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Archives from December 2004
US Air’s Bold New Idea
DAVE LINDORFF
US Air, the nation’s seventh largest airline, currently in a bankruptcy designed to allow it to break all its previous union contracts and eliminate its pension program, has come up with a new idea that is sure to sweep Bush USA. The new idea: Working...
Iraq vs. Tsunami
MIKE WHITNEY
The American media has descended on the Asian tsunami with all the fervor of feral animals in a meat locker. The newspapers and TV’s are plastered with bodies drifting out to sea, battered carcasses strewn along the beach and bloated babies lying in rows. Ev...
The Tsunami and the Corporate Media
PETER PHILLIPS
The terrible earthquake/tsunami disaster, along coastlines of the Indian Ocean, left tens of thousands dead and many times more people homeless and weakened. Front pages news stories swept the US corporate media "12,000 dead, 40,000, 60,000 and 100,000 made p...
War and the Tsunami
CHRISTOPHER DELISO
With a death toll rising above 120,000, and large affected areas still inaccess...
Tsunami Hits Iraq
GEORGE CAPACCIO
Massive political plates in the depths of Old Foggy Bottom unexpectedly shifted this past weekend. Megatons of pressure, built up from decades of internal strife, sent gargantuan waves hurtling towards Iraq. The country’s antiquated defenses quickly crumbled...
A View from Syria on the Palestinian Right to Return
FARRAH HASSEN
"We travel in the chariots of the Psalms, sleep in the tents of the prophets, and are born again in the language of Gypsies/Ours is a country of words: Talk. Talk/Let me see an end to this journey." ­Mahmoud Darwish, "We Trav...
Empire of the Misers
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
In an April interview with the New York Times, World Bank President James Wolfensohn suggested that in addition to blowing up people and things: "I would argue that there is also a need for a parallel and equally urgent attention to the question of developmen...
The Water Kings of California
DAN BACHER
A small group of wealthy farmers receive the vast majority of water and subsidies from the federal Central Valley Project, concludes a groundbreaking report issued on December 15 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The study was issued as Indian tribe...
What "Free Trade" Pacts Mean for Women
ALEXANDRA SPIELDOCH
It has been nearly ten years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the U.S. government’s ratification of the Beijing Platform for Action. To commemorate the occasion, analysts and organizations have begun to assess the expected gai...
The Ghosts of Vietnam
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Who said this and when? "The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of informatio...
Unbecoming Conduct
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What defines conduct unbecoming an officer? Major General Thomas Fiscus, judge advocate general of the Air Force, opposed the harsh interrogation techniques approved and later rescinded by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for use on Guantanamo prisoners. S...
Argentina Squares Off with International Financiers
ROGER BURBACH
President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina is locked in a standoff with the International Monetary Fund on the third anniversary of a popular uprising. Just before Christmas, 2001 protesters surged through the streets of Buenos Aires demanding that the entire politica...
Grief, Relief and the Stingy West
PAUL KINCAID JAMIESON
The horrific aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has revealed what many in the world have known for a long time: Western nations are eager to exploit the under privileged, but slow to lend a helping hand in times of crisis. In the past 72 hours we have al...
Unnatural Disaster?
LILA RAJIVA
In the aftermath of a cataclysm like the Asian tsunami, speculation can run wild. Reserving judgment until we really know what happened, here is a list of salient questions and answers that I,ve compiled from news reports, government and other reliable sources....
Bush and Tsunamis
WALTER BRASCH
On Sunday, Dec. 26, an earthquake-triggered tsunami with an effect of 1,000 miles from its epicenter in the Indian Ocean near Sumatra devastated 12 countries. Within hours, numerous countries and private social service agencies had begun massive relief operations....
How to React
STAN COX
Hyderabad, India. Here, a few hundred kilometers from coastal Andhra Pradesh, the papers and TV are carrying nonstop heartbreak: a military officer clinging to his two small children, keeping their heads above the surface until he finally swallows too much...
Ricky Does 60 Minutes
FRED GARDNER
Mike Wallace and his producer did their best to ridicule and incite jealousy towards Ricky Williams on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, but could not bring him down. My comments in (parentheses). MW: We’re about to tell you a very strange story ab...
Seeking Parallels
M. SHAHID ALAM
History is made by people who seize the moments that circumstances offer and bend them to their purposes. When the conditions are adverse, they nurse their purposes, their dreams of freedom, dignity and power, so that when their moment arrives, they are ready to s...
Elections Without Democracy
SAM BAHOUR And TODD MAY
During the 1970’s, the apartheid government of South Africa sought to bolster its claims to legitimacy by allowing elections in the Bantustans – the equivalent to today’s walled in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The thou...
A Wave of Questions
MICKEY Z.
How does one comprehend the magnitude, impact, and context of a disaster that may claim more than 100,000 lives? But enough about the U.S. occupation of Iraq… The recent earthquake/tsunami in Asia raises more questions than answers. Here’...
Tsunamis and Nuclear Power Plants
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
More than 80,000 people are dead. Bodies wash ashore in a dozen countries. A train, loaded with a thousand passengers and their luggage, is swept away, engine, tracks, and all. Cars, trucks, buses, and boats are pushed more than a mile inland by the rushing water....
Who’s Feeding the Bin Laden Legend?
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
Professor of Law, Washburn University Robin Hood and not Osama Bin Laden is the most celebrated outlaw in the English-speaking world. Part reality and part fantasy, Robin Hood has been written into children’s stories and adult poems, portrayed on the sta...
It’s All Relative
DAVE LINDORFF
Cost of one F-22 Raptor tactical fighter jet — $225 million Cost of the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq–$228 million/day Amount spent by Kerry and Bush campaigns — $400 million U.S. aid to Yushenko camp in recent Ukrainian confli...
As Time Goes By* With Andy Goldsworthy
RICHARD OXMAN
*For Ilsa, Rick…and ...
Family Farms Are Being Fed to Corporate Sharks
JOHN HANSEN
President, Nebraska Farmers Union As a recent New York Times article on ag subsidies clearly shows, family farm agriculture is now reaping the public perception and political backlash that the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Associat...
The Death of Reggie White
DAVE ZIRIN
NFL legend Reggie White passed away in his sleep Sunday at the tragic age of 43. The 6′ 5" 300-pound ‘Minister of Defense’ was a football immortal without peer. He played in 13 consecutive pro bowls and retired as the all time NFL leader in ...
A Shameful Response to Disaster
DAVE LINDORFF
Word that the U.S. government is offering a paltry $10 million in aid to those countries whose coasts were devastated by tidal waves from the largest earthquake in 40 years should be a national embarrassment. That a nation which can talk casually about $400-$500 b...
Be Careful Not to Get Too Much Education
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to a conversation I overheard at Starbucks in Nashville last winter. I was distracted from my work on that cold and rainy night by two young men who sat down in upholstered chairs next to my table. One was talking and...
The Resistance and the West’s Anti-War Movement
RON JACOBS
Imagine yourself coming of age in a country where speaking out against the government is severely repressed. Activism of any sort is met with torture, imprisonment and even death, all courtesy of the US-trained secret police employed by a ruler who owes his very e...
What Howard Dean May Bring to the DNC
JOSHUA FRANK
A year before Howard Dean announced his bid for the presidency; he spoke at a Pittsburg event sponsored by a "smart-card" firm, Wave Systems, which was a sure sign Dean was fast running away from his grassroots support, and right into the arms of the cor...
Disappearing the Anti-War Movement at the NYTs
JOHN WALSH
Hot on the heels of the deadly attack on U.S forces in Mosul on December, 21, a front page headline in the NYT on December, 22, proclaimed authoritatively: "Fighting On Is the Only Option, Americans Say." Amazingly the self-assured report was based solel...
Rumsfeld Must Go
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The new-model, compassionate, caring, tender-hearted, public-related Donald Rumsfeld flew to Iraq Christmas Eve, and went to Mosul. We are assured by the Pentagon that the Mosul visit by their CEO was – but of course – planned well before the carnage i...
An Interview with Amos Elon
ARI SHAVIT Ha'aretz
The young people at the news desk weren’t quite sure who he was. The name sounded familiar but they weren’t sure from where. A few had heard about one of his books. A few ha...
Greens and Greenbacks
MICHAEL DONNELLY
My good friend Lisa Goldrosen is a veteran of many left causes. Lisa has spent her entire adult life working in various coop endeavors. She has a wonderful collection of buttons and posters from back when America rose from the slumber of the Eisenhower years. She ...
An Interview with Noam Chomsky
M. JUNAID ALAM
On December 17th I met with Professor Noam Chomsky at his MIT office to get his thoughts on the ideological justifications and historical realities behind America’s "war on terror." Professor Chomsky spent a half-hour taking apart the framework of ...
Texas Election Scandal
GREG MOSES
"As I look back over the General E...
Fallujah and the Media
MIKE WHITNEY
"We headed to the area where we live and saw some bodies lying about the streets. I entered my neighbor’s house and found him lying on the ground, nothing left of him but some bones." Abd al-Rahman Salim, Fallujah resident ...
Cuban Deja Vu All Over Again, All Over Again
SAUL LANDAU
On December 10, US Interest Section Chief in Havana James Cason offered yet another Bush Administration policy missile to overthrow the Cuban government and replace it with a "democratic" regime, i.e.; one that would revere private property and kiss Wash...
Reflections for a Handful of Activists
RICHARD OXMAN
"It’s not everyday that we are needed. Not indeed that we are personally needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, ...
Honduras Validates Its Banana Republic Status, Again
GENNA GOODMAN-CAMPBELL
Throughout the 1980s, Honduras was the linchpin in the U.S.’ Central American policy, serving as Washington’s "unsinkable aircraft carrier" for covert Contra missions against Sandinista Nicaragua and providing a base for U.S. military trainer...
Blaming the Victims of the 2004 Election
BRIAN KWOBA
I hate to keep wading around in the drudgery of election-year fallout, but I’ve heard too much elitist cynicism and scapegoating of a supposedly dumb-and-dumber American population to keep quiet. In much of the post-election commentary, the left along with m...
Justice With Eyes Wide Open
TONI SOLO
"We headed to the area where we live and saw some bodies lying about the streets. I entered my neighbor’s house and found him lying on the ground, nothing left of him but some bones." Abd al-Rahman Salim, Fallujah resident ...
Rummy’s Quagmire of Lies
MIKE WHITNEY
"Destroying cities and torturing prisoners are things you do when you are losing the real war, the war your enemies are fighting. They are signals of moral bankruptcy. They destroy the confidence and respect of your friends, and reinforce the cr...
Christmas Eve Resistance to the First US Occupation
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
Some 167 years ago United States Army, Marine and Navy units were engaged in an occupation and pacification of dangerous foes in Florida. The first foreign invasion launched by the new US government began in 1816 and met fierce and prolonged resistance from the mu...
My Friend Richard Barnet
SAUL LANDAU
I met Dick Barnet about 34 years ago and got lost in his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. I had already stolen ideas from Intervention and Revolution and Roots of War, and read his articles in The New Yorker. I worked with him for twenty-five years at the ...
The Endless War in Colombia
JOE DeRAYMOND
I spent the last six months of 2003 in Colombia, living with a community in the foothills of the Andes, in the Urabá region, a region of mountains, jungle, and huge rivers stuck up next to Panama at the gateway to South America. I was a volunteer with the F...
O Little Town of Bethlehem
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
It was December of 1991 and I was serving as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations in Washington DC. The Israelis were stalling –not even negotiating in bad faith. And the Americans were doing nothing to get the ne...
Ukraine’s Real Underdog
CHAD NAGLE
Kiev, Ukraine. With only a coupl...
X-Mas vs. the Power Fools
GREG MOSES
Winter takes the color away, but people put up lights. In my own cul de sac of the global village, the light show this year is fantastic: colors like I’ve never seen, electric deer that raise their lit-up heads, candy canes, icicles, y mas santas. At night t...
Winning
DIANE CHRISTIAN
"They say we can̵...