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Archives from June 2003
Bush Plays the Racial Profiling Card
With much fanfare and touting as a fulfillment of a campaign promise, President Bush this week signed an Executive Order "banning" racial profiling. Racial profiling is defined as using racial or ethnic stereotypes to target people for law enforcement &q...
What’s Next?
The last 21 months certainly have been wild and crazy. We’ve seen the vaporization of the World Trade Center, a successful attack on the Pentagon, the transformation of George Bush from a bumbling laughing stock to an awe-inspiring tyrant, the overnight crea...
My Life as a Rabbi
Inviting me to a recent wedding in Virginia, the proud parents of the bride asked if I would officiate. It would be my second turn in this role, having acted as priest/judge at a rural splicing here in the North California backwoods some years ago. On that occasio...
The Powell-Rice Show
Exactly forty years ago there was a scandal in London involving a cabinet minister who told lies. He was expelled from Parliament in disgrace and there were many prominent people with egg on their faces and, if rumours were to be believed, on other parts of their ...
The Bushes Fly By
The Bushes recent foreign policy trip to the G8 summit in Evian, France produced some results. One is a big bill for the American taxpayer. The other results are for you to decipher for yourselves. So read the itinerary. Here it is… Friday, May 30, 20...
Brazil Under Lula
Rio de Janeiro. After nearly six months in office President Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva is encountering opposition from within his own party while he stakes out foreign policy positions that challenge the Bush administration. As Emir Sader, a pol...
Bush’s Low Intensity War on Labor
A quiet lull briefly settled over the United States in the weeks immediately following 11 September 2001. The silence was a respite from the usual din of commercial and cultural transactions and allowed for a space of remembrance for the many firefighters, po...
Small Destructions Add Up
Newspaper editorials deplore such human-caused degradations of the oceans as the Gulf of Mexico’s "dead zone," and reporters describe practices like "mountain removal" mining in eastern Kentucky. Some day we may finally understand th...
Theater of Deception
George W. Bush, it appears is an adept thespian. Look at the way he kept telling the world that he was "doing all I can not to go to war with Iraq"–when in fact, he’d made the decision months earlier to definitely go to war against Iraq. ...
The WTOs War on Wild Salmon
Anne Veneman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, is promoting the USDA ministerial conference in Sacramento from June 23 to 25 as a benign event to alleviate world hunger and spread the gospel of high-tech corporate agriculture. "Technology is one of the m...
The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century
The peoples and governments of the world face an urgent challenge relating to weaponry of mass destruction and particularly to nuclear weaponry. At the crossroads of technology, terrorism, geopolitical ambition, and policies of preemption are new and potent...
to live in the jungle of the willfully vicious. is. to be scraped every morning by the knives of the failed lives which are not the lives of the poor or the lives of the desperate. or. the lives of the children in flux. depending. s...
Iraq’s WMDs, Integrity, Ethics and Intelligence
On June 6, Randy Cohen, the New York Times’ resident ethicist, appeared on CNN’s NewsNight where he and host Aaron Brown began talking about ethics and integrity in the conduct of public business and in the statements and actions of public figures. Near the en...
Illuminating Thomas Friedman
A webpage on Thomas Friedman, maintained by Farrar, Straux & Giroux, declares that as the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, he is in a "unique position to interpret the world for American readers. Twice a week, Friedman’s commentary ...
A Reply to Publius on Greens & Dems in 2004
Friend Gaius Publius, I send you greetings from across the wine-dark web. As ever I welcomed the arrival of your epistle in CounterPunch, this time called "Candidate Dem and Citizen Green". Because by now yo...
Scalia, the Rumsfeld of the Supremes
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court made a sensible ruling, limiting when a criminal defendant could be forced to take psychotropic medications so that he or she could be tried. The case involved a nonviolent crime in which the defendant posed no danger to society or ...
Outting Ashcroft’s Latest Hypocrisy
Attorney General John Ashcroft’s recent decision to ban the Justice Department’s annual Gay Pride observance from department facilities certainly rang the old hypocrisy alarm. It was the summer of 1999, before I was a full-time journalist and wh...
Secret Trials, Nameless Defendents, Veiled Threats to Lawyers
For those of you hoping the federal courts will save you from the abuses of freedom foisted upon you by the Congress who brought us the USA Patriot Act and Bush, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft, who brought us the "war on terror," I have bad news to report. Yet a...
What’s Behind the Killing in Central Africa?
When the mainstream press pays any attention to the Congo–or African wars in general–they invariably characterize the conflicts as "ethnic" or "tribal" wars, rooted in age-old hatreds. This explanation is not only false, but racist....
Sex, Lies and WMDs
Perma-war pops as the dollar drops. Our leaders lie as people die. Of course, there are lies, and then there are lies. Four years ago, a President of the United States was impeached because he lied about details of his sex life. His enemies insisted: It’s no...
Entertainment Media 2003
"We are the best entertained least informed society in the world." Neil Postman For a decade Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been releasing a list of the most frivolous over-reported news stories of the ye...
US Weapons Aid Repression in Aceh
Far from the spotlight and far from Baghdad, another shock and awe campaign is underway. On May 19th, Indonesia launched a military campaign to "strike and paralyze" a small band of separatist rebels in the Aceh province. In a made-for-TV photo op, 458 s...
Bush’s Deceptions on Iraq Threaten Democracy at Home
Speech in the House of Representatives, June 10, 2003 Mr. Speaker, my service in this House has often shown me the profound tension between government secrecy and democratic decision-making. Rarely however, has that tension been as starkly posed as in the c...
The Children of Death
A week after the ship of peace was solemnly launched on its perilous voyage from Aqaba harbor, it was hit by a torpedo. It is not yet clear whether it is wrecked or can continue on its way in spite of the damage. The story of its voyage so far: An Israeli h...
Candidate Dem and Citizen Green
We’re getting close enough to the 2004 race to smell the grease that moves it, and the issue of the Greens is starting to be raised. Looking back the question is did they or didn’t they? Looking forward the question is should they or shouldn’t th...