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Archives from November 2004
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 ...