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Archives from June 2004
Getting Away With Murder in Iraq
TARIQ ALI
Before the war they said Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" that threatened the West. Those of us who opposed the war said this was a lie. George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard thought that if they magnified the untruth people would believe it. The...
Apotheosis of the Psychopaths
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
"Having made up ...
America’s Criminal Occupation
ROGER NORMAND
Eeach new revelation of torture, abuse, lies and cover-up exposes the American occupation of Iraq as a criminal enterprise masquerading as liberation. There has been much speculation as to whether Washington’s neoconservative rulers actually believe t...
On the Futility of Bush v. Kerry
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
From "On Civil Disobedience"...
A New Kind of Anger About Bush
KURT NIMMO
I can hear it now. Nicholson Baker wants to kill the president. He’s a threat to national security. He should be locked up. Maybe share a rubber-room with John Hinckley. If Bill O’Reilly thinks Amiri Baraka is a "pinhead" for writing a poem a...
Through the McCain-Feingold Looking Glass
DAVID PRICE
Republican operatives are suggesting th...
Who Dast Call Him Liar
BEN TRIPP
My self-imposed standards of polite discourse are killing me. I decided it was time to change the tone in politics, so I stopped using words like ****, ****, ***, *******, and ‘euphonium’ in the course of my essays. Vice president D*ck Cheney, meanwhil...
New York Times Boosts Pet Builder
TROY SELVARATNAM
While much has been made of The New York Times’s lamentable coverage of the events leading to the war in Iraq, another story calling into question the integrity of the newspaper has been largely overlooked–a story concerning the paper’s possible ...
Bremer Leaves, His Puppets Remain
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad The United States transferred sovereignty back to an Iraqi interim government two days earlier than expected yesterday in a surprise move aimed at preventing the handover being spoilt by guerrilla attacks. The ceremony was a swift and furtive...
Bush Off and Don’t Come Back
HARRY BROWNE
George W. Bush won’t fondly recall this weekend’s close encounter with Ireland–and the feeling is mutual. On the eve of his arrival the normal Irish hostility to Bush had settled at the level of a disgruntled murmur rather than an angry r...
The Detainees and the Bush Tyranny
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Both the Guantanamo detainees and the so-called "unlawful enemy combatants" scored a major victory yesterday when the Supreme Court ruled that the prisoners may be heard in U.S. courts. In the Guanatanamo detainee case, Rasul v. Bush (which was consolida...
Who Really Won?
ELAINE CASSEL
Forget what the media’s talking heads have told you about these three Supreme Court decisions that tested the power of George W. Bush. The President won far more than he lost, so administration "officials" who pronounce themselves victors are more ...
New York Times Boosts Pet Builder
TROY SELVARATNAM
While much has been made of The New York Times’s lamentable coverage of the events leading to the war in Iraq, another story calling into question the integrity of the newspaper has been largely overlooked–a story concerning the paper’s possible ...
Sanitized for Your Protection
STAN COX
We all can breathe a little more easily, now that a frightening bioterror threat has been neutralized. No — the FBI still hasn’t caught that anthrax mailer who caused torturous deaths and grave illnesses back in 2001. But it has nabbed Professor Steven...
The Pitiful Restoration of "Sovereignty"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent So in the end, America’s enemies set the date. The handover of "full sovereignty" was secretly brought forward so that the ex-CIA intelligence officer who is now "Prime Minister" of Iraq could avoid another bloody offe...
New Book Reflects Analyst Outrage
RAY McGOVERN
The book has an apt title: "Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror....
Grisly Rituals in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And LEYLA LINTON
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The Deafening Noise in the Occupied Territories
AMIRA HASS
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Grisly Rituals in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And LEYLA LINTON
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The Profit Motive, Academic Freedom and the Case of Ignacio Chapela
ALI TONAK
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American Swadeshi
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Out looking for a bike for my son, we found ourselves at a prominent bicycle store in our town. The young man who waited on us was courteous, patient, and seemed to know everything about every bicycle in the store — except for one aspect — where the bicycles ...
Indian-Hating in “The Wizard of Oz”
THOMAS ST. JOHN
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Dick Cheney, the New York Times and the Myth of the Iraq Connection to 9/11
DENNIS HANS
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Another Case of Blowback
WAYNE MADSEN
Saleh Mohammed al Oufi, the new head of "Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula," the group that kidnapped and beheaded American Lockheed Martin helicopter technician Paul Johnson, may have received training from a U.S. military contractor while he was being trained...
The Warnings the State Department Sent Its Own People, But Not You
DAVE LINDORFF
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