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Archives from October 2003
Iraq War Memories are Made of Lies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"Sweet, sweet, the mem’ries you gave to me", warbled Dean Martin in — oh dear me — 1955 (although the song stuck around for years, and pleasant background schmaltz it was, too). But memories tend to be short and some are far from sweet....
Legal Globalization
NOAH LEAVITT
What would happen if American lawyers began to cite decisions from courts in other countries, and from international courts? Would it enhance our judicial system–or bring chaos? Even asking this question makes many lawyers nervous. After all, many hav...
Israel’s Attack on the Liberty, Revisited
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
[This is an excerpt from CounterPunch's hot new book, The Politics of Anti-Semitism...
Cover Up of the Attack on the Liberty
SARAH WEIR
A new report released on Capitol Hill today by former officials from the highest level of the American military and government reveals that Israel "committed acts of murder against American serviceman and an act of war against the United States" when it ...
Americans and the Middle East
MOHAMMED HAKKI
During the presidential contest between Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr, a phrase was coined that became the most-quoted rallying cry of all election campaigns since; "It’s the economy, stupid." Something very similar is happening between America a...
the Demographics of American Jews
LENNI BRENNER
A friend once got a bit of a reputation by pointing out that "you don’t need the weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing." But you do need a demographer to know which way the Jews are going. Some readers will recall the journalistic...
Bush is the Button
DAVID KRIEGER
Recently the number of deaths of US soldiers in Iraq surpassed one hundred since Mr. Bush dressed up like a soldier and announced the end of combat operations in Iraq on May 1, 2003. And yet no weapons of mass destruction, the purported reason for the war in Iraq,...
Ashcroft’s War on Greenpeace
KURT NIMMO
Imagine: one of the members of your peace group is arrested for blocking a parking lot driveway at a federal building. He or she may have or may not have blocked the driveway intentionally; regardless, the police arrest the person. There’s a court appearance...
Northern Ireland
HARRY BROWNE
At the beginning of this week the world was hailing an unlikely breakthrough in Northern Ireland. Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly would go ahead, albeit six months late, and the talks between the Ulster Unionist Party and Sinn Fein had resulted in extra...
Criticizing Zionism is Forbidden
KURT NIMMO
It’s okay to call Muslims worshippers of Satan. That’s essentially what far right Armageddon happy ...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
WILLIAM BLUM
On October 9, 2003 a debate was held at venerable Trinity College in Dublin. Organized by the University Philosophical Society, the proposition to be debated was: "America’s foreign policy does more harm than good." Supporting the propositio...
A Memo
STEW ALBERT
Rummy’s ramblings in a leaked memo of a drowning man in a sea of blood who doesn’t know if he’s sinking or swimming he keeps killing and spending but new enemies keep coming at bargain prices it’s ju...
Ruthlessness
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"Dhuluaya, Iraq…US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment of farmers wh...
the Future of the Anti-War Movement
ALAN MAASS
October 25 marks the first national mobilization of the antiwar movement since the invasion of Iraq began. The demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco come after the systematic lies of the Bush administration have been exposed–and with the occup...
A General Theory of Theology
DAVID LINDORFF
God. You just gotta love him, you know? I mean, what if U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin is right and God did keep those chads hanging, and did put George Bush–and all those other presidents numbered 1-42–in the White House? Wow! ...
Holding Leaders Accountable for Lies
RAY McGOVERN
While the pot continues to boil in Washington and London over the manipulated evidence used to ”justify” attacking Iraq, an equally passionate debate has been taking place in Australia, where former Australian intelligence analyst Andrew Wilkie resigne...
An Interview with Tariq Ali
ANTHONY ARNOVE
Tariq Ali is a veteran political activist since the 1960s. He is a filmmaker, novelist and author of numerous books, including ...
Legislators and Women’s Bodies
ELAINE CASSEL
In one day, the federal government and the state of Florida stepped in to control the physical autonomy of a woman’s body. In Washington, the Senate passed to so-called "partial birth abortion" ban, a gruesomely named procedure for an equall...
Religious Insanity Runs Rampant
WAYNE MADSEN
Next year, the US Supreme Court has it in its power to strike a blow for religious tolerance. It will decide if the phrase "One Nation, Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the constitutionally-mandated separation between church and state. Eve...
There is No Civilizing the Death Penalty
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
"Hanging was the worst use a man could be put to." Sir Henry Wotton, The Disparity Between Buckingham and Essex The death penalty has once again made news. October 10 the European Union marked the first World D...
The New Morality of Capitalism
BILL GLAHN
"You’re not going to believe what I saw on TV this morning!" I had called my wife from the road while on a business trip and these were the first words out of her mouth. I could tell she was pissed. Not just a little pissed. Her voice was trembling...
The Beilin Agreement
URI AVNERY
The Beilin-Abed-Rabbo agreement is the latest hit on the Middle Eastern market. This week I made a short visit to Germany, where a book of mine has come out, and was asked about it at every event. At my meetings with President Johannes Rau and Foreign Minis...
The Fundamentalist General
ROBERT JENSEN
"I am not anti-Islam or any other religion." "I support the free exercise of all religions." "For those who have been offended by my statements, I offer a sincere apology." Those were Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin’s respon...
On the Bicentennial of the Hanging of Thomas Russell
PETER LINEBAUGH
A large crowd gathered at Downpatrick, co. Down, Ireland, for the hanging of Thomas Russell on the morning of 21 October 1803 two hundred years ago. A makeshift scaffold of planks over a couple of barrels and a cross beam above them to attach the rope served the p...
A Human Chain for Peace in Ann Arbor
ALAN HABER
The "Human Chain for Peace" had a manifestation in Ann Arbor on Sunday, October 19. Clusters of people linked along the way at the Islamic Center and the Jewish Center, on Stone School Road, Plymouth Road, Broadway and the Bridge, Packard , Ferdon and St...
Fatal Vision
BRIDGET GIBSON
Hard as it is for all of us to confront, the loss of life in Iraq must be looked at in current and historical ways. Comparing our current human loss with past losses is our only measuring stick. During the two-year period of 1963 and 1964 in Vietnam the Uni...
War Dispatch from the NYT
DAVE LINDORFF
"It seemed a small miracle that no one was killed or even wounded here," wrote reporter Ian Fisher in a Monday report in the New York Times on Sunday’s stunning attack by Iraqi guerrillas on a U.S. military convoy in Falluja, a city west of Baghdad...
Bremer is Deaf to History
WILLIAM S. LIND
Having pushed Iraq’s Sunnis into waging guerrilla war by effectively disenfranchising them when we outlawed the Baath Party, we now seem intent on picking quarrels with Iraq’s two other main groups, the Kurds and the Shi’ites. Desperate for troop...
Democrats Seek to Disappear Chomsky & Nader
MARK HAND
About two weeks ago, I reviewed Diana Johnstone’s Fools’ Crusade, an excellent ...
God’s General Unmuzzled
ELAINE CASSEL
The liberal media is in a furor over remarks by Lt. Gen. William "Jerry Boykin," recently made undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Over the past couple of years, Boykin, a self-described "born-again" Christian, has promoted "...
Peaceful World
JOHN And ELAINE MELLENCAMP
As the echo of the war drums fades away and the angry masses calling for blood slowly disperse, we, as a nation must now confront the truth. We face the unpleasant reality of an uncertain future, compromised safety, a failing economy, and the question of how a soc...
Arnie, Enron and Bush Maul California
CHRIS FLOYD
The hackneyed phrase "political circus" came vividly to life on the shores of the Pacific this month. The national media, hardly sober and substantive in the best of times, was postively drunk with tabloid glee over two lurid spectacles whose simultaneou...
an Interview with Michael Hudson on Chile
STANDARD SCHAEFER
In acknowledging the recent thirtieth anniversary of the US-sponsored coup that brought to General Augosto Pinochet to power in Chile, a number of articles and opinion pieces have appeared. The Nation recently cast the incident in somewhat sentimental terms. Such ...
US Missiles for Israeli Nukes?
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The United States apparently has fitted out the Harpoon missiles it previously supplied Israel to accommodate nuclear warheads. These missiles are carried on three German-built submarines, making a reality of Israel’s grandiose plan for a nuclear-triad force...
Bolivian Government Falling Apart
BENJAMIN DANGL
After a more than a month of intense protests against the exportation of Bolivia’s gas to the US through a Chilean port, many protesting sectors are focusing their demands solely on the resignation of their president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada. Bolivi...
The Cancer of Sprawl
DENISE LOW
I teach at a Native American university next to a modern battleground. The fight is over a highway proposed through wetlands. In the news media, this is reduced to the frontier model of pioneers — business interests — versus Indians. Other serio...
Shock Therapy and the Israeli Scenario
KURT NIMMO
"Israel has been urging America to invade Syria, but America seems to be reluctant. So, in order to force the hands of America, Israel is going to invade Syria," Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told the official Bernama news agency recently. &q...
Israel, Syria and Stage Four in the Terror War
GARY LEUPP
"I made it very clear to the prime minister, like I have consistently done, that Israel’s got a right to defend herself, that Israel must not feel constrained in defending the homeland." President Bush, summarizing his conversation...
Clintonomics, the Hollow Booom
ROBERT POLLIN
[Editors' note: The following essay is excerpted from economist ROBERT POLLIN's explosive new book, ...
Bush, Electoral Politics and Cuba’s "Illicit Sex Trade"
NELSON P. VALDES
Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Thomas Cooper On October 10, 2003 President George Bush spoke to about 100 rightwing Cuban exiles at the Rose Garden. There he stated his commitment to bringing about "regime ...
Bush in Asia
JOHN GERSHMAN
Most notable, perhaps, is APEC’s transformation. Founded by dozen countries in 1989, it has developed into a forum of twenty-one countries that addresses economic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. This diverse group includes the U.S., Canada, China, Taiwan ...
Al Franken and Al-Shifa
TOM GORMAN
In a well-publicized flap at the Los Angeles BookExpo last May, satirist Al Franken accused Bill O’Reilly of lying about, among other things, the tabloid show Inside Edition–which O’Reilly hosted before moving to Fox News–winning Peabody aw...
California Dreamin’ Got Lost Along the Way
SAUL LANDAU
On the day that three more US soldiers died in Iraq, Californians elected a narcissist governor in a bizarre recall election. As Der Gropenfuhrer** heads for Sacramento, millions of poor people believe that Arnold will magically terminate the newly imposed and hat...
The Politics of Bob Dylan
RON JACOBS
Let me begin this commentary by stating clearly that I am a Dylan freak. I’m not going to go dig in his garbage like some others so identified have, nor am I going to assign any supernatural aspects to the man and his work. After all, he is a human, not a go...
The California Recall
BRUCE ANDERSON
As predicted, the duopoly and their media stenographers at corporate headquarters are demanding that recall elections a lot harder to qualify for the ballot. "We just can’t allow voters to monkeywrench things like this," wail the media and the big ...
a Review of Garcia Marquez’s Living to Tell the Tale
FIDEL CASTRO
Gabo (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) has confessed that it is still on his conscience that he initiated me into what I still possess to this day, "an addiction to easy-to-read bestsellers as a method of purification from official documents". To which I must add...
Domestic Terror Warning
MICKEY Z.
There’s an unrepentant religious fanatic on the loose…a man who believes, "The Antichrist is probably a Jew alive in Israel today." This man (we’ll call him MG for now) is a wealthy fundamentalist who preaches, "Communism was the b...
Death Threats in Berkeley
ALISON WEIR
Left on our office voicemail at 2 a.m. on Oct. 3, 2003: "Hi. I heard your speech today in UC Berkeley; the debate. I’m telling you this right now. On Monday, at 2 PM, you better not be in your office. Because me and my buddies, who were trained i...
I Hope My Corpse Gives You the Plague
ADAM ENGEL
"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask not what you can do cause you’ve probably already done it your country thanks you very much. Ask nothing, and if you’re lucky you shall receive nothing worse than nothing." Well, why ...
Public Propaganda and the Iraq War
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It was a tiny Reuters’ news item last week but there was a lot more to it than a first glance might reveal. "The administration arranged for some 75 House members and 25 senators to visit Iraq in recent weeks. Most returned supporting Bush’s $87 b...