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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...