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Archives from February 2004
An Enemy of the People…in Power
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Ralph Nader has defined a perfect moral dilemma for thinking Americans. He finds himself in a situation resembling that of Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen’s drama, "An Enemy of the People." Dr. Stockmann discovered the municipal baths were contaminat...
George W. Bush: Persona Non Grata
LAURA CARLSEN
Much of the world sees President George W. Bush as a persona non grata. Unilateral actions, false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and scandals from Halliburton to the president’s National Guard service are giving America and its presiden...
No Skunks Allowed
RAY McGOVERN
It was a quite a show at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s worldwide threat assessment briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Committee Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., outdid himself as damage control officer for fallout from failed intelligence. Sen. Rob...
As Canadian as Corruption
NORMAN MADARASZ
The year 2003 was a truly outstanding one for Canadian self-assertion. In a completely unexpected encounter of fates, Prime Minister Jean Chretien proved there to be no contradiction in running a democracy within the confines of a G7 nation. Tyrannical mood swingi...
The Music World Explodes in Anger
SHADI HAMID
Music and politics ? They just don’t mix, the critics say. David Segal, the Washington Post pop music critic, summed up the conventional wisdom when he said that the "history of rock and politics could be summarized in an hour or two, because pop...
Bush’s Electoral Endgame?
CHRIS FLOYD
Well, that’s it then. The show is over. The scales have fallen. The monstrous gears of the dark satanic mills that spewed their poison fog across the land have ground to halt at last. George W. Bush’s performance in his nationally televised inte...
UN Spying and the Evasions of US Journalism
NORMAN SOLOMON
Tony Blair and George W. Bush want the issue of spying at the United Nations to go away. That’s one of the reasons the Blair government ended its prosecution of whistleblower Katharine Gun on Wednesday. But within 24 hours, the scandal of U.N. spying explode...
The Deeper Meaning of the Wall
VIRGINIA TILLY
Some people are greatly gratified that the International Court of Justice has been reviewing the legality of Israel’s "security fence"–known everywhere outside of Israeli rhetoric as "the Wall" (or, in the media, increasingly as &qu...
US is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries
AMY GOODMAN And JEREMY SCAHILL
The US lawyer representing the government of Haiti charged today that the US government is directly involved in a military coup attempt against the country’s democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ira Kurzban, the Miami-based attorney who ...
"Can’t Give You Anything But Guns, Baby"
JACQUES KINAU
Mark Falcoff’s February 23, 2004 American Enterprise Institute post, "Facing up to the Conflict in Colombia" broaches an important topic. But Falcoff does not face up to reality as promised. Falcoff correctly notes that what started as a civil conf...
The Zarqawi Gambit
GREG WEIHER
We’ve got the rebels in Iraq on the run! So says a letter intercepted by U. S. Forces in Iraq in January (Dexter Filkins, New York Times, 02/08/04). It was taken during a raid on a "known" Al Qaeda safe house in Baghdad. U. S. authorities cl...
There are No Halftime Shows in War
WALTER BRASCH
On the day that Justin Timberlake ripped open Janet Jackson’s blouse during the half-time of the Super Bowl to reveal a bejeweled breast and create a national firestorm of protest, American Soldiers 523 and 524 died in Iraq. Along with the two American soldi...
Is Ralph Nader on to Something?
BRANDY BAKER
If the American mainstream media had given Ralph Nader the coverage throughout 2000 that they gave him this past weekend, we would today have a strong, federally funded Green Party and President Gore would be seeking re-election this November. The widesprea...
Saddam’s Sex Therapist & the Rape of Free Speech
DR. SUSAN BLOCK
"As night fall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however slight, les...
The Politics of Duplicity
MIKE WHITNEY
The cynicism was knee-deep at the White House yesterday as the President extracted another convenient diversion from his political bag of tricks. Gay-bating has always been a familiar theme among conservatives and Bush is no exception. Feigning moral rectitude, he...
The Gay Marriage Amendment
SAM HAMOD
George W Bush, a man searching for a winning issue now that his "war president," "I’m a warrior," and "We’ll find those WMD’s" rhetoric has lost its punch, has now seized upon some illegal behavior by some San Franci...
Our Power is in the Streets and in Our Hearts
RON JACOBS
(from a talk at a Burlington, Vermont Town Meeting titled "Can We Vote to End The War?" Feb. 18, 2004) I have never voted in the general election for a presidential candidate from one of the two major parties. The reason for this isn’t becau...
Kickoff or Flub?
JOHN L. HESS
The Times says "President Bush kicked off his general election campaign on Monday night." Kicked off? Where has the Times BEEN, all these months? Anyway, the Bush handlers gave him a good line. He said John Kerry was "for tax cuts and against...
Jesus in 100 Words
SAM HUSSEINI
A man searches for truth, works for justice, teaches love and peace. His flesh is cut up, killed on a tree by empire, religious establishment and mob. His message is twisted and tortured to provide pretext for further empire, patriarchy, crusade, slavery an...
Winning with Ralph Nader
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Listening to Democrats screaming about Ralph Nader’s entry into the presidential race we finally understand the mindset of those Communist dictatorships that used to take such trouble to ensure that the final count showed a 99 perce...
The Greens and the Dems and Nader
BRUCE ANDERSON
We have one national political figure in this country of undoubted integrity and what does he get from this nation of ingrates? Accusations of spoiler and ego-maniac. Naturally the Greens joined the din denouncing Ralph, not mentioning that their pot-addled, dithe...
The One Thing Bush Does Best
GREG MOSES
Stirring a crowd is one thing. Mob politics is another. Today with his announcement that he intends to pass a Constitutional Amendment against gay and lesbian marriage, President Bush reminds us what a mob monger he is. "I’m a uniter, not a divi...
Why I’m Running for President
RALPH NADER
The following is the text of a news conference with RALPH NADER at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as transcribed by Federal News Service Inc. Today I enter the 2004 elections as an independent candidate for the presidency of the United States...
Halliburton Faces New Criminal Probe
JASON LEOPOLD
Halliburton and its former chief executive, Vice President Dick Cheney, could become President Bush’s Achilles heel come the November presidential election. On Monday, the Pentagon said it launched a criminal investigation into allegations that Hallib...
Kerry’s China Connection
DAVID LINDORFF
The world’s struggling democracies and democratic activists should not be terribly sanguine about the prospects of a John Kerry presidency. Not if Kerry is serious–and the man aptly described as resembling a dead Abraham Lincoln is nothing if no...