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Archives from February 2003
The Zev and Ari Show
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
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
“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
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
“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
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
Bob Woodward’s deferent, perhaps even obeisant homage to “Dubya” in his recent book, ...
The Hidden History of Butte’s Working Class
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
“… 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
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
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
“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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...