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Archives from October 2004
The Other War
ELAINE CASSEL
The hottest topics in the current presidential campaign are the Iraq war and the "war" on "terrorism". It is disappointing how glibly Kerry has adopted the Bush administration’s campaign against "terror" and has not critically e...
Thinking the Unthinkable
DOUG GIEBEL
"But history will look back and I’m fully prepared to accept any mistakes that history judges to my administration. Because the president makes the decisions, the president has to take the responsibility." President George W. B...
Name the New DC Baseball Team
DAVE ZIRIN
The "Name the New DC Team" contest is over and after dissecting more than 200 e-mails and 1,000 entries I am twitching more than George W. on debate night. Entries ran the gamut from anti-war, to anti-racist, to just damn funny. We therefore have...
An Interview with the ILWU’s Clarence Thomas on the Million Worker March
DEREK TYNER
Q: The initiative behind this march came out of your union, ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) Local 10, which has a long history of militancy, an institutional memory of struggle, and a passed-down tradition of rank-and-file organization. Could yo...
Criticizing Israel is Not Anti-Semitism
RALPH NADER
Dear Mr. Foxman: You started your last letter with the sentence: "We are not engaged in a dialogue about the issues you raised in your letter." That is precisely the point, is it not, Mr. Foxman. For many years you have eschewed engaging in a dial...
The Free Speech Movement and Howard Stern
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Forty years ago this month a young man called Mario Savio, 21 years old, climbed on top of a car in Berkeley, California, and let fly with a stream of incendiary rhetoric and the Berkeley Free Speech Movement was born. I’ll skip the next chapters and...
Was There a Pucker in That Jacket or Was the President Just Glad to be There?
DAVE LINDORFF
The best argument that President George Bush was probably wired for help during the three presidential debates is the White House’s response to the charge. The first response, of course, was no response at all. As the f...
Your Papers Please! (And While You’re at It Could You Open That Trunk?)
RON JACOBS
Every morning when I leave my house in Burlington, Vermont I look to the left at the waters of Lake Champlain. For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of this region of the United States, Lake Champlain is a large lake that brings together the states of New...
Dick Cheney’s El Salvador
MARK ENGLER
We know that distortions abounded in the Vice President’s contribution to the Cheney-Edwards debate on Tuesday. But one moment that hasn’t received much attention is Dick Cheney’s revealing misuse of the 1980s civil war in El Salvador. Observers ...
Unmerciful Judge, Merry Executioners
LESLEY BRILL
As the 2004 election looms, the incumbent President’s detractors and defenders have returned their attention to Mr. Bush’s equivocal stint in the Texas Air National Guard during the early 1970s. As has been repeatedly pointed out, his service record-or...
Bush as a Strong Leader?
DAVID HAMILTON
The peculiar notion held buy a large sector of the American electorate that George W. Bush is a strong world leader is utter nonsense. This delusion exists primarily in the minds of self-conscious sycophants and befuddled provincials without passports. For this mi...
How to Effect Regime Change and Expand the Empire
GARY LEUPP
"Concern about Iraq specifically focused on the fact that Saddam Hussein had been, for years, listed on the state [department's] sponsor of terror [list] The effort that we’ve mounted with respect to Iraq focused specifically on the possibi...
Gimme That Ole Time Religion
EVAN JONES
‘Mr Harris said that wealth creation was "absolutely" a Christian activity. "I think perpetuating wealth is a good thing," he said. "If you can build wealth, and you can build an environment where you can perpetuate it a...
A Few Pages from The Mirror of Justices (c. 1290)
PETER LINEBAUGH
With the Supreme Court nicely toying once again about who is to live and who is to die as it considers the death penalty for juveniles and as the American casualties in Iraq yesterday included three teenagers, it is well past the time to chop legal logic, or merel...
America, Imagine This!
M. SHAHID ALAM
Over the past three years, I have followed the mainstream public discourse on the abhorrent attacks of 9-11 with the eerie feeling that I was watching a new version of Hamlet where the King of Denmark–the father of Prince Hamlet–dies a natural death. T...
The Lingering Clouds Over Ground Zero
JENNA ORKIN
September 11 was a tragedy that has changed the course of history and the way we live. It was also an environmental disaster of epic proportions. Hundreds of tons of asbestos were pulverized and dispersed around Lower Manhattan and beyond. The tens of thousands of...
Reckoning Deaths in an Agitated World
JULES RABIN
What happened last week at the Israeli resort hotel in Taba was hideous: the random massacre of 30 or more vacationers. Never, never can there be justification for the slaughter of non-combatant civilians. The scale of the disaster at Taba, relative ...
The Flu Vaccine Question
FRED GARDNER
President Bush misstated the facts about the flu-vaccine shortage in the Oct. 13 debate. Neither Senator Kerry nor Bob Schieffer refuted him. Nor did any of the post-debate pundits. It wasn’t until the next day that Keith Olberman focused on Bush’s &qu...
The Brownshirting of America
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
James Bovard, the great libertarian champion of our freedom and civil liberties, recently shared with readers his mail from Bush supporters (...
Does Anyone Here Have a Spine?
MICHAEL DONNELLY
I guess it was bound to happen. We now have striking proof that what passes for the various progressive movements here in Oregon Has morphed into a mindless pro-Kerry movement. The same nonprofit, pro-Democrat professionals and political careerists who gave...
From Supermax to Abu Ghraib
LEAH CALDWELL
Just a year ago, Attorney General John Ashcroft pointed to the Iraqi prison system as a shining example of the freedoms that the U.S. would bring to Iraq. He said, "Now, all Iraqis can taste liberty in their native land, and we will help make tha...
Kerry’s Iraq Numbers
GREG BATES
Where’s Richard Nixon when you need him? Taking a leaf from his record on sustainable energy, John Kerry now wants to make the war in Iraq sustainable. Just for today, let’s put aside all our objections to the carnage and look at it from Kerry&#...
Election Day Fears
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGBLOOD
We have two great fears about Election Day 2004. The first is that George W. Bush will be elected. The second is that John Kerry will be elected. Those fears are rooted in an understanding that the threats to global justice and world pea...
Wal-Mart vs. the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon
LAURA CARLSEN
The showdown is rife with symbolis...
Why Do Bush and Kerry Fear Hugo Chavez?
KATHERINE LAHEY
The US government and Presidential candidate John Kerry have announced that President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is a threat to the United States. What is most ironic is that while using a different framework through which to analyze thi...
Fodder for the Mindless
WILLIAM A. COOK
The lies used by the Bush administration to rally support for its illegal actions in Iraq and Palestine have moved with glacial slowness before the public. The reason, we have learned, exists in the main stream media that controls news fed to the public. Alison We...
Lessons from Nature
ALAN FARAGO
A high-school teacher recently told me about his passion — tracking animals in the wilderness. Looking for paw print, size, length of gait, and direction in the context of habitat requires simple, deductive reasoning. The opposite — making facts fit pr...
Free Speech Banned by Big Pharma
EVELYN PRINGLE
When Bush signed the new Medicare bill on Dec. 8, 2003, he called it "the greatest advance in health care coverage for America’s seniors since the founding of Medicare” in 1965. No he did not say this on Saturday Night Live, he said it at the Whit...
Water, Women and War
LAURA SANTINA
Water was the biggest buzz at the 2004 Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom Congress in the little town of Kungälv, Sweden. Who has it? Who needs it? Who does it belong to? Is it clean enough to drink? Are we running out of it? Will it be t...
The War on Haiti’s Priests
Rep. MAXINE WATERS
Dear Secretary Powell: I write to urge you to take immediate action to protect the life of Father Gerard Jean-Juste, the pastor of Saint Claire Church in the Delmas area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as well as the lives of several other Haitian priests and par...
The Lonely Crusade of Walt Brown
DARCY G. RICHARDSON
While Ralph Nader has been preoccupied fending off the disruptive tactics, legal challenges and other chicanery cooked up by mean-spirited Democrats desperately trying to keep the longtime consumer advocate off the ballot in state after state this autumn, and whil...
Maimed for Oil and Empire
NICOLE COLSON
"I THINK it’s worth it, Jim." During the September 30 presidential debate, George Bush didn’t hesitate when asked if the war on Iraq was worth the hundreds of deaths and thousands of terrible injuries suffered by U.S. troops. Too bad d...
The Real Meaning of the Hamdi Case
MIKE WHITNEY
The Yasir Hamdi case has been resolved in favor of the Bush Administration, delivering a stinging blow to the Bill of Rights. For the first time in American history a citizen has been stripped of his citizenship and deported without ever having been charged with a...
Amnesty International: A False Beacon?
PAUL De ROOIJ
Given the current escalation of Israeli...
Barak O-Bomb-a?
SHARON SMITH
John Kerry’s antiwar supporters have repeatedly warned that a military attack on Iran is imminent if George Bush is reelected. But Democrats are rattling their sabers at the same target. On September 24, Barack Obama–the Democratic candidate for...
The Other Disaster in Haiti
Bishop THOMAS GUMBLETON And BILL QUIGLEY
In addition to the death and destruction caused by the recent hurricane and floods, there is another disaster going on in Haiti right now. It is a human rights disaster. We just returned from Haiti with a human rights delegation for Pax Christi USA, the Cat...
God and the Bush Administration
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
In men whom men condemn as ill I find so much of goodness still, In men whom men pronounce divine I find so much of sin and blot, I do not dare to draw a line Between the two, where God has not. Joaquin Miller, Byron...
Cannon Fodder for Kerry’s War on Nader
STEPHEN CONN
The progressives and peace activists who are helping to stop Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo don’t realize it but they are being used by people who represent the corporate interests, especially the military-industrial complex, of the two major parties....
Under Cheney, Halliburton Helped Saddam Siphon Billions from UN’s Oil-for-Food Program
JASON LEOPOLD
When the Iraqi Survey Group released its long awaited report last week that said Iraq eliminated its weapons programs in the 1990s, President George W. Bush quickly changed his stance on reasons he authorized an invasion of Iraq. While he campaigned for a second t...
The Blurring of Act and Audience
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." — Upton Sinclair "It is possible to wake a man even from soundest sleep. But no amount of effort ca...
Truth Lies a Political Spin Away in an Age of Absolute Crocks
PIERRE TRISTAM
Sometime between the My Lai massacre and Watergate (or between the first and last episodes of "Here’s Lucy," if you like your contexts sanitized), Truth with a big T took one between the eyes. There were no such things as moral or cultural a...
Time for a Change of Course
SECURITY SCHOLARS FOR A SENSIBLE FOREIGN POLICY
We, a nonpartisan group of foreign affairs specialists, have joined together to call urgently for a change of course in American foreign and national security policy. We judge that the current American policy centered around the war in Iraq is the most misguided o...
Time for a Change of Course
SECURITY SCHOLARS FOR A SENSIBLE FOREIGN POLICY
We, a nonpartisan group of foreign affairs specialists, have joined together to call urgently for a change of course in American foreign and national security policy. We judge that the current American policy centered around the war in Iraq is the most misguided o...
The Year of Voting Dangerously
GREG BATES
I am interested in hearing from progressive-minded in swing states voters who are seriously thinking about voting for Nader. I ran a survey somewhat like the one below in April while researching my book, Ralph’s Revolt: The Case for Joining Nader’s Reb...
Israel as Sideshow
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts During an interview with British journalist Robert Fisk on Democracy Now! on October 1, the morning after the first Bush-Kerry presidential debate, Amy Goodman’s associate Juan Gonzalez, clearly hoping for a substantive response, obse...
Israel as Sideshow
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts During an interview with British journalist Robert Fisk on Democracy Now! on October 1, the morning after the first Bush-Kerry presidential debate, Amy Goodman’s associate Juan Gonzalez, clearly hoping for a substantive response, obse...
Dying for a Mistake
TIMOTHY J. FREEMAN
When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive....
Dying for a Mistake
TIMOTHY J. FREEMAN
When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive....
The Truth of Joseph Goebbels
WALTER BRASCH
The CIA said there was no connection. The 9/11 Commission said there was "no credible evidence." Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke, advisor to three presidents, said there was no link. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, "We made serious mistakes...
He Talks to Condi Rice Every Day
ARI SHAVIT
In a certain sense, a superficial one, Ariel Sharon and Dov Weisglass are an odd couple. Sharon is a rancher from the western Negev, Weisglass a lawyer from Lilienblum Street in Tel Aviv. Sharon is the son of a Russian agronomist, Weisglass the son of a Polish fur...