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Archives from January 2003
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 ...