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Archives from November 2002
Heroes and Villains
WILLIAM MacDOUGAL
Anyone labouring under the misconception that Britain’s striking firemen would receive a hearing in accordance with the high levels of public goodwill traditionally enjoyed by the fire service must surely have been brought back to earth with a thump by the a...
The Betrayal of Lenny Glaser
MICHAEL ROSSMAN
For Mario, who loved a good read and efforts at honesty In the episode of the Free Speech Movement, I think we were inhabited by spirits larger than ourselves — somewhere between ancestral and primordial in nature, and sharpl...
4th Amendment RIP
CAROL NORRIS
The 4th Amendment, an unwavering champion of our right to privacy, died on 18 November 2002. The amendment, adopted by the convention of states on 17 September 1787, was 215. The 4th tirelessly fought to guarantee that “the right of the people to be secure i...
Reflections on Kant and Moral Equivalence
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Michael Lerner is typical of those who require everyone to condemn the attack on the Metzer Kibbutz, where a Palestinian went out of his way to kill two children being shielded by their mother. In between references to his own integrity, Lerner assures us that the...
The Betrayal of Lenny Glaser
MICHAEL ROSSMAN
CounterPunch runs this memoir of a betrayal by the Free Speech Movement back in the Sixties because November 21, 2002, sees a betrayal of the memory of that movement and of one of its leaders, Mario Savio. On the UC Berkeley Campus a lecture se...
The Dagger of Futility
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Many readers of my online columns have recently expressed feelings of both anger and resignation. The elections seemed to “push a dagger” into the heart of progressive ideals. Many hoped that the public would vote Democratic over Republican to stop thi...
Secrets and Lies
JASON LEOPOLD
The front pages of California’s major daily newspapers were buzzing last week with fresh reports of one energy company ripping off the state in the spring of 2000 by deliberately keeping a power plant from generating electricity so the company could take adv...
WWJS
WILLIAM A. COOK
I saw the pictures children drew at Terezin last March when I delivered a paper at a Prague conference. Yesterday I saw a picture of a Palestinian woman, old and bent, weeping as she watched Sharon’s bulldozer demolish her home. The children’s pictures...
US Should Use "Soft Power" to Engage Iran
REZA LADJEVARDIAN
In the past few days, thousands of Iranian students have been peacefully protesting against the death sentence for apostasy handed out to Hashem Aghajari, a liberal dissident. Aghajari is a 45-year-old history lecturer, journalist and veteran who lost a leg...
Identity Under Siege
PAUL De ROOIJ
The Palestinian struggle — that a people should endure such unremitting cruelty from Israel and still not give up, is a collective miracle. Edward Said, “Disunity and factionalism”, Al Ahram 21 August 2002. ...
Have You Been Centerized?
DAVID VEST
So the great Battle for the Center, with everyone rushing to seem as much like everyone else as humanly possible, has come down to this: By handing them control of the U. S. Senate, voters have given the Republicans a green light to loot the country, with nothing ...
Turkey and Cyprus
LINDA HEARD
Recip Tayipp Erdogan, the leader of Turkey’s recently elected Justice and Development Party, holds the future of Cyprus in his hands. Erdogan had initially welcomed the recently unveiled United Nations plan for reunification of the island, but on Saturday he...
Madison Votes "NO" on War
LORI KORTE And MIKE LEON
Madison, Wisconsin. “One function of local government is to inform the national government what the views of its citizens are about issues of national moment.” Those words were spoken by University of Wisconsin at Madison Professor of Sociology ...
America’s Mythical Heartland
PIERRE TRISTAM
Here’s a brief description of two very different parts of the country. The first is Ridgewood Avenue, that segment of U.S. 1 that links Holly Hill to Daytona Beach. Like most of U.S. 1’s 2,500 miles America’s original highway hymn to uglin...
Did Bush Blaspheme?
STEPHEN B. CHAPMAN
In his speech about the Middle East crisis on June 24 of this year, President Bush concluded by quoting Deuteronomy 30:19, “I have set before you life and earth; therefore, choose life.” Given that he was calling_for the first time ever–for a cha...
The Casualties of a US/Iraq War
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Three years ago in New York City, I met a young Iraqi, a student in New York University. This was an Arab cultural event: a night of music, book reading, and poetry recitation. The Iraqi was younger than twenty. A gentle face, looking reserved: he approached the p...
Medical Marijuana and Ashcroft
BEN TRIPP
Note to the Department of Justice: all references to the author’s use of illegal drugs in this essay are purely satirical in nature. The author has never used drugs of any kind, although he once became high as the result of using PVC cement in a...
PR Spinning the Bush Doctrine
KURT NIMMO
The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq bills itself as an NGO comprised of a "distinguished group of Americans" who want to bomb Saddam Hussein out of existence. Of course, NGO is a misnomer for this particular organization because its advisory board i...
Politically Modified Organisms
CAROL NORRIS
They have spliced flounder genes into strawberries, mice genes into potatoes and the hog’s milk gene into corn. They also have corn that can create its own insecticide, fending off pests. When the pests eat the corn, the insecticide blows up its stomach. Suc...
A Report from the School of the Americas Protest
LORI KORTE
Fort Benning, Georgia. War is peace. Terror is human rights. The U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) is now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC). Some 7,000 demonstrators from all regions of the country descended on Fort Benn...
The Curse of a Monopolized Press
WILLIAM HUGHES
Baltimore City is cursed with only one daily newspaper, the Baltimore Sun. Over the years, it has grown arrogant and out of touch with its readers, primarily as a result of not having any real competition. Here are just a few examples of its recent outrageo...
Secular Crusades
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
“To tell people the truth is not hatred.” — Jimmy Swaggart, 11/15/2002 You won’t have Ronald Springel to kick around anymore, apparently. Spokane’s SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, in its 11/15 edition, followed up...
The Revenge of a Child
URI AVNERY
Since last Sunday, a question has been running around in my head and troubling my sleep: What induced the young Palestinian, who broke into Kibbutz Metzer, to aim his weapon at a mother and her two little children and kill them? In war one does not kill chi...
World’s Policeman or Bully?
ROBERT JENSEN
In the debate about a U.S. war against Iraq, the question often pops up: Should the United States be the world’s policeman? This is a case where the answer doesn’t matter, because it is the wrong question. The United States isn’t offering ...
The Terror War Targets Maoist Exiles
GARY LEUPP
As soon as the Bush administration announced its “war on terrorism” last September, I thought I had some idea of what was coming. On the one hand, the U.S. government had never lucidly defined “terrorism,” that most hopelessly vague of “isms...
A Modest Proposal
NOAM CHOMSKY
The dedicated efforts of the Bush administration to take control of Iraq–by war, military coup or some other means–have elicited various analyses of the guiding motives. Offering one interpretation, Anatol Lieven, senior associate of the Carnegi...
Why Bush Wants to Destroy Saddam
BILL CHRISTISON
Why does the Bush administration want to go to war against Iraq? There are at least five reasons that people in the United States, and other countries too, should be debating. (In addition to these five, three other reasons are worth mentioning whose importance is ...
US Aid to Israel, Feeding the Cuckoo
PAUL De ROOIJ
Since Sept. 11, Americans have thought of themselves as the target of terrorists, emanating mainly from the Middle East. It may thus surprise them to learn that their own actions are in large part responsible for their problems and resentment in the Middle East. I...
A Tribute to Paul Wellstone
RALPH NADER
The memorial service for Senator Wellstone, his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia at the Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC on November 13, 2002 was a fitting and diverse tribute from their two sons, Mark and David, Senatorial colleagues, staff and fri...
Sharon’s Last Option
MARTIN Van CREVELD And JENNIFER BYRNE
Here’s Professor Martin van Creveld, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s most prominent military historian, talking on Austraian TV with Jennifer Byrne. Byrne: How has it come to this, Martin… how is it that the mighty Israeli ...
Vertov
BEN SONNENBERG
In Memory of Vincent Canby (1922-2000) Man With the Movie Camera,...
Scoring the US / Iraq War
WALT BRASCH
Now that the police believe they have in custody the Suburban Sniper, George W. Bush can once again try to get the people to focus on his message that as many as 24 million Iraqis need to be wiped off the earth in order to destroy Saddam Hussein and avenge the unc...
The Burning Sails of Baghdad
MICHAEL S. LADAH
The United States with the support of the UN Security Council has pushed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein into a corner. Even his Arab brothers are now calling on the President of Iraq to give up his defiance of American demands to disarm. By all accounts, the Iraqi le...
Mannahatta (A Tale of Two Cities)
ADAM ENGEL
And Eastward bound was I. Away, away from Riverside and crossing Central Park to Xanadu did Donald Trump a stately pleasure dome decree. Away, away from mongrel hordes. Away from the Museum of Dead Things and Hayden’s belly full of stars. Ghosts of Indians b...
Europe Versus America
EDWARD SAID
Although I have visited England dozens of times, I have never spent more than one or two weeks at a single stretch. This year, for the first time, I am in residence for almost two months at Cambridge University, where I am the guest of a college and giving a serie...
The Ironies of History
TODD MAY
Hegel would have loved it. The nineteenth century German philosopher who taught us to beware the ironies of history would have felt vindicated. As the United States marches blindly to war, intent on demolishing an enemy that may have already vanquished it, Hegel w...
The Did the UN Violate Its Own Rules in the Iraq Resolution?
GEORGE P. FLETCHER
On November 8, the U.N. Security Council voted 15-0 vote in favor of Resolution 1441, which concerns Iraq. Through its passage of the Resolution, the Security Council indirectly supported the U.S.’s threat to go to war against Saddam Hussein. Some par...
An Open Letter to the NCWO on the Augusta Golf Club Campaign
DON MONIAK
Dear NCWO, I am a self-employed consultant and free-lance writer who lives 20 miles from Augusta, GA in Aiken, SC. I have also worked for non-profit environmental and social justice activist groups for about 6 years. I have followed your campaign to pressur...
Transfer’s Real Nightmare
GADI ALGAZI And AZMI BDEIR
As these words are being written, Khirbet Yanun still exists. Or maybe not: 15 of the 25 families that lived in the village are still there. This is not an insignificant number: If the reader recalls, on October 18 only two old men remained there, having refused t...
The Political Theology of Tom Delay
Tarif Abboushi
The most recent definition of crimes against humanity under customary international law is contained in Article 7(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It includes the following acts, among others, when committed as part of a widespread or sy...
Into the Bush Imperium
KURT NIMMO
Either the corporate polltakers are lying, or there’s something terribly wrong with the American people. According to a recent survey conducted by USA Today/CNN/Gallup, 54% of Americans think the Democrats are too liberal; 57% think Democrats are weak...
The Political Theology of Tom Delay
Tarif Abboushi
The most recent definition of crimes against humanity under customary international law is contained in Article 7(1) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It includes the following acts, among others, when committed as part of a widespread or sy...
Frontier Justice from Teddy Roosevelt to GW Bush
TOM BARRY
“Warlike intervention by civilized powers would contribute directly to the peace of the world.” This type of bellicose formulation of U.S. foreign policy could have easily come from any member of Bush’s foreign po...
Disarming Christian Soldiers
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Well, it’s like Patriot Day and Homeland Security Week rolled up into a big pasty ball of freedom. All of W’s war promos over the last few months have amounted to a big tease apparently, as the chorus line in Baghdad flashes its goodies yet again for t...
Bin Laden Back in Saudi Arabia?
ROBERT FISK The Independent
It is him. The man on the tape is Bin Laden. He is alive. It took only a brief flurry of phone calls to the Middle East and south-west Asia for the most impeccable sources to confirm that Osama bin Laden is alive and that it was his gravelly voice that threatens the West ...
Bush’s Extremist Agenda Goes into Overdrive
CHRIS FLOYD
Since last we met, George W. Bush has been enthroned in near-absolute power by a whopping, er, 21 percent of the American electorate, which narrowly voted in a slate of congressional Republican rubber-stamps–who bid fair to outdo Baghdad’s parliamentar...
The Mad World of A.M. Rosenthal
WILLIAM HUGHES
On September 14, 2001, three days after the 9/11 tragedy, A. M. Rosenthal swung virulently into action. Writing for Morton Zuckerman’s rag, the New York Daily News, he demanded the U.S. deliver an ultimatum to at least six countries- – Afghanistan, Lib...
The Fading Democratic Delusion
ANIS SHIVANI
The Emerging Democratic Majority by John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira Scribner, 2002. 213 pages. $24.00 Judis and Teixeira have argued before that emerging demographics all but assure a solid Democratic ...
Deferral by Default
PIERRE TRISTAM
Dear Gabriel, Like the rest of the family I’ve hassled you quite a bit over the years for just pulling up stakes and moving to Syria, of all places. (Was Long Island that bad?) But in light of the election results here last week I wonder, my dear olde...
Unions and 9/11-Baiting
RON LARE
At a May 2002 United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 600 polling-place near Detroit, two election opponents–a leading local officer and a former UAW international rep in his 70’s–got into a fight allegedly involving spitting and punching. In the same el...