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Archives from September 2003
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...