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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from October 2002
Report from the Docks, This is Union Busting!
LEE SUSTAR
An unprecedented alliance of transnational corporations and politicians of both parties is behind the U.S. government’s attempt to break the West Coast dockworkers’ union. George W. Bush’s intervention under the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act...
Yigal Bronner’s Rights Violated by IDF
NEVE GORDON
Since his imprisonment on October 28, Tel-Aviv University lecturer, Dr. Yigal Bronner’s rights have been violated by the Israeli military. In a clear act of vendetta, Yigal’s regiment commander, Shlomo Yerushalmi, decided not to send him to a mi...
The Delusions of David Horowitz
KURT NIMMO
Behold, David Horowitz, former Marxist gone neoconservative in his autumn years. In the world Horowitz occupies all of the clocks have lurched backward to a more paranoid and suspicious time, let us say somewhere mid-stride of the McCarthy inquisition. In the worl...
Red Squads Redux
DESIREE HELLEGERS And LAURIE MERCIER
The September 19 renewal hearing for the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (PJTTF) marked another important skirmish in the national struggle to resist the Bush administration’s assaults on civil liberties. The renewal of the formal agreement between the Portland ...
Fourth Estate for Sale
BEN TRIPP
The time has come to address the problem with modern journalism. I know, I know, it’s a sunny day, why ruin it. But something must be done. With a runaway Executive Branch hell-bent on a pointless war, a complicit Judiciary, and a Legislature with less cojon...
Anthropologists on Wall Street
ANIS SHIVANI
Moral Hazard: A Novel by Kate Jennings Fourth Estate, 2002. 175 pages....
Parching the Palestinians
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
More of the same from the land without people. The October 22 HA’ARETZ reports that “Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, head of the far-right National Religious Party, on Tuesday ordered the Water Commissioner to stop all drilling for water by Palest...
Amnesty International and Israel
PAUL De ROOIJ
Any organization fighting torture and other human rights abuses deserves our support. A recognized leader in this fight is Amnesty International (AI), helping people escape with their lives or avoid torture for decades. Given AI’s track record and its role a...
Gag the Messenger, Kill the Salmon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Last month more than 35,000 salmon died in the lower Klamath River, smothered by low flows, tepid waters and political indifference. At the time, Bush officials attributed the salmon die-off to a freak of nature. "More water wouldn’t have done those fis...
Back Off or I’ll Snap
DAVID VEST
Home from a four-day gigathon, from the Oregon coast to Mt. Hood, with my ears still ringing, desperate for shut-eye, and flat out of luck. Between the neighbor’s crack-of-dawn leaf blower and the morning headlines, who can fall asleep? Would-be nurse on ram...
From Russia with Gas
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
Halloween is almost here, so let’s consider sex and fear. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Forget the candy, the costumes. It’s the fear that captivates your soul. Fear is one of those feelings that makes you feel really alive, your h...
Keith Richards Surprises LA
PHYLLIS POLLACK
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and two of the band’s back-up vocalists, Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin, gave a surprise performance on Monday night, October 28 in Los Angeles, California at the Joint, a small club that only holds approximately a...
Sharon’s Wall
MICHAEL S. LADAH
Many of the atrocities that are being committed by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza against the Palestinian population have had little coverage by news media around the world. Similar to the cover up that the Israeli government and its military attempted in the af...
Parallel Sovereignty for Palestine/Israel?
DEB REICH
If you are a decision-maker or opinion-molder in a position to act on the creative idea presented here, you are earnestly urged to read on. Nine million desperate Palestinians and Israelis will thank you for taking the time. The paper introduces a concept called &...
North Korea’s Nuke Admission Destroys US War Stance on Iraq
LINDA S. HEARD
President Kim Jong Il of North Korea has obviously failed to comprehend that only those countries sanctioned by America and its close allies are permitted to develop nuclear weapons in this unipolar world. Other nuclear powers, such as India and Pakistan, are tole...
National Academy of Sciences Withholds Key Information on Moscow Theater Tragedy
CounterPunch Wire
The US National Academies of Science holds key unclassified US military research documents that shed light on the Moscow theater tragedy; but is refusing to release them despite repeated, urgent requests. (A selected bibliography of the documents is included at th...
We Can Stop This War Before It Begins
DAVID KRIEGER
Statement at the European Parliament, October 22, 2002 Thank you for inviting me to speak today. I have come here to urge you all, individually and collectively, to do everything in your power to oppose a US war against Iraq a war that can have no good end...
From Russia with Gas
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the recent Russian "liberation" of a Moscow theater besieged by Chechen separatist rebels was not that there was a significant body count at the end; that’s to be expected from the Moscow government, whether...
Bush’s Lies and Simple Truths
ROBERT JENSEN
A few weeks ago Jim McDermott, a courageous congressman from Washington state, traveled to Baghdad in pursuit of peace and was sharply criticized, particularly for his comment that George Bush “might mislead” the American public to build support for an...
Roadmap to Nowhere
SAM BAHOUR And MICHAEL DAHAN
The new US “road map” for peace in the Middle East presented by US Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns is no more than a placebo for consumption by both Palestinians and the world community in response to their pressuring Israel for positive ...
Advertising Deregulated
CAROL NORRIS
Just a few years ago, the practice of advertising prescription drugs to us common folk was considered unethical. Now days you can hardly watch TV for five minutes without some commercial promising to cure the affliction it encourages you to be worried about. And a...
In Defense of Not Voting
PIERRE TRISTAM
A week from today some of us will head to the polls and vote. Most of us won’t. Voter turnout has been declining so stubbornly since the 1960s that barely half the electorate votes in presidential elections, and only 36 to 38 percent does in off-year electio...
Johnny Muhammad Got His Gun
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Isn’t that a hoot? The Sniper fall guys — each of them with looks in their eyes blank as empty fishbowls — had something called a “play father” arrangement. One can’t imagine that phrase having problematic connotations. At TV t...
Mourn Wellstone, Don’t Mythologize
SUNIL SHARMA
Since the tragic and untimely death of Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota in a plane crash last Friday, tearful remembrances have poured forth in articles and commentaries across the nation, especially in left liberal media publications. Senator Wellstone ...
A Letter to the General
YIGAL BRONNER
GENERAL, YOUR TANK IS A POWERFUL VEHICLE It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men. But it has one defect: It needs a driver. Bertolt Brecht Dear General, In your letter to me, you wrote that R...