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Archives from January 2005
Filling Saddam’s Shoes
DAVE LINDORFF
One thing you can pretty much count on. When the U.S. charges in with guns blazing and bombs blowing up with the promise of "bringing democracy" to some benighted and oppressed people, the end result will be a corrupt and barbaric regime not much better,...
Bush’s Second Inaugural Address
WILLIAM A. COOK
[Note on the text: While roaming the Internet, looking for a map that would guide me around Washington D.C. during the Inaugural festivities, I came upon a blog that had the following version of the PresidentÅfs Inaugural Address, a vers...
Delusions About Democracy
ERIC HOBSBAWM
Although President Bush’s uncompromising second inaugural address does not so much as mention the words Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror, he and his supporters continue to engage in a planned reordering of the world. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a...
Latin America and the US
TONI SOLO
When George Bush and Tony Blair start talking loudly about defending "freedom" and "democracy" and "ending poverty", people everywhere had better watch out even more keenly than usual for their ever more precarious liberties and econo...
Bush Didn’t Start the War on the Bill of Rights
JOSHUA FRANK And MERLIN CHOWKWANYUN
So when did the assault on Americans’ civil liberties get jumpstarted? The current liberal establishment seems to deem 9/11 the chief catalyst. Many of the most loathsome specimens within the haughty club imply that drastic inc...
Iraq as Disneyland
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
I’ve just had an email from a friend in the Green Zone. He has not set foot outside the compound since he’s been there, and probably never will. Helicopter to and from the airport only. Welcome to free Iraq, and especially to liberated Falluja. ...
The Intolerance of Christian Conservatives
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
In a story titled "Survey Finds Church-Going Americans Less Tolerant" (Reuters, 1/22/05), Michael Conlon writes: Church-going Americans have grown increasingly intolerant in the past four years of politicians making compromises on suc...
The US / Colombia Plot Against Venezuela
JAMES PETRAS
A major diplomatic and political conflict has exploded between Colombia and Venezuela after the revelation of a Colombian government covert operation in Venezuela, involving the recruitment of Venezuelan military and security officers in the kidnapping of a Colomb...
A Party Without Virtue
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
After listening to his inaugural speech, anyone who thinks President Bush and his handlers are sane needs to visit a psychiatrist. The hubris-filled megalomaniac in the Oval Office has promised the world war without end. Bush’s crazy talk has even up...
Satan is My Co-Pilot
MIKE ROSELLE
Last November I ran into my buddy Floyd Satan in the Union Club, a bar in Missoula Montana. We were there with a bunch of local activists to watch the election returns. The place was packed. There were three generations of conservationists, party loyalists and oth...
An Interview with Concientious Objector Aidan Delgado
SCOTT FLEMING
Editor’s Note: The following interview with Spc. Aidan Delgado, a conscientious objector who spent six months of a one-year tour of Iraq at Abu Ghraib prison, appears in the Spring 2005 issue of LiP Magazine. Delgado will be presenting a slideshow and talk a...
Freedom on Steroids
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A writer at The Times counted 27 references to freedom in Bush’s inaugural speech. The speech contained not one reference to his ugly war in Iraq, but for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis the only freedom established by Bush’s invasion was their freedom...
Israel as an Extension of American Empire
JEFF HALPER
There are many tragic and self-destructive features of the Occupation for Israel itself. Although the country was founded on the "original sin" of exclusivity and the expulsion of the refugees, it nevertheless had (has?) the potential to develop into a n...
Last Monologue in Burbank
FRED GARDNER
Note: This column was written in April,...
King George
URI AVNERY
When King George V died, we got a day off from school as a sign of mourning. Palestine was then a part of the British Empire, which ruled the country under a League of Nations mandate. To this very day, a central street in Tel-Aviv, not far from my home, bears the...
A Letter to Human Rights Activists and Intellectuals in the Western Hemisphere
LORI BERENSON
Dear ladies and gentlemen: Along with my most respectful greetings, I send my acknowledgement for the work that you do to protect human rights as well as your efforts to make this world a more just place for all who inhabit it. At the end of Novem...
One China; Many Problems
DANIEL BURTON-ROSE
In answering difficult questions, scholars in classical China reserved a modest option for themselves: que yi, "leaving the question answerless." Indicative of the cacophony of the contemporary world, ...
Connecticut Chooses Death
STANLEY HELLER
In a few days Connecticut prison officials will take a prisoner out of his cell and inject poison into his veins. He’s been held harmless for 20 years in prisons, but now he’s going to be killed. It will be the first execution in New England in 45 year...
Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
SAUL LANDAU
President Bush doesn’t allow negative news to interfere with his predictable rendition of clichés and slogans. "Iraq will be free, the world will be more peaceful, and America will be more secure," he regularly announces, as news of bloody c...
The Heart of Texas
GREG MOSES
In late December, Texas media headlined the State Attorney General’s announcement that he would go directly to the Texas Supreme Court to overturn a trial-court order for reform in school funding. On that same day, the same media did not report on a motion f...
Prince Harry’s Travails; John L. Hess Gone at 87
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Imagine, in the same month as the death of the muse of high camp, Susan Sontag, we have England in an uproar about Prince Harry and his silly arm band. All this while The Producers is playing to packed houses in London. They’re even talking of banning the sw...
Adventures in Online Dating
BEN TRIPP
It has come to my attention that the way to find a mate these days is via the Internet. Now when I was of courting age, you did it the old-fashioned way, by ambushing a remote village and carrying off all the girls. It was an awful way to meet people, especially o...
The Rise of Michael Chertoff
MIKE WHITNEY
Michael Chertoff’s record at the Justice Dept. has followed the same downward arc as a belly-flop. He’s managed to botch every major case he’s handled and elicit the well-deserved scorn of civil liberties groups. Only in the gravity-defying world...
A Spectre is Haunting the American Left…Thank God
JUSTIN TAYLOR
There are things that are theorems and things that are rags; they’ll go by like Euclid, arm in arm with the spirit of anarchy. Here and there will flit little harlots. Many are clowns. But many are of the highest respectability. Some are assassi...
Is GW Getting the Runaround?
FRED GARDNER
GW Pharmaceuticals reported a favorable result last week in a phase 3 trial of Sativex involving 177 patients with severe cancer pain who were not getting adequate relief from opiates. Sativex is a cannabis-plant extract containing approximately equal concentratio...
The Politics of Death in California
PHIL GASPER
On June 29, 1967, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan commuted the death sentence of Calvin Thomas to life in prison, when medical tests conducted after Thomas’s trial revealed significant brain damage. Last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to s...
Lockheed and Loaded
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Lockheed-Martin is headquartered in the Bethesda, Maryland. No, the defense titan doesn’t have a bomb-making factory in this toney Beltway suburb. But as the nation’s top weapons contractor, it migrated to DC from southern California because that’...
My Daughter Has Been Wrongly Imprisoned
MARK L. BERENSON
My daughter Lori has been wrongfully incarcerated in Peru since the night of Nov. 30, 1995, when she was arrested on a public bus in Lima. She has been a victim of injustice on three occasions: First, by a draconian Peruvian justice system that had received...
Zionism and Other Marginal Thoughts
GILAD ATZMON
One way to look into marginal politics is to illuminate the problematic tension between demands for equality and the maintenance of clannish supremacist world views. I am referring here to the difficult duality involved in requesting to be seen like everyone else ...
Hollywood’s Patriots
WALTER BRASCH
Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio each donated about $1 million for disaster relief following the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia. The Steven Spielberg family donated $1.5 million. Jet Li donated more than $125,000; Jackie Chan added at least $64,000. Among se...
Nuclear Incident in Montana
JENNIFER VAN BERGEN And RAYMOND DEL PAPA
A retired high-level government source was called yesterday to respond to a nuclear incident in Montana. Apparently the silo doors of numerous ICBM missiles were opened. Two such incidents during the Cold War era nearly started World War III. When silo doors ...
Animal Farm in the New Century
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
My next door neighbor is a fascinating man. He woke up one morning a few years ago, shortly after he had moved into his home, and discovered that rats had wreaked havoc on his living and family rooms. They had chewed up the carpet in one room and gnawed away a cou...
Questions While Watching the Inaugural
ELAINE CASSEL
1. Was Laura Bush squinting because of the dazzling white of her cashmere suit that she appeared to be poured into, like a sausage? 2. Speaking of sausages, what,s up with Jeb Bush? If Bill Parcels is Tuna, Jebbie is the Whale. 3. How macabre was it ...
Madness in High Places
GARY LEUPP
"Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go." Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 All during the Bush administration’s fear-mongering propaganda effort to convince Americans that Saddam and his WMDs were a threat...
The Secret Messages of Rahm Emmanuel
MARK DONHAM
OK, so I wake up early on Sunday morning, like 6:30 am, so that I can watch the Chris Matthews show on WPSD, the NBC affiliate TV station out of Paducah, Kentucky. Hey, when you’re on network you have to get what you can when you can. Chris is followed by th...
The Spectacle
STAN GOFF
Back in Raleigh now, and I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve spent the last two days in a dream. Arrive in DC on the morning of the 19th, and we are hit with horizontal snow and a Siberian wind chill, worse because we are standing in LBJ park ...
It Doesn’t Compute
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Only the most callous would refuse to sympathize with the United States government. That’s because few of my readers have not at one time or another found themselves totally frustrated by the computer and dismayed that the machine on which they squandered hu...
"I Will Continue to Speak Out Until the Last Soldier Leaves Iraq"
DEREK SEIDMAN
Patrick Resta, Specialist/E4, served as an Army medic in Iraq with the 30th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. He was stationed in Iraq for eight months in 2004, returning home just about two months ago. He has recently begun speaking out against the war ...
The Problem with Mike Ruppert
KURT NIMMO
On January 15th, at Kane Hall, on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle, former L.A. cop and self-described 9/11 investigator Mike Ruppert told a standing-room only crowd the obvious: "[Ruppert] believes that no sanctions,...
Swimming Home from the Galapagos
ALAN FARAGO
In the Galapagos on New Year’s Eve, a few minutes past midnight, Ecuadorians pile the streets with carefully crafted life-sized papier-mache figurines representing the year’s aggravations elaborately staged on stoops and storefronts after Christmas and...
Locked Out and Pissed Off
RON JACOBS
As I flew into DC’s National Airport Wednesday night, I could see celebratory fireworks over near the Washington Monument. It was the beginning of the Bush version of a party-something akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Of course, I couldn’t help...
Bush’s Faith-Based Social Services
DON MONKERUD
As President Bush has gone around Congress and behind the public’s back in the past four years to spread his faith-based initiative throughout the government, serious issues begin to arise. When Congress refused to pass his proposals to lower the long...
An Asterisk for Major League Baseball
DON SANTINA
On a sunny July day in 1887, Cap Anson of the Chicago White Stockings refused to play a team from Newark unless they removed their starting pitcher, an African American named George Stovey. Thus began the 60 year reign of apartheid baseball in America. The ...
A Great American Journalist
DAVE LINDORFF
American journalism lost one of its finest practitioners, The New York Times lost its conscience, and I lost a good friend and mentor last night with the death of John L. Hess, who died in his sleep at the age of 87. John, who only recently finished a devas...
The Anti-War Movement and the Iraqi Resistance
SHARON SMITH
The Iraqi resistance to U.S. occupation is growing, as is its support among ordinary Iraqis. Iraq’s interim government recently admitted that the insurgency involves at least 40,000 "hardcore fighters" and up to 200,000 active sympathizers–a ...
The Bush Inauguration
WILLIAM A. COOK
As we enter this New Year, we are, like Tantalus, trapped between extremes: unable to reach the fruit that hangs just beyond our reach and unable to quench our thirst by drinking from the water that laps at our chin. Hope hung before us during the election season,...
Why Andres Raya Snapped
ERIC RUDER
"HE WASN’T Andy anymore." That’s how Araceli Valdez described watching a surveillance video showing her cousin Andres Raya–known to his friends and family as Andy–take an assault rifle and gun down two police officers outside a li...
Pea Soup in Foggy Bottom
JAMES REISS
Whenever you feel bad and want to howl, Remember someone in our government Who used to stand for reason, Colin Powell. He used to care about an argument In which two nations babbled, cheek to jowl, Instead of squaring off like fighters bent...
It Would be a Mouthful for Bush
ROBERT JENSEN
Four years ago at the counter-inaugural event on the steps of the state Capitol in Austin, TX, I administered a Citizen’s Oath of Office to a crowd that was eager to fight the incoming Bush administration’s reactionary agenda: "...
Is It Torture Yet?
DAVID UNDERHILL
The Republican senators were already content in confinement. And the Democrats shuffled grumbling into their cage and handed Alberto Gonzales the key even before the judiciary committee began his confirmation hearings. No, their remarks had signaled, they would no...