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Archives from 2002
What Really Happened in Altamira Plaza?
ROLDAN TOMASZ SUAREZ
After a detailed coverage of the shooting at Plaza Altamira, commercial TV stations at once started identifying one of the suspects connecting him to the government of Hugo Chavez Frias via images conveniently shown to the public a few days earlier. As in last Apr...
Netanyahu and Likud
URI AVNERY
I loath Binyamin Netanyahu, and therefore I hoped that he would be elected leader of the Likud. I am sorry that Sharon won the primary election instead. How’s that? After all, Netanyahu presented himself as a man of the extreme right and demanded to &...
Bob Woodward Airbrushes Bush
ROBERT JENSEN
Bob Woodward’s latest travelogue through the minds of the powerful, “Bush at War,” has been widely praised as a compelling account of the Bush administration post-9/11. The book is, in one sense, quite an accomplishment: Woodward manages t...
Religious Bigotry Then and Now
GARY LEUPP
On no fewer than seventeen occasions since Sept. 11, President Bush has spoken favorably of Islam, producing enough quotable material to constitute a White House pamphlet, In the President’s Words: Respecting Islam, which you can probably pick up free at any...
Berrigan’s Final Warning
WILLIAM HUGHES
It was a Christian Wake service for Phil Berrigan, Dissenter Emeritus. They were all there, the usual suspects. Paying their respects to the deceased, on Dec. 8, 2002, were the kind of people that just love to say “No” to authority, any authority. In t...
Great Expectations
ADAM ENGEL
Supposedly, despite my vehement protests to the contrary, I have Great Expectations in the land of milk and honey. If I refuse this inheritance, I am guilty, it seems, of anti-Semitism, or worse, being a "self-hating Jew." Despite years of indoctr...
Jackass
WALTER BRASCH
For Halloween week 2002, Jackass: The Movie had the highest gross of any film on the nation’s 35,000 screens. For several more weeks, it was in the “top 10″ in gross, in both income and content. Based upon the popular MTV series, the 87-mi...
Phil Berrigan, America’s Greatest Arms Inspector
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
American has lost one of its senior weapons inspectors, one of its most ardent would-be dismantler of weapons of mass destruction. Phil Berrigan died in the evening last Friday, December 6, at Jonah House, the community in Baltimore he co-founded in 1973, surround...
Israel’s Demographic Obsession
WILL YOUMANS
When pundits and commentators declare that Israel’s war against the Palestinians is existential, they are correct but not in the way they mean. The Israeli obsession with demography demonstrates that Israel ideologically conceives of the Palestinians existen...
Soul Brother? Clinton and Black Americans
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
“… he [Clinton] has always wanted our love and wanted to share his love with us,” “It is not about the skin. It is about the spirit and the soul of this soul brother.” Former Transportation Secretary Ro...
Philip Berrigan, Blessed are the Peacemakers
RON JACOBS
Philip Berrigan died yesterday. As a young person growing up in the Catholic faith during the 1960s and 1970s, this man, his brother and those like them were all that convinced me to give the Church a try. In the long run, their inspiration was not enough to keep ...
Bombs Away!
TERRY JONES
To prevent terrorism by dropping bombs on Iraq is such an obvious idea that I can’t think why no one has thought of it before. It’s so simple. If only the UK had done something similar in Northern Ireland, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in tod...
A World Wide Intifada? Why?
WILLIAM A. COOK
A satellite view of attacks against western interests spotlights the reality that a world-wide intifada against the “developed” nations of the west and their allies is already underway. Russian apartment houses and, recently, a theater, the Twin Towers...
Information Prozac?
ANIS SHIVANI
How alternative is Alternet.org? It altercates with mainstream liberalism as its alter ego. Like much of progressivism. But that’s as far as it will go. Let’s look at the November 19 issue. Terrence McNally interviews Mark Hertsgaard, who’...
The Baffling Patriotism of Daniel Pipes
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Daniel Pipes waves Old Glory with an air of menace. He writes stuff like “Profs Who Hate America“. He ...
How PR Sold the Gulf War
JOHN STAUBER AND SHELDON
Rampton: How PR Sold the Gulf Warhome/ subs...
The Robo-Candidate
RALPH NADER
Walking down a busy street in downtown Washington recently, I began to hear interesting words coming from an excitable conversation between two gentlemen briskly walking behind me. "Do you have any idea what is emerging?," one said to the other. "We...
Bob Woodward and the Warmongers
BILL CHRISTISON
Who rides tallest in the saddle these days in Washington? Here’s who. It’s the supporters of permanent U.S. global domination, of a new colonialism throughout the Middle East directed by a U.S.-Israeli partnership, and of a corporate dictatorship here at home ...
Bush and the Neo-Con Vigilantes
TOM BARRY
Leftists, progressives, liberals, and moderate conservatives all have a legacy to live down–an inclination to peace over war, diplomacy and compromise over military solutions. That’s how the neoconservatives see it, and they intend that this kind of fu...
Crackdown in Baikal
ADAM FEDERMAN
During the Soviet era the charge of revealing state secrets was enough to land you in a Siberian labor camp, if you were lucky. Whether or not you had actually committed a crime was of little relevance. And there being no court of justice, except the Central Commi...
The Secret Life of J. Walter Hero
ADAM ENGEL
I was almost a hero, once. Emmes. Early Summer of 2001 I was hustling for the last shards of the dot.com boom and secured an interview with a banking corporation that bears the name of a famous American Robber Baron who sowed the seeds of his first fortune...
Ariel Sharon
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem: As Israeli national elections approach, polls indicate that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is heading towards a landslide victory. Given Sharon’s performance during his short tenure, the widespread support he garners is an astounding feat. Al...
Compassionate Coercion
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
“People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child, or by going into a shut-in’s house and saying I love you.” – GWB Despite ...
Bush Calls on Kissinger
DAVID KRIEGER
In 1973 the Nobel Peace Prize was tarnished when it was awarded to Henry Kissinger for his role in negotiating the end of the Vietnam War. The duplicitous and secretive Kissinger had also been involved in sabotaging peace negotiations with the North Vietnamese fiv...
Photograph Cheney’s Hotel; Get Arrested
KURT NIMMO
Yesterday afternoon I read a story on the 2600 site about a photographer in Denver. He made the mistake of taking pictures in his hometown, Denver, where the usually hidden Dick Cheney was staying at the Adams Mark Hotel. The photographer, Mike Maginnis, was arres...
Going After Chavez
RON JACOBS
On November 25, 2002, the Washington Times (which seems to have the inside word on the Bush White House) ran a story that attempted to tie the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez to the FARC and ELN revolutionary forces in Colombia. In the story, a couple "d...
Suffocated, Beaten, Hooded and Shackled
ROBERT FISK
The Americans take them shackled and hooded on to transport aircraft to Kandahar. They live in pens of eight or 10 men. They are given cots with blankets but no privacy. They are forced to urinate and defecate publicly because the Americans want to watch their prisoners a...
Another Lucky Bush Brother
MARGIE BURNS
The full effects of the 2001 so-called “USA Patriot Act” have not yet been felt, fortunately. But one of its first effects has been to benefit the president’s brother, Marvin. Marvin P. Bush, one of George W. Bush’s three younger bro...
Panda Porn, The Marriage of WWF and Weyerhaeuser
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Back in the good old days, a corporation with an unappetizing relationship to the natural world would often try to burnish their image by luring an executive or top staffer from an environmental group onto their board or into their public relations department, whe...
Malign Money and Misguided Multiculturalism
ROMI MAHAJAN
When its either tolerance or simply charity instead of justice that guides political formation, hate can be buoyed. The recent revelations about the US-based non-profit India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF)’s connection to right wing Hindu groups in India...
Bush the Comedian
SAUL LANDAU
I didn’t think President Bush had a highly developed sense of humor. Then, earlier this year, he appointed retired Admiral John Poindexter President Reagan’s National Security Adviser to head the Information Awareness Office, the ultra secret, Pentagon...
Hollywood’s 9 Billion Dead; Carl Pope War Pig; Kissinger & the Great Beast
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The Death Factory, and Hollywood’s One Baby Today, Thursday December 5, my friend and CounterPuncher Dr Pete Livingston is filing suit in Federal Court seeking declaratory relief to uphold his right to distribute the documentary “Over 9 Billion ...
FISA, Conservatives and States’ Rights
EDWARD LAZARUS
At first blush, there may not seem to be much of a link between the commitment of conservative judges to the concept of states’ rights, and policy initiatives authorizing new national security measures at the potential expense of civil liberties. But I belie...
Time for an Intellectual Intifada!
JAN OBERG
The demonising of the enemy before the war is intense. The Swedish media, for instance, take for granted that a war against Iraq will take place. No alternatives to war are mentioned. Iraq has become a synonym for Saddam Hussein in the Swedish media, leaving 23 mi...
Amos King, A Buddhist Warrior on Death Row
JACK McCARTHY
“Judge, I am beat, I have got to go home and get some sleep…I can’t think anymore.” So said Florida death row inmate Amos King’s trial attorney, Thomas Cole, during the crucial “penalty phase” of his trail for the m...
Woodward’s Bush
PIERRE TRISTAM
Bob Woodward is a celebrity reporter perceived as the ultimate insider, but for the wrong reasons. He does not reveal anything. He is not analytical or critical, a skeptic of any sort or a questioner of any depth, and context is a concept as foreign to him as fore...
A Call to Silence
CHARLOTTE KATES
"Tension on Campus." The phrase has become unfortunately common at a wide range of universities, including my own Rutgers University. From San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley; from Concordia University in Montreal,...
A Very Brady Homeland
ADAM ENGEL
Arise Jan, Marcia, Cindy! Arise Greg, Peter, Bobby! Arise Mike, Carol, Alice! Vbh.X.118: In Country The soldier in the bush does not forgive. All is not well with us, not always — what do we know from love? To reach informed decisions among fra...
Ted Honderich, a Philosopher in the Trenches
PAUL De ROOIJ
It is unusual to find philosophers getting into the debate on current events; most of them are safely ensconced in their ivory towers pondering questions of higher importance. It is therefore gratifying to find some philosophers in the trenches tackling questions ...
FISA’s End Run Around the 4th Amendment
ANITA RAMASASTRY
Recently the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court of Review issued an opinion — the first in its history. The opinion made it much easier for criminal law enforcement to obtain evidence in cases in which a suspect is thought to be a spy, or to ...
Make The Banks Insure Themselves
RALPH NADER
Washington is in the midst of its biennial guessing game about what legislation will get the green light when the 108th Congress convenes next month. Many Committee chairpersons, of course, are just waiting to get their marching orders from the White House and the...
The Bush / Blair Gang
HAROLD PINTER
There’s an old story about Oliver Cromwell. After he had taken the Irish town of Drogheda the citizens were brought to the main square. Cromwell announced to his lieutenants: “Right! Kill all the women and rape all the men.” One of his aides said...
Being Set Up for a War on Iraq
ROBERT FISK
In North Carolina last month, a woman attending a lecture I was giving asked me when America would go to war in Iraq. I told her to watch the front page of The New York Times and The Washington Post for the first smear campaigns against the UN inspectors. And bing...
The Washington Post Smears Norman Finkelstein
MARK HAND
A couple of weeks ago I praised Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher for providing some of the least objectionable commentary in the newspaper. I noted at the time, however, that he tries my patience when he tackles topics outside the D.C. metro region. Fi...
No Fly Zones Over Iraq
JEREMY SCAHILL
BAGHDAD. The scene would be familiar to any American frequent flyer. The hum of the aircraft could be the morning Delta shuttle from Reagan National to JFK; the smell of mediocre snacks, housed in compact metal containers, fills the cabin; elevator music playing a...
Misinformation About Iraq
EDWARD SAID
The flurry of reports, leaks, and misinformation about the looming US war against Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in Iraq continues unabated. It is impossible to know, however, how much of this is a brilliantly managed campaign of psychological war against Ira...
The Latest War on Terrorism
MICHAEL SHEHADEH
The declaration of the Bush administration to wage open-ended “war” against international terrorism will have definite implications for dissent at home. They estimate the campaign will last five to ten years. In wartime, the US government has al...
In Defense of a Princess
LINDA S. HEARD
The latest slurs by certain members of Congress on the name of Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, youngest daughter of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, are indications of just how low some political players are prepared to stoop. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the S...
Life as a Trade Unionist in Colombia
SARA CIFUENTES ORTIZ
Being a trade unionist in Colombia has become a high-risk occupation and trade unionists frequently have to pay with their own lives. Figures from last year show how critical the situation has become. Last year, 77 per cent of Colombian workers earned less ...
Palestinian Children of the Night
SAM BAHOUR
November, 29. Under curfew. It happened last night. Ramallah was pitch dark and the breeze was cool and brisk. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I was out during the night with my wife and two daughters, Areen, 8 and Nadine, 2. We were taking...