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Archives from April 2003
They Distort, We Subside
CARL ESTABROOK
At a recent anti-war demonstration, I’m standing on a street corner and holding a sign proclaiming, "IRAQ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11." A woman in a car stopped in traffic rolls down her window and says, "That’s not true, sir." (The...
When Young Mothers Die in Combat
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
When Americans die in foreign wars, we’re told never to forget those singular losses by cable networks like Fox News and MSNBC. Let’s take those grave admonitions at face value, and never forget exactly why Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa died. Piestewa,...
What Else Hasn’t Israel Told America?
RAMZY BAROUD
I was still a teenager, but I still vividly remember Israeli television, Channel I, showing some Lebanese women throwing flowers at advancing Israeli tanks that thrust themselves into the heart of Beirut in 1982. Israel invaded Lebanon with a long list of pretext...
The Friedman Absurdities
MICHAEL BERRY
In an article on April 16 titled "Roto-Rooter"-a title that lends expression to his desire to sodomize the non-Israeli Middle East- Thomas Friedman offered up a concept that is worth consideration. The concept, sub-titled "the third natural way,&quo...
The Taliban from Texas
BOB RIEDEL
(to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" — anon., 1836, public domain) There are Taliban from Texas who want to run the world Their crossbone-spangled banner’s triumphantly unfurled They trample on the Bill of Rights and mock...
Tax the War Profiteers
MARJORIE COHN
Basking in his high ratings from the Iraq war, George W. Bush turned his attention on April 15 to selling his tax-cut plan. Bush’s proposal to cut taxes by $550 billion over the next decade has been roundly criticized as corporate welfare at its best. ...
Malaysia’s America
BINOY KAMPMARK
"We are afraid of flying, afraid of certain countries; afraid of bearded Asian men, afraid of the shoes airline passengers wear; of letters and parcels, of white powder." Mahathir bin Mohammed, Feb 25, 2003. ...
Hang Black Banners from the World’s Libraries and Museums
GRAY BRECHIN
Deeply embedded in an article entitled "Iraqi elite pledge free nation," the San Francisco Chronicle (April 16) allotted two brief paragraphs to the burning of Baghdad’s National Library and Koranic library. The article quotes Abdel Karim Answar Ob...
An Interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism
STANDARD SHAEFER
(Interview with Michael Hudson, author of Super Imperialism, Pluto Press, 2003...
Bush Barbarians Teach by Example
CHRIS FLOYD
In recent days, the perverse moral calculus that guides the masters of war in the White House has revealed itself with startling clarity–laid bare like the gurgling intestines of a three-year-old child whose skin has been flayed by a fragmentation bomb. ...
Early Lessons from Iraq
Col. DAN SMITH
With the main fighting in Iraq ending and the Ba’ath party hold on the levers of power broken, the U.S. and UK can justly claim military success. Coalition casualties have been low, and all coalition personnel known to have been held by the Iraqis have been ...
An Administration in Contempt
ELAINE CASSEL
In high-stakes, controversial trials, judges often admonish the parties not to discuss the case with the press. This type of gag order has become common in trials involving defendants charged with acts related to terrorism. All of these trials take place in federa...
A Review of Oz Shelach’s Picnic Grounds
NEVE GORDON
Picnic Grounds, A Novel in Fragments, by Oz Shelach, City Lights Books, 2...
Jews Like Us
BRUCE JACKSON
They’re spreading poison about American Jews. Many of the people spreading this poison are Jews themselves, a relatively small group that wants to convince everybody (or at least everybody in power) that the great bulk of us think the way they do, whi...
Pillaging the Baghdad Zoo
MICKEY Z.
According to the Bahrain Gulf Daily News (April 18, 2003) looters have emptied Baghdad zoo of its animals "Monkeys, bears, horses, birds and camels have disappeared, carted off by thieves or simply left to roam the streets after their cages were prised open,&...
Give Us Back Our Democracy
EDWARD SAID
In a speech in the Senate on 19 March, the first day of war against Iraq, Robert Byrd, the Democrat Senator from West Virginia, asked: ‘What is happening to this country? When did we become a nation which ignores and berates our friends? When did we decide t...
Sharon’s Bloody War Beat
OMAR BARGHOUTI
There is something terribly wrong in this picture! A new game in town has become the latest craze. Almost everyone seems to accept its rules, and enjoy playing it accordingly. The Palestinian Authority considered it a triumph. The wimpy Russian and E...
Wal-Mart and Peace
ADAM ENGEL
I’m all man and only man. I work and weep at Wal-Mart. Our new "town hall." What was that poem from high school? "In Xanadu did Kublai Khan yadda yadda yadda pleasure dome decree…" Well I’d bet my bottom dollar that under that...
The Constitution According to Scalia
MICHAEL J. FELLOWS
Imagine it: this summer, or next, Antonin Scalia may come before the Senate to be confirmed as the next Chief Justice. (Frightening, thought, isn’t it?) When and if that happens, the Senators will all have an opportunity to ask him questions about his positi...
When Police Attack Journalists
WILL POTTER
I have reported on mass protests where police attacked protestors, but I tended to accept- and even wrote in some articles- statements by police that protestors provoked this violence. The crowd got out of control, I thought. Surely, someone threw rocks, threw pun...
Tony Blair, the Most Powerful Man in the World?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
The British Prime Minister endured such trials in 2002 that he seemed destined to be ousted from his post, and 2003 didn’t start much better for him. Pilloried throughout his nation’s media as Bush’s lapdog, Blair looked to most in the world like...
The Last Days of Born Again History
SAUL LANDAU
In my neighborhood of trimmed lawns and two or more car garages, with one or two more vehicles parked outside the garage, I counted fifteen American flags in less than five minutes of my slow trot, most of them new since the US invaded Iraq. One house had a sign w...
Why Michigan Needs Affirmative Action
ROGER WITHERSPOON
In one of its most significant decisions affecting race in America in modern times, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the affirmative action program developed at the University of Michigan. To many of its critics, most notably President Ge...
Easter Thoughts on Jesus and "Kanaka WaiWai"
GARY LEUPP
It’s Easter Sunday, and what better way to observe it than by listening to Hawaiian religious music, the music of a people of deep spirituality colonized by Protestant missionaries, who internalized the foreigners’ faith and brought to its musical expr...
American Libertines for Peace
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Just returned Stateside after a spell in enemy territory. Iraq? Non, France. The timing was chilling. As Bush dropped Smart Bombs on Baghdad, we brought "Art Bombs" to Cannes. Smart Bombs, as everyone with a TV knows, are those all-American explo...