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Archives from October 2002
Israel and Divestment
WILL YOUMANS
A little more than a week ago several hundred college students from all over the United States met in Michigan to further the growing campaign to divest American universities of companies with holdings in Israel. The students gathered because they share recognitio...
Lula on the Verge
NORMAN MADARASZ
For the first time in decades a country on the American continent is set to elect a progressive president, granting him the mandate to form an executive government and lead the country for four years. That this country is Brazil, the continent’s second large...
A Free Press, But for Whom?
WILLIAM HUGHES
Oswald Spengler in his mighty tome, “Decline of the West,” had some very prophetic things to say about the press. He wrote that the sentimentalist may beam with contentment about it being “constitutionally free,” but the realist will always...
Ireland’s Dreary Yes to Nice
HARRY BROWNE
In the end it was easy. Before the October 19th referendum on the EU’s Nice treaty, much of Ireland’s political establishment was in a panic–unsure if it could trust the opinion polls (which got it wrong in the first vote last year), resentful...
Between Iraq and Hard Place
BEN TRIPP
Pop quiz. When you hear the expression “regime change”, which of the following best describes what you think it means: A) bloody coup B) change of government C) leader of regime changes mind If you said A) or B),...
The Christian Coalition and Israel
JO FREEMAN
Support for Israel was the major theme of the 2002 Road to Victory conference held by the Christian Coalition in Washington, D.C. October 11-12. Long known as a major source of troops for the right-wing of the Republican Party, the CC has undergone a lot of...
Jeb Bush and the Environment
ALAN FARAGO
At a recent meeting in Tallahassee, the governor of Florida boasted of his “devious plan” to thwart the class size amendment. What kind of governor boasts about being devious? One who has gotten away with it before. Take the governor’s po...
A Guide for the Perplexed
ANIS SHIVANI
Americans have tragically learned that vast oceans no longer separate us from the rest of the world. The media have shortchanged us by not providing enough useful information about different countries of the world, leaving us unable to always comprehend our foreig...
Pataki, Witt and the Indian Point Nuke
T.W. CROFT
In a little movie from a few years ago called “The Princess Bride”, Vizzini, the Sicilian profiteer who kidnaps the young, beautiful Princess-to-be Buttercup in order to cause a war, is finally tracked down by the Dread Pirate Roberts, the masked Man i...
Pataki, Witt and the Indian Point Nuke
DANIEL WOLFF
By hiring James Lee Witt to conduct a “public, independent review” of Indian Point’s emergency evacuation plan, Governor George Pataki has guaranteed the outcome: the controversial nuclear plant will stay open. On August 1, 2002, Governor Pataki ...
Twilight (of the Idols) Zone
ADAM ENGEL
FADE IN. BLACK AND WHITE EXTERIOR: Ground Zero, NYC. CLOSE ON: The late Rod Serling, looking none too shabby, calm, cool, omniscient, like it’s 1962, and he’s still smoking! SERLING “Submitted for your approv...
Why I Oppose the US War on Terror
CHRIS WHITE
The more I juxtapose logical world opinion with the Bush administration’s actions in the war on terror, I realize one overwhelming theme: hypocrisy. No one in any of the branches of government runs a physical risk to themselves by entering a war with Iraq, a...
Back to Bali
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Finally, a 9/11 for our coalition partners. Something they can stake their cases for preemptive war against the Third World on, at long last. It came out of nowhere, like a midnight phone call from an ex whose voice and smell you can’t shake. Ring, r...
How to Shut Up Your Critics
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Thank God, I often say, for the Israeli press. For where else will you find the sort of courageous condemnation of Israel’s cruel and brutal treatment of the Palestinians? Where else can we read that Moshe Ya’alon, Ariel Sharon’s new chief of staff, desc...
Arbitrary Imprisonment
SAM BAHOUR And PAUL De ROOIJ
Last week armed Israeli policemen entered the East Jerusalem YMCA offices and arrested Haytham Hammouri, a YMCA staff member. He was handcuffed and taken into police custody. No charges were made, and he was kept incommunicado for three days. At this point, he wa...
Bush is Falling, But the Democrats are Sinking Faster
RALPH NADER
You would think that with all the troubles surrounding George W. Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress ­ from the life-costing bungling of Hurricane responses to the deepening quagmire in Iraq to the front page stories of corruption, self-dealing and ...
Marketing the War on Iraq
ROGER PEACOCK
The American people have endured a massive marketing campaign this fall. But this campaign isn’t trying to get us to switch to a different long distance company or a new brand of laundry soap. This marketing campaign is designed to prepare us to attack, inva...
A Game of Chess with Many Lives at Stake
LINDA HEARD
As Washington does a soft shoe shuffle to appease its detractors in the United Nations Security Council and agrees to changes in the wording of the proposed new Iraq resolution, American President George W. Bush considers an Israeli proposal to destroy Iraqi missi...
The Toxic Sponsors of Breast Cancer Awareness
CAROL NORRIS
Here we are in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And with admirable intentions people wear pink ribbons and buy stamps and walk for the cure. But the people who are walking for a friend, a loved one, or themselves probably don’t realize that while ...
A Letter to Christopher Hitchens
JACK McCARTHY
Hitchens, you fucking fat-assed drunken slut. You lying sack of shit. Sir, have you no sense of personal integrity whatsoever? Mother Theresa might have been in the “Missionary Position,” but you are taking it every which way from ...
Israel’s Justification for Killing Palestinians
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON Former CIA Political Analyst
Any discussion of violence and non-violence in the Israeli-Palestinian context encounters a serious problem of definition of terms. First, each side apparently understands its use of violence as a reaction to the violence of the other. In this regard, whil...
Just Say
JOANNE MARINER
The influence of the hard-line religious right on Bush Administration decisions and policies is everywhere apparent. (One need only think of the choice of John Ashcroft for attorney general, the nomination of anti-abortion judges to the federal courts, or the Admi...
Writers on the Middle East Question
GARETH RUBIN The Independent
Writers on the Middle East Question by GARETH RUBIN The Independent In 1937, the Left Review, house journal of British progressives, performed a celebrated literary-political experiment. A questionnaire was circulated to the leading writers of the day, askin...
Resistance is not Futile, an Interview with Milan Rai
BEN WHITE
By now the signs are familiar. A build up of rhetoric and demonisation of the ‘other’. Documents and dossiers on horrible threats. Newspapers fill their pages with battle plan graphics. War is looming. At the same time as citizens in Baghdad wa...
Saddam’s Amnesty
JEREMY SCAHILL
ABU GHRAIB, IRAQ. It was a scene that was unthinkable and unbelievable and Iraq is still in a state of stunned jubilation. Thousands of people jammed the streets in front of one of Iraq’s most notorious prisons today just moments after Iraqi President Saddam...