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Archives from July 2004
US Document Reveals Scale of Conflict
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Iraq, we are told by Mr Blair, is safer. It is not. US military reports clearly show much of the violence in Iraq is not revealed to journalists, and thus goes largely unreported. This account of the insurgency across Iraq over three days last ...
What Michael Moore Left Out
FRANK BARDACKE
I can’t claim to have read everything, and I couldn’t bear to punch it in and hit search, but when I finally saw Fahrenheit 9/11, one enormous omission jumped out that no one I know of has commented on, and which might be worth a few paragraphs of a Co...
Kerry’s Latin America Plan
TOM BARRY
Can we look forward to a "New Community of the Americas," as candidate John Kerry has promised, in a Kerry-Edwards administration? Unlikely. Will U.S.-Latin American relations improve under a Democrat administration? Very likely, giv...
Hawking the CounterCulture
RON JACOBS
I haven’t seen more than ten minutes of the Democratic National Convention coverage yet, preferring to spend my evenings watching the Red Sox knock the baseball around, but I have read enough news to know that a picture of John Lennon hangs in the Fleet Cent...
Baghdad is Swamped in the Smell of the Dead
ROBERT FISK
The Independent The smell of the dead pours into the street through the air-conditioning ducts. Hot, sweet, overwhelming. Inside the Baghdad morgue, there are so many corpses that the fridges are overflowing. The dead are on the floor. Dozens of them. Outside,...
The Politics of Anti-Semitism
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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Vets Demand End to Occupation
MIKE FERNER
Boston. As military veterans wrangle over whom to support for president, one veterans’ organization has fired a shot across the bow of whoever will occupy the White House next year. Over 400 Veterans for Peace (VFP) members gathered last weeke...
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
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John Kerry’s Misperception of Palestine
KEVIN MINK
When John Kerry addressed the national conference of the Anti-Defamation League in May, he joked of how he’d acquired his singular perspective on the Middle East. He had once looped-the-loop in an Israeli trainer, he said, and the view-from Sinai to Jordan a...
Winter Soldiers and Summer Patriots
UNITED For PEACE And JUSTICE
Dear Senator Kerry, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" This is a question you asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, testifying against the Vietnam War. If you are elected President of t...
Rotten For Some, Just Right for Other
IMRAAN SIDDIQI
I was watching The Learning Channel the other day, when I had a moment of clarity of sorts. They were showing the bizarre eating habits of different cultures, in particular an Icelandic tradition to honor the Vikings. Many people over there like to partake of a ce...
Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: the Politics of Nature
Jeffrey St. Clair
Award-winning investigative journalist Jeffrey St. Clair presents a shocking look at the war on the home front: the battle against the Earth. From the ancient forests of Oregon to the toxic wasteland of Cancer Alley, St. Cla...
How 9/11 Report Soft-Pedaled Root Causes
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst The 567-page final report released Thursday by the 9/11 Commission provides a wealth of data–indeed, so much detail that it is all too easy to miss the forest for the trees. Comments by the ubiquitous commissioners last weekend yield t...
Part Four: Candidate Kerry
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
I’ve tried shouting "Kerry-Edwards" on the step out to my garden. The cat yawned and the flowers drooped. Democrats know this in their hearts. Twit them about Kerry’s dreariness, reminiscent of thin cold chowder or Weeping Ed Muskie and one g...
We Would Vote for Hugo Chavez
TARIQ ALI, PERRY ANDERSON, WALDEN BELLO, Et Al
IF WE WERE VENEZUELAN, ON AUGUST 15TH, 2004, WE WOULD VOTE FOR HUGO CHAVEZ We, the signers of this manifesto, wish to express our solidarity with the struggle that, alongside President Hugo Chavez, the majority of the Venezuelan people are waging in defense...
Dodging the Issue of Palestine-Israel; Blinkered on Causes of Terrorism
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts Chapter 12 of the 9/11 Commission’s report, titled "What to Do? A Global Strategy," is the philosophical heart of the entire report. It is certainly the most important chapter for those who believe that nothing the U.S. can ...
Wake Up! Globalization’s Coming
DAVE LINDORFF
Get to work, Americans! Globalization is coming home to roost, and you’re going to be getting very, very busy, with no rest in your dotage. That’s the message from United Airlines and Old Europe this past week. First Old Europe, where wor...
Reflections on Nicaragua
LOUIS PROYECT
Twenty five years ago, the FSLN seized power in Nicaragua. Although it is difficult to see this abjectly miserable country in these terms today, back then it fueled the hopes of radicals worldwide that a new upsurge in world revolution was imminent. Along with Gre...
Inside Al Jazeera
MIKE WHITNEY
There’s a chilling scene in Jahane Noujaim’s new documentary Control Room where an American F-16 is seen slowly turning in the sky over Baghdad. The plane arcs lazily in the blue sky and then quickly noses downward, following a straight line towards th...
The DOE Shuts Down the Labs
STEFAN WRAY
While the Department of Energy (DOE) shuts down nuclear labs, and a Senator introduces a bill to end the University of California’s management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a plan is emerging for Texas and New Mexico universities to take over the be...
Part 3: Why the Dems Deserve Nader
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Always partial to monopolies, the Democrats think they should hold the exclusive concession on any electoral challenge to Bush and the Republicans. The Nader campaign prompts them to hysterical tirades. Republicans are more relaxed. Ross Perot and his Reform Party...
Part 2: Boston Awaits a Dead Party
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At convention time, in years gone by, pundits would decry with patronizing chuckles the supposed proclivity of the Democratic Party to "tear itself apart". Auto-rupture is actually a good thing. As Hegel once said, "a political party only truly exis...
How Chechnya Inspired the Iraqi Kidnappers
ROBERT FISK
The Independent The pictures are grainy, the voices sometimes unclear. But when Kim Sun-il shrieks "Don’t kill me" over and over again, his fear is palpable. As the heads of Iraq’s kidnap victims are sawn off, Koranic recitations–us...
Arresting the Curious
MITCHEL COHEN
Boston, July 25, 4 pm Half-an-h...
An Interview with Tom Morello and Serj Tankian
RICHARD MORENO
On a sweltering hot summer’s day in Southern California, the Axis of Justice non-profit political organization initiated its very first activist meeting Sunday afternoon on the 25th of July at North Hollywood Park. Despite the blistering heat, a group of rou...