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Archives from September 2004
The State of Working America
LEE SUSTAR
Propagandists for Corporate America often point to the long-term growth in family income as evidence that the American Dream of constantly rising living standards still exists. Yet a closer look at the statistics in the ...
Israel’s Demographics
RAY HANANIA
Despite non-stop violence against them by Israel’s military, Palestinians found some hope this week when the country’s official census study showed Palestinians growing twice as fast as Jews. Published by Israel’s leading English language ...
Baghdad’s Thriving Kidnapping Industry
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. One Briton and two Amer...
Black September
VICTOR KATTAN
September is a weird month. It is called "Black September" for a reason. Everyone knows of the terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11 when 3,000 innocent American civilians were killed in one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in modern history. Bu...
Equivocating Kerry, Reporting for Duty
MIKE WHITNEY
Apart from being the most excruciatingly painful public speaker in the last century, John Kerry does absolutely nothing to move the progressive agenda forward. His campaign can be fairly interpreted as a full scale retreat from the ideals espoused in the New Deal ...
US Gives Conflicting Accounts of Rocket Attack
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. The US sought yesterday...
Four Million Children Might be News
GREG MOSES
The morning after Texas district judge John Dietz ruled that the state’s school system fails to satisfy criteria set forth in the Texas constitution, I’m browsing some of the "top headline" sources on the internet to see how the fate of 4 mil...
A Rosh Hashonah Remembrance
DAVID HIMMELSTEIN
With the Jewish High Holy Days upon us, a calendrical coincidence gives a particular twist to the spirit of self-examination which prevails from Rosh Hashonah, the New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This year, the second day of Rosh Hashonah (which is...
Nader in the Battleground States
JOSHUA FRANK
"I hear many condemn these men because they were so few. When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?" ­ Henry David Thoreau John Kerry may as well drop out of the presidential race, as he is getting b...
The Neo-cons Threaten Syria
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
"The Organization is ...
The Bush Drug Lottery Flops
CHIRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals. Sir William Osler, Science and Immortality The good news is if the compassionate George W. Bush is elected in November he won&...
Hell on Haifa Street
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. ...
"They Are Building Walls Around Us"
YIGAL BRONNER
With all the excitement and tension mos...
Please Say No to Apartheid
ANGELA GODFREY-GOLDSTEIN
On behalf of Israeli Jews, and Palestin...
Oppose War, Not Just Bush
RON JACOBS
It’s time the antiwar movement go...
Blanking Out Dissent
DAVID LINDORFF
As the president races around the count...
Is the NFL Ready for US?
DAVE ZIRIN
For two decades, I have celebrated the start of the National Football League’s season. Yet this year I cannot swallow it whole. In normal times, sexism and over-the-top flag-waving attach themselves to the NFL like slime barnacles on a boat and a deft...
Is Genocide Just a Word?
JOANNE MARINER
"We have learned from Rwanda," said Secretary of State Colin Powell last week, in response to a question about atrocities taking place in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Powell declared that t...
Witnesses
STAN GOFF
No one can say that what I am about to say is partisan, or at least not partisan for Democrats. I have a bumper sticker that says "Nader-Camejo 2004," and I wouldn’t vote for John Kerry right now if you offered to pay my mortgage off and send my ki...
What’s Wrong with Torture?
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Is torture wrong? What does the Bush administration think? One way to analyze this is to trace ideas wrought by post-9/11 conservative analysts whose views mirror and expand upon those in the administration. An interesting and valuable collection of such analyses ...
The Peckerwood Pericles
WERTHER*
* "If the fellow was sincere, then so was P.T. Barnum. The word is disgraced and degraded by such uses. He was, in fact, a charlatan, a mountebank, a zany without any shame or dignity. What animated him from end to end of his grotesque career was ...
European Islam & the Caucasian "War on Terrorism"
GARY LEUPP
Europe (Europe proper, the geographer’s Europe) is an odd thing, curiously shaped and conceptualized since Herodotus invented it as the object of Persian invasion 2500 years ago. As the concept grew, Europe came to extend from Viking-settled Iceland in the m...
US Precision Strikes…on Ambulances
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad A plume of grey smoke billowed above Fallujah yesterday as the US military claimed they were making precision air strikes against insurgents in the city and local doctors said that civilians were being killed and wounded. The US army said its...
Nader in Michigan
ANIS MEMON
Ralph Nader was just here in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan (and he’ll be at Michigan State this evening). He spoke from 1-3.20, but I teach at 1, so I arrived towards the end of the actual speech, and was pleasantly surprised that the room was sti...
Former Naderites Beg for Kerry Votes
MICHAEL DONNELLY
It’s desperation time. Ever since John Kerry’s Grand Canyon Concession Speech, fearful libs have taken to, once again, attacking Ralph Nader and his supporters, as if that’s the magic carpet the pro-war Democrat will ride to the White House. ...
Language in Colombia’s War
PHILLIP CRYAN
In war, word choice is important. Everyone can hear the difference between calling civilian deaths ‘collateral damage’ and calling them ‘crimes against humanity,’ between using ‘freedom fighters’ or ‘terrorists’ to d...
The Quotations of David Cobb
CounterPunch Wire
Interview with Judy Woodruff of CNN on 6/29/2004 "[My campaign] is a nuanced strategy." Cobb in an interview with the Times Standard Daily on 7/04/2004 "Elections are always important. The direction that Kerry and Bush are wanti...
Bush, the Neo-Cons and 9/11
ROBERT JENSEN
I’m a former full-time journalist turned journalism professor. I continue to commit occasional acts of journalism, and I retain a deep affection for, and commitment to, the craft and its ideals. That’s why it pains me to say this: The performance of th...
A Modest Proposal
JOHN CHUCKMAN
It would be nice to have a moratorium on discussing the American election, at least until something happens that is worth discussing. Just about everyone, except the candidates, understands that Vietnam–ugly scar on America’s conscience that it is̵...
The Austere Mr. Greenspan
MIKE WHTNEY
"As a nation we may have already made promises to coming generations of retirees that we will be unable to fulfill." Alan Greenspan "Greenspan urged Congress to cut the growth of Social Security and Medicare, warning tha...
Kerry/Edwards Website Censors Discussion of Israel/Palestine Issues
MIKE BURKE
The administrators at Kerry’s website have shut down all discussion of the Israel/...
How Bush’s Anti-Terror Laws Threaten Individual Rights
NOAH LEAVITT
Last week, our nation somberly marked the third anniversary of the devastating attacks against New York and Washington D.C. In the three years since 9-11, America has, thankfully, not suffered a second terrorist attack. Members of the Bush Administration &...
One of Baghdad’s Bloodiest Days
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. "I am a journalist...
An Interview with Leslie Cagan
BENJAMIN DANGL And ANDREW KENNIS
Leslie Cagan is the national coordinator of the anti-war coalition United For Peace and Justice, (www.UnitedForPeace.org)...
Perhaps This Time We’re the Silent Majority
DAVE LINDORFF
Here’s an intriguing thought: Maybe opposition to President Bush is much more widespread than anyone suspects, because people are afraid to say what they are really thinking. I got an inkling of this when I was speaking to a group of people who came t...
But Not Their Faith
FREDERICK B. HUDSON
A small boy in New York goes out to play. His mother tells him not to leave the park. But he is disobedient–he constantly visits his neighborhood firehouse. Despite constant punishment, he returns over and over to stare at the shiny red fire trucks and coils...
Iraq and the Crisis of Empire
ROGER BURBACH And JIM TARBELL
Bush declared in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention that he is fighting terrorism abroad "not for pride, not for power," but to protect American lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are...
Elections, Alliances and the American Empire
GABRIEL KOLKO
[This essay by historian GABRIEL KOLKO...
The Terror Playbook of Karl Rove
DOUG GIEBEL
In his convention acceptance speech, President George W. Bush used a variation of the word "terror" a mere sixteen <times.A> few days later, during a day’s campaign appearances in Missouri, the Bush references to terror totalled forty-three, ...
Eli Lilly’s Bitch: the NIMH
FRED GARDNER
Just about every newspaper and TV station in America reported August 18 that a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed Prozac and cognitive behavior therapy, in combination, to be the most effective treatment of depression in adolescents. H...
Round Up the Usual Suspects
MICKEY Z.
A look back three years… September 11, 2001: As I sit typing this here in New York City, the radio is blaring news of hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center. Instantly, I feared for friends who work in the area. Next, overwhelmed by the ...
Third Party Blues
SHARON SMITH
Since 1856, every U.S. president has been the candidate of either the Democratic or Republican Party. Despite their differences, these two parties share a fundamental stake in promoting the interests of big business and the economic, political and military dominan...
An ABC of American Interventions
FRANCISC CATALIN
United States of Americans, this Patrio...
Swatting at Flies
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Who would you rather have in your corner, Sasso or Baker? In its hour of need the Kerry campaign brings on board James Sasso, breathlessly described in one news story as "canny and ruthless", but mostly known to the world as one of the men who ran the Du...
Bob Graham’s Political Tsunami
MIKE WHITNEY
Senator Bob Graham’s new book, "Intelligence Matters" is a political tsunam...
Redneck Music for the New Century
RON JACOBS
I went to a friend’s wedding last week in the Vermont countryside. It was what my friends and I used to call a redneck wedding. The DJ only played country music and people danced in lines, just like they do during the Nashville Channel’s dance show. We...
Indian Wars
CARL G. ESTABROOK
An academic study published two years ago, about machinations in post-World War One America, may have more to tell us about today’s politics than much of current journalism. Dominick Jenkins’ T...
9/11: an Historical Context
CHRISTOPHER REED
On this day three years ago a total of 2,973 people died in America at the hands of 19 Islamic terrorists in the most devastating domestic attack the US had ever experienced (the War of 1812 only killed 2,260 Americans, even although the Brits burned down the Whit...
Mosquitoes in a Hurricane
ALAN FARAGO
Late Sunday afternoon, when the weak side of Hurricane Frances dragged its scudding tail of clouds from the south like a ragged cur, we abandoned the family lockdown and took the dogs for a walk. We’ve been married 25 years, my wife and I, and one of ...
Fallujah: an Iraqi Beslan
MIKE WHITNEY
Everybody talks about merc...