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Archives from March 2004
"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...