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Archives from August 2004
Can I Have 9.8 Seconds of Your Time?
AMELIA PELTZ
Ramallah, Palestine It has be...
Chavez’s New Brand of Populism
GEMMA ARANETA
Manila, Philippines. To denigrate h...
It’s Not About the Election, It’s About Democracy
RON JACOBS
It’s time to be completely frank here. If George Bush and his cabal have their way, it won’t matter who gets elected on November 2nd this year. Just like they did in 2000, these men and women will steal the election if they must to stay in power. In o...
How to Win the Jewish Vote
AKIVA ELDAR
When Yitzhak Rabin coined the phrase "political settlements" (the opposite of "security settlements"), he was referring to settlements outside the settlement blocs that more or less abut the Green Line. President George Bush does not distingui...
Cheney Opens the Closet Door
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
Vice President Dick Cheney parted ways with President Bush’s homophobic doctrine on Tuesday August 24. Speaking in front of a conservative crowd in Davenport Iowa, Cheney said, "[My wife] and I have a gay daughter, so it’s an issue that our family...
Defining and Redefining Torture
NOAH LEVITT
Recently, a U.S. government lawyer argued before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit–including the eminent jurists Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook — about what the definition of "torture" should be. The ...
Coronado Crosses the Jordan
JAMES BROOKS
The occupier: ‘We will keep your land indefinitely under our control. Until you stop fighting us, we will take more and more of your land and resources. We will dig ourselves in deeper and deeper, until you stop fighting us. We will direct your government, ...
An Echoing Press and Political Fundamentalism
DAVID DOMKE
Excerpted from ...
Reading the International Private Media
JONAH GINDIN
With Chávez’ barely contested victory in the long awaited referendum on his mandate as Venezuelan President, there has been a manifest change in the attitude of the mainstream media towards Venezuela’s Bolívarian revolution. VenezuelaR...
Iraqi Olympians Trash the Occupation Troops
GARY LEUPP
"The image of the Iraqi soccer team in this Olympics, it’s fantastic, isn’t it? It wouldn’t have been free if the United States hadn’t acted." President George W. Bush, Beaverton, Oregon, August 6...
John Kerry: the Warchurian Candidate
JEREMY SCAHILL
On the closing night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, John Kerry took to the podium, raised his hand in a military salute and declared, "I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty." There couldn’t have been a mor...
From Vietnam to Fallujah
FRAN SCHOR
The recent controversy surrounding the "Swift Boat Veterans" ad challenging John Kerry’s Vietnam record and his later statements as a leader of Vietnam Veterans against the War (VVAW) have fallen into predictable partisan perspectives. Republicans ...
The Meaning of Hugo Chávez
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
To the sputtering fury of a Bush administration who has repeatedly conspired with Venezuela’s elite to drive Hugo Chavez from power, the Black Indian President of this oil-rich nation has scored a decisive 59% victory over a recall effort. Chavez now sits mo...
Driving on the Bones of God
JOE BAGEANT
It is 7am, already hot as hell and another code red day. I am cresting Mount Weather on Route 7 Virginia and into the face of a blood red sun behind a pink sticky haze that makes commuting so ghostlike here during the dog days of August. The code red is an atmosph...
Bush May Be the Lesser Evil
JOHN PILGER
Most of the US’s recent wars were...
Porkbarrel and the War on Terror
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
We’re in the middle of simultaneo...
A Shameful and Unsavory Editorial
RALPH NADER
Dear Editor Your editorial’s (Aug. 14) juxtaposition of my words, taken from my statement which was rooted in an advocacy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, with a passage from a domestic group, rooted in prejudice, was shameful and unsavory, at the ve...
Brave New World of Iraqi Sovereignty
WILLIAM BLUM
This is what the Brave New World of Iraqi Sovereignty looks like: * US military bases remain, with more being built. * Some 160,000 troops of the United States and its allies remain, the Americans for at least five years. * US mil...
The Unraveling of Afghanistan
MIKE WHITNEY
Donald Rumsfeld’s trip to Afghani...
The Gendered Degeneration of American Politics
STAN GOFF
Christopher Lasch, in The Culture of Na...
Build, Demolish, Rebuild
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA Analysts We’re again in Jerusalem and the West Bank to help rebuild a Palestinian home demolished recently by Israel. As we did last year, we’ve joined a two-week work camp sponsored by an Israeli opposition group, the Israeli Committee ...
Ali’s Story
HELEN WILLIAMS
Baghdad. I am furious. Ali, one ...
Iraq Soccer Team Give Bush the Boot
DAVE ZIRIN
Sometimes we are reminded that the Olympics can serve as an international platform not only for nationalism and truck commercials, but also resistance. In an incredible piece by Grant Wahl on Sports Illustrated.com, the Iraqi Olympic Soccer team has issued...
Failing the Mission? Form a Commission
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
QUESTION FROM THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: "How can the United States and its friends help moderate Muslims combat the extremist ideas?" REPORT RECOMMENDATION: "The U.S. government must define what the message is, what it stands f...
The ADL Wants You to Think So
JOSH FRANK
On Thursday August 20th, the Washington Post reported that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has branded Ralph Nader a "bigot", which is a furtive way of saying they think the independent candidate for president is a vile anti-Semite. Nader has come under...
The Torture Doctors of Abu Ghraib
MIKE WHITNEY
No need to inquire about co-payments at Abu Ghraib prison facility. Rummy’s HMO will cover the whole thing. And, there’s no sense in worrying about those nagging medical malpractice suits either. American doctors can pursue their o...
Forests, Fire and Recovery
MICHAEL DONNELLY
August 15, a group of us gathered to celebrate our buddy, Earth First! co-founder and Lowbagger King Mike Roselle’s 50th Birthday. Of course, we went to an outdoor setting–not a Wilderness; that would be an unacceptable place for such a gathering. So, ...
Moral Cowardice, as Practiced by Experts
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It is acknowledged almost everywhere except in official Washington and London that Iraq and Afghanistan have gone to hell in a hand cart, thanks in the main to appallingly poor planning by the Pentagon of Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Feith, an arrogant trio of silly as...
The Bi-Partisan Origins of the Total War on Drugs
ALEXANDER COCKBURN And JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Kerry or Bush? How about the 5.9 million people here in the United States, under "the supervision" of the Justice system, either in prison, in jail, of probation or parole. Will it make a difference to these people–two million of them ...
40 Years After Tonkin
MICKEY Z.
Upon accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, Senator John F. Kerry promised to "bring back this nation’s time-honored tradition: The United States of America never goes to war because we want to; we only go to war because we hav...
The Crisis of Affordable Housing
ELIZABETH SCHULTE
If you ride the commuter train from Chicago 40 miles west to Aurora, Ill., you’ll pass towns with small shops on tree-lined streets, lush woods, golf courses–and plenty of large single-family homes. But for working-class and poor people who live in Aur...
Witnessing Police Brutality in Los Angeles
JOSH SAXE
I have known for a while that police brutality is commonplace in Los Angeles, but last week I witnessed an incident that really put a human face on it. I am one of the only white/middle-class people in my neighborhood (maybe the only one!– I’d say it&#...
Day Labor Blues
RON JACOBS
When I was younger and financially responsible only for myself, I worked only when I had to. Needless to say, since I had few needs and even fewer bills, I didn’t work more than the equivalent of six or seven months a year. These months of work were intermit...
Dr. Wolman Comes Out
FRED GARDNER
A small group of California doctors have made a specialty of evaluating whether a patient has a condition with symptoms that might be eased by cannabis. They call themselves "cannabis consultants." They keep abreast of the cannabinoid-therapeutics litera...
A Democracy of Killings and Bombings
YANAR MOHAMMED
Life in Baghdad in these days is nerve wracking. It is so hard to keep your sanity through one more night of bombing. The explosions, the machine guns all around your house at night, the many times you jump up and down because it feels as if the last gun shot came...
Boycotting the Israeli Academy
LISA TARAKI
Calls for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions have generated a great deal of controversy in some quarters, notably among Israeli academics and their supporters in Europe and the United States. The Palestinian voice, the voice of the Palestinian academy an...
Play It Backward
JOHN L. HESS
A headline in the comic weekly Onion reads, "Homosexual Admits to Being Governor of New Jersey." And you know, all the news sounds as if it’s being played backward. Here’s Bush proposing to bring some troops home–and Kerry saying that&#...
Holy Places
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"The holy shrine will remain safe from all attacks that could possibly harm its sacredness." Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Allawi, about the Najaf Mosque Despoiling holy places is often a deliberate tactic of war. I...
How the News Media Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Rumsfeld
NORMAN SOLOMON
The nation’s top dog of war is frisky again. Donald Rumsfeld has returned to high visibility — after a couple of months in the media doghouse following revelations about torture at the Abu Ghraib prison — now openly romancing the journalistic pac...
An Interview with Jeffrey St. Clair
JOSHUA FRANK
Jeffrey St. Clair is an environmentalist and author of Been Brown So Long it Looked Like Green ...
National Security Courts and Torture Warrants
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Two recent articles by Andrew C. McCarthy, a contributor to the National Review and a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who led the prosecution of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman in connection with the first World Trade Center bombing,[1] discuss related topics of grea...
The Return of Racial Profiling
GREG BATES
Racial profiling is back. Not that it ever left. But for a time it was unacceptable for commentators to argue that law enforcement should target suspects based on skin color. Today, it’s the edgy thing to advocate. This isn’t racism, the claim goes, bu...
The Discreet Charm of the Venezuelan Opposition
ALAN CISCO
Caracas. Hugo havez had motivate...
The Slander Campaign Against Nader Hits Wisconsin
BILL LINVILLE
As the field coordinator of the Nader/Camejo campaign in Wisconsin, my inbox has seen e-mails from excited volunteers, people wanting to sign a petition, desperate pleas telling me that campaign volunteers in Wisconsin represent the "left arm of the Bush camp...
"Uncle Tom" Gitlin Bleats "Cool It"
DAVE LINDORFF
The mass demonstration in New York City planned for Aug. 29 on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the first full-scale protest against Bush policies and especially the War against Iraq in well over half a year, promises to bring upwards of half a milli...
Why We Need "Free Software" Voting Machines
JEFF NICHOLSON-OWENS
Recently the New York Times carried an article by David Pogue endorsing what he call...
To ABB or Not to ABB?
LANCE SELFA
Many progressives make it sound as if there’s a world of difference between the candidates. Is this true? The standard liberal charge hurled at Nader supporters is that we believe there is "no difference" between the two mainstream parties i...
In the Minds of the Rich, the Venezuela Poor Aren’t Even Members of Society…Guess Who’s Laughing Now
DIANE BARAHONA
Caracas. I never left Caracas du...
The "Rebel Cleric" and the Siege of Najaf
MIKE WHITNEY
"They say freedom and democracy and yet they appoint a government. Appointment cannot agree with freedom and democracy. Rather, we are demanding with all our strength the formation of an Iraqi government and sovereignty, but not through the Ameri...
The Edicts of Bush
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Many things are not believed because their current explanation is not believed. Nietzsche One of the overlooked but frequently favored means for presidents to work their will without involving Congress is to issue regulation...