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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 ...
License to Kill
GILA SVIRSKY
It’s been a terrible week. Our elderly cat was diagnosed with kidney failure, our newly built basement flooded with water at the first winter rains, and Yelena was stabbed to death right over our heads. I didn’t hear Yelena’s screams, as...
War Crimes in Fallujah
KEN SENGUPTA
The Independent Baghdad. Al...
Double Standards on Exit Polls
DAVE LINDORFF
A bitterly contested presidential election was held recently. The opposition candidate lost narrowly, by less than three percent of the vote, but now a large segment of the electorate is crying foul. There was evidence of fraud-supporters of the opposition...
The Occupation of Iraq is the Root of the Problem
RON JACOBS
The longer and stronger it gets, the more obvious it becomes that the Iraqi resistance is a broad front of Iraqi groups and individuals determined to chase the US occupiers from their nation. Some of its members use methods that are reprehensible and difficult to...
Did Harvard Hire (Another) War Criminal?
JASON LEOPOLD
A Harvard University Law School alumni and professor of international law and human rights has started a campaign to boycott the prestigious university he once attended as a result of Harvard’s hiring of Assistant Attorney General Jack Goldsmith to join its ...
Safire the Shameless
JOHN L. HESS
William Safire has called for amending the constitution so that Arnold Schwarzenneger can run for president. Yes, Schwarzenegger the Nazi groper. Safire has announced his retirement as a commentaytor for the Times–and I’ve been waiting for him to shut ...
Or Why I Voted for Ralph Nader
DIANA BARAHONA
Although I predicted Kerry would lose the election, I kept my prediction private since I wasn’t sure if I was letting my disgust with the candidate interfere with my judgment. My reasons for supporting the independent candidacy of Nader had little to do with...
The Company He Keeps
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
They’re just a bunch of nails and nails, as is well known, do Hammer’s bidding. And that explains why during the week of November 14, there were two things that happened that were wonderful for Mr. DeLay and only one bad thing. That made it a really go...
The Mark of McCain
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
It’s November 19, 2004, a mere two weeks after the election that returned George W. Bush to power, and Senator John McCain has traipsed off to New Hampshire to give a speech calling for 50,000 more troops to be sent into the quagmire of Iraq, press flesh and...
The Other Mess in Congress
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The extremists of the right are surely rubbing their hands with glee and the far left wringing its in anguish over the prospect of the president’s agenda for his second term. There is every likelihood the partisans in Congress will drown out those few in the...
Bush and Uribe at the Beach
FORREST HYLTON
"President Uribe has shown the will to triumph over the guerrillas." George W. Bush Had it been Bogotá, which Donald Rumsfeld passed through on August 19, 2003, citizens might have experienced dejá vu...
Bludgeoning the Dollar
MIKE WHITNEY
Last Thursday’s press conference was pure Greenspan. The shriveled Fed-master used his trip to Germany to deliver the roundhouse punch that many had expected for two years. He "warned that the deficit in US trade with the rest of the world could not be ...
"This is Now the Most Dangerous Place in Iraq"
KEN SENGUPTA
The Independent The attack on Yusufiyah began at just after eight in the morning. Round after round of rockets, then mortar shells and machine-gun fire racked the US Marines’ base, in an intense and unrelenting barrage. A relief patrol ran into a ...
Fight Night in the NBA
DAVE ZIRIN
I don’t think we’ll be hearing the ‘NBA Action is Faaaantstic’ slogan revived anytime soon. The aftermath of the most violent player/fan brawl in US sports history has met with the hand wringing we usually associate with Janet Jackson’...
Why Bush Should be Banned from Canada
MICHAEL MANDEL And GAIL DAVIDSON
The Right Honourable Paul Martin Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister Langevin Block 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A2 Tel: 613 6868 Fax: 613-941-6900 Email: pm@pm.gc.ca URGENT Dear Prime Min...
Why They Hate Bush in Chile
ROGER BURBACH
Fifty thousand demonstrators greeted George Bush on his arrival in Santiago Chile for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting of twenty-one Pacific Rim nations. The largest and most militant demonstration since the dictatorship of General Augus...
Won’t Get Fooled Again?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is not yet Bush’s second term. All available US troops are tied down in Iraq by a few thousand lightly armed insurgents. Go-it-alone Bush has isolated America from her allies. And the neocons want to spread their war to Iran. The Bush administratio...
After Arafat
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
While a comatose Yasser Arafat lay in his Paris hospital bed right until his November 11 death, the media raised symbolic questions, unrelated to the central issues. Would Israel allow Arafat to be buried in the Haram al-Sharif mosque in Jerusalem’s old city...
Where We Are Now
CARL G. ESTABROOK
The election of Bush means that much the same group of statist reactionaries (hardly conservatives, either neo- or otherwise) who are guilty of what the German leaders were condemned for at Nuremberg — launching aggressive war — are still in charge of ...
Mishandling Nader
KEVIN ZEESE
On Election Day the Democrats beat Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo. But beating Nader-Camejo very likely contributed to failing to beat Bush-Cheney. When Ralph Nader met with John Kerry the mishandling of Nader began. At the meeting Ralph Nader offered ...
Finding Money in Hollywood Today
BEN TRIPP
I’m trying to get a movie made. How hard is it to get a movie made? Imagine trying to get fifty cats to run in a straight line over ten miles of broken ground, all meowing the overture to Rossini’s La Cenerentola in unison. And some people win Oscars f...
The Same Old Struggle Against Imperial America
GREG MOSES
If, at the break of this century, you feel like an abolitionist, who 200 years ago hissed at bloody murder, then you have but three-score years and one Civil War to go. If, in 2004, your outrage feels like W.E.B. Du Bois in 1904, censuring American pornogra...
Sandwiches and Car Bombs
RON JACOBS
While I was at the University of Maryland during the 1974-1975 academic year one of the projects among the leftist counterculture community was supporting a group of students who wanted to start a food co-op on campus. These folks were constantly being threatened ...
The Vulcans Consolidate Power
TOM BARRY
Stephen Hadley is a fire-tested Vulcan–a hardliner close to Vice President Dick Cheney and to the neoconservative camp. Named by the president in mid-November 2004 to replace Condoleezza Rice as his National Security Adviser, Hadley formed part of a loosely ...
Imperial History-Making v. Reality-Based Thought
GARY LEUPP
In a now famous remark to Ron Suskind, an unidentified aide to President Bush told the veteran journalist that guys like him were "in what we call the reality-based community." These are people who (of all things) stubbornly "believe that solutions ...
Triumph of the Will: the Sequel
JUSTIN E.H. SMITH
I would like to sketch out why I believe it is appropriate to start using the "F" word to describe what is happening in US politics. I don’t mean the "F" word that consists in four letters and, so I’ve been given to know, is not fit...
Basketbrawl Two Pointer
RICHARD OXMAN
"I have never seen a fight like that in a game since I was in high school…Man, there are going to be some lawsuits. You don’t think some of those fans aren’t going to want some NBA money?" – Quentin Richardson...
Religion, the Election and the Politics of Fear
TODD MAY
The pundits are already at it. The re-election to the presidency of a man universally despised by those who do not live here, and by many who do, is the result of moral values. The majority of Americans resonate with President Bush,s particular moral sensibility. ...
Abortion and the Election
SHARON SMITH
In a November 6 speech, Democratic Party powerbroker Bill Clinton blamed John Kerry’s defeat on liberal Democrats "for not engaging the Christian evangelical community in a serious discussion of what it would take to promote a real culture of life."...
Politics and Jazz
GILAD ATZMON
When bebop was born, it was the voice of black America. Black Americans were calling for freedom, and jazz expressed it better than mere words. Charlie "Bird" Parker played Now’s the Time, insisting the moment was right for social change. Charles M...
Wanton Wastes of Money, Manpower and Lives
JENNA MICHELLE LIUT
While President Bush has spent much of the past four years fighting the war in Iraq and preparing for his reelection, both he and his administration seem to have forgotten about the war on drugs-an involvement that spans both domestic and international policy. Alt...
The Granma Moses of Radical Writing
MICKEY Z.
I’m often asked to suggest books for radical reading purposes. "I wanna know what’s really going on," it typically goes, "but where do I start?" My standard recommendation for your run-of-the-mill, garden variety, weaned-on-Fox Amer...
The Poisoned Chalice
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
At least when Duffy’s Circus left Youghal there’d be piles of dung from the horses and the elephant. The Kerry campaign leaves nothing of fertilizing potential, not a single creative idea, only grim advisories like not running any nominee from the nort...
The War is Over; But There is No Peace
ABBAS AHMED IBRAHIM
Fallujah, Iraq. This is a strange time in Fallujah. They say the war is over, but there is no peace. Every day there is shooting, and there are still killings going on. There is very little left of the town now, everywhere there are buildings which have bee...
Apocalypse Soon
DAVE LINDORFF
The allegedly pious George Bush, champion of the saved, is said to be a believer in Armageddon. He may indeed live to see the apocalypse in his final term of office, but it will not be the one he had read to him in from the Bible. It is likely to be rather...
Digging Kerry Out and Burying the Bones(men)
JACK Z. BRATICH
A telling event happened in the theater a few months ago when I viewed The Manchurian Candidate remake. An audible gasp and bodily revulsion rippled throughout the audience during the scene where Raymond Shaw receives his updated brain implant. Now, this in itself...
Soul Brother?
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
[Clinton] has always wanted our love and wanted to share his love with us. It is not about the skin. It is about the spirit and the soul of this soul brother. Former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater I was mildly amuse...
The Crushing of Fallujah
JAMES PETRAS
I am reading William Shirer’s Berlin Diary, a journalist’s account of Nazi political propaganda during the 1930’s, as I watch the US ‘news’ reports of the violent assault on Fallujah. The US mass media ‘reports’, the style...
The Death of Pragmatism and the Rise of Principle
GREG BATES
Second of two parts. Are we doomed to suffer at the hands of two political parties with an ever-decreasing difference between them? Three aspects of this question intrigue me. One key conundrum is the issue of pragmatism versus principle. Do we go for what ...
Mementos You Won’t Find in Clinton’s Library
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Bill never fails us. “Am I the only person in America”, the great triangulator proclaimed yesterday at his Library’s opening ceremony, “who likes both John Kerry and George Bush?” Having fired that one off, he addressed the criticism of carpi...
Terror By Night
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. Psalm 91 The world may be awakening. While it has slept, terror has prowled. It prowled not just in Sudan about whose travails the Security Council just met in Kenya to see i...
At a Loss
FORREST HYLTON
So many eulogies I tried already I wanted to write yesterday when they found you dismembered like Túpaj Katari You were my hero What to say? what words for the deed? what words for the dead and...
There is No One Left to Stop Them
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States is in dire straits. Its government is in the hands of people who connect to events neither rationally nor morally. If President Bush’s neoconservative administration were rational, the US would never have invaded Iraq. If Bush’...
The NYT’s Fesses Up to a Rip Off
SUZAN MAZUR
The New York Times has now publicly admitted it plagiarized my investigative 7/1/2003 report for Progressive Review, "How Bush ...
The Murder of Margaret Hassan
ROBERT FISK
After the grief, the astonishment, heartbreak, anger and fury over the apparent murder of such a good and saintly woman, that is the question her friends–and, quite possibly, the Iraqi insurgents–will be asking. This Anglo-Irish woman held an Iraqi pas...
America, "Left Behind"
HUGH URBAN
"Is [Jesus] gonna kill a bunch of people here, like He is over there?" "I’m afraid He is. If they’re working for the Antichrist, they’re in serious trouble." – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, ...
The Bolivian Crisis Deepens
LUIS A. GÓMEZ
Special for La Jornada (México D...
Iraq War as Video Game
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"I JUST LOVE MY JOB". The Associated Press reported that Major General Richard Natonski, commander of the 1st Marine Division in Falluja, "described a small room with no windows and just one door. Inside were two th...
War Criminal as Attorney General?
Prof. FRANCIS A. BOYLE
As White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales originated, authorized, approved, and aided and abetted grave breaches of the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions of 1949 (e.g., torture and Gitmo kangaroo courts), which are serious war crimes. In other words, Gonzales is ...