, the go...
Bush at the UN
Tom Gorman
President Bush spoke to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, September 12 about the supposedly urgent need to attack Iraq. The following is a list of statements made by him that are either illogical, half-truths, or outright falsehoods, with responses to each....