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Archives from May 2003
Supreme Sacrifice
ELAINE CASSEL
Memorial Day is the day we set aside to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of life that the Bush Administration is taking away. In that respect, this Memorial Day is most poignant. Can it be that those hundreds of thousands of sacrif...
AIPAC Hijacks the Roadmap
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
It would be a mistake to view the Israeli cabinet’s narrow approval of the Bush administration’s "road map" on Sunday, (or Sharon’s use of the word "occupation") as steps towards resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict or as a...
Terror, Bush and Joseph Conrad
PATRICK COCKBURN
The terrorist attacks attributed to al-Qaida are succeeding better than Osama bin Laden can ever have expected, thanks to the co-operation of the US administration. Whether it comes in the form of bomb attacks or assassinations the aim of terrorism is most ...
an Interpretation of Bush’s Character
JOHN CHUCKMAN
While I find those images on the Internet of a blunt little mustache digitally-scribbled onto President Bush’s upper lip feeble and unhelpful, still, there are parts of Bush’s character and behavior that strikingly resemble at least one major biographe...
Slowly Sowing Justice in the Killing Fields
NOAH LEAVITT
On May 20, Cambodians marked the anniversary of the day in 1973 when the Khmer Rouge began their drive to remake Cambodian society by recalling family members and friends who were killed during this Maoist-inspired agrarian revolution. On the same day but h...
Who’s the Real Enemy?
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"An American soldier was wounded and Iraqis also by the enemy who fired a flare into an ammunition dump." CNN early summary of a huge explosion of ammunition in residential Baghdad, 26 April 2003 Who is the enemy? ‘...
American Idle
WAYNE MADSEN
The evening of May 21 witnessed the lowest point for the American people since they stood idly by when a rich over-privileged frat boy from Texas stole their White House from under their very noses. This past Wednesday night, millions of people were glued to their...
Academic Freedom Under Assault in Israel
ILAN PAPPE
Three weeks ago, my colleague in the University of Haifa, Dr. Asa d Gahnim of the department of political science suggested convening a conference on the 1948 historiography. We agreed to present in the conference the recent developments in both the Israeli and Pa...
American’s are Liars
WALT BRASCH
The nation’s journalists were surprised, shocked, and outraged. Jayson Blair, a 27-year-old New York Times national correspondent, had lied and cheated his way through a four-year career at the paper that not only claims to have the highest journalistic stan...
The Philosopher Kings
GARY LEUPP
For the neocon cabal running the country, recent news hasn’t been entirely good. The successful invasion of Iraq has met with unexpected opposition (from a people with a dignified capacity to resist occupation that the aggressors, in their arrogance, didn...
Grievous Harm Both Here and Abroad
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL
Make a list of all persons harmed, become willing to make amends to all. And make amends to such people whenever possible except when it would injure others. In 1989, I took part in a spiritual retreat of reconciliation between Vietnam veterans and Vietnam...
Economic Justice
DAVID KRIEGER
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness That to secure these Rights, Governm...
Hope, Crosby and Al Qaeda
MICKEY Z.
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." Niels Bohr The newly democratic Iraq has descended into chaos and feminist Afghanistan must be in pretty sorry shape if the media never crows about it. T...
Tigar to Ashcroft
ELAINE CASSEL
Activist attorney Lynne Stewart, who was court-appointed to defend the blind Sheik Abdel Rahman in charges arising out of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is charged with aiding and abetting her client’s "acts of terrorism" by speaking to the p...
Is Saddam Really Out of the Game?
WILLIAM S. LIND
Unlike most military commentators, I do not think the war in Iraq is over. On the contrary, the real war is just beginning. America destroyed not merely Saddam’s government but the Iraqi state, and a vast array of non-state actors are filling the vacuum with...
CounterPunch Diary
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Jacques Derrida: Talking Out Of Both Sides of His Mouth This weekend the noted French philosopher Jacques Derrida will be getting an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University. Philosophers are notoriously agile at squaring moral and political circles, a n...
Thin is In, But Fat Was Where It Was At
LENNI BRENNER
All historians acknowledge John Brown’s towering stature. Yet few modern Americans recognize May 24-25 as the night of his 1856 execution of five pro-slavers at Pottawatomie Creek in "bloody Kansas." It was Pottawatomie which brought him to world a...
The Road to Nowhere
WILLIAM A. COOK
As Colin Powell shuttles from place to place and person to person around the mid-east, as he qualifies more and more the details and purpose of the touted roadmap to peace in Israel and Palestine, as he runs into ruts and berms, snubbing and insults, it becomes ob...
Lifting the Sanctions
STANDARD SCHAEFER
U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte called the lifting of sanctions "the turning point of a historical page that should brighten the future of a people and a region." It simply will not do so. Thirteen years of sanctions has drastically altered the fundam...
Towers of Babel
ADAM ENGEL
"The plant must spring again from it’s seed, or it will bear no flower–and this is the burthen of the curse of Babel." –Percy Bysshe Shelley, "A Defense of Poetry." "Sez who?" ̵...
The Hannibal Procedure
URI AVNERY
Hannibal crossed the Alps with his division of combat elephants and terrorized mighty Rome for years. He commanded the army of Carthage, originally a Canaanite Phoenician colony, spoke a kind of Hebrew and bore a Hebrew name ("God has been gracious"). In...
Christian in Name Only
MARK GAFFNEY
During the last few years there has been an endless stream of windy rhetoric in U.S. journalism about the so-called "clash of civilizations." And the tone became much more shrill after 911. The clash–we are told–is the inevitable fault-line t...
Tax Cuts and Job Creation
DON MONKERUD
Despite criticism from Democrats and a number of influential opponents of his new tax cut plan, President Bush announced that a man was employed as a result of his 2001 tax cut of $1.35 trillion. The discovery is expected to stem criticism that the wealthy ...
Instant Understanding
MICKEY Z.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: The era of classified documents and backroom scheming has gone the way of the elected president. U.S. leadersÐRepublican, Democrat, or corporate (pardon the redundancy)Ðfeel little need to conceal their cri...
The Shi’a of Iraq
SAM HAMOD
The Shi’a of Iraq are a mixed bag at this time, caught between Najaf of Iraq and Qom of Iran. Imam Hakim, by far the most powerful Imam, who spent several years in exile in Iran, has spoken for an Iraqi government, with Islamic principles, but not asked for ...
Terror Alerts in Australia
VANESSA JONES
Here is a copy of the Australian Labor party’s (opposition) budget reply for 2003. Budgets have little humor or sex appeal, but this one’s interesting in that it comes at a time when our universal healthcare system, "Medicare", the one Hillar...
American Beef Supply at Risk
MICHAEL GREGER, MD
The Canadian Agriculture Minister announced this week that a cow in Canada has tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease. The United States immediately imposed a ban on Canadian beef and cattle imports, but the American ...
The Nether-Nether World of GW Bush
BARRY LANDO
What is truly astonishing in light of the newest wave of terrorist bombings, the shredding of the Road Map, and the mounting problems in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the fact that, so far at least, none of this seems to be impacting on the popularity of G.W.Bush. ...
What Rates a Headline in the Middle East?
BEN GRANBY
It was an all too familiar scene in Afula on Monday. Screams, sirens and blood stained ground. When Hiba Daraghmeh detonated the explosives strapped around her just outside a shopping mall, she took the lives of three innocent people in a most brutal fashion. Most...
Reason for Hope
CARL CAMACHO, Jr.
The following remarks were delivered by Carl Camacho Jr., senior class president, on May 17, 2003 at the one hundred and fiftieth commencement ceremony of the University of Wisconsin at Madison on behalf of the graduates of 2003. I...
Long Live People’s Park
RON JACOBS
In April of 1969, an eclectic bunch of people in Berkeley, California reclaimed a piece of land owned by the University of California, dug up the asphalt parking lot there, tilled the soil, planted trees and plants, put in a swing set and benches and turned it int...
Republic of Fear
CARL ESTABROOK
By any reasonable calculation, members of the Bush administration should be looking for jobs as desperately as this year’s college graduates. There are two million fewer jobs in the American economy today than on the day George Bush took office, and that fac...
How "Blood Money" Becomes "Business Opportunity
CHRIS FLOYD
"How best to govern the state? First rectify the language." Confucius. Last week we learned that the Bush Administration lied about the extent of Halliburton Corporation’s involvement in the "reconstruct...
Ari Fleischer Quits the Scene
DAVE LINDORFF
White House flack and fabulist Ari Fleischer quits his post and says he is leaving because he wants to be with family, because he’s been in government service too long and wants to go into the private sector, da-da, da-da–all the usual things people in...
Shopping, the End of the World and George W. Bush
SAUL LANDAU
"There shall be a fourth kingdom on earth that shall be different from all the other kingdoms; it shall devour the whole earth,and trample it down, and break it to pieces."–Daniel 23 As I browsed the New York Times ...
Dialysis with Osama
BEN TRIPP
Dear Sindy, So as you know I get my dialysis treatments in Pakistan because it’s like so much cheaper and Daddy says there’s no way he’s paying MSRP not even for his little angel, plus Mummy can come with me and go shopping for uncut ...
The Fatuous Defense Cabal
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
There should be a shake-up in the manner Washington handles foreign policy. The first thing that should happen is official barring of Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz from commenting on matters other than defence in its most confined definition Bush has almost achiev...
Whither American Nationalism?
AHMAD FARUQUI
There is nothing that infuriates us Americans more than a suggestion that our intensely held feelings of patriotism amount to nationalism. Nationalism, we contend, is a quality found in older nations. And it does not take much for actions by other Americans to be ...
Where Louie Dwells
STEW ALBERT
Dubya’s graduating class at Yale is having its 35 anniversary at the White House. New Haven is not a secured city. He might confront Americans. If a C student can’t journey to Yale Yale will come to a C student...
Two Morning Poems, May 2003
LARRY KEARNEY
1 It’s hard to wake up in a country run by pissants with war- heads. with dead eyes. with pissy bullies’ mouths. with bad talk badly said. with no pleasure except in that which is power and futile...
In Iraq, the Signs of Breakdown Are Everywhere
PATRICK COCKBURN
In one sense everybody, supporters and opponents of the war in Iraq, got it wrong. Opponents denounced US plans to impose neo-imperial control the country. Supporters spoke of the good things the US planned to bring to the Iraqi people once Saddam Hussein was over...
Why Ari Should Have Resigned in Protest
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
At the White House today, Ari Fleischer announced that he will resign as press secretary to President Bush effective in July. Ari says he has spent 21 years in government, he never intended to spend the rest of his life in government, he’s recently married a...
Toward a Just and Peaceful World
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
University of California at Berkeley Graduation Ceremony, African Studies Department, Commencement Address, May 17, 2003 Congratulations proud young graduates! You have accomplished an important milestone in your lives. Impo...
Graham’s God and George’s Evolution
Dr. GERRY LOWER
George W. Bush was appointed into the White House as a proudly born-again "Christian," and his "compassionate" conservative administration entered the White House accordingly, as if it had a mandate from the gods, when it didn’t even have...
The Fine Print to Bush’s Road Map
MICHAEL S. LADAH
The ‘road map’ for peace given recently to the Israelis and the Palestinians is probably a genuine effort by the so-called Quartet — the United States, United Nations, the European Union and Russia– but the plan lacks an essential element o...
Still Whining After All These Years
ELAINE CASSEL
An article in Sunday’s Washington Post with this headline caught my eye: "Justice Thomas Tells Law Grads of Being ‘Crushed’ By Rejection." The article went on to describe Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s speech to Saturday&...
Bush’s Eternal War Backfires
ROBERT FISK
More than 50 dead in a week. Thanks for the Iraq war. Thank you, Mr Bush and Mr Blair, for making our world safer by ridding us of the one tyrant–Saddam Hussein–who never had any connection with 11 September 2001, or with the Riyadh bombin...
My Lunch with Ann Coulter
JONATHAN FREEDLAND The Guardian
Say “American conservative commentator” and what do you picture? A middle-aged guy in shirt and necktie, right? Speak of a “hardline Republican pundit” and what else comes to mind? Perhaps a big-mouth butterball like Rush Limbaugh? Or a Bible-bashi...
The Last Refuge of Goofy
ROSS VACHON
The Wall Street Journal thing was the last straw. Mammon’s house journal had let the piss-ant drop a rant on a literary lion. God knows, Norman Mailer might have deserved once to be bitch-slapped by Vidal, stiffed by Lowell, a reticent look of dismay fr...
A Letter to Kofi Annan on the Missing Evidence
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
The Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary General The United Nations (via fax) Dear Mr. Secretary General, We are former intelligence officials who have served many years at senior levels of the US intelligence community. As the role of int...