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Archives from July 2003
Bring ‘Em on Home Now!
STAN GOFF
On July 23rd, my son, who is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, was told along with the rest of his company at morning formation, to get his affairs in order. They are going to replace the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq. Jessie spent his first thirteen ...
Faith-Based Intelligence
GARY LEUPP
THE "FAITH-BASED" APPROACH The scandal over the Niger uranium intelligence, dismissed wishfully by high ranking Republicans in the House and Senate as a fuss about "a flaw here or there," or "nothing but an absurd, media-driven...
The Sons are Gone; Now the Blood Feud Begins
ANDREW COCKBURN
There is no doubt that the deaths of his two sons will be a devastating blow to Saddam Hussein, but those who hope that their loss will leave him a broken man are likely to be disappointed. He’ll probably release another audiotape in the next few days...
A Photographer, an Offer and Topless Photos of Cameron Diaz
JULIE HILDEN
Charlie’s Angels actress Cameron Diaz recently sought an injunction to stop a photographer, John Rutter, from trying to sell topless photographs and video footage of her. The photos and footage were taken when Diaz, now 30, was a 21-year-old model who had no...
Northern Ireland, the Other Faltering Peace Process
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. The ‘peace process’ in Northern Ireland, held up repeatedly in the last decade as an example for other conflict zones to follow, has less and less to show for it–unless you quite legitimately count a bomb, bullet and body count tha...
Democracy Requires Social Justice
LUIZ IGNACIO LULA De SILVA
Even though it grew at very high rates in the past, Brazil still has one of the most unequal distributions of income in the world. This situation must be reversed. A lack of economic and social democracy threatens democracy as a whole. The values of social solidar...
A Review of Neil Gordon’s The Company You Keep
RON JACOBS
One of Ché Guevara’s most oft-repeated quotes was "At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love." Author Neil Gordon’s new novel, ...
The Power of Death
ROBERT FISK
Arabs have never been squeamish about death. They see too much of it. So on the streets of Baghdad Iraqis will pore over the all-too-soon-to-be-iconic photographs of Uday and Qusay. They will say, some of them, "Yes, that’s them, the terrible bro...
Between Israel and Iraq
SAUL LANDAU
Father Tofiq, an Arabic speaking Roman Catholic priest from Lebanon, recites the Lord s Prayer in Aramaic in the Convent of St. Serge in Maaloula, a town about thirty miles north of Damascus. He affirms that Jesus, his disciples and contemporaries spoke and...
CIA Probe Points to the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans
JASON LEOPOLD
A half-dozen former CIA agents investigating prewar intelligence have found that a secret Pentagon committee, set up by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in October 2001, manipulated reams of intelligence information prepared by the spy agency on the so-called ...
New York Times Screws Up Again; Uday and Qusay Deaths Bad for Bush and Blair
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Reeling from one blunder to the next, the New York Times plummeted to new depths on July 25, combining a serious falsehood with possible misrepresentation of authorship. On the op page for 7/25 appeared a column, datelined Havana, under the name Gustavo Ar...
Refuting Brad DeLong’s Smear Job on Chomsky
EDWARD S. HERMAN
In his "Thoughts" on Chomsky, under the title "My Very,Very Allergic ...
Moncada, 50 Years Later
FIDEL CASTRO
[Speech given by Dr. FIDEL CASTRO, president of the Republic of Cuba, at the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack on the moncada and carlos manuel de cespedes garrisons, held in Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 2003.] ...
Book Cooking at Boeing
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Early this summer, a top Wall Street stock picker issued a glowing report about Boeing: buy, buy, buy. The unusually rosy assessment for the troubled company had nothing to do with the need to replenish the Pentagon’s arsenal of cruise missiles depleted by t...
Bush and South Africa
PATRICK BOND
In addition to the pomp and ceremony associated with the second post-apartheid state visit by a U.S. president, a string of protests greeted George W. Bush when he met South African president Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria on July 9. It was a complicated welcome from man...
A Victory for a Disarming Irishwoman
HARRY BROWNE
A jury in the tiny Irish town of Kilrush, Co Clare, has defied a judge’s strong suggestion that it convict Mary Kelly of criminal damage to a US military aircraft. Her action in late January, followed a week later by the Catholic Worker ...
The Ugly Truth of Camp Cropper
ROBERT FISK
Now here’s a story to shame us all. It’s about America’s shameful prison camps in Iraq. It’s about the beating of prisoners during interrogation. "Sources" may be a dubious word in journalism right now, but the sources for ...
Impeaching Bush
FRANCIS A. BOYLE Professor Of Law, University Of Illinois School Of Law
With another Bush Family war of aggression against Iraq staring the American People, Congress and Republic in their face, on Tuesday 11 March 2003, Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which would have jurisdiction ove...
Lynne Stewart’s Big Win
DAVID LINDORFF
Tuesday, July 22, marked a big victory against the Bush/Ashcroft assault on civil liberties, with a federal judge in Manhattan tossing out the terrorism charges the Justice Department had so theatrically leveled against activist attorney Lynne Stewart back in 2002...
A Nation of Assassins
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
What do you call it when George W. Bush, without provocation and based on false pretenses, sends an army to invade a foreign nation; and then, without any attempt to negotiate a surrender, effect an arrest, or put this nation’s leaders on trial and present e...
Dylan in Bend
DAVID VEST
After two straight nights in Idaho, Bob Dylan and his band rolled into Bend, Oregon on July 23 to find near-100-degree heat, a major fire raging to the southeast within sight of the stage, and an audience that had been waiting for hours in a crowded, shadeless ope...
Contract Killing
STEW ALBERT
Democracy gnawed on by vampires anemic and wandering in forgotten dreams of ancient ancestors, stirs a bit some signs of life. The vampires gnaw back contract killings in Iraq. Everything is back on bloody track b...
Is Anarchy the Only Hope for America?
JOHN STANTON
The philosopher Plato was right when he opined that democracy ultimately leads to anarchy and then tyranny. But he was wrong to dismiss anarchy which, arguably, is the happy medium between failed democracy and treacherous tyranny. The USA has begun its flirtation ...
15 Questions
DAVID KRIEGER
These are times in which there are many more questions than answers, and many Americans are beginning to form and articulate these questions. Some of the questions on my mind are the following: 1. If the president gives false information to the American peo...
The Sons Are Dead, But the Resistance will Grow
ROBERT FISK
So they are dead. Or are they? Even Baghdad exploded in celebratory, deafening automatic rifle fire at the news. The burned, bullet-splashed villa in Mosul, the four bullet-ridden corpses, America’s hopes–however vain–that the death of Sad...