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Archives from February 2003
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...