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Archives from May 2003
Our Endangered Ocean
TODD STEINER
Last month another major warning flag on the state of our oceans was hoisted when Canadian scientists reported that 90 percent of the world’s big fish have disappeared from the seas. Their study found that the largest and some of the most economically import...
A Whiner Called David Horowitz Moans at Sid Blumenthal and Imagined CIA Slur; A Commie Called Graydon Carter; What Chavez Said to Lula
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Merely from the whines and howls of his numerous enemies on the right, you can tell that Sid Blumenthal has drawn blood in his book The Clinton Wars, many pages of which are spent detailing what his pal Hillary Clinton famously referred to as "a vast right-wi...
The Devil’s Advocate
CHRIS FLOYD
Too little attention has been paid to a remarkable declaration by George W. Bush in his State of the Union address last January. In between great lardbuckets of warmongering lies and vacuous preening, Bush also delivered this ringing passage: "We do not claim...
HUAC 58 Years Letter
HAMMOND GUTHRIE And STEW ALBERT
As my fingers plucked it from the letter box the envelope and I began to sweat bullets– HUAC was inviting me to attend the investigation Cherokee DNA in my cellular magma, Cousin Sam dead in the Alamo, Cousin Woody singin’ in heaven– and n...
Bush Nuclear Policy
MICHELLE CIARROCCA
The Bush administration has its foreign policy hands full with each nation in its "Axis of Evil." From the ongoing search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to the appearance of negotiations with North Korea, and the push to declare Iran in violati...
Kitchen Dreams
SUSAN DAVIS
Here’s Marion Cunningham, author of the new Fanny Farmer Cookbook, telling a novice how to cut up an onion: "Using a paring knife, slice off the fuzzy brownish root end and the stem top… Peel off the papery outer brownish yellow skin of the...
Utah Fired Up for Executions
SEAN CARTER
For fans of the death penalty, June is shaping up to be a banner month. As usual, executions are scheduled in Texas and Oklahoma. However, June is special because Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana and Utah have all scheduled executions as well. In fact, Utah, which ...
Is a Television a Radio or a Billboard
LARRY MAGNUSON
Forget Michael Powell? It’s almost too easy to do. When he’s not out antitrust busting at corporate cocktail parties where John Q. Public and the paparazzi are shunned, Powell’s been staying out of the public view on his own. The job of FCC Chair...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Agenda
BEN TRIPP
You look at the way this White House is feeding turds through the fan and you wonder how they can possibly expect to get away with it: pardon my coprolalia, but it seems this administration is hell-bent on spraying dookie over the world like some Brobdinagian chim...
Return to Iran? Popular Uprising, Inc.
RON JACOBS
I visited some friends over the Memorial Day weekend whose television is all too often tuned to FoxNews. As you might guess, our views on foreign affairs and the economy are not very similar. Fortunately, we spent most of our time working, drinking beer and watchi...
Stakeknife
HARRY BROWNE
Editors’ Note: On Thursday, May 29, elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly should have taken place. However, earlier this month Tony Blair decided to postpone the elections because, he said, of the failure of the IRA to come up with a statem...
Despite Thin Intelligence Reports, the US Plans to Overthrow Iranian Regime
JASON LEOPOLD
Here we go again. While postwar Iraq continues to crumble, the Bush administration is now setting its sights on a new target–Iran–in its so-called effort to reshape most of the Middle East and bring democracy to countries ruled by vicious dictators. Bu...
A PNAC Primer
BERNARD WEINER
Recently, I was the guest on a radio talk-show hosted by a thoroughly decent far-right Republician. I got verbally battered, but returned fire and, I think, held my own. Toward the end of the hour, I mentioned that the National Security Strategy — promulgat...
My Grandfather’s Medal
DAVE LINDORFF
My father, a World War II Marine veteran, stood in this past Memorial Day for a reawarding of a Silver Star to my grandfather at a ceremony hosted by the local American Legion in a small town in northeastern Connecticut. My grandfather died half a century ago, and...
The Oily Business of Regime Change
AHMAD FARUQUI
About fifty years ago, in July 1953, the U.S. secretary of state held a press conference in which he stated, "The growing activities of the illegal Communist Party in Iran and the toleration of them by the Iranian government has caused our government much con...
Texas Democrats Set a Standard for the Whole Party
ROBERT JENSEN
Republicans dominate Texas politics, but the national Democrats could learn a simple lesson from the state: Before you can become the party in power, you have to be a real opposition party. When 51 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives le...
DubyaCo.
DAVID VEST
Having destroyed Iraq, the United States now proposes to rebuild it with the money generated from the sale of Iraqi oil, which will be flowing again, we are told, within three weeks. Thus will Iraq’s natural wealth be pumped directly into the coffers of Bech...
Disarming Conundrums
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
While not pursuing, developing, building, manufacturing, deploying or "using" nuclear weapons to make this a safer world Iran has vowed to continue its nuclear program developing reactors said to provide electricity essential to th...
America’s Dying
JOHN STANTON
The wonderfully bizarre and philosophically fertile novel Insatiability, written in 1927 by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, describes a society in rancid decay faced with the external threat of a "Sino-Mongolian" army with some very distinct Soviet and Nazi...
Star Wars, Punctuated Epistemology, and the Triumph of the Medieval
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Few would argue with the proposition that the replacement of medieval scholasticism 400 years ago with the scientific method unleashed major advances in the human condition. That triumph of facts and reason over interests and faith rests on the invention of...
The Final Conflict
STEW ALBERT
A new big lie is being told. Al Qaeda has found a happy home in Iran. No solid evidence exists for Rummy’s claim, it doesn’t have to. He’ll repeat it again and again the media will go jumping into embed....
Why Bush Isn’t Bringing the Majority of the Troops Home
SAM HAMOD
Yes, it’s true, some of the naval force and some pilots have returned home to America and a few of the wounded. But have you noticed, the bulk of our marines and soldiers have not returned from Iraq or Afghanistan. It may be that America has trained a new gr...
W.’s Woman Problem
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
The splash page on ESPN.com said it all. "Almost time to sign off" from the Jocks to GIs program, a "support our troops" operation launched back when such were fashionable, shut down even as US soldiers find that an occupying soldier is very mu...
What Sharon Wants, Sharon Gets
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
The Israeli cabinet’s highly qualified acceptance on Sunday of the "roadmap" to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is likely to mean the final derailment of this latest in a line of misbegotten peace plans. Just a random sampling of the Sund...
Condoleezza Rice
KURT NIMMO
In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, National Security Adviser and daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Condoleezza Rice, recently expanded upon her Christian Zionist ideology. "I first visited Israel in 2000. I already then felt that I...