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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...