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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...