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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from November 2003
How We Denied Democracy to the Middle East
ROBERT FISK The Independent
The Brits created all those worthy sheikhdoms in the Gulf. Kuwait was our doing; Saudi Arabia was ultimately a joint Anglo-US project, the United Arab Emirates (formerly the Trucial State) etc. But when Iran decided in the 1950s that it preferred Mohammed Mossadeq’s...
Bush, Blood-thirsty Christians, Homophobes and People Who Don’t Use Their Blinkers
THOM RUTLEDGE
Okay, that’s it. I’ve had it. I have finally gotten old and tired enough to not worry so much about what everyone else in the whole damn world is going to think of me, so I can just begin to say exactly what I think without apologizing and without...
When Public Transit Gets Privatized
MARIA TOMCHICK
Here in the U.S., we live under the myth that mass transit should have to pay for itself, that it should exist without infusions of taxpayer money. The whole notion is absurd. Freeways and road improvements use up public funds, and the auto industry thrives on tax...
Training the New Iraqi Police
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
And everybody praised the Bush, Who this great fight did win. ‘But what good came of it at last?’ Quoth little Rummikin. ‘Why that I cannot tell’, said he; ‘But ’twas a famous victory.’...
Persecuting the Truth
TIM WISE
David Limbaugh, brother of Rush, has been making the rounds lately, promoting his new book, Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity. Therein, Limbaugh claims that the left, broadly defined, is doing everything possible to eliminate all mentio...
Israeli Roulette
URI AVNERY
In the Six-Day War, hundreds of Israeli soldiers were murdered while storming the Sinai desert, the West Bank and the Golan heights. In the Yom-Kippur War, more than 2000 Israeli soldiers were murdered in the defense of the conquered territories. In ...
Surely It Can’t Get Any Worse?
DAVID VEST
"Have you seen Dignity?" — Bob Dylan "Qui peut dire?" — Francoise Hardy These are the times that try most anything. You think it can’t get any worse, but somehow it always does...
Bush’s War on Non-Citizens
ELAINE CASSEL
With Enemy Aliens, David Cole offers us a compassionate and compelling book about the U.S. government’s discrimination against aliens since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Cole is a law professor at Georgetown University Law School and legal aff...
Cuba’s Self-Reliance
NELSON P. VALDES
On October 30, 2003 Enrique Iglesias, president of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), acknowledged the obvious at Georgetown University: Latin America is moving toward a "new paradigm" based on "what works." Translation: our neighbors t...
Raising JonBenet, a Review of Walter Davis’s Cowboy’s Sweetheart
ADAM ENGEL
We all remember the baby face that launched a thousand hard-ons (at least) the Winter of 1996-1997. She dressed like Mae West and moved like Josephine Baker and she was only six years old. Those who remember the commotion caused when the twelve-year-old Brook Shie...
Will the Real Ron Wyden Please Stand Up?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In these days of brand politics, all senators must have a motto. For Ron Wyden (D-OR) it’s the ecumenical slogan, "Standing up for ALL of Oregon." It’s right there at the top of his recent Press Release proudly proclaiming his and Sen. Diane ...
An Interview with George Foreman
DAVE ZIRIN Prince George's Post
George Foreman was born Jan. 10, 1949 in Marshall, Texas. He was the heavyweight boxing gold medallist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics–the Olympics made famous by Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ Black Power salute on the medal stand. A former world heavyweight ...
American Neocons and the Jerusalem Post
NORMAN MADARASZ
Prior to the attempt made on Paul Wolfowitz’s life in Baghdad on October 26, the deputy secretary of defense had already sat far more in the limelight than any of his predecessors. From Vanity Fair to PBS’s Charlie Rose, including a passing reference i...
FBI to Cryptome
ELAINE CASSEL
Cryptome is a web site dedicated to investigating and publishing accounts of government improprieties, particularly as they relate ...
Where This War is Headed
WILLIAM S. LIND
This week’s tragic shooting down of an Army Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, with the loss of 16 soldiers, may or may not point to a significant new development in the Iraq war. Helicopters proved highly vulnerable in Vietnam and in the Soviet war in Afghan...
The Anti-Empire Report
WILLIAM BLUM
When Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed of Malaysia recently declared that "Jews rule this world by proxy" and urged Muslim nations to unite to avoid being "defeated by a few million Jews," he was heavily criticized throughout the Western world fo...
From Occupation to Guerrilla War
DAVID LINDORFF
The Bush war plan has entered a new and much more dangerous phase. Before, it was all about refocusing Americans on terrorism and patriotism, in hopes of getting our minds off the dismal state of the economy and the massive transfer of wealth to the rich th...
War, Social Justice, Media & Democracy
NORMAN SOLOMON
Prepared text of speech at the Brazilian Social Forum November 8, 2003 Belo Horizonte, Brazil For me and the grassroots activists who I work with every day in the United States, many events have caused us to feel discouraged during the last few years. But I...
a Review of Stan Goff’s Full Spectrum Disorder
MARK HAND
Stan Goff is using his 26-year career in the U.S. Army as a sounding board for his communiqués on the necessity of forming vanguards to inspire socialist revolutions around the world. In his new book, "...
The Nuptials of Boykin and Wolfowitz
SAUL LANDAU
"This is a first," a colleague moaned, claiming that the country has fallen into the hands of a religious cult. "Look," he directed me, "at the crusade-like rhetoric emanating from high circles about the Iraq effort, while we get dosed wit...
Robert Zoellick and "Wise Blood"
TONI SOLO
It takes one bizarre fiction to understand another. Flannery O’Connor’s 1952 novel "...
An Inspector Calls
CHRIS FLOYD
This column owes a heartfelt apology to a top official of Bush Administration, whom we unjustly maligned some weeks ago. No doubt infected by the corrosive wave of cynical anti-Americanism now raging across an ungrateful world, we predicted that the report of Davi...
The Vietnam War Reconsidered
GABRIEL KOLKO
There is nothing happening today, either in regard to Iraq and weapons of mass destruction, Afghanistan, or elsewhere, that in principle did not also occur after 1950 under a succession of presidents–whether they were conservatives, liberals, or whatever des...
Rumsfeld’s New Model Army
CONN HALLINAN
War is the ultimate test of reality and illusion. On the eve of World War I, the French General Staff was convinced victory would go to the attacker, that massed soldiers marching together into battle could overcome technology with courage and elan. German ...
With a Peace Like This, Who Needs a War?
RON JACOBS
In what has to be a stunning blow to the forces in country, the deaths of at least 15 GIs in the November 2nd downing of a US Chinook helicopter may well mark a turning point in the US public’s perception of Washington’s little war in Asia. Add to this...
This is What They Did to Me
MAHER ARAR
I am here today to tell the people of Canada what has happened to me. There have been many allegations made about me in the media, all of them by people who refuse to be named or come forward. So before I tell you who I am and what happened to me, I will te...
Remilitarization and the Guatemalan Elections
SIMON HELWEG-LARSEN
These final months of 2003 carry a mood of both hope and fear in Guatemala. A profound remilitarization, building even since the inauguration of a post-war environment in 1996, has been both accentuated and accelerated on the path towards the November 9 elections....
The Iraq Trap
NORMAN SOLOMON
Media outlets are filled with bad news about Iraq. A theme is emerging: This administration doesn’t know how to run an occupation! Those who oppose President Bush may welcome the recent shift in the media climate. But when war-makers get frustrated, t...
Just a Match Away
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Sooner or later all big fires become political events. Even before becalmed Santa Ana winds and mountain sleet quenched the blazes in southern California, politicians from both parties raced to exploit the charred landscape for their own advantage–a k...
Zionism as Racist Ideology
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
During a presentation on the Palestinian-Israeli situation in 2001, an American-Israeli acquaintance of ours began with a typical attack on the Palestinians. Taking the overused line that "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity," h...
An Open Letter to John Ashcroft on Corporate Crime
RALPH NADER And LEE DRUTMAN
Dear Mr. Ashcroft: Recently, your Federal Bureau of Investigations released its annual “Crime in the United States” report, which pulls together comprehensive data on eight crime indexes: murder and manslaughter; forcible rape; robbery; aggravat...
Captives Behind Sharon’s Wall
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem As the government of the Jewish state forces the Palestinians in ghettos, history must be turning in its grave. Qalqiliya, a city of 45,000, has been surrounded by a concrete wall and only those who are granted permits by the Civil Administration ...
Saddam "Not Organizing" the Iraqi Resistance
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A senior Iraqi official said on Monday there was no truth in claims by the Pentagon that Saddam Hussein and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, one of his aides, were orchestrating anti-US resistance in Iraq. In an interview, the official–a veteran oppos...
A Draft in the Forecast?
DAVE LINDORFF
With winter is approaching, it appears the White House may start feeling a bit drafty. It’s not a matter of poor insulation, but rather the result of mounting evidence that the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld war plan in Iraq is not going well, and there may well need ...
Prisons as Mental Institutions
JOANNE MARINER
U.S. prisons and jails, packed with over two million inmates, hold many people that society would be wise to keep elsewhere. With state budgets bankrupted by the high costs of mass incarceration, the need to reconsider the draconian sentences meted out to nonviole...
Silencing The Reagans
JOSH FRANK
CBS chopped their plans of airing a Ronald Regan mini-series "The Reagans" this week, although their parent company Viacom plans to run the program on Showtime sometime next month instead. Conservative critics thought the show was a tasteless liberal sme...
Professor Watch List at the University of Texas
ROBERT JENSEN
I was happy to learn last week that a conservative student group at the University of Texas had published a "professor watch list" of instructors who "push an ideological viewpoint on their students through oftentimes subtle but sometimes abrasive m...
The Case of Maher Arar
ELAINE CASSEL
Tuesday night, I happened upon a special two-hour version of a Canadian news program, "As It Happens." I heard the voice of Canadian citizen, Maher Arar, 33, providing outrageous details of his capture by the US last fall and ...
Debating the New Unity Partnership
TOM WOODRUFF
It’s great to see that efforts to rebuild workers’ strength in America that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other unions are engaged in are provoking a much needed debate, including the recent article in CounterPunch by Joann Wypij...
When Opponents of Abortion Dream…
KARYN STRICKLER
Under Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, a woman’s decision to have an abortion in the first two trimesters of pregnancy is legal. In the case of late-term abortions, in the third trimester, or roughly after fetal via...
The Steady Theft of Our Time
NORMAN SOLOMON
One of the worst things about today’s ultramodern systems of communication is hiding in plain sight: They waste our time. Sure, gizmos like computers and cell phones and pagers can be real time-savers. But what’s less obvious is the great extent...
Resistance and Independence in Iraq
TARIQ ALI
Some weeks ago, Pentagon inmates were invited to a special in-house showing of an old movie. It was the Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo’s anti-colonial classic, initially banned in France. One assumes the purpose of the screening was purely educative. Th...
Chinook Down
RAY McGOVERN
The loss of 16 US troops and wounding of 20 others Sunday, when a US helicopter was downed by a missile in Iraq, brings to mind the fateful attack by Viet Cong guerrillas on US forces in Pleiku, Vietnam on February 7, 1965. The Johnson administration immedi...
When Did "Arab" Become a Dirty Word?
ROBERT FISK
Is "Palestinian" now just a dirty word? Or is "Arab" the dirty word? Let’s start with the late Edward Said, the brilliant and passionate Palestinian-American academic who wrote–among many other books–Orientalism, the ground-br...
Philadelphia’s Buggy Election
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s been a crazy election season, between the massively overcrowded and interminable Democratic presidential primary, and the California recall, so maybe it’s no surprise that another crazy campaign has been underway in Philadelphia. Here, incu...
an Interview with Noam Chomsky on Cuba
BERNIE DWYER
Havana, Cuba. Noam Chomsky was in Cuba to participate in the 3rd Latin American and Caribbean Social Sciences Conference (CLACSO) 27-31 October 2003, where he was interviewed there by BERNIE DWYER. –AC/JSC BERNIE DWYER: It’s really a pl...
Sarajevo Hands 2003
JANINE POMMY VEGA
(for Safet Zec) What can you show but my hands covering my face? Look at me How will I rebuild? In a wheelbarrow pushing along the child bleeding, then the old man, How will we heal? The old shoes, who wi...
The Bloodiest Day Yet for Americans in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Fallujah. In the deadliest single attack on the United States army since it invaded Iraq, guerrillas shot down a Chinook helicopter with a missile yesterday killing 15 and wounding 21 American servicemen. The US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, called th...
It’s an Ill Wind
BEN TRIPP
Like the zephyrs blowing through my underpants, there is a new breeze ruffling the assorted toupees and comb-overs in our nation’s capitol. It is the fresh wind of change, eddying through the pall over the Mall, bringing with it a faint fresh smell: the scen...
An Interview with John Carlos
DAVE ZIRIN
Thirty-five years ago, John Carlos became one half of perhaps the most famous (or infamous) moment in Olympic history. After winning the bronze medal in the 200 meter dash, he and gold medallist Tommy Smith, raised their black glove clad fists in a display of &quo...