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Archives from September 2003
Does a Felon Rove the White House?
AMY GOODMAN And JEREMY SCAHILL
Allegations are swirling that Karl Rove, senior political adviser to President George W. Bush, may have committed a felony by blowing the cover of a CIA operative. CIA Director George Tenet has called on the Justice Department to investigate but the White House said Monda...
A Lesson in Obfuscation
ROBERT FISK The Independent
“The right thing … a magnificent job … heroes … pride”. So off Tony went again yesterday on Breakfast With Frost, spinning and spinning about Iraq. I wonder what he’d think of the city morgue downtown from here when they bring th...
Edward Said at Oberlin
NAEEM MOHAIEMEN
Through a simple campus lecture, Edward Said precipitated a rupture at Ohio’s Oberlin College. But like many things in his life, the debate did not touch the substance of Said’s theory or politics. Instead, his enemies were obsessed by what he sto...
Shaking Down American Travelers to Cuba
TOM CRUMPACKER
Why does our government want to prevent us from seeing and learning about what is happening in Cuba? It says its purpose is to deny hard currency to Cubans so that they will change the way they have organized their society. If so, it’s the first time in his...
A Message to Conservatives
CHARLES SULLIVAN
One of the principal tenets of conservative thinking in America is the precept that all government is evil and mettlesome. Another is that we should get government out of our lives altogether and let the free market work its magic. One tends to hear these argument...
The Poll of the Shirt
DAVID LINDORFF
The polls are saying President Bush is in trouble. His approval rating, by most accounts, is currently somewhere around 50 percent, down from a high of 90 percent right after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and down 10 points just over the...
Arnold After Dark
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Photos from the February 1977 issue of the now defunct After Dark Magazine, an entertainment monthly targeting gay men. ? ? ...
Edward Said, a South African Perspective
SUREN PILLAY
It is a grey Monday morning. In an hour or so a funeral will start at a church a block away from where I write. Besides the scores of regular worshippers and community activities of Harlem hosted by Riverside Church, enigmatic and provocative figures like Mar...
Bolivia’s Gas War
BENJAMIN DANGL
Cochabamba, Bolivia A new cycle of conflict has developed in Bolivia as worker unions, coca farmers and ordinary citizens unite to prevent the sale of the nation’s gas reserves to the United States through a Chilean port. In a country whose economic i...
Pardon Mzwahhe Mbuli!
IAIN BOAL
Text of remarks by IAIN BOAL at Black Oak Books in Berkeley on September 24 during an evening of readings and discussion sponsored by PEN West in observation of Banned Book Week. "No oppressive regime can press on the hot lid of a boiling pot forever&...
General Envy? Think Shinseki, Not Clark
WAYNE MADSEN
While Democrats from Little Rock to Washington, DC go gaga over retired General Wesley Clark’s recently announced candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, other Democrats rightly question Clark’s past decisions and his future intentions. I...
The Magnificent 27
URI AVNERY
A year and a half ago, a small group of Israelis decided to break a deeply entrenched taboo and bring up the subject of war crimes. Until then, it was self-evident that the IDF is "the most moral and humane army in the world", as the official mantra goes...
Paul Krugman, the Last Liberal?
LEE SUSTAR
Has the "newspaper of record" unleashed a leftist? That’s the claim of the Paul Krugman-haters at the conservative National Review Online, where a fanatical "truth squad" attempts to refute the Princeton economist’s columns in the N...
The Myths of Western Intelligence Agencies
ROBERT FISK
They were at it again last week, the liars of our Western “intelligence” community. John Bolton, the US under-secretary of state for arms control and one of Donald Rumsfeld’s cabal of pro-Israeli neo-conservatives, was giving testimony before the decided...
Alan Dershowitz, Plagiarist?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Let’s start with a passage from Alan Dershowitz’s latest book, The Case for Israel, now slithering into the upper tier of Amazon’s sales charts. On page 213 we meet Dershowitz, occupant of the Felix Frankfurter chair at Harvard Law School, happil...
Edward Said
LENNI BRENNER
Only a few days ago, I sent out an e-mail flyer, announcing a November 25th New York panel discussion on CounterPunch’s forthcoming book, ...
Fanning the Flames of Hatred in Iraq
ROBERT FISK The Independent
If anyone wants to know why Iraqis set bombs for American soldiers, they had only to sit in the two-storey villa in this little farming village and look at the frozen face of Ahmed al-Ham and his angry friends yesterday. Ahmed’s 50-year-old father, Sabah, was...
The Lessons of Mulla Nasruddin
M. SHAHID ALAM
Two years after September 11, 2001, when the righteous indignation of Americans at the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon had cooled a bit, five Ivy League colleges decided to invite a Muslim sage to talk to them about why such horrible things were done t...
Dignity, Solidarity and the Penal Colony
EDWARD SAID
[An Excerpt from The Politics of Anti-Semitism, edited by Alexander Cockburn and Je...
Bush at the UN
JOHN CHUCKMAN
No, I did not read the book, but what words more perfectly describe George Bush making one of the oddest speeches ever made at the UN? There he was–with his designer suit, costly watch, and constantly-manicured haircut–stone-faced and unrepentant for t...
The Second Nuclear Age
DAVID KRIEGER
"The world has entered a new nuclear age, a second nuclear age. The danger is rising that nuclear weapons will be used against the United States. Just as bad, the danger is rising that the United States will use nuclear weapons against othersR...
Bomb Shatters Media Illusions in Baghdad
ROBERT FISK
Arasat is a quiet, uneventful suburb of Baghdad, a place of good restaurants serving moderate Lebanese wine, middle class and educated and absolutely unassociated with violence. So the bomb which stopped the clock of the Christian family across the road from the ...
The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the Patriot Act
RON JACOBS
In late September of 1969, the US Department of Justice opened its prosecution of eight men on charges that included "conspiracy to cross state lines and/or us interstate transport with the intent to incite a riot." These eight became known to middle Ame...
Teaching Suspicions
DAVID PRICE
At a PTA meeting two weeks ago I learned that all parent-volunteers at my daughter’s primary school are now required to submit to a criminal background check which includes a (thus far) "voluntary" request for the parent’s thumbprint. My scho...
Cat and Moussaoui
ELAINE CASSEL
Prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia have asked Judge Leonie Brinkema to dismiss all charges against Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th September 11 hijacker. The unusual move comes with their impatience with her for not making a decision as to how ...
Edward Said, a Corporeal Dream Not Yet Realized
OMAR BARGHOUTI
To me, and to many around the world, I suppose, Edward Said’s name will always be associated –above all other things — with beyond-ness … . He is (past tense can only be used with those of much humbler legacies) beyond death, as we’ve...
Before the Era of Insecurity
SAUL LANDAU
[This essay is an excerpt from SAUL LANDAU's new book, The Preemptive Empire, published by...
Edward Said
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
A mighty and a passionate heart has ceased to beat. Edward Said died in hospital in New York City Wednesday night at 6.30 pm, felled at last by complications arising from the leukemia he fought so gamely ever since the early 1990s. We march through l...
War in the Smoking Room
ADAM ENGEL
Friday midtown. Friday payday. Plantman at "CEO Cigars Accessories." Quality, overpriced tobacconist. Walk-in humidor. Air-conditioned smoking room. Customers relax. Smoke. Wide-screen TV. Recite the smoker’s ode: green gone...
Arnold and Wesley
FRAN SHOR
Now that Wesley Clark has thrown his General’s cap into the Ringling Brothers Circus of Democratic Presidential aspirants, starry-eyed white males (including the self-anointed anti-stupid white male, Michael Moore) are abuzz. Not unlike the cheering section ...
Edward Said’s Well-Reasoned Voice
MICKEY Z.
I just learned that Edward W. Said has died. Before reading how the corporate media will frame his obituary, I’ll say this: The world is far more empty place today. Almost a decade ago, I reviewed "The Pen and the Sword," a collection of Sai...
Give Iraq Back to the Arabs
MICHAEL S. LADAH
What has transpired in Iraq since the military invasion by the US and British allied troops had been predicted by many honest and informed observers. It is true that we have eliminated the regime of Saddam Hussein, but we have not accomplished much else. W...
A Conservatism That Once Conserved
RICHARD MANNING
The rural, rocky chunk of Michigan that raised me rested on the backside of a hill, my father’s share of my great-grandfather’s farm. Local lore said this pitiful piece had remained in the family only because the hill hid it from view. That is, my gran...
RIAA Doublespeak
BILL GLAHN
The RIAA is notorious for doublespeak. The mainstream press is notorious for reprinting it without question. Try this recent example out for size. "We are only filing lawsuits against uploaders at this time." That will surely calm the fears of any...
How $87 Billion Could Buy Some Real Security
WILLIAM S. LIND
President Bush’s request for $87 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will do nothing for America’s security. Both of those wars have already been lost, and no amount of money will change their outcomes. A Second Generation military cannot win ...
The Legacy of Edward Said
TANWEER AKRAM
Yesterday, I learned that Professor Edward Said is no more. Said was not only a scholar but an activist who worked tirelessly for peace and justice. His devastating critique of Western scholarship about Islam, Middle East, and the "Orient," exposed the i...
The Strangeloves Win Again
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The Pentagon is conducting research into development of a device called the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator. It sounds fairly innocuous, really: perhaps a sort of zippy, hi-tech, fence-post digger that will be useful to those who want to burrow deep into the groun...
International Direct Action
MARK SCHNEIDER
[This is an excerpt from the new book, Live From Palestine: International and Palestinian Direc...
Wolfowitz at the New School
SARAH FERGUSON
You have to give Paul Wolfowitz some credit. It’s not every deputy secretary of defense who can inspire more than 1,000 New Yorkers to queue up on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon just to hear a wonk speak. (Does anyone even remember who held that job under Clint...
Gold Warriors
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Gold Warriors is more than a book about Japan’s "serious, sober and deliberate" plundering of Asia’s treasure from 1895 until 1945, and its collusion after the war with American officials to recover and use the loot as a secret political acti...
Wesley and Me
NORMAN SOLOMON
Here’s the real-life plot: A famous documentary filmmaker puts out a letter to a retired four-star general urging him to run for president. The essay quickly zooms through cyberspace and causes a big stir. For Michael Moore, the reaction is gratifying...
A Tribute to Edward Said
MUSTAFA BARGHOUTHI
It is with heartbreaking sorrow that the Palestinian National Initiative announce the tragic death of Edward Said who passed away yesterday after eleven years fighting leukemia. At this time our thoughts and love are with his family. We wish them strength and cour...
Vanishing Act
CHRIS FLOYD
It’s a shell game, with money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of buy-outs and bogus fronts. It’s a sinkhole, where mobbed-up operators, paid-off public servants, crazed Christian fascists, CIA shadow-jobbers, war-pimping arms dealer...
ADM and the New York Times
AL KREBS
Readers of THE AGRIBUSINESS EXAMINER are already quite familiar with the fact that in the past eight years when it comes to reporting th...
Someone Else for President
DAVID VEST
2004 is still a few months away, but it promises to be a doozy. Already a good friend of mine has taped a home-made bumper sticker to her pickup truck: "Someone else for president," it says. Well, yes. Helen Thomas and others have already called B...
Grand Illusions About Wesley Clark
WILLIAM BLUM
In case anyone is still embracing any illusions that General Wesley Clark is likely the hero who can bring closer to fruition our belief and hope that Another World Is Possible, here are a few more items about this charming man. At the start of the 78-day N...
Sharon’s Preemptive Zeal
NEVE GORDON
No more than a month ago I sat with a friend drinking coffee at the Hillel Cafe in Jerusalem. Today it is a shattered edifice, with blood stains on the floor. Indeed, this was the first thought that crossed my mind after hearing the news about the horrific suicide...
Generational Casualties
STAN GOFF
My grandson was born last December at Womack Army Medical Center, one of the finest medical facilties in the country now. The labor and delivery room was nicer than many hotel rooms. The care and attention was nonpareil. Military medical care — now under idi...
Bring Our Children Home from Iraq Now!
Maritza Castillo, Miladys Guerrero, Estela Guerrero, Maria Carrasquillo, Et Al.
September 12, 2003 Michael G. Jones Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret) Strategic Planning Office Florida Department Of Military Affairs Dear Colonel Jones, We, the relatives of the Florida National Guard soldiers want to express our position in r...
Occupation and Censorship
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Sewage is coming through the manhole covers, there’s still only 15 hours electricity a day and anarchy grips the streets of Baghdad, but yesterday America’s toothless Iraqi “interim council” roared like a lion, issuing a set of restrictions and thr...