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Archives from May 2004
Bush’s Cruel New Rules on Cuba
Rep. BILL DELAHUNT
Divert resources from antiterrorism investigations, mandate burdensome government paperwork and forbid families from helping — or even seeing — their relatives. That’s the new U.S. policy toward Cuba. As if four decades of a failed embargo...
Chalabi Baba and the 40 Thieves
PAUL McGEOUGH
Sinbad, step aside. Aladdin and Ali Baba, off with your tawdry tales so we can hear a truly fantastic story from the land of the Arabian Nights. You would have thought by this stage of this United States presidency, that there was little left to shock. But ...
"Maybe We Did Screw Up…a Little"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
On May 26 the New York Times finally hitched up its pants, took a deep breath and issued an editorial declaration of moderate regret for its role in boosting the case for war on Iraq. There was a bit of dutiful trumpet-tootling at the start ("we found an enor...
Major "Liberal" Outlets Clog Media Diets
NORMAN SOLOMON
For many years, health-conscious Americans avidly consumed margarine as a wholesome substitute for artery-clogging butter. Only later did research shed light on grim effects of the partially hydrogenated oil in margarine, with results such as higher incidences of ...
Bush’s Misleading Pledge to Destroy Abu Ghraib
GREG MOSES
Already two claims have been repeated about the President’s War College speech, but both claims are misleading. First is the claim that the speech offered nothing new. But this claim is misleading because it fails to take seriously the meaning of the particu...
Dissing Independent Contractors
DAVE LINDORFF
Now it’s personal. The Bush cabal has begun besmirching the good name of us independent contractors, and I’m pissed. Imagine. They’re saying that some of the most egregious torture and murder of prisoners at Baghram Airbase in Afg...
Tax Breaks for Scions…to Hell with Poor Kids
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the inequities of the 2001 tax act, insofar as the rich are concerned will be cured by a Bill passed by the House of Representatives before leaving on their third vacation this year, if approved by the Senate. Among provisions in the 2001 tax act that did n...
The Lies of Our Times
AMY GOODMAN And DAVID GOODMAN
In our new book, The Exception To the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers and the...
A 1993 Interview
DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE
(This interview with Dave Dellinger, wh...
The Times Confesses…Kind Of
JOHN L. HESS
Halleluya! On this 26th day of May, 2004. The New York Times confessed to having helped promote the lies that got us into war with Iraq. This being the Times, it didn’t put it that forthrightly. First it told us how wonderful its coverage had been ...
Pumping Irony
SHELDON RAMPTON And JOHN STAUBER
For Jay Leno, it was a big night, scoring the highest Nielsen rating that The Tonight Show had seen for a Wednesday in more than four years. The big guest was movie muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was coming on the show to announce whether he would run in Cal...
Ragging the Dogs of War at the New York Times
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
Caught with its pants down, the New York Times, on 26 May 2004, briefly stepped out of character and, well off the front page, admitted that its editors and journalists, most notably Judy Miller, skewed information to fit a preconceived plan of action by certain g...
The Wrestling Pacifist
STEW ALBERT
Dave Dellinger is dead at 88. He’s the first of my closest 60′s super pals to live to a very ripe old age. The NY Times had an OK obit worth your checking out. Dave’s being correctly portrayed as a person of unyielding beliefs and as a rad...
Feds Unable to Distinguish Art from Bioterrorism
CounterPunch Wire
Steve Kurtz was already suffering from one tragedy when he called 911 early in the morning to tell them his wife had suffered a cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. The police arrived and, cranked up on the rhetoric of the "War on Terror," decided Kurtz...
Protesting Governor Bigot
DEREK MEDLEY
Accoutered in conspicuous orange jackets, Massachusetts state police officers were deliberating their intentions while filming and pointing at the three of us as we sat quietly among the audience at this year’s Suffolk University commencement ceremony, which...
The Oil Connection
CONN HALLINAN
On its face, President George Bush’s recent endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s land grab in the occupied territories makes little sense. The plan, under which Israel would abandon Gaza while permanently annexing most of the West Bank,...
The Things Bush Didn’t Say in His Speech
ROBERT FISK
The Independent I can’t wait to see Abu Ghraib prison reduced to rubble by the Americans–at the request of the new Iraqi government, of course. It will be turned to dust in order to destroy a symbol of Saddam’s brutality. That’s what Pr...
More on Morons and War Crimes
TOM STEPHENS
"One did not know what happened inside the Ministry of Love, but it was possible to guess: tortures, drugs, delicate instruments that registered your nervous reactions, gradual wearing-down by sleeplessness and solitude and persistent questioning...
The New Draft UN Resolution Allows for Perpetual Occupation
ZEYNEP TOUFE
The new U.S.-British drafted Security Council resolution is a scam. Under cover of a "transfer of sovereignty," it seeks to have the United Nations give the United States legal authority to continue the occupation indefinitely. You wouldn’t ...
He Was a Friend of Ours
RON JACOBS
I’m in shock. I just received an email from a very good friend here in Vermont telling me that David Dellinger died the afternoon of May 25th. Dave was a lifelong antiwar activist who refused to fight in World War Two and actively opposed every US war since ...
The Trail to Tehran
ANDREW COCKBURN
In the aftermath of last week’s raid by Iraqi’s police and US forces on the elegant Baghdad mansion currently inhabited by Ahmad Chalabi (it actually belongs to his sister), his angry spokesman cited as evidence of the intruders’ barbarity the fa...
Corporate Investment and Government Double-Dealing
TONI SOLO
The United States and Britain make suitable partners. Abuse and torture at the Hola camp in Kenya in the 1950s, Fort Morbut in Aden in the 1960s and the Castlereagh interrogation centre for twenty years in Ireland remain potent symbols of British war crimes. Colon...
A Review of "The New Pearl Harbor"
MARC ESTRIN
The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 ...
Visiting Lori Berenson
GARY HANDSCHUMACHER
April 23, 2004: Lori Berenson stands at a steel table next to a walk-in size oven. She is a baker of some reknown now, at least among the network of political prisoners in Peru’s various dungeons. She is spreading the last bit of frosting on a birthday cake ...
A Vietnam Vet on "Supporting the Troops"
STEPHEN T. BANKO, III
I came home from my war in 1970 with a body still riddled with shrapnel and mind still muddled with a toxic cocktail of rage and guilt and fear. I tried with every fiber of my being to become myself again but always knowing that I would never be that person again....