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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from November 2003
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...