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Archives from February 2003
The Arrest of Sami Al-Arian
KURT NIMMO
It’s dangerous to be photographed with Bush. It’s also dangerous to visit the Bush White House. Sami al-Arian did both of these things. Now he’s sweating it out in an FBI hoosegow. In May of 2001 Sami was invited to the White House to atte...
A Review of The Quiet American
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The movie, the Quiet American, is fast, tight and to the point: the point being that the CIA is a terrorist organization capable of car-bombing a square in Saigon and blaming it on the Communists, or watching with apparent knowing glee as two planes plowed into th...
Peace Protests in the Deep South
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.” – Lord Acton On February 15, how many Muslims showed at Jacksonville&#...
The Failure of Mass Education
CHARLES SULLIVAN
What are our public schools but an instrument of the state? Our students are not taught the skills of critical thinking that would serve them well as citizens in a free society for the entirety of their lives. Mass education focuses upon memorization and scoring w...
Bush Magic Turns Medicines into Munitions
CHRIS FLOYD
Six million marched for peace last week, but the Bush Regime and the Blair Regency were unmoved by this outburst from the ignorant rabble. Instead, the righteous leaders of the “Coalition of the Willing” (or COW) declared that no power on earth will ha...
The Birth of the Tragedy
GILAD ATZMON
“I am convinced that opposite me sits ‘Ivan the Terrible’ of Treblinka” Pinhas Epstien, 2, 23, 1987 “This man is Ivan, without a shadow of a doubt– Ivan from Treblinka. From the gas chamber...
First Bomb the Language, Then the Iraqis
TERRY JONES
It was interesting to hear Colin Powell accuse France and Germany of cowardice in not wanting to go to war. Or, as he put more succinctly, France and Germany ‘are afraid of upholding their responsibility to impose the will of the international community̵...
The Soft Underbelly of the British Peace Movement
TARIQ ALI
A massive majority in Britain is currently opposed to the war, but the anti-war movement confronts a virtually uniform House of Commons. Both major parties are united and Labour MPs incapable of mounting a parliamentary revolt to ditch Blair, the only thing that c...
Who Armed Iraq?
STEPHEN GREEN
You have to give Defense Secretary Rumsfeld this credit: he’s a risk taker, and he’s damned brassy about it. Both were in evidence last week when he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Under criticism for his prior characteriz...
War and the Press
WILL POTTER
Journalists like to think of themselves as watchdogs, nipping at the heels of the powerful and guarding democracy. Progressive critics see them as lapdogs for the political and corporate elite. More often reporters are just tired old dogs asleep on the porch. ...
An Irregular Letter to George W. Bush
JULES RABIN
President Bush, son of great wealth and privilege that you are: Before you begin raining bombs down on Iraq, would you answer this question: have you ever in your life, with your own hands, performed the small and homely labor of replacing even a single broken win...
The Rights of Pets
JOANNE MARINER
Is intentionally killing a dog or cat qualitatively different than smashing a plate? Pet owners tend to think so. Yet under current law in most jurisdictions, a pet’s value is calculated like that of any other material object. If you sue the murderer ...
Of Peace and Humility
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
When Benjamin checked into the hospital, he didn’t know whether he came to die or get a new heart, and he didn’t care one way or another which it was to be. At sixty, he was played out, and his heart was, as Tony might say, “dead meat.” Whe...
Iraq and the Failures of Democracy
RICHARD FALK And DAVID KRIEGER
There is no decision in foreign policy more serious than recourse to war. As the Bush administration prods the country toward an unpopular and illegal war with Iraq, it is a matter of national urgency to question whether our constitutional system of government is ...
Howard Dean is No Green
MICHAEL COLBY
For Vermonters who have seen Howard Dean up close and personal for the last eleven years as our governor, there’s something darkly comical about watching the national media refer to him as the “liberal” in the race for the Democratic nomination f...
Say No to the War of Fear
SUBCOMANDANTE MARCOS
(Communique from the EZLN which was read during the demonstration in Rome, Italy, on February 15, 2003. It was read by Heidi Giuliani, the mother of activist Carlo, who was assassinated by the Italian police in Genoa in July of 2001.)...
Bernadette Devlin Denied Entry into the US
LAURA FLANDERS
Irish activist and former Member of Parliament, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey was detained by immigration officials in Chicago, February 21, and denied entry into the United States allegedly on “national security” grounds. According to her daughte...
The Trouble with E-Bombs
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
E-Bombs and Predators Remember the late Carl Sagan’s Nuclear Winter? Over in Rumsfeld’s empire they’ve been working on Winter Lite. the “e-bomb,” a high-powered microwave designed to fry the circuits of enemy equipment. ItR...
Peace with North Korea is a No Brainer
MICHAEL COLBY
For Vermonters who have seen Howard Dean up close and personal for the last eleven years as our governor, there’s something darkly comical about watching the national media refer to him as the “liberal” in the race for the Democratic nomination f...
Voice of the Nation
ADAM ENGEL
“I guess in the end, all you can really do is talk about stuff, and it takes voices with the maxed out to understand what most of us just whisper.” Ian Kerner, Author Call me Plantman How many...
Hopscotch Rebellion
BECKY JOHNSON
I am accused of committing the crime of defacing the sidewalk when I used chalk on the sidewalks of Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz on July 21, 2002. The ordinance in question, written in 1964, is not clear regarding the issue of chalk writing and the City cannot prove...
Bombing to Disarm
IAN WILLIAMS
Much of the world is worried about the impending war with Iraq, and rightly so. But this may just the beginning of a new age of disarmament wars. From the homeland of Armageddon this week came worrying signs that we should begin worrying about the even long...
Noncooperation and Resistance
ANIS SHIVANI
Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterwards. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the...
Boxing Missoula
SUSANNA SONNENBERG
In the widescreen version of Missoula, a day in the life of the city includes chemistry class at the University, towels on sale at Penney’s, the thud of videos in the drop-box, cars in line for coffee at Malfunction Junction, the soft pink lunchbox packed wi...
Fact-Checking the Constitution
BEN TRIPP
An alert reader recently took issue with my characterization of the Electoral College as not being mentioned anywhere in the Constitution; she notes that it bloody well is, or words to that effect. I know this perfectly well, and w...
The Zev and Ari Show
WILLIAM HUGHES
Professor Edward Said, a champion of the Palestinian cause, was roundly condemned by Zev Chafets, a columnist for the NY Daily News (02/19/03). Thank goodness, Said isn’t living in the West Bank or Gaza. If he were in occupied Palestine, Ariel Sharon’s...
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...
The Belgian Courts, War Crimes and Ariel Sharon
URI AVNERY
“Don’t eat Belgian chocolate,” the Israel consul in Florida ordered the large Jewish community there. In Israel, anti-Belgian curses reached an ear-splitting new crescendo. Miserable Belgium! Mad Belgium! Megalomaniac Belgium! And again an...
The Ghost of Feminism and the Conservative Women
JO FREEMAN
Lurking in the background of the 30th annual Conservative Political Action Conference [www.cpac,org], which met in Arlington Virginia f...
How Sanctions Destroy Iraq’s Education System
MICHAEL WOLFF
“During the war, Iraq’s infrastructure was completely destroyed. The devastation was total.” Dennis Halliday UN Coordinator of Humanitarian Aid to Iraq In the morning, as our bus drove through t...
The Fabled Gut of George W. Bush
RICH PROCTER
According to the White House, we’re not going to invade Iraq because of the oil. We’re not going to invade because Saddam Hussein has been less than forthcoming about destroying his weapons. We’re not going to invade to save the Middle East from ...
Armageddon Anxiety
WILLIAM COOK
Bob Woodward’s deferent, perhaps even obeisant homage to “Dubya” in his recent book, ...
The Hidden History of Butte’s Working Class
JOHN MIHELICH
I read with great interest the recent article entitled "Something About Butte" in CounterPunch by Jeffrey St. Clair (Jan 4/5, 2003). St. Clair provided fascinating background history on Butte’s labor relations and...
The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
ALAN MAASS
George W. Bush had the gall to use Martin Luther King’s birthday as the occasion for announcing that his administration wanted to gut part of King’s legacy. “[W] e renew our commitment to the principles of justice, equality, opportunity and optim...
12 Reasons to Oppose Bush’s War on Iraq
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
Millions of people around the world last weekend demonstrated against a war on Iraq. There was no mistaking the message: No war. But, particularly with the airwaves and op-ed pages dominated by war-mongers who mock and mischaracterize the burgeoning ...
Killing Amos King
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
As it now stands, on February 26 Jeb Bush will give the order to execute Amos King, an inmate on Florida’s death row who seems almost certainly innocent of the murder that put him there. There’s nothing new here. The state of Florida has been trying to...
The Real Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
ABU SPINOZA
In his book Development as Freedom, the eminent Indian-Bengali economist Amartya Sen (1999, xi) writes: And yet we also live in a world with remarkable deprivation, destitution, and oppression. There are many new problems as well as old ones, i...
Hitchens and Booze
JACK McCARTHY
Dry drunk Bush’s wet drunk apologist Christopher Hitchens announces startling health discovery in Vanity Fair magazine: Drinking like there’s no tomorrow and smoking until your teeth and fingers turn jaundice yellow is actually good for your health!...
Why Americans Can’t Travel to Cuba
NELSON P. VALDÉS
The Sunday issue of the San Francisco Chronicle (FEBRUARY 16, 2003) noted that “U.S. feds get tough on Americans who visit Cuba.” The author quoted a U.S. official who stated that the US Treasury Department does not allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cub...
Why Black Americans Should Oppose Bush’s War
Dr. SONJA EBRON
“… the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today–my own government.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” April 4, 1967 at New York City’s River...
A Tight Squeeze
KATHY KELLY
Last night, while walking home along Abu Nuwas Street, Charlie Litkey and Jerry Zawada were met by two little boys who begged them for money, grabbed their hands, and then went for the wristwatches. The boys are seasoned little workers. After their father died som...
Martin Peretz to Bush
JASON LEOPOLD
The New Republic, the 89 year-old “liberal” journal of politics and the arts, has shifted its editorial stance recently by publishing stories that supports a war with Iraq and criticizes the Democratic party for its weakness, according to a story in We...
A Hero in the Midst of Horror
ANNE GWYNNE
“3 Palestinians killed and 25 injured in Nablus,” say the headlines. It tells you nothing at all… I have just come from Raffidia Hospital on the North Mountain in Nablus, formerly the most beautiful and prosperous city in the ancient, cult...
Did Terror Paranoia Cause Chicago Nightclub Deaths?
RAY HANANIA
Chicago. An apparent fight between two women at a nightclub on Chicago’s South Side started a panic that resulted in the deaths of at least 21 people, but many people in Chicago are asking if the panic was escalated by fears of a possible terror attack and t...
War Will Bring Disaster to Iraq, Not Liberation
KAMIL MAHDI
Having failed to convince the British people that war is justified, Tony Blair is now invoking the suffering of the Iraqi people to justify bombing them. He tells us there will be innocent civilian casualties, but that more will die if he and Bush do not go to war...
Answering the Moral Warriors
PABLO MUKHERJEE
This is an open letter in response to David Aaronovitch’s invitation in The Guardian (G2 18.02.03) to the peace marchers of London to answer a few questions. But it is also an answer to his more evangelical colleagues like Christopher Hitchens, whose piece i...
Vote for Glitch
BEN TRIPP
This nation is not a Super Slurpee, Mr. President. With that said, let’s pretend there isn’t an American attack on a sovereign nation in the offing, that Europe is still among America’s allies, and global warming is just a paranoid speculation by...
The New Opium Wars in Bolivia
KURT NIMMO
Last week 27 people were killed in Bolivia. They were in the streets protesting a 12.5 percent income tax increase (“impuestazo”) levied on the poor by the government at the behest of the International Monetary Fund. The IMF says this is necessary to r...
The Roots of the Iraq War
WILLIAM BLUM
Which is the more remarkable — that the United States can openly announce to the world its determination to invade a sovereign nation and overthrow its government in the absence of any attack or threat of attack from the intended target? Or that for an entir...
The Rush to War, a View from Iceland
IAN JONES
It has been clear to me and I suspect many others that the Bush administration has been set on war in Iraq, at least since Rumsfeld’s let’s make everyone we don’t like responsible and wipe them out speech in the wake of the trade centre misfortun...