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Archives from October 2003
In Baghdad, They are Naming Their Babies "Saddam"
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The centre of the book trade in Baghdad is al-Mutanabi Street, which runs between the Tigris and Rashid Street, now shabby and decayed but once the city’s commercial heart. The bookshops are small, and open all the time; on Friday there’...
The Sweatshops of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
LEE BALLINGER
Rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs claims he gave up sex to train for the November 2 New York City Marathon, which he entered "for the kids." The workers at the sweatshop in Choloma, Honduras who make Combs’s Sean Jean clothing line give up ...
Democrats Trick the Greens, Treat Big Timber
MICHAEL DONNELLY
After years of playing the hapless Charlie Brown as Lucy Democrats pulled away the protection football time after time, it’s perhaps only fitting that the best the hapless environmental movement can muster following its major defeat on Bush’s Healthy F...
The GOP’s Racist Trifecta
WAYNE MADSEN
The Republican Party, which has adopted the "4 R’s" of neo-conservative undemocratic political action — refusal (to vote), recount, redistricting, and recall — is attempting to stage yet three more gubernatorial coups in November’...
How Arabs View the Masons
LINDA S. HEARD
It was an Egyptian who first aroused my interest in freemasonry. Adel was a well-educated Copt, whose once wealthy family had fallen on hard times. Unable to find employment in his hometown of Alexandria, Adel set off for Lebanon hoping for better luck. The young ...
The Matrix (Interstate Snoop, Not the Movie)
ELAINE CASSEL
Remember Admiral John Poindexter’s proposed Total Information Awareness (TIA) Program, the one which was going to mine all available electronic data on you and me, make it into a nifty profile, and put it out there for the government to use to track "te...
The Meaning of "Mission Accomplished"
DAVE LINDORFF
Remember when George Bush the candidate said he would restore integrity to the White House? The reference, of course, was to the Clinton White House, which had gained a certain notoriety because of Bill Clinton’s famous finger-wagging episode, when he...
Paul Krugman, Part of the Problem
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Enter the world of Paul Krugman, a world either dark (the eras of Bush One and Bush Two), or bathed in light (when Bill was king). "What do you think of the French revolution?" someone is supposed to have asked Chou En Lai. "Too soon to tell", ...
Howard Dean, a Hawk in a Dove’s Cloak
SEAN DONAHUE
"Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary, I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries." ­ Bob Marley Howard Dean wants the peace movement to believe that he is its best hope for b...
Popular Insurrection and National Revolution in Bolivia
FORREST HYLTON
Slave driver the table has turned Catch a fire you’re gonna get burned. Bob Marley, Slave Driver On the Day of National Dignity-which commemorates the greatest achievement of socialist martyr Marcelo ...
A Moral Level of Consumption?
ROBERT JENSEN
[A version of this talk was delivered at Elon University, Elon, NC, on October 27, 2003.] Whatever arguments one might want to have about the pace of global warming and toxic waste accumulation, about the rate at which humans are degrading the earth’s...
Marching with the Military Families
ERIC RUDER
Veterans and family members of soldiers now in Iraq mobilized in large numbers for the October 25 demonstration in Washington, D.C. to show their opposition to Bush’s war and occupation. Their contingent swelled to 1,000 people as they took up their position...
Denigrating Critics of Israel
PHILIP ADAMS
As today’s column will provoke accusations of anti-Semitism, let me begin with a few words in my defence. A classic philo-Semite, I’ve long been described as a Jew lover by the anti-Semites in organisations such as Frederick Tobin’s Adelaide Inst...
Every Day, One KIA
GARY LEUPP
As of mid-day, EST, October 25, 2003, 343 U.S. troops had officially died in Iraq since the war of aggression, based on lies, began March 20. 138 were killed during the conventional war (the term I use for want of a better one to distinguish it from the guerrilla ...
Iraq Guerrillas Adopt a New Strategy
ROBERT FISK
Understanding the brain. That’s what you have to do in a guerrilla war. Find out how it works, what it’s trying to do. An attack on US headquarters in Baghdad and six suicide bombings, all at the start of Ramadan. Thirty-four dead and 200 wounded. Wher...
Prosecutors as Therapists, Phantoms as Terrorists
ELAINE CASSEL
Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia have been acting as surrogate therapists to scores of families of the September 11 terrorist attacks. As soon as Zacarias Moussaoui was indicted in Alexandria, prosecutors ramped up a staff of assistant U.S. attorneys...
Argentina’s War on the Piqueteros
MARIE TRIGONA
Argentina’s unemployed workers movement is faced with another repressive attack from President Nestor Kirchner and national government. In the past weeks, national daily newspapers have published that the government is taking a firm position against social p...
Dark Forces
THE INTELLIGENCE SQUAD
It seems that, incredibly, the U.S. armed forces feel that they do not have enough young blacks in their ranks. And so we see that the army has launched a street marketing campaign, including driving a big yellow tricked-out Hummer around at events where yo...
Thieves Like Us
CHRIS FLOYD
When they asked the outlaw Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he put it to them straight: "That’s where the money is." It is of course physically–not to mention politically–impossible for the weasel-wording cadres of the Bush Reg...
Eyewitness in Iraq
ROBERT FISK
Eye witness: ‘They’re getting better,’ Chuck said approvingly. ‘That one hit the runway’ Running the gauntlet of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades after check-in at Baghdad airport Baghdad, Iraq (The Independ...
Wishing Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"I wish Wolfowitz had been killed. I wish all the Americans here would be killed," said Ali Hussein a grocer in downtown Baghdad. "The Americans are not human beings. They are monsters. They lied to the Iraqi people." ...
Halliburton in Iran
JASON LEOPOLD
Halliburton Corp., the oil field services company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, told the New York City Comptroller’s office Monday that it won’t scale back its business dealings in Iran, despite concerns from the City’s Comptroller W...
Incident in Gaza
URI AVNERY
"Whom do you believe?" asked General Ya’akov Amidror on TV with subdued anger, "the army spokesman or Hamas?" General (reserves) Amidror is the highest religious officer in our army. In the past he has raised several public storms ...
The Politics of an Inferno
RICH GIBSON
Everyone knew this fire was coming. TV reporters commented on the possibility all over the state a week before it happened. Yet preparations were minimal. For example, San Diego has long had extensive planning for terrorist attacks and has gone through city-wide d...
9/11 in Context
CHRIS WHITE
[Editors Note: The following is an excerpt of a speech White delivered on September 11, 2003 at Bethel College, a Mennonite institution of higher learning in rural Kansas. --AC/JSC] Two years ago today, everyone in this room felt a sense of dread and fear p...
The War on Civil Liberties Hits Home
SHRIREEN PARSONS
"The story of what we’ve done in the postwar period is remarkable. It is a better and more important story than losing a couple of soldiers every day." Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA), on his return from touring Baghdad with other...
Authentics Americans and John Negroponte
TONI SOLO
If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, anti-Americanism is currently the first. The Bush regime uses it to deceive the United States people while enriching its corporate buddies. Spreading fear, anxiety, and hatred under the pretext of fighting terrori...
Occupational Schizophrenia
ROBERT FISK The Independent
I was in the police station in the town of Fallujah when I realised the extent of the schizophrenia. Captain Christopher Cirino of the 82nd Airborne was trying to explain to me the nature of the attacks so regularly carried out against American forces in the Sunni Muslim ...
Antonin Scalia’s Contemptus Mundi
ELAINE CASSEL
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who has been heard to say that he thinks he is too smart for the Court, let fly his contempt for his colleagues last week. Speaking of the court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which earlier this year struck down Texas&...
Ministers of War, Criminals of the Cloth
WILLIAM A. COOK
Perhaps we have not paid enough attention to Exodus and have lost, therefore, the import of General "Jerry" Boykin’s words to the evangelical Christians as reported in the LA Times on the 16th, "We in the army of God, in the house of God, king...
Banging Your Head into Walls
JOHN CHUCKMAN
We’ve all met them, people who stubbornly hurl themselves in the wrong direction, stopping only when they violently collide with reality. It is a painful way to learn, but those afflicted with the disability seem unable to learn in any other way. This...
9/11 and Ashcroft’s Crackdown on the Constitution
SETH SANDRONSKY
How many times have you heard people say the events of 9/11 "changed everything?" Well, yes and no. Yes to the obvious, the U.S. as the target of Mideast terrorists who slew thousands of innocent people. No, however, to America’s criminal ju...
George Bush, the Anti-Family President
BILL KAUFFMAN
Behold the perverse and heart-wrenchingly anti-family policies of Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney: Women reservists, young mothers of infants and small children, leave their families to go halfway ’round the world to act as cogs, expendable parts, in the machiner...
Why Stop with Duranty?
DAVID LINDORFF
The New York Times and the Pulitzer organization are currently in high dudgeon over a 1932 Pulitzer prize awarded to Times Russia correspondent Walter Duranty. The problem: a report commissioned by the Times and authored by Columbia University’s 20th Century...
Down with Big Brother’s Spying Eyes
KARYN STRICKLER
"Down With Big Brother," wrote the fictitious character Winston Smith in his secret diary, a thought-crime seen as an "all-inclusive offense," whose punishment was extermination. Big Brother, the dictator of the totalitarian society in George O...
Another Path is Possible
ROBERT POLLIN
[Editors' note: The following essay is excerpted from economist ROBERT POLLIN's vital new book, ...
The Tug of War on the Korean Peninsula
JOHN FEFFER
The tug of war between the hawks and doves over North Korea policy continues within the Bush administration. In the latest move, the administration has unveiled its new, flexible negotiating position with Pyongyang: a willingness to provide security guarantees. Ex...
Latin America’s Archives of Terror
LAURA CARLSEN
In 1974 Celestina Pérez de Almada died of a heart attack after spending day after day listening to the screams of her husband being tortured. This brutal soundtrack came to her courtesy of the torturers themselves–a "2 for the price of 1" fo...
Plotting Pre-emptive Strikes
JAMES BUNN
As a teacher of literature I am struck by the dearth of literary, historical or philosophical works that celebrate or even sanction pre-emptive strikes. Most great plots in history are scripted in moral favor of the people who have resisted invading or occupying f...
Should Rush Limbaugh Do Time?
SAUL LANDAU
Was Rush Limbaugh high when he said, "There’s nothing good about drug use…It destroys individuals… families… societies, some might say this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs...
An Uncertain Peace in Bolivia
BENJAMIN DANGL And KATHRYN LEDEBUR
Bolivia’s conflicts regarding the proposal to export the nation’s gas to the US through a Chilean port proved to be the spark that fueled a much larger fire of national discontent. Arising from the din of the Gas War were demands for clarity in coca er...
Tractatus Ridiculous
ADAM ENGEL
Cheerfulness 1.0 Since Consumer Culture has sucked the marrow of every conceivable pleasure, from eating to fucking to watching the sun rise (without Claritin, thank you), there’s nothing left to do but – smile. Smile though you’re heart i...
Saving the Army of Peace
THOMAS J. NAGY
[This is the text of a speech at the Gandhi Peace Festival. It is dedicated to the memory of George Weber, A Canadian member of the Christian Peacemaker Team. Mr. Weber died in Iraq protecting innocent children from the curse of invasion and bombs.] It is v...
Evil Acts and Evil Actors
DIANE CHRISTIAN
What is the difference between evil acts and evil actors? An act is an action, an actor an agent. Does evil come from acts or from agency? Both, you might say. Evil acts are evil and evil humans do evil acts. Can evil humans do good acts? Can evil acts do good? Ho...
Palestinian Terrorism, Morality and Germany
TED HONDERICH
The question ‘Is there a right to terrorism?’ is obviously not about whether there is a legal right, a right in national or international law. It must be the question of whether there is a moral right. I take it in that way. My answer depends at...
Outsourcing US Guided Missile Technology
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Magnequench is an Indianapolis-based company. It specializes in the obscure field of sintered magnetics. Essentially, it makes tiny, high-tech magnets from rare-earth minerals ground down into a fine powder. The magnets are highly prized by electronics and aviatio...
Hitler’s Ghost Haunts America
JOHN STANTON
Here it is 2003, and the ghost of the notorious Nazi Adolph Hitler haunts America. He’s in the White House in Washington, DC and the governor’s mansion in Sacramento, California. He roams the halls of the George C. Marshall Space Flight C...
Lessons from the Imperial Adventure in Iraq
MUQTEDAR KHAN
American foreign policy and its global concerns have been central to the emergence of the world’s present multilateral order. However, American foreign policy has now become of concern to the global order. America according to the new Bush doctrine is abdica...
Killing Endangered Species for Profit
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell, 1984 The only thing between a people living in a country governed by George W. Bush and contentment is a lobotomy. Words have lost all m...
War of the Words
MICKEY Z.
"In a Knight Ridder poll, 44 percent of Americans reported that either ‘most’ or ‘some’ of the Sept. 11 hijackers were Iraqi citizens. The answer is zero." (Christian Science Monitor, March 13, 2003) ...