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Archives from August 2003
After the Blackout, the US Looks to Suck Up Mexico’s Power
JOHN ROSS
MEXICO CITY. Although the historic August 14th blackout shut down crucial industrial and financial centers in two out of the three North American Energy Alliance nations, and virtually killed the prospects for the privatization of electricity in a third, co...
Jose Aznar, Spain’s Super Lackey
AUGUSTIN VELLOSO
Spain has emerged recently as a middling power, well integrated in the European Union, and participating in international institutions and treaties. She took pride in siding with the majority of States within the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies in issues ...
Northfork, an Accidental Review
SUSAN DAVIS
We saw "Northfork" by accident. "The Swimming Pool" with Charlotte Rampling was playing at our local art house, but we got the times mixed up. I remembered seeing trailers for Northfork, and it seemed like a good bet, an anti-Western Western ab...
God and the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party
LENNI BRENNER
All right, Godless CounterPunchers, we know that you are snickering about Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore’s 10 Commandments rock. Now his eight associate judges have repudiated "Roy’s Rock," and the state’s Attorney General remo...
The Far Right and Anti-Mexican Racism
JORGE MARISCAL
It would be tempting to dismiss the recent media flap around the candidacy of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and his membership in the student organization Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) as much to do about nothing. But for those of us who have ...
What Is To Be Done?
WILLIAM S. LIND
A number of readers of this column have said, in effect, "You are critical of our current policies in Iraq. What would you do instead?" I addressed this in an earlier column, but there are a good number of new readers, so it is probably time to revisit w...
How the Occupation of Iraq Imperils International Law
MARJORIE COHN
The day after the truck bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan remarked, "The blue flag has never been so viciously assaulted as it was yesterday." Whether executed by remnants of Saddam Hussein’s B...
When in Doubt, Lie Your Head Off
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Last week the Washington Post commented on claims made about Iraq’s supposed possession of nuclear weapons. "Bush evoked the mushroom cloud on Oct 7 [2002], and on Nov 12 General Tommy Franks, [then] chief of US Central Command, said inaction might brin...
Saying Yes to Drugs!
RICHARD GLEN BOIRE
It’s rare that I read books about drug policy. After just a little exposure to the genre, one finds, over and over again, the same dates, the same key people, the same arguments from the government and the same arguments from the policy reform camp. There is...
Schwarzenegger and Cuban Migration
SAUL LANDAU
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger loves immigrants. "I’m one myself," he reminds California voters. But in 1994 The Terminator supported California’s immigrant bashing Proposition 187, which the courts voided in 1999. The measure aimed to "prev...
Gibson’s Christ on Trial
GARY LEUPP
1. Mel Gibson’s forthcoming film "The Passion," based on the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus as depicted in the New Testament, has even before its release generated controversy. This is good and appropriate. 2. The film might, just concei...
Pirates of the Caribbean
STAN COX
Members of the World Trade Organization worry that their Sept. 10-14 meeting in Cancun, Mexico, might turn into a rerun of the tumultuous Seattle gathering in 1999. To defuse one of several high-profile controversies, the United States agreed to relax some pharmac...
Beware the Trojan Horse
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Seems, my entire political career I’ve had my back against the ropes. The Good Ol’ Boys in Georgia . . . trying to take me to the canvass for a full ten count. But each time they thought they had me, women, including women from Detroit, rose to stop th...
An Eye on Intelligence, an Interview with Douglas Valentine
ADAM ENGEL
It may be a lot of fun to wave the flag and scowl and loudly "support our troops" and, when in the comfortable center of a mob, call for tar and feathers for those who don’t agree, but it’s not necessarily relevant to the issue at hand. For b...
War is a Racket
MICKEY Z.
"Why don’t these damned oil companies fly their own flags on their personal property-maybe a flag with a gas pump on it." Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler (1937) On August 26, 2003, CBS.com wrote of a &quo...
Ashcroft’s Traveling Patriot Show Not Winning Many Converts
ELAINE CASSEL
According to a report in The Washington Post, support for the Patriot Act is waning in the country, including Idaho, where Ashcroft’s summer revival tour traveled this week. Idaho’s Rep. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R), is leading an effort in Congres...
Take Back Your Time Day
TOM And JUDY TURNIPSEED
Americans spend more time working than the Japanese. Europeans work nine less weeks a year than U.S. workers. Even medieval peasants worked less hours than we do! It is time to fight overwork and time poverty in America. Our time is all we have and none of us know...
Handmaid in Babylon
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"One has to be careful," said UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in late August, "not to confuse the UN with the US." If the Secretary General had taken his own advice, then maybe his Brazilian subordinate, Sergio Vieira de Mello, might not have b...
Operation Candor
MARK ZEPEZAUER
CHICO, CA., Sept. 13, 2003. White House aides today staged another significant photo opportunity involving the USS Abraham Lincoln, in order to declare that "major combat in Iraq has resumed." President Bush had previously mentioned the policy shi...
Vermonters on Howard Dean
DONNA BISTER, MARC ESTRIN And RON JACOBS (The Editorial Collective Of The Old North End RAG)
(The Editorial Collective of the Old North End RAG) Howard Dean the liberal, anti-war candidate? The laughter rings most loudly in Vermont. As Dean’s candidacy caught fire over the summer, a number of articles have appeared on the net examining his his...
Bush Nuclear Policy is a Recipe for National Insecurity
ALICE SLATER
This August, during the very same week that the world commemorated the 58th anniversary of the only use of nuclear weapons-an act which obliterated the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki– more than 150 military contractors, scientists from the weapons labs, an...
What Victory?
DAVID KRIEGER
What a difference a few months can make. At the end of April 2003, just four months ago, Donald Rumsfeld was in the Qatar headquarters of General Tommy Franks, effusively comparing the US victory in Iraq to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of ...
Dance, Exclusion and Cultural Policies
NICHOLAS ROWE
Editors’ Note: NICHOLAS ROWE teaches dance to Palestinian children on the West Bank. He has recently returned to the Occupied Territories from a trip to Brazil, where he gave a speech to the Dance and the Child International conference. His spe...
Who Benefited from the Tech Bubble? an Interview with Michael Hudson
STANDARD SCHAEFER
During the boom of the 1990s, neoliberal economists and the financial press promoted the the high tech revolution for its ability to reduce production costs. As long as government did not interfere with markets, technology would lead to an improvement in the quali...
The Red Badge of Knowledge, a Review of Douglas Valentine’s TDY
ADAM ENGEL
Remember Pete from college, circa 1971? Older than most under-grads–early twenties. Quiet, introverted, so it’s no big deal if you can’t place him. Didn’t do anything special except lead that small chapter of Vietnam Veterans Against the Wa...
Nukes in the Dark
STAN GOFF
On August 14th the largest electrical blackout in history caused sixteen nuclear plants to automatically shut down in the U.S. and Canada. Nuclear power plants run on offsite power, not their own reactors. If the electrical grid fails, reactors are d...
Cheap Thrills
CHRIS FLOYD
Just how cheap and easy are the muckity-mucks of the Bushist Party? How much scratch does it take for a high official of the Regime to overrule his own intelligence officers and support the Potomac Empire’s propaganda line? What’s the going rate for se...
Moore’s Monument
DAVID VEST
California be damned. Every rich moron and pathetic doofus in the Golden State may be running for governor these days, but a howling mob of good Christian people in Alabama is doing its level best to turn them all into yesterday’s news. Their leader, Chief J...
Will Cruz Measure Up?
Daniel Radosh
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Not Clueless in Chicago
ELAINE CASSEL
This week, I had the great pleasure of leaving the Washington D.C.area and traveling to Chicago. I took every opportunity to find out what people west of the beltway were thinking about Bush and Company. And, much to my surprise, they were thinking more like me th...
Occupied Iraq Will Never Know Peace
TARIQ ALI
The recolonisation of Iraq is not proceeding smoothly. The resistance in the country (and in Palestine) is not, as Israeli and Western propagandists like to argue, a case of Islam gone mad. It is, in both cases, a direct consequence of the occupation. Befor...
The Most Common Mistakes of Israelis
GILAD ATZMON
The most common mistakes made by Israelis are as follows: 1. To fail to realize that there is no essential difference between Tel Aviv and a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. 2. To believe that the creation of the state of Israel was a...
Restoring the Good, Old Term "Bum"
WAYNE MADSEN
The word "bum" has two major meanings. One is pejorative and refers to the unfortunate among us who find themselves homeless and out of work. That particular term has properly fallen out of use. However, there is another definition of "bum." We...
Shooting Ali in the Back
DAVID LINDORFF
If you want to know why the U.S. campaign to pacify Iraq and make the country into a docile puppet state is doomed to failure, just look at what happened to 17-year-old Ali Muhsin. Shot and killed by American soldiers on Tuesday, he died on his family’...
The Trigger for the Latest Suicide Bombings?
STEVE NIVA
Palestinian suicide bombings are vicious and grave abuses, clearly war crimes under international law for intentionally killing civilians. They have also been a strategic disaster for Palestinian national aspirations. They have driven the Israeli public to embrace...
Bush’s Holy War in the Forests
LACEY PHILLABAUM
Falling from Mt. Jefferson’s vista to Oregon’s spectacular Metolius River, a tattered blanket of brown and black forests still carpets the foothills of the Eastern Cascades a year later. I see where towering flames must have jumped this last free-flowi...
The Little Deaths
BRUCE JACKSON
Every few days the U.S. Department of Defense issues a terse press release of US military deaths in Iraq from non-combat causes. These lack drama or narrative so they are hardly ever noted in newspapers or television newscasts in places other than the hometowns of...
Six Countries in Search of a Solution
JOHN FEFFER
War so far has not returned to the Korean peninsula. Negotiators from six countries–North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States–are about to sit down in Beijing to keep it that way. In a world dominated by military "solution...
an Interview with Tariq Ali
DAVE RILEY
Tariq Ali is an editor of New Left Review and the author of The Clash of Fundament...
Onward, Ashcroft Soldiers!
ELAINE CASSEL
The other day, I conducted a continuing legal education seminar for attorneys in Virginia. The group consisted of a varied lot of practitioners_patent attorneys, corporate lawyers, and government attorneys. Among the government attorney was an employee of the Just...
Bush Adminstration Equates Medical Pot Smokers with Segregationists
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
You cannot possibly have a broader basis for any government than that which includes all the people with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights. William Lloyd Garrison I...
Burning Up that Tax Rebate
DAVID LINDORFF
Remember that $400 family credit that you got from the IRS (assuming you weren’t one of those 8 million poor families that the Republicans and the president decided didn’t deserve a tax rebate)? Well, if your family has the typical two cars and ...
A Review of Daniel Wilkinson’s Silence on the Mountain
LARRY SIEMS
Sixty pages and several months into Daniel Wilkinson’s journey into Guatemala’s heart of darkness, the author spends an evening in a coffee worker’s cinder-block, tin-roofed home, trying to coax from him the barest information about civil conflic...
Iraq’s Death Toll, the View of a Baghdad Coroner
SARMAD S. ALI
Everyday, women mill about crying outside the courtyard of Baghdad’s Institute of Forensic Medicine at Bab al Muadam Square, so overcome with grief that they are unable to stand. The men stand grim and silent, the sleepless night...
Bush at the Helm
SAUL LANDAU
KB Toys has released a George W. Bush "Action Figure" entitled "Naval Aviator," produced by Blue Box Toys in China. It sells for $39.99 and it commemorates the "historic" May 1 Bush dressed-as-combat-pilot landing on the USS Lincoln. ...
Collective Punishment on the West Bank
JULIANA FREDMAN
Although it is cliché to say so, her beauty and serenity evoke an aging Virgin Mary, especially in this setting. She sits on her donkey expression unchanged as she bounces along among the olive trees through the rocky valley pass eyes glancing outward, watc...
A Tradition of Smearing the Dead
ROBERT FISK The Independent
The Independent Kerbala, Iraq. Across the marble floor of the Shrine of the Imam Hussein in Kerbala scampers Suheil with his plastic bag of metal. He points first to a red stain on the flagstones. “This was a red smoke grenade that the Americans fired,...
The Politics of Focus Groups
SALVADOR PERALTA
"First of all, you know, size of protest, it’s like deciding, well, I’m going to decide policy based upon a focus group. The role of a leader is to decide policy based upon the security — in this case, the security of the people...
Who Killed Jancita Eagle Deer?
JACK MCCARTHY
South Dakota’s lone congressman and former two-term Governor William Janklow stands accused of vehicular homicide by the friends of a Minnesota motorcyclist named Randolph Scott. Scott, named after the late actor by his parents, was killed earlier thi...
A Drug for the Addict
URI AVNERY
It was a putsch. Like any classic putsch, it was carried out by a group of officers: Sharon, Mofaz, Ya’alon and the army top brass. It is no secret that the military party (the only really functioning party in Israel) objected to the hudna (truce) fro...