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Archives from March 2004
Democracy in El Salvador?
JOE DeRAYMOND
On March 21 in El Salvador, over 2 million Salvadorans went to the polls, 58% of whom voted for Tony Saca, the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) party candidate for President. Schafik Handal of the Frente Faribundi Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FM...
A Comic Bomb
JOHN BRENEMAN
With a comic touch as deft as a Baghdad bombing raid, President Bush reduced the side-splitting Iraq weapons of mass destruction fiasco to a punchline. The Commander-in-Cheek laughed off the world’s concern about non-existent WMDs at the 60th annual ...
The Ordeal of Mordechai Vanunu
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Any Israeli who bought the 16 February edition of the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth would have believed that a truly wicked man was about to be released from Ashkelon prison. Each time a suicide bomber blew himself up, the prisoner would cel...
Cheney’s Close Shave
CounterPunch Photo Wire
White House-manufactured news stories featuring phony reporters have recently made headlines, so to speak. Is that where it ends? On the left, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. On the right, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush’s...
Down and Out in Guantanamo
CHRIS FLOYD
This is the story of three innocent men, held in brutal captivity for more than two years; three innocent men, stripped, blinded, beaten, tortured, caged and silenced, all in the name of freedom and civilization; three innocent men, ground into the dust by an impl...
Who is the Blame for Lost Jobs?
LEE SUSTAR
Is your job going to Guangdong or Bangalore–and is George W. Bush to blame? While corporate outsourcing and offshoring of jobs has already become a central question in the 2004 presidential elections, the debate has so far only scratched the surface of the r...
An Insider Spills the Beans on Offshore Banking Centers
STANDARD SCHAEFER
The oil industry created the practice of countries (SHIPS?) flying "flags of convenience" as a means of avoiding income taxes nearly a century ago. Since the 1960s the U.S. Government itself has encouraged American banks to set up branches in Caribbean h...
The Military Budget Is Not an "Issue"
JIMMER ENDRES
KERRY WINS SIX STATES, EDWARDS TO QUIT WASHINGTON, MARCH 2, 2004 (Reuters)—John Kerry captured the Democratic nomination . . . piling up a string of coast-to-coast primary wins. . . . Bush called Kerry to congratulate him, and the two had...
Memorial Wall for Iraq War’s Dead and Wounded
DAN BACHER
In an emotional and heartfelt ceremony followed by the playing of taps, Veterans for Peace unveiled a graphic, oversized "Iraq War Memorial Wall" next to the Vietnam War Memorial at the California State Capitol on March 21. The "wall," t...
Identity Theft and Public Interest Groups
LARRY TUTTLE
Nearly 30-million criminal identity thefts were reported last year. Most federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have full-time units assigned to identity-theft prevention and investigation. Interviews with identity-theft victims are television sweeps-w...
Brazil’s Begins to Throw Off Austerity Plans
ROGER BURBACH
The cabinet ministers of Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva’s government who have kept the Brazilian economy in a neo-liberal economic straight-jacket are coming under sustained attack from the more popular sectors of the governing Workers Party. Even Lul...
Is Venezuela Next?
SAUL LANDAU
Someone once asked Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilization. "I think it would be a good idea," he replied. Democracy in Latin America might also prove nice if the United States would allow it to occur. Traditionally, when Lat...
Hugo Chavez as Processed by The Independent
TONI SOLO
Many people read the London based Independent newspaper because among its reporters is the outstanding Robert Fisk. The anti-war stance of the newspaper on Iraq and its stance on genetically manipulated foods and other environmental issues may give the impression ...
The Bad Math of Mercury
ALAN FARAGO
You have to wonder about the Bush White House and its poor handling of mercury-pollution rules that put the unborn at special risk. The Environmental Protection Agency is reacting badly to data that its brand-spanking-new rule for reducing mercury pollution...
Media in Cuba
BENJAMIN DANGL And APRIL HOWARD
Havana, Cuba A few regulars dragged their chairs over to the small community television in the park. But this evening, instead of the standard soap opera, Cuba’s bearded leader took over the screen to begin what would be a two hour speech on educatio...
Iraq One Year Later
Rep. RON PAUL
The Iraq war began about one year ago with the swift and decisive overthrow of Baghdad and the Hussein regime. We are only beginning to understand, however, the true scope of our ongoing occupation of a nation rife with civil, ethnic, and tribal conflict. July sta...
The Beginning of Phase 3
WILLIAM LIND
An article in the Friday, March 29 Washington Post pointed to the long-expected opening of Phase III of America’s war with Iraq. Phase I was the jousting contest, the formal "war" between America’s and Iraq’s armies that ended with the ...
Two Cheers for Democrats
GREG WEIHER
"We’re not as bad as George and the prevari-cons!" It is under this beige banner that the Democrats ride forth, their dingy pennants hanging limp in a dank, fetid, fitful breeze generated by a rented fan. What a rallying cry. Their cl...
General Musharraf’s IOU
GARY LEUPP
Paul Wolfowitz, in an interview with the Far Eastern Economic Review, calls it an "IOU." Pakistan owes the U.S. something. What’s the debt? A debt of gratitude that the U.S. isn’t making a big deal out of the Abdul Qadeer Khan affair. Khan is...
No Lie Left Behind
JOHN L. HESS
Seems like wherever he goes these days, George Bush finds time to read to kiddies, and recite "Leave no child behind." After eight years as governor, he left the children of Texas behind those of 48 other states. His solution was to withhold money from f...
Killing Rachel Corrie Again
MICHAEL DEMPSEY
They clung like burrs to the long expresses that lurch through the unjust lands,/ Through the night, through the alpine tunnel; They floated over the oceans;/ They walked the passes; they came to present their lives./ To-day the inevita...
You Are Wrong on Venezuela, Senator
EVA GOLINGER
As a registered Democrat who supports major changes to current US governance, I must express my utmost disappointment and disillusionment with your March 19, 2004 Statement on Venezuela. I am a US citizen of Venezuelan origin. I have voted on the democratic bill s...
Israel’s Assassinations Will Only Fuel Suicide Bombings
STEVE NIVA
Not everyone in Israel was jubilant following Israel’s assassination of the much reviled Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder and spiritual leader of the Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas. Israel’s Interior Minister Avraham Poraz, who voted a...
Where is Cynthia McKinney?
GRAYSON CHILDS
Throughout the last few days I have watched and read the news in dismay. The congressional hearing on the intelligence of Sept. 11th has failed to call on the woman who was bold enough to ask the initial questions–Cynthia McKinney. The more I watch CS...
The Ainger Angle
RICHARD OXMAN
This article is dedicated to Stephanie Stewart, a fourteen-year-old whose recent brave, inspired political actions made me revisit Shaw’s Maid of Orleans. "Well…well…well." – John Kerry, graduate of Ya...
One Nation Under [Your Logo Here]
SEAN CARTER
This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the much anticipated Pledge of Allegiance case. The man challenging the pledge is Michael Newdow, an atheist whose daughter attends public school. And despite the fact that Newdow neither has a law degree nor see...
They Shoot Men in Wheelchairs, Too?
RON JACOBS
It’s hard for me to believe, even though I consider myself pretty hardened to the murderous acts of governments, especially the governments of Israel and the United States, but the murder by missile of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in the streets of Palestine represen...
Do the Facts Lie?
M. SHAHID ALAM
Prophet Muhammad said, "He is not one of us who proclaims the cause of tribal partisanship" When asked, what is "tribal partisanship," he an-swered, "[It means] your helping your own people in an unjust cause." [1] ...
A Spanish Parallel
DAVE LINDORFF
There is an interesting parallel between the dramatic events in Spain earlier this month and the dramatic weeks that followed the attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001, but it’s not the one most pundits and politicians have been making....
The Battle Over the Double Black CD
PHYLLIS POLLACK
When Jay-Z released the accapella version of his Black CD, remixers jumped on the album, and the mash-up was on. DJ Dangermouse flipped it with Beatles samples, which roundly brought charges of blasphemy from the Recording Industry Of America (RIAA), EMI and other...
Sharon’s One-Way Track
AMHED BOUZID
The assassination of Hamas founder and spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassine, should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Ariel Sharon’s actions and has paid minimum attention to how he operates. His logic is straightforward and impeccable: Israel...
Driving Mr. Koon
JG
"Where tha Fuck did u lurn how to drive koon-boy…U talk jus’ like any dumb nigger I ever met!" Straight outta Samuel L. Jackson’s "A Time To Kill," or perhaps a relaying of Klan oral tradition — no, this most eloquent fi...
Colombia’s National Parks
PHILLIP CRYAN
Daniel Samper Pizano has turned his column in the Bogota daily El Tiempo into a megaphone in recent weeks, rallying the public against U.S.-backed herbicide spraying in Colombia’s 49 national parks. His writing led to a two-day deluge of more than 1,100 angr...
John Howard Starts to Wobble
BRIAN MCKINLAY
As the growing stench of disaster begins to gather around the Bush Administration ,a remarkably similar situation is unfolding in Canberra, the Australian capital. Nowhere in the Bush Coalition has there been an ally half so good as the Australian P.M. John Howard...
Richard Clarke and Teflon George
MIKE WHITNEY
The 60 Minutes interview of the Bush Administration’s top "terrorist advisor", Richard Clarke, and his damning testimony about President Bush, should be analyzed in a way that is consistent with what we already know about the media. We’...
The Clarke Revelations
JULIAN BORGER
George Bush’s re-election campaign suffered a stinging blow yesterday when the president’s former chief counter-terrorism adviser accused him of doing "a terrible job" in protecting America against attack, largely because of a fixation on Ira...
Firm with Ties to Cheney’s Task Force Faces Criminal Indictment
JASON LEOPOLD
Three years ago, while California’s energy crisis was spiraling out of control, Vice President Dick Cheney secretly met with half-dozen corporate executives of the country’s largest energy companies to hammer out a national energy policy for President ...
Sharon Edges Closer to World War
GILAD ATZMON
Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was murdered at daybreak on Monday. Israel Air Force helicopters fired missiles at the car carrying the wheelchair-bound head of the Islamic group as he left a mosque near his house in Gaza City. It also appears Ariel Sha...
On Extrajudicial Executions
MAZIN QUMSIYEH
As the fourth strongest army in the world, Israel could have arrested the quadriplegic and partially blind spiritual elder of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). But history shows that such extrajudicial executions (200 so far) create instability and a cycle ...
25,000 March for an End to the Occupation
PHIL GASPER
The San Francisco Bay Area had experienced a heat wave with record-setting temperatures all week and Saturday did not disappoint. It was a gloriously sunny day with bright blue skies and temperatures in the 80s. My expectations had been for a demonstration of 10-1...
Worse Than a Crime; It is an Act of Stupidity
URI AVNERY
The assassination of Shiekh Admed Yassin is worse than a crime, it is an act of stupidity! This is the beginning of a new chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It moves the conflict from the level of a solvable national conflict to the level of relig...
Stop Walling and Stalling
GREG MOSES
Pull down the walls, fix the schools, hold the elections, and stop the wars. How many times do we have to ask? Today in Houston, we ask again. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, from the 18th District of Texas, standing at the steps of Houston City Hall, remin...
Old and Young Parade for Peace
LENNI BRENNER
I’m a traffic surveyor by trade. Among other things, I count pedestrians on sidewalks, vehicle flows, etc. So when I go to a parade, political or otherwise, I try to make a professional count or at least a professional estimate of how many people were there....
The James Yee Story
MIKE WHITNEY
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices." Voltaire "Chaplain Yee has won. The Army’s dismissal of the classified information charges against him represen...
Atocha Seen from Kandahar, El Pozo from Baghdad
AGUSTIN VELLOSO
The first of June 2002 does not mean anything to Spaniards. On that day a 1.000 kilogram bomb launched from a US warplane against a crowd attending a wedding resulted in 40 people dead and over 100 wounded, most of them children and women. The seventh of Ap...
Swindling Posterity
MIKE WHITNEY
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." Thomas Jefferson "The th...
Dude, Where’s Your Evidence?
MICKEY Z
Michael Moore makes movies, writes books, produces TV shows, and has built-in pacifist radar (hey, he endorsed "anti-war" candidate Wes Clark, didn’t he?). But that’s not the extent of his varied skills. Moore is also a: ...
Is Spain Caving in to Terrorism?
LAWRENCE MAGNUSON
No, in the midst of losses more sorrowful than speech can convey, Spain is not capitulating to terrorism. But the horrible carnage of the train bombing in Spain will soon have its intended effect on other nations. The "Death Smoke Squads" of Al Qaeda are...
Emma Goldman for President
KURT NIMMO
I don’t know if the Diebold computer voting machines in my town will let me to write-in a presidential candidate come November. But if it is possible I’m voting for Emma Goldman. It will be a symbolic vote, of course. Emma died in 1940. ...
Fence, Barrier, Wall
WILLIAM A. COOK
  "Something there is that doesn’t love a wall." "Mending Wall," Robert Frost Funny how Frost’s fallen boulders, the size of bread loaves and small balls, when placed back on the ...