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Archives from September 2004
Geezers Make Gas
SAUL LANDAU
Our cause is just, it...
Soap Opera Moments in Texas School Funding Trial
GREG MOSES
By the way she wears her colors and sli...
Anti-Americanism
BERNARD CHAZELLE
Last summer, with France on his mind, the British historian Paul Johnson graced the pages of Forbes Magazine with this trenchant observation: "Anti-Americanism is racist envy" [1]. Lest anyone miss the point, the best-selling author quickly rephrased it ...
A Simple Strategy for the Average American
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Is Bush like Caesar? In one way, yes–Bush, like Casear, has decided to make the world his empire –, but in other ways it is not an apt comparison: Caesar had courage; Bush does not. Nor do Rumsfeld, Cheney, or the rest of the cabinet. Caesar went out a...
God’s Will, According to the Bush Administration
DAVID DOMKE
In his address to Republican Party delegates and the nation last Thursday, George W. Bush used the words freedom or liberty, in some form, 34 times. Say this for the president: he can hammer home a message. Among these instances was this declaration: "I belie...
Even Ambulances Can’t Get Through
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. American forces with th...
Oregon Judge Puts Nader on Ballot
MICHAEL DONNELLY
In a year devoid of victories for Democracy, indeed a year where Democracy has taken quite a few body blows to say the least, a county judge in Oregon has stepped up and blown away months’ worth of shady dealings of the Democratic (sic) Party, its top politi...
Yesterday My Friends Were Abducted in Baghdad
ED KINANE
Yesterday afternoon I learned that my friends, Raad and Simona, were abducted (along with another Iraqi and another Italian) from their Bridges to Baghdad office in Baghdad. This did not come as quite the shock it might have because recently Raad had emailed our m...
Indymedia and the Text Message Jihad
JEREMY SCAHILL
The guerrilla musicians from the Infernal Noise Brigade were tuning their instruments, preparing to lead an unannounced, unpermitted march from Union Square to Madison Square Garden. Independent journalists from the Indymedia Center were putting fresh cassettes in...
Another Visit to Burt’s Tavern
JOE BAGEANT
73 virgins in arab heaven and not a dam one in this bar! —Men’s room wall, Burt’s Westside Tavern I know it makes me a dinosaur, but I still think there is much to be learned in America’s small neigh...
Medea Comes Clean; Cobb Stays Dirty
JOSHUA FRANK
Following a critical article of the inter-workings of the Pacific Green Party in Oregon titled, "The Green Party Unravels from Within", a suspect rumor was brought to light. After talking to a dozen or so pro-Nader delegates that attended the Green Party...
The Cuban Revolution
PETER BOHMER
Understanding Cuban society objectively is incredibly difficult, given 45 years of unremitting US propaganda against Fidel Castro, the Cuban government and Cuban society. Even for those individuals critical of the U.S. mainstream media, constantly hearing the Cuba...
Despair Over the Forgotten Victims of Iraq War
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad Iraqi officials demanded to know yesterday why so little international attention was being given to their numerous dead as the US mourned the death of 1,000 soldiers since the invasion of Iraq. "When I heard on television that the Americ...
The Emerging Case for a Single-State Solution
TODD MAY
Recently, the debate about Israel and Palestine has taken an odd turn. The idea of a single democratic state in historic Palestine, once thought dead, has re- emerged as an option worthy of consideration. For some, the idea of a single state is a matter of realism...
The Crisis of Public Dissent
FRAN SHOR
As I stood among the half-million protesters in the blistering heat of Manhattan’s streets on August 29, 2004, it seemed difficult to imagine that the right of public dissent was threatened. However, over the next few days and nights demonstrators in a varie...
Afghanistan, American Drug Colony
MIKE WHITNEY
"More than 10 million citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election, a resounding endorsement of democracy. Despite ongoing acts of violence Iraq now has a strong prime minister, a national council and national elections a...
A War on Two Fronts
PATRICK COCKBURN
The American death toll in Iraq reached 1,000 last night, the White House announced after yet another day of heavy fighting in Baghdad. The symbolic figure was reached 18 months after President Bush started the war that has become the defining issue of the ...
Land Reform and Conflict in Guatemala
LISA VISCIDI
In rural Guatemala, poor mostly indigenous farmers scrape off a living on the nation¡s poorest soils while wealthy finca (large plantation) owners reap the benefits of an agricultural system based on international exports and the exploitation of cheap labor....
Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?
STAN GOFF
These milestones come along, reminding us and the wrath struggles to break free again. The anger is never really absent, just dormant like a sleeping volcano. Back when the pack of professional liars in Washington DC and their slavish corporate press stil...
When the Extraordinary Becomes the Norm
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
A minor gratification to the student of political history is the opportunity to sneer at past generations. With a quiet air of superiority, he may wonder what manner of fools were they, that they could not comprehend what was going on right in front of their eyes?...
Spinning 1000 Dead
DAVE LINDORFF
With the U.S. death toll in Iraq passing the 1000-mark, the Bush administration and the Pentagon have gone into maximum spin mode. After all, how do you make the pointless termination of 1000 young lives palatable to an American public that is wearying of a...
"We’re Not Girlie Men"
RON JACOBS
"We … displayed weakness. And the weak are always beaten." Vladimir Putin. "We cannot show weakness in this world today, because the enemy will exploit that weakness. It will embolden them and make the world a more d...
The Green Party Unravels From Within
JOSHUA FRANK
As if the Green Party hasn’t had enough to deal with these days, now this. On August 24, Liz Trojan, the Co-chair of the Pacific Green Party stepped down from her post and exited the Party altogether. Only six days later her fellow co-chair, Jeff Strang aban...
The Politics of Darkness: North / South
JOHN ROSS
The ambiance inside the Garden was as toxic as an Al Qaeda bioterrorist Jihad. In the spotlight, a smugly chortling Bush lip-synched doom to 20,000 beardless Caucasian conventioneers. "This will not happen on my watch" the President pandered from the pod...
"No Blood for Oil"
Dr. CAROL WOLMAN
Labor Day is Paul Bunyan Day in Ft. Bragg, CA, and the annual parade features logging trucks, and Babe the Blue Ox, as well as high school bands, the Shriners and Rotarians.  Our local peace coalition won a prize in 2002 for the largest group- about 100 of us...
US Death Toll in Iraq Nears 1000
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. A car bomb killed seven...
Bush’s Own Personal Janjaweed
CHRIS FLOYD
If you would know the hell that awaits us–and not far off–there’s no need to consult ancient prophecies, or the intricate coils of hidden conspiracies, or the tortured arcana of high-credentialed experts. You need only read the public words, swor...
Hostage Tactics
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Two French journalists are currently held in Iraq. The hostage-takers threaten to kill them if the French don’t repeal a ban forbidding young Muslim women from wearing headscarves in public schools. The French government has refused to repeal the law, which ...
The Bush Neocons and Israel
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Former CIA political analysts [Edit...
How Kennedy and Kerry Screwed Labor
LEE SUSTAR
Corporate America is rushing to get out of pension payments while the getting is good–before the crisis in retirement benefits eases. And for organized labor, the stakes on pensions are higher than ever. The news that United Airlines is prepared to kill its ...
A Labor Day Call for Rights for Working People
RALPH NADER
The general rule of law for employees is employment at will–this means an employee can be fired for any reason, no reason or a bad reason without recourse. Workers gained rights in the early Twentieth Century when the union movement developed and workers joi...
How Many Democrats Voted for Taft-Hartley?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Fifty-seven years ago, on June 23, 1947, over-riding President Harry Truman’s veto, Congress voted for the Taft-Hartley Act. It was a savage counter-attack on Labor’s great legislative achievement of the Roosevelt years, the Wagner Act. As Taft-Hartley...
9/11, Three Years On
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A lot can happen in three years. In the United States since 9/11, about 4,000 children died from child abuse and neglect; in more than 80 percent of cases, parents were the perpetrators. About 36,000 Americans died from unnecessary surgery. Another 21,000 ...
McBypass Nation
MICKEY Z.
Are you shocked? William Jefferson Clinton, poster boy for the American way of life (and death), has "significant blockages in three or four coronary arteries" and, as a result, will undergo triple or quadruple bypass surgery. Characterized by the New Yo...
Neo Cons Under Fire
GARY LEUPP
They’re what Marxists call "contradictions within the ruling class:" sharp differences within the power elite which weaken it collectively and can sometimes be exploited by those seeking radical change. It is a very good thing that the "intell...
From Boston to NYC: Two Weeks of Distraction
WILLIAM A. COOK
"As the Little Men disappear, more and more economic power comes to be wielded by fewer and fewer peopleWe are far indeed from Jefferson’s ideal of a genuinely free society composed of a hierarchy of self-governing units–‘the el...
Can the Everglades be Fixed?
ALAN FARAGO
Water moves to money the way hips sway to salsa. But taxpayers had something more serious in mind when they agreed to invest more than $10 billion to restore America’s Everglades. The likelihood is — absent immediate action by elected officials —...
The Better War Candidate?
MIKE WHITNEY
New York’s Foot Soldiers (our only real hope) by MIKE WHITNEY There’s been precious little from the Kerry camp about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Maybe that’s something Kerry "could do better" too. To his credit, the Ma...
New Iraqi Police State Flexes Its Muscles
PATRICK COCKBURN
"The police are going to kill me unless you take me with you," said Ahmed Hussein in a terrified voice, as half a dozen angry Iraqi policemen closed in on him. One of them had just taken his black pistol out of his belt and was holding it by his side....
The Hempstead T-Shirt
FRED GARDNER
Pseudo-sophisticates in the media have commented snidely on the following Associated Press story, datelined Atlanta, that ran in papers across the country in late August: The town of Hempstead, N.Y., has a message for Gwinnett County school adm...
God Save the Endangered Species Act
KARYN STRICKLER
No matter which manifestation of the original energy to which you pray–God, Buddha, Allah or Mother Nature–it’s time to hit your knees and put in a request to save the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Prayer may be the last hope of preserving the Ac...
Who We Are and What We Do
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
It is now nearly three years since nine...
Start Explaining and Fast
MARK DONHAM
Several times recently on the Jim Lehrer News Hour, the Shields part of the long time "Shields and Brooks" political punditry (opposite’s attract; "fair and balanced") team of Washington "insiders", punditized that, in response ...
What the World Should Know
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The new book ...
Kobe Bryant and the Price of Freedom
DAVE ZIRIN
Now we know the price of freedom in the...
Or a Bad Day with an Ikea Cup
VANESSA JONES
The actor Colin Friels discusses anger and the frustration of words in an interview with Alexa Moses, in August 2004: "How can a writer not be angry? How can they not be? Show me a writer or an actor who is at peace with the world and the...
The Way Things Are
TED HONDERICH
1. Britain, America, Africa, Palestine, Iraq How are things in England, Scotland and Wales? Well, there is pretty much the same dark summary as with Thatcherism before the glorious election of 1997 that brought in government by the New Labour Party. The ric...
The Contradictions of Babarismo
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Andrew Wilson’s over-hasty call last week for a jihad against elephants sent me back to Babar, where in marked contrast to the angry pachyderms of India the elephant king presented monarchy in its most tranquil and genial as...
Another Form of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?
JANE STILLWATER
Remember the famous story about the mom in Florida who was all loving and caring to her poor dear sick child? While this child was in and out of hospitals and enduring exploratory surgery, the mom was always so saintly and comforting. "What a good parent,&quo...
Making Students and Teachers Pay for the Political Crisis in Education
JESSE SHARKEY
The head of Chicago’s public schools, Arne Duncan, has announced plans to privatize at least 60 "failing" schools. According to recent press reports, the privatization scheme would allow these schools to operate outside the teachers’ union co...