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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from November 2002
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...