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Archives from March 2004
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 ...