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Archives from February 2003
The United Nations
KARIMA BENNOUME
Sometimes I think the televangelists are right. We are living in the End Times. Last night, I was invited to a reception at the United Nations in New York City to fete the release of an important book about how to use the UN human rights treaty body system. I set ...
The Anti-War Talk I Never Gave
MICKEY Z.
About a month ago, I was asked to speak at an anti-war event in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn. I immediately put together some notes but the event was subsequently re-scheduled and I was no longer able to attend. In the hope of provoking more thought, I ...
To Declare Pre-Emptive War is to Declare a Bankruptcy of the Imagination
ELIOT KATZ
I search for the language that is also yours– Almost all our language has been taxed by war. –Allen Ginsberg, from “Wichita Vortex Sutra” A patriot is one who wrestles for the soul of her country. –Adrienne Rich, ...
Paying Through the Nose to Kill Iraqi Kids
KURT NIMMO
According to some estimates, Bush’s Iraq attack will cost each and every American $320. Now, for the Waltons and Gates and Buffetts, this isn’t a whole lot of scratch, but for most of us it’s a decent chunk of change. For instance, I need a new c...
The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Democrats
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
Forget about the smoke and fog spewed by corporate media and chattering consultants of all colors. Let us begin with a stark forecast: The Democratic Party primaries must result in a national ticket that is fit for Black participation. If the party cannot loosen t...
Meet the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Goldberg
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Who’s the hack? I nominate The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Goldberg. He’s the new Remington, though without the artistic talent. Back in 1898, William Randolph Hearst was trying to fan war fever between the United States and Spain. He dispatched a repor...
Chronicle of a War Foretold
SHYAM OBEROI
“On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at five-thirty in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on.” This is how it begins. From the very first page, from the very first sentence,...
Why the Right Hates America
MARK ZEPEZAUER
As a leftist, I’m getting just a bit weary of hearing how much I “hate America.” Ever since the big you-know what in late 2001, that little zinger has been the comeback of choice for any objections to US foreign policy. Don’t like our new w...
George W. Bonaparte
MATT VIDAL
In 1848, Napoleon Bonaparte’s nephew, Louis Philippe, was elected to the French presidency. A few years later he staged a coup against his own government, setting up a military dictatorship. In two analytical pamphlets written soon after these world-historic...
Don’t Turn Off the War
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
I’ve said it myself many times. I need a break from this awful business I can’t watch any more news about Iraq or Palestine. I’m dreading this bloody war and want an escape. Spare me the euphemisms and lies, the blas? manner with which our leader...
Cuba’s Biological Weapons
RICHARD LEVINS
Every once in a while, stories appear about “Castro’s” biological weapons, as in “Castro Weaponizes West Nile Virus”(by Martin Arostegui, Insightmag posted September 16, 2002. The term “Castro” is used in this literature i...
Is This a Clash of Civilizations?
M. SHAHID ALAM
On September 11, 2001, when the nineteen Arab hijackers from Al-Qaida struck the most visible icons of America’s military and financial power–the Pentagon and the Twin Towers–there were more than a few pundits who concluded with some satisfactio...
Now It’s Personal
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush has chosen a course to divide the country. Even before 9/11, he pitted Americans against each other as at no other time since the 1960s. After 9/11 the polarization became dramatic: pro and anti war groupings, environmentalists and polluters, worker...
What If the Firebombing of Baghdad Were a Nightclub Fire?
RON JACOBS
1000s Dead in Fire Following American Attack BAGHDAD, IRAQ,2003. A raging fire ignited by a barrage of military pyrotechnics ripped through the city here late at night, leaving at least 15,000 people dead and tens of thousands more injured. The inferno in ...
A Plea for Hysteria
MICHAEL NEUMANN
US attitudes towards Iraq, both pro-war and anti-war, suffer from a distressing lack of hysteria about an event of vastly underestimated importance. The event was called 9-11. 9-11 didn’t just challenge America’s hegemony; it challenged its sove...
Juries and Judges
CLAY S. CONRAD
Edward Rosenthal was prosecuted for growing and distributing medical marijuana in compliance with the California Compassionate Use Act. At his Federal trial, District Court Judge Charles Breyer refused to let the jury learn that Rosenthal was growing marijuana for...
Responses to Symbol and Synchronicty in the Shuttle Disaster
JERRY KROTH
Jeffrey St. clair, the co-editor of Counterpunch, asked me to write a short piece on the incredible reaction to my recent article on Columbia. This short little observation tapped a groundswell of emotion. I received 75 emails almo...
A Guide to Gibberish in the Age of Bush
BEN TRIPP
When interim President Bush traveled to Europe in May of 2001, he didn’t realize people spoke gibberish in many of the European countries. This led to some embarrassing moments, such as when he upbraided a reporter for asking the French President, Jacques Ch...
Life in a Barrel of Oil
JOHN STANTON
The Grammy Award’s selectors overlooked the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) hit children’s recording titled Energy and Me by Bill B (Bill Brennan). With its accompanying dance video, API describes the project as one that “integrates mu...
A Duty to Disobey All Unlawful Orders
LAWRENCE MOSQUEDA
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW As the United States government under George Bush gets closer to attacking the people of Iraq, there are several things that the men and women of the U.S. armed forces need to know and bear in mind as they are given orders fro...
Hell-Bent for War
JASON LEOPOLD
Never before in the history of the United States presidency has a think tank had such an impact on shaping U.S. foreign policy as the Project for the New American Century has on helping President George W. Bush set foreign policy goals for his Administration, par...
Snow Covered Rubble
SAM BAHOUR And Dr. MICHAEL DAHAN
Without even watching the news (our satellite dishes were buried in the snow 48 hours ago) we can imagine that newspapers and TV stations around the world are running pictures of a snowy Jerusalem and Ramallah. Pastoral pictures of a snow covered Dome of the Rock ...
The Day of the Barricades
ELLEN CANTAROW
photos by JOANNE MARINER “I was maced in the left eye and face by a police officer at 53rd Street and Third Avenue. We were forced by the police to march into a cul-de-sac, and the weight of the people behind us pressed the crowd against ...
The First Shots of the War
WAYNE MADSEN
The first shots of the US-Iraq war were fired on February 26. Instead of using precision guided munitions or Scuds, the primary combatants–George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein–used the medium of television to lob the first propaganda rounds. Bush ...
Psychologists and War
Dr. RICHARD LICHTMAN
While we live out our lives as students, staff, therapists and faculty, engaged in the activity that most interests and excites us, the United States is hurtling furiously toward war in the Middle-East. All the engines of government are harnessed to the goal of es...
Orwell’s Bastards
PABLO MUKHERJEE
We ordinary earthlings, were informed by George Bush Senior in his 1991 State of union Address, are living under a new world order. Over the past decade, from the highway of death between Kuwait and Iraq, in Kosovo, in Jallalabad and the hills of Afghanistan, in t...
The Day of the Barricades
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Much has happened since the end of the Cold War to show that there is merit in old-school conservatism. It’s hard to imagine 1952 Republican Presidential Candidate Robert Taft going for NAFTA, or thinking it was a good idea to accelerate defense spending des...
The World is His Battlefield
CAROL NORRIS
At the beginning of his presidency, George was faltering. He blundered his way through unscripted camera appearances. He had little direction, save for his daily jog. He wasn’t engendering confidence from the American people. His handlers were worried. How a...
Scarf and Make-Up, the Modern Face of Islam
BEHZAD YAGHMAIAN
Istanbul is a city of mosques. Some grand and others smaller, they are in every neighborhood. Their presence cannot be ignored. The domes and minarets shine at night under colorful lights. They give the city a sense of the past gracefully making its place in the ...
Israel and the US War on Iraq
CARL ESTABROOK
It’s remarkable how rarely Israel is mentioned in regard to the American plans to attack Iraq — with the exception of occasional notices of how strongly the Israeli government supports those plans. A proper assessment of its part in this war depends up...
Diary of a Human Shield
KEN O'KEEFE Gulf War I Veteran
Finally, after a long delay in Rome and a few passport hiccups in Turkey, I arrived in Baghdad yesterday on a flight from Jordan. It’s been a long and winding road, but we human shields who started out from London on 25 January are all in Baghdad now and doing what ...
Peek-A-Boo with Duct Tape
TOM WELLS
I’m not sure what was weirder — them suggesting Duct Tape and plastic; them expecting people to buy into it; people actually buying into it; or the press not going apeshit over how stupid this was, so…..here’s my take. The more I th...
The Survival of Both Peoples
FRAN QUIGLEY
Penny Rosenwasser is a Jewish American peace activist who refuses to accept a single label of being either pro-Israel or pro-Palestine. “For me, it’s about supporting the survival of both peoples,” she says. “There’s no contradiction ...
Colin Powell’s Blurry Pictures
RAY McGOVERN Former CIA Analyst
After what seemed to be a triumph at the UN on February 5, Secretary of State Powell has taken some major hits to his credibility. His defensiveness can be seen in his undiplomatic trashing of the French for being “afraid” to take responsibility for making war...
Sharon’s Bitter Dream
LINDA HEARD
“Let me tell you about those Gaza olives. First of all, they are the bitterest ones in the entire world. Gaza people say that the olives get their bitterness from life in the Gaza Strip, from the pressure of the Occupation. And not only are these oli...
Mistrial? Rosenthal Jurors Say They Received Outside
ANN HARRISON
SAN FRANCISCO. Lawyers for convicted medical marijuana grower Ed Rosenthal say he is entitled to a new trial because two jurors in the case received outside legal advice that compromised their ability to make an impartial judgment. Jurors Marney Craig and P...
Fire, Panic and Crowds
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Crowds and fire; darkness and panic: they are the currency of these weird times as Pentagon divulges its plan to "shock and awe" the people of Baghdad with a 48-hour barrage of missiles. Two weekends ago we had the unity of vast crowds asserting life; an...
The Infallible Opinion Poll
PAUL DEAN
Many of us have never been polled by a national news organization. Almost all of us have, however, over the years, read results of hundreds, if not thousands, of opinion polls. It seems no one in America can escape being bombarded by opinion polls, which are prese...
Mona Charen, a True Enemy of Freedom
WILLIAM HUGHES
Public dissent in America may soon be a crime, if Mona Charen has her way. Her demonizing of patriotic Americans, who believe a U.S. war with Iraq is not in our national interest, continues relentlessly. Where will her dehumanizing of the peace and justice seekers...
Press Ganging Sami Al-Arian
JACK McCARTHY
Pity poor Sami Al-Arian, the Palestinian University of South Florida (Engineering) Professor/activist indicted on February 20th by Jesus freak John Ashcroft’s U.S. Justice Department under the so-called RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Ac...
An Open Letter to Tony Blair
EDWARD TEAGUE
Dear Tony, Stand tall, yield to no-one. Your stand by George is to be admired. You need however, to tell the UK electorate the truth. 1. This war is to protect US interests. The US has a massive Trade Deficit, revealed only on Friday for...
The Weekend the World Said No to War, Notes on the Numbers
GARY LEUPP
I don’t know which was more inspiring—attending the February 15 demo in New York, which with its sister event in Los Angeles, and the February 16 rally in San Francisco, has altered the political environment in this country—or reading the reports...
Powell Warned of Bloody Price for Unilateral War on Iraq
JASON LEOPOLD
If the United States decides to wage a war with Iraq without the full support of the United Nations it will be “much more complicated and bloody” than the siege in Afghanistan after 9-11 and the first Gulf War combined, Secretary of State Colin Powell ...
Living Against Disaster
RAMZI KYSIA
“War is disaster,” young Zeinab told me. “Do you know what it is to live your entire life in disaster?” Zeinab studies English at Baghdad University, and she represents an entire generation of Iraqis raised in the nativity of warR...
What Should Iranians Do About the War on Iraq?
REZA GHORASHI
The Bush administration offers two sets of justifications for the war with Iraq. In international and formal circles, where “regime change” is not passe, it is the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and its refusal to comply with ...
There’s Nothing Patriotic About It
HARVEY WASSERMAN
George W. Bush says he wants to attack Iraq to install democracy. But as he explained on December 18, 2002: “If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.” Under Bush the Constitutiona...
Environmentalism as Homeland Security
CRAIG AXFORD
My family moved from Massachusetts to Utah County when I was 5. I couldn’t articulate at the time the impression the 11,000-foot peaks of Mount Timpanogos and Mount Nebo and the rest of the Wasatch Front made on me. As a boy used to roaming the beaches of Ca...
Joe Lieberman, the Yankee Tartuffe
ROSS VACHON
In the Stalinist universe, the central drama was always a ritualistic staging of a theatrical spectacle, in the truth of which no one believed. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D–Connecticut), is American Democracy’s equivalent of that spectacle. The s...
Civilian Casualites in the War on Iraq
AHMAD FARUQUI
The Bush administration has argued that if Saddam Hussein refuses to disarm, it will go in and disarm him with or without a second UN Security Council resolution. The war is portrayed as a just and necessary war that would improve America’s national security...
Reflections on the Protest in London
JAN NEDERVEEN PIETERSE
The turnout in London on Feb 15 was overwhelming. Central London main streets were so crowded with marchers that one could only shuffle. Ken Livingstone from the stage: `As Mayor of London I am proud to welcome you on the largest demonstration in 2000 years of Bri...