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Archives from April 2004
What Would Royko Write?
SHEILA SAMPLES
I often wonder what Chicago’s late, great Mike Royko thinks about "Boss" Dick Cheney literally snickering up his sleeve at the direction he’s managed to steer the Independent (sic) 9-11 Commission to effectively cover up what he and others in...
The Coming Islamic Republic of Iraq?
Dr. BULENT GOKAY
The weekend uprising by Shiite Muslim militias against the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq creates more uncertainty about US/British plans to turn over authority in July to an interim Iraqi regime. Whether this can be done without bringing on a ferocious civil war is ...
Bloodbath a Bad Omen for Bush
ROBERT FISK
The Independent To the horror of the occupying powers in Iraq, the country’s ever more bloody insurgency has at last spilled over into the majority Shi’ite Muslim community. Coalition soldiers fought gunmen in the holy city of Najaf yesterda...
Creating Hope in the Midst of Fear
JOHN FARRELL
"Forgive us, Monsignor, for we have elected your assassins once again . . . " read the top part of the banner hanging from the stage outside of the Cathedral of San Salvador during the Mass commemorating the 24th anniversary of the murder of Monsign...
Another "Nightmare Scenario"
GARY LEUPP
Grotesque images from Fallujah—of charred, butchered flesh framed with jubilant children’s faces—remind the world that the Sunni Triangle is a dangerous place for Americans. Elsewhere, events in the hitherto quiescent Shiite south bode badly, too...
From ABB to ON
MICKEY Z.
Spare a thought for the stay at home voter His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows And a parade of the gray suited grafters, A choice of cancer or polio. "Salt of the Earth," Jagger/Richards Rece...
An Election Manifesto
FRANK BARDACKE And DOUG LUMMIS
How should we, who are horrified by the wars, lies, and smirks of George W. Bush, approach the coming presidential election? Two arguments are being made. One is, Bush has to be defeated, no matter what it takes. This man has committed one criminal a...
Do Most Iraqis Really Want the US to Stay?
SHARON SMITH
"Seven 10 Iraqis say things overall are going well for them–a result that might surprise outsiders imagining the worst of life in Iraq today," ABC News reported on March 15, touting the results of an opinion poll marking the anniversary of the U.S....
The Weather Above the Ground
RICHARD OXMAN
"so rah-rah-rah democracy let’s all be as thankful as hell and bury the statue of liberty (because it begins to smell) – E.E. Cummings’ last four lines of Thanksgiving (1956) "Everybody talks ab...
Could You be Secretary of Defense?
MARK SCARAMELLA
(From "Rumsfeld’s Rules for White House Chiefs of Staff, an...
Phony Liberals and Fake Concern for the Homeless
BRUCE ANDERSON
Former California State Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin (D-Napa) says she’ll run for the 2nd District State Senate seat presently occupied by that great statesman from Arcata, Wes Chesbro, disco pimp as created by Wayne Newton! Get back, here comes Wes a...
Communists for Capitalism
STEPHEN GOWANS
Ten years ago this month, Agnes Sehole, a black South African cast a ballot for the first time. Like millions of others, she voted for the African National Congress, the ANC. "I had my hopes to live a better life [1]," she recalls. Swept into powe...
On Jefferson, Diderot and the Political Use of God
GARY LEUPP
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson, 1782 ...
Colombian Workers, Civil Rights, Advertising
PHILLIP CRYAN
Commercials before movies are not popular. A quiet collective sigh fills the just-darkened theater each time the screen comes to life not with the film or even a preview but with an ad. We shake our heads or curse mildly or shrug. Another incursion. Another...
Orwell and Kafka in Israel/Palestine
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
In the last two years I have made three trips to Israel and Occupied Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza Strip). Each trip represents a journey into an approximation of the literary nightmares of George Orwell and Franz Kafka. To a certain extent we are all subject ...
Kerry: A Less Dangerous Imperialist?
SAUL LANDAU
"Did Saddam Hussein have a weapons program? The answer is, absolutely. And we gave him a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn’t let them in. And, therefore, after a reasonable request, we decided to remove him from power…&...
The Family Retainer
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
In 1967, a relatively unknown actress took a role as a maid. This breakthrough role showed her maintaining the home and family of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn for years. Besides polishing the silver, she has raised their daughter, played by Hepburn’s ...
Obscene But Not Heard
BEN TRIPP
Obscenity has once again reared its ugly head like a massive, rock-hard cock. The question is to what degree people in power shall decide what’s acceptable for the public to see and hear, and whether such official oversight will be abused to maintain partisa...
An Interview with "Red" Rodney
DAVE ZIRIN
93 year-old Lester "Red" Rodney was one of the most courageous and principled sports writers of his day. As the Sports Editor for the U.S. Communist Party’s newspaper, The Daily Worker, from 1936-1958, he launched the fight to integrate baseball in...
Aristide Must be Returned to Power
BILL FLETCHER, Jr.
In the midst of the current crisis in Haiti, an issue has emerged among many people of conscience in the U.S.A. concerned about the future of that country. The question facing pro-democracy forces is whether, in addition to demanding an investigation of the...
Anti-Depressants a Problem? We’re Shocked! Brian’s Back; Fire-ants and Nursing Homes
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Six years after Kip Kinkel, dosed up with Prozac, killed his parents and two students at Thurston High, in Oregon; five years after Eric Harris, dosed with Luvox, embarked on his day of slaughter at Columbine; well over a decade after nay-sayers including Dr ...
The Role of the West in the Rwandan Genocide
EMMA MILLER
"We heard a child cry out in the brush. We were furious because we thought it would bring the death squads. I thought to myself: Shut up child. Shut up or die. A policeman found him covered in blood but not wounded. Later, I looked at the boy. I ...
Just Say "No" to Prohibition
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Like many Americans, I grew up learning a "queer" was a criminal, a pervert or, probably, both. Not that I was taught this directly. I just picked it up from the embarrassment of my elders, the cruelty of my peers and the writing on the restroom walls....
Reading al-Qaeda into Madrid
KURT NIMMO
It’s almost laughable the way our corporate media reads the shadowy presence of al-Qaeda into nearly every terrorist incident around the world. I said almost. Fact is, the often absurd claims made by Fox News, CNN, and other alphabet corporate ...
The Meaning of the Elections in Turkey
SACHA GUNEY
On the surface, last week’s nationwide regional and local elections in Turkey ended with few surprises: the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) confirmed its popularity with a convincing lion’s share of the vote–almost 42%. In fact,...
Barbaric Relativism
DAVE LINDORFF
"Barbarism"-Reuters "Grisly Deaths" ­ The New York Times "Grisly assault" ­ Associated Press " Savage behavior" ­ Washington Post Nobody wants to see the kin...
Media Strategy Memo to George & Dick
NORMAN SOLOMON
Some of the most closely guarded documents in the White House are sure to be the ones written by the president’s top media strategist. The public will never get to see the key memos from Karl Rove, but a typical one these days might read something like…...
The Disturbing Case of Captain Yee
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I’ve got a little list–I’ve got a little list W. Gilbert, The Mikado It’s just been one bit of good news after the other in the Yee household. First it was the news last fall that prosecutors no longe...
First Daughter for the First Son
LAURA FLANDERS
The following is an excerpt from the book, BUSHWOMEN: Tales of a Cynical Species, by LAURA FLANDERS (Verso.) When it comes to one’s personal history, it sometimes suits a politician for the public to know very little. Better yet for the public, the m...
Bush Hits Workers with Chemical Weapons
CHRIS FLOYD
A warning to readers: this column is obscene. It relates details of an act so depraved that young children should not be exposed to it; even adults will be debased by the contact. The characters described herein exhibit all the human enlightenment and moral engage...
Tortured at Guantanamo Bay
NICOLE COLSON
Jamal al-Harith made the mistake of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And for that, the last two years of his life have been one long nightmare. The 37-year-old British Web site designer went to Pakistan in October 2001 to study Muslim culture. J...
Haiti’s Army Turns Back the Clock
CHARLES ARTHUR
It didn’t take long for the new order in Haiti to reveal itself. The day after President Aristide ‘left’ for exile, 34 union members at the Ouanaminthe garment assembly factory run by the Dominican Grupo M company, were fired. The next morning, w...
Ireland’s Pubs Go Smoke-Free
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. In years to come it will always be remembered as ‘smoking ban weather’. In the few days after the world’s media descended to report that Ireland — Ireland! — had outlawed workplace smoking, the late-March rain and wind ...
Dying in Vain in Iraq
RON JACOBS
The White House finally presented one of the most timeworn and meaningless rationales for continuing the wrongheaded war and occupation in Iraq. It is a rationale that so-called patriots pull out of their hat (or perhaps they pull it from that part of their body w...