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Archives from November 2003
Wag the Turkey
WAYNE MADSEN
See: Madsen’s follow-up: Wagging the Media Yes folks, we are now all bit players in a real-life version of the movie "Wag the Dog." President Bush and his GOP advisers are ecstatic that the president made a ...
The Story of the Most Important Pakistan Army General in His Own Words
SOUTH ASIA TRIBUNE
WASHINGTON. This is not the untold, but the partially told, story of a Pakistani Army General, probably the most important Pakistan Army General for the United States, after General Musharraf himself. This General commands the 11th Corps, the Pakista...
Why I Hate Thanksgiving
MITCHEL COHEN
With much material contributed by Peter Linebaugh and others whose names have over the years been lost.–MC The year was 1492. The Taino-Arawak people of the Bahamas discovered Christopher Columbus on their beach. Historian Howard Zinn tells us ...
An Account of One Soldier’s War
JACK WILSON The Buffalo Report
The Buffalo Report Editor’s Note: I never met Jack Wilson, but I know what he looks like. He’s th...
In the Shadows of the School of the Americas
STEFAN WRAY
While 10,000 gathered in Columbus, Georgia, in November, outside the gates of Fort Benning to demand the closure of the Army’s School of the Americas — now officially renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation — people join...
Food as Corporate WMD
AL KREBS
The Agribusiness Examiner Food, next to life itself, has become our greatest common denominator. Its availability, quality, price, its reflection of the culture it feeds and its moral and religious significance make it quite literally history’s “staff o...
An Account of One Soldier’s War
JACK WILSON The Buffalo Report
The Buffalo Report Editor’s Note: I never met Jack Wilson, but I know what he looks like. He’s th...
Gays Under the Occupation
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. The police officer shoved the Palestinian into the patrol car. "This time," he said, "we are going to take care of you; I will personally make sure that you are sent back to where you came from." For Fuad Moussa, a 27-y...
Weeding Out the Small Farmer
JIM SCHARPLAZ Prairie Writer's Circle
Last summer, a field by my house was planted to soybeans. Walking past early in the growing season, I noticed that the field was completely free of weeds. The plant population had been reduced to the simplest possible — only soybeans grew there. These were genetical...
Miami Heat
DAVID ORR
I got back from Miami on Sunday. It was a different scene than Seattle, although the tear gas was just as real. The cops were much more aggressive and their tactics were clearly designed to create whatever pretext they felt they needed to bash, shoot, spray, threa...
Militarization in Miami
The Time Of The Main Demonstrations On Thursday, The Police Couldn't Hold Themselves Back.
In different circumstances, it would have been funny to see the police outnumbering the direct action protesters, or the comically attired "undercover" agents who were a bit too well built to credibly seem part of the ranks of the slight direct action pr...
Anarchists on the Beach
TOM CRUMPACKER
In the long media buildup to the November FTAA negotiations, we Miamians were often told that of the tens of thousands of outside protesters who would be coming to our city, 90% would be decent citizens who were exercising their rights of speech and assembly,...
London and Miami, Cops in Two Cities
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The climax of the big demonstrations against President Bush on his recent London jaunt was the toppling of a papier mache statue of the commander in chief, a reprise on the carefully staged pulling down of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad earlier this year. If tho...
Amnesty International, the Case of a Rape Foretold
PAUL De ROOIJ
Amnesty International is primarily motivated not by human rights but by publicity. Second comes money. Third comes getting more members. Fourth, internal turf battles. And then finally, human rights, genuine human rights concerns. – ...
Perle’s Confession
STEW ALBERT
Why would Richard Perle spill the neo-con’s beans and acknowledge that the US invasion of Iraq was against international law? Perhaps to make official and legitimate the Bush administration’s private principle that it is above any law written by a huma...
Hotied and Abused at Fort Benning
KATHY KELLY
On Sunday, November 23, I took part in a nonviolent civil disobedience action at Fort Benning, GA, to protest the U.S. Army´s School of the Americas (SOA, now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation — WHISC) Shortly afte...
an Interview with Michael Yates
DEREK SEIDMAN
Derek Seidman, an editor of Left Hook, interviewed Michael Yates, author of the new book ...
Media and War, Bringing It All Back Home
BRUCE JACKSON
(Keynote address at the "Media and War" symposium, University at Buffalo, 17-18 November, 2003) Definitions I want to take a moment to consider the two words the pairing of which occasions this symposium: war and media. "War&quo...
Of Warriors and Liberators
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"Our troops are warriors and liberators." US President George W. Bush, 11 November 2003 Warriors and liberators are not one. Forcing and freeing are different acts. The problem is time-you can’t do war and freed...
Western Powers Redefine Democracy
LINDA S. HEARD
Those halcyon days when "democracy" really meant "for the people, by the people" are tragically over in countries which purport to expound this ancient method of governance. In its place comes a system which spies on, categorises, labels and re...
Miami’s Trade Troubles
MARK ENGLER
Jeb Bush wanted a win in Miami, and he got one, so the White House says. Any honest observer, however, knows that the negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) failed before they ever began. Almost a week before the summit, trade officials...
Ashcroft’s Cointelpro
DAVID LINDORFF
Disclosure of a confidential memorandum sent by the FBI to local police disclosing a massive program of infiltration and surveillance of lawful anti-war and anti-WTO protest movements confirms what most progressives and leftists in the U.S. knew already–that...
Gulag Americana
ELAINE CASSEL
The November 22 Washington Post reported an alarming story about a Virginia resident and American citizen, 22 year-old Ahmed Abu Ali. In June, as he was preparing to return home to Falls Church from Saudi Arabia where he is a student. He was detained by Saudi Arab...
Rupert Murdoch, Global Tyrant
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
LONDON. This city is now recovering from the November visit of a global tyrant, on whose rampages the sun never sets. His name is not George Bush but Rupert Murdoch. Bush, acknowledged as their legitimately elected leader by at least some of his fell...
Iraq Now
RON JACOBS
Great news!! The Iraqis will be running their own country by June 2004. Once again, the mission will be accomplished. It must be time to celebrate. George Bush can be elected president and continue his holy mission to make the world a safer place. Yay! As the sayi...