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Archives from April 2004
A CNN/CIA Scenario
GRAEME GREENBACK
CNN News Updated: 05:25 p.m. EDT (21:25 GMT) April 26, 2004 GRAEME GREENBACK reporting… It was Sunday in Basra when I got the call. I’d blown into the this British-held city a few days before, when I got "the word" that...
Iraq, the US and an Old Lesson
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Weapons of mass distruction, a slam-dunk war followed by a no-end-in-sight occupation? We’ve been here before when a century ago the U.S. first sent an army overseas to accomplish regime change and liberate a resource-rich land from tyranny. It began...
Congressman Know-Nothing
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people. . . . Abraham Lincoln, 1837 Vanity, conceit and pride can substitute for integrity. Consider Congressman Tom Tancredo. Mr. Tancre...
We Are the Barbarians
M. JUNAID ALAM
A significant thing: it is not the head of a civilization that begins to rot first. It is the heart. -Aimé Césaire Jaw agape and fangs unsheathed, American colonialism has lashed out with severe brutality against...
Seeking the Evil One
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Imagine a fundamentalist tent-meeting somewhere on the dusty plains of Oklahoma or Texas without the Devil? a spluttering preacher at the pulpit with nothing about which to shout and frighten people? Preaching the actual teachings of Jesus – so far as we kno...
Advancing Theories
WENDY BRINKER
"Some people drink Pepsi, Some people drink Coke, The wacky morning DJ says democracy’s a joke." - Cake, Comfort Eagle We’ve got to stop placing all of the peace eggs in the election basket. Ev...
Flag-Draped Coffins and the Seattle Times
MIKE WHITNEY
On April 18, The Seattle Times ran a photograph of flag-draped coffins leaving Iraq on the front page of its Sunday edition. Since then, the photograph has been circulated around the world and its author, Tami Silicio, has become an overnight celebrity. Fo...
Rwanda and the F***** Word
TOM MOUNTAIN
With the advent and passing of the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, we have been subjected to a series of television programs portraying what happened as a grotesque orgy of African tribal bloodletting. Few mentioned the subject of Rwanda and the ...
The Dirty Work of Canadian Intelligence
FAISAL KUTTY
"We do not target specific communities," says a Canadian intelligence officer parroting the official line, "we [including Canadian Muslims] are all on the same team in the war on terror." The agent, who was questioning one of my clients, was at...
The War Comes Home
TRACY MCLELLAN
Another Century of War? by Gabriel Kolko, 2002, The New Press, 165 pp....
The Empire in Denial and the Denial of Empire
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush, for all the jokes about his intellectual challenges, has established an unsurpassed level of imperial denial, while he blithely rejects notions that he runs an empire that has run into considerable trouble. Indeed, except for the comments of a few ...
Terrorist Threats and Political Gain
BRUCE SCHNEIER
Posturing, pontifications, and partisan politics aside, the one clear generalization that emerges from the 9/11 hearings is that information–timely, accurate, and free-flowing–is critical in our nation’s fight against terrorism. Our intelligence ...
The Day I Was Asked to Feed an Elephant
WALT BRASCH
On April 21, I finally became part of the establishment. At least the Republican National Committee believes I did. I received a letter from Ed Gillespie. THE Ed Gillespie. Chairman of all the Republicans. Beneath a red and blue logo, from Ed Gilles...
An Appointment of Shock and Awe
DAVE LINDORFF
The past year of war and occupation has been the occasion for much jaw dropping, but I have to say that as jaded as I have become about one dumb-ass move after another by this incredibly inept administration, I was completely stunned by the idiocy of the Bush admi...
The Empire in Denial and the Denial of Empire
SAUL LANDAU
George W. Bush, for all the jokes about his intellectual challenges, has established an unsurpassed level of imperial denial, while he blithely rejects notions that he runs an empire that has run into considerable trouble. Indeed, except for the comments of a few ...
The Colombia Three Acquitted
JAMES DAVIS
Three Irish men arrested on leaving FARC territory in Colombia during august 2001 were acquitted of the most serious charge of providing training to FARC rebels yesterday in Bogotá. Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan were convicted on the le...
British Military Resisting Call for More Forces to Aid Americans in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And KIM SENGUPTA
Baghdad. British military commanders are resisting pressure from Downing Street to deploy large-scale reinforcements to join American forces in Baghdad and other volatile parts of Iraq. Baghdad exploded in violence again yesterday, providing a foreta...
Protest, Rebellion, Commitment: Then and Now
GROVER FURR
"Everything old is new again" The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. By July the Espionage Act had been rushed through Congress. "The law made it a crime, punishable by a $10,000 fine and 20 year...
Bremer’s De-De-Ba’athification Gambit
GREG MOSES
Lakhdar Brahimi and US Generals led the way last week, both camps hinting that de-Baathification in Iraq was a policy too stridently enforced by US civilian command. And by week’s end, their remarks were answered by Paul Bremer, who, "with Iraqi resista...
Anarchy in Our Souls
GILA SVIRSKY
I just spoke to Molly Malekar on her way to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, and here is what she reported: "We were about 60 women, only women: roughly 1/3 Israeli, 1/3 Palestinian, and 1/3 internationals. We gathered at...
Lies, Lies and More Lies
ELAINE CASSEL
Keeping up with the lies of the Bush Administration (something that Steve Perry has been doing at Bush Wars) would be a full-time job. ...
The US May Take the Place of the USSR as the Latest Failed Superpower
WAYNE MADSEN
Consider the following highly-classified report about the situation on the Afghan front: "Judging by the most recent communications that we have received from Afghanistan in the form of encrypted cables, as well as by telephone conferences with...
US Troops Threaten to Enter Najaf
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad American troops will enter parts of the holy city of Najaf to crush the radical Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr but will avoid its sacred sites, a US general said yesterday. Shia leaders have warned there will be an explosion of anger among the 15 t...
Inspired by Pat Tillman?
MICKEY Z.
You fasten the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion As young people’s blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud....
Vanunu and the Terrible Secret
URI AVNERY
In the darkness of a cinema, a woman’s voice: "Hey! Take your hands off! Not you! YOU!" This old joke illustrates the American policy regarding nuclear armaments in the Middle East. "Hey, you there, Iraq and Iran and Libya, stop it! Not...
A General, GM and the Army’s Latest Tank
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
On December 10, two Strykers, the Army’s newest armored personnel carrier, were patrolling near Balad, Iraq, when the embankment beneath them collapsed and the vehicles plunged into a rain-swollen river. Three soldiers died and another was severely injured. ...
The CIA Killed Pat Tillman
KURT NIMMO
Indirectly, of course. Tillman, an ex-NFL star who threw away his career and a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to fight Bush’s war as an Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan this week. According to the Bush Ministry of Disinf...
Another Case Study: Mary Robinson
ROBERT FISK
Behold Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, would-be graduation commencement speaker at Emory University in the United States. She has made a big mistake. She dared to criticise Israel. She suggested–horro...
Iraq and the American Borg
NELSON VALDES
Americans consider themselves rugged individualists who by nature resist the coercion or imposition of any arbitrary external power. This self-definition of Americanism is represented in numerous ways in American popular culture. The symbol of that independent att...
Israel, Palestine and Bush
Col. DAN SMITH
"I welcome the disengagement plan prepared by the Government of Israel, under which Israel would withdraw certain military installations and all settlements from Gaza and withdraw certain military installations and settlements in the West Bank.Th...
A Vacation in Tear Gas
GARY ENGLER
LA PAZ, Bolivia. Explosions through the night, tear gas and protecting two young student teachers from riot police were not exactly what we expected for our holiday in Bolivia. Still, my partner and I will remember the first ten hours of Wednesday long afte...
The Return of Saddam’s Generals
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad Iraqi generals who fought for Saddam Hussein are being reinstated to strengthen the new US-trained Iraqi army half of whose soldiers mutinied or went home during fighting earlier this month. More than half a dozen generals from the old Iraqi ...
Does Anybody Know Anything?
MARK SCARAMELLA
Washington politicians are fond of saying nothing could have been done to prevent the 911 terrorist attacks. This would be comparable to an aircraft maintenance superintendent ignoring a letter from the safety office saying that there had been random observations ...
Why an Independent Won Sydney
VANESSA JONES
Well, co-editor Alex, you are asking me to do a piece on the Sydney City Council elections, after I forwarded some articles summarizing the surprise election results for Lord mayor 3 weeks ago. I am a bit washed out after an Easter vomit bug. Then the toilet broke...
A Revitalized Women’s Movement? Let’s Hope So
BRANDY BAKER
I do not think that we humans feel only one emotion at any given time. I am thinking of the March for Women’s Lives this Sunday and I feel elated. Finally, the fight for women’s reproductive rights is coming back out where it belongs: in the streets. B...
A Case of Worst Scenarios
BEN TRIPP
It has often been pointed out that I might enjoy wider circulation as a writer if I didn’t use rude words in my pieces, nor would it hurt if I stuck to the 800 word limit like normal columnists (Ann Coulter). Some readers have suggested a 50 word limit, or m...
Kerry and Bush Melt into One
WILLIAM A. COOK
It occurred to me after Kerry’s performance on Meet the Press this weekend that Americans have a choice this coming November between George Walker Bush or George Kerry Bush, the Tweedleddumb and Tweedledeedumb proffered to us by the Republicrats Party. How c...
A Reporter’s Account of an Ex-Prisoner’s Struggle to Re-Enter Society
ELAINE CASSEL
In 2004, an estimated 600,000 people will be released from state and federal prisons. And in the near future, this number will increase exponentially — as persons who began serving long prison terms in the late 1980’s (for mostly drug offenses) return ...
Al Aronowitz, Bob Dylan and the Beatles
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
"Bob Dylan And The Beatles" (Vol. 1 of the best of the Blacklis...
…In All Insignificant Respects
GREG WEIHER
Presidential Press Secretary Scott McLellan, speaking for the world’s loudest democracy, was droning on in his mendacious monotone. When, in response to Senator Kennedy’s speech at the Brookings Institution, he avowed that Iraq was nothing like Vietnam...
The Repression of Dissent
LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES
The stance of the political parties throughout the crisis that led to the ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a constant reminder for the lack of democratic norms and traditions that has characterized Haiti over the last two centuries. Simply put, there...
Agriculture’s Bullied Market
JIM FRENCH
The dominant myth about democracy in the United States is that all sides may air points of view, and that through debate truth and justice will win out over power. But under the present regime, it seems the might of capital makes right. Take the example of ...
"Uncle Sam Needs Your Help Again"
NORMAN SOLOMON
Taking the stage at a community center in the small Northern California town of Bolinas, a group of four musicians quickly showed themselves to be returning as a vibrant creative force centered very much in the present. Not that the music of Country Joe and...
The Perils of Globalization
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY
This is the text of CYNTHIA MCKINNEY’s talk at the Georgia Tech Globalization Forum held on April 22, 2004 I would like to thank Georgia Tech and the Georgia Peace Center for holding this forum tonight. I spent one qu...
The Rising Corporate Military Monster
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
A corporate military monster is being created in Iraq. The U.S. government is relying on private military contractors like never before. Approximately 15,000 milita...
Senator’s Wife Charged with Assault
CounterPunch Wire
After causing a slight uproar among the Beltway elites one year ago for placing a "Peace is Patriotic" sign in her home window, Wanda Baucus, wife of Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, allegedly sidelined her nonviolent disposition, and assaulted a w...
Imagination Deficit Disorder
DAVE LINDORFF
Back in the mid 18th Century, the east coast of North America was a pretty rough-and-tumble place. The British, our colonial motherland, had outlawed slavery, but here in the colonies, the inhuman practice thrived everywhere. Similarly, while Britain had developed...
Glossary of the Iraqi Occupation
PAUL De ROOIJ
It is amazing to me that they [CentCom] aren’t more careful with t...
Yellow Caked in the Face
HAMMOND GUTHRIE
In "bracing for terror" before the election the administration sternly forewarns that November’s alert status will be Red with prescience, suggesting that operatives ("the bad guys") might already be in place–...
The Best Directors Money Can Buy
KARYN STRICKLER
Hearty congratulations to Lisa Renstorm, Jan O’Connell, Nick Aumen, Sanjay Ranchod and Dave Karpf. They won the election for the Sierra Club Board of Directors. I like to call them the Chosen 5. They won in an unprecedented, landslide victory. Why, it was so...