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The Draft as Collateral Damage
CHRIS CLARKE
Twenty-three years ago this month, after Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, I sent a letter to the Selective Service System–cc’d to the US Attorney in Buffalo, NY–...
Zaps to Basques, Lighten Up!
SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS
January 9-12, 2003. To the Basque military-political organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). Basque Country. From: the Zapatista Army of National Liberation Mexico. Ladies and gentlemen: We received the letter, dated ...
A Guide to Bush’s Political Bipolar Disorder
SAUL LANDAU
“What’s this Bush Administration really about?” A frustrated student asked me. Good question! I suggested that he look into the clever manipulators–led by Karl Rove — who have woven together a novel coalition of voracious loote...
We Can Stop This War
RICH PROCTER
George Bush wants to invade Iraq so his petro-pals can get that glorious sweet crude, his p.r. machine can have a new “product” to promote to get people’s minds off the death-rattle economy, and his “base” can have gleeful “war-...
Extinguishing Frida Kahlo
MARTA RUSSELL
Usually I leave Hollywood alone. Dramatic film has not been a medium of historical accuracy. Getting around to seeing the movie “Frida,” however, put me in a comment-making mood. No, it drove me to speak up as a fan of Kahlo’s. Julie Traym...
Man in the Black Suit, a Novelini
ADAM ENGEL
Chairman of His Own Black Suit Man in the Black Suit claimed to be an IMPORTANT MAN, chairman of the board of DataCo Inc. Research the credit of the people; research backgrounds of license applicants; research lives of potentially dangerous “citizens....
When Will Arabs Resist?
EDWARD SAID
One opens the New York Times on a daily basis to read the most recent article about the preparations for war that are taking place in the United States. Another battalion, one more set of aircraft carriers and cruisers, an ever-increasing number of aircraft, new c...
Are You a Friend of Freedom?
LINDA HEARD
That’s it folks! The leader of the free world has spoken. “The friends of freedom will disarm Saddam Hussein”. Where do I sign up to be a friend of freedom you might ask? Sounds good to me. The American president went on to say: “Thi...
Israel, American Jews and the War on Iraq
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Most of the vociferously pro-Israeli neo-conservative policymakers in the Bush administration make no effort to hide the fact that at least part of their intention in promoting war against Iraq (and later perhaps against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Palestinians) is to...
America Never Was America to Me
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
And of course, it was a shell game. A protection racket of the highest order. So convinced were you that you were powerless that you surrendered your spirits to these jackals. To Krauthammer, an American conservative born in Uruguay. To a President willing to le...
Music Lives in Palestine
ELLEN CANTAROW
5:30 on a Wednesday in late November. Our Ramallah master-class at The National Conservatory of Music (Palestine) has just ended and ten-year-old Taher, a young flute-player, is practically jumping up and down, his face glowing with hope: “Oh! please let me ...
Iraq War as Football Game
RON JACOBS
The Super Bowl Sunday papers are full of news about the big NFL matchup/capitalist spectacle. Baseball being my sport, I dont really care who wins the game and will probably watch very little of it. The other headlines concern a contest which is definitely not as ...
Israeli Democracy, Fact or Fiction?
WILLIAM A. COOK
Israel’s bulldozing of 62 shops in the village of Nazkt Issa, north of Tulkarem next to the West Bank line with Israel on Tuesday and its refusal to allow International and Israeli peace activists to witness the devastation illustrates the total control of the mil...
Killing an Oak Tree
BRUCE JACKSON
My neighbor is killing his oak tree. It’s taking a long time. He’s not doing it himself. It’s too big a job for him to do by himself, even if he knew how to do it, which he doesn’t. He’s hired a tree company to do it for him. T...
Bush as a B-Grade Nixon
JASON LEOPOLD
President Bush said the Iraq conflict is like watching a “rerun of a bad movie.” But clearly, the only bad movie Americans are being forced to watch all over again are the Nixon-like qualities–the paranoia, the secrecy and lies–that Bush re...
The War You’ve Never Heard About
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
As the US prepares to invade Iraq I think we should all ask each other this question: “Do you remember the last war? The one that took place a little over two and a half years ago?” You remember that one dont you? It wasnt a little war. No, not ...
When Wisdom Lags Behind Technopower
ALWYN MOSS
With passing day, the likelihood of war in the Gulf region grows despite the efforts of many people, in and out of the realm of international and national politics, to prevent another episode of military violence as a purported means of resolving the problems in I...
Peace as a Civil Right
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH
(Lakewood Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King Day Celebration Lakewood Presbyterian Church Sunday, January 19, 2003 Lakewood, Ohio.) “Oh hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.” ...
Pay No Attention to the Bush Behind the Curtain!
DAVID VEST
Dropping in the polls like a balloonist with a slow leak, the Fulminator-in-Chief desperately tried to cover the gaping hole with a MADE IN U.S.A. patch. Alas, the godless liberal media found him out and exposed the MADE IN CHINA labels his staff had tried vainly ...
When You Go to Porto Alegre…
JENNIFER C. BERKSHIRE
Porto Alegre, Brazil. In Davos, Switzerland, they’re gearing up for the year’s biggest apres ski hour: the World Economic Forum. While Swiss officials unloaded the corporate cocktail party on the Americans last year–they insisted that the stopove...
Murder in Zawatta
ANNE GWYNNE
Today was an even worse day than its predecessors. Everyone asks, “Is ‘worse’ possible?” Mrs Sou’ad Godola, aged 54 and Mr Aiman Hanlawi, aged 22, became two more murder victims of the Israeli terrorist army, in this terrible war of a...
Rumsfeld’s Dementia
WAYNE MADSEN
On January 8, the Dr. Strangelove-like Donald Rumsfeld was engaged in one of his puffed up oratories at a televised Pentagon press conference. He began ranting and raving about the draft in response to a question concerning Representative Charles Rangel’s bi...
Chemical Weapons or Not, Bush Will Attack Iraq
KURT NIMMO
Okay, so the Bushites had their yesmen at the UN find a few empty “chemical warheads,” which are not warheads (those fit on missiles) but artillery shells, and now we’re supposed to think this is evidence of Saddam’s homicidal intent when i...
What If Saddam Went Into Exile?
WILLIAM M. EVAN
In dictatorships like Iraq and North Korea, one man, by definition, makes a huge difference. If Saddam Hussein (or, for that matter, Kim Jong Il) could be induced to go into exile, regime change could proceed forthwith, thereby saving us an enormous amount of liv...
An Israeli Pilot Speaks Out
YONATHAN SHAPIRA
I am Yonathan, one of the initiators and signatories raeli pilot’s letter. Until some weeks ago I was a pilot and active leader in a squadron of “Blackhawk” helicopters in the air force. On the eve of last Yom Kippur I was called f...
Militarism vs. Democracy
WILLIAM A. COOK
“More than 725 American military bases (are) spread around the world. … Many garrisons are in foreign countries to defend oil leases from competitors or to provide police protection to oil pipelines, although they invar...
Howard Dean’s Vermont
JOSH FRANK
Governor Howard Dean repeatedly defended dangerous levels of pesticide use on Vermont farms. Vermonters for a Clean Environment has been reporting as much ever since it issued a report almostt a year ago, in March of 2002. In 1999 ...
Italian Philosopher Giorgio Agamben Protests US Travel Policies
STANDARD SCHAEFER
In an act of protest, world-renown Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has cancelled plans to teach atNew York University and UCLA because of the United States’ new policy of photographing and fingerprinting foreign visitors. Described by the N...
India’s Nuclear War Plans
N.D. JAYAPRAKASH
Two concurrent pronouncements made on 4 January 2003 – one, a major policy decision by the Government of India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and the other, a pious wish expressed by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam – are omi...
The Price of Despair
KELLY NOLAN
Is it ever right to take delight in the death and despair of another? Shasta County District Attorney McGregor Scott called the suicide of inmate Benjamin Matthew Williams “the best thing that could have happened for everybody” and added that Williams&...
Condoleezza Rice, Race Traitor
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
Noah thought he had it bad. For 41 days and 41 nights, the Republican Party rained down racial obscenity upon Black America, beginning with Trent Lott’s December 5 birthday greeting to Strom Thurmond and climaxing on Martin Luther King’s birthday, Janu...
Ambushed in Hebron Hills
AVIAD ALBERT
Last Saturday, January 18, approx. 20 Ta’ayush activists, together with a few members of the CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams), went to South Hebron Hills region, in order to help Palestinian farmers to plow their land. Ta’ayush activists, who have esta...
Flying High
LINDA S. HEARD
The expression “flying high” takes on a whole new meaning when viewed in the light of the admission by the U.S. Air Force that its combat pilots regularly consume uppers and downers with its blessing. In fact, American bomber pilots are encouraged to t...
Nablus Under Lockdown
ANN GWYNNE
Not content with the injuries they inflicted yesterday, the Israelis have today become even more violent, and the following incidents occurred just in our small area. They beat, kicked and spat on two accredited photographers for Reuters and AP, knocked over a 65-...
The Prisoner, the President and the Mafia
FORREST HYLTON
During Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada’s first administration, which emphasized the importance of foreign investment for Bolivian growth and development, Yerko Kukoc was Prefect of Potosí, and thus presided over the massacre, in November...
O’Neill’s Revelations and the Mind of Bush
KATHERINE Van WORMER
Paul O’Neill’s revelations, the primary source for Ron Suskind’s book The Price of Loyalty concerning the timing of George W Bush’s plans to overthrow Saddam in Iraq should have come as no surprise. The ostensible reasons for g...
Lost in Space
PATRICIA KOYCE WANNISKI
Mr. Rove, I`m a child of the Apollo program. Like most Americans, I was awed by Neil Armstrong`s landing on the moon, and held my breath during the Apollo 13 crisis. I spent many a grade school recess playing "Lost in Space" instead of hopsc...
Dissenting Voices in Iran
REZA LADJEVARDIAN
Last week, Iranian women across a number of cities in their country burned their veils and head scarves. They demanded equality under the law and greater social liberties. Their brave cry for a more civil society followed Iranian students’ earlier demonstrat...
The MLK Rally for Peace
ELLEN CANTAROW
I almost didn’t go to the Martin Luther King week-end rally against the Iraq war planned by International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism.) Then, Friday morning, listening to a National Public Radio reporter tactfully interview some milit...
God Bless America!
HAROLD PINTER
Here they go again, The Yanks in their armoured parade Chanting their ballads of joy As they gallop across the big world Praising America’s God. The gutters are clogged with the dead The ones who couldn’t join in The others refusing to si...
From Baghdad with Love
BRET EARTHEART
This message was e-mailed from Baghdad by Bloomington activist BRET EARTHEART to Syndee Eartheart, his “dear friend and mother of their beautiful child Mayan” on Jan. 13. We got into Baghdad last Thursday (1/9/03) at 1...
Whistleblowers and Teamplayers
RICHARD THIEME
It was only after whistleblowers came out of the closet during the Great Deflation that Time Magazine honored the practice of what team players call “ratting out your pals.” Conservative magazines like Time may give lip service to whistleblowing in the...
Bill O’Reilly’s Fascism
TOM GORMAN
Last year on a special broadcast, “O’Reilly versus Hollywood” (Fox News Special, 6/7/02), Bill O’Reilly purported to “take-on” the “phoniness” of entertainers who are politically active. Of particular pique to O̵...
Hamdi, Enemy Combatants and the Courts
JOANNE MARINER
The cases of “enemy combatants” detained in naval brigs in Virginia and South Carolina, and on the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo, are gradually making their way up to the Supreme Court. One thing about these cases is certain: the courts that rule on th...
Rambo versus Bin Laden
KURT NIMMO
If Bush can’t kill bin Laden in real life, he might as well have Rocky do it in the movies. Showbiz reporter for the UK Sun Online, Jacqui Smith, says the 56 year old Sylvester Stallone will once again bring the Rambo character to life, this time to fight th...
Howard’s End?
SAM SMITH
Dean is in trouble, no doubt of it. Primary cause is the most excessive and gratuitous media assault on a presidential candidate in recent times…Dean failed to accept the fact that before you can get elected by the people you have to be selected...
Freezing for Peace
STANLEY HELLER
First a tribute. I can’t sleep on buses and feel sorry for myself when I have to take the midnight ride to DC. But Connecticut trips to DC are only six hours long. I can’t imagine what it would be like riding 20 hours each way from Wisconsin or Mississ...
From the Streets Into the Studios
ROBERT JENSEN
On a blustery Sunday morning outside the CBS studio in Washington, D.C., I shared a moment with veteran television journalist Bob Schieffer that spoke volumes about the sad state of democracy and journalism in the United States. Schieffer was inside, behind...
Life and Death in a Closed Village
ANNE GWYNNE
If crossing Kalandia and on to Ramallah brought tears, then travelling to Nablus from Ramallah by UPMRC ambulance is beyond tears, beyond words, beyond description, beyond anything I could have imagined experiencing. All senses are numbed; you ride on a sea of des...
Oil Is Not the Only Reason for Opposing this War
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Amy Goodman said it (speech in Albuquerque, Saturday, January 18). Robert Fisk wrote it (The Independent, same day). Much of the U.S. Peace Movement talked about it (in demonstrations around the country, same day). On that day of all days, when the peace movement ...