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Archives from 2002
UN Inspections a Side-Show
The presence of weapons inspectors in Iraq could delay and perhaps derail the US drive to war, therefore they are part of the problem, not part of the solution, so far as the US is concerned. A top US Senate foreign policy aide observed in May 2002 that: &#...
Immediate Imperatives
The daily hemorrhage of Palestinian lives and property accelerates without respite. Both the Arab and Western media report horrifically sensational suicide bombings, complete with pictures and names of the victims as well as gut-wrenching details. I do not hesitat...
Evil Ain’t Just an Anagram of Vile
Of late the definition of evil has become a matter of some concern, as evil itself has become a political issue; not since the Spanish Inquisition has evil held the world in such thrall, and yet nobody knows what the hell it is. Evil, like haggis, is largely a mat...
Sir John Ashcroft in the Court of George II
London, England Privy Council Chambers August 10,1776 “Today, in my capacity as Attorney General of the British Realm, I am announcing an indictment, under the provisions of the ‘UK Patriot Act,’ against 56 American traitors. On July 4, i...
The Bush Rape Story
There is a story floating around the Internet that is being ignored by the mainstream press. Normally, this would be a good thing because, le’s face it, information from the Internet is about as reliable as an airline’s baggage handling department. For...
Will Bush Betray Iraqis Once Again?
Since the seizure of Iraq by the Baath Party in 1968, Iraqis have suffered deplorably, facing constant coercion and degradation. In their own country, they have been stripped of the fundamental rights to which all human beings are entitled: self-determination and ...
Is This Really Happening?
Is this really happening? Or is it only a nightmare? The INS in Los Angeles, California and in other states, detained hundreds of Middle-Eastern Muslim and Jewish men and boys yesterday. These are the people who came forward to the INS’ call to register. And their h...
New Southern Strategy? Same as the Old
The Trent Lott catastrophe has refocused attention on the Republicans’ infamous “Southern Strategy,” dating from about 1964, when most Southern whites still called themselves Democrats. So successful has been the strategy that judges whose famili...
What Are Bush’s Intentions Toward Palestine?
Having served as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993, and in a similar capacity to the Syrian Delegation to the Middle East Negotiations during their First Round held in Washington, D.C. during 1991, ...
Security in the Post-9/11 World
The Bush administration’s approach to security in the post 9/11 world is built on military strength, and is composed of the following elements: increased military expenditures, the pursuit of global military dominance, indefinite reliance on nuclear weapons,...
The Enron Tapes
The 1997 videotape that surfaced this week in which former Enron President Jeffrey Skilling jokes about the company using accounting sleight of hand so Enron could earn “a kazillion dollars” in earnings could prove to be more significant than the eerie...
Americans, Polls and War
Col. DANIEL SMITH United States Army, Retired
In the small Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the U.S. Central Command has just completed a week-long computer simulation called “Internal Look.” The exercise, designed to test command, control, and communication links, has been dubbed by some as a dry run for an ...
US Still Intervening Against Democracy in Venezuela
CARACAS. “Where are they getting their money?” asks historian Samuel Moncada, as the television displays one opposition commercial after another. Moncada is chair of the history department at Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. We are sitting i...
Baghdad Framed, UN Shamed
The United Nations was guilty of gross un-professionalism last week, and that is putting it politely. While it operates ostensibly as an international body, representing the interests of its member states, the alacrity with which it handed over the original 12,000...
The Dangers of Bush’s Faith-based Initiative
Last week, President Bush forced all federal agencies to allow religious groups to compete for federal funding. Long prohibited in a nation that prides itself on separation of church and state, government support of religious groups is welcomed by some and condemn...
Creating a Secure America or Another History of Shame?
The news is pouring in. Hundreds of select foreign nationals who have complied with the new INS regulations and reported for registration and fingerprinting to INS offices have been promptly arrested and placed in detention. While some have been released on bails ...
the Real Distraction of Trent Lott
Recently a very impoverished set of excuses and defenses has been offered up on Trent Lott’s behalf. According to Lott’s defenders and apologists, his critics are “overreacting” and “hurting America”; they “prevent America...
Mis-Perceptions of Palestine
The Root of the Problem Alright. I’ve gone a little nuts, but I’m armed, so it’s okay. A cold cartridge laid upon a damp palm–a talisman of sorts–or snapped into the cylinder, like a slap to the kisser, promotes alertness and c...
A Lott of Questions
It was just an off-the-cuff comment. A throw-away line, actually. Just something to honor retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond at his 100th birthday bash. Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said Mississippians were “proud of” voting for the seg...
Coup de Petrol in Venezuela
Caracas. Exactly one year after the opposition’s first “general strike,” on December 10, 2001, which launched the campaign to oust the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the opposition is engaged in its fourth “gene...
Ariel Cohen, American Hero
Those who fret over foreign entanglements may want to avoid glancing at the resume` of National Review Online contributor Ariel Cohen. Mr. Cohen has led an admirably itinerant life. Born in Yalta, with eleven years of Israeli residency to his credit, Mr. Cohen mig...
Hi! We’re Republicorp! (formerly USA)
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Hi! We’re Republicorp! (formerly USA) (this noticed received in the mail by Rich Procter) Hi! We’re Republicorp!TM You may have known us as what used to be your country, “The United States of America” when you were just a “citizen.&...
Of Caviar and Capitalism
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Are capitalism and caviar incompatible? Is the system that prides itself on the creation and veneration of wealth unable to to maintain a sustainable market for one of the great trappings of wealth? Well, at the very least, the tragic story of the global ca...
Iraqi Opposition Summit Papers Over Rivalries
The deep differences between enemies of President Saddam Hussein was underlined yesterday when a group of his opponents walked out of a conference in London dedicated to forging opposition unity. The five Iraqi Shia Muslim groups said the largest Shia party...
Journalists Are Under Attack for Telling the Truth
First it was Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, who advised the US President to take the “harshest measures possible” against those who attacked America on 11 September, 2001. Let us forget, for a moment, that Fox News’s Je...