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Archives from January 2005
Meet the Fuqers
RICHARD OXMAN
In no particular order (in keeping with the disarray elsewhere): 1. Why should "progressives" be criticized more than The Right? A: ‘Cause The Right is a long-dead dead horse. More than enough is already known about their machinatio...
Dennis Peron May Split the Scene
FRED GARDNER
Dennis Peron, the founder of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club and the prime mover behind Prop 215, is weighing the offer of a job in Dartmouth, England. It comes from George San Martin, who in the late ’70s worked at the Big Top, a marijuana dispensary...
Condi Rice and the Neocon Plan for the Palestinians
KURT NIMMO
So special is Condoleezza Rice, so essential to Bush’s revamped, de-Powell-ized and now neocon-ized State Department, that she was sworn in twice after her whirlwind Senate confirmation, according to the Associated Press. "You have given us our mission ...
This Election Will Change the World, But Not in the Way the US Wanted
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Baghdad. Shi...
Why the Children in Iraq Make No Sound When They Fall
BERNARD CHAZELLE
No one said that dying had to be dull. "Screaming with fear, paralyzed children at a shelter for the physically disabled and mentally ill in Galle, Sri Lanka, lay helplessly in their beds as seawater surged around them." The CNN report read like the scre...
Fighting the Poverty Draft
JORGE MARISCAL
When Boston College student Joe Previtera decided to protest the war in Iraq, he headed to the one place that keeps the war machine well stocked with fuel-his local recruiting office. In a clever display of street theater, Previtera put on a black hood and cape, s...
Time for a Corporate Death Penalty Act
KARYN STRICKLER
George W. Bush recently announced that he was going to end asbestos damage lawsuits; limit medical malpractice suits; and ban class action lawsuits of all sorts. It’s part of his high priority, tort reform plan. Instead of Bush’s proposed tort r...
Killing Killers Who Want to Die
DAVE LINDORFF
You really know the state killers have lost it when they call for the death penalty for someone who was just trying to kill himself in the first place. That’s what prosecutors are doing in the case of Juan Manuel Alvarez, the 25-year-old Californian w...
Attacks on Polling Stations Leave 13 Dead
PATRICK COCKBURN And ELIZABETH DAVIES
Baghdad. With only three days to...
The Great Donovan McNabb
DAVE ZIRIN
We should never pass up the opportunity to point out that Rush Limbaugh is not only a racist pig but, unlike the swine, one of our stupider mammals as well. This past weekend, as All-Pro quarterback Donovan F. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to their fir...
Tsunami Aid By the Numbers
RACHARD ITANI
Over the past two weeks, "Tsunami-Aid" concerts were organized in many countries, including one in the city of Cardiff, England which the BBC described as an "event set to be Britain’s biggest charity concert since Live Aid 20 years ago."...
Iraq’s Non-Election
ROBERT JENSEN And PAT YOUNGBLOOD
Predictably, the U.S. news media are full of discussion and debate about this weekend’s election in Iraq. Unfortunately, virtually all the commentary misses a simple point: There will be no "election" on Jan. 30 in Iraq, if that term is meant to su...
Shilling for Bush
DAVE LINDORFF
It seems clear now that the disclosure that two syndicated right-wing columnists were paid shills of the Bush administration posing as journalists is really just the tip of a grimy iceberg. With the admission by Armstrong Williams that he had pocketed a coo...
A Bounty or Amnesty for Osama?
RUSS WELLEN
Does the US State Department’s renewed campaign to publicize its $25 million (soon to be doubled) bounty represent an honest attempt to capture Osama bin Laden? It worked with Saddam Hussein’s sons, the argument goes, on whom there was a bounty of $15 ...
Why Conservative Christians Fear Tolerance
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
Editors’ Note: This is the second...
We’ve Been Taken Over By a Cult
SEYMOUR HERSH
Editors’ Note: This is a transcri...
The Laws of Nature
IGNACIO CHAPELA And JOHN F. GARCÍA
The document below is based on a public letter written in Spanish (by Ignacio Chapela, translated by John García) as a response to a flash-track vote on a law presented by the Senate majority to the Chamber of Deputies ...
The US’s Bloodiest Day in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN And KEN SENGUPTA
Just four days before Iraq’s historic elections, 36 US soldiers were killed yesterday in the deadliest single day for American forces since they invaded Iraq almost two years ago....
Another Case Goes Up in Flames
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Everyone who is rooting for Us instead of Them is hoping that it wasn’t a metaphor. The FBI has had enough bad news since 9/11 including, of course, the event itself. The metaphor to which I refer is the possibility that its latest case may have gone up in f...
Reining In Cheney
RAY McGOVERN
Quick! Anyone! Who can put the brakes on Vice President Dick Cheney before we have another war on our hands? Current and former intelligence analysts are reacting with wonderment and apprehension to his remarks last week on the nuclear program of Iran and his resu...
The Widening Chasm Among Conservatives
MIKE WHITNEY
The machinery of state decision-making is rarely exposed to public scrutiny. The cover of representative government is a scrupulously maintained fiction concealing the nuts-and-bolts of real statecraft. Normally, politicians and their accomplices in the media can ...
Fantasies and Realities About the Prospects for Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians
SAREE MAKDISI
The recent election of Mahmoud Abbas as the new President of the Palestinian Authority has renewed speculation that 2005 will bring genuine peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Insofar as it depends on Israel’s own intentions, however, such hope is entir...
Baghdad and Saigon; the CIA’s New Campus Spies; More on Matron’s Chill Hand and the Duke of Windsor’s Diaper
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Saigon to Baghdad Today, January 28, the US today lost a third of the soldiers it lost around Saigon on the first day of the Tet offensive thirty-six years ago. Even as George Bush was giving jesting with a docile press corps this morning, the C...
Condoleezza Rice Confused About the Middle East
WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN
Writing in Dar Al Hayat at the end of the year, Ms Condoleezza Rice, the newly designated Secretary of State, made the following points: " when freedom is on the march, America is more secure ­ when freedom is in retreat, America is mo...
Salazar and Obama: Two Dismal Debuts
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
Amidst the shambles of the 2004 elections, there were two spots of hope for the Senate Democrats — the seats they had wrested in Illinois and Colorado. At first blush, it would appear that both blossoms have merely flattered to deceive. Both Ba...