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Archives from September 2003
Stealing Home
JON BROWN
Iraq’s looting commenced when the cheap-seat crowd swept out of the bleachers to tear up the field. The circling sky-box set waited. With wholesale privatization, the real looting is about to begin. Why settle for souvenirs when you can walk off with the sta...
The Unfortunate Incident at the Baghdad Zoo
GARY LEUPP
Interesting Associated Press item buried deep in the Sunday Boston Globe: BAGHDAD, Iraq — A U.S. soldier shot and killed a tiger at the Baghdad zoo after it bit another soldier who had reached through the bars of its cage to feed it, a zo...
Learning from Uncle Abe
WILLIAM S. LIND
One of the reasons the North won the Civil War is that President Lincoln was willing to sack incompetent generals and President Davis was not. Some recent remarks by the American commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, suggest that it is time for President Bu...
Streisand the Cali Recall
BERNARDO ISSEL
Barbara Streisand is typically attacked from the right for her support of liberal concerns. However lately she’s been criticized for her lawsuit against an environmental project,...
At Least 10,000 Iraq Civilians Gunned Down Since the End of the War
ROBERT FISK
Ahmed Qasm Hamed was dumped in a black sack at the mortuary of the Yarmouk hospital last week. Taleb Neiemah Homtoush turned up at the city morgue with three bullets in his head. Amr Alwan Ibrahim’s family brought him to the morgue five minutes later with a ...
First They Come for the Lawyers, Then the Ministers
ELAINE CASSEL
I always thought that the idea of a military man facing a court martial and having a military defense attorney was some kind of sick joke. The joke got sicker a few months ago when,with much pride, the government announced it was going to provide the men held in G...
The Truth About the Wall
YIGAL BRONNER
When Israel’s finance minister Binyamin Netanyahu was interviewed for the radio on the morning after the horrific terror attack on Café Hillel in Jerusalem he was asked whether this was the right time for cutbacks in the military budget. In answer to ...
Charity Ryerson
STEVEN HIGGS
Five days before Charity Ryerson surrendered herself to the minimum security Federal Prison Camp at Pekin, Ill., she spoke nonchalantly about the six months she would serve for cutting a padlock during a protest at the School of the Americas. Curled up on the couc...
The Cheney Tapes
STAN COX
A videotape has surfaced in which a man believed to be Vice President Richard Cheney addresses the American people from an unidentified office. The tape is not dated, but analysts have inferred from the speaker’s comments that it was made sometime this summe...
Hugo Chavez on the CIA in Venezuela
GREGORY WILPERT
In a three-hour lunch meeting with foreign journalists yesterday, Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez roamed over a wide variety of topics, from the cancellation of his trip to the U.S., to the recall referendum, to the WTO meeting in Cancun, and to Venezuela-...
The Silliest Show in Town
URI AVNERY
Shimon Peres is celebrating. Shimon Peres? The whole world is celebrating with him! What has he got to celebrate? Well, he has reached the age of 80. A respectable age. I can’t begrudge him. (After all, I myself am now 80 years old, and I just ...
The Clark Bandwagon
DAVE LINDORFF
Judging from the hoopla and hype in the media, from CNN to the NY Times, the decision by retired four-star general Wesley Clark to throw his hat into the ring as a Democratic Party presidential contender is something akin to the second coming. He’s a genuine...
a Review of Beverly Silver’s Forces of Labor
STEVEN SHERMAN
The working class is not particularly high on the agenda of the US left. It is quite telling that many on the left were eager to support Ralph Nader’s campaign for the presidency despite his failure to win any notable support from organized labor. Furthermor...
An Interview with Caitriona Ruane
TONI SOLO
The world wide assault on internationally accepted legal norms by the United States and its allies develops apace. In a nationally televised speech on September 8th, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe violently attacked human rights defenders, saying, "Every ti...
On Apache Terrorism
GARY LEUPP
"Oh, sure, an F-18 roaring nearby across the sky will raise goose bumps on even the most jaded of American patriots, but when an Apache helicopter rises from behind some hillside and hangs in a hover, looking at youWell that’s our enemyR...
Masked and Anonymous, Dylan’s Elegy for a Lost America
DAVID VEST
Bob Dylan’s new film, "Masked and Anonymous," has met with almost universal condemnation (or worse, condescension) from critics in the corporate media. According to most reviewers, in lieu of a plot the film offers "rambling incoherence" ...
Lighten Up, America
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Watching the high school kids tottering up the hiking trail under ridiculous burdens I was reminded of the studies of GIs who jumped into the surf in the Normandy landings with 80 pound packs on their backs and promptly drowned. These days the overloaded back pack...
Crisis-Tourism at Saddam’s Old Prison
ROBERT FISK
ABU GHRAIB PRISON. We could see them beyond the dirt yard, standing in the heat beside their sand-brown tents, the razor wire wrapped in sheaths around their compound. No pictures of the prisoners, we were told. Do not enter the compound. Do not go i...
The RIAA is Full of Bunk, So is the New York Times
BILL GLAHN
On September 12, 2003, the New York Times defended the Recording Industry Association of America’s recent lawsuits against P2P music file-sharers [Suing Music Dowloaders]. The editorial was based on a number of flawed concepts, which just goes to show that i...
Colin Powell, Exploiting the Dead of Halabja
KURT NIMMO
The Bushites love to visit the mass graves in Halabja. That’s where about 7,000 Kurds died after a chemical weapons attack. "I can’t tell you that Saddam Hussein was a murderous tyrant — you know that," said Colin Powell with prosaic ce...
Guillermo Novo and Me
SAUL LANDAU
Twenty two years ago, in the hallway of the Washington DC Federal Court Building, Guillermo Novo threatened me. So, when I read that on November 18, 2000 Panamanian cops had arrested him on an assassination charge, I felt the pleasant tingle of relief. Novo has re...
Holes in the Road Map
ILAN PAPPE
The "road map" in the Middle East is leading nowhere. Even those who were still harbouring some hopes about it in recent weeks must now admit that it is dead for all intents and purposes. This should not surprise anyone who is familiar with the hi...
Sharon, With Eyes Wide Open
GILA SVIRSKY
Jerusalem. The other morning at 7 a.m., I joined Peace Now for an early morning demonstration to ‘wake up’ Ariel Sharon to the fact that his policy of assassinations only feeds the cycle of violence, and does not end terrorism. "You&...
Colin Powell’s Shame
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Lots of us had highest hopes about Colin Powell. I was one of many who thought he should be president because I considered he would be a splendid leader for America. This was the man, after all, who wrote in his autobiography that he was "angry that so many o...
Power to the Purse
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Few expect Congress to say No to President Bush’s $87 billion request for the war in Iraq that he said was over. Decent Americans don’t want to abandon the Iraqi people. But we should get more for our money than a guerilla war, and we should limit the ...
Good Morning, Vietnam!
DAVE LINDORFF
As the American Democratic primary campaign heats up with the addition of a general and second Vietnam veteran, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, it is perhaps appropriate, and certainly no surprise, that the situation facing the American invaders and occupiers in Iraq w...
Mother Jones Smears Rachel Corrie
PHAN NGUYEN
Mother Jones demonstrated how low it could set its standards for investigative journalism when it hired Newsweek reporter Joshua Hammer to surf the web and write a 7000-word feature story on Rachel Corrie and the International Solidarity Movement ("...
"Not Yet!" On the Bicentennial of the Execution of Robert Emmet
PETER LINEBAUGH
Robert Emmet was executed two hundred years ago this day. "Behold, the head of a traitor!" the hangman held up his severed head dripping with blood onto the cobblestones of Thomas Street for the dogs to lap up. On the anniversary of this ignominy letR...
The Moral Development of George Bush
CAROL NORRIS
If George wasn’t driving the world down the road to extinction with his wars, his environmentally disastrous choices and world alienating policies–"Look at me, ma, no hands" he says while sitting behind the wheel of our children’s futur...
When Terrorists Talk of Human Rights
JUSTIN PODUR
On September 8, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez said "when terrorists start feeling weak, they immediately send their spokesmen to talk about human rights." He said while some human rights groups were "respectable", others were "pol...
An Interview with Danny Schechter, the News Dissector
ADAM ENGEL
Engel: Tens of millions, possibly over 100 million Americans have access to alternative or indy media via the web. How can we blame the corporate media, which is so transparently corrupt, for the "American People’s" support of the war and general i...
Contracts and Politics in Iraq
MARK SCARAMELLA
When American troops are stationed overseas the US will have a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the host country which defines the legal responsibilities of the US and the host country. The SOFA will address entry and exit of personnel and personal be...
The Real Story Behind RIAA Propaganda
BILL GLAHN
A musician friend of mine who releases his albums on his own label recently asked me, "What about the little record company, like mine? If people can get all my songs for free, then who will buy the CD?" My heart just about sank when I heard this ...
Return to Afghanistan
ANNE BRODSKY
As the Bush administration moves from one global "hot spot" to another, news of Afghanistan, the administration’s first professed military success story, is largely eclipsed by reports of these new ventures. July’s cogent and sobering 101 pag...
WTO Collapses in Cancun
JOHN ROSS
Luis Ernesto Derbez, the commerce-minded Mexican foreign minister and the official host of the fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization, slid behind the podium of the great auditorium at the ultra-modern convention center here last Sunday evening,...
End of the Road Map
JEFF HALPER
Everyone pooh-poohs the road map. From State Department and other "quartet" officials through the office of Ariel Sharon to international activists and the average person on the streets of Palestine and Israel, one would be hard-pressed to find a single ...
Hitchens Smears Edward Said
CLARE BRANDABUR
When I first discovered Edward Said’s Orientalism I was overwhelmed but also overjoyed: though I knew I lacked sufficient erudition to read the book as it deserved, I also knew that I had found a source which could challenge and direct my study and gradually...
a Review of A Phat Death
RON JACOBS
Who is Nina Halligan? Imagine Mike Hammer as an African-American woman with leftie politics who was once a New York City prosecutor until she skirted certain rules regarding evidence after her family was killed by a gangster and you begin to get an idea. The heroi...
In Defense of the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
MONA BAKER And LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Introductory Comments and a General Defense Boycotts are age old undertakings. Unlike sanctions, which are enforced by governments and sometimes destroy the lives of millions of ordinary people (as in the case of the 12-year sanctions against Iraq) boycotts...
Brazilian Land Reform Offers Hope
ANGUS WRIGHT
Across Brazil’s vast landscape, poor people, in groups of hundreds, are moving onto land that is claimed by others. The poor are demanding that land be distributed to them as part of an ongoing national agrarian program. Powerful landholders are threa...
High Tech Heroin
RICHARD FORNO
Dostoevsky once wrote that "in the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, ‘Make us your slaves, but feed us.’" His prophecy is relevant when examining the modern Information Age — a dark, corporate-controlled society...
Wesley Clark and Waco
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Originally Published June, 1999 On February 28, 1993 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms launched its disastrous and lethal raid on the Branch Dividian compound outside Waco, Texas. Even before the raid, members of the US Armed Forces, many of them ...
Leavitt for EPA Head? Much Worse Than You Thought
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
As a rule, secretaries of the Interior Department come from the West and directors of the Environmental Protection Agency hail from the East. Ronald Reagan breached this cardinal political tenet by picking Anne Gorsuch Burford of Colorado to head his EPA departmen...
Payback is Hell
ELAINE CASSEL
I recall listening to now Solicitor General Theodore Olson making his pro-Bush argument before the Supreme Court in December 2000. He was not doing particularly well and his side-kick, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, stepped in and proposed a promising argument....
The Terrible Truth About Iraq
TIMOTHY J. FREEMAN
A Great and Noble Thing? When will America face up to the terrible truth about the invasion and occupation of Iraq? Every day the casualties mount. The number of American soldiers killed since Bush declared victory now outnumber those killed in the invasio...
The Pakistan Squeeze
MUQTEDAR KHAN
Pakistan has perhaps taken more risks than any other nation in America¡s war on terror. Yet it remains most insecure about its relations with Washington. In fact Pakistan’s extensive and risky cooperation with the US has done little to alleviate its ow...
Gen. Wesley Clark
MITCHEL COHEN
Gen. Wesley Clark is a major war criminal. Please don’t be fooled by the current well-orchestrated push to nominate Clark as Democratic Party nominee for president, at trap which Michael Moore has apparently fallen into as well as a number of other well-mean...
Meet the Real Wesley Clark
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR And ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Originally Published June, 1999 Anyone seeking to understand the bloody fiasco of the Serbian war need hardly look further than the person of the beribboned Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley K. Clark. Politicians and journalists are generally accordi...
Behold, the Head of a Neo-Con!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Since the breed is now being ripely abused as the sponsors of the US debacle in Iraq, we had better be clear about its political bloodlines. What exactly is a neo-con? The label was first stuck on those Democrats classed as liberals in the early 1970s who thought ...
The Reconstruction of Iraq
DOMINQUE De VILLEPIN
Iraq has just turned a page of her history, with the fall of a dictatorship and the hope for a better future. Yet a tragic cycle of disorder and violence has set in. Attacks have been proliferating. Fanaticism and hatred have struck everywhere: the Jordanian embas...