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Archives from October 2004
Rethinking Columbus Day
PATRICK W. GAVIN
It’s not easy to score a federal holiday. There are only ten of them, and only two are named for a specific individual: Martin Luther King, Jr. and today’s celebrant, Christopher Columbus. (Although the holiday "Washington’s Birthday" s...
The Phony Afghan Elections
MIKE WHITNEY
The Afghanistan election quickly deteriorated into an artless display of voter fraud. It was probably the finest example of imperial hubris to date. No serious critic of the process should be the least bit surprised. It was clear from the very onset that Bush and ...
The Debates and the Big Lie
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The presidential debates are going nowhere. Why? Because both President George Bush and Senator John Kerry are encapsulated in a big lie. The lie is too big to be acknowledged. Both candidates repeat the mantra that Saddam Hussein was dangerous to America a...
The Untold Story of Aristide’s Departure from Haiti
KEVIN PINA
A recounting of recent events in Haiti is reminiscent of a statement written by an American Marine private during the first U.S. occupation of Haiti that began in 1915 and lasted nineteen years. The homesick marine wrote: ”Dear Mother,...
"Indian Country"
ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ
at least ten Indians are (...
Unforgivable Betrayals and Broken Promises
ROBERT FISK
I am writing a book about our need to escape from history–or rather about our inability to escape the effects of the decisions taken by our fathers and grandfathers. My father was a soldier in the First World War or, as it says on the back of his campaign me...
Radioactive Money 2004
DANIEL WOLFF
Entergy Corporation describes itself as "the second largest nuclear generator in the United States. Among the ten units it owns and operates is the Indian Point nuclear facility in Buchanan, New York. According to a joint study done by Citizens for Tax...
Bush Brigade Leaves Freedom in Flames
CHRIS FLOYD
Here’s a direct quote from the campaign trail: "Vote for the president–or we’ll burn your house down!" Ah yes, democracy in action, Bush-style–ya gotta love it! As it happens, this particular manifestation of the Bushist P...
What If Nader Critics Get What They Demand?
GREG BATES
Third in a series. If you cut away the swipes at Nader, his progressive critics actually have some legitimate demands: 1. They don’t want Nader voters to swing the election to Bush. 2. Progressives want to be building a move...
Protest and Populism in Latin America
LAURA CARLSEN
Over the past week, important public figures from Mexico’s President Vicente Fox to Interamerican Development Bank President Enrique Iglesias have joined forces to warn that "populism is rearing its ugly head again in Latin America . The fir...
‘Twas No Crank Call Love Affair
Phyllis Pollack
Twenty-five years after the release of the landmark album, London Calling, this commemorati...
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found in Iraq
WALTER A. DAVIS
I. Laugh In Brings You the News: Jake Gittes: "Why do you need it? You’ve got enough money." Noah Cross: "The future, Mr. Gittes. The future." Chinatown The US CODE, TITLE 50,CHAPTER 40 S...
Faith-Based Economics
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The US economy has ceased to create jobs in tradable goods and services. The disastrous September payroll jobs data are a repeat of the monthly trend that has held for the nearly four years of the Bush administration. Of September’s 96,000 new jobs, 7...
David Cobb, the Greens and the Collapse of the Left
JOSHUA FRANK
So we burned all our uniforms and let nature take its course again and the big ones just eat all the little ones That sends us back to the drawing board -The Shins ("So Says I") I officially changed m...
Bush’s Credibility Gap
Col. DAN SMITH
At the very end of his September 21, 2004 speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush proposed a UN "Democracy Fund" to facilitate in emerging democracies the creation of "the rule of law and independent courts, a free press, polit...
ASA Goes to Washington
FRED GARDNER
Americans for Safe Access has filed a petition charging the federal Department of Health and Human Services with violating the "Data Quality Act" by ignoring studies confirming the medical safety and efficacy of cannabis. To publicize the petition -and t...
The Agony of Colin Powell
WILLIAM A. COOK
NOTE: This one act play is a work of fiction. The Protagonist and the characters he presents on screen are fictional characters as well even though they are named after living persons currently holding positions in the government of the United States. No attempt h...
A Conversation with Gerry Adams
PAUL De ROOIJ
Most news media will only cover a few issues in any meaningful depth, and a new "crisis" will soon crowd out what was until recently considered a grave situation. Darfur will crowd out Iraq, Iraq overshadowed Palestine, and so on. News editors will justi...
Making Sense of Our Times
M. SHAHID ALAM
(The following is an excerpt from ...
"There Are No Innocents"
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
BARCELONA. An oppressive and beleagured empire, a terrorist international, a storm raging in the international press about torture, right-wing Christians on the march against moral decline and the collapse of family values…you can stand here on Montju...
How the Pew Charitable Trust is Smothering the Grassroots Environmental Movement
FELICE PACE
Across the American West, efforts to designate new federal wilderness are gaining ground. From New Mexico to Washington State and California to Colorado, western members of Congress have introducing wilderness bills. New wilderness has already been designated in C...
The Draft is a Form of Slavery
Rep. RON PAUL
I oppose HR 163 in the strongest possible terms. The draft, whether for military purposes or some form of "national service," violates the basic moral principles of individual liberty upon which this country was founded. Furthermore, the military neither...
The Press (Left and Right) Continues to Ignore Labor Opposition to the Iraq War
DAVID SWANSON
You wouldn’t know it from reading, watching, or listening to the "mainstream" media, but many of the largest labor organizations in the United States have passed resolutions demanding that U.S. troops be brought home from Iraq and the war be ended....
Edwards’ Gambit: Outsourcing War
MOSHE ADLER
Hoping perhaps that the vice president would lose his temper, John Edwards mentioned Halliburton and its possible shenanigans several times during the vice-presidential debate. But in an election in which it is not clear what the differences between the candidates...
Let’s Name the New DC Baseball Team!
DAVE ZIRIN
Washington DC is getting a new baseball stadium the same way a dog gets medicine at the vet: held down, pried open, and force fed. But this medicine holds no cure for what ails our aching city. Mayor Anthony Williams’ $440 million publicly funded sta...
A Test for Bush Not Afghans
JIM INGALLS And SONALI KOLHATKAR
Afghanistan will undergo the first presidential elections in the country’s history on October 9, 2004. As if surprised by the fact that Afghans could want a voice in their country’s future, George W. Bush touted the fact that over 10 million Afghans re...
Keeping Our SA Up
WILLIAM S. LIND
My friend "F-18," who occasionally writes to this column, long ago introduced me to "situational awareness," or SA. To a fighter pilot, it means not missing a mortal danger, like someone coming up on your six o’clock position (aka "y...
Kerry / Edwards Follow the Failed Bush / Cheney Policy on the Middle East
SAMAR ASSAD
Statements by presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and his running mate Sen. John Edwards on issues concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict indicate that if elected this coming November 2nd, they would follow the same policies as the Bush-Cheney administrati...
The Israeli Invasion of North Gaza
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
On Sept. 29th Members of the militant wing of Hamas fired a Qassam rocket across the Gaza border into the Israeli town of Sederot killing two small children. This is not the first time Hamas members have fired rockets into Israel, though it is one of the only time...
They Said They Saw No Weapons
KIM SENGUPTA
The Independent Baghdad. In ...
The Anti-War Movement’s Election Year Challenge
MEREDITH KOLODNER
As the media focus on questions of judgment, and politicians debate the finer points of how to "win the peace" in Iraq, the horror that continues to unfold in Iraq remains muted in US society. NBC’s "Fear Factor" is more explicitly grueso...
Fear in Kandahar
MASHA HAMILTON
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan The engineer from Florida seemed the perfect seatmate on that eight-seater Cessna flight from Kabul to Kandahar over the rugged reaches of Afghanistan. It was my first visit, and he’d already been living six months in the former...
A Draft in the Air?
DAVE LINDORFF
The Republicans are running like mad away from the rumor that’s running like wildfire around on the web in the form of email and blog messages, that the Bush administration and the Pentagon have a secret plan to reinstate the Draft after the election. ...
Fighting the Pentagon in Rural Florida
BRUCE K. GAGNON
JI have just returned from a one-day trip to Perry, Florida to speak to a gathering of concerned citizens who are organizing to stop the placement of a new bombing range in their rural community. It was one of the most inspiring trips that I have ever made. ...
Is There Still Time to Impeach Bush?
JASON LEOPOLD
John Dean, the former counsel to President Richard Nixon, made a case last year for impeaching President George W. Bush if the president intentionally misled Congress and the public into backing a war with Iraq. "To put it bluntly, if Bush has taken ...
Master of Corruption
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Corruption-the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. ...
Against a Countrywide Rebellion, the Capture of Samarra is a Bloody, But Useless, Gesture
PATRICK COCKBURN
American generals in Iraq triumphantly announced at the weekend that they had successfully taken over Samarra and killed 125 insurgents. They failed to mention that this is the third time they have captured this particular city on the Tigris river north of Baghdad...
Stealing Diego Garcia
JOHN PILGER
There are times when one tragedy, one crime tells us how a whole system works behind its democratic facade and helps us to understand how much of the world is run for the benefit of the powerful and how governments lie. To understand the catastrophe of Iraq, and a...
To Swing, First You Must Hang
BEN TRIPP
People have been pleasantly surprised that John Kerry came out ahead in the first of three presidential debates scheduled for the pre-coup election period. It was held in Coral Gables, Florida. "Statesmanlike", they called Kerry, and "presidential&q...
Suddenly Bush is Unfit to Lead
MICHAEL COLBY
Are we really witnessing one of the greatest comebacks in U.S. political history? Or are John Kerry and the Democrats simply playing the role of the Red Sox–getting their followers’ hopes up just enough to make the ending that much more heartbreaking?...
More of the Same
TARIF ABBOUSHI
John Kerry and John Edwards used their debates with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to tell America that if the incumbents are re-elected, as far as Iraq goes we can expect ‘More of the same.’ Those four words exemplify the essence of the Democrats̵...
Cheney’s Poison Lab
KEVIN McKIERNAN
By way of implying that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were connected, Dick Cheney claimed that a poisons lab existed before the war in Iraq in a town called Khurmal. The vice president didn’t say so, but Khurmal is in northern Iraq, an area that was con...
"Please, Dude, Can I Take Them Out?"
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Last April, an F-16 fighter jet cruising over Fallujah, the stronghold of the Iraqi insurgency, zeroed in on a crowd of people mulling about on a street corner in the heart of the city. The American pilot of the fighter radioed back to his mission commander asking...
Canadian Firms Soaked in Iraqi and Afghan Blood
MATTHEW BEHRENS
While Paul Martin was congratulating Canada on "not participating" in the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq during last spring’s federal election, a Quebec-based weapons firm sealed a deal which will ensure that every time Iraqi or Afghani b...
The Ghost of Edward Teller Lives
RON JACOBS
According to John Kerry, the biggest danger that the US faces is nuclear proliferation. His fellow Democrat and media star, Barack Obama, agrees. In fact, Mr. Obama went on record saying he would support surgical missile strikes on Iran if it refused to concede to...
Rethinking Weapons of Mass Destruction
MIKE WHITNEY
Conventional wisdom informs us that "weapons of mass murder" in the hands of terrorists is the greatest danger facing the world today. Regrettably, people from both sides of the political aisle accept this pronouncement as though it was a fundamental law...
Another Casualty of Bush’s War
MARK CLINTON And TONY UDELL
Jeffrey Lucey is not a name that will not soon be forgotten by the more than 100 people who attended a memorial service for him at Holyoke Community College (HCC) in Western Massachusetts. Lucey, a Marine veteran of the Iraq war and a student at the college, commi...
What Edwards Should Ask Cheney Tonight
GARY LEUPP
As James Gerstenzang of the Los Angeles Times writes three days before the Dick Cheney-John Edwards debate: "the underlying message remains unchanged—Cheney plants the idea that [Saddam] Hussein was allied with the group responsible for the terrorist at...
"Personally Creating Outcomes"
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
"As a small media pond inhabited by large sharks, Australia today is a breeding ground for censorship by omission, the most virulent form. Like all his newspapers throughout the world, Murdoch’s harnessed team in Australia follows the ...
Is Bush Channelling Rove?
DAVE LINDORFF
The man of a hundred voices, Harry Shearer, host of NPR’s "Le Show," recently did a skit about Sen. John Kerry’s training for the first debate, which featured a soprano-voiced aide who would ask the verbose and vacuous Democratic presidential...