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Archives from March 2004
Condi Under Oath
JOHN L. HESS
So Condy will take the oath, after all, to tell the truth so help her god. Right out in public. When she met privately with the commission, not under oath, she said nobody ever warned her that airliners might be hijacked and turned into bombs. She’s had to a...
Mired in the Tracks of Alexander the Great
MILT BEARDEN
There is a lake near Webster, Massachusetts called Chargoggaggoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaug. Translated from the original Nipmuck, it lays down this thoughtful code for keeping the peace: "You fish on your side, I fish on my side, nobody fishes in the mid...
The Kidnapping of Aristide Violated US and International Law
MARJORIE COHN
Beginning in early February 2004, the democratically elected President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, faced an armed rebellion starting from the North of his country and moving South. The rebel leaders, whom U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell characterized as...
Never Talk to the FBI
DONALD KAUL
Here is the lesson to be learned from the fall of Martha Stewart: Don’t ever, under any circumstances, answer questions put to you by the FBI or any other federal agent unless you have a competent criminal lawyer at your side. And it would be better i...
Time to Dump the Pledge
MIKE WHITNEY
"The flag is a symbol of the fact that man is still a herd animal." Albert Einstein Michael Newdow deserves credit for persevering in his crusade to have the "under God" clause removed from the Pledge of ...
Israel: Suicide Nation?
M. JUNAID ALAM
A nation which enslaves another forges its own chains. -Karl Marx Politics, being the art of deception, must certainly recognize Israel as its Da Vinci. Its smug self-portrait as a ‘civilized democracy’, rendered...
A Year Since My Son’s Death in Iraq
FERNANDO SUAREZ Del SOLAR
March 27 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my beloved son Jesus Alberto, my Aztec warrior. A year since Bush’s lies about the cause of this death and a year since Bush’s insult to my son’s memory when the government initiall...
As in Tiannamen Square
TANYA REINHART
An extensive discussion has already taken place in Israel regarding the cost-benefit ratio of Yassin’s assassination. But the question of justice has hardly been raised. According to international law, the execution of any person in an occupied territ...
Put Bush and Cheney Under Oath
DAVID VEST
So the White House has finally, reluctantly, grudgingly agreed that national security adviser Condoleezza Rice will testify in public and under oath before the 9/11 Commission. John Lehman, a Republican panel member, says that it is important for Rice to te...
This is Real Democracy in Action
SOFIA PEREZ
The announcement by the newly elect Socialist prime minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, that his government will pull Spanish troops out of Iraq by the end of June lest the UN take over the operation has elicited the predictable charge that he is hand...
The Founding Scam
MARK SCARAMELLA
The dashing face of Alexander Hamilton, first Treasurer of the United States, is a fitting portrait for the $10 bill because back in 1790 he engineered what became the great insider trading scam that founded the United States of America. Although the ...
Tommy Boy Friedman Does "Imagine"
MICKEY Z.
"There is an odor to any press headquarters that is unmistakable…the unavoidable smell of flesh burning quietly and slowly in the service of a machine." -Norman Mailer I keep telling myself to stop wast...
The Battle That Wasn’t
WILLIAM S. LIND
About two weeks ago, the world’s attention suddenly turned to a dramatic battle in Pakistan. The Pakistani Army, we were told, had trapped a large force of al Qaeda, including a "high-value target," possibly Ayman Zawahiri. The Pakistanis brought i...
What Kind of Democracy to Expect If the Opposition Takes Control
RAI O'BRIEN
Many are wondering why there is no unified opposition party in Venezuela … this is perplexing, especially since there is a large section of society which actively seeks the replacement of the elected government. I began my recent discussions, ove...
Deja Vu All Over Again
KIM SCIPES
Massive mobilizations, strikes, street conflict, hysterical mass media, social and economic disruption: Chile in 1972-73 Venezuela in 2002-04. The AFL-CIO is once again on the scene, this time in Venezuela, just as it was in Chile in 1973. Once again, its o...
The Hearings Concentrate on Side Issues, But Provide Dangerous Harbingers for the Future
BILL CHRISTISON
former CIA analyst The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, chaired by former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean and better known as the 9/11 Commission, entertained news junkies across America with two full days of hearings last week....
Oil or Stilling the Chainsaws?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
During the dark days of the Reagan and Bush I regimes, grassroots forest activists forced the DC politicians and the big green DC groups to take notice of what was happening to the precious Ancient Forest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. They elevated the fate...
Rejecting the Language of Terrorism
MIKE WHITNEY
I don’t believe this is the Third World War. Nor is it a "war on terror". Nor is it a "war of civilizations". But our own leaders are willfully leading us into a period of appalling suffering because they will not address the...
Strategic Motives
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. A few hours after the Israeli military assassinated Hamas’s spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, I entered the classroom in order to teach my politics of human rights course. Everyone had already heard about the extra-judicial executi...
The Media Politics of 9/11
NORMAN SOLOMON
For 30 months, 9/11 was a huge political blessing for George W. Bush. This week, the media halo fell off. Within the space of a few days, culminating with his testimony to the Sept. 11 commission Wednesday afternoon, former counterterrorism chief Richard Cl...
Last Lines Before Vanishing
KATHY KELLY
This weekend, I’m preparing for an April 6, 2004 entry into the Pekin FCI (Federal Correctional Institute) in Peoria. I’m one of several dozen people who, on November 22, 2003, crossed the line at the US Army’s military combat training school in ...
A 9/11 Burrow of the American Family
RICHARD OXMAN
"Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today?" –Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir "For many, the theatre is the abode where dreams are c...
Silhouettes of New Order
GREG MOSES
Riding the new commuter train from Los Angeles to Pasadena, I think about the powers that turn history forward and back. Half a century ago, these tracks were torn up and replaced by freeways. The "Red Cars" of Pacific Electric were laid off ...
Nuclear Disarmament is the Key to Success
DAVID KRIEGER
The Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970, is the centerpiece of international efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons. Perhaps the treaty was given the wrong name when it was created because the treaty is about nuclear disarmament as...
US Government Reads All About It
J. MICHAEL SPRINGMANN, Esq.
Once upon a time in a country very different from today’s, sending an E-mail was like making a telephone call or mailing a first-class letter: the sender had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his message. Today, with terrorists under every bed and a gov...
"Justice Cannot Be For One Side Alone, But Must Be for Both"
RON JACOBS
My email box is full of hate messages again. It usually happens to anyone who writes an article that opposes the Israeli occupation of the Territories and the consequent oppression of the Palestinians. If the piece written actually considers a member of Hamas...
A Miasma Foretold
JOHN MAXWELL
The Caribbean has now proven that it is even more hopeless at diplomacy than it is at cricket. And, as in cricket, those who are considered guilty are not those at the top but the foot-soldiers. Our gutless leaders–unable to look a principle in the fa...
How Bush Administration Policy Was Made
DOUG GIEBEL
In this best of all possible political worlds, might and money triumph over adversity. Until the dramatically expected appearance of Richard Clarke, Lady Luck was blowing almost daily on the dice of George W. Bush and the Bushvolk. How did they work their magic? W...
Condoleezza Rice’s Idea of Democracy
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Condoleezza Rice wants to bring democracy to the Middle East. Ms. Rice, an expert on what is now an obsolete subject, the Soviet Union, believes this can be done the way the United States brought democracy to Chile or Iran or Afghanistan–that is, by vio...
Thugs, a Buffoon and Pirates
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
The United States has delivered George Bush’s ghoulish brand of democracy to Haiti. The nightmarish components of Haiti’s ruling troika gathered last Saturday, in Gonaives, the country’s fourth-largest city–a macabre assemblage that seemed ...
Occupiers Spend Millions on Private Army of Security Men
ROBERT FISK And SEVERIN CARRELL
The Independent An army of thousands of mercenaries has appeared in Iraq’s major cities, many of them former British and American soldiers hired by the occupying Anglo-American authorities and by dozens of companies who fear for the lives of their employ...
Three Convictions Reveal Official Discrimination Against Muslim Americans
ELAINE CASSEL
On March 5, in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema delivered her verdict in the case of three American citizens — Masoud Khan, 32, Seifullah Chapman, 31, and Hammad Abdur-Raheem, 35 — who were charged with participatin...
No Solidarity Among the Scribes
DAVE LINDORFF
There was a moment that spoke volumes last week about the spinelessness of American journalism and its foot soldiers. It happened as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was beginning a press conference in Baghdad during his brief visit to Iraq. As h...
Appeasement and Purveyors of Violence
ALAN MAASS
"We are all Spaniards Now," the right-wing New York Sun newspaper solemnly declared after the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed more than 200 people. Then people in Spain voted out a right-wing government that supported the U.S. war on Iraq. ...
Advice from the Hollywood Caucus
JOHN ESKOW
TO: KARL ROVE FROM: HOLLYWOOD TASK FORCE ON POLITICAL SHOW-BUSINESS MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: BRUCE WILLIS, TOM SELLECK, KEVIN COSTNER, GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, DENNIS MILLER, AND KELSEY GRAMMER–AND FEATURING CHARLTON HESTON AS "DAD&...
Advice from the Hollywood Caucus
JOHN ESKOW
TO: KARL ROVE FROM: HOLLYWOOD TASK FORCE ON POLITICAL SHOW-BUSINESS MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: BRUCE WILLIS, TOM SELLECK, KEVIN COSTNER, GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, DENNIS MILLER, AND KELSEY GRAMMER–AND FEATURING CHARLTON HESTON AS "DAD&...
The Yassin Assassination
GARY LEUPP
Everyone is predicting a spate of horrific suicide bombings in Israel as Hamas and other Palestinian groups respond to the "targeted assassination" of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (and killing of seven other people) by an Apache helicopter air strike a few days a...
Who Would Mel’s Jesus Nuke?
CRAIG WAGGONER
I’m not a Quaker but I have been hanging out with the Quakers for the last two years. I am however a Social Worker and I have been one for over twenty years. But I don’t work for the government. I work in a faith based organization. Ours is not an agen...
Howling in the Belly of the Confederacy
JOE BAGEANT
Bluebird, bluebird Take a letter up north for me These folks is fixin to hurt somebody And it sure’nuff might be me. –From "Bluebird," a traditional blues song How can the region of America that gave us lynching,...
Stop Bush; Move Forward
JOEL WENDLAND
"When will it end?" asks my long-time friend and Nader supporter Tom –. "When will the cycle of supporting the lesser evil Democrat against the vicious, corrupt Republicans end in our liberation from the two-party trap?" I’m not in ...
Bush Tells the World to Drop Dead
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Just as the U.S.’s shadily-elected despot George W. Bush turned a deaf ear to the most massive protests in the history of the world-wide peace movement by bombing Baghdad one year ago, the cowboy tyrant responded to multitudinous marches ...
Once and Always a Colonial Army
FAHEEM HUSSAIN
The propensity to serve its imperial masters is deep rooted, one could even say it is genetic, in the Pakistan Army. This essential nature of our armed forces goes back to its foundation as a colonial army under the British with the old Indian Army serving as cann...
Scary, Scary John Kerry
JOSH FRANK
Finally a reason to get excited, as we now have before us an electable candidate worthy of taking on George W. Bush and his coterie of neoconservatives next November. Well, at least that’s what the scared liberals out there would have us believe. But John Ke...
Of Spoilers and Electability
MATT VIDAL
Is American democracy so bankrupt that pundits and politicians actively and openly encourage people not to vote for the candidate that most closely represents their interests? Indeed. One would think that in a democracy candidates with diverse political programs w...
A Monstrous Insanity Blessed by the US
WILLIAM A. COOK
Madeline Albright, this past Tuesday, offered the 9/11 Commission her recommendations for dealing with terrorism in the coming months and years. She made no mention of Israel and no Commissioner asked her about Israel. Yet the ink still ran on every front page aro...
Why Barry Bonds is Not on Steroids
DAVE ZIRIN
It was the ultimate slap in the face: Barry Bonds on the cover of Sports Illustrated last month with The Asterisk resting on his head. The Asterisk is the most dreaded of statistical addendums. It howls that the marked achievement emits a whiff of the taint...
Empire of the Locusts
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
This essay was originally published as the introduction to Kurt Nimmo’s great new book, ...
Looking Back and Ahead
MICKEY Z
"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat." Jean-Paul Sartre The preamble to the United Nations Charter begins, "We the people of the United Nations determined to ...
The Sharon Solution
MIKE WHITNEY
Sharon "is a person who believes that you solve things by force. Ever since he was a young soldier, he was more or less educated to believe you solve all problems by force." Uzi Benzamin; Ha’aretz columnist And we a...
There’s a Chill Over the Country
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
We dance around in a ring and suppose, But the secret sits in the middle and knows Robert Frost, "The Secret Sits" Shhh. That’s the mantra of George W. Bush. He can pronounce it correctly, it keeps t...