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Archives from October 2004
Death of a Fan
DAVE ZIRIN
Victoria Snelgrove is dead. The 21 year old Emerson College journalism student exercised her right as a fan to stand on her Boston street and cheer the Red Sox’s pennant victory over the New York Yankees. For her trouble, she was shot by the Boston Police De...
Lori Berenson’s Story
WILLIAM J. NOTTINGHAM
The story of Lori Berenson and the political prisoners of Peru, held under discredited "antiterrorist" legislation, should make us vigilant about civil rights and due process in our own society. The Patriot Act has precedence all over Latin America in th...
West Texas Wahabbism
WERTHER
Cultural savants have been vague in ascribing a starting point to the Post-Modern Age. Some date the end of industrial modes of thinking and the dawn of television-saturated consciousness with the publication of Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media in 1964...
The Emperor’s New Crumbs
DAVID J. LEDERMANN
You flip and you flop under the Big White Top where the long-legged ring-mistress starts and stops. But you know, after all, the act is wearing thin — as the crowd grows uneasy and the boos begin. But you balance your world on th...
Kerrynomics: Seems Like Old Times
GREG BATES
Robert Pollin’s excellent Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape ...
Purchasing Individuality in America
M. JUNAID ALAM
Bracing against the Marxist menace, America erected a powerful pantheon of ideas where the deities of Capital received frequent and fulsome tribute. Foremost among these deities was Individuality. The scripture inscribed at the base of this particular god was unmi...
Al Hurra TV
MIKE WHITNEY
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently opined, "The Iraq conflict is a war of perceptions". His remark reflects his belief that events can be shaped simply by controlling the flow of information. Rumsfeld has been a major player in making sure that t...
Fallujah and the Moral Level of War
WILLIAM S. LIND
In recent weeks, the indirect approach the Marines adopted in April in Fallujah, when they withdrew instead of storming the city, began to pay off. A reduction of American pressure allowed fissures within the Iraqi resistance to appear and grow. Fallujah natives w...
Guilt Trippers for Kerry
SHARON SMITH
ON OCTOBER 28, Left Business Observer editor Doug Henwood will air an interview with left-wing author and activist Tariq Ali on New York’s WBAI radio. In a previous interview with Henwood back in August, Ali excoriated those on the U.S. left who have ...
Is Lesser Evilism a Compromise with Evil?
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
A week ago today, I sent off the final version of my application for Canadian permanent residence, including a copy of my FBI background check (clean), a birth certificate from Washoe County, Nevada, certified copies of my passport and my advanced degrees, and &qu...
Faith-Based Deceptions
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
President Bush seems to be engaged in a messianic, Jesus-like calling "to set at liberty those who are oppressed." (Luke 4: 19b) He continues to justify his Administration’s war of choice against non-threatening Iraq by repeatedly playing both the ...
The Destructive Power of Faith
WILLIAM A. COOK
A pall hangs over this election, a shroud of darkness that oppresses the heart because its outcome guarantees no change, only the certainty of continued chaos if Bush should win and the unknown direction a Kerry victory might take, a direction that could continue ...
Same Old FBI Story
LAWRENCE REICHARD
The FBI has once again put its traditional fantastic incompetence on display for all the world to see. According to a Boston Associated Press story run October 14 in The Bangor (Maine) Daily News, the incredible ineptitude of this sham of a law enforcement agency ...
What Compassionate Conservatism Means
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Compassionate conservatism has many faces and most of them have frowns except when they are shown on television during the debates. They frown at everything from the environment to the poor. It is worth remembering their faces since to the unbiased they suggest wh...
You Can’t Blame Nader for This
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Let’s hedge this with all the usual qualifiers. Kerry could pull it out. The spread’s within the margin of error. Respondents to polls are lying out of fear of John Ashcroft. Pollsters aren’t reaching Kerrycrats with cell phones. But whatever way...
George W. Bush: a Man of His Words?
SAUL LANDAU
The Presidential debates revealed aspects of Gorge W. Bush’s character that bear careful scrutiny–if not acute psychiatric care. The media made much of his body language and facial expressions, especially his reactions to John Kerry when his opponent a...
Pinochet and the Chilean Military
REBECCA EVANS
Chilean Defense Minister Michelle Bachelet is a former exile and daughter of a legendary air force general who was tortured to death by the Pinochet regime for opposing the coup. On September 30, she participated in a solemn ceremony marking the thirtieth annivers...
Masked Haitian Police Shoot Children While Arresting Priest
BILL QUIGLEY
Jeanine (not her real name for reasons you will shortly understand) is a quiet 14 year old girl who lives with her family of 18 off a rutted dirt road near the international airport in Port au Prince. Twice a week she walked the mile or so to eat a meal at St. Cla...
Examining the Policies of Bush and Kerry
DAVID KRIEGER
President Bush and Senator Kerry agree that nuclear proliferation is the top national security threat facing the United States. Given this agreement, it is worth examining the solutions each candidate is offering to solve the problem. The issue of Russian...
The Undecided Voter Examined
BEN TRIPP
If you shout "fire" in a crowded theater, most people will respond, one way or another. Most of them will run out onto the sidewalk and start to form a lynch mob; some of them will boldly check the theater for combustion-related activities. The undecided...
Bolivia a Year After the October Insurrection
LINA BRITTO And LUCIA SUAREZ
Translated by Forrest Hylton La Paz/Chukiyawu. Leaning against a concrete tombstone, nine men dressed in denim overalls of various colors drink beer and soda, taking care to pour the first sip on the dry and dusty ground as an offering to the Pacha Mama...
The Small Business Lobby’s Big Issues
STAN COX
During an economic summit with French President Jacques Chirac, George W. Bush turns to an aide and mutters, "The problem with the French is that they don’t even have a word for ‘entrepreneur’." The butt of this well-worn urban legend i...
State Department Flip-Flops on Cuban Visas
BILL MARTINEZ
On August 21, 2004, the Havana Night ensemble, comprised of 53 Cuban artists, performed at the Las Vegas, Stardust Hotel. While we welcome these wonderful artists to our country, the manner in which they entered the country is not something to celebrate. Thei...
It’s Not Easy Pretending to be Green
JOSHUA FRANK
Despite John Kerry’s cozy relationship with big green organizations like the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters, the Senator should not be mistaken as a friend of the environment. For example, Kerry, who voted against the Kyoto Protoco...
The War and Globalization
MARK ENGLER
To be radical, in the oldest sense of the word, is to go to the root. One strength of truly progressive analysis is that it places what appear to be isolated events in a larger context. It seeks to make connections between seemingly disparate political issues by r...