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Archives from June 2004
Why Steve Kurtz’s Colleagues Refused to Testify to the Grand Jury
BRUCE JACKSON
A death and a taste of blood Steve Kurtz’s wife Hope died of a heart attack May 11. Steve, an associate professor of art at University at Buffalo, called 911. The police who came saw some of the materials for an art exhibit on genetic modification and...
Iran Looks to Its West and Says: I Don’t Think So
RON JACOBS
In one more instance of duplicity and hypocrisy as regards the US plans for Iraq, Undersecretary of State John Bolton stated June 8, 2004 that Iraq could one day build nuclear power plants. Although that day is, in Bolton’s words "a ways down the road,&...
An Open Letter to the People of Iraq
MICKEY Z.
Dear Future Democrats: Many of you must wonder what lies ahead once the benevolent forces of freedom have succeeding in creating an American-style democracy in Iraq. Allow me, if you will, to offer you a glimpse into the future. American democracy al...
Clinton Exhales
JOHN L. HESS
Bill Clinton came on "60 Minutes" with that look of a spoiled kid who has been caught being naughty and has been punished for it — oh, so harshly. Dan Rather asked him what else he was sorry about, if anything, and he named two –his failure t...
Coogee, Peter Garrett and Valium Earrings
VANESSA JONES
We enter winter–there’s frost on the ground. Deciduous leaves are scattered all around. It gets minus zero at night and winter hasn’t already begun. There’s still a drought. Water catchments are at record lows. The grass hasn’t needed...
Saddam May Face Death Penalty
PATRICK COCKBURN And STEPHEN KHAN
Iraq could execute former leader Saddam Hussein if he is found guilty, the director of the country’s war crimes tribunal system said yesterday. ...
Putin’s Helpful Remarks
GARY LEUPP
Friday, June 18, 2004. About 1:00 p.m. ...
Irreversible Mental Damage
URI AVNERY
Two weeks ago, the international community made a shocking declaration. ...
Chaos Upon Chaos
LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES
The recent disastrous floods that killed more than 2,000 people, left some 1,800 missing and 10,000 more homeless have been a tragedy of enormous proportion and unless some drastic measures are taken, this disaster could be seen as a preview of the things to strike Haiti...
Passion of the Christ in Abu Ghraib
WALTER A. DAVIS
I. The Misfit’s Dilemma ...
In the Wilderness
KATHY KELLY
Pekin Federal Prison. Peoria, IL ...
A Profound Disruption of the Senses
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
“For drugs or procedures to rise to the level of ‘disrupting profoundly the senses or personality’ they must produce an extreme effect. And by requiring that they be calculated to produce such an effect, the statute [US Law] requires for liability [that...
Morality and Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Morality and mortality are almost identical words in English. The words in the Latin roots are similar too—mores (customs) and mors (death). And they are linked concepts in biblical myth. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is death in the Genes...
The Day After Tomorrow: Don’t Go There
BRUCE ANDERSON
The movie "The Day After Tomorrow" is the single most moronic film I’ve seen since "Bill and Coo," an epic I was dragged to as a child, circa 1950. Bill and Coo were talking parakeets, The Day After Tomorrow is talking cretins. ...
A Quick Look at How Democrats Helped Bush Rape Mother Nature
JOSH FRANK
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For Sake of Balance: Deport Me
PRUDENCE CROWTHER
Dear Mr. Attorney General: ...
When Ethnic Cleansing Becomes Respectable
Col. DAN SMITH
(US Army, Ret.) ...
Bush and the Timken Plant, a Year Later
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
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US is Paranoid and Isolated
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. ...
The Christian Question in American Politics
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
In his 1844 work On the Jewish Question, Karl Marx, himself of Jewish background, reasoned that Judaism is a religion, religion is superstition, and consequently any progressive thinker will aim towards the complete dissolution of the Jewish identity in the strugg...
From Division I Basketball Player to Disabled Army Vet
DAVE ZIRIN
"Coach, you know how you were always on me about working on my right hand dribble. Well, I’m going to start." With this line delivered amid laughter and tears, former Notre Dame southpaw basketball standout Danielle "D-Smooth" Gr...
The Enduring Triumph of Bush
CHRIS FLOYD
Surely it is now time for all The Bush-bashers and...
Iraq, al-Qaeda and al-Zarqawi
GARY LEUPP
Vice President Dick Cheney gave a speech on June 14th to The James Madison Institute, a conservative Florida-based “think tank.” (That term that usually describes a handful of ideologues positing as “thinkers,” and acquiring, through corpo...
What Iraqi Unionists are Trying to Teach America and Why We Can’t Hear Them
GREG MOSES
A comprehensive, nation-by-nation survey of worker’s rights got a 170-word write up last week in the &quo...
Rounding Up Everyone Who Knows More Than They Do
RON JACOBS
One of the lessons I learned in Contemporary Power Relations 101 is that when the rulers resort to brute force to impose their will, it means that they are losing their grip. No longer will their bribes, money, and lies suffice in their ongoing project to pacify t...
Zionism, Anti-Semitism and the People of Palestine
NOEL IGNATIEV
Zionism as a political movement developed in the late 19th century. Its founder, Theodore Herzl, was influenced by two phenomena: the extent of French anti-Semitism revealed by the Dreyfus Trial, and nationalist ideals then popular in Europe. Herzl held that Jews ...
Philly Daily News: "Four Wasted Years"
DAVE LINDORFF
Say what you will about John Kerry, Philadelphia’s commuter tabloid, the Daily News, today handed the Bush campaign some very bad news in the key state of Pennsylvania with a cover page and two-page editorial blasting the president’s policies, endorsin...
How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons
NORM DIXON
On August 18, 2002, the New York Times carried a front-page story headlined, "Officers say U.S. aided Iraq despite the use of gas". Quoting anonymous US "senior military officers", the NYT "revealed" that in the 1980s, the administrat...
The Persecution of Steve Kurtz
ED CARDONI
Editors’ Note: Here’s the latest in the Steve Kurtz case, the Buffalo artist now being harrassed by the FBI. Recall that Kurtz’s wife died, he called 911, they looked at his art and his books and called the FBI, and now the Justice D...
The Only Choice is the War Party
KURT NIMMO
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a point. Democrats have "no moral right" to criticize Bush for invading Iraq. Why? Because they were gung-ho about invading Yugoslavia. Putin made the comment at the G8 neolib feast on Sea Island, Georgia. Demo...
Ronald Reagan’s Death Squads
GARY HANDSCHUMACHER
Ronald Reagan touched many peoples’ lives, many he killed…one was Ben Linder. Ben Linder was murdered by Reagan’s contras on April 28, 1987. He was an engineer who had gone to Nicaragua in 1983, as many thousands did during the years of th...
Who Is Rodrigo Rato?
VICENTE NAVARRO
Rodrigo Rato has been appointed as the new managing d\irector of the International Monetary Fund. I have read the biographical notes and references to his career that have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other major p...
Harry Levin and the Penultimate Manuscript of Finnegans Wake
BRUCE JACKSON
June 16 is the hundredth anniversary of the day Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom wandered through ‘dear dirty Dublin,’ the day and adventure James Joyce immortalized in Ulysses (1922). The city of Dublin is celebrating that fictive event with a festiv...
Obituary with Cheers
MARIO BENEDETTI
Come on, let’s celebrate ever...
Who is More Decadent? Kerry, His Party or His Church?
LENNI BRENNER
The catch-cry of early 2004 was "anyone but Bush." Anyone turned out to be John Forbes Kerry & a question arises. Frankly, I don’t have the answer. Maybe his supporters can help me out: Who is more decadent? Kerry, his party or his chur...
Hip Hop Reflections on Ronald Reagan
DAVEY D.
Well, today is June 11th and I’m watching all these TV stations play Ray Charles rendition of ‘America’ [Brother Ray just passed away yesterday] while showing the funeral of former President Reagan. Some stations are even showing pictures of the ...
Bombings Target Oil Facilities and Power Plants
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Iraq’s main oil e...
Why Iraqi Detainees Should Sue Michael Moore
DANIEL WOLFF
Last week, filmmaker Michael Moore admitted that he withheld footage documenting the abuse of Iraqi detainees by US troops. He explained his bizarre decision this way: "I wanted to come out with it sooner, but I thought I’d be accused of just putting th...
Turning Haiti into One Big Sweatshop
JG
"The glorification of war and conquest and the absolute power of the authoritarian state; the belief in the Aryans, or Germans, as the master race(these) are not original to HitlerThey emanate from that odd assortment of erudite but unbalanced ph...
What’s Behind the Attacks on Australia’s Latham?
DAVID PALMER
So now we have Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage wading into local Australian politics with the latest Bush administration attack on the ALP’s Iraq withdrawal plan (see Howard’s 2004 Tampa: director George Bush). Armitage doesn’t waste t...
13 More Die in Baghdad Blast
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A suicide car bomb killed 13 people, including five foreigners, in central Baghdad yesterday as insurgents stepped up attacks aimed at driving foreign contractors out of the country. The explosion, in Tahrir Square in the centre of Baghdad, ...
Ireland Adds a Brick to Fortress Europe
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. Elections to the European parliament are a matter of extraordinary indifference to most voters in Europe, and the addition of 10 new countries this time around doesn’t seem to have changed matters. The elections aren’t actually ...
Nukes Aren’t a Solution to Global Warming
JOHN BLAIR
A recent call by respected environmental leader, Professor James Lovelock, to combat global climate change by building nuclear plants may seem logical on the surface. Afterall, we don’t hear much about nukes these days-just the occasional story of a ...
God Wins in TKO
DAVID LINDORFF
If I were a fundamentalist Christian, I’d be cruelly disappointed to see the Lord win such a crucial fight with just a TKO. I mean, we’re talking about the Pledge of Allegiance of God’s Country here, and he couldn’t win it with a kno...
The Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. The bulldozers have been working around the clock building the separation barrier, and it is now clear that the end is at hand. The residents’ expulsion is imminent; they will soon be forced to move from their homes and ancestral land. This...
State Charges Dropped; Feds Now Step In
BILL QUIGLEY
In an extraordinary legal maneuver, a New York state prosecutor announced that he will not re-try four peace activists in Ithaca, but instead handed the matter off to the local U.S. Attorney to take over the prosecution. Four peace activists in Ithaca, New ...
"These Colors Don’t Run"
JOHN CHUCKMAN
Given its strutting brownshirt quality, here is a slogan that might well have been coined by America’s most articulate political thug, Pat Buchanan. But the slogan, with little waving-flag pictures, is being used for bumper stickers selling John Kerry...
Standing Up for the Union
LEE SUSTAR
BEDFORD, Ind. Striking workers and their supporters at a Visteon Corp. auto parts plant refused to be intimidated after security guards attacked their picket line May 30. So the 1,000 strikers–members of International Union of Electrical Workers-Commu...
Death and War
ELIOT KATZ
On the last car of a late night N train I asked Death how it managed to move so quickly during wars. "I’m not sure why," Death answered, "but ever since Hiroshima my skates glide faster over the cool Earth."...
Oliver North Joins the Party
JOHN STANTON And WAYNE MADSEN
The U.S. Army has employed as many as 27 contractors to run its interrogation operations, according to media reports. But while CACI and Titan are getting all the mainstream media play, it appears that far more than 27 contract employees were involved in recruitin...