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GOD SAVE HRC, FROM REALITY — Jeffrey St. Clair on Hillary Clinton’s miraculous rags-to-riches method of financial success; LA CONFIDENTIAL: Lee Ballinger on race, violence and inequality in Los Angeles; PAPER DRAGON: Peter Lee on China’s military; THE BATTLE OVER PAT TILLMAN: David Hoelscher provides a 10 year retrospective on the changing legacy of Pat Tillman; MY BROTHER AND THE SPACE PROGRAM: Paul Krassner on the FBI and rocket science. PLUS: Mike Whitney on how the Central Bank feeds state capitalism; JoAnn Wypijewski on what’s crazier than Bowe Bergdahl?; Kristin Kolb on guns and the American psyche; Chris Floyd on the Terror War’s disastrous course.
Archives from November 2004
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...