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Archives from April 2004
A CNN/CIA Scenario
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
"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
Another Century of War? by Gabriel Kolko, 2002, The New Press, 165 pp....
The Empire in Denial and the Denial of Empire
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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...