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Archives from November 2004
Five Years After WTO Protests
CHUCK MUNSON
Kansas City. The media spin cycl...
The Bush Administration: a Closed Family System
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN
Never has there been an administration like the one in power today–so disciplined in secrecy, so precisely in lockstep in keeping information from the people at large and, in defiance of the Constitution, from their representatives in Congress....
There Are No Safe Havens in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Disintegrating security...
A Dangerous Turn in the US Plans for North Korea
GREGORY ELICH
The recent appointment of Victor Cha as Asia Director in the National Security Council portends a more aggressive approach towards North Korea during President Bush’s second term. Long an advisor to the Administration, as Asia Director, Cha will hold respons...
Successful at Incompetence
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is the Bush administration competent? There is enough information at hand on which to base an objective opinion. On the eve of President Bush’s second term, the US economy has fewer jobs than when Bush was inaugurated four years ago. During Bu...
Meeting Kurtz
TONI NELSON HERRERA
Back in May of this year, like many of you, I read about the case of an artist in New York whose wife had suddenly died and he was subsequently suspected of being a bio-terrorist. I first caught the story on the AP wire, so as you can imagine it wasn’t immed...
Citizenship Sold
ADAM WILLIAMS
In his book from early 2000, The Lexus and The Olive Tree, globalization bull-dog Thomas Friedman, amongst his other grand ideas like McDonald’s being the key to world peace, speculates that one day governments will run on a for-profit basis. Rather than pri...
Target: Hoshyar Zebari
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad. Assassins tried to kill Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, yesterday morning by leaving a car packed with explosives on a road where he was about to travel. His guards discovered the bomb shortly before his convoy went past. Th...
Ukraine and Inter-Imperialist Rivalry
GARY LEUPP
"Russia plus Ukraine is the Russian empire, which can never be a democracy." David Frum, neocon ideologue, advocating preemptive expansion of the U.S. empire Many are declaring the Ukraine crisis the nadir of post-...
Blowback in Ukraine
DAVE LINDORFF
An interesting and disturbing aspect of the post-election uprising in Ukraine is that it is not entirely a spontaneous event. Although the election outcome was clearly manipulated by the government of outgoing president Leonid Kuchma, a corrupt and dictator...
The US Media and Fallujah
MIKE WHITNEY
Two weeks before the invasion of Falluja a car bomb was set off in front of the Al Arabiyya news facility in downtown Baghdad; 7 people were killed. The evening news dismissed the incident as a warning by insurgents to the Arab news channel to change the "pro...
Globalization and Economic Inequality
MATT VIDAL
The integration of economic activities across national borders that goes under the name of globalization is effected primarily by economic actors in the private sphere (mainly multinational corporations) and government actors. The former are concerned only with pr...
How Australia Reported Arafat’s Death and Legacy
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
Israel has a population of about five million Jews and nearly 1.3 million Arabs. There are around four million Palestinians registered as refugees by the United Nations. The death of Yasser Arafat will not, despite the rhetoric suggesting otherwise, inevitably lea...
Sex Change and Salvation
ALAN FARAGO
Endocrine disrupters are man-made chemicals that affect our hormonal systems by mimicking or blocking hormones that regulate essential functions of the thyroid, pancreas, ovaries and testes glands. They are pervasive in the environment, in the water we drin...
"Give Me Some Credit!"
URI AVNERY
"Give me some credit!" the new Israeli Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, cried out at the Labor Party convention in February 1965, addressing David Ben-Gurion. From the moment he resigned, Ben-Gurion started to undermine his successor. Eshkol, who...
"The Pianist" of Palestine
OMAR BARGHOUTI
When I watched Oscar-winning film The Pianist I had three distinct, uneasy reactions. I was not particularly impressed by the film, from a purely artistic angle; I was horrified by the film’s depiction of the dehumanization of Polish Jews and the impunity of...
Bhopal 20 Years Later
JUSTIN HUGGLER
The Independent The failure of the Indian government and an American corporation to tackle the after-effects of one of the worst industrial accidents in history has left a legacy of continuing pollution and inadequate medical care for survivors, according to a...
One More Neocon Target: South Korea
GARY LEUPP
The neocons have added yet another country to their hit list, another one targeted for regime change: the Republic of Korea. Yes, that’s South Korea, long-time U.S. ally, host to around 34,000 U.S. troops. William Kristol, editor of the neocon Weekly Standar...
Rumsfeld, His Critics and the Draft
GARY LEUPP
The big conflict during the first Bush term was of course that between Colin Powell on the one hand and Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and all the neocons on the other. That conflict will soon be resolved with Powell’s departure. Despite setbacks, the neocons h...
Those Constitutional Bans on Football
STEPHEN HENDRICKS
My response to the eleven states, including my home of Montana, that passed constitutional bans on football was about what you’d expect: It’s about damned time. Mind you, I am not a bigot where football is concerned. Some of my best friends play...
The Christmas Christ
DIANE CHRISTIAN
The face of Christ at Christmas is a baby face­sweet, vulnerable, silent. The face of Christ at Christmas is about beginning human time, a needy present. It’s not the bloody Christ of suffering and death thirty-three years ahead of that baby and almost t...
Ashcroft v. Raich: Medical Marijuana and the Supremes
FRED GARDNER
"I can see the day comin’ when even your home garden’s gonna be against the law." -Bob Dylan On Monday morning, Nov. 29, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case now known as Ashcrof...
What We Can Control
KATHY KELLY
In the past year, several groups have asked me to facilitate retreats for people who want to further explore nonviolence. At the retreats, I ask volunteers to role-play situations likely to generate discussion about challenges people face when involved in peace ac...
Danilo Anderson and Condoleeza Rice
TONI SOLO
On Tuesday November 16th, George Bush put forward Condoleeza Rice as his proposed Secretary of State to take over the diplomacy of US warmongering from the outgoing fraud, Colin Powell. Two days later on November 18th leading Venezuelan judicial prosecutor Danilo ...
Empire’s Lawless Opportunities
JUSTIN TAYLOR
"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much." -Joseph Conrad, Heart of Dar...
Articles I Didn’t Write
ELAINE CASSEL
Many people have written to me asking where I have been since the election. I have written only one article, that a personal one about the religious right taking over the country. Yet, there has been much, too much even, to write about. Here are just a few ...
What Happened to O’Reilly’s Loofa?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Thanksgiving brought us the one-month anniversary of Bill O’Reilly’s disclosure on his show that "to protect my family" he had settled with Ms Andrea Mackris and her lawyer Benedict Morelli, thus cutting off what millions of O’Reilly ha...
The Mysterious Murders of the ASM Clerics
RON JACOBS
Is it a coincidence that US puppet Allawi is calling for the death penalty to be administered to the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) Sunni clerics who oppose elections, while, at the same time two of these clerics have been gunned down by unknown forces? This...
Torture and Neo-Liberalism with Sycorax in Iraq
PETER LINEBAUGH
The new U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez, disregarded torture in his infamous, post 9/11 memorandum to Bush: "In my judgment, this new paradigm [the 'war on terrorism'] renders obsolete Geneva’s strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoner...
The Matthew Shepard Case, Six Years Later
JOANN WYPIJEWSKI
Two awful things happened in Laramie, Wyo., six years ago. First, a young man " a small, gay man " was beaten beyond recognition and left tied to a fence. It was a foul murder. In its wake came a polite murder, sober in its execution: the slaying of just...
Beyond Organic
JIM MINICK
Imagine you’re standing in the produce section of your local grocery faced with a variety of apples. You want to make the best choice, for the good of your family, farm workers and the environment. Do you buy the organic Galas shipped from across the country...
Call In Your Request Now!
RON JACOBS
I was looking through a box of old books the other day and came across a copy of Barbara Garson’s 1965 satirical antiwar play, MacBird! Synchronistically, I happened to be listening to Country Joe and the Fish’s masterpiece album, Electric Music for th...
Fallujah, the 21st Century Guernica
SAUL LANDAU
On November 12, as US jets bombed Fallujah for the ninth straight day, a Redwood City California jury found Scott Peterson guilty of murdering his wife and unborn child. That macabre theme captured the headlines and dominated conversation throughout workplaces and...
Yup, It’s Moral Outrage Time; Animals Don’t Vote: Conservation and Mike Korchinsky
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
"Which is more revolting?" an editor e-mailed me last week, "Rupert Murdoch spending $44 million for a triplex at 834 Fifth Avenue with 20 rooms and a monthly maintenance of $21,469.07, as narrated on the front page of the newspapers, or King Mswati...
Blame Kerry’s Loss on the ABB Crowd
JOSHUA FRANK
Kevin Zeese served as Press Secretary for the Ralph Nader Presidential Campaign in 2004. He recently spoke with JOSHUA FRANK. JOSHUA FRANK: Kevin, so the tallies are now in and it looks as though Ralph Nader had nothing to do with George W. Bush’s r...
The Other Cheek
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other." Jesus Christ Stop violence, Christ advises, by not returning it. Don’t fight back. Suffer rather t...
Tabloid Justice
WALTER A. DAVIS
"Killing too is a form of our ancient wandering affliction" Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus I usually come to this forum with weighty thoughts about Amerikan Christo-fascism etc. On subjects like Bush’s re-election...
The Case of Captain R.
AMOS HAREL
The affair of the `confirmed killing’ carried out by Captain R. may blow up into a trial concerning the behavior of IDF soldiers in the territories in recent years. It seems the Israeli attitude of `don’t ask, don’t tell’ is about to come t...
Thomas Jefferson Instructs the New York Times
LENNI BRENNER
I rise to the defense of the much maligned capitalist class, attacked for being destructive of nature. No! The greatest threat comes from archeologists looking for the stupidest words ever written. And, as usual, all for naught. The most unreal dictums, in serried...
Bush’s Minority Appointments
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
The Bush administration is making history in hiring minorities to perform high-profile jobs. Colin Powell was the first black man to head the State Department, Condoleezza Rice the first black woman to be the National Security Advisor, and soon Secretary of State....
It’s the White Vote, Stupid
GREG MOSES
I once asked a student what percent of the American population did he think was Black. "At least sixty percent!" He said eagerly. "Are there any other guesses?" I asked the class. How was I going to talk this young man down? In ...
Why Bush Should be Banned from Canada
MICHAEL MANDEL And GAIL DAVIDSON
The Honourable Judy Sgro, P.C., M.P. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Ottawa Canada K1A 1L1 Tel: 1 613 954 1064 Fax: 1 613 957 2688 Minister@cic.gc.ca sgro.j...
Whatever Happened to Conservatives?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I remember when friends would excitedly telephone to report that Rush Limbaugh or G. Gordon Liddy had just read one of my syndicated columns over the air. That was before I became a critic of the US invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration, and the neoconservativ...
When Black Friday Comes…
GARY CORSERI
Today is "Black Friday." I’d never heard the term before yesterday, Thanksgiving Day. "Is it something bad?" my Japanese wife worries. She recalls snippets of American history. "Did the stock market crash today?"...
Gavin Newsom: Man or Machine?
PETER FENG
Thanks to his decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last February, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is now taking the heat for helping the Democrats to lose the presidential election of 2004. Regardless of whether or not this is the case, San Fra...
Urkainians Show the Way
DAVE LINDORFF
The Bush administration’s incredible hypocrisy regarding the vote in the Ukraine continues, along with the mainstream media’s stunning avoidance of any discussion of the unseemly parallels between what happened there and what happened in the recent US ...
An Uncommon Mom: She Went to Baghdad
MIKE FERNER
BAGHDAD What is the most common thing moms do? Take care of their kids? That’s what Susan Galleymore was doing when I met her. The uncommon thing was that she’d traveled halfway around the world, from San Francisco to Baghdad, to take ca...
An Uncommon Mom: She Went to Baghdad
MIKE FERNER
BAGHDAD What is the most common thing moms do? Take care of their kids? That’s what Susan Galleymore was doing when I met her. The uncommon thing was that she’d traveled halfway around the world, from San Francisco to Baghdad, to take ca...
Why I Hate Thanksgiving (2004 Version)
MITCHEL COHEN
On Thanksgiving morning 2003, George W. Bush showed up in Iraq before sunrise for a photo-op, wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers. He cradled a platter with what appeared to be a golden-brown turkey. Washington Post reporter Mike Allen wrote ...
Giving Thanks to Whom?
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Last Thanksgiving President Bush flew off to visit our troops in Bagdad. In a stay of only a few hours his photographers snapped pictures for the media of the President bearing a glazed turkey. No one ate the turkey . . . it was a stage prop. The President’s...