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Archives from August 2003
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...