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Archives from November 2003
The Miami Model
JEREMY SCAHILL
Miami. We were loading our video equipment into the trunk of our car when a fleet of bicycle cops sped up and formed a semi-circle around us. The lead cop was none other than Miami Police Chief John Timoney. The former Police Commissioner of Philadelphia Ti...
The Words of War
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush’s malapropism (the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar) no longer makes me laugh. On November 2, Iraqis fired a surface to air missile into a US helicopter, killing 15 and wounding 21 servicemen. Other mili...
The Sixties’ Most Unforgiving Film
RON JACOBS
Of all the movies to represent the Sixties in the U.S., the John G. Avildsen-directed Joe has got to be the most unforgiving. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it goes like this. Joe, a loudmouthed working man played by Peter Boyle meets Bill Thompson, a Madison...
Voiding the Palestinians
M. SHAHID ALAM
"Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French." Gandhi [1] "Palestine will be as Jewish as England is English." Chaim Weizman [2] ...
Iraq War and Contempt for Democracy
NOAM CHOMSKY
Establishment critics of the war on Iraq restricted their comments regarding the attack to the administration arguments they took to be seriously intended: disarmament, deterrence, and links to terrorism. They scarcely made reference to liberation, democrat...
Moussaoui and the Hidden Detainees
JOANNE MARINER
The most important aspect of Zacarias Moussaoui’s prosecution may have little to do with Moussaoui himself. Although he is an admitted member of Al Qaeda, and the sole defendant being tried for the September 11 terrorist attacks, Moussaoui makes a puny ...
Las Adelitas 2003, Mexican-American Women in Iraq
JORGE MARISCAL
Just a few days after Veteran’s Day, Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Revolution. A commemoration of the 1910 uprising that overthrew a brutal dictatorship, November 20 reminds Mexican citizens of their revolutionary past. Among the legendary figures of tha...
Visions of Concrete
JULIANA FREDMAN
They offered the family a blank check to leave their home to the bulldozers. Muneera and Hani refused and now all they can see is concrete. They tell us the story in a lovely living room, insisting on serving us sweet tea despite their own Ramadan fast. The c...
Media Clash in Brazil
NORMAN SOLOMON
RIO DE JANEIRO. After a quarter-century of intensive grassroots organizing and a victorious presidential campaign a year ago, Brazilian social movements are in a strong position as they push the left-wing Workers Party government to fulfill its promises. Th...
An Open Letter to GIs in Iraq
STAN GOFF (US Army Retired)
Dear American serviceperson in Iraq, I am a retired veteran of the army, and my own son is among you, a paratrooper like I was. The changes that are happening to every one of you–some more extreme than others–are changes I know very well. So I’m g...
Ya’alon’s 70 Virgins
URI AVNERY
What has happened to the Chief-of-Staff, Lieutenant-General Moshe ("Bogie") Ya’alon? Until recently, he was the most aggressive hawk in the army, perhaps in the whole country. Suddenly he is almost turning into a dove. Has he had a di...
Bush Puts Out a Contract on the Spotted Owl
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Every summer for the past ten years young biologists head off into the forests of the Pacific Northwest to call spotted owls. Every year they get fewer and fewer responses. The spotted owl, which thrives only in the oldest of forests, is in a downward spiral towar...
Post-Machine Gun Tactics
WILLIAM S. LIND
Thirty years ago this month, I first went to the field with the United States Marine Corps. I was a new staffer for Senator Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio, and the Marines had invited me down for the "Company War" at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. Ea...
the Ben Artzi Verdict
ADAM KELLER
For an hour we sat in the overcrowded and badly ventilated courtroom of the Jaffa Military Court, listening to presiding judge, Colonel Avi Levi, reading out a long verdict–hard to understand as he was rushing through the document. The text gave different an...
Howard Dean’s Folly
State Rep. ERIK R. FLEMING The Black Commentator
Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, and the man who probably will be the Democratic nominee for the office of President of the United States, made a bold statement recently. He said, “White folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag de...
Logical Conclusions
CHRIS FLOYD
The President, speaking a day after attacks in Iraq killed at least 35 people, said such attacks should be seen as a sign of progress because they showed the desperation of those who oppose the U.S.-led occupation. "The more successful we are on ...
Owed to the Confederate Dead
DAVID VEST
Having destroyed all drafts of my only novel, I took a teaching position in Farmville, Virginia, renting a second story apartment across the street from the campus and with a view of the ubiquitous statue of the Confederate soldier. I could see him from the window...
Blue Light
JOHN HOLT
There are three of them standing alone out here looking like volcanoes that pushed up through the ground of the short grass prairie when no one was looking. Up this way by the Alberta border a hot wind shoves the browning grasses back and forth all day. Distant ye...
Bush’s Brand of Leadership
DAVE LINDORFF
One of the more amazing things to contemplate in this bizarre polity called the United States is that George Bush, probably the least engaged, most willfully ignorant, and most bungling and disastrously inept president the country has ever had, is still viewed by ...
Veterans for Peace Yanked from Veterans Day Parade
JACK McCARTHY
In his bland story on the annual downtown Veterans Day parade, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign War, Tallahassee Democrat/Knight Ridder reporter Gerald Ensley, strives for the local Mayberry touch. "On a warm November day, Tallahassee threw a Veterans ...
Is Anyone Telling the Truth in the Bush Administration?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Has Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez resigned yet? If not, why not? It is astonishing that he remains in his position as commander of occupation forces in Iraq. Why astonishing? Why resign? Because the Secretary of Defense of the United States of...
Does William Safire Need Mental Help?
MICKEY Z.
Read William Safire’s "On Language" column in the Sunday New York Times Magazine and, besides the fact that complaining about how humans speak is about as logical as pointing out that dolphins do not execute their swimming strokes perfectly, Safire...
George Foreman and John Carlos, a Tale of Two Survivors
DAVE ZIRIN
Over the last several weeks I have had the privilege of interviewing two icons of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, George Foreman and John Carlos. One boxer. One sprinter. Two strikingly different liv...
Confronting the Evangelical Imperialists
VIJAY PRASHAD
In mid-October, my email in-box began to receive forwards from Michael Bednar, a graduate student in the department of history at the University of Texas, Austin. The subject line suggested that it was an email joke: "Congress moves to regulate postcolonial s...
Homeland Security Goes Prime Time
RICHARD FORNO
For those who missed it, this season ABC is running a new prime-time drama on Thursday about the Homeland Security Department. The show is based on the concept of a special-operations team contained within DHS whose purpose is to respond to and preempt potential a...
Clintontime
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
To gauge the level of hatred entertained by liberals for the Bush administration take a look at the bestseller lists. Rubbing shoulders in the top tiers we find the liberal populists Michael Moore, Al Franken, Paul Krugman and Molly Ivins all pouring sarcastic reb...
Pandering to Anti-Castro Hardliners
TOM CRUMPACKER
A New York Times story on November 13 by Christopher Marquis is quite disheartening for those of us who still want to believe we live in a democracy rather than an oligarchy. The unconstitutional Cuba travel restrictions were first enacted into law in 2000 by Sena...
an Interview with Sam Smith, publisher of the Progressive Review
ADAM ENGEL
ENGEL: We’re constantly bombarded by Mainstream Media Polls that portray "The American People" as idiots. Each time I hear or read about one of those polls in which the "American People" (whoever or wherever they are) belie their alm...
Imagine
PATRICK W. GAVIN
Across the ocean, in a distant land, a prosperous and rich country existed, whose wealth was largely built on its great natural resources. Its goods were heavily desired in the world market. Since the country’s founding, however, this nation was taint...
Wanted
URI AVNERY
Immediately after leaving the army, Ariel Sharon created the Likud. It was 1973, when he realized that the army top brass would never tolerate his appointment as Chief-of-Staff. For the creation of the Likud, he had a simple recipe: to unify all the four fa...
Forty Years of Lies, the Warren Commission Revisited
JOHN CHUCKMAN
"If, as we are told, Oswald was the lone assassin, where is the issue of national security?" Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell’s penetrating question, one of sixteen he asked at the time of the Warren Commi...
Was Steve McNair’s Cousin Lynched?
EARNEST McBRIDE
JACKSON, Miss. The family and neighbors of Robert "Jose" McNair, 46, the first cousin of Tennessee Titan star quarterback Steve McNair, remain in shock after finding his lifeless body suspended from a tree. His feet were firmly on the ground in hi...
Jessice Lynch and Saving American Decency
DOUG GIEBEL
On the Sunday before Veteran’s Day, Matt Drudge devoted considerable air time to a vitriolic and unseemly assault on Jessica Lynch. Having already been injured by both enemy action and the Pentagon, it was probably inevitable the right wing neo-conservatives...
Hypocrisy
KAM ZARRABI
I have been a fan of Noam Chomsky ever since my interest in linguistics led me to his groundbreaking contributions as a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But my greatest admiration for him began in earnest after reading some of...
Osama Phones Home
ROBERT FISK
Osama bin Laden has an awful lot of friends in Saudi Arabia. In the mosque, among the disenchanted youth, among the security forces, even–and this is what the West declines to discuss–within the royal family. Saudi ambassadors routinely dismiss ...
The White House Attack on the Troops
DAVE LINDORFF
Veterans’ Day is traditionally a grand opportunity for members of the nation’s political class to wrap themselves in Old Glory and bask in the patriotic aura of soldiers from the last century’s wars. You probably won’t see our duty d...
Imperialism Starts at Home, an Interview with Stan Goff
DEREK SEIDMAN Left Hook
Stan Goff knows better than most people about what really goes on in the US military. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1996 after serving for 26 years, most of them with the Special Forces, Delta Force, and as a military instructor at West Point. In the process of his m...
The Supremes and Guantanamo
ELAINE CASSEL
On November 10, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear whether or not prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba may challenge the legality of their detentions as enemy combatants in U.S. courts. The Supreme Court has limited the appeal to that very specific and narrow issu...
The Invisible Man Resigns
DAN BACHER
Robert Hight, Director of the California Department of Fish and Game, sent his resignation letter to DFG staff last week after accepting his appointment as a judge by Gray Davis. His resignation–and tenure as DFG director–remain shrouded in mystery and...
George Bush, You Can Run But You Can Hide
DAVID KRIEGER
You can run, but you can’t hide from the mounting death toll of American soldiers you’ve placed in harm’s way. You can run, but you can’t hide from the innocent people, Americans and Iraqis, who have been killed and injured due to yo...
Honoring Real Vets; Remembering Real War
STAN GOFF
Those of us who are veterans and military family members, and I am both, have a special responsibility this Veterans Day. We need to honor our veterans without idealizing them, because idealizing does much to erase the reality that was (and is) our story. I...
Unsolicited Advice
Col. DAN SMITH (Ret.)
TO: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld CC: Gen. Dick Myers, Paul Wolfowitz, Gen. Pete Pace, Doug Feith FROM: Colonel Daniel Smith, USA (Ret.) Senior Fellow on Military Affairs Friends Committee on National Legislation SUBJECT: Your O...
Born on Veteran’s Day
JOHN ESKOW
I was born on November 11th, 1949–on Veterans’ Day–at a time when Veterans’ Day still had the power to haunt men’s eyes, and enchant children with displays of huge tanks and mounted guns, and–if this sounds impossible, remember,...
My Cambodian Moment on Iraq
Senator ERNEST "FRITZ" HOLLINGS
Floor Speech on the War in Iraq, Its Parallels to Vietnam and Congress’ Unwillingness to Pay for It, November 3, 2003 Mr. President, I come to acknowledge my "Cambodian moment" in the Iraq war. I refer to the Cambodian moment that Senator Ma...
Facility 1391, Israel’s Guantanamo
JONATHAN COOK
FACILITY 1391, a concrete fortress in central Israel on a rise overlooking a kibbutz, is almost obscured by high walls and fir trees. Two watchtowers give armed guards extensive views of surrounding fields. From the outside it looks like many other police stations...
The California Grocery Workers Strike
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
We are in the midst of the largest labor struggle since the UPS workers went on strike in 1997. In the late evening of October 11th a strike was called by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) against Vons and Pavilions (Safeway). Their "competitors&q...
Patriot Act Spawns Similar Laws Across the Globe
ELAINE CASSEL
Great Britain, Canada, Australia, South Africa, to name a few of our international "friends," have enacted versions of our post-September 11 laws that curtail civil liberties in the name of fighting "terror." The USA Patriot Act, the Homeland S...
Israel’s New War Machine Opens the Abyss
JAMES BROOKS
Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories passed through a profound transformation during the last several months. Through a series of policy changes and military orders, the West Bank "security fence" has gradually revealed itself to...
edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair
GARY LEUPP
The breaking story about efforts by Iraq’s Baathist regime to avoid U.S. invasion and occupation reveals a scandal greater than those which have preceded it: those involving lies about the war’s motives, vindictive treatment towards those telling the t...
Call Him Al
STEW ALBERT
Gore no bore declares that Bush has brought us to the doors of 1984. and failed to make us any safer in our beds. Clearly seeking to distinguish Dems from Republicans Al would make his gang the Party of 1983 al...