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Archives from September 2003
Wesley Clark for President? Another Neocon Con Job
WAYNE MADSEN
Let it never be said the neo-conservatives are not persistent. That’s why they must be rounded up by the FBI and charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes. But let’s save that issue for another time. ...
Targeting Arafat
NORMAN MADARASZ
For aficionados of CNN and Fox News, where the dictum of how a question always presupposes its answer rules supreme, the time has come to face up to a query: How has Bush’s pre-emptive strike doctrine changed the low-end of international relations? Fi...
An Open Letter to Michael Moore on Gen. Wesley Clark
TERRY LODGE
Dear Mike: I’ve long appreciated your work, your politics and your writings. And precisely because of that, I’m surprised by and disappointed ...
Hurricane Isabel and Homeland Security
ROSEMARY And WALT BRASCH
America has already spent more than $80 billion in the past year on its war on terrorism, and the president has asked Congress for another $87 billion, most of it to rebuild Iraq. The appropriated budget for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), dwindlin...
Powell in Baghdad
ROBERT FISK
We had to walk through a quarter of a mile of barbed wire to reach Colin Powell, the American Secretary of State, last night. We had to pass through four checkpoints, including three body searches. Apache helicopters circled the conference centre and Bradley fight...
Imperial Sociopaths
KURT NIMMO
"The sociopath sees other people as objects to be manipulated and used, much as the rest of us would use a screwdriver or a kleenex. The sociopath feels no empathy for others (although he can fake empathy) and he feels no shame or remorse about a...
They Aren’t "Farm Subsidies", But Corporate Welfare!
AL KREBS
Amidst the continuing controversy over the question of agricultural subsidies there remains one simple fact understandably ignored by the media, repeatedly tolerated by farmers and obviously misapprehended by its neoliberal critics. Grain farmers don’...
The Dialectics of Terror
M. SHAHID ALAM
"If you kill one person, it is murder. If you kill a hundred thousand, it is foreign policy." Anonymous I doubt if I have come across a more pithy statement exposing the hypocrisy of America’s war against...
The Iraq Wreck
PATRICK COCKBURN
A friend representing a French company in Washington recently went with some trepidation to Paris with the unwelcome news that he had been told by the Pentagon that there was absolutely no chance of his employers getting a contract inIraq He was not looking...
Exile at Gunpoint
RON JACOBS
I recently wrote a piece wherein I expressed my distaste for the political/military strategies of Yassir Arafat. My distaste centers primarily on what I perceive to be his reactionary (as opposed to revolutionary) nationalism. Having said this, however, I am appal...
Bush’s War on Wages
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
There is no way of keeping profits up but by keeping wages down. David Ricardo, On Protection to Agriculture (1820) It sort of depends on who you are. It also comports with the trend that the rich get richer and the poo...
The Troublesome Bill of Rights
ELAINE CASSEL
Last week, President Bush jumped on the Patriot Act revision bandwagon. Speaking at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Bush said that "we" needed new laws that would make it easier for police to compel evidence from us against our will and use it aga...
A Message to the People of New York City
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Remarks at the WBAI September 11 Events, Riverside Church, New York City September 12, 2003 I want to thank WBAI for holding this very important and informative series of events and I thank them for including me. It is impossible to be in New York Ci...
We Are Winning
WRITERS BLOC
By the time news that negotiations inside the WTO had imploded in the face of an open and unified insurrection by delegates of the global south, the party was in full swing. Members of the resistance ­Peasants from South Africa, Thailand, Central America and K...
Celling Out the Alarm
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
Co-emergent radiation transports an alarm through inescapable tunneling into minds ear-locked onto a wireless technology going senile in the prime of its life, drowning society in microwaves Betting the presentense on tomorrow’s early ...
Does George Bush Cry?
JAMES T. PHILLIPS
Does George W. Bush cry? Has he ever shed tears of sadness for victims of terrorism residing outside the United States of America? Does the President pay attention when stories of death and destruction emanate from countries where carnage is a daily event? ...
Reflections on Johnny Cash and One of His Biggest Fans
MATTHEW BEHRENS
The fan base of Johnny Cash is huge. The Man in Black’s ability through his music and his message to cross so many barriers that keep us apart is remarkable. When I heard that Cash had passed on, though, there was one person in particular who I first ...
It Was the Oil and It Is Like Vietnam
STAN GOFF
Apologists for Bush’s little war in Iraq, whose numbers are diminishing in the face of relentless reality, have invested a mighty labor in dismissing two claims; that the war in Iraq is about oil, and that there is a comparison to be made between the Iraq Wa...
Assassinating Arafat
URI AVNERY
So now it is official: the government of Israel has decided to assassinate Yasser Arafat. Not any more to "exile". Not any more to "expel or kill". Simply to "remove". Of course, the intention is not to remove him to ano...
A Hail of Bullets, A Trail of Dead
ROBERT FISK The Independent
A human brain lay beside the highway. It was scattered in the sand, blasted from its owner’s head when the Americans ambushed their own Iraqi policemen. A few inches away were a policeman’s teeth, broken but clean dentures, the teeth of a young man. ...
Issam Nashashibi
JEFFREY SOMMERS
Palestinian activist Issam Nashashibi died at home in Dawsonville, GA on Thursday, August 28th. His untimely death at the age of 52 will be felt deeply by many. His spouse, Margaret, and his two siblings survive him. Issam was born in Jerusalem. His family ...
The Death Train of the WTO
Subcomandante MARCOS
Brothers and sisters of Mexico and the world, who are gathered in Cancun in a mobilisation against neo- liberalism, greetings from the men, women, children and elderly of the Zapatista National Liberation Army. It is an honour for us that, amid your meetings, agre...
FarmAid Rocks Corporate Ag
HARVEY WASSERMAN
The volcano that is Neil Young doing "Down By the River" was erupting to the roar of a sold-out FarmAid crowd. Accompanied by Crazy Horse and Willie Nelson, the patron saint of American farming, the stage sagged with a psychedelic constellation of rock s...
The Meaning of September 11
DAVE LINDORFF
Politics as practiced in America has long been a cynical business, but the Bush administration has established a new standard for cynicism and manipulation. In his speech yesterday in Quantico, VA to the FBI and a bunch of Marines bused in for patriotic col...
Remembering Ronnie Rayguns’ Morning in America
RON JACOBS
In 1981, a crazed rich kid shot Ronald Reagan. For many folks in Berkeley it was a dream of revenge come true. After all, it was Reagan who called for a bloodbath in the town after he ordered the National Guard into Berkeley in response to the 1969 Third World Str...
The Trial of the Bogota Three
TONI SOLO
When President Bush attends fundraisers in Miami he certainly needs to watch out for terrorists. But no worries–they’re likely to be on the invited guest list. Orlando Bosch and Virgilio Paz are just two prominent Miami Cubans who were members of a US ...
Ending America as We Know It
DOUG GIEBEL
"There is nothing so irresistible as a tyrannical power that commands in the name of the people." – Alexis de Toqueville, Democracy in America, Mansfield and Winthrop tr. The neo-conservative Bush Administra...
Friendly Fire Will Doom the Occupation
DAVE LINDORFF
The crisis in Iraq has again jumped up and bitten the Bush war machine in the ass. In two separate incidents only a few hours and a few miles apart, there were clear signs that the American war against and occupation of Iraq is going badly. In the first, a ...
Anatomy of a Swindle
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Green River, Utah As you drive across central Utah on Interstate 70, you are likely to be captivated by a golden bulge of sandstone shimmering in the sun to the south. This is the San Rafael Swell, a knot of canyons, domes and cliffs the marks the beginning...
A Parable for Cancun
MICKEY Z.
In the most remote regions of Brazil, slave labor is employed to cut down grand swaths of the precious rain forest to make room to grow eucalyptus which is then burned by male slaves (who exploit the body, mind, and spirit of female slaves forced into prostitution...
Ninth Circle of Shell
ADAM ENGEL
After decades of Killing Hope all over the world, you would think the American people would have watched the last helicopters lifting reporters and refugees out of Saigon and stopped to think long and hard. Then again, time is relative. About fifteen minutes, half...
The First Two Years of Insanity
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The press recently ran stories about Americans reliving the horrors of 9/11 through released emergency-call transcripts that include the last gasps of doomed souls. Am I the only one struck by the extremely odd nature of this story? Why would people expose ...
Protest and Death in Cancun
WRITERS BLOCK
A few thousand of us maybe. No more. The crowd snakes through Cancun, a neo-liberal paradise lost. Of the 600,000 people who live here fully two-thirds are transient laborers. Like a large proportion of the world’s population they exist in the twilight zone ...
Bush at Quantico
ELAINE CASSEL
After hearing President Bush’s speech on Sunday night, I wondered how long it would be before the next grenade against liberty was launched. Had to be, you know. The war on terror has a new front–Iraq. You know what that means? All the provision...
Driving in No Direction (with a Glimpse of Johnny Cash)
DAVID VEST
Since I started banging out these memoirs I have left the Cannonballs, recorded a new solo CD...
British Entrance Exams
LINDA S. HEARD
No longer will a large dose of hope in their hearts be sufficient for the 115,000 would be immigrants clamouring to enter Britain’s shores each year. Instead, a new proposal initiated by Home Secretary David Blunkett, and fine-tuned by the United Kingdom Adv...
Up to a Point, Lord Rumsfeld
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
US defence secretary Rumsfeld, as imperious, bullying, sneering, abrasive and unlovely a zealot as ever disgraced the pages of American history, has announced "There should be a debate and discussion on [the shambles in Iraq]. We can live with that. We can li...
Blank Check Military
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
You can actually get a few things done with $87 billion, the amount that President Bush has asked Congress to appropriate for expenditures related to the military occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. For example: The World Health Organization (WHO) and o...
Minstrel Show
MICHAEL D. YATES
The high point of my first year in high school was a minstrel show. The year began in the Fall of 1959. That great decade, the sixties, was soon to begin, but it was still the fifties in my home town, the boring, conservative, celebrate-America fifties. The racist...
The Supremes, Juries and the Death Penalty
ELAINE CASSEL
On September 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth ruled in Summerlin v. Stewart that past death sentences imposed by judges, rather than juries, must be set aside. The decision could lead to the resentencing of as many as 122 prisoners in six death penalty s...
A Modest Proposal for the Pentagon
WERTHER*
* As the administration’s Iraq "policy" careens out of control like a car stolen by joy-riding teenagers, critics are confronted with the inevitable retort: "But what would you do? Be constructive!" In truth, this rejoinder is a red herrin...
Anti-Americanism
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Many people throughout the world–leftists, Islamicists, and nationalists–are far too anti-American. It’s not that they’re wrong. Any impression to the contrary comes from pitching anti-Americanism as the main event in a Clash of Civi...
WTO Kills Farmers
LAURA CARLSON
On September 10, opening day of the Fifth Ministerial of the World Trade Organization, Lee Kyung Hae climbed the fence that separates the excluded from the included and took his life with a knife to the heart. Lee, leader of the Korean Federation of Advance...
Making Mesopotamia a Terrorist Magnet
WILLIAM S. LIND
Prior to and during the first phase of the war with Iraq, some of us warned that overthrowing Saddam would turn Mesopotamia into a happy hunting ground for non-state, Fourth Generation forces, aka "terrorists." According to America’s viceroy in Bag...
The Matrix of Ignorance
GARY LEUPP
"[The sponsor of Sept. 11] was Saddam Hussein. Ever since the Gulf War, he’s been trying to get back at us. Maybe it was Osama bin Laden’s people, but my feeling is it was Saddam Hussein behind it. He footed the money." Sp...
Adios, Johnny Cash
JESSE WALKER
Everybody loved Johnny Cash. I don’t care how much someone swears he hates country music, how long he rants against cowboy hats and checkered shirts and the Grand Old Opry and Goo Goo Clusters. Just wait till he pauses to catch his breath, and then say, &quo...
What Goes Around
STEW ALBERT 1
1 9/11 30 years ago Nixon and Kissinger could murder democracy in Chile and never consider that a sky scraper might be blown up in Manhattan and a wall knocked out of the Pentagon. Those were the good old...
Postcards to the President
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
[ Author's Note: This article was written around September 14, 2001. Since then, many hopes have crumbled, not least the hope that the giant tragedy would spark some introspection and evoke a new level of statesmanship. Unfortunately our lead...
A Grandiose Folly
ROBERT FISK
When the attacks were launched against the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon two years ago today, who had ever heard of Fallujah or Hillah? When the Lebanese hijacker flew his plane into the ground in Pennsylvania, who would ever have believed that President Geo...
the Chilean Coup
SAUL LANDAU
"The true American goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy." John Quincy Adams, July 4, 1821 "I am ready to resist by whatever means, even at the cost of my life, so that this may serve as a lesson to the ignomin...