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Archives from July 2003
Why Speak Out?
MICKEY Z.
The other day, I received an e-mail from a man who had read many of my articles on the Web. "Reading your writing makes me think that expressing your opinions is what helps," he began, "but…I now wonder if it actually does any good." ...
The Great Medicare Fraud
LEE SUSTAR
It’s A Medicare massacre under the guise of "reform." George W. Bush’s proposed prescription drug benefit program for Medicare recipients would funnel billions of dollars to the giant health insurance and pharmaceutical companies–and do...
Is the Media Finally Turning on Bush?
DAVID LINDORFF
Tipping. That’s the new watchword. When does the situation facing American troops in Iraq deteriorate to the point that public sentiment "tips" against further U.S. involvement and against the Bush administration’s policy of occ...
The Worst Kind of Lie
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A few years sometimes make a big difference in human affairs. A few years ago an American President was put through the 18th century ordeal of impeachment, a vast, expensively-staged comic opera of white manes waving and grave baritones intoning, over a dribble on...
"Pacifist" Japan and the Occupation of Iraq
GARY LEUPP
Joseph C. Wilson’s op-ed in the New York Times ("...
Ten Myths About Nuclear Weapons
DAVID KRIEGER And ANGELA McCRACKEN
1. Nuclear weapons were needed to defeat Japan in World War II. It is widely believed, particularly in the United States, that the use of nuclear weapons against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was necessary to defeat Japan in World War II. Th...
Bush the Christian?
CHARLES SULLIVAN
Considering the abundance of empirical evidence that George Bush and his regime are pathological liars, how does one come to grips with their popularity with the multitudes? Aside from the obvious example of the compliant corporate media as a propaganda machine at...
Getting Used to the American Gulag
CHRIS FLOYD
"When you gonna wake up And strengthen the things that remain?" –Bob Dylan The secret policemen snatched the citizen from his house. There were no charges, no warrants, no warnings. They spiri...
The Pathological Dissents of Antonin Scalia
ELAINE CASSEL
In an article in the July 6, 2003 Washington Post, Lincoln Caplan, editor of Legal Affairs Magazine, wrote an apology for Antonin Scalia’s dissents from the court’s majority opinions. As my readers know, I take issue with virtually all of Scalia’...
They Tell Lies to Nodders
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Last week a newspaper editor expressed surprise about my peacenik views and emailed me accordingly. "I wonder", he wrote, "if you could do a bit of self-psycho-analysis, and examine how a British-Australian former soldier of fairly mainstream views ...
The Intelligence Culture in the National Security Age
SAUL LANDAU
By late June 2003 the Sherlock Holmes unit of the US Army had not encountered stockpiles of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that President Bush had assured us constituted an imminent threat to our security. So, the CIA began to take the heat. CIA analysts...
Police Abuse and Poverty Fueled Benton Harbor Riots
ALAN MAASS And KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR
Terrance Shurns’s death was the final straw. But the explosion of anger in Benton Harbor last month was years in the making. One ingredient was the latest outrage committed against another Black victim by an overwhelmingly white police force. But equally im...
Peace for All the Wrong Reasons
RAMZY BAROUD
For Palestinians, the Camp David Peace Treaty, signed between Egypt and Israel in March 26, 1979, under American sponsorship, equaled a catastrophe. Israel’s aim was to keep Egypt away from the focal conflict in the Middle East, the Israeli occupatio...
Fear, Pain and Shame in Aceh
LESLEY McCULLOCH
In the police stations of Aceh, in Indonesia’s far northwest corner, fear is the daily diet of the detainees. Not fear of the outcome of a due legal process, but fear of torture by Indonesian police to force a false confession. For several days now in...
The Anti-Empire Report
WILLIAM BLUM
The words and actions of the Bush administration have so often been labeled "Orwellian" that it’s become virtually a cliché. But one can not resist adding to the list. At a July 1 White House press briefing, a reporter asked spokesman...
What Progressives Should Think About Iran
SIMON JONES
We must take with a grain of salt the recent sensational reports of thousands of students demonstrating in Teheran. True, Iranians appear to be frustrated with the democratization process, with low turnouts in recent local elections and frustration with both the c...
America’s Kangaroo Justice
LINDA S. HEARD
I caught sight of a picture of 35-year-old Briton Moazzam Begg hugging his wife and children yesterday. Begg is one of six Camp Delta ‘detainees’ destined to be the recipients of Pentagon-style justice in the form of secret military tribunals. The pict...
Davis-Bessie, the Nuke with a Hole-in-the-Head
HARVEY WASSERMAN
Ohio’s infamous nuke with the hole in its head is being forced toward critical mass. Only a global outcry can stop it. Meanwhile, ample wind power is ready right there to replace the plant. Last year the Davis-Besse reactor, near Toledo, missed bringi...
the Draw
URI AVNERY
After "Intifada" (shaking off) and "Shahid" (martyr), another Arabic term has entered the world’s vocabulary: "Hudna" (truce). In Islamic tradition, the word evokes an historical event. The first Islamic truce was declare...
Bush’s Surreal AIDS Appointment
JIM LOBE
The appointment of a former top executive of a major U.S. pharmaceutical company and major Republican contributor as President George W. Bush’s global AIDS co-ordinator has stunned and outraged AIDS experts and activists. Bush’s choice of former Eli Li...
Bush and Africa
MARTHA HONEY
[Editors' Note: This essay is an excerpt from the excellent new book PowerTrip: U....
A Sad Independence Day
WAYNE MADSEN
Amid the fireworks, parades, Wal Mart sales, professional sporting events, and other commercialized and phony tributes to what was once a holiday celebrated not only across America but around the world, Americans have very little to be proud of. With a Pres...
The Meaning of Gettysburg
PATRICK W. GAVIN
Last week, the issue of race resurfaced through the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action. And the past year and a half has made us all aware of terrorism and homeland security. But if you think that things are tense now, you should have been around...
Queer as Grass
ADAM ENGEL
It just occurred to me, I mean really occurred to me, that pot is illegal. For the first time since I was sixteen, when EVERYTHING was illegal, I smoked two puffs ("hits," they called them in 1982, or "tokes," I think) and it helped me get to s...
What is the 4th of July to a Slave?
FREDERICK DOUGLASS
[A Speech to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society on July 5, 1852] Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principle...
Fucking Furious on the Fourth
ELAINE CASSEL
On July 4, 2003, I took my customary bike trip into DC from my home in Virginia. Along the Potomac River, across the bridge, onto the "National Mall," as it is called. The strip of land that runs from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. Sout...
Dead on the Fourth of July
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad As the American army in Iraq prepared to celebrate Independence Day, an Iraqi sniper aimed at a US soldier in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle outside the national museum in Baghdad and shot him. The soldier died of his injuries a few hours late...
Wake Up and Smell the Dynamite
DAVID VEST
Having grown up white in Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama, I entered college regarding segregation as a matter of personal inconvenience. It denied me access to the musicians I wanted to learn from. From my mother I had gathered that racial prejudice was worse t...
How Free Are We?
BEN TRIPP
My fellow Americans, it’s time to take stock again: how free are we? It is an appropriate time to ask such questions, for it is Independence Day, the day America declared itself a free country (some restrictions may apply). How free, I ask again for emphasis...
America’s 227 Years of War
JOHN STANTON
"Great power imposes the obligation of exercising restraint, and we did not live up to this obligation." That according to Leo Szilard, the Manhattan Project physicist commenting on the United States and its decision in August of 1945 to obliterate non-m...
Anyone But Greenspan in 2004
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Though nearly everything George Bush Jr. does-ranging from environmental policy to labor practices to religious zealotry-is wreaking havoc on the United States, he does not yet deserve full responsibility for its economic collapse. For one thing, the types of fisc...
Heavy Reckoning in Qaim
LISA WALSH THOMAS
"If the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make; when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day, and cry all ‘We died at such a place;’ some swearing, ...
"The Mass of Mankind Has Not Been Born with Saddles on Their Backs"
LENNI BRENNER
Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman, declining to attend the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in the District of Columbia. This was the last letter written by Jefferson, who died 10 days later, on July 4, 1826. –LB ...
There Was a Reason They Called It the Casino Economy
THOMAS W. CROFT
The late economist/urban planner Bennett Harrison and others came up with a name that’s a perfect fit to describe the economy of the last decade: "The Casino Economy". There was a reason they called it the Casino Economy. There’s lots of lose...
Return to Marble Hill
JOHN BLAIR
It had been many years since I last visited the Marble Hill nuclear plant site, maybe fifteen. It looked pretty much as I expected it to, rusty and eerie, a looming tribute to technological arrogance run amok. Still standing tall, the "containment bui...
The Looting of Iraqi Agriculture
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The war on Iraq couldn’t have come at a more dire time for Iraq’s beleaguered farmers. Spring is harvest time in the barley and wheat fields of the Tigris River valley and planting time in the vast vegetable plantations of southern Iraq. The wa...
Drama at the Jaffa Military Court
REUVEN KAVINER
On June 24, 2003, three young refuseniks delivered stirring, detailed anti-occupation testimony of a kind never before heard in an Israeli military court. This followed yesterday’s continuation session of the Ben-Artzi trial. The continuation of the tri...
After Iraq, Does the UN War Prevention System Have a Future?
RICHARD FALK
President George W. Bush historically challenged the United Nation Security Council when he uttered some memorable words in the course of his September 12, 2002 speech to the General Assembly: "Will the UN serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irre...
Bush Administration
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
In what appears an almost calculated move to demonstrate its disdain for worker health and safety, the Bush administration yesterday revoked a requirement that employers keep records on ergonomics injuries. The rule would have required employers to check a ...
Far Right Wants to Impeach Supreme Court Justices
JACKSON THOREAU
After the moderates on the U.S. Supreme Court prevailed in upholding some affirmative action laws and invalidating anti-sodomy laws, many far-right wingers have predictably gone ballistic. For example, in a recent column calling for the impeachment of any j...
Outlawing Subversives
DAVID LINDORFF
There’s a certain irony in the verbal support being offered by the U.S. government and members of Congress for democratic activists in Hong Kong who are fighting a quixotic battle against Hong Kong government plans to pass a sedition and treason law for the ...
"Bring ‘Em On?"
STAN GOFF
In 1970, when I arrived at my unit, Company A, 4th Battalion/503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, in what was then the Republic of Vietnam, I was charged up for a fight. I believed that if we didn’t stop the communists in Vietnam, we’d eventually be...
Uribe’s Onslaught
JUSTIN PODUR
At the end of May, the ‘Rio Group’ of Latin American countries discussed how to handle Colombia’s civil war. Colombia’s president, Alvaro Uribe Velez, was seeking a declaration from the group that asked Kofi Annan to give the FARC– th...
Lessons from the American Revolution
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Many otherwise well-educated Americans know remarkably little about the actual circumstances of their country’s birth. Assumptions about that early period, frequently offered as counterexamples to the current dangerous and dreary American government, too oft...
Good Killing and Bad Killing
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"I strongly condemn the killings and I urge and call upon all of the free world, nations which love peace, to not only condemn the killings, but to use every ounce of their power to prevent them from happening in the future." Presid...
The Weapon of Choice
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
The accusation of possessing "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD) has become the US government’s weapon of choice in its attempts to overthrow independent governments in the Middle East. The occupation of Iraq was barely complete when we were told t...
Occupation, Resistance and the Plight of the GIs
BILL GLAHN
[Editors' Note: With the RIAA declaring a jihad on music listeners and Senator Hatch threatening to blow up the computers of music swappers, we asked one of our favorite music industry critics, BILL GLAHN, to write an irregular column for us on the m...
Occupation, Resistance and the Plight of the GIs
GARY LEUPP
As US forces discovered the bodies of two soldiers, missing since Wednesday, and a guerrilla ambush killed a further serviceman and wounded four others, a senior American officer warned: "The first clear message that we have to take out of here i...