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Archives from February 2004
The Haiti Boomerang
JG
When President Bush took to the airwaves on Wednesday of this week, touting his Haitian counter-exodus measures, my suspicions of a repeat of 1991s coup d’etat were confirmed. The Coast Guard is to establish a wet line-of-defense, protecting the Cuban Shangr...
Condemned to a Hobson’s Choice
LINDA S. HEARD
In Britain we’ve a messianic right-wing Neo-con appendage, dolled up in left-of-center garb in Number 10, set to be challenged by the even more right-wing leader of the Conservative Party, who disingenuously puts himself forward as a child of immigrants; a m...
Get Over It
DOUG GIEBEL
Tottering from past defeats, liberals and progressives are wasting breath and time whining over Ralph Nader’s return to the presidential campaign. Apparently these grumblers were hoping this time around for a free ride, banking on some Messiah to appear and ...
An Open Letter to Naderites
BRUCE JACKSON
An Open letter to the 94 people who have thus far written me to express displeasure with my article about Ralph Nader’s announcement on "Meet the Press" that he was again running as an independent candidate for pr...
Exeunt Serenaders, Enter Nader
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Then to side with truth is noble when we share her wretched crust Ere her cause bring fame and profit and ’tis prosperous to be just These words of James Russell Lowell (from his poem, The Present Crisis) were ...
America’s Albatross
WILLIAM A. COOK
"Ah! Well a day! What evil looks Had I from old and young! Instead of the cross, the Albatross About my neck was hung." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) Two issues domina...
The Bankruptcy of Mental Health Insurance Parity
KEITH HOELLER
The symptoms of our health insurance crisis are visible to everyone. Health insurance costs have been increasing at rates into the double-digits; employers have been shifting more of the insurance costs onto employees and eliminating health insurance entirely for ...
Anybody But Bush…Again?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
It’s been but a week since Ralph Nader declared his candidacy for president. However, four years’ worth of fear-based venom has been unleashed under the empty rubric of "Anybody but Bush" (ABB). And, the election is still nine months away. Ch...
Nader’s Challenge
ALAN MAASS
The Democrats claim that they oppose George W. Bush and his right-wing agenda. But they save their real poison for challengers from their left. Last weekend, Ralph Nader announced that he would run as an independent candidate in the 2004 presidential electi...
Down and Out in The Hague
YOEL MARCUS
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt so small, uncomfortable and red-faced as during the show of whining and whimpering organized by Israel at The Hague. Colorful posters displaying photographs of 935 terror victims; Zaka rescue team workers led by Ye...
Life (Pat. Pend.)
STAN COX
As cloning and genetic engineering grab headlines in the American media, it’s easy to miss the anger that America’s biotech companies are stirring up around the globe with more low-tech tactics. In the most recent such dispute, Greenpeace, along...
Dismantle the Military Goliath
MIKE WHITNEY
The United States Military is the greatest destabilizing force in the world today. With over 700 bases in over 130 countries its tentacles extend to every corner of the earth. In its current incarnation, under the rubric of the war on terror, the military is being...
Unmasking a Secret American Empire
AL KREBS
As a native Californian I often remind outsiders that unless they understand the politics of land and water, they don’t understand the history and politics of the state. For those who fear I exaggerate I enthusiastically recommend a reading of Mark Ar...
Defining and Protecting Marriage
GARY LEUPP
So President Bush has announced support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to "define and protect" the institution of marriage by requiring that, at least in official usage, the word apply only to "a union between a man and a woman." Th...
Queer Weddings at Last
BEN TRIPP
It seems like just when everything has settled down again and we’re back to a nice, normal public debate free of foreigners, minorities, women, or liberals, the queers have to spring to their feet and make a stink over something or other. And so they have. I...
Stalinists for Kerry! and Other Roars from the Crowd
John Lacny
is polite, but we can tell he’s pretty mad at us. Dear Cockburn: Here’s you: cockburn02252004.html "Listening to Democrats screaming about Ralph Nader’s entry into the presidential ra...
Buffalo Swill
DAVE ZIRIN
George Bush, with grinning wife Laura at his side, stated over two years ago that the US would commit billions of dollars and thousands of troops to "liberate" the women of Afghanistan as part of the "war on terror." Maybe the Bush gang should ...
Good Fight; Wrong Battlefield
RON JACOBS
I recently attended a town meeting on the war and upcoming elections. The question of the evening was could one vote to end the war? A number of opinions were expressed, varying from the left position that voting for any of the Democratic challengers would not end...
The Dancing Bear
URI AVNERY
Once upon a time there was a popular kind of street show: a bear would dance for the amusement of passers by, who would throw coins into his box. The bear was big and frightening, but his clumsy movements made people laugh. He was much stronger than his master, wh...
Dances with Crucifixes
LEIILLA MATSUI
The carefully crafted controversy surrounding actor Mel Gibson’s much hyped directorial debut "The Passion of the Christ" over its alleged anti-Semitic message (Jews killed Christ, now they want to kill my movie) will likely succeed in tempting mil...
Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration
STEPHEN GREEN
Since 9-11, a small group of "neo-conservatives" in the Administration have effectively gutted–they would say reformed–traditional American foreign and security policy. Notable features of the new Bush doctrine include the pre-emptive use of ...
Creating an Open Electoral Process
JOHN B. ANDERSON
Ralph Nader’s announcement of his independent candidacy brings back memories. In 1980, I ran for president as an independent after abandoning the Republican primaries. Even though polling near 25 percent when declaring my candidacy, I was labeled a spoiler. ...
Undermining the UN Mission in Iraq
JASON LEOPOLD
More evidence emerged Thursday about the United States and Britain’s underhanded tactics aimed at undermining the United Nations Security Council as it considered a U.S.-backed resolution in launching a preemptive strike against Iraq last year. Clare ...
The Haiti Redux
SAUL LANDAU
One of my students asked me about the current unrest in Haiti. "Reading the news accounts," she offered, "I can’t figure out who stands for what. And what role is US policy playing in the ongoing events?" I, too, find it difficult ...
A White Jesus During Black History Month?
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
A white Jesus during Black History Month? I find it more than a little ironic that during February, Black History Month, we are being bombarded with images of a white Jesus in the trailers for Mel Gibson’s film. Jesus, the Annointed One (Kristos), wa...