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Archives from 2003
Duryodhana Dies
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The basic plot of the epic, the Mahabharata, is known to every Indian child. The theme is of greed, ambition, revenge, chicanery — on and off the battlefield, and a final faceoff between good and bad on the sacred land river plains of Northern India, home to...
Hail Jim Hickey, "Irish Hero" of the Colonial Occupation of Iraq
HARRY BROWNE
You think the Americans don’t know what they’re doing in Iraq? They know all too well. Check out, for example, Captain Christopher Cirino of the 82nd Airborne, who told an English journalist in Fallujah a few weeks ago: "The men we are bein...
Captured in Abasement
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
In keeping with internal bovine lore Saddam will be contained and stymied, denying weapons of DNA disinformation might be used to extract the honey –What is your name? (Buzzz) –Ah-yee!! –Where do you come from? (Buzzz) –Ah-yeee!!...
Saddam’s Last Act
ANDREW COCKBURN
An odious leader, discredited even before capture, is gradually restored to health and strength while awaiting trial for war crimes. Finally in court, he conducts a vigorous defense and thus retrieves some dignity before his inevitable conviction and condemnation....
Is Saddam’s Arrest a Pyhrric Victory?
MARJORIE COHN
The "capture" of Saddam Hussein is being hailed as a great victory for President Bush. After all, who needs to worry about the missing weapons of mass destruction or the lack of ties between Hussein and the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, now that ...
Saddam’s Cold Comforts
ROBERT FISK The Independent
Al-Dwar, Iraq. There was a kind of satisfaction, lying inside Saddam’s last hole in the earth. Seven months ago, I sat on his red velvet presidential throne in the greatest of all his marble palaces. And so there I was yesterday, lowering myself into the damp...
"Don’t Think About the Children"
GIDEON LEVY Ha'aretz
Why was Asma Abu al-Haija arrested? Why did she have to spend nine months in prison, sleeping on the floor of her cell? Why was a woman arrested, not interrogated, not accused of anything and then released nine very difficult months later, without any explanation? Just be...
Matt Gonzalez and Me
JOHN HALLE
My first contact with Matt Gonzalez came when I received congratulations in the form of a hand written note from him when I won my first election in July of 2001. I’m embarrassed to say that even though I should have I didn’t reply so that when I met h...
The Democrats and Saddam
JOSH FRANK
Howard Dean, like most Democrats, has plenty of faults. From his ugly death penalty posture to his Israel fetish, Dean is surely far from ideal. But the governor’s latest comments regarding the US capture of the bearded Saddam have been right on the mark....
Saddam in Irons
RAHUL MAHAJAN And ROBERT JENSEN
Saddam Hussein’s capture and the hope he will be held accountable for crimes against the people of Iraq and neighboring states is welcome news, no matter what one’s position on the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But this doesn’t vindicate the U.S....
America’s Best Political Newsletter
TARIQ ALI
My first reaction to the capture of Saddam Hussein was both anger and disgust. Anger with the old dictator who could not even die honourably. He preferred to be captured by his old friends than to go down fighting, the one decent thing he could have done for his c...
Getting Saddam, 15 Years Too Late
ROBERT FISK
Was this really the man with whom I shook hands almost a quarter of a century ago? I’ve spent 24 hours looking again and again at those videotapes. The more I look, the more Saddam turns into a wild animal. An American interviewed by the Associated Press sai...
The Saddam Dilemma
DAVID LINDORFF
The capture of Saddam Hussein poses some interesting dilemmas, not just for the Bush administration, but for Democratic presidential candidates, the Democratic congressional delegation, and for ordinary Iraqis. For Bush, the dilemma will be how to deal with...
The Strange Case of Katharine Gun
NORMAN SOLOMON
Few Americans have heard of Katharine Gun, a former British intelligence employee facing charges that she violated the Official Secrets Act. So far, the American press has ignored her. But the case raises profound questions about democracy and the public’s r...
The Capture of Saddam
PATRICK COCKBURN
For Saddam Hussein his capture is the moment of supreme humiliation. He has always portrayed himself as the Arab hero who would fight to the last bullet and die surrounded by the bodies of his enemies. Instead he has fallen alive into the hands of US troops after ...
Jessica Lynch, Plural
STAN GOFF
In her book Race Against Empire, Penny M. Von Eschen showed how during the Cold War Black anti-colonialism was smashed through the judicious use of reward as a carrot to compliant Black leaders who dropped their critique of colonialism, and McCarthyite intimidatio...
Saddam, Oil and Empire
LARRY EVEREST
(An excerpt from LARRY EVEREST’s new book Oil, Power and Empire.) World oil markets have become increasingly tight and volatile, and this has become a major potential problem. Several trends are responsible: global supplies have not been growing as f...
Hiding the Dead Babies
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush Administration has become notorious for hiding information–even ceasing to collect it. Now that policy of obsessive secrecy is being applied to the so-called war on terror. The latest effort to bury bad news comes from the puppet Iraqi "...
The Pervasive Fear of Talking About the Israeli Connection
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
It is wide open now. Israelis are training Americans at Fort Bragg on their well tested techniques for carrying out targeted–and of course extrajudicial–assassinations. Americans in Iraq are copying this and all the other wretchedly cruel, unjust (and ...
The Saga of Iran’s Alleged WMD
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
In an article that I wrote for CounterPunch in early July 2003, I discussed the events leading to the June 19 report on Iran’s nuclear activities prepared by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The report, as ...
Breastfeeding Compromised
KRISTIN VAN TASSEL
The benefits of breastfeeding are widely acknowledged, but few people see this as relevant to anyone but the parents of babies. In fact, there are advantages directly related to larger concerns, particularly food and the environment. Human breast milk is one of ou...
Joy to the World
STEW ALBERT
Saddam is caught store bought joy for Christmas Saddam In Action Figures gussied up in giant chains and celebrating Iraqis go chanting God Is Great Thank you Americans Death To Americans God damn you — get out...
The Trial of Saddam
ABU SPINOZA
The capture of Saddam Hussein has already brought about a great deal of gloating. But it is critically important to recall that this wicked tyrant of Iraq was a valued friend of the current occupiers of Iraq, particularly when he served his purpose and carried out...
On Getting Stabbed
BEN TRIPP
Getting stabbed is like eating a live hog-nosed bat: it’s nasty, gruesome, and not worth doing twice. First thing, your clothes get ruined (I mean by stabbing, although I’m sure the bat would make a mess). Not just the garment transfixed by the offendi...
They Died for Halliburton
DAVID VEST
The mask came off this week. George "No More Beating Around The" Bush came right out and admitted it, on camera no less. American soldiers have died in Iraq, and are still dying, said the Commander-in-Chief, so that Halliburton, Bechtel and other corpora...