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Archives from July 2003
Pat Robertson’s Supreme Fatwah
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Ayatollah Pat Robertson is praying for the departure of at least three Justices of the United States Supreme Court. And the Bush Junta continues its relentless attack on the foundations of American democracy. The "shock and awe" of this ever-escalating b...
The Global Economy Since 1800
M. SHAHID ALAM
This is a short history of the global economy since 1800. It is about the system of global capitalism that took shape once the British economy went ‘underground’ and began to draw its energy and, increasingly, its raw materials from mineral resources....
Seize the Airwaves!
STEVE DUNIFER
You go to the demonstrations, write letters and email to Congress; and yet, you feel as if your voice is not being heard. What if there was a way for your voice, and the voices of your compatriots, to actually be heard? There is–it is called micropower broad...
Georgie Porgie
WILLIAM WITHERUP
Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie, Kissed an Iraqi and made him die. When Osama came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away. WILLIAM WITHERUP is the author of ...
Dumb and Dumber in Iraq
DAVID LINDORFF
Embattled President Bush got the break he wanted with the dramatic execution by missile barrage of Saddam Hussein’s universally reviled sons Udai and Qusai–a chance to strut in the Rose Garden and talk tough about getting rid of the bad guys in Iraq...
Bread, Circuses, Uday and Qusay
KURT NIMMO
Gruesome. There’s no other way to describe the pictures of Uday and Qusay Hussein that appeared in the media. But what’s more appalling than these badly photographed death portraits is the response to this double murder by the corporate media, the Amer...
Ashcroft Demands the Death Penalty in Puerto Rico
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. Hannah Arendt, On Revolution Once again the death penalty is prowling around the halls of justice looking for work. Found in the interstices of the loc...
Iraq’s Missing WMD Scientists
MANO SINGHAM
As the furor grows over the continued failure to find Iraq’s supposed arsenal of weapons mass destruction, there is another twist to that story that is not receiving sufficient attention, and that is the fate of the Iraqi scientists who were supposedly worki...
Ashcroft Loses Again in Lynne Stewart Case
ELAINE CASSEL
John Ashcroft must be tearing out his primly coiffed hair about now. On July 21, Federal District Judge John G. Koeltl (Southern District of New York) dismissed the terrorist charges against New York attorney Lynne Stewart. In a 77-page opinion, Judge Koeltl agree...
When the WTO Comes to Montreal
PAUL BEAULIEU
Perhaps the first time most people heard of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was in November 1999, with a meeting of the WTO in Seattle accompanied by protests. The protests certainly made for some colourful media coverage, with much talk of ‘violent prote...
Federal Judge Throws Out Bush Salmon Plan for the Klamath River
DAN BACHER
A federal judge in Oakland on July 17 rejected the Bush administration’s plan to "protect" threatened Klamath River coho salmon from the devastating impact of the Klamath Irrigation Project and ordered the agency to revise the plan. Judge Sa...
Killing Saddam and His Sons Won’t Stop Killing of US Troops
TOM TURNIPSEED
Our local daily newspaper ran a banner headline today declaring, "U.S. focuses on Saddam after killing infamous sons" with two subheads proclaiming "Odai, Qusai were future of regime" and "Administration hopes attacks will diminish". ...
Monsieur Moussaoui
JOANNE MARINER
It may turn out that the fatal weakness in Zacarias Moussaoui’s case is not that the defendant is an admitted member of al Qaeda, but rather that he’s French. Moussaoui, who is charged with conspiring to carry out the September 11 terrorist atta...
Caesar’s Favor
URI AVNERY
George Caesar, the Imperator of the new Rome, likes Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). He has invited him to the White House and showers him with compliments. As in ancient Rome, the likes and dislikes of the Emperor shape the policy of the Empire. All the minister...
Shut Up and Shoot
RON JACOBS
From an ABC News interview with a GI in Iraq: "I’ve got my own ‘Most Wanted’ list," he told me. He was referring to the deck of cards the U.S. government published, featuring Saddam Hussein, his sons and other wanted members of the form...
How Goes the Occupation? Ask the People of Iraq
ELAINE CASSEL
The July 20, 2003 Washington Post Outlook section had four articles on the occupation of Iraq by American forces. Two were glowing assessments based on American designs as to what Iraq should be like. Too soon for elections and democracy, argued Thomas Carothers, ...
Bad Guy / Good Guy
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"You help me find the bad guy or we come back with our tanks and run over your fields and break down your house." US soldier to a northern Iraqi villager, July 17, 2003, CNN news The soldiers face...
Smile, You’re On Federal Camera
JAMES PLUMMER
The federal government owns one-third of the land in the country and half of the land west of the Mississippi. And as far as the Beltway bureaucrats are concerned, we have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" on any of it. To prove they’re seriou...
Guantanamo and the Japanese Internment Camps
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a curious and not altogether felicitous temporal juxtaposition in The New York Times on June 30: the first, a story in the Sunday Magazine by Ted Conover called "In the Land of Guantanamo" the second, the same day, a story datelined Hunt, Idaho, b...
Why is George Bush President?
ALLAN J. LICHTMAN
George W. Bush is president today because the votes counted in Florida’s presidential election did not match the ballots cast by the state’s voters. But the outcome in Florida–which determined the presidency–was not decided by hanging chads...
Imperial Arrogance and the Vile Stereotyping of Arabs
EDWARD SAID
The great modern empires have never been held together only by military power. Britain ruled the vast territories of India with only a few thousand colonial officers and a few more thousand troops, many of them Indian. France did the same in North Africa and Indoc...
Third and Arizona, Santa Monica
BRUCE JACKSON
Orgasmic Vegetarians About noon on Wednesday, I was walking east on Wilshire and crossing Second Street in Santa Monica. A block south on Second street, at the intersection with Arizona Avenue, I saw a big awning and a big sign that said "Orgasmic Vege...
Greening the Golden Triangle
SAM SMITH
The Greens have gone home, returning the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel to visiting corporate campaign contributors, lawyers in town to consult with other lawyers, and tourists who consider the Washington Hilton too déclassé. The Mayflower brags...
Solidarity and Student Protests in Iran
JEREMY BRECHER
This June, vigilante forces attacked nonviolent Iranian student protesters, charging them on motorcycles and assaulting them with batons, chains, and knives. Instead of protecting the students against the vigilante attacks, the Iranian government threatened to pun...
Plugging Iraq into Globalization
STEVE KRETZMANN And JIM VALLETTE
In early April, during the initial assault on Baghdad, soldiers set up forward bases named Camp Shell and Camp Exxon until Pentagon PR realized that didn’t look very good and ordered them renamed. Those soldiers knew the score. Several months and dozens of l...