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Archives from August 2003
In Iraq, Labor Protest is a Crime
DAVID BACON
Iraq’s legal code may be in disarray. The streets of Baghdad may be filled with thieves and hijackers who seem to have little fear of being arrested. But US occupation authorities seem to have no trouble identifying one crime, at least. For the four million...
Israeli Outlaws in America
KURT NIMMO
Is Rafi Eitan in the United States and if so why hasn’t the FBI arrested him? Eitan is the former chief of Mossad operations in Europe and the man who recruited the U.S. Navy counter-intelligence specialist Jonathan Pollard to spy on the United State...
The US/Canada Relationship After the Iraq Invasion
NORMAN MADARASZ
(Prior to the Tom DeLay-Inspired Outage Dispute (a.k.a. the Tremulous DIODE), Canada and the U.S. were at odds over other charges. As a committed member of the United Nations Organization, Canada opposed the unilateral decision taken by the U.S. and England to inv...
The Governors Come to Indy
THOMAS P. HEALY
Indianapolis. Prelude On August 12, two days before the nation’s largest power blackout, the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute arranged a news conference call in which a half dozen leading economists discussed the Bush administr...
The Longer We Stay, the Deeper They Will Hate Us
RON JACOBS
Let’s see: the US forces are arresting Iraqi workers who were protesting the treatment of unemployed Iraqi workers by occupation forces and U.S. corporations granted contracts for work in Iraq; the United Nations headquarters in Iraq is bombed because of its...
Rumsfeld Does Bogota
FORREST HYLTON
Helicopters circling the city, combat planes roaring overhead; the streets, airports and public buildings patrolled by 13,000 police, soldiers, secret servicemen and spies, U.S. as well as Colombian. The arrival of Donald Rumsfeld in Bogotá on Augus...
Forest or Against Us
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
How Many Rivers Do We Have To Cross, Before We Can Talk To The Boss? Eh! All That We Got, It Seems We Have Lost; We Must Have Really Paid The Cost. Burnin’ And A-lootin’ Tonight; Burnin’ And A-lootin’ Tonigh...
America’s Healthcare Scandal
DAVE LINDORFF
Politicians are fond of saying that America has the finest system of healthcare in the world, and no doubt it’s true that if you have endless resources, or a gold-plated health plan–the kind that is becoming increasingly rare as more and more companies...
Exile on Bliss Street
ANDREW C. LONG
This is a Beirut story, a narrative about life as a new kind of exile, an exile of conscience, in a fabled and, for the West, "infamous" Arab city. This is also a recollection, or, better, a documentation of the events that led to my evacuation from Leba...
The Toxic War on Drugs
JEREMY BIGWOOD
Scientists are expressing alarm about the relationship between the application of a common weed killer to food crops and the resultant proliferation of potentially toxic fungal moulds in the harvest. Monsanto’s popular product Roundup, which contains a chemi...
A Constitutional Right to be a Human Shield
JULIE HILDEN
Faith Fippinger, who is now sixty-two years old, was once a schoolteacher. More recently, during the Iraq War, she was a "human shield." In Iraq, she was part of a large group of protesters–only about 20 of whom, she says, were Americans–who ...
George Will, the Marquis of Mendacity
JOHN CHUCKMAN
I used to read George Will occasionally just to see how strange words bent to political purpose could become. No political commentator in America is better able to use large words to say something at times indescribably odd. I don’t ask you to take this from...
Dennis Kucinich and FirstEnergy
CATHERINE DONG
Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich was cautious in his statements Saturday about the First Energy plant in Ohio that may have been responsible for the massive blackout affecting more than 50 million people across North America. He did not immediately point an ...
Dubya Indemnity
CHRIS FLOYD
At long last, a "smoking gun" has been found to justify the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Investigators probing obscure government archives in the occupied capital city have uncovered a document signed by the unelected tyrant which provides a clear ca...
Broken Remnants of Britain’s Imperial Past
ROBERT FISK
in Basra. The soldiers of Britain’s forgotten armies of Iraq lie beneath the dirt and garbage of Basra’s official war cemetery, almost 3,000 of them, their gravestones scattered and smashed, the memorial book long looted from the entrance, even ...
Unholy Trinity
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Anyone still unconvinced about the power of the religious right in this country need look no further than this: a combined an attack on free speech, the woman’s right to choose, and affordable healthcare. On July 8, 2003 the Washington Times ran an o...
The Infernal Machine
GAVIN KEENEY
The machine that ate the garden rages on (and on and on). It bulldozes everything every day. We are all ‘landing sites’, and this machine levels everything making sure nothing significant might land there (in us). Rem Koolhaas has declared archi...
Other People’s Kids
MARY WALWORTH
What you do with other people’s kids? Well, you feed them, of course. You figure out what’s in your fridge that resembles what they’re used to at home. You talk to them. You find out if they would like to make a picture with paints or magic marke...
Operation Paperclip Revisited
RICHARD THIEME
One way a government mobilizes support for morally dubious actions is to make those actions sound like the right thing to do. Decisions made for other reasons entirely, for reasons of strategy, say, or economic advantage, are cloaked in religious rhetoric, and whe...
A Fan’s Notations
ADAM ENGEL
To: Tom Turnipseed From: ADAM ENGEL CC: United States of America Subject: "Blowback in Iraq," Counter Punch, August 14, 2003 Dear Tom Turnipseed, Horrifying. I actually hoped, thou...
An American Frog Fable
WALT BRASCH
The First United Church of the Knowledge of Universal Truth decided last week not to ordain any frogs. To find out why, I visited the Rev. Matthew Mark Johnson. I approached him as he finished blessing the ceremonial offerings plate. "Rev. Johnson,&qu...
Palestinians and the Right of Return
ISSAM MUFID NASHASHIBI
Last Friday Palestinian Minister for Planning and International Cooperation, Nabil Shaath, told reporters in Beirut that "politically, the only solution is through the right to return," and that "there is place for all the Palestinians of Lebanon in...
Five Great Indie Films
WILLIAM MANDEL
1) "The Cuckoo," a humanist, pacifist, feminist, indigenist film about a Soviet soldier, his Finnish enemy, and a Lapp woman who takes them both in, when they have each escaped sentences of execution by their respective armies. None of them speaks a lang...
Insults to Intelligence
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
MEMORANDUM FOR: Colleagues in Intelligence FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Now It’s Your Turn Sixty-four summers ago, when Hitler fabricated Polish provocations in his attempt to justify Germany’s inva...
History Hurts
JOSÉ TIRADO
Here in (now) sunny Iceland where I live, everybody with four brain cells working knows about global warming firsthand. So for entertainment, I watch the electoral madness in the United States infect even hardened leftists there with the "Let’s-work-wit...
Post-Sandinista Nicaragua
CAROLE HARPER
Many of us in Sacramento, and in other parts of the U.S., struggled to support the revolution in Nicarauga throughout the 1980’s. I lived in Nicaragua from 1986 to 1990, working with Habitat for Humanity in several rural communities. I was a member of a libe...
Bring Our Troops Home, Now!
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
(Speech to the House of the Lord Church Brooklyn, NY August 19, 2003) Reverend Daughtry, Congregation of The House of the Lord, Councilman Barron-soon to be Mayor Barron-fellow warriors for peace; family members of the US troops stationed abroad. Thank you ...
The Second Anniversary of 9/11
DAVID KRIEGER
As we approach the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it is important to take a hard look at the direction our country has taken since these tragic events occurred. The United States has attacked Afghanistan and driven the Taliban regime f...
Springsteen’s America
RON JACOBS
Two of my friends had finally scored. They had been standing outside of the Carter Barron Theater in Washington, DC every evening during that July week in 1975 hoping to find somebody willing to let go of a couple tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street ...
Revisiting the Paranoid Style in the Dark
MICHAEL EGAN
In November 1965, all electric power in an 80,000-square-mile area of the northeastern United States and Canada failed. Like the most recent failure, the breakdown was a total surprise and attributable to a single plant failure. In 1965, the electric grid was supp...
Now No One Is Safe in Iraq
ROBERT FISK
What UN member would ever contemplate sending peace-keeping troops to Iraq now? The men who are attacking America’s occupation army are ruthless, but they are not stupid. They know that President George Bush is getting desperate, that he will do anythingR...
Ashcroft’s VICTORY Laps
ELAINE CASSEL
In an unprecedented, desperate, and politically motivated move, Brother John Ashcroft has taken to the road. Setting up his tent in strategic cities to bring his Traveling Patriot Salvation Show to lost Americans. With apologies to Neil Diamond, "pack up the ...
Sergio Vieira de Mello
MARJORIE COHN
But for George W. Bush’s illegal and misguided war on Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, would be alive today. Mr. de Mello devoted most of his life to the U.N.’s mission to protect human rights and ach...
Bush Owes the Public Some Serious Answers on Iraq
Rep. HENRY WAXMAN
Controversy is growing over President Bush’s use of forged evidence in his State of the Union address. Indeed, the issue is fast becoming a whodunit. Who inserted the fabricated claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from an African country into the statements ...
Why the US Needs to Blame Anyone But Locals for UN Bombing
ROBERT FISK
It was always the same story. If it wasn’t the enemy you were fighting, it was the enemy you knew you’d have to fight in the future. So when the killers of Baghdad on Tuesday slaughtered 20 UN staff, with the UN’s local proconsul, Sergio V...
War Crimes and Punishment in Indonesia
BEN TERRALL
In the wake of the death sentence given to a suspect in last year’s Bali bombing and the recent Jakarta car bombing that killed 10 people, the U.S. mainstream media is again focusing on Islamic fundamentalist terror in Indonesia. But in the rush to speculate...
California’s Blackouts Were the "Wake Up Call"
JASON LEOPOLD
The California energy crisis should have been a warning to the White House. Opening up the electricity sector to competition may eventually provide consumers with cheaper power but it won’t ensure a reliable flow of electricity unless the high-voltage transm...
Life and Death on the Front Lines in Baghdad
CAOIMHE BUTTERLY
in Baghdad Anwar Adel Khardom points to her heavily pregnant, shrapnel-sprayed stomach as she fluctuates between composure and frantic, inconsolable grief: "what sort of life will this child be born into?" Her thirteen year old daughter Hadil, fra...
UN Bombing
KURT NIMMO
Is it a surprise unknown persons have bombed the United Nations building in Baghdad? No, the bombing was inevitable, considering the United Nation’s role in the occupation of Iraq. It is surprising, however, that the bombers were able to so easily drive a ce...
The Imperial Bluster of Tom Delay
EDWARD SAID
During the last days of July, Representative Tom Delay (Republican) of Texas, the House majority leader and described routinely as one of the three or four most powerful men in Washington, delivered himself of his opinions regarding the roadmap and the future of p...
Toward Permanent War
VIRGINIA TILLEY
The terrible bombing of the UN offices in Baghdad has capped an accelerating series of sabotage actions against Iraqi water mains, oil pipelines, electricity grids–and US soldiers, hapless agents of this mess, who are killed daily. But most sharply, it highl...
A Downside Day
JOHN L. HESS
The news from liberated Iraq is godawful. Bombs hitting oil and water pipelines and the compound where the UN was trying to resume its relief work. Nobody has claimed responsibility, so the question arose — qui bono — who benefits from this? An immedia...
NPR and the NAFTA Highway
STEVEN HIGGS
Dear Mr. Inskeep: As a journalist who frequently awakens to the sound of your voice, I was thrilled when ...
Getting Gouged by Banks
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The shoe that fits one person pinches another. Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul It is easy to forget that next to dogs, banks are man’s best friend even though, from time to time, they bite. That was brought t...
The Case of Mr. Aznar, Friend of Bush
VICENTE NAVARRO
Can you imagine the response of the U.S. media if the president of the governing party of Poland were to say that Stalin was the former Soviet Union’s greatest leader? Or if the president of the German government had never condemned the Hitler regime, or if ...
Building Tomorrow’s House
RAMZI KYSIA
Having spent a year in Iraq, I remain continuously startled by the things I see and feel here. Perhaps I shouldn’t still be surprised by the resilience of these people. Perhaps I shouldn’t still wonder at their ability to absorb incredible amounts of s...
Australia v. the Evil-Doers in the South Pacific
GARY LEUPP
Disorder in the Solomons Few people in the U.S., and probably in the world, are aware that there is a small nation called the Solomon Islands, independent since 1978, east of New Guinea and about a thousand miles northeast of Australia’s state of Quee...
Bush’s Star Wars Credibility Problem
MATT MARTIN
Without fanfare, the Department of Defense has revised and substantially changed the most important missile defense announcement to come out of a US administration in the last decade. In a variety of ways, these revisions effectively lower the bar for what will be...
What Kermit Roosevelt Didn’t Say
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
"’I owe my throne to God, my people, my army and to you!’ By ‘you’ he [the shah] meant me and the two countries-Great Britain and the United States-I was representing. We were all heroes." Countercoup: The Stru...
Colombia Moves Toward Totalitarianism
SEAN DONAHUE
The morning that Alvaro Uribe was inaugurated President of Colombia, Yolanda Becerra, the head of a women’s group in a city controlled by right wing paramilitaries, said that "We expect to see the consolidation of a totalitarian model with the blessing ...