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Archives from November 2002
Resistance!
WAYNE MADSEN
For all those who, like me, feel that November 6, 2002 is much like December 13, 2000 (Gore’s concession speech) and September 11, 2001, it’s time to stop the hand wringing and get to serious work to save this nation from certain disaster. But first, s...
To the Barricades!
LORENZO HAGERTY
Another fake election is over, and no one should be surprised at the results. What do I mean by “fake” you ask? Well, just look at what has transpired in the weeks leading up to “election” day: Florida prevented 91,000 legally register...
Inside Karl Rove’s Election Night Diary
BERNARD WEINER
Now, THAT was fun! The liberals never knew what hit ‘em. Clueless, those guys. But, based on our polling and focus groups, your’s truly knew weeks ago. That’s why I could safely send George out on the hustings for that last-minute pick-me...
Voting with Your Ass
BEN TRIPP
What’s interesting to me about the latest failure of Democracy in the country is that for once it wasn’t the fault of the dirty lying Republican candidates or the shiftless invertebrate Democratic candidates. It was the fault of the voters. Not that th...
Geriatric Terrorists on Guantanamo
JOANNE MARINER
Last January, discussing the Bush Administration’s plans to transfer detainees from Afghanistan to Guantanamo, the New York Times noted the Administration’s emphasis on the men’s dangerousness. The U.S. naval base was being made secure, the Time...
How Carter and Castro Could Avert War on Iraq
WILLIAM M. EVAN
One would hardly think that former President Jimmy Carter and President Fidel Castro of Cuba would be likely partners in peacemaking. However, if they were to undertake a peace mission to Baghdad, they might be able to avert a war on Iraq that could cause thousan...
Jeb Bush
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
As regular readers of my work know, I share a belief with folks like Florida scribe Shelton Hull that understanding how stories are told in professional wrestling can be key to understanding the ways in which stories are told in the political realm. One canonical...
Nosedive
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
So, the Democrats have paid the price for a cowardly, half hearted, inept campaign, and they didn’t even see it coming. The party used to be handy with campaign mechanics: good polling, energetic at the precinct level in getting out the vote. This time around they h...
Hypocrisy at Camp Delta
PIERRE TRISTAM
We don’t hear much about the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay anymore, those men harvested from the terror farms of Afghanistan and shucked of all legal bearings down to the word “alleged.” When we do, it’s in snippets of absurdities, like fugit...
Questions of War
MATT SIEGFRIED
All across the United States, particularly since the US Congress voted overwhelmingly to back the Bush Administration’s drive to war with Iraq, coalitions have formed, teach-ins conducted and the pavement pounded in opposition to the latest American assertio...
Settlers and Trash
MAYOR WALID HAMAD
While the Israeli military strangulation of the West Bank tightens by the day, the Israeli settler community of Psagot, a settlement illegally erected near my City of Al-Bireh, is taking advantage of the Israeli government’s determination to militarily crush...
Blinded by the Right
WILLIAM A. COOK
America stumbled yet further this week into the ditch of fanaticism, led by its blind President who is led by Ariel Sharon. With the exit of Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, leader of the Labor Party, from Sharon’s coalition government, and ...
Don’t Mourn, Bake!
BRUCE JACKSON
Lionel Poilane, 57, the best known baker in Paris and the man who, perhaps more than any other, made French traditional breadmaking honorable and artistic again, died Thursday evening when the helicopter he was piloting went into the sea off the Brittany coast. H...
Oprah Winfrey, Warmonger?
FEDWA WAZWAZ
There is a Sanskrit proverb that says, “When understanding is demented, destruction is near.” One of the major misunderstandings that exist today is the definition of freedom. Many have come to accept that freedom translates to the ability to make choi...
All Because of One Small Olive
URI AVNERY
Why has the Sharon-Ben-Eliezer-Peres government collapsed? Because of a small olive. It started like a children’s tale: Once upon a time there was a small olive in a Palestinian village. It grew and ripened on a branch of an old tree in a grove on the...
Bloody Sunday. Bloody Palestine.
WILLIAM HUGHES
On the day that Israel announced the appointment of “hard-liner” Shaul Mofaz as its new Defense Minister, I went to the movies to see the new flick, “Bloody Sunday.” It recreated an episode in Irish history, where the British took a “...
Canada’s Metis
NORMAN MADARASZ
No rebel has graced the heights of Canadian history like Louis Riel. Educated in Montreal by the Sulpician Fathers, Riel was trained to be a lawyer. His deep spirituality had destined him to enter into the ecclesiastical order. But Louis Riel was Metis. And, from ...
Throwing Stones at Northern Korea
RON JACOBS
The United States has no legitimate business threatening northern Korea. The Pyongyang government may represent a threat to Washington’s plans, but for Bush and his crew to provoke war is irresponsible and wrong. Since the fall of the Stalinist bureaucracies...
Israel’s House of Cards
MICHAEL DAHAN
The recent dissolution of the National Unity Government in Israel should not come as a surprise to anyone closely following the Israeli political scene. The reason the unity government lasted so long was that it was comfortable for all parties involved. By keeping...
Botox, the Naked Empire and War on Iraq
FRANK BARDACKE
I’ll get to Botox and Iraq in a bit. Let’s start with the Naked Empire. Naked in the sense that those who decide on American policy and those whose job it is to sell that policy to the American people and the world no longer feel a need to camouflage t...
An Opportunity for the Israelis to Choose Peace
LINDA HEARD
Ever noticed that just when you think events are as bad as they can possibly get, they sink to even greater depths? That is just what happened in Israel last week. However, there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon now that Ariel Sharon has been forced to call...
The Streets of Baghdad
MICHAEL WOLFF
“There can be no justification for the death and malnutrition for which sanctions are responsible” Dennis Halliday Former Chief UN Relief Coordinator for Iraq After a late lunch at the Al-Rashid hotel...
Iraq Operation Just Because 2?
ANDREW COCKBURN
Faced with Saddam Hussein, the former teenage hit man from Tikrit, our government appears to feel the need to talk as tough as any Tikriti. Ari Fleischer, speaking from the White House briefing room, calls for “one bullet” to take care of the Iraqi lea...
Unexpected Allies, Unsung Heroes
BRUCE F. COLE
Among the most eloquent voices at the Augusta, Maine peace rally I attended October 26th was Dud Hendrick, board member of the Maine Chapter of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam vet. His staccato litany of the myriad abuses of international trust that the Bush caba...
The End of the Two-State Solution
WILL YOUMANS
Recent political developments in the Israeli government point to a larger trend–the demise of two states as a viable option for peace in Israel-Palestine. This may open up an opportunity for a movement based on addressing the core issues of the conflict, and...
Live from Basra
JEREMY SCAHILL
Basra, Iraq’s southern oil-belt, is preparing for what many here see as an inevitable massive attack by Washington. Small military bunkers, equipped with sandbags, barbed wire fences and machine guns line the long stretch of highway heading north out of Basr...
The Death Penalty and a Divided Supreme Court
EDWARD LAZARUS
Currently, in the Washington, D.C. area, prosecutors from Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government are competing for the privilege of being the first to seek the death penalty against the beltway snipers. As unseemly as these acts of political one-upsmanship...
Bush vs. Robin Hood
BEN ROBERTS
We all know and identify with the legacy of Robin Hood, who in a time of despots and an abusive aristocracy, waylaid the wealthy in England’s Sherwood Forest, relieving them of their wealth and distributing it to the poor and desperately needy. Most of us id...
Report from Jenin
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
The streets are abuzz with life; merchants are plying their trade; vegetable vendors call out their prices and find a brisk business. Life has changed since yesterday. This is the first day of relatively normal life in Jenin for nine days, and it is greeted with w...
Travel Diary from a Post-9/11 World
TARIQ ALI
Since 9/11/01 I’ve travelled to every continent. I now know which airports have showers, which airlines have more leg room in cattle class and on which airlines the food served is not compatible with life in the medium-term (one or two), which US airports do...
Militarized Masculinity
FRAN SHOR
“Men make wars for many reasons, but one of the most recurring ones is to establish that they are, in fact, ‘real men.’ Warfare and aggressive masculinity have been, in other words, mutually reinforcing cultural enterprises.” ...
Right Place, Wrong Time
SUSAN DAVIS
“I been in the right place, but it musta been the wrong time….” Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack (Louisiana, late 20th century.) “Why do you always have to be right?” yelled my...
Samson Agonistes (Confession of a Terrorist/Martyr)
ADAM ENGEL
“But what more oft in Nations grown corrupt, And by their vices brought to servitude, Than to love Bondage more than Liberty; Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty…” Milton, Samson Agonistes “She&#...
Of Olive Orchards and Armed Zealots
MARY HUGHES-THOMPSON
Yanoun Village, Occupied Palestine. At 8 o’clock on a sunny morning, a small group of internationals from ISM and other peace organizations accompanied members of a few local Palestinian families as they went into the nearby fields to harvest their olives. B...
A Day at the American Enterprise Institute
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Didn’t have anything good to do earlier this week, so decided to spend the day at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). AEI is the granddaddy of the big corporate front groups. Their job? Re-engineer the political economy to the liking of th...
Concerned Citizen, Episode 6, Talk Show Host
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
SCRIPT AND SUMMATIVE COMMENTS [0:30 COLOR] [Opens with standard procession of sedans, gleaming, tailfinned, gliding over federally-funded blacktop. Then the obligatory shots of people having evenings out; Caucasians conversing in bistros with u...
Parting Shots
GAVIN KEENEY
  "The page contains a single sentence: ‘Underneath it all he knew that one cannot go beyond because there isn’t any.’ The sentence is repeated over and over for the whole length of the page, giving the impression of...
Memo to Christians on Israel/Palestine Conflict
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Forgive me, an atheist student of Christianity, for intruding in your affairs. But what am I saying? You guys just forgive everything, don’t you? That’s what I want to talk to you about. The case for Christian activism is well known. When Jesus ...
Johnny Gulf War Syndrome?
WILLIAM HUGHES
On Oct. 28, 2002, Robert Flores Jr., flunking out at the U. of Arizona Nursing School, shot and killed three of his professors, then killed himself. He had also threatened to blow up a school building. He had no prior criminal record. His fellow students had descr...
Watching TV in Iraq
JAN OBERG
This is what one can expect to see when zapping through the TV channels on a random night in Baghdad. TV1 shows an English-American action movie with axe murderers. TV2 transmits a live football match. Another channel offers an interview with a British acti...
Exposing Karl Rove
WAYNE MADSEN
He’s America’s Joseph Goebbels. As a 21-year old Young Republican in Texas, Karl Rove not only pimped for Richard Nixon’s chief political dirty tricks strategist Donald Segretti but soon caught the eye of the incoming Republican National Committe...
Scenarios for Iraq After the Ba’th
VIJAY PRASHAD
From the White House, reports leak out about plans for an Iraq after the Ba’th. Three of the main scenario do not allow for the development of democracy in Iraq. Each of them is built on a racist assumption: that the Iraqis either need a military dictator or...
Who’s Left is It, Any Way?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Howard Unruh to John Muhammad A nation always on the war path means a nation always under arms, a nation to which war is always coming home. A minority of these homecomers arrive in the form of psychically maimed people, violence-prone drunks, domestic...
Bankrupt at the Top
JOHN STANTON
Homelessness and unemployment have reached levels in the US unseen in a decade. Consumer confidence, having been shattered by corporate malfeasance and the hyper-greed of the Bush regime, recently hit rock bottom. According to the National Governor’s Associa...
Rummy’s Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
CHRIS FLOYD
This age: layers of lime harden in the sick son’s blood… There’s nowhere to run from the tyrant-epoch… Who else will you kill? Who else glorify? What other lies will you invent? Osip Mandelshtam, “1 Ja...
False Profits, Thomas White & Enron’s Phony Books
JASON LEOPOLD
If there’s any doubt that Army Secretary Thomas White abused an accounting mechanism when he was vice chairman of Enron’s retail division in order to make his division appear profitable when it wasn’t, read the new rule adopted last week by a pan...
An Open Letter to Democrats
RALPH NADER
The Democrats should have an easy time winning control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in next week’s election. Recession is deepening, unemployment is rising, and corporate corruption headlines are proliferating. Health care costs, drug price...