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Archives from January 2003
Are SUVs Really the Reason for Bush’s War?
PHIL GASPER
At the massive January 18 antiwar demonstration in San Francisco, demonstrators from a group called Environmentalists Against the War carried placards blaming Sports Utility Vehicles for the U.S. war drive against Iraq. “If War is Inevitable, Start Drafting ...
Thomas White’s $13 Million Deal
JASON LEOPOLD
A lifelong Army veteran with no corporate experience takes a job at an upstart energy company, earns tens of millions of dollars in questionable stock sales before the company goes belly up and lands a powerful position working in the administration of the Preside...
A Threat to It’s Neighbors and World Peace
RON JACOBS
In light of the intensifying campaign by the government and media to portray Saddam Hussein’s government as the greatest threat in the Middle East to its neighbors and to world peace, I thought it would be useful to catalogue some of those actions by his gov...
Bush and Company’s Real Motives
BERNARD WEINER
As we approach the three-month mark following the midterm election, here are a handful of things that have come into focus much more clearly. Let’s cut to the chase first, and then elaborate below. Finger #1. Bush&Co. are going to attack Iraq. Th...
The Mother of a US Soldier Speaks Out for Peace
FRAN QUIGLEY
Like everyone else at the frigid peace rally on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, the woman with the long brown hair was bundled up almost beyond recognition. But unobscured was the huge photograph she carried of a young man in U.S. Army dress uniform. The...
Bush and Hitler, the Unappetizing Similarities
WAYNE MADSEN
Adolf Hitler would be proud that an American President is emulating him in so many ways. Hitler, it will be remembered, routinely ignored his military, other world leaders, and the clergy. Bush seems to think that this policy, which ultimately failed for Hitler, w...
Mordechai Vanunu and Israel’s Nukes
MARK GAFFNEY
Each day we move closer to a Mideast war that could involve the use of horrible weapons, even nukes. In this darkest hour since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the shining example of one man’s courage has never been more relevant to the cause of peace. That m...
Corrine Brown…a Good Fit for Her District?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
What a difference two years can make. Seems like only yesterday that Corrine was spearheading a legal effort to investigate Duval County’s 2000 Election Irregularities. But if her conduct at the 2003 State of the Union Address was any benchmark, the Represen...
Bush, bin Laden, BCCI and the 9/11 Commission
CHRIS FLOYD
When George W. Bush’s first choice to head an “independent” probe into the Sept. 11 attacks–suspected war criminal Henry Kissinger–went down like a bad pretzel, he quickly plucked another warm body from the stagnant pool of Establishm...
All They Want Is War
AARON MATÉ
However much more time the UN Security Council now extends to inspections in Iraq, the US has already made clear that their findings will be of little relevance. "President George Bush is determined to go to war with Saddam Hussein in the next few weeks, with...
War
PAUL De ROOIJ
Many words in political discourse are used unquestioningly, as if they represented a black or white situation, e.g., war or no war. However, in many instances fuzzy political notions, like war and gradations of war, are often more appropriate and revealing. ...
Class Warfare Against the Poor
DR. GERRY LOWER
The Bush administration has done everything possible to enfranchise their constituency, the already-too-rich, with tax cuts to make them even richer and raise them even higher above those who must work for a living. It has also done everything possible to disenfra...
Who Would Jesus Bomb? 10 Reasons to Oppose War with Iraq
JOSH FRANK
1. War with Iraq won’t make us safer. A unilateral attack by the United States will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment, feeding right into Bin Ladin’s own evil rhetoric, and may stimulate more attacks by fundamental extremists. 2. There is no im...
The Gloucester Weapons Inspectors
DAVID WILSON
‘For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.’ Edmund Burke 1729–1797 Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. Fairford is the biggest bomber base in Europe and has recently ...
Bush’s Small Pox Boondoggle
MARIA TOMCHICK
The national smallpox vaccination plan rolled out with a whimper last week. Part of the Bush administration’s effort to stave off a bioterrorism attack, the vaccination plan was to begin with a strong start in the state of Connecticut by vaccinating 20 or mo...
Stealing Money from Kids
RUSSEL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
If there’s one thing that brings together the right and the left, and citizens and corporations, it is the importance of education — for stimulating the intellect, developing a moral sensibility, enhancing the civic culture, enabling a skilled workforc...
Green Party Response to Bush State of the Union
NATALIE JOHNSON LEE
Greetings from the Green Party, the party of peace! Tonight the President promised America a policy of war. War on Iraq. War on minorities. War on the poor. War on regular working people. In response, the Green Party, America’s only growing political ...
Heavy Rhetoric, Wisful Thinking and Hydrogen Cars
MUQTEDAR KHAN
I listened to the President’s State of the Union address with growing boredom and a sense that I was being duped. Rather than talk about the state of the union, which would be delving in depth on the declining economy and the globalization of anti-Americanis...
Web Resources on Iraq
ABU SPINOZA
With a looming war on Iraq, it would be useful for activists and citizens to have at hand various Iraq-related links, articles, and books to learn about Iraq and its people, the background to Persian Gulf War, and more important to refute the claims of the War Par...
Free Press? There’s No Damn Thing
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
It’s appropriate that the cable news airs so many Viagra spots just now. Consider what Viagra ultimately is about. So-called erectile dysfunction, of the sort that often as not accompanies performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is the kind of thing that sn...
An Open Letter to France
WILLIAM HUGHES
On January 25, 2003, Jonah Goldberg, a syndicated columnist, insulted you, saying, "The French are liars." Then, he went on to make fun of your accent and your skill at cheese-making. He also derided your ambassador to the UN, Dominique de Villep...
Yes, That Was the President
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
One has to go back to the lesser Roman emperors of the second century to find an imperial suzerain as dismal as Bush. Tuesday’s was surely the worst State of the Union address to Congress in the past thirty years, as the commander-in-chief stumbled through a...
The Other State of the Union
KATHRYN CASA
This country today is poised on the precipice of a war that could alter the world as we know it — a conflict that could fundamentally change who we are as a nation, the rights we enjoy and the way the rest of the world relates to us. War’s curta...
Showdown at the Crawford Corale
LINDA HEARD
With accumulating war clouds ominously looming over the world’s most ancient civilization, and the planet’s leaders demanding that the Iraqi president hand over his weapons of mass destruction leaving his nation naked and vulnerable, nobody is asking t...
My Flag Held Hostage
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
After viewing President Bush’s State of the Union last night it makes one realize that life can imitate film. In Barry Levinson’s 1997 satire “Wag the Dog”, one sees how the “powers that be” can manufacture a crisis to mask dome...