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Archives from January 2004
Introducing Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan
SADIK H. KASSIM
Introducing Islam Karimov, one of Washington’s most recent allies in the War on Terror. The neo-Stalinist autocrat presides over Uzbekistan, a vast mineral and oil rich country strategically located in central Asia. A country where dissidents are boiled aliv...
Lerner, Said and the Palestinians
M. SHAHID ALAM
"Michael Lerner is one of the major prophetic figures of our time." Cornel West "Every indigenous people will resist alien settlers as long as they see any hope of ridding themselves of the danger of foreign settlem...
Inside America’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Power Plant
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
These are desperate days for Entergy, the big Arkansas-based power conglomerate that owns the frail Indian Point nuclear plant, located on the east bank of the Hudson River outside Buchanan, New York-just 22 miles from Manhattan. First, a scathing report b...
Radicals on the High Court
MIKE WHITNEY
"After I joined they gave me a barbed wire chain to wear on my leg for two hours a day and a whip to hit my buttocks with." Sharon Clasen, former member of Opus Dei "Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Glorified be pain"...
Imagining MLK Jr at 75
DAVID KRIEGER
Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 75 years old this week had he lived to grow older. At 75, he certainly would have been a wise man. He was already wise well beyond his years at 39 when he was assassinated. How valuable it would have been for our country and...
More Thoughts from the 4th Generation War Seminar
WILLIAM S. LIND
The seminar on Fourth Generation war that meets each month at my house took as its December topic the following question: You are the commander of the Marine Corps unit that will take over Fallujah in March; what will you do? Army and Marine Corps participa...
A Batch of TCNs
KATHY KELLY
"We’ve given up hope," said 20 year old Mohammed Al Katib, a Palestinian student imprisoned in the Umm Qasr prison camp in southern Iraq. "We don’t think we’ll ever get out of here." On January 3, 2004, I traveled with ...
An Interview with Benny Morris
ARI SHAVIT
Note: Benny Morris is the dean of Israeli ‘new historians’, who have done so much to create a critical vision of Zionism–its expulsion and continuing oppression of the Palestinians, its pressing need for moral and political atonement...
Michael Moore Smears Kucinich
DAVE LINDORFF
Film producer and journalist Michael Moore, who has decided to endorse and actively campaign for retired Gen. Wesley Clark for the Democratic presidential nomination, has crossed the line in attacking at least one of Clark’s rivals. Moore, in emails t...
So. Cal Grocery Strikers Speak Out
GILLIAN RUSSOM
After three months of a strike and lockout, an increasing number of the 70,000 grocery workers in Southern California are growing restless over their union leadership’s conduct of the strike. Since the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) strike began a...
Genocide Hides Behind Expulsion
ADI OPHIR
At some point in the interview, when the reader might think that Benny Morris has already said the most terrible things, he brings up, in passing, the extermination of the Native Americans. Morris contends that their annihilation was unavoidable. "The great A...
President from Podunk Drilling, Inc.
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Thinking people aren’t surprised to be told that failed-oilman George Bush qualifies as a moral and intellectual dry hole. Bush’s halting words come from a mouth so long smugly-set it can scarcely form the shapes of vowels, but enormous ignoranc...
Whitey on the Moon
GIL-SCOTT HERON
A rat done bit my sister Nell with Whitey on the moon. Her face and arms began to swell and Whitey’s on the moon. I can’t pay no doctor bills but Whitey’s on the moon. Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still while Whitey&#...
Your State of the Union Address
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
We write this, our fifth such memorandum to you since our critique of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s UN speech last February, out of concern that the same advisers who served you so poorly in drafting the Iraq section of last year’s state-of-the-uni...
Random Thoughts on the Bam Earthquake and Satan
GARY LEUPP
The very term "Silk Road" is rather magical, evoking images of camel caravans, oases, saffron-clad missionary monks. Silk is the strongest of natural fibers; maybe that’s why China has labeled one of its missiles, exported to Iran among other count...
Reality Disappears Down the Spider Hole
CHRIS FLOYD
OK, we admit it: we were wrong. The big news that shook the world last month has finally convinced your humble correspondent to wolf down a huge plate of crow tartare and confess the error of his ways. Like the worst kind of partisan hack, this column completely s...
To Write Off the South is to Surrender to Bigots
GREG MOSES
It is the day before Martin Luther King’s birthday, 2004, and I am reading with great sadness reports of a recent political analysis that says to Democratic candidates for president, "forget the South, white voters will not be coming back to you this ye...
A Straw Poll in Suburban Pennsylvania Spells Trouble for Beltway Democrats & Dean
DAVE LINDORFF
There were plenty of surprises and lessons all around in what was billed by local Upper Dublin Democrats in this mostly white suburban enclave just north of Philadelphia as the first caucus to be held in the nation. With some 150 local Democrats in attendan...
Bush, Oil & Iraq: Some Truth at Last
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Here we have former US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill disclosing that George Bush came into office planning to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and MSNBC polls its audience with the question, Did O’Neill Betray Bush? Is that really the big question? T...
Amputating the Bill of Rights
KURT NIMMO
The Sixth Amendment was lopped off the Constitution earlier this week. AG Ashcroft can now have you arrested — more accurately, abducted and detained — and thrown in a military brig or sent to the Guantanamo concentration camp. Like military dic...
The Rummy/Wolfowitz War Letters
JASON LEOPOLD
Anyone who doubts former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s recent claims that President Bush mislead the public and secretly planned the Iraq war eight months before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 needs to read the two letters sent to then President...
How 2004 Looks from Potsdam
WILLIAM S. LIND
At the beginning of a new year, it is traditional for columnists, commentators and other harmless drudges to take a look at their crystal ball and forecast what the year may bring. Fortunately, I have superior technology. My home telephone was made in 1918. When I...
No Nuts in Iraq
MICKEY Z.
An article by Eric Schmitt, in the January 2, 2004 edition of the New York Times ("In Iraq’s Murky Battle, Snipers Offer U.S. a Precision Weapon") offered a fine illustration of how heavily conditioned a society we live in. Consider the opening lin...
Outside the Spectacle
M. JUNAID ALAM
Lefthook.org If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not...
The Prisoner and the Presidents
ADOLFO GILLY
Translated by Forrest Hylton At the meeting in Monterrey, the president of the United States prepares to "squeeze" Latin American governments, perhaps much more so on political than on economic terrain. In an electoral year, the spectacle occupies...
No Stan for the Kurds
BEN TRIPP
Man, am I glad I’m not black. Being born black in this country is like waking up smothered in A-1 Sauce in a pit full of starving lions, and then being told to stop acting like a victim. But I’d rather be black than Kurdish. Those Mesopotamian cats are...
The Curse of the Irish
MIKE WHITNEY
Former Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’ Neill’s appearance turned out to be significantly more illuminating than anyone could possibly have expected. Notwithstanding, his description of the President as a "disengaged" simpleton with the att...
The Dixie Trap
NORMAN SOLOMON
Many pundits say President Bush is sitting pretty, but this year began with new poll data telling a very different story. A national Harris survey, completed on Jan. 1 for Time magazine and CNN, found that just 51 percent of respondents said they were "likely...
Will Anyone Hold Bush Accountable?
JASON LEOPOLD
You’d think that President Bush would be facing, to quote Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, a long, hard slog in his bid to recapture the White House for a second term what with all the information trickling out of the president’s administration th...
Syria’s Peace Proposal
URI AVNERY
You really can’t rely on these Arabs. Take this fellow, Qaddafi. For decades he played the clown. The whole world laughed at him (except when he downed a French plane in Chad and the Pan-Am jet over Lockerbie.) His Libya was a "rogue state",...
Mrs. Lott
PATRICK W. GAVIN
Although Democrats are quick to moan that life is so unfair in a Bush America, they have failed to stop and smell the roses that do appear all around them. One of these roses sprouted up most prominently this week. At a fund-raiser in Missouri, Senator Hill...
Inside the California Grocery Strike
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
For over three months, shoppers and drivers in Southern California have seen them holding their picket signs. They are 70,000 supermarket workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and their picket lines extend hundreds of miles acr...
A Review of Resistance: My Life for Lebanon
MARK HAND
Although half a world away and 100 years apart, Soha Bechara’s life in Lebanon, at least the first 36 years, has presented some striking similarities to Alexander Berkman’s struggle for economic justice during the age of industrialization in the United...
Who’s Winning the War on Civil Liberties?
ELAINE CASSEL
On September 15, 2001, President Bush declared a "war" on "terror." It will be, he said, "a conflict without battlefields or beachheads." Actually there have been battlefields and beachheads. First in Afghanistan in 2001. Then, in 200...
Dangerous Books
SUSAN DAVIS
Forever, people in power have been afraid of fiction. Wild imaginings threaten to undermine the view of the world as unchangeable, the easy idea that history is set in its course like footprints in cement. Novels, poetry, plays, and even pornography have been conf...
What Invaders Have in Common
RAMZY BAROUD
An ill-advised edict by the Taleban government early 2001, to obliterate some of the world’s oldest Buddhist masterpieces in the Afghani province of Bamiyan, sent "dark shivers through the international community", as described by ABC news. Shortly...
Making the Shit List
BRUCE JACKSON
The most vicious anti-semites in America aren’t the few surviving retro fruitcakes with swastikas in their closets, but rather those self-righteous Jews who attack and try to silence-without conscience, doubt or scruple-any Jew who attempts to discuss seriou...
Greg Page is Down, But Not Out
GARY A. JOHNSON
Folks, I’ve been a boxing fan since I was eight years old. At that time I idolized Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali. In the mid-70’s, I remember hearing about a young "up and comer" named Greg Page. Page attended the s...
Mormonism’s Amazing Grace
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The practice is a bit of a nuisance if you don’t happen to want it to happen to you. Until 1995 it was a secret to all but the cognoscenti. The practice referred to is the practice engaged in by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints of e...
Bush as Hitler? Let’s Be Fair
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Beyond the shared enthusiasm of the Fuehrer and all US presidents (with the possible exception of Warren Harding) for mass murder as an appropriate expression of national policy, I’ve never seen any particularly close affinity between Adolf Hitler and the cu...
Cold Sweat
LEE BALLINGER
Race is still a major factor in the world, as can be seen in everything from who goes to prison in the U.S. to the economic gap between Europe and Africa. But the question of race isn’t as simple as it was during the 1980s, when a worldwide movement surged a...
Homeland Anxiety
SAUL LANDAU
Happy New Year! 2004 may become known as the year that the newly created Department of Faith-Based Homeland Anxiety helped George W. Bush slip back into the White House. At the very end of 2003, Tom Ridge, the Minister of Homeland Security raised the nation...
Unearthing Guatemala’s Macabre Past
LISA VISCIDI
On March 13, 1982, members of the Civil Defense Patrol (PAC) led by the Guatemalan Army entered the town of Rio Negro, Rabinal, in the Departamento of Baja Verapaz. Encircling the village women and children, the PAC, under the orders of the army, began raping and ...
The Deep Scars of War
FRANCIS BOYLE
After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, my father Francis Anthony Boyle, after whom I am named (being the oldest of my parents’ eight children) applied for admission to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps. After ...
A Fondness of Memory
DANIEL ESTULIN
History is not to be absent but to become absent; to be someone and then go away, leaving traces. A relic, any relic, is a will, we are present at its coronation. The will is where the dead are most alive; a functional autobiography, immortality secured in the gre...
On Lying
DIANE CHRISTIAN
In Milton’s Paradise Lost, when Satan goes off to the new world of earth to sabotage Adam and Eve, a guarding angel lets him in because Satan feigns angelic demeanor so well. The narrative voice notes that only God can pierce hypocrisy; angels can’t. I...
An Interview with Marvin Miller
DAVE ZIRIN
Born in 1917, Marvin Miller never played the game, but he may have had more influence on baseball than anyone else in this half of the century. As executive director of the Players Association from 1966-1982, he brought a wealth of experience garnered in the tough...
Troop Strength and Chintzy Bonuses
DAVE LINDORFF
The desperation move by the Pentagon to try and maintain U.S. troop strength by offering soldiers a re-up bonus of $10,000 give the lie to earlier assertions that were made to me by Pentagon officials last fall when I was writing about contingency planning for a r...
Bush: Driving Without Breaks
RAY McGOVERN
It came at the very end of a long New York Times report of Jan. 2 regarding the havoc caused at Dulles airport in Washington, DC because of heightened concern there about a terrorist attack. "In a footnote, the director of security at Dulles airport wa...
The Death of José Couso in Baghdad
JAMES HOLLANDER
  "I think war is a dangerous place, and I think that nobody would kill a journalist intentionally." George W. Bush "The death of José Couso was a premeditated crime, an attack on journalists to prevent...