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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...