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Archives from July 2004
What Would Elizabeth Cady Stanton Make of Kerry?
BRANDY BAKER
July 19 marks the 156th anniversary of the Seneca Falls convention, which took place July 19-20 in 1848 with about 300 in attendance. The idea for the convention sprang out of the earlier collaboration between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. (Stanton and...
Vanishing the Palestinians
GHADA KARMI
When the Zionists decided in 1897 to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, the Jews of Vienna despatched a delegation to examine the country for its suitability. The delegation reported back as follows: "the bride is beautiful but she is married to another m...
Israel Builds Another Wall
M. SHAHID ALAM
Before I built a wall I’d like to know What I was walling in or walling out. Robert Frost On July 9, 2004, fourteen of the fifteen Justices on the International Court of Justice delivered an ‘advisory opinio...
"Let’s Lose!"
JOSHUA FRANK
Washington is always abuzz with silly rumors. The latest? Dick Cheney may step aside as George W. Bush’s running mate for November’s election. The pretext? Health problems. The replacement? Senator John McCain from Arizona. On Friday July 16, Mc...
Nuclear Ambiguity or Hypocrisy?
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
Last week, Mohamad ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), paid a visit to Israel. The visit was prompted mostly by the charge of duplicity that is often levied against the agency by the indigenous people of the Middle East, who perce...
Why the Book of Revelations is Must Reading
GARY LEUPP
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, and the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for...
Dylan Without the Music
DAVID VEST
The question of how seriously to take Bob Dylan remains vexing. Those of us (myself among them) who believe his importance as an artist can scarcely be exaggerated have had four decades to say why, yet even the most fervent among us must admit that we haven’...
John Lehman on the War Path
TOM BARRY
Blame the CIA. That’s a political agenda that has found bipartisan support in Congress. Both the right and the left saw the departure of CIA chief George Tenet as a first step toward improving U.S. intelligence capabilities. This month two bipartisan ...
Bush and Thucydides
WILLIAM BLUM
Ronnie forgot all this, but we shouldn’t It’s not too late is it, to pay a few more respects to Ronald Reagan? Here are a few items from my file. Reagan’s excuses during L’affaire Contragate, also known as L’affaire Irangate: I...
Bob Feller Strikes Out
RON JACOBS
Bob Feller is one of those baseball players who should never open his mouth unless he’s talking baseball. His most recent utterance not only shows his ignorance, it’s also damn embarrassing. After Muhammad Ali appeared at Major League Baseball’s ...
The Schlemiel as Muckraker
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
A muckraking shlemiel provides a cinematic case for US regime change. But "Fahrenheit 9/11" goes beyond the predictable anti-Bush screed; it delves into the nature of empire. Like Michael Moore’s earlier documentaries, "Roger and Me" and ...
Whatever Happened to the Last Radical in Berkeley to Take Off His Tie?
LENNI BRENNER
Ralph Nader’s liberal opponents call him an egomaniac. Unfortunately for that argument, the media takes him seriously, giving him significant coverage. And so do the Democratic and Republican hacks. The Democrats are using every trick, legal and beyond, to k...
Pretoria Chooses Subimperialism
PATRICK BOND
The first week of July witnessed two important markers of Africa’s geopolitical trajectory. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union (AU) summit, the South African government took major steps to influence the organization, by winning contests to host i...
Keith Richards Does Gram Parsons
PHYLLIS POLLACK
Quoting from the lyrics of "Before They Make Me Run," a song from the Rolling Stones’ 1978 album, "Some Girls," Stones guitarist Keith Richards remarked, "Another goodbye to another good friend," as he segued into his appearance...
Presidential Campaigns in the Age of TV
MICKEY Z
"Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few." -George Bernard Shaw Knee-deep in another presidential election circus, everyone has an opi...
Did Allawi Shoot Inmates in Cold Blood?
PAUL McGEOUGH
Sydney Morning Herald Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to t...
Dershowitz, the ICJ and the Jim Crow Era
SHERVAN SARDAR
In a recent editorial, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz compared the International Court of Justice to the white courts of Mississippi during the Jim Crow era. Dershowitz believes that the Court unfairly singled out Israel for human rights violations. He main...
Now It’s Coffin Bombs in Baghdad
ROBERT FISK
The Independent A few hours before Lord Butler of Brockwell was attesting to the "good faith" of Tony Blair over the invasion of Iraq, Sabr Karim paid the price for working for "new Iraq". The father of seven and a senior auditor in ...
Support from NAACP, But a Movement in Shambles
DAVE LINDORFF
The NAACP, after years of ducking taking a public stand on the case of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, voted on an "emergency resolution" near the end of its annual convention in Philadelphia Thursday to call for a new trial for the blac...
Kucinich Surrenders on Anti-War Plank
RON JACOBS
Well, history has repeated itself and, just like the saying goes, this time around it is pure farce. In this instance, I am referring to the attempt by Kucinich supporters to attach an antiwar plank to the Democratic Party’s 2004 platform. As anyone knows, o...
Hope and Hostility at the Ancient Crossings
GREG MOSES
The Christian Science Monitor yesterday [July 15, 2004] has an optimistic report from its reporter in Iraq whose driver found him a wildcat, watermelon festival on a Baghdad avenue: "Cars were parked two deep. The traffic crawled, while people leaned out thei...
Rebounder for Reforms, Master of the Lefty Lay-Up
DAVE ZIRIN
Adonal Foyle’s singular life story is more fantastic than fiction. He starts at center for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, but that is perhaps the least interesting part. Foyle grew up on the Carribean Island of Canouan–an area just 3.5 ...
A Landmark Win for Salmon and the Tribes
DAN BACHER
In a landmark decision greeted with jubilation by representatives of the Hoopa and Yurok tribes, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the release of flows mandated under the Trinity River Record of Decision (ROD) of December 2000. "Nothing remain...
The Birds of Guantanamo
TOM CRUMPACKER
Guantanamo is a city of some 200,000, capital of Cuba’s easternmost province of the same name, which is Cuba’s most agricultural, beautiful and poorest province. The travel books give the city short shrift because it has no tourist attractions, but for...
Whaddaya Got?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
As I began writing this piece I looked on the Internet at the Washington Post of July 5 and glanced at the lead-in to a report. It was "The elderly physician who exposed the government’s coverup of the SARS epidemic has been detained since June 1 and fa...
Of Course, But Bad US Policies Will Outweigh Any Benefits
BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst Most of the suggestions proposed for reorganizing the CIA ignore two serious problems — the vital need to set up, somewhere in the government, a group of intelligence analysts truly independent of each and every administration, and the...
Follow the Money
WERTHER*
* One of the unremitting leitmotifs of one-hundred-percent Americanos is the complaint that "the media just won’t print positive stories about Iraq." Apparently all the canons of journalism dictate that our dailies should be filled with edifying tal...
Flies High at the Box Office, But Crashes on Message
HEATHER WILLIAMS
So it’s 2002, and urbane New York filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has an outrageous idea. He will go thirty days, count them (that’s 30, fifteen times two, four weeks and change, or treinta días, as the nanny would say) eating nothing but food from th...
Class, War and Education: an Interview with Erin Murphy
ELIZABETH WEILL-GREENBERG
"The way we fund education, that’s at the heart of how this military recruits," said Erin Murphy, whose 20-year old brother is serving in Iraq. "Without that leverage they would not be able to recruit people in such numbers." Like ...
The Priesthood of Death
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"We will all die one day. . .if by Apache or by cardiac arrest: I prefer Apache." Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, leader of Hamas, assassinated by Israeli Apache helicopter gunships 18 April 2004 Who is safe in this wo...
Who Gains from Missing Data at Los Alamos?
STEFAN WRAY
A security breach at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico last week is another setback for the University of California’s management of the nuclear weapons facility. The identity of the culprits is still not known. But we do know that the public ...
The Green Deceivers
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
So now that the American people are finally turning against the occupation of Iraq in huge numbers across both poles of the political landscape, the Green Party, the supposed banner of peace, justice and environmentalism, has settled on a plan of inaction that sup...
Court Serves Israel’s Interest
NEVE GORDON
Jerusalem. Socrates was the first thinker to contend that it is better to suffer injustice than to perpetrate it. Those who carry out injustices, he argued, corrupt their own souls and are ultimately ruined from within. The great Greek philosopher consequen...
Divide and Conquer as Imperial Rules
CONN HALLINAN
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s recent revelations that the Israeli government is encouraging Kurdish separatism in Iraq, Iran, and Syria should ring a bell for anyone who has followed the long history of English imperial ambitions. It is no ...
No Time for Democracy; This is an Emergency!
JOSHUA FRANK
Ralph Nader finally fought his way into a presidential debate on Friday June 9th. However he didn’t spar with John F. Kerry or George W. Bush on national TV, but rather took on the "insurgent" turned "detergent" of dirty Democratic linen,...
With Friends Like These, Who Needs Electorates?
BEN TRIPP
The Federal government is putting a plan in place to postpone the presidential election in November. Mind you, this is only to be implemented in the event of a terrorist attack on the nation at around that time. However it should be noted that "We assume an a...
The Sierra Club’s Inexplicable Treatment of Cynthia McKinney
MARK DONHAM
The Georgia state chapter of the Sierra Club, in coordination with the Atlanta Metro Group of the Sierra Club, have failed to endorse former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a long time champion of Sierra Club causes, in her bid to win back the 4th Congressional Di...
An Intelligence Debacle…and Worse
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst In our various oral and written presentations on Iraq my veteran intelligence officer colleagues and I took no delight in sharply criticizing what we perceived to be the corruption of intelligence analysis at CIA. Nothing would have pleased ...
Israel in Iraq
MARK GAFFNEY
There it was, in black and white, the worst news one could imagine staring back at me. I was seeing it, but still not really believing: the latest Sy Hersh report in the New Yorker, "...
Kerry: "Too Soon to Comment"
DAVE LINDORFF
In El Salvador, they held elections while a civil war was raging. In Nicaragua, they held elections while the country was being invaded by brutal mercenary soldiers funded by the U.S. In India, the world’s largest democracy, elections are routinely held in t...
The Bedrock of Marine Corps Indoctrination
CHRIS WHITE
I left college after a semester and a half, tried my hand at construction, waiting tables, pizza delivery, and security work, during which time I applied for several law enforcement positions, hoping to become a California Highway patrol officer, like my uncle. I ...
Howard Dean’s Gay Bashing of Ralph Nader
SHERRY WOLF
Howard Dean gay bashed Ralph Nader on live radio before millions of listeners on NPR and no one chimed in to stop him. How could the Vermont also-ran, shilling for the anti-gay marriage John Kerry, slander the only presidential candidate who is for gay marriage by...
The Panthers and the Rest
RON JACOBS
We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party Mumia abu Jamal, Bosto...
Trail of the Comet
JANINE POMMY VEGA
"Before you see the world, shouldn’t you see a doctor?" "Did you leave your bags without attendance? They will be confiscated." A cop and a soldier point machine guns at the viewer: "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!&quo...
The Rise of Global Resistance
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Mahmoud Darwish, arguably the Arab world’s leading contemporary poet, wrote in his recent poem, Nothing but Iraq, the following Dead blacksmiths awaken from their graves to make our shackles but we never dreamt of more than a life l...
In the Grip of Mass Murder
KURT NIMMO
People are fascinated with criminals. For instance, John Dillinger and Al Capone. Dillinger and Capone, however, are small time crooks when compared to former presidents such as Bill Clinton, who recently packed in the curious during a book-stop in Philadelphia....
What Roger Noriega Really Means
TONI SOLO
Few people get to read US imperial declarations in the original. Access to official imperial texts is mostly via the interpretations and translations offered in newspapers, magazines and radio or TV. These translations tend to be unreliable because corporate media...
Rumsfeld’s al-Qaeda?
JOHN STANTON And WAYNE MADSEN
A recent email from Bielomawicz.Wilkes@isg.mil (iraq survey group. military), commenting on our last article, Torture Inc.: Oliver North Joins the Party, indicated that "I work for one of the company’s [sic] you mentio...
Genetic Mutation of Mexican Maize
CAMELO RUIZ MARRERO
Scientists from Mexico, Canada and the United States met on March 11th this year in the Hotel Victoria in Oaxaca for a symposium on the effects and possible risks of the presence of genetically modified maize in Mexico. The furtive and growing presence of this mai...
Thank You, Your Honors
GILA SVIRSKY
In a carefully reasoned but unequivocal decision, the International Court of Justice in the Hague did the expected: It found that Israel’s construction of its security wall inside Palestinian territory is illegal according to international law. As an ...