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Archives from October 2004
Election Day
WILLIAM S. LIND
An old guy in the barbershop summed up this election best. Choosing between Bush and Kerry, he said, "is like being asked which of the Menendez brothers you like better." As Paul Craig Roberts wrote, it is "the worst election ever." If...
Sanctions as a War of Attrition
HOPE BASTIAN
I’m living in a war zone, but what I see when I look out the window of my apartment in Havana, Cuba does not resemble the pictures in the papers of the war in Iraq. No missiles have been fired here, there are no camouflaged soldiers in the streets with guns,...
Why MLB Owners Support the Prez
DAVE ZIRIN
They didn’t think he was good enough to be their baseball commissioner and follow in the immortal footsteps of people like Bowie Kuhn and Ford Frick, but the Major Leagues’ cabal of billionaire owners is ponying up the dough to keep George W. Bush in t...
An Interview Dr. David Himmelstein
NANCY WELCH
Dr. David Himmelstein teaches at Harvar...
Standing at the Graves of Iraq
GREG MOSES
So much for the painted word, that quai...
Bush, Ba’ath and Beyond
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
In Karl Rove’s ideal world, Iraq today would be a model country, a nation at peace, with scenes of happy children boarding schoolbuses, women working in computer facilities, families enjoying themselves in fairgrounds, and a smooth-running administration man...
Put a Cork in It
JON SWIFT
When a President’s behavior gets weird, the urge to psychoanalyze him in books and articles can become irresistible. (Does this happen in other countries? I wonder.) Decades ago, Fawn Brodie and David Abrahamsen tried it with Richard Nixon, with results desc...
Notes from the Big Empty
BRUCE ANDERSON
[This essay is excerpted from ...
What Makes Ralph Nader Tick?
GREG BATES
All strategy issues aside, should anyone really vote for Ralph Nader, the man? Hardly a day goes by when the guy isn’t accused of lying, accepting support from Republicans, or worse. And those accusations come not only from his opponents but from people on t...
Uzbekistan and Bush Hypocrisies
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
It isn’t often you can have a real belly-laugh about testimony to the US House International Relations Committee. Most of these depositions are pompous and boring and almost nobody reads the material, anyway. But the testimony to the Subcommittee on the Midd...
The New York Times: Paper of Record and Ripoff
SUZAN MAZUR
LACERA REPORT OF MEDIA CONTACT Prepared By: Marsha Richter Date Of Contact: 10-08-04 Reporter’s Name: Patrick Cliff Reporter’s Phone Number: 703-837-8998 Reporter’s Employer: New York Times W...
Are The States Ready for Stuff Happens?
ALEXANDER BILLET
For the past few weeks London has been host to a controversy of theatrical proportions. No, I’m not talking about Prince Harry’s dubious credentials in the world of academia. Far from the pusillanimous prince’s paparazzi pursued boarding school, ...
How Monica Lewinsky Saved Social Security
ROBIN BLACKBURN
[This essay is excerpted from CounterPu...
Landscape of Fear
KEN AVIDOR
I always keep my sketchbook/journal and...
The Tower of Gabble
P. SAINATH
I have reflected in recent times on all the useful words that Development has taught me. It seems to me this is something Civil Society needs to ponder, right from the Grassroots to Emerging Leaders. At some point, a Knowledge-Based Society needs to learn somethin...
…and the Million Worker March
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
History and its symbols having been central in conceptualizing the demonstration for jobs, peace and human needs that took place at the Lincoln Memorial on a crisp afternoon this past October 17, it is worth casting the mind back a bit before proceeding with our s...
They Worked for Franco
VICENTE NAVARRO
One of the most notorious events of the...
Osama’s Offer
RICHARD OXMAN
"The task at hand is to recapture…energy, imagination…adding to it a broadbased and unequivocal acceptance of the proposition that the dissolution of state power here can be no more ‘nonviolent’ here than it would hav...
The Joke was on Me
RON JACOBS
Reading Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume 1 is like listening to every Dylan song worth ...
How Both Parties Exploit the Defense Budget
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
[Editors' Note: This is th...
Osama’s Endorsement
JOHN CHUCKMAN
It has been a bad few weeks for Bush with discoveries startling enough to kill, or at least stun, a normal candidate. But there is nothing normal about Bush. He just keeps plunging ahead, grunting and gasping, like one of the undead. We learned that Bush we...
No Justice in County Clare
HARRY BROWNE
Peace activist Mary Kelly has been convicted of criminal damage to a US Navy 737 at Ireland’s Shannon Airport — after the jury wasn’t allowed to hear evidence that she carried out her act "with lawful excuse". Sentencing has been deferr...
Kerrycrats and the War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
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Kerrycrats and the War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
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Ecstasy in Red Sox Nation
RON JACOBS
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Political Satire 101
ALAN MAASS
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Rebellion in the Rank
Col. DAN SMITH
“When America puts our troops in combat, I believe they deserve the best training, the best equipment, the full support of our government.” So declaimed President George Bush at a campaign rally earlier this month in Manchester, New Hampshire, 10 mont...
"The Gas is Ours"
FORREST HYLTON
“Mesa is like Kerensky.” Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada ...
Crammed with Distressful Politics
JULES RABIN
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The Bi-Partisan Politics of Oil
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
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Both Parties Ignore Working Parents
KRISTIN VAN TASSEL
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Bush’s Latest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates
DAVE LINDORFF
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Why I Liked Thomas Friedman’s Latest Column Before I Didn’t
KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
I read two articles on Sunday that made quite an impact. The first was a Thomas Friedman column. Reading Friedman is always an interesting, usually an angering, experience. This one didn’t anger me right off the bat, but his thesis disturbed me. Fried...
Rumble in the Jungle at 30
MICKEY Z.
I won $4.00 betting on Muhammad Ali when he fought the pre-grill George Foreman for all the marbles in the wee hours of a 1974 Zaire morning. This was a time when most white kids would regularly root for Ali to lose…so I took advantage of such nonsense an...
Three Weddings and Lots of Funerals
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
George Bush, the Commander-in-Chief, tells lies. Dick Cheney, the man who runs the Commander-in-Chief, tells lies. Donald Rumsfeld, the man responsible for US defense except when things go wrong, tells lies. So why should the US military do an...
After the Fall
FIDEL CASTRO
Translated by Joe Bryak On finis...
The Boom in Conspiracy Theories
AMIR TAHERI
Last May a number of "investigative journalists", hacks who make up stories on the basis of rumors leaked by un-named "reliable sources", had a field day with the claims about a secret Saudi plan to help President George W. Bush’s re-elec...
An Open Letter to Pat Buchanan
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Dear Pat Buchanan, I have often admired your writings, in particular your strong articles before and after the Iraq invasion. You spoke out when others did not. You wrote powerfully against globalization, the hollowing out of America, of the trade defici...
The Boss Endorses Kerry
ALEXANDER BILLET
In some respects, it was surreal. On the other hand, it’s only to be expected this election season. Either way, it made me shudder. With the elections mere days away, John Kerry has been darting back and forth across the country like a rabbit on spee...
Gag the Public!
WALTER BRASCH
On a blatant campaign of exploiting 9/11, and a subversive campaign to undermine the nation’s civil liberties, George W. Bush expects to win a second term. Jingoism is encouraged; dissent is not tolerated. As Texas governor, Bush established "pr...
The Religion of George W. Bush
DOUG GIEBEL
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?"...
The Chicken Salad Election
BEN TRIPP
My Grandma always used to say, "It’s not over until it’s gone." She was talking about chicken salad, the kind she specialized in that put me on the road to vegetarianism. The main ingredient was a chicken (something about that size, anyway) c...
Fear Factors
WILLIAM BLUM
The CIA Should Wear a Ski Mask When They Use This Excuse Time Magazine reported that the Bush administration had a plan to use the CIA to funnel money to candidates it favored in the forthcoming Iraqi elections. The rationale given was that Iran was probab...
The Nation’s Flawed Calculus
GREG BATES
"Nader Voters Favor Kerry Over Bush by 3-to-1 Margin," screams a Nation press release announcing the results of their recent poll, October 24, 2004. Playing gotcha politics, the Nation’s John Nichols claims it proves "Nader’s Flawed Calc...
The 1964 Berkeley Free Speech Movement
LENNI BRENNER
I read my 1st history book at age 7, & since then I’ve only gotten worse. I never miss family reunions. Its a bum day if I don’t set foot in a museum. In Dallas for a lecture, I hopped to the Kennedy assassination museum. (I didn’t tell them ...
The Government You Deserve
JOHN CHUCKMAN
It has been said that people pretty much get the government they deserve. There is more than a little justice in the observation. Pat Buchanan has given a last-minute endorsement to George Bush’s re-election. One is tempted to class his words, qualifi...
Oregon Revokes Dr. Leveque’s License
FRED GARDNER
Phil Leveque of Molalla, Oregon, is the first doctor in any of the states that have legalized marijuana for medical use to lose his license for recommending it. Leveque received a formal notice of revocation from the Board of Medical Examiners Oct. 20. He has 30 d...
Executing Another Child in Rafah
OMAR BARGHOUTI
Iman al-Hams was a 13-year old refugee schoolgirl who was executed — after being wounded — by an Israeli platoon commander on the sad sands of Rafah. According to testimonies given by soldiers in the same company to the mass Israeli daily Yediot...
On the Road to Civil War
URI AVNERY
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it. Not another war with the Arabs. Not the nuclear threat from Iran. Not the ongoing bloody confrontation with the Palestinians. The talk ...
Letter from a Minnesota Highway
RALPH NADER
Some seventy lights of the liberal intelligentsia–some my long-time friends and political associates–recently signed a petition calling upon voters in contested states to vote for John Kerry, despite their "strong disagreement with Kerry on Iraq a...