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Archives from June 2004
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...