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Archives from March 2004
An Irresponsible Accountability Act
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
The United States has made a terrible error in its Middle East policy. On December 12, 2003, with little fanfare, George W. Bush signed the Syria Accountability (and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration) Act SAA — which empowers the president to place economic a...
Chomsky’s Lesser-Evilism
PHIL GASPER
An article in Saturday’s Guardian reports that left-wing icon Noam Chomsky has given his "reluctant endorsement to the Democratic party’s presidential contender, John Kerry". Chomsky’s support for Kerry is far from enthusiastic. He desc...
An Unmoving Movie
GARY LEUPP
I left the theater, having witnessed The Passion of the Christ with my fourteen year old son, feeling disappointingly unmoved. I enjoy historical dramas, especially those set in the Roman Empire, and thought that due to that interest alone I’d find The Passi...
Just Another Stupid White Man
JUSTIN FELUX
John Kerry says he wants to be America’s second "black president," but sadly, his record on issues of racial justice makes him look more yellow than black. This could spell trouble for the Democrats. In a recent editorial, Democratic strategist Don...
When Harry Truman Stopped in Butte
JACKIE CORR
"I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he’d taken a poll in Egypt." Harry Truman "There is a housing bill in the interests of the whole country and not just in the interests of the real estate lobby. That bill p...
The Redemptive Power of Art
LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ
Los Angeles city officials, who need to cut $250 million from next year’s $5-billion budget, have proposed eliminating the Cultural Affairs Department. Mayor James K. Hahn and the City Council have yet to take action on the proposal, but it appears t...
Step One: Look in the Mirror
KATHY KELLY
Following the March 11, 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid, Secretary of State Colin Powell told ABC TV’s "This Week" that he hoped Europeans, recognizing that no one is immune, would dedicate themselves to "going after" terrorist organizat...
Duck Hunting, the Supremes, Corruption & Slam Dunks
TRACY McLELLAN
Antonin Scalia has announced he will not recuse himself from the Supreme Court case in which it is to be determined whether or not Dick Cheney must make public the notes of his secret energy task force that formulated Bush energy policy in the spring and summer of...
Let Me Ask You One Question: Is Your Money That Good?
RON JACOBS
In the first days after the events known as 9/11, I wrote a piece that appeared in a view different journals and websites that was titled "The Terrorism of War." In that piece I mentioned that although there was no link between Saddam Hussein’s Ira...
Tony Blair’s Moral Responsibility for Atrocities
TED HONDERICH
What is it to have a moral responsibility for an atrocity finally performed by others? First, it is to have done something else freely that was a necessary condition of the atrocity ­ the atrocity could not have happened without it. Second, that earlier thing ...
Sidestep on Freedom’s Path
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’m for anything that terrifies Democrats, outrages Republicans, upsets the applecart. But exultation about the gay marriages cemented in San Francisco, counties in Oregon and New Mexico and some cities in New York is misplaced. Why rejoice when state...
Which Way John Kerry?
JOHN STANTON
John Kerry recently chided the incoming Spanish government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for promising to fulfill a campaign promise to bring back to Spain its troops and support personnel deployed in Iraq. Agence France Press reported that Kerry’s view wa...
Chauri Chaura & Gandhi’s Vision of Responsibility
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
If ever we reverse course and attain to a degree of sanity (an expectation unwarranted by recent history), March 18 will surely be celebrated as one of the most important anniversaries in our calendar. On March 18, 1922, Mahatma Gandhi addressed the courtro...
The End of Aznar, Bush’s Best Friend
VICENTE NAVARRO
The Spanish fascist dictatorship led by General Franco was one of the most repressive regimes to have existed in Western Europe in the 20th Century. For every political assassination that took place under the Mussolini regime, Franco assassinated 10,000. The Franc...
So Protesters, How Well Do You Know Your Rights?
ANN HARRISON
Let’s say you’ve just been detained by police at an anti-war demonstration and the cops begin asking you questions. Perhaps they want to look in your bag. Maybe you’re already under arrest and officers are encouraging you to "tell your side ...
Cowboy Nation Gets Ready to Vote
GREG MOSES
If tragedy is the name we use for a drama in which the protagonist falls on his own character, then tragic is the shape of public opinion in America. Headlines Monday claimed that three-fourths of Americans already have their minds made up about presidentia...
Zapatero to Kerry: Back Off, Senator, Our Troops Are Coming Home
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
At the precise moment Bush’s Iraq coalition began to show signs of some fatal fissures, John Kerry strode forth to do the president’s bidding for him. After the newly-elected Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, announced his i...
Roll Back this Coup, Mr. Bush
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Former Congresswoman CYNTHIA McKINNEY delivered this address March 6 at a UC Berkeley conference titled "The Role of Law & Policy: Africa, the Caribbean & the U.S." sponsored by the African-American Law and Policy Report. Nowhere do we se...
Spinning the Past; Threatening the Future
NORMAN SOLOMON
Political aphorisms don’t get any more cogent: "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." George Orwell’s famous observation goes a long way toward explaining why — a full year after ...
Fortress Britain’s War on "Economic Migrants"
WILLIAM MACDOUGALL
Tuesday the 16th March was a day like any other in Britain. Yet, as Dinah Washington once famously sang, a lot can indeed happen within the space of those twenty-four little hours. On the Tuesday in question, great play was made of the fact that a British citizens...
Fortress Britain’s War on "Economic Migrants"
WILLIAM MACDOUGALL
Tuesday the 16th March was a day like any other in Britain. Yet, as Dinah Washington once famously sang, a lot can indeed happen within the space of those twenty-four little hours. On the Tuesday in question, great play was made of the fact that a British citizens...
"Missing" Evidence
JOHN L. HESS
Evidence of a notorious crime has turned up in a warren of the State Department, where it had been buried for 30 years. It is notorious because it was the subject of a great motion picture, "Missing," about the desperate effort of an American father to l...
The Moral Imperative
MIKE WHITNEY
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as...
Rachel Corrie One Year Later
GILA SVIRSKY
I was not present in Rafah that terrible day, but I have frequently replayed in my mind the events leading up to the moment when a bulldozer rolled over Rachel Corrie. I think to myself: What compelled this young woman, neither Jewish nor Palestinian, to travel 10...
An Indecent Attack on the First Amendment
Rep. RON PAUL
FLOOR STATEMENT OF HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS BEFORE THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 10, 2004 We will soon debate the "Broadcast Indecency Act of 2004" on the House Floor. This atrocious piece of legislation should be defeated. It cannot improve...
The Chickens Come Home to Roost
GARY LEUPP
I lived for a time in suburban Madrid, with its bells and its clocks and its trees Till one morning everything blazed: one morning bonfires sprang out of earth and devoured all the living Come see the blood in the streets, ...
Halliburton Made $73 Million from Saddam
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
That pack of scoundrels Tumbling through the gate Emerges as the order of the state. Stanley Kunitz, The System At first the reader recoiled in horror. Then, realizing that it was different in law but not in effect ...
Hastert, Bush and Cheney on Spain
SAM HAMOD And ALFREDO REYES
It is no wonder that the Europeans wonder about the "leadership" in America, from the provincial, uneducated president, GW Bush, now to the leader of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert of rural Illinois. Unfortunately, Hastert doesn’t kno...
Madrid and the Lessons of Democracy
JACK RANDOM
Madrid, our hearts go out to you. We mourn your dead and injured. We share your outrage and despair. We add our voices to the condemnation of senseless violence. We know that our words are insufficient; our sorrow is but a shadow; our empathy is inadequate to heal...
Third Parties in a Fractured Democracy
JOSH FRANK
Things may be shaping up nicely for Ralph Nader, who could very soon receive an unlikely endorsement from the Ross Perot founded Texas Reform Party. This may prove to be a huge victory for Nader’s solo candidacy, as the support from the conservative R...
What Makes a Nader Voter Tick?
GREG BATES
I am writing a book that looks at Ralph Nader’s bid for the Presidency and I need 5 minutes of your time–if you intend to or are likely to vote for him. I have talked to a lot of people about this, and while many stand against him, some favor his run w...
Anonymous Donors and Rigged Elections
KARYN STRICKLER
The deliberate rigging of the 2004 Sierra Club Board of Directors elections–to keep reformers off the Board–smacks of a desperation so deep, that it begs the question–what does the old guard have to hide? Internal Revenue Service form...
Ignore Bush’s "Do Ask and Do Tell" Bluster
WAYNE MADSEN
Senator John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, is under fire from all the usual conservative and neo-conservative rabble rousers for stating that a number of world leaders (or leaders, depending on the transcript one reads), are priv...
Let the Buyer Beware
TOM STEPHENS
In early March the Bush/Cheney administration rolled out new campaign ads. Most public controversy focused on their cynical use of images from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for partisan political purposes. But to some extent that misses the point. The ads prai...
Bush: Blanc Blanc
PETER LINEBAUGH
Following the opening of the Mark Lombardi exhibit of conspiratorial drawings at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco we repaired to North Beach for a grand dinner, our motley crew led by the inimitable Iain Boal, the geographer activist, convenor ...
Skip the Green Beer
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Having grown up in the mostly Irish working-class St. Michael’s Parish in Flint, Michigan, I remember St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holy day. Every year, that son of the old sod, Monsignor Earl V. Sheridan would regal us with tales of St. Patri...
War on Terror or War on Liberties?
MARJORIE COHN
Once again, the eyes of the world are focused on a brutal and devastating terrorist attack on innocent civilians, this time in Spain. But instead of demanding tougher anti-terrorism laws, the Spaniards on Sunday voted out the center-right government that supp...
The Bloody Price of the "War on Terror"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent They had been warned. The Aznars and the Blairs and the Bushes had been told by those who were their allies – France and Germany and many others, not to mention the Arabs – that their crusade against al-Qa’ida could most cruel...
The Aftershocks from Madrid
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst How many times since John Kerry sewed up the nomination (as well as the victory, for 2004 at least, of the "me-too" DLC wing of the Democratic Party) has some well-meaning intellectual said something like this to you: "Look, B...
From Franco to Aznar
ALEXANDER LYNCH
Huge political changes obviously point to two recent occurrences under former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar; Supporting the Bush Administration’s war in Iraq while 90 percent of the Spanish population disagreed and the recent bombings of the RENFE commuter...
How to Change World Order in Four Days
SCOTT BOEHM
On Thursday, I missed becoming a statistic by less than fifteen minutes. On Friday, I joined millions marching through the bone-chilling, rainy streets of Madrid in solidarity with those who were not as lucky as I. On Saturday, I spent most of the night banging a ...
The Case for a Nuclear Iran
MIKE WHITNEY
"America operates a rigorous double standard with respect to nuclear weapons issues, rather like confirmed alcoholics complaining about teenage drinking." Dan Plesch, arms control expert Iran should be allowed to p...
The Anti-Clerical Father of the Bill of Rights
LENNI BRENNER
"The establishment of the chaplainship to Congs is a palpable violation of equal rights, as well as of Constitutional principles." March 16 is the birthday of James Madison (1751-1836), known since his day as "the f...
You Wouldn’t Do a Dog This Way
ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
South Carolina is pushing forward with the execution of David Clayton Hill, despite an order from a federal judge directing the state to investigate its lethal injection procedures. Lethal injection, contrary to popular myth, is not a peaceful way to die....
Untruth and Consequences
DAVID MacMICHAEL
Former CIA analyst On March 9, the all but official Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a group of supporters after a speech in Illinois that he had never had to deal with such "lying and crookedness." He did not specify about whom he w...
The Truth About the Spanish Elections
SAM HAMOD And ALFREDO REYES
Contrary to what American political pundits have been saying, former President Aznar was not cruising to an early victory prior to the bombings in Madrid. Remember, the Spanish people had overwhelming voiced opposition to Spain entering the Iraq war as an ally of ...
Caesareans, Patriarchy and Women’s Health
MICKEY Z
Melissa Ann Rowland, 28, of Salt Lake City was pregnant with twins. Her doctors claim they warned her about complications requiring a Caesarean section. Without the procedure, they believed the unborn twins might not survive. According to a nurse, Rowland refused ...
Terror Nothing New to Europe
HARRY BROWNE
Describing this week’s sickening atrocity in Madrid, people understandably reach for hyperbole. "The worst terrorist attack in memory in mainland Europe," the pundits say. Such a definite statement might surprise the elderly citizens ...
Haiti: a Coup without Consultation
LIDICE VALENZUELA
With its imperial perspective, the United States is once again directing the fortune of Haiti–a small Caribbean nation with some eight million inhabitants that first witnessed military interference by its powerful northern neighbor in 1915, which now, as in ...
The Tragic Symmetry of Terrorism
MIKE WHITNEY
"Stop targeting us, release our prisoners, and leave our land, we will stop attacking you. The people of US allied countries have to put pressure on their governments to immediately end their alliance with the US in the war against terror (Islam)...