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Archives from March 2003
Watch Their Lips
PABLO MUKHERJEE
Now that their long-cherished war has started, Bush and Blair feel they no longer need to spit and polish their carefully fabricated moral arguments any more. The boys have gone in. The ‘shock and awe’ is being delivered after the surgical strik...
Prisoners, Torture and Hypocrisy
DAVID LINDORFF
When I was a journalist working in China back in the early 1990s, I was furious when two administrations in the U.S.–both the first Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration–condoned executions of American death row prisoners from foreign coun...
Canada Abetting Illegal War
GLORIA BERGEN
The day before winning an Oscar in the Sound category for Chicago, Canadian David Lee lounged around at a posh poolside lunch in Los Angeles and said how proud he is "as a Canadian that our prime minister said no to this dam war."Well Mr. Lee, that Calif...
The Coup That Didn’t Happen
ROBERT FISK
Baghdad. L et us now praise famous men. Saddam Hussein was keen on doing just that yesterday. And he proceeded to list the Iraqi army and navy officers who are leading the resistance against the Anglo-American army in Umm Qasr, Basra and Nasariyah. M...
Winning Hearts and Minds Bush-Style
LINDA S. HEARD
Athens, Greece. Britain’s ITV showed a small Iraqi boy lying on a stretcher in a Baghdad hospital. He was shrieking from pain caused by burns over more than two-thirds of his tiny body. I could see from the top half of his face, which had escaped the ...
Outrage in Baghdad
APRIL HURLEY, M.D.
In America, the alert goes: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. In Bagdhad, at Al Kindi Hospital Emergency, Fatima Abdullah is screaming in outrage: "Why do you do this to us??! Her 8 year old, Fatehah is dead, two o...
A Second Chance
ADAM ENGEL
The buckets of blood that doused America this week, iftheyawaken it from it’s two-year stupor, might not have been spilled in vain. Perhaps it still can be a “wonderful life,” or at least notsuch a damna horrible one. Perhaps, like George Bailey,...
Shock But Not Awe
DAVID KRIEGER
I write with a heavy heart. Our cause has shifted from trying to prevent a needless war to seeking to end an illegal war. The audacity of the Bush administration takes one’s breath away. The United States is bombing Baghdad, engaged in its “shoc...
Bilking California for Billions
JASON LEOPOLD
The sky-high electricity and natural gas prices in California between 2000 and 2001 that bankrupted the state’s largest utility and caused several days of rolling blackouts was the result of widespread manipulation by several Texas-based energy companies wit...
Desert Storms
BRUCE JACKSON
Winds in the Iraqi desert sandstorm have been blowing fifty miles an hour, bending date palms so their branches scrape the ground, reducing visibility to a few meters, rendering many weapons inoperable until the sand can be unpacked from barrels, chambers and sigh...
The Smell of Death Surrounds Me
REEMA ABU HAMDIEH
Ramallah. I miss my normal life, a life by which I can enjoy a sunny day, hide away from drops of water on a rainy day, and expect good news as my horoscope would anticipate every morning. Instead, I get the heat waves of sun and soldiers’ breath burn...
Casualties and the Stock Market
JASON LEOPOLD
I hope the stock market gets hammered. I hope the Iraqis set fire to as many oil fields as possible. I hope oil prices in the United States surge and shortages persist. I hope the antiwar protestors become disobedient. I hope the economy never recovers. I hope I...
Bitter Rice
URI AVNERY
Some thoughts about the war: Beware of the Shiites. The troubles of the occupation will start after the fighting is over. Here is a personal story and its lessons: On the forth day of the 1982 Israeli attack on Leba...
Earth vs. Bush
DAVID VEST
So who will prevail? The overwhelming majority of the people now alive on earth, or George W. Bush? Ken Lay’s creature, the man who was reading "Thomas the Tank Engine" when the first plane hit the World Trade Towers, stands with his finger ...
This is the Reality of War
ROBERT FISK
Donald Rumsfeld says the American attack on Baghdad is "as targeted an air campaign as has ever existed" but he should not try telling that to five-year-old Doha Suheil. She looked at me yesterday morning, drip feed attached to her nose, a deep frown ove...
Iraq and the Death of the West
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Those who assume that the military action in Iraq will end with Hussein’s capitulation are grievously mistaken, according to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Bob Novak. Novak asserts that "a special envoy of the president of Iran traveled to Ankara for talks with ...
Life During Wartime
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Wars come to be defined as much by the first shot fired as the last. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, unprovoked and unwarranted under international law, started with an illegal attempt at group assassination, as 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles and satellite-guided JDAM...
The Streets of Cairo
GARY LEUPP
“Show me what democracy looks like!” begins a chant often heard at recent U.S. antiwar demonstrations. “This is what democracy looks like!” comes the reply. People in the streets, marching, fired up with righteous rage, det...
Palestinians: Long-term Hopefulness Still Dominates
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Ramallah. Hanan Ahsrawi tells us bluntly that the principal aim of Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and his right-wing, Zionist fundamentalist government is to make sure that no Palestinian state ever exists as a viable entity. Their goal, s...
Why Protest? Why Write?
BRUCE JACKSON
Most email I get is from readers suggesting links they think might be of interest or people submitting articles or ideas for articles. A few are from morons saying things like "If you don’t like this country go back where you came from!" If I didn...
Pre–emptive War on a Defenseless Country
RALPH NADER
As this is written, the campaign known as "shock and awe" has begun over Iraq and the five million civilian inhabitants of Baghdad. Bombs indeed shock, but why the word "awe"? This is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s way of turning th...
US Bombs Iran
JOHN STANTON
While the slaughter continues in Iraq, the United States has its sights set on the real prize: the Islamic Republic of Iran. Even though Syria is next on the chopping block according to the authors of A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm...
Ominous Signs
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The timbre of war reporting changed on Sunday, from brazen hubris to a more nervous posture. Typical was a report in the London Financial Times by Victor Mallet, datelined the Iraq/Kuwait border, and titled, “Ominous Signs for Coalition in Battle for Umm Qas...
How to Live with a Rogue SuperPower
WAYNE MADSEN
The nations of the world must learn how to cope with living on the same planet with a regime that has resurrected the Nazi war strategy of "blitzkrieg" (lightning war) by adopting the concept of pre-emptive "shock and awe" military strikes. Mak...
Against the War at Ground Zero
DAVID LINDORFF
New York City. The first thing I noticed as I walked up from the 38th Street ferry pier towards the Broadway march assembly point was row upon row of police buses–the paddywagons used for mass arrests–lined up along 12th Avenue....
Spring Morning in Baghdad
KATHY KELLY
Here in Baghdad, along the Tigris River, a gentle dawn and the sweetest of birdsongs were more precious than ever following a horrific night of intense bombardment. With the calm morning came relief after learning that the families of friends who work at the hotel...
Iraq’s Liberation in Perspective
AHMAD FARUQUI
Iraq–the cradle of civilization and fabled seat of the Abbasid Khalifa–is about to be liberated for the second time in less than a century. The current military operation represents a major inflection point in its history, perhaps in the history of the...
Blood Sacrifice
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Most Americans don’t do blood sacrifice, except for giving blood to the Red Cross. Most Americans don’t kill goats or sheep or chickens ritually. If they drink the blood of Christ it’s wine or grape juice. As we watch the reports ...
Iraq’s Liberation in Perspective
AHMAD FARUQUI
Iraq–the cradle of civilization and fabled seat of the Abbasid Khalifa–is about to be liberated for the second time in less than a century. The current military operation represents a major inflection point in its history, perhaps in the history of the...
On the Road in the West Bank
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
We’ve been very busy in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since we arrived six days ago, racing against the clock trying to fit in as much as we can in case the Israelis impose a total curfew on the West Bank because of the war or impose a closure that cuts o...
The Grassroots Go Global
CINDY MILSTEIN
The global day of antiwar protests on February 15 was remarkable for several reasons. First and foremost, of course, was the fact that some 12 million people came out in over 600 cities spanning every continent to express their outrage at a potential preem...
The Case of Elizabeth Smart
ELAINE CASSEL
On June 5, 2002, 15-year-old Salt Lake City resident Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home. Nine months later, on March 12, 2003, Elizabeth was found alive, and apparently in good physical health. In connection with the crime, the police arrested 49-year-old ...
The Threats of Empire
SAUL LANDAU
“We’re all Americans!” — Solidarity statement of French President Jacques Chirac after 9/11. “If you’re really Americans, you better do what I say or else!” — George W. Bush, in a private discussi...
Coming to Terms with the Real Havana
TOM CRUMPACKER
My interest in things Latin started as a teenager in the 50’s when I read W. H. Hudson’s 19th century novel Green Mansions. It’s about a young Englishman who lives with an old Indian in the mountains of Venezuela and falls in love with his daught...
Pounding the Life Out of a City
SALVADOR PERALTA
I have just witnessed the Reuters video feed of the bombing of Baghdad. What I h...
Labor’s War at Home
LEE SUSTAR
While the war drive against Iraq has focused the world on the Bush Doctrine abroad, there is a domestic equivalent?a dramatic escalation of the 25-year employers’ offensive. With the White House leading the way, Corporate America aims to deal a series of dec...
Baghdad Burns While Bush Does Lunch
LINDA HEARD
America’s great commander George W Bush has surely to be admired for his amazing sangfroid. If he had any worries about the impending ‘Shock and Awe’ campaign, he didn’t show them as he played with his pooch on the White House lawn on the d...
Latinos on the Frontlines, Again
JORGE MARISCAL
Since the early years of the American war in Southeast Asia, Latino communities have argued that their youth have been disproportionately placed in harm’s way. When Dr. Ralph Guzm?n published his study in which he argued that between 1961 and 1967 19.4% of c...
Suing Seymour Hersh
JOANNE MARINER
Seymour Hersh, the celebrated investigative journalist, is no stranger to the pressures of reporting on controversial issues during wartime. After the verdict was handed down in the criminal prosecution of the My Lai massacre, a story he broke during the Vietnam W...
The Battle in San Francisco
ANN HARRISON
Over 1,400 demonstrators were arrested on the streets of San Francisco yesterday, and protests condemning the U.S. military action in Iraq continue to rage across the city Friday. Thursday’s protest was a turning point for San Francisco’s anti-war demo...
Johnny Mack, When Are You Coming Back?
JORGE MARISCAL
When I was a nineteen-year-old soldier in South Viet Nam, one of the tunes played most often on Armed Forces radio was “Jimmy Mack” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Although a great pop classic with pulsing bass and a tight horn section underneath M...
From Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan
TOM GORMAN
US Secretary of State (not to mention once and future war criminal) Colin Powell has released his list of the “Coalition of the Willing,” the nations who have pledged to stand by the US in its “struggle against Saddam.” The “Coalition...
A Cauldron of Fire
ROBERT FISK
Baghdad, Iraq. Saddam’s main presidential palace, a great rampart of a building 20 storeys high, simply exploded in front of me–a cauldron of fire, a 100ft sheet of flame and a sound that had my ears singing for an hour after. The entire, massiv...
Down Memory Lane
CHRIS FLOYD
Long before Genghis W. Bush and his Boardroom Horde launched their campaign of rapine against the clapped-out Iraqi regime, there was a little incident involving hijacked planes, famous buildings and the mass slaughter of innocent people on American soil that caus...
The Lessons of Elizabeth Smart
GORDON SOLBERG
When Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home last June, she was taken to a camp only 3 miles from her home, from which she evidently made no attempt to escape. When she was apprehended 9 months later, she had taken a new name and a new identity. Her relatives ...
See Rome
CHRIS FLOYD
While you were dreaming While you wrapped your mind in silks Bronze Steel Stone Did their work While you breathed the fumes Of the oracle’s fissure Deranged the senses Settled in soft beds Rome Sent agents into th...
The Nightmare Waiting at the Back Door
FLOYD RUDMIN
The Bush and Blair administrations are right about one thing: Terrorism threatens our world as never before. Terrorism is the great game of pain that is now playing out as power politics in many parts of the world.. The "winners" are the ones who can cau...
Patriotic Protest for Professors
BRIAN J. FOLEY
A few days ago I wondered what to do if war started. Wear a black armband? Hold a teach-in? Join students nationwide who plan to walk out of class? The suggestion to protest by skipping school made up my mind. I won’t join them. I am teaching my class...
Shutting Down San Francisco’s Downtown
SCOTT HANDLEMAN
Thursday, the day after start of bombing, was the long-anticipated day of direct-action protest in San Francisco. For weeks, the flyers were circulating from Direct Action to Stop the War, and weekly spokescouncil meetings were held, alternating between San Franci...
A War on Iraqi Dissidents?
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
The carrot-and–stick strategy at first seemed ingenious, or at least crafty. In the days leading up to the U.S.-led war on Iraq, the "stick" of looming invasion would pressure Iraqi military or political officials into arresting or killing Saddam H...