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Archives from September 2004
One Out of Every Nine
GIDEON LEVY
One out of every nine women gets breast cancer. There are doctors who say that statistic has worsened lately and now stands at one out of every eight. The disease is particularly violent in younger women and the primary growth in the breast spreads rapidly to the ...
The Kidnap Capital of the World
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Iraq is becoming the kidnap capital of the world, though this gets international attention only when foreigners are taken hostage. It is the one growth industry in the country. Nobody is safe. "We had one case recently where the kidnap...
I Dreamed They Had a Debate
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"…truth is grea...
The Jihad of Alan Dershowitz
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Law Professor, Washburn University School of Law If to dispute well is law’s chiefest end, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has honed this ability to a stunning craft. In high-profile cases, such as O. J. Simpson, Doctor Dershowitz, a seasoned c...
Ten Ways to Beat George W. Bush
RALPH NADER
The Kerry/Edwards campaign is failing to distinguish itself enough from Bush/Cheney. They are not putting forward explicit solutions that meet the daily needs of the American people, not putting forward an effective foreign policy alternative to the pre-emptive Bu...
Presidential Debates? I Call It Bunk
JOSHUA FRANK
Who are we kidding? America pretends that Thursday’s official Presidential foreign policy debate is the apex of US democracy in action (more like democracy inaction). Few expect to gather new information from the scripted theatrics. No real alternative will ...
Story of a Mercury-Poisoned American
STACEY REYNOLDS
I have a story to tell. One of a baby in my belly, poison in my seafood, and a President who will not act. And unfortunately, many other American women may be sharing my story, but may never know until tragedy strikes. I, like many other Americans, ...
Disrupting America’s Fateful Non-Debate on the Roots of Terrorism
M. JUNAID ALAM
On September 11th, nineteen hijackers commandeered four airliners and guided three of them into important symbols of American power with lethal precision. An unsuspecting citizenry, quite unaware of events outside the national purview, suddenly found 3,000 of its ...
Delusion Rules
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US might be a superpower, but it is not a country that controls its own fate. Delusion does. Much of the US public is deluded about the invasion and occupation of Iraq and its consequences and about the state of the US economy. Just as Americans...
…After the Election
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst It’s not an "if." It’s a "when." Pentagon officials have indicated that they plan to send as many as 15,000 additional troops during the first four months of 2005, and the President George W. Bush continues to...
The Deceivers
CHRIS FLOYD
"How many deaths will...
They’ve Already Called It
JOHN L. HESS
I plan to tune in on the debate Thursday night, but not to learn who won. They’ve already told us. The moderator, Jim Lehrer, had Tim Russert on last night and they reminded each other how Bush whomped Al Gore in their debate four years ago. At noon t...
Applauding Only the Right Entertainers
WALTER BRASCH
They call themselves Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood, or PABAAH for short. If it was anything but an acronym, PABAAH would be on the Homeland Security "no-fly" list. They believe Sean Penn and Janeane Garofalo are traitors. ...
Is the US on a Collision Course with Iran?
BEHROOZ GHAMARI
On July 20, 2004, Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced the Iran Freedom and Support Act of 2004, a legislation promoting the transformation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to a democratic form of government. In justifying his cosponsorship, with Senator John Co...
"Children, Ardent for Some Desperate Glory"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent We are now in the greatest crisis since the last greatest crisis. That’s how we run the Iraq war–or the Second Iraq War as Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara would now have us believe. Hostages are paraded in orange tracksuits to remind us ...
How Democrats Kicked Nader Off the Oregon Ballot
DAN MEEK
In a recent editorial the Oregonian celebrated the decision by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court, to keep Ralph Nader off the Oregon ballot, citing grave concerns for "fraud" and "circulator irregularities."...
The Civics Teacher
FRED GARDNER
Bill Britt of Long Beach is the walking, talking soul of Prop 215 -him and a few hundred other people, up and down the state, who circulated petitions back in ’96 and have fought tirelessly ever since, without much material reward, and risking retribution, t...
The Cajamarca Protest
LORI BERENSON
Penal de Huacariz Cajamarca, Peru. "The sleeping lion finally woke up," expressed a Cajamarcan lay worker who visited here in Huacariz Prison last Saturday, referring to the recent protests against the Yanacocha Mine Company. The mayor of one of C...
A Response to Dave Lindorff’s Gag Reflex
GREG BATES
I got to know my good friend Dave Lindorff while editing his excellent book, Killing Time: An I...
Jeanne: Compare Florida to Haiti
ALAN FARAGO
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA While mil...
Kerry’s Moral Compass
MIKE WHITNEY
Kerry’s nattering on the campaign trail is getting increasingly incoherent. Just this week the Massachusetts senator was expounding "victory in Iraq" in his most pompous baritone. There’s no question about who he’s courting in th...
Where is the Florida National Guard?
WAYNE MADSEN
My sister just found my 80 year old mother late this morning sitting in a state of shock in a Red Cross church evacuation shelter in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Wiith her were some of her neighbors, along with a number of the regular street derelict residents of the ...
The Expulsion of Cat Stevens
GARY LEUPP
Oh, peace train, take this country. Come take me home again Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam), 1971   "With respect to Cat Stevens … our Homeland Security Department and intelligence agencies found some informati...
The Tragedy of Gonaives, Haiti
KEVIN PINA
Port au Prince, Haiti Prime Mini...
A Progressive Case for Voting for (Gag) Kerry?
DAVE LINDORFF
This isn’t easy, for someone who has long admired Ralph Nader, and who voted for him in 2000: We progressives need to consider voting for John Kerry. The sad but obvious reality is that Ralph Nader offers nothing but a protest vote. And in this elect...
The Problem with Public Opinion Polls
SAM HUSSEINI
With all the discussion of polls and the presidential race it may be hard to believe, but I have yet to see a single poll asking whom people want to be president. Virtually every poll has a structure like this: "If the 2004 presidential election were b...
As British Muslims Plead for Bigley’s Life, US Airstrikes Pound Fallujah
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A two-man delegation of...
Latter-Day-Democrats and Labor
LEE SUSTAR
Few on the left will disagree that John Kerry’s Democratic Party is corporatized, conservative and cowardly. But it’s the best we can do, the Anybody-But-Bush argument goes, until the liberal wing of the party reasserts itself against the conservative ...
Contra Kerry
NORMAN MADARASZ
The 2004 U.S. presidential elections are international in every sense of the word. This does not mean that the concept of nation-state is over, much less that the international stage has become democratic. The United States is still somewhat of a democracy, though...
"Remember in November"
MICHAEL DONNELLY
As we inch along towards the Nov. 2nd Skull and Bones’ presidential selection, the desperation of the Democrats and their sycophants gets ever shriller. Taking the frenzy of the last couple weeks even further, we no...
You’ve Lost Your Alibi!
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Dear Americans (I am here addressing only those of you who are rationally choosing to prolong the suffering of the human race for 4 more years): Just this past week, Iraqis had the equivalent death toll of 9/11. In fact, they have one every week or two, on ...
Progressives and the Election
WILLIAM BLUM
Is it not peculiar to circulate a statement calling upon people to vote for a particular candidate without giving a single reason why that candidate is worthy of support? Indeed, the statement is critical of the candidate’s position on the most important cur...
"I Am Totally Against This War"
DAVID ZIRIN
Howard Cosell once said, "Rule Number One of the ‘Jockocracy’ is that pro-athletes and politics should never mix. But in these times of war and resistance, a new wave of sports stars are demanding to be heard. In Major League Baseball, Blue Jays s...
The New Sparta
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
I’ve just returned from a week or so in Romania, where I was attending an academic conference in a Transylvanian town too small to mention on a theme too recondite for me to even bother to try to explain it. I can report, however, on the results of the usual...
The Politics of Nader’s Republican Support
GREG BATES
What a zoo. Republicans who oppose Nader’s principles and platform have sued to get Nader on the ballot in the key swing state of Michigan. And Nader’s Republican support is a national phenomenon concentrated in swing states. Their goal is to split lib...
Iraq: From Clinton to Bush
JOSHUA FRANK
Despite what John Kerry may say along the campaign trail, the Democratic Party is largely to blame for laying the groundwork the Republican hawks needed to justify attacking Iraq and waging Bush’s greater "war on terror." This of course is n...
What About the Supreme Court?
NICOLE COLSON
EVERY FOUR years, progressives are told to vote for a Democrat for president in order to save the Supreme Court. If the Republicans get the White House, goes the argument, they will continue packing the court with right-wing justices, and any number of crucially i...
Dire Warnings from the Past
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
On May 1, 2003 President Bush donned a flight jacket, landed on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and before a "Mission Accomplished" banner announced that "major combat" in Iraq had ended. "The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance i...
Our Heroic Baby Killers
DAVE LINDORFF
We know now what our "heroic" troops in Iraq have been up to-and why they are so wildly unpopular there. Thanks to an investigation by the Iraqi Ministry of Health, we now know that the U.S. military not only kills more civilians than rebels; it a...
Haiti: Another Lost Story
LUCSON PIERRE-CHARLES
Amid all of the spotlight about the death toll and damages caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne over the past weekend, which killed at least 1,000 people and left more than 1,250 missing, the story of another tragedy has been lost in the media coverage. For nearly a mo...
Momma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cannon Fodder
KARYN STRICKLER
The inclination of a mother to protect her children is instinctual and when violated, renders a pure form of justice that is powerful, swift and decisive. George W. Bush’s illegitimate war in Iraq is becoming the corporeality that got between the proverbial ...
Why is Kerry Running Such a Lame Campaign?
ALAN MAASS
GEORGE W. BUSH should be struggling to explain the disastrous invasion of Iraq and an economy that’s still sputtering three years after the end of a recession. But for the past month and a half, it’s John Kerry who has been on the defensive. Now, even ...
Bush at the UN
BRIAN J. FOLEY
The UN General Assembly’s reaction to George Bush’s speech last Tuesday was begrudgingly polite. Unlike past years, no one clapped during the speech. At the end, applause was subdued. His talk was treated as irrelevant. What is the sound of no h...
An Interview with Kevin Pina
SOLANGE ECHEVERRIA
SOLANGE ECHEVERRIA’s interview with reporter Kevin Pina aired on Flashpoints on September 24, 2004 SOLANGE ECH...
The Reality of Empire and Campaign Rhetoric
SAUL LANDAU
Try to digest radio blasts of campaign rhetoric amidst nerve-wracking traffic jams and insistent billboards. In a massive mall parking lot, designed to divert the brain from human themes, I try to understand my country’s empire. The energy spent involved in ...
C’mon Ralph, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
If I were Ralph Nader, (and given the number of people screaming at me about stabbing Kerry in the back I sometimes think I am) I’d get on the plane to Palestine, and Baghdad and spend less time on ballot access fights with lawyers working for the Democrats....
The "Logic" of Lesser-Evilism
TODD CHRETIEN
You should always worry when someone uses the old "taken to its logical conclusion" line of argument. It usually means that they are about to make some ridiculous claim about you and then spread it around as much as possible. That is exactly what Ted Gli...
President Smoke and Mirrors
MIKE WHITNEY
The Bush presidency has been the most elaborate public relations swindle in the history of the country. From his inauguration to the present day, Bush’s every move has been carefully choreographed to maximize the ambitions of his handlers. His appearances ha...
Kerry and Haiti
BEN TERRALL
The hundreds killed this week by tropical storm Jeanne provided Haiti another brief appearance in the U.S. media, but with little context or discussion of the murderous regime now in power. Nor did any reporter point out that when U.S.-backed Prime Minister Gerard...
Chasing Hares, Ignoring Game
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Back in graduate school at an American university many years ago, I had an Indian friend, a pilot. Our group at that time was mostly made up of other Indian grad students, getting their MS or PhD. Unlike the rest of us, our pilot friend was the only one with a wel...