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Archives from October 2003
Public Propaganda and the Iraq War
JOANNE MARINER
At ceremonies two years ago in honor of Earth Day, President George Bush stood beneath a giant sequoia and called for "a new environmentalism for the 21st century." As defined by his administration, this new environmentalism prefers market-based incentiv...
Bolivia in Turmoil
NEWTON GARVER
La Paz. I arrived in La Paz on Saturday October 11, just in time to witness the showdown between the campesinos and the government. These days have been, as Dickens famously wrote of the French Revolution, the best of times and the worst of times. I am writ...
The Ordeal of the Lockheed 52
BEN TERRALL
Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest and most profitable arms manufacturer, has been turned back in its attempt to squeeze $15,000 in "restitution" from peaceful protestors. On April 22, 2003, fifty-two demonstrators were arrested for e...
Perception Control and the Stage Management of War
STAN GOFF
What do Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Caraccilo and CIA Director George Tenet now have in common? Answer: They lied for the same bosses for the same reasons in the same war. Second Answer: They have both been reduced from professionals to tools by ...
Michael Moore Proclaims Mumia "Did It"
DAVE LINDORFF
Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker ("Bowling for Columbine") and general muckraker, has done it again. A few weeks back, while Gen. (ret.) Wesley Clark was still holed up at his Arkansas headquarters ostentatiously mulling whether ...
First Syria, Then Iran
RON JACOBS
The news is not good. Three American security guards blown up in Gaza. Richard Perle stating that the Pentagon could easily commit troops to an attack on Syria because Syria is "militarily weak." Meanwhile, Jack Straw (a misnomer if there ever was o...
Grocery Unions Under Attack
STANDARD SCHAEFER
The grocery store strike in Los Angeles County is only a harbinger of things to come. There are at least two strikes in LA for which healthcare is the key issue, and there are many smaller worker struggles in which the price of healthcare is central. The groc...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
LENNI BRENNER
The best argument for capital punishment is that nothing beats the certainty of being hung in the morning for focusing the mind. But I can say that when you’ve just been sentenced to one to 10 years in the California state pen, you’re only thinking abo...
The US Press and Israel
NORMAN SOLOMON
Midway through this month, a Wall Street Journal headline captured the flimflam spirit that infuses so much of what passes for mass communications these days: "Despite Slump, Students Flock to Ad Schools." Many young people can recognize a growth industr...
The Top 10 Most Overrated Athletes of All Time
RUSH LIMBAUGH (as Told To Dennis Hans)
Note from Dennis Hans: I’d like to wish the Rushman well as he attempts to kick his addiction to painkillers. The following article is based on an imaginary conversation Rush and I had two weeks before he publicly acknowledged his problem. Without further adieu, her...
"Getting Better" in Iraq
GARY LEUPP
"The situation is improving on a daily basis inside Iraq. People are freer, the security situation is getting better, the infrastructure is getting better, the schools are opening, the hospitals are being modernized." George W. Bush, ...
Bush Gunning for Regime Change in Cuba
MARJORIE COHN
In a brazen move to solidify his electoral support among Cuban-Americans in Florida, George W. Bush is gunning for another "regime change." Last week, Bush announced the formation of a commission to "plan" for a Cuban change in government. ...
The General and the Governor
SUNIL K. SHARMA And JOSH FRANK
Enthusiastic support for front-running Democratic presidential contenders Wesley Clark and Howard Dean from liberals and some progressives reveals the dismal state of oppositional politics in America. Decades of unremitting right wing assaults on every sphe...
How GIs in Iraq are Used to Spread Bush Propaganda
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In his book ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’, William Brinkley described the hilarious adventures of a US Navy public relations unit in the Pacific towards the end of the Second World War. The unit was led (if one can use the word) by Lt-Commander Clint...
"Like Animals They Kill
FORREST HYLTON
"Like animals they kill us. They come to surround us at us with planes and helicopters and tanks, not even animals are killed like this, there are children here yet they’re entering people’s houses, to look for leaders. Here’s t...
Lessons of the October War
AHMAD FARUQUI
On the 10th of Ramadan (October 6), Egypt and Syria launched Operation Badr against Israeli forces in the Sinai and the Golan Heights. The H-Hour [the hour of attack] began 14:05 with a vigorous attack by the Egyptian and Syrian air forces on Israeli air bases and...
Three Days as a Living Shield
URI AVNERY
The most dramatic moment arrived in the evening after Yom Kippur. We were sitting in the courtyard of Arafat’s Mukat’ah (compound); a group of Israeli peace activists and Palestinian friends, senior Palestinian Authority officials. A pleasant mi...
"Remember Orr!"
PETER LINEBAUGH
"I am no traitor! I die a persecuted man for a persecuted country." It is the anniversary of the hanging of William Orr, 14 October 1797. "Country" can have two meanings, the ‘imagined’ nation or the rural vicinity. William Orr, a p...
CAFTA Thumbscrews
TONI SOLO
With the Cancun trade talks buried, the United States and the European Union are busy working out preferential bilateral and regional trade deals. These deals will pre-empt moves by developing countries to get some justice out of the World Trade Organization and i...
US Troops Bulldoze Crops
PATRICK COCKBURN
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 who do not give inf...
One Person Can Make a Difference
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
Our most recent open appeal to you, "Now It’s Your Turn," was made on August 22, 2003. On that same day, it turns out, former Australian intelligence analyst Andrew Wilkie testified before a parliamentary committee examining the justification given...
Talking Turkey About Iraq
DAVE LINDORFF
Want another sign of how bad things are getting for the U.S. occupation in Iraq? Let’s talk Turkey, then. Just for a moment, let’s imagine a hypothetical situation. Say the U.S. was occupying Syria, and needed some help with the occupatio...
What the "Fighting Sioux" Tells Us About White People
ROBERT JENSEN
(A talk by ROBERT JENSEN at the University of North Dakota on October 10, 2003, sponsored by BRIDGES, a student group...
The Disgrace That Is Guantanamo
ELAINE CASSEL
I started to write about the disgraceful situation in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Friday morning. I had read about the International Red Cross’s condemnation of the Bush administration’s continued detention of 650 or more prisoners, some of them juveniles, ca...
Qibya and Sharon, 50 Years Later
ERIC RIDENOUR
October 14, 2003 marks the fifty year anniversary of a virtually forgotten massacre. In the Jordanian village of Qibya, a total of 69 civilians were murdered in a six hour killing spree, which almost totally destroyed the town. The attackers blew up about forty ho...
The Guatemalan Elections
LISA VISCIDI
On Nov 9, 2003, Guatemalans will cast their votes for President, congressmen and local municipal leaders. A second round involving the two strongest presidential contenders will follow on Dec 28 if no candidate wins an absolute majority. The electoral environment ...
Grits Ain’t Groceries
LEE BALLINGER
All the major supermarket chains are set to go on strike in Southern California tomorrow. I was in the Pavilions across the street from my house today. A lot of the customers were talking to the employees about the strike, offering sympathy, stocking up so they w...
US Economic Space and New Zealand
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It wasn’t the most earth-shaking event of recent times but was certainly a step in the direction of improving trade, trust and cooperation in at least part of Eurasia. The announcement that Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine are to form a Common Economi...
Traveling to Cuba
NELSON P. VALDES
Do you want to travel to Cuba but believe you are not allowed by the U.S. government? Well, do not despair! The official position of the United States government is that you CAN travel to the island but you cannot spend any money while you are there. ...
Scorsese’s Blues, 2
WILLIAM BENZON
"No one but you could gain admittance through this door, since this door was intended only for you." Franz Kafka, "Before the Law" With "Red, White, and Blues," in which Mike Figgis tells the s...
Facing a McBlimp Attack
WALT BRASCH
Beneath a clear blue Fall afternoon, I was lying face down on the parkway outside city hall. On top of me, cursing and screaming they’ll never take us alive, was Marshbaum. The last thing I had remembered before being hit with a flying tackle was lookin...
Not All Italians Love Columbus
MICKEY Z.
America is a nation built upon myth (starting with its "discovery") but the greatest myth of all is that the land of the free is gonna last forever. But, alas, my History Channel-watching brethren, all genocidal empires must fall. Just ask Italy. On...
The Eyes of Lora Shelley
ADAM ENGEL
Lora Shelley’s nudes, like Lucien Freud’s, are more than nude, they are naked. Her subjects are often caught in Maurice Sendack-like fairy-tale-fun-macabre dreams "It makes a lot of sense to me," says Lora Shelley of the ‘Freud m...
CIA FU!
BEN TRIPP
I may be terribly old-fashioned–I still wear a waistcoat and spats- but I’ve always lived by the simple dictum "don’t dick with the Central Intelligence Agency". This is the agency, let us recall, that parts the hemispheres of people&#...
Why Won’t the Dalai Lama Pick a Fight?
ADRIAN ZUPP
The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader in exile and the man believed by Buddhists to be the 14th incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, does not see himself as a miracle worker. "I’m a skeptic," he said at his recent sold-ou...
Kay’s Misleading Report
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Bush seized upon the report of David Kay, head of the Iraq Survey Group, to assert that Kay’s interim conclusions showed that Saddam had been in hot pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, as demonstrated in particular by the "deadly vial". ...
Cuba and the "Necessary Viciousness" of the Bushites
KURT NIMMO
In order to please crucial "swing" voters in his brother’s state, Junior has ratcheted up the anti-Castro rhetoric. Bush has not threatened Castro outright — not yet anyway — but instead has said he will increase "restricti...
On Charles Burnett’s "Warming By the Devil’s Fire"
BRUCE JACKSON
Charles Burnett’s "Warming By the Devil’s Fire" is one of the three historical episodes in Martin Scorsese’s seven-segment PBS series on the blues.* The other two were Scorsese’s "Feel Like Going Home" and Wim Wenders &q...
The Strange and Tragic Case of Sherman Martin Austin
MERLIN CHOWKWANYUN
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, Sherman Martin Austin began serving one year in federal prison under terms of a plea agreement for which he was sentenced on Aug. 4, 2003. Austin, the 20-year-old African-American founder and former webmaster of the anarch...
Allende Still Lives!
MARIA TRIGONA And FABIAN PIERUCCI
"Long live Chile! Long live the people! Long live the workers! These are my last words and I am certain that my sacrifice will not be in vain. I am certain that at least it will be a moral example that will punish the felony, cowardice, and ...
Pumping Empire and Losing Job Muscles
SAUL LANDAU
"I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the names of our sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." George W. Bush at the Dedication Ceremony for the George Bush Center fo...
States of Corruption
LARRY TUTTLE
In August, two EPA bureaucrats finalized air quality roll backs for power plants, promptly abandoned their government jobs, and immediately found lucrative positions in the power-generating industry. Down the street, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton’s top ...
The War on Human Rights in Colombia
PHIILIP CRYAN
Bogota. I. When Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez accused human rights organizations of "serving terrorism" in September 8 and 11 speeches, the international response was, thankfully, strong. The United Nations, European Union, various...
Failing America
WILLIAM A. COOK
Have the American people capitulated to the manufactured fear fabricated by Bush, Ashcroft and Ridge? Are we the sheep Churchill mocked when he said, "Sheep don’t need whipping"? Do we sit passively in front of our television sets listening to lie after l...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
CHRIS FLOYD
The defining issue of modernity is control of women’s fertility. It is this question — more than religion, politics, economics or the "clash of civilizations" — that forms the deepest dividing line in the world today. It is a line that ...
Schwarzenegger and the Lottery Society
JOHN CHUCKMAN
California has just elected an adolescent fantasy as governor. One imagines fans, used to paying for Schwarzenegger’s image projected on a screen, leaving rallies feeling blessed at having glimpsed him in the flesh–dyed hair, induced tan, eyebrow-waxin...
Trashing Free Software
TONI SOLO
"In a world without fences who needs gates?" The question on the T-shirt flags the developing struggle between Microsoft, led by Bill Gates, and its rapidly growing open source software rivals. The arguments around patents, copyright and software mark an...
Bombing Syria
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Israel made a wise decision when it decided to bomb Syria on October 5th. As a result, the Palestinian terrorist organization Islamic Jihad has called a halt to all suicide bombings. The parents of the 29-year-old female suicide bomber who blew herself up inside M...
Seeing the Iraqi People
RAMZI KYSIA
It would be impossible for me to overstate or exaggerate the devastation that has been imposed on Iraq, and the most troubling, consistent, and unacceptable reason for this devastation has been the failure of the international community, over long decades, to see ...
President Scwarzenegger?
MARK HAND
Based on his win in Tuesday’s California governor recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger must now be considered the frontrunner to win the presidency in 2008. When his tenure in the White House ends in January 2009 after a second term in office, George W. Bu...