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Archives from September 2004
An Interview with Afif Safieh
VICTOR KATTAN
As new Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Tories prepare for their party political conferences in Bournemouth and Brighton in the coming weeks, Palestinians from Balata to Beit Jibrin will be locked up in their homes and refugee camps for the fourth consecutiv...
Random Impressions from Palestine
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA Analysts A few weeks spent in Palestine is always an assault on the senses, on the emotions. And after three trips to the West Bank in the past eighteen months, it is impossible not to draw some conclusions. For most Americans, the eleventh commandm...
What’s at Stake for Women in 2004?
NANCY WELCH
As the 1 million-strong March for Women’s Lives came to a close in April, a young woman who’d traveled from Vermont to Washington, D.C., said to me, "So now what do we do?" It’s the key question. How we answer that question–...
Progressives Hit the Road for Kerry
JOSHUA FRANK
Remember in the waning days of the 2000 election when the Democrats bussed around Gloria Steinem to dispense fear that George W. Bush would overturn Roe v. Wade if elected? I do. In fact she came to Portland State University in Oregon, where I was a student, to co...
Keeping Up Appearances and Leaving Hostages to the Woves
DR. TERESA WHITEHURST
"He who saves the life of one saves the entire world." The Talmud Even one life is worth working to save…or is it? Using arguments that sound more like utilitarian philosophy than Christianity, purportedly C...
Destroying the National Guard
WILLIAM S. LIND
The unit knew it would soon be shipped to the front. Some soldiers responded by deserting. Others got drunk and fought. In response, officers locked the unit in its barracks, allowing the troops out only to drill, not even to smoke a cigarette, until it could be p...
Hamdi and the Phony War on Terrorism
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The war against terror continues to be accompanied by critical acclaim from its authors, George W. Bush, Richard Cheney and John Ashcroft and criticism from much of the rest of the country. A study of its successes explains why. One of the administration...
Iraqi Scientists Detained Despite Lack of WMDs
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The US has detained for...
How Time Flies
MICHAEL NEUMANN
When John Lee Hooker died three years ago, my friend Joe said, "I KNEW the heroin would get to him sooner or later!" It was a good joke, because John Lee Hooker died at the age of 83. It’s like the joke about how Osama Bin Laden and the Mullah Omar...
An Interview with Daniel Gross
DEREK SEIDMAN
Daniel Gross is the lead organizer in the ongoing IWW IU/660 effort to establish the only unionized Starbucks in the United States. He’s a worker at the 36th and Madison Starbucks in New York City, the immediate focus of the campaign. During a demonstration ...
New York: 1832 and Today
JOSHUA FRANK
Back in the 1800s New Yorkers had a modest nickname for their corrupt metropolis. They called it the "Corporation." It was a telling name, indeed. Although the city at the time was a filthy, hog-infested cesspool, the Big Apple was nonetheless a vibrant ...
A Serious Debate?
JOHN L. HESS
The Times says hurrah!–we’ve now had "the start of the kind of serious and useful debate the American people deserve." Well, goody, but how did the two opponents differ? We’ve been here before, in another war that everybo...
Zarqawi’s War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is...
Sharon’s Ignores Tragic Jewish History
NEVE GORDON
Even though three years have passed since 9/11, most political leaders have failed to seriously probe the implications of the horrific attacks. One of the key questions that could have been asked following 9/11 is how the absence of certain international ...
Defending Dan? Rather Not
JACK RANDOM
The buzzards are circling, the scent of fresh kill wafts through the newsrooms, trickles down and spreads, engulfing talk radio and sweeping through the internet. The sharks are poised and the operatives sharpen their daggers. Dan Rather, the logical successor to ...
Stormy Seas on the Citizen Ship
RON JACOBS
I just finished reading two recently published books that deal with the deteriorating state of democracy in the United States. One is written by radical journalist David Lindorff and the other is a composition by rock musician/free speech advocate Krist Novoselic ...
The Life and Crimes of George W. Bush
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Coda: The House Rules Even Laura...
The Stupid White Man Quiz
MICKEY Z
The rules are simple. I provide a quote and you guess which Stupid White Man (or wannabe) is responsible. QUOTE #1: "The destruction was mutual." (Explaining why the U.S. should not apologize to Vietnam) a) Richard Nixon b) Ronald R...
Confessions of a Despairing Voter
TARIF ABBOUSHI
Until last Monday, I was an undecided voter. I agreed with friends, Republicans and Democrats alike, that Iraq is the central issue of this election. But I teetered nonetheless, as put off by the Bush administration’s determination to stay the course when th...
Reagan and the Killing Fields of Lebanon
STANLEY HELLER
Every September for the last two decades Palestinians and sympathetic friends memorialize the Sabra-Shatila massacre in Lebanon. It occurred when Ronald Reagan was President and Israel had conquered half of Lebanon. In the all news magazine articles about Reagan&#...
Ask Your Questions; Prepare to Die
ELAINE CASSEL
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Richmond, Virginia, stayed true to its tradition of being to the right of the Supreme Court in the decision handed down on September 13, 2004, in the case of the United States vs. Zacarias Moussaoui. The ...
Kerry’s "Unwavering Commitment" to Securing a Middle East Realm
GARY LEUPP
Kofi Annan, who replaced Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali as UN Secretary-General in 1996 (due solely to a U.S. veto of a second Boutros-Ghali term, probably resulting from the secretary-general’s support for Palestine) has for the last eight years avoide...
Attention Deficit America
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Excuse me, but the story is not CBS and the George W. Bush National Guard documents. The story is: How did the US Congress, the opposition party, the news media, and the US public let the Bush administration start a war based on phony documents? If s...
America Will Disappoint the World, Again
ADAM FEDERMAN
America in November will disappoint the world. We will elect either a war criminal or one of the lawmakers who gave him the power to wage such an unlawful war (i.e. an accomplice). What we now know (and what was assumed by many at the time) about the intelligence ...
What’s Behind the Horror in Darfur?
DAVID WHITEHOUSE
Nineteen months of scorched-earth assaults–conducted by mounted Arab militias in concert with government planes and helicopters–have forced most of the African population in Sudan’s western Darfur region to flee. According to UN estimates, 50,000...
How to Avoid Becoming an Anti-American
M. JUNAID ALAM
A specter is haunting America–the specter of anti-Americanism. All the powers of patriotic America have entered into a corporate alliance to exorcise this specter: draft-deferrers and women-gropers, grammar-challenged and duel-challengers, oil diggers and gr...
Large Dams in India: Temples or Burial Grounds?
ROBERT JENSEN
How do we measure progress? How are lives improved by progress? Who benefits from — and who suffers the consequences of — progress? These are central questions today as nation-states and corporations pursue what are typically called "deve...
Tigers Against Nader, Pussycats Against Bush
DAVE LINDORFF
Many frustrated progressive Democrats have been bemoaning the lack of aggressiveness of the Democratic Party and its presidential standard bearer John Kerry in this campaign. While Republicans in Florida and Michigan work to bar or scare off black voters, and smea...
Talked Out, But Does the IRA Give Up?
HARRY BROWNE
Seventy-eight-year-old bigot Ian Paisley holds the political fate of Northern Ireland in his hands as never before, and he’s not ready to let go. Three days of talks in an English castle ended at the weekend with only Paisley’s Democratic Unioni...
What If the Problem with Phone Polls is that They are Phone Polls?
DAVID PRICE
For years an open secret among academic researchers and polling agencies is starting to become apparent to the general public: the reliability and predictive value of telephone-based surveys is becoming increasingly questionable. In the past two weeks a hal...
What Really Happened in the 2000 Election
KARYN STRICKLER
Few people know the real reason why Al Gore simultaneously won and lost his bid for U.S. President in 2000. It was the clash of two mighty forces of American Presidential history that came together to create the divergence between the Electoral College and the pop...
No Taxes for Owners, Only for Workers
MARK WEISBROT
"When you hear them say, tax the rich, be careful," warned George W. Bush in a speech on Thursday. "The rich hire lawyers and accountants for a reason, because they don’t want to pay. And you get stuck with the tab. But we’re not going t...
The New Cult of the Temple
URI AVNERY
The Security Service is haunted by a terrible fear: that another Israeli Prime Minister will be assassinated. The extreme right-wing, which does not hide its admiration for Yigal Amir and his deed, harbors some who dream of a similar action. After all, if Amir suc...
Get Fallujah
PATRICK COCKBURN And ANDREW BUNCOMBE
American military commanders in Iraq are planning a series of major assaults before the end of the year to retake control of Fallujah and other cities held by insurgents. While commanders say they have not fixed a precise date for the new operation, much wi...
Forgeries, Fingerprints and Forensic Fakery
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
There’s nothing easier to fall for than a forgery, and nothing easier than to find an expert to give that same forgery a vibrant testimonial as the genuine article. The hallways of history echo with the furious assertions of authenticity from people with so ...
Sequestered in Nablus
SCOTT HANDLEMAN
On August 21 in Nablus, soldiers imposed a curfew on the Old City and conducted house-to-house manhunts in the garbage-strewn streets. International observers tagged along behind the soldiers, checking up on the inhabitants. Soldiers on the roof of one hous...
Ashcroft in Indonesia
CONN HALLINAN
Behind a recent, highly controversial indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bush administration is maneuvering to revive military ties with the Indonesian Army (TNI), one of the world’s most oppressive institutions. In late June, U.S. Att...
W is For Wimp
BRIAN J. FOLEY
The things seem inextricably linked: an SUV, a man’s arm cocked out the driver’s window, Bush-Cheney 2004 bumper sticker. Message: President George W. Bush is the candidate of Manly Men. But why do Manly Men support him? Is it because…Bus...
And Then I Got Sick…
LORI SMITH
Four and a half years ago I was a single mom climbing the corporate ladder. I had a happy and healthy daughter, a secure job with great benefits and the respect of my colleagues. Life was good. Then I got sick. I was diagnosed with Lupus and Multiple...
The Real Story of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
JOE ALLEN
Vietnam Veterans are "quite different from veterans of earlier wars," observed Ralph Nader in 1973–then at the height of his fame as a consumer advocate. No prior war, Nader pointed out, had "witnessed such a moral dissent by soldiers and new ...
Happy New Year
JOHN L. HESS
Is it too late to wish listeners a happy new year? For those concerned, of course. I just hard a great Jewish joke: Why did he have to pick us as the chosen people? A joke like that is often called black humor — which ought to remind us that other pe...
Part Six: Bush’s Mask of Anarchy
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
And many more Destructions...
The Week Iraq’s Dream of Peace Fell Apart
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Where freedom was promi...
Poletown Revisited
GEORGE CORSETTI
Editor’s note: The destruction of Poletown in Detroit in 1981, consequence of a deal between General Motors and Mayor Coleman Young produced a ghastly tragedy for the inhabitants, but also engendered a truly great radical documentary by Detroit&...
Patt Tillman and Osama bin Laden
MICKEY Z.
Q. Who gave up a life of luxury and turned his back on millions to fight in the mountains and caves of Afghanistan for what he believed in and, as a result, is revered by millions as a "hero"? A. Osama bin Laden. (Alternate answer: Pat Tillman)...
SportsCenter Out of the Middle East!
DAVE ZIRIN
Has it come to this? Did SportsCenter really broadcasting this week from Kuwait? Are we inhaling our nightly dose of baseball, banter and "booyah" from a set designed by the US Armed Forces? Is the SportsCenter stage really designed to look like a bunker...
Financial Torture (Asset Forfeiture)
FRED GARDNER
Richard Marino, 51, opened a cannabis dispensary in Roseville, California, a small city west of Sacramento, in January of this year, soon after Senate Bill 420 clarified the legality of such operations. Marino wanted to do everything by the book. He leased a brick...
Two Weeks in Beit Arabiya
RICHARD WARD
The two weeks spent rebuilding a demolished Palestinian home at ICAHD’s (Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions) summer work camp at Beit Arabiya in the West Bank town of Anata was a rare opportunity to experience a community of light and spirit in the ...
Gossing Over the Record
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst "Have they all drunk the Kool-Aid?" asked a former CIA colleague, referring to the stampede to appoint a new director and radically restructure the intelligence community. The Kool-Aid allusion was to the "group-think" th...
Nader’s Victories: a Mid-Campaign Assessment
GREG BATES
First in a series. On September 14, 2004, nearly 80 leaders out of 113 who backed Nader in 2000 signed a petition urging people to vote for John Kerry. Many are luminaries of the left-Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Susan Sarandon, Studs Terkel and many others. ...