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Archives from February 2003
Imperialist Gangs Stalk Planet Earth
GLORIA BERGEN
Talk about the insanity of our ruling class–and no, I’m not talking about their joint war meetings on whether to slaughter 100,000 innocent people in Iraq. I’m talking about the British Columbia government’s threat to charge a woman $100,00...
The 1998 Origins of the Bush Iraq War Drive
JASON LEOPOLD
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz undertook a full-fledged lobbying campaign in 1998 to get former President Bill Clinton to start a war with Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein’s regime claiming that the country posed a threat...
Cowboy Dreams
STEVE PERRY
There are moments when the noisy rush to war is a little too much to absorb, and the whole scene slips into dreamtime. I have no idea who or what populates your dream of war, but mine–well, say that we are all extras in the last epic Western. I. High ...
Israel’s Proxy War
M. SHAHID ALAM
It has been apparent to all but the purblind–a defect in understanding assiduously cultivated by America’s mass media–that the war United States is ready to wage against Iraq has almost nothing to do with its security. In an age when the p...
Michael Lerner and the Workers World Party
LENNI BRENNER
In 1959, I was a printer’s helper in Greenwich Village with Bembo Typographers, which produced Labor Action, the organ of the Independent Socialist League. One day we got a new account. The Workers World Party had just set up, after Sam Marcy led a handful o...
The Return of Gary Hart
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
“We must not let our role in the world be dictated by ideologues with their special biases and agendas, by militarists who long for the clarity of Cold War confrontation, by think-tank theorists who grind their academic axes, or by Americans who...
The Peace Movement in South Carolina
TOM TURNIPSEED
Columbia, South Carolina. Everyday people want peace, not only in “Old Europe” and around the world where millions of peace-loving people turned out over the weekend in protests to stop the United States’ invasion of Iraq, but even in this bastio...
An Interview with Raul Alarcon on Bush’s War on Terrorism
SAUL LANDAU
On January 25, 2003, Cuban Vice President Ricardo Alarcon granted me an interview. SAUL LANDAU: You’ve observed the Bush war on terrorism. Is it working? RICARDO ALARCON: Terrorism is a real problem that has to be effectively answered and the...
Likud’s Cry
ALUF BENN
Last spring, Secretary of State Colin Powell made his last shuttle swing through the region. When he reached the Prime Minister’s Office there were three demonstrators from the Likud and two from Kach. One shouted through a loudspeaker, in heavily accented E...
A Short Quiz on War and Peace in the Gulf
DAVID KRIEGER
(The following remarks were made on the occasion of the Santa Barbara Peace March on February 15, 2003. Some 5,000 demonstrators of all ages marched down the main street of town, many carrying highly creative placards opposing war against Iraq. Follow...
Clockwork Orange, Rumseld and Franks on the Intrepid
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
How seriously does the government take its own terror alerts? St Valentine’s Day saw Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and Army General Tommy Franks, two top players in the scheduled onslaught on Iraq, plus a passel of other notables, all floating on the Hudson...
Sharon’s Dream
ALUF BENN
The Prime Minister’s Office ascribes little importance to the diplomatic hurdles America must overcome in the UN Security Council on the path to a war against Iraq. Israel estimates that the date of attack depends only on logistical considerations, when the deployme...
Who Poses the Biggest Threat?
CHRIS WHITE
I am a Veteran for Peace, and just like every other veteran with a peace agenda, the hypocrisy pervading my military experience largely informs my decision to resist the injustices perpetrated by my own government on the world. Just as it is hypocritical to train million...
From the Streets of Detroit
TOM STEPHENS
Stop the war. Oppose the war. End the war. Feelings and thoughts about a weekend when millions came out for peace. What we want is a political trajectory of organized social opposition to mass murder in Iraq. What we do is protest, march throughout March, educate,...
Duct Tape and Plastic Sheets
MICHAEL S. LADAH
It is laughable that the US government is trying to scare the public into supporting the war on Iraq. Our leaders seem to assume that the American people don’t know the difference between imminent threats and the simple scare tactics being used to justify a ...
The Crisis in NATO
GABRIEL KOLKO
The next weeks should reveal whether we are experiencing the equivalent of a geopolitical earthquake. Washington intended that NATO, from its very inception, serve as its instrument for maintaining its political hegemony over Western Europe, forestalling th...
Breaking Through the Panic
BENJAMIN SHEPARD
As the week before Feb. 15th march progressed, things only got weirder. The Bush Administration sent attorneys from the Justice Department to file a friend of the court brief backing the City of New York’s case that the march represented a security threat. A...
The Streets of San Francisco
MARK GUNNION
This was my third Anti-War march here in San Francisco for the current conflict. It differed from the others–it was darker, grimmer– more serious. The war was palpably close. Police estimates said at least 200,000 people made their way into San Francis...
Iraq and the Failure of American Journalism
DAVE LINDORFF
The abject failure of the American journalistic model–long worsening–has become depressingly apparent in the run-up to what appears to be almost certain war with Iraq. Although there are clear and rational and compelling arguments being made aga...
Kurds Outraged by American Plans to Occupy Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Arbil, northern Iraq The US is abandoning plans to introduce democracy in Iraq after a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, according to Kurdish leaders who recently met American officials. The Kurds say the decision resulted from pressure from US all...
The Political Foundamentalism of George W. Bush
JAN OBERG
Will the Bush regime “prevail” and go to war? Or will it listen to citizens–and quite a few governments–around the world and think? Could it be that President Bush is projecting his own subconscious and fears when he tells Saddam tha...
Are They That Stupid?
MITCHEL COHEN
Are they really that stupid that they could present a plagiarized paper by a UCLA graduate student pulled off the internet as their “top secret proof” of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and think that nobody would notice? Hard to believe, but...
Lizard Brain on Line for the Log Flume
ADAM ENGEL
Pyrning in a widening gyre, invoking my ire, began at 42nd street and 3rd and three hours later wound up on 72nd and 1st, finally. First avenue was our destination all along. Every few blocks or so the cops would say “just a few more blocks then you can turn...
The Streets Belong to the People
RON JACOBS
Gee, I certainly felt free. Two days before the big antiwar rally in NewYork City, I received an email from a contact in Brooklyn telling me that the mayor of that fair city was banning all buses carrying protestors from entering the city. Of course, the reason pr...
Compass Roses
SAM HUSSEINI
As Bush plunges us into war, he forces our hands. He forces our hands to reach out to our neighbors to talk to them about war, to share information not polluted with propaganda. He forces our hands to join with others around this world and the vast majority...
Antarctica Says No to War
Elizabeth Connell
The folks here did manage to rally behind the cause and there was a small protest on Sunday (Saturday in the States). About 50-55 people gathered on the sea ice to protest the possible war in Iraq. It was a grey and particularly cold day so the demonstrati...
Oil and the War on Iraq
RALPH NADER
As the drive to war in Iraq races toward a precarious endgame, the lead-footed Bush Administration shows no signs of heeding to the caution flags flying in from all sides. Urgings to go slow are not just a phenomena of “Old Europe.” At home, ret...
Regime Change, Here and Iraq
TARIQ ALI
(Remarks at London peace march, Feb. 15, 2002) There has been much talk of regime-change over the last year. I think we need a regime-change in Britain. We need to get rid of Blair. At this very moment in a Glasgow bunker he is addressing a hand-picked rent...
After the Fall
WAYNE MADSEN
The day of reckoning may be close at hand for Bush’s “Coalition of the Willing.” The worldwide February 15 protests that saw millions of people in the streets protesting the reckless adventurism of the Bush administration has begun to eat away at...
Let Us, Like the Iraqis, Have No Illusions
JOE QUANDT
Let us have no illusions. In Baghdad, once I’d gotten to know someone fairly well, they’d often ask me point blank: “The war, Joe… when is it coming?” And searching my eyes, it was clear that they weren’t looking for com...
Bloomberg the Bully
WILLIAM HUGHES
NEW YORK CITY. On Saturday, February 15, 2003, at noon, a huge throng of Anti-War protesters descended, on Midtown Manhattan, near the United Nations headquarters. Forbidden to parade by administrators for a “terror-spooked” Mayor Michael Bloomberg, th...
The US is a Nation Divided
ROBERT FISK
Austin, Texas. The show was over, recorded for one of those nice liberal local American TV cable channels–this time in Texas–where everyone agrees that war is wrong, that George Bush is in the hands of right-wing Christian fundamentalists and pro-Israe...
People of Conscience can Change History
ROBERT JENSEN And RAHUL MAHAJAN
On Saturday (Feb. 15), we stood on the Capitol steps in Austin, Texas — across the street from the governor’s mansion where George W. Bush once lived — and spoke to 10,000 Texans who had gathered to reject Bush’s mad rush to war in Iraq....
Scenes from the Streets of New York
JOANNE MARINER
I started off at Union Square, where what was probably the most boisterous of the feeder marches was gathered–lots of NYC students. Police were everywhere. We headed over to 6th ave and then uptown, at first sticking to the sidewalks but by around the 20s pe...
The Last Days of Bill Buckley
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
"They’ve got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression, or we’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age." Gen. Curtis LeMay Talk about your goof-ups! I guess we can attribute his ...
More Than a Million Protest in Australia
VANESSA JONES
"Somewhere in Texas a village has lost its idiot" Placard at Sydney rally 16-02-03 The most beautiful sight after the Sydney "No War" rally on Feb 16, 2003, attended by 250,000+ people, was a pregnant woman dry...
Taking a Stand on Iraq
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
And a vast paranoia sweeps across the land And America turns the attack on its Twin Towers Into the beginning of the Third World War The war with the Third World And the terrorists in Washington Are drafting all the ...
Anybody Remember the Powell Doctrine?
RICH PROCTER
Anybody remember the 90’s? Rember our “Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity,” when pundits loved to bash Bill Clinton’s foreign policy by citing “the Powell Doctrine”? This was the Doctrine that was going to keep us f...
Bring Us the Head of Osama bin Laden
KURT NIMMO
Have you heard the news? We won’t have to worry about that slippery eel Osama anymore. According to Jane Wardell of the Associated Press, an Islamic news agency in London has released yet another Osama tape (no doubt there will soon be an Osama...
A Monumenal Hypocrisy
EDWARD SAID
It has finally become intolerable to listen to or look at news in this country. I’ve told myself over and over again that one ought to leaf through the daily papers and turn on the TV for the national news every evening, just to find out what “the cou...
Colin Powell and the Great "Intelligence Fraud"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Here we are in Condition Orange and hysteria has set in. We’re at the point when rumors careen round like balls on a pool table. Late Friday night a San Francisco lawyer with a New York pal in a company that makes backdrops and scenery for TV companies repor...
The Case Against War
ROBERT FISK
In the end, I think we are just tired of being lied to. Tired of being talked down to, of being bombarded with Second World War jingoism and scare stories and false information and student essays dressed up as “intelligence”. We are sick of being insul...
Working Class Revolt in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
Dual power has come to Bolivia most suddenly: not, as expected, in the form of a coordinated uprising of coca growers, highland Aymara peasants, and Quechua-speaking peasants from the valleys under the direction of Evo Morales, Felipe Quispe, and the Joint Chiefs ...
The View from a "Globalized" India
RANJIT HOSKOTE
Ever since President George W. Bush, Jr. declared a renewal of the US jihad against Iraq’s Ba’ath government last year, we have lived in an eerie media climate, in which the most unsubstantiated allegations made by the Bush regime and its vassals have ...
A Little Help from the Citizens of France
NORMAN MADARASZ
The present government of France is nothing worth jubilating. President Jacques Chirac gathered less than 20 percent of the popular vote in the first round of last year’s elections. Through the luck of a draw, his main opponent, Socialist Party candidate, Li...
How Bush Cronies Profit from War Machine
CHRIS FLOYD
The opening of a long-delayed civil suit in a London courtroom; a brief, buried article on a judicial nomination; a fluctuation in the commodities market: three mundane, seemingly-unrelated items in the news last week that combined to give a fleeting glimpse of th...
The Bush Administratino, the UN and NATO
Col. DAN SMITH (US Army, Retired)
Relevance–or rather its opposite, irrelevance–seems to be one of the many mantras of the Bush administration with respect to the United Nations. President Bush declaimed on the subject in his September 12, 2002 address to the UN General Assembly: “...
Stepping Back from the Brink of War
AHMAD FARUQUI
According to the Bush administration, it is time for the UN Security Council to stand by its words and authorize military action against Iraq. Otherwise, the US will follow through on its interpretation of Resolution 1441, and attack Iraq to enforce regime change ...
The Lies of Tom Lantos
WAYNE MADSEN
He is a fake, a phony and a complete fraud. He constantly stresses his victimhood: first as a Holocaust survivor in Nazi-run Hungary and then as a refugee when the Communists took power. He fancies himself as the leading human rights specialist on Capitol Hill. In...
Scott Ritter in Tokyo
ADAM LEBOWITZ
Former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter’s participation in a symposium at the University of Tokyo on 6 February presented his first opportunity to publicly address Secretary Colin Powell’s presentation of "evidence" to the UN. Building 900 of t...