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Archives from September 2004
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...