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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...
Notes on the State of George W. Bush’s Union
SHELDON HULL
President Bush’s State of the Union address, delivered to a packed joint session of Congress was a huge success, if the applause of sycophants is any measure. As a measure of visionary leadership, however, I found it somewhat lacking. No less than 77 ...
Are Pedophiles Running Blair’s War Machine?
MIKE JAMES
A child-sex scandal that threatened to destroy Tony Blair’s government last week has been mysteriously squashed and wiped off the front pages of British newspapers. Operation Ore, the United Kingdom’s most thorough and comprehensive police investigatio...
Domicide
ADAM ENGEL
DOMICIDE Main Entry: 1 domicile Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin domicilium, from domus Date:15th century 1 : a dwelling place : place of residence : HOME 2 a : a person’s fixed, permanent, and principal ho...
The Sorry State of the Union
BEN ROBERTS
In just a few short hours we will hearing from George Bush on the State of the Union. This is an event in which the sitting President addresses the country in a speech that is supposed to sum up the financial, social, and political health of this nation. This spee...
Signs of Protest
CounterPunch Staff
1) These colors don’t run the world. 2) One nation under surveillance. 3) How did our oil get under their sand? 4) Go Solar, not Ballistic. 5) Who would Jesus bomb? 6) Start Drafting SUV Drivers Now. 7) Don’t b...
Battlefield as Entertainment
PIERRE TRISTAM
Win or lose, war’s aftermath is filled with nauseating rituals, as if the stench of the dead must be out-stenched by the triumphalism of the living. Think of the parades, the monuments, the medals of honor, the ostentation of “EX-POW” or “p...
Weapons of Mass Distraction
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
If Iraq is lying (and it is difficult to imagine Mr Saddam Hussein telling the truth about the time of day) then let it be proved. Saying over and over again that Mr Hussein tells lies and therefore must have NBC weapons is not good enough Let us be realist...
"Lula is One of Us"
MARK WEISBROT
PORTO ALEGRE. “I will tell the people at Davos that the world does not need war, the world needs peace and understanding,” said President Lula da Silva to a cheering crowd of tens of thousands in this sunny port city in Southeastern Brazil. If there is...
The Lynne Stewart Case, Bringing Down the Curtain on Defense Attorneys
ELAINE CASSEL
In January, 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft spent $8,000 for curtains to cover up the semi-nude statutes depicting the “Spirit of Justice” and the “Majesty of Law” in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice Headquarters. What most ...
My Patience is Running Out, Mr. Bush
TERRY JONES
I’m really excited by George Bush’s latest reason for bombing Iraq: he’s running out of patience. And so am I! For some time now I’ve been really pissed off with Mr Johnson, who lives a couple of doors down the street. Well, him and ...
Porto Alegre Diary IV, Another Left is Possible
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
Porto Alegre. In the waning days of any large anti-globalization event, talk turns naturally to accomplishments: what is it we’ve done here and where do we go next? To this end, reams of documents (fondly referred to as “documentados”) have been ...
The Wartime Deceptions
ROBERT FISK The Independent
The Israeli writer Uri Avnery once delivered a wickedly sharp open letter to Menachem Begin, the Israeli prime minister who sent his army to defeat in Lebanon. Enraged by Begin’s constant evocation of the Second World War–likening Yasser Arafat in Beirut to Hi...
Bin Laden and the CIA
KURT NIMMO
“How can you call George Bush a mass murderer?” a recent email asked. “In order for him to be classified as a mass murderer, he would have to kill all those people you say he’s killed with his own hands.” Let us begin by using ...
Corporate Journalism and the War
WALTER MIALE
An article, with the headline, “Serving Notice of a New U.S., Poised to...
Japan and the War on Terror
ADAM LEBOWITZ
There were perhaps 10,000 gathered at various protest meetings nationwide January 18, with the majority 7,000 gathered in Hibiya Park in Tokyo. Our own small city of Mishima brought out about fifty, mainly from the Teacher’s Union which has had a long associ...
Work That Kills
GLORIA BERGEN
Canadian ship yard workers Sean Ironside, Dave Rowley, Kenneth Priddle, and Krzysztof Rosicki will not be joining the millions of workers in the February 15 War Resistence demonstrations. Neither will loading dockworker William Colbert, or roughneck Aaron Toms, no...
Inside Junior’s War Room?
PHILIP FARRUGGIO
Deep deep deep inside the bowels of the White House is this private, very private chamber. Some say its the place where REAL PRESIDENT Cheney stays, and operates the REAL government. Today, on this cold, bitter cold Sunday, Super Sunday, the top elite from the cab...
Lula
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
When Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, or “Lula” to friend and foe alike, took the stage at the Porto Alegre amphitheater this week, the mostly Brazilian crowd welcomed him like a rock star. Teenage girls in midriff bearing t-shi...
The Haman Cost of War
ROBERT FISK The Independent
On the road to Basra, ITV was filming wild dogs as they tore at the corpses of the Iraqi dead. Every few seconds a ravenous beast would rip off a decaying arm and make off with it over the desert in front of us, dead fingers trailing through the sand, the remains of the b...
Protecting Public Education from Corporate Tax Giveaways
RALPH NADER
The deepening federal and state budgets are causing cuts that affect the most defenseless and least powerful of Americans. That, of course is the direct consequence of plutocracy — rule by the wealthy. Their ownership and control of the nation’s privat...
Respondez! Respondez!
WALT WHITMAN
(The war is completed-the price is paid-the title is settled beyond recall;) Let every one answer! let those who sleep be waked! let none evade! Must we still go on with our affectations a...
Street Legal
CHRIS FLOYD
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in America last weekend to protest the Bush Regime’s planned invasion of Iraq. It was an impressive outpouring of public will, cutting across a broad swathe of the social spectrum. In Bush’s own capit...
Porto Allegre Diary II
JENNIFER BERKSHIRE
Porto Alegre. “Can you imagine if the left in the US looked like this?” one American activist said wistfully, watching as the opening march of the World Social Forum snaked its way through the city streets on Thursday. His envy was understandable: the ...
Spain and the War on Iraq
AGUSTIN VELLOSO SANTISTEBAN
If a declared war against Iraq eventually starts, do not think Spain’s Prime Minister, Mr. Aznar, will say much about it. He did not say a single word about what the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported in 1999: “United States and B...
Left Turns in South America
FORREST HYLTON
“Instead of imitating ?lvaro Uribe, S?nchez de Lozada should learn from Lula.” Evo Morales Excepting Colombia, as “traditional” political parties and national economies disintegrate, South...