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Archives from 2003
Cratched Does California
RON JACOBS
It must have been around 10 in the morning of Christmas 1981 and the beans and rice from last night’s meal had long since stopped filling our stomachs. Z and I had been on Telegraph since 8:00 or so feeling like Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man. You kno...
A Better World
KATHY KELLY
When I was in high school, I participated in a public speaking contest and was asked to present a humorous reading. I chose a passage from the book,–The Joyous Season_ in which a young boy describes how his father dreads the Christmas season with the attenda...
a Review of Lord of the Rings
SUSAN DAVIS
There was no way I was going to get out of seeing "The Return of the King," the final installment of Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. In fact, it was more or less a forced viewing, word-of-mouth and community pressure to know ...
Act Now to Save the Constitution
BRIAN J. FOLEY
Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the risk of another terrorist attack is "high." Nuclear power plants, skyscrapers, chemical plants, oil refineries, dams, bridges, seaports, airliners, trains, buses and bridges could ...
a Journey into Rupert Murdoch’s Soul
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It has been astounding that a world-scale monster such as Rupert Murdoch has thus far fared well at the hands of his various profilists and biographers. Criticisms of him have either been too broad-brush to be useful, or too tempered with Waugh-derived facetiousne...
Bush’s Iraq Project is Right on Course
CHRIS FLOYD
One of the constant refrains we hear from the malcontents carping about George W. Bush’s triumphant crusade in Iraq is the charge–the canard–that the president and his crack team of advisers "had no plan" for the post-war period, that ...
Another Colorful Season
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
and STEW ALBERT Orange is the color for the holiday alert, just before Red, the color of dread, but continue living normally this hopeful season– though the days are potentially terrified Colorful Orange is the codeful background f...
Rafah Counts the Dead
KRISTEN ESS
Christmas Eve Day, 2003 Rafah to Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine Israeli occupation forces left the center of Rafah, although as is normal the Israelis remain at the border they have created. The Wall the Israelis are building with armoured machines is oversh...
Jinglebells, Hold the Schlock
SUSAN DAVIS
This year, Christmas moviegoers have a choice. We can go for the unrelieved cheer of "Love Actually" or we can pick the unrelieved bad taste disguised as cynicism of "Bad Santa." Which would you rather? "Love Actually" slings t...
This Christmas, the World is Too Much With Us
ELAINE CASSEL
Never before have I felt that this day is so unlike Christmas Eve. Sharing that thought with a friend today, he asked why. I gave the reasons I had heard many proclaim: we had one less weekend to shop, Christmas falls on a Thursday, and we are all too busy with de...
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
But first a word about Libya. Muammar Qaddafi has announced he is abandoning his quest for nuclear potency. Too bad. I think every country should have at least one nuclear device. It evens things up and would do more for world peace than a thousand pompous session...
Iraq’s Oil, First Come, First Serve
JOSH FRANK
United States relations with Russia may be spicing up for the holiday season. On Monday December 22, Russian officials offered to forgive $8 billion dollar’s of Iraq’s debt if the country reinstituted the oil contracts Russia had during Saddam’s ...
The Mad Cowboy’s Prediction Comes True
Cpt. PAUL WATSON
Back in 1998, a few Texas cattlemen, led by billionaire Paul Engler, owner of Cactus Feeders, Inc., filed suit against Howard Lyman, Oprah Winfrey, and Harpo Productions. The lawsuit alleged Howard Lyman and Oprah Winfrey had violated a Texas law which forbids som...
Marley’s List for Santa in Wartime
WILLIAM S. LIND
Back in my tadpole days, sometime in the Pleistocene, my fellows at Roehm Junior High (Frederick, not Ernst) enjoyed hanging the name of "Scrooge" around my neck. Whether or not they did so in response to my "Bah! Humbug" attitude toward Christ...
The Semantics of Empire
M. SHAHID ALAM
  "Saddam Hussein is a man who is willing to gas his own people " George Bush, March 22, 2002 "As he (George Bush) said, any person that would gas his own people is a threat to the world." Scott McClellan...
Nuance and Innuendo in the War on Iraq
ROBERT LOPEZ
The caption on MSNBC for December 20, 2003, reads "US troops go on offensive," next to a picture of armed men raiding a "student dormitory" in Fajullah. The accompanying article mentions, with a little bit of regret, that a case of mistaken ide...
Sharon’s Speech, the Decoded Version
URI AVNERY
He read out the written text of his speech, word for word, without raising his eyes from the page. It was vital for him to stick to the exact wording, since it was an encoded text. It is impossible to decipher it without breaking the code. And it is impossi...
Duck and Cover-Up
BRIAN J. FOLEY
I’m too young to remember when the fear of nuclear war pervaded our schools. But I’ve seen the 1950s films of first-graders hiding beneath their little desks. I once saw a poster in a novelty shop that gave detailed instructions about what to do in an ...
Here They Come Again
MICHAEL DONNELLY
History lesson time — again. Anyone wondering how the hapless Big Greens would respond to their latest defeat, the passage of the Wyden/Feinstein Stealthy Timber Act (HFI), need look no further than the foundation-sponsored agenda of the Headwaters 13...
Sharon’s Ultimatum
WILL YOUMANS
Ariel Sharon’s speech at Herzilya encapsulated what could the single most apt phrase to summarize Israel’s historical policies towards the land’s previous inhabitants, the Palestinians. He announced, "If there is no progress toward peace in ...
What Would Lincoln Do?
PATRICK GAVIN
Abraham Lincoln must be getting quite a chuckle out of recent events. The National Park Service, in response to conservatives pumped from their success canceling "The Reagans," is revising a video that has been shown at the Lincoln Memorial since ...
Bush’s Faith-Based National Parks
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
The view from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, smogged up as it is these days, still retains the power to prompt even the most secular of visitors into transcendentalist reveries as they cast theirs eyes toward Shiva’s Temple and Wotan’s Throne. Now ...
The Two Troublemakers
KATHY KELLY
Saturday evening, in Amman, we met with Fadi Elayyan and Jihad Tahboub, two Palestinian young men who were imprisoned for two months, without charge, by US Occupying forces who seized them, in Baghdad, on April 10, 2003 They are trying to help four of their...
How to Try Saddam
MARJORIE COHN
Will Hussein Hussein really "face the justice he denied to millions," as promised by George W. Bush the morning after Hussein’s arrest? Although President Bush has said Hussein will receive a public trial with Iraqi participation, he refuses to ide...
Holiday Spirit at the UN
MICKEY Z.
While this is allegedly the time of year when humans allegedly show more kindness, you can always count on god’s country and the Holy Land to keep things in cynical perspective. Over the past 25 years, the United States and Israel have a UN voting record in ...