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Archives from August 2005
Friday at Camp Casey
GREG MOSES
Not having Cindy Sheehan in Crawford Friday turned out okay. Her absence didn’t stop the media from crowding around a noon prayer vigil. And nobody I talked to was planning to cut short their stay on account of her absence. In fact, as usual, folks were sort...
Suicide Bombers
JAMES PETRAS
One of the least discussed but most important aspect of the ‘suicide bombers’ (SB) attacks is the Anglo-American (AA) systematic and profound degradation of that which the Islamic religion holds most sacred: its code of ethics, its mode of spiritual pr...
What Jean Charles de Menezes Didn’t Know
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
"Even in midsummer, he wears an overcoat and four jumpers if forced to leave the house. At dinner parties, he usually keeps a fur coat on. Nevertheless, people who greet him are surprised to find how cold his hands are." ...
Moses on Top of Old Smokey
BEN TRIPP
It is always a shock to discover that the universe as you know it is a tissue of lies. When I was a beardless youth, my Mom told me Jorma Kaukonen never smoked pot, so I shouldn’t, either. How I reeled when informed some years later that not only did the nim...
Failing Nature
JOSHUA FRANK
George W. Bush’s environmental record can be summed up in one simple word: devastating. Not only has President Bush gutted numerous environmental laws — including the Clean Air and Water Acts — he has also set a new precedent by disregardi...
Can Cindy Sheehan End the War?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
You can tell in five-minutes channel surfing how Cindy Sheehan frightens the pro-war crowd. One bereaved mom from Vacaville, camped outside Bush’s home in Crawford, reproaching the vacationing President for sending her son to a pointless death in Iraq has go...
There is Such a Thing as "Too Late"
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst President Bush still refuses to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the Rosa Parks of Crawford, Texas, but there is some good news. While Crawford’s Camp Casey (named after Cindy’s son killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004) continues to be short ...
How the Federalist Society and Young College Republicans Operate
FRANKIE LAKE
There is a good reason why the White House is trying so hard to dissociate John Roberts from his Federalist Society affiliation. The Federalist Society has its roots in the College Republicans and derives its membership from them. While I can’t discuss the e...
The People Must Demand Peace
KEVIN ZEESE
Tom Hayden is an anti-war activist who most recently was the lead author of "The Peoples Petition for Iraqi Peace." He was a leader of the student, civil rights and anti-war movements in the Sixties, and the environmental and anti-nuclear movements in th...
Will Celebrity Addicted America Miss the Point?
MIKE FERNER
"Some people are trying to paint her as one crazy woman against the war, and she’s not. A lot of people feel like her and want to know what the noble cause is," Karen Meredith, referring to Cindy Sheehan. ...
The President’s Dilemma
Col. DAN SMITH (Ret.)
"Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?" is the title of a 1970 anti-Vietnam War movie whose overuse nearly rendered it trite before that war ended. As a result, when Iraq war opponents invoke it today, the quest...
Gaza’s Economy
BENJAMIN GRANBY
Ramallah. All eyes are on Gaza. ...
Terrorism Then and Now
SAUL LANDAU
Official Washington has changed its criteria for evaluating terrorism. In October 1976, before suspected terrorists had Arab names and received indeterminate sentences without charges, lawyers or trials at the Guantanamo Gulag, Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch plante...
Rebellion in the Ranks
MARTIN SMITH
The rebellion within the U.S. armed forces that contributed to the U.S. defeat in Vietnam has been largely erased from public memory. It has been replaced with the "spat-on myth"–that the antiwar movement was preoccupied with spitting on ret...
Moral Values and the CIA
TOM CRUMPACKER
In exit polls at last Novembers election, CNN asked voters what concerned them most, the war, the economy or moral values. To its apparent surprise the voters chose moral values, which CNN interpreted to mean gay marriage, abortion and some other of the other cult...
Merck Gets Whacked
FRED GARDNER
It took a Texas jury only a day and a half to sock it to Merck on behalf of Carol Ernst, a widow whose 53-year-old Vioxx-taking husband died of a heart attack in 2001. Texas has a protect-the-corporations cap, so the $253 million award will be reduced to $26 milli...
The Drunken Politician Leaps Upon the Street Where Mothers Weep
RON JACOBS
The courageous witness of Cindy Sheehan and the nation’s response to it has not only moved the antiwar movement to a new level, it has widened it as well. Her speeches and encampment remind one of the Greek plays about war and conscience: Antigone and The Bi...
Getting Swept
WILLIAM S. LIND
The past couple weeks have been a hard time here in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Third Battalion, 25th Marines, a reserve unit headquartered just ten minutes from my house, lost 20 guys in two days in Iraq. It was a kick in the stomach for the whole city. ...
Thomas Friedman’s Blacklist; Tony Blair’s Censorious Proscriptions
JOHN PILGER
If those who seek to understand what drives people to commit terrorist acts are vilified as "just one notch less despicable" themselves, we can say goodbye to freedom of speech. By JOHN PILGER Thomas Friedman is a famous columnist on the New York...
The Rosa Parks of the Anti-War Movement
VIJAY PRASHAD
On April 4, 2004, a barrage of grenades and small arms fire from Iraqi insurgent groups killed U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan in Sadr City. Two months later, his family went to see President George W. Bush. Mr. Bush walked into the room and said, "Who we&...
After the Withdrawal
NEVE GORDON
Now that the withdrawal from Gaza is underway, and the settlers have failed to transform the personal trauma of the those who are relocated from their homes into a national trauma, it is high time to ask whether or not the dismantlement of Jewish settlements and r...
The Myth of a "Free and Democratic" Iraq
GARY LEUPP
Was it wrong to experience a kind of satisfaction—I don’t want to call it perverse but maybe wicked in a good way—when I read that the constitutional delegation appointed by Iraq’s "transitional assembly" had failed to meet the Au...
Something’s Happened
DAVE LINDORFF
It’s not just Cindy Sheehan. Something has happened in the country in the last few weeks. Suddenly the deaths of Americans in Iraq are being recognized and talked about. You could tell here in Philadelphia when the local TV news programs...
Judge Roberts and the Death Penalty
ELAINE CASSEL
We have rightly heard a great deal of commentary on an important question: What would the confirmation of Judge John Roberts – who would take retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court seat – mean for the right of privacy, and for...
Cutting Up Mochie
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Come now to a Parable of Swine. Not so many years ago in North Carolina, the pig barons sensed opportunity for their ‘right to work’ state. In the traditional hog belt of the mid-west, unions and laws against some forms of agribusiness still pro...