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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from September 2002
Bush at the UN on Iraq
Robert Jensen And Rahul Mahajan
In the age of American empire, this is what diplomacy looks like: After months of open expressions of contempt for international law and disregard for the opinions of other nations (allies and enemies alike), the U.S. president deigned to appear before the Un...
How Not to Sell a War
AHMAD FARUQUI
War is gruesome business. No less gruesome is the business of selling a war, especially an unprovoked attack by the world’s only superpower on a third world country two oceans away. So how did the Bush administration do it? The story begins with the d...
Shelter from the Storm
Ron Jacobs
September 11, 2002. I awoke this morning to a dark, stormy Vermont. How appropriate, I thought, that today would be like this. Not so much because of the dead a year ago, but moreso because of those killed since those towers fell last September and those almost ce...
What Rhymes With NAFTA, But Smells Worse? CAFTA!
Krystal Kyer
Under cover of the corporate (and independent) media’s obsession with GW Bush’s maniacal ‘war on terror,’ the US is pursuing new trade negotiations to expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) debacle to Central and South Ameri...
Presidential Honesty on Iraq
Gary Leupp
Often the day after a midterm exam a student will come by my office, apologizing for his or her absence at the exam, with an explanation carefully prepared in advance. If he or she says, “I’m sorry. I was so hung over from the frat party the night bef...
A Conversation with My Arab-American Self
Tarif Abboushi
America, love it or leave it. I was a Palestinian teenager at a Quaker boarding school in Lebanon when I first saw that slogan, and I loved it. The slogan, that is. Back then I devoured the slices of Americana dished out by American heroes as diverse as Mu...
Glossary of Occupation
Paul De Rooij
Language is a powerful yet deceptive thing. It can be used to convey someone’s plight and it can also be used to hide unpalatable sordid deeds. Nowhere are words adulterated more for political ends than in Israel and Palestine today. It is no secret that Isr...
Overcome in Philly
John Jonik
Philadelphia mayor, John F. Street, at a 9/11 anniversary ceremony in the city, closed his remarks with the phrase, "We shall overcome". But in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, not Mississippi), no clarification was given about who "we" refer...
Abusing the Sorrows of September 11
Pierre Tristam
My personal acre of hell froze over for an instant last month: I felt a lusty pang of love for Phyllis Schlafly, baroness of the religious right and most things wrong. Schlafly, you see, offered the best advice to schools regarding this week’s anniversary o...
Riefenstahl’s Fascist Aesthetic
James C. Faris
“I want to see, that’s all. This is my life. I want to see.” Leni Riefenstahl, on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday (Vanity Fair, September 1992) Leni Riefenstahl, amazingly, turned 100 ...
Rumsfeld, the Most Dangerous Man in Washington?
Alexander Cockburn
They still refer to George Bush’s popularity. I don’t think so. The dwindling number of folk who tell the pollsters they think he’s doing a good job are probably worried they’ll get investigated by Ashcroft if they don’t. Imagine you&...
How Warmongers Have Exploited 9/11
Norm Dixon
In the week before the first anniversary of the devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, TV networks aired a seemingly never-ending string of “special events” featuring “exclusive” or “never befor...
Rumsfeld, the Most Dangerous Man in Washington?
Alexander Cockburn
At 2.40 PM, September 11, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was commanding his aides to get “best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H.”–meaning Saddam Hussein–“at same time. Not only UBL”–the initials used t...
Resisting Bush’s "Relentless War"
David Krieger
In an article reflecting on the anniversary of September 11, President Bush wrote, “In an instant, America was transformed from a nation at peace to a country at war. We were called to defend liberty against tyranny and terror. And we have answered that call...
Remember the Others Too!
Jerre Skog
The patriotic arrangements for 9-11 are on a scale probably never seen before. Millions in the USA and all over the world will again see endless repeats of those ghastly moments when planes piloted by criminal fanatics crashed into the towers. There will be speec...
How to Survive in Ashcroft’s America
Anis Shivani
Write an article like this one to throw them off my scent – if he’s inviting attention to himself, surely he can’t have anything to worry about?. . . Put off bug exterminator visit until apartment is cleared of five feet high stacks of Int...
Illegal Music
Dave Marsh
September feels like harvest time for records. I’ve got here new ones by Peter Wolf, America’s most under-rated rock singer; Steve Earle, which is spiritually kin to The Rising, politically kin to The Coup; Cedell Davis, maybe the best Mississippi hill...
Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Torture
Will Youmans
Alan Dershowitz is the kind of guy who never lets the facts get in the way of a good argument. The Harvard Law School professor and part-time voracious defender of Israel devoted his celebrity legal mind to combating terrorism. His partisan and fundamental...
Innocence Bound, Inside Angola Prison
Anita Roddick
As the billboards and Cajun fishing shacks swooshed by along the road from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, the swampy delta landscape looked familiar: 12 years ago, I traveled this road to the prison at Angola in Louisiana with the Danish vagabond, Jacob Holdt. We had...
Americans and Polls
Ben Tripp
Please take a moment to answer these few simple questions, which will be used in the drafting of a constitutional statement that may be presented to King George III. Your feedback will be helpful to the persons framing this document, who wish to include a variety ...
Calling 9-11, America and Iraq
Ramzi Kysia
This week, PBS is showing a documentary, “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,” that examines how America’s faith has been challenged by the terrorist attacks on our country a year ago. It asks, “Where was God on September 11?” Livi...
The War Drummers
Uri Avnery
Slowly, President Bush’s war plan against Iraq is emerging from the thick fog. At first it looked like a collection of hazy slogans, but gradually it is becoming clear that it has definite–if hidden–aims. The plan is unconnected to the fam...
The Legacy of September 10, 2001
Philip Farruggio
Countless columns and opinions have and will continue to be made concerning the events of 9/11 – and they should. One must realize that 3 planes used as missiles killing thousands of “9 to 5ers” is something so much more terrible than what I will...
Bush Paints Allies and Enemies as Evil
Robert Fisk The Independent
The crucial question remains: is the Iraqi President mad as well as bad? Just as Americans are recovering from the harrowing television re-runs of the 11 September attacks, their President is going to launch the biggest reshaping of the Middle East since the British and F...
Richard Perle’s Bombshell in Milan
Gary Leupp
"Mohammed Atta met Saddam Hussein in Baghdad prior to September 11. We have proof of that, and we are sure he wasn’t just there for a holiday. The meeting is one of the motives of an American attack on Iraq." Richard Perle, to ...
The Case of the Angola Three
Anita Roddick
Albert Woodfox, Herman "Hooks" Wallace, and Robert "King" Wilkerson grew up in the racially charged late 1960s and early 1970s in the poverty-stricken public housing projects of New Orleans. All three were imprisoned for petty crimes. Wh...
Karl Rove’s War
Jack McCarthy
During the Clinton years the U.S. news media in this country never tired of reminding us that the lesson of Vietnam was to let the Generals run the war. Not only should pols get out of the way, but they should also let the military decide whether or not we ...
The October Surprise Revisited
Chris Floyd
As the world prepares to mark the anniversary of one of history’s great turning points, we would be remiss if we failed to make our contribution to the sad memorials. And so, with heavy heart, we return to that fateful moment when the forces of violent extre...
Ethnic Cleansing by Starvation
Rania Awwad
A US-financed assessment of the overall malnutrition level among Palestinian children, released this month by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), found that one in five Palestinian children under the age of five now suffers from chronic or acute m...
There’s Still Time to Stop Insanity
Robert Jensen
The evening of Sept. 11, I wrote an essay that ended with a plea that “the insanity stop here,” that the brutal act of terrorism not spark more terrorism, theirs or ours. But the insanity didn’t stop. Instead, the Bush administratio...
Losing Ground Zero
Gavin Keeney
The New York Times Takes on Ground Zero The next (newest) wave of proposals for Ground Zero (the World Trade Center site and immediate environs) is upon us, courtesy of His Majesty Herbert Muschamp and The New York Times. This round of dreams was sponsored...
Advertise This!
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Corporations are gaining ground fast in their effort to assume all of the U.S. constitutional protections afforded human beings. Some of the last limitations on corporate free speech rights may be about to fall, thanks to Supreme Court decisions that increa...
What’s Missing from Springsteen’s The Rising? Politics
Alan Maass
My Heart sank when I heard that Bruce Springsteen had praised George W. Bush’s management of the "war on terrorism." "The war in Afghanistan was handled well," Springsteen told the Times of London in July. "It was deliberative, which...
The Tenth Crusade
Alexander Cockburn
Amid the elegies for the dead and the ceremonies of remembrance, seditious questions intrude: Is there really a war on terror; and if one is indeed being waged, what are its objectives? The Taliban are out of power. Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, bloo...
The Trouble with Normal
Jeffrey St. Clair
Standing on the gallows with my head in a noose Any minute now I’m expecting all hell to break loose People are crazy and times are strange I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range I used to care, but things have changed ...
Looking Back on September 11
David Krieger
As we approach the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, it is worth reflecting on how little has been accomplished and how much has been lost in the past year. We have demonstrated that our military machine is powerful and can smash poor cou...
How Arab Americans Really Responded to September 11
Riad Z. Abdelkarim And Jason Erb
As our nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, American Muslims around the country will join their fellow citizens in pausing and reflecting upon the horrors of that day and its aftermath. Some media pundits and other well...
When War Came Home
Bruce Jackson
9/11 was the first time we were attacked on our own soil by anyone other than the British. Who, other than reenactors who play dress-up remembers or cares about the War of 1812? Hawaii was an American territory in 1941, not a state, and in that time before jet tra...
Rise Up
Tom Stephens
Since September 11, 2001, our government has placed us in further danger with policies that inflame the conditions giving rise to terrorism. This sad anniversary offers us an opportunity to begin taking back our democracy. Above all, we must work for peace and soc...
9/11, Bush and War
Mike Leon
Fitchburg, Wisconsin. In a few days this nation will begin to mark 9/11, an attack known by the date on which it occurred, requiring no elaboration of its human toll. Like most Americans I will always remember where I was on 9/11 even though I personally kn...
Rise Up!
Tom Stephens
Since September 11, 2001, our government has placed us in further danger with policies that inflame the conditions giving rise to terrorism. This sad anniversary offers us an opportunity to begin taking back our democracy. Above all, we must work for peace and soc...
Mister Ashcroft’s Neighborhood
Susan Davis
“There are Lots of Neighbors on Anxiety Street.” (Illinois proverb, 20th-century) Dear Mr. Ashcroft, I am writing to you hoping that I can become a charter member of your TIPS neighborhood surv...
Levelling and 9/11
Peter Linebaugh
On September 11, 1648, the Levellers submitted the Large Petition with 40,000 signatures to Parliament. The deed was decisive because it set in motion the terrible events that culminated four months later in the execution of Charles Stuart, King of England, and because th...
It’s Happening Here
Bill Christison
“We have a war going on.” How many hundreds of times in the past year have you heard this tired excuse, mouthed as often by Democrats as Republicans to avoid serious debate? The speaker, generally self-righteous, always believes or at least pretends tha...
That’s Entertainment!
William McDougal
  ‘The day that sent shockwaves around the world. The BBC marks the anniversary of September 11 with a series of special reports and commemorative broadcasts from across the globe.’ BBC Programme Information ...
Dark Alliance Restored
Gary Webb
I wanted to let every one know that the original Dark Alliance website the Mercury News quietly took down in 1998 is back in all of its flaming glory. I reconstructed it from a CDROM that Jerry Ceppos ordered destroyed after the rest of the press began whining tha...
Hanan Ashrawi at Colorado College
Sadanand Nanjundiah
Dear President Celeste and Colleagues on the Faculty of Colorado College, I wish to commend you for inviting Dr. Hanan Ashrawi as one of the speakers to your symposium, “September 11:One Year Later”, that is to take place on your campus shortly...
Homeland Security…Out from the Shadows
John Stanton
The frightful Department of Homeland Security currently promoted by the Bush Regime and its disciples, and recent converts, has its genesis in defense and security study “think tanks” in Washington, DC. These groups wield enormous influence on local, s...
War Talk in the Post Office
Kurt Nimmo
“Should we bomb Iraq?” the man asked. We both stood in the Post Office annex. I was there to buy stamps and mail the monthly bills. He seemed to be doing some sort of mass mailing. The man appeared to be about fifty, overweight, the tail of his ...
The Coca-Cola Killings
Maria Engqvist
The Coca-Cola killings in Colombia continue. Last week union activist Adolfo de Jesus Munera was murdered shortly after he received notice that a law suit filed by him against Coca-Cola was accepted by Colombia’s Constitutional Court. Adolfo de Jesus...