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Archives from September 2005
Political Murder in Puerto Rico
FORREST HYLTON
I. Thanks to many fine African- and Arab-American as well as gay speakers at the rally in Washington on September 24, we focused on issues of occupation in Iraq and Israel/Palestine, dispossessed people, refugees, and the right to return to occupied territo...
Live from Hollywood: the IRA Disarms
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin. "The arms decommissioned represent the totality of the IRA’s arsenal." With those words, spoken by Canadian general John de Chastelain today at a press conference in Holywood, Co Down, one phase of Ireland’s Troubles see...
The Decline and Fall of Senator Bill Frist
JASON LEOPOLD
It’s one thing to lie in politics. It’s another to be caught in a lie. Bill Frist has been caught in a lie. His political future is over. The immediate question is, can he survive as Majority Leader? The Tennessee Republican claims he wasn’...
The Legal Responsibility Goes to the Top
JENNIFER K. HARBURY
As the United Nations intensifies its scrutiny of torture practices in Iraq, many Americans feel outrage and confusion. How could this have happened? The truth lies in the realities that led to the Katrina disaster. The horrors are not new, but lon...
Torture and Cowardice
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA analyst Where do American religious leaders stand on torture? Their deafening silence evokes memories of the unconscionable behavior of German church leaders in the 1930s and early 1940s. Despite the hate whipped up by administration propagandists agai...
America is Running Out of Time
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
George W. Bush will go down in history as the president who fiddled while America lost its superpower status. Bush used deceit and hysteria to lead America into a war that is bleeding the US economically, militarily, and diplomatically. The war is being fou...
The FBI Murders a Legend
RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ CRUZ
On September 23, 2005, hundreds of separatists gathered in a small town of Puerto Rico called Lares to conmemorate the 137-years old-failed revolutionary attempt against Spaniard colonial rule, known as Grito de Lares. At about 3:00 PM on that day, the crowd was l...
The Media and the Antiwar Movement
NORMAN SOLOMON
It’s reasonable to estimate that more than a quarter of a million people demonstrated against the Iraq war on Saturday in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other U.S. cities. The next day, the Washington Post front-paged a decent story that describe...
Democrats Flee Peace Protests
JOSHUA FRANK
I have been thinking for a while now that the Democrats really should sit down and consider changing their mascot from a donkey to a marmot. A rodent really is more emblematic or their provincial habits than a donkey could ever be. Think about it. Just this past w...
A Small March for Me, a Giant March for the Antiwar Movement
RON JACOBS
I guess my weekend began when I stopped off at Arlington Cemetery after landing at National Airport in Washington DC. I didn’t go into the grounds but looked over the graves of the thousands of war dead. As always, it had a chilling and emotional effect. I h...
Those Pesky "Urban Intellectuals"
MIKE MARQUSEE
Tony Blair has dismissed opposition to his Iraq policy as the province of "urban intellectuals". A strange comment from the Prime Minister of one of the most urbanised societies on earth. But then he also managed to ignore the latest opinion poll showing...
The Railroading of Taysir Alony
LAMIS ANDONI
When Madrid was struck with the heinous terrorist attack on March 11, it was Taysir Alony who conveyed the tragedy of blood and loss to millions of Arab speakers all over the world. In his serene demeanor and warm voice, Taysir told us about grief stricken Spaniar...
Bush in a Bottle
JOHN CHUCKMAN
There have been rumors of Bush taking to the bottle again. Since alcoholics are never cured, this is possible. The stress of having his ineptitude so publicly displayed as it was in New Orleans and of having his every major policy collapsing before his eyes would ...
They Can’t Fool Us Anymore
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Remarks at the Anti-war Rally, Washington, DC, September 24, 2005 If we didn’t know it before, we certainly know it now. A cruel wind blows across America. Starting in Texas and Montana, and sweeping across America’s heartland, it’s...
After NAFTA
LAURA CARLSEN
Last year was the tenth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and nearly all evaluations of the agreement conceded that the period showed negligible or negative results for Mexico. As the developing country partner of the agreement, Mexic...
Haiti: the Time for Action is Now
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
I would like to thank the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for including this important discussion on its busy agenda. Even more, I would like to thank the members of the CBC and most especially the hosts of this panel for persistently keeping Haiti’s p...
Nature and Man Conspire to Expose the Lies of the Powerful
ROBERT FISK
The Independent "Water is your friend" was the advice regularly given to a truly good friend of mine here in the Middle East. The speaker was a member of the One-Thousand- Litres- a-Day-Keeps-Dehydration-at-Bay Brigade, although I have to say that th...
A Movement Gathers Power on the Sorrow Plateau
GREG MOSES
The movement for peace and justice in the USA has been transformed during the past two months. But what is the nature of the change, and how will it help to move us forward? The short answer, I think, is that we have been enriched by sorrow; we gather upon a sorro...
They Fix Oil Prices, Don’t They?
DAVE LINDORFF
There is so much propaganda, faith-based economic theorizing and simple ignorance and naiveté surrounding the question of soaring gasoline and oil prices in this country! For heaven’s sake, of course there is collusion, monopolistic behavior a...
America’s Shame
VIJAY PRASHAD
At 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, reported that the storm, which it had tracked from Tuesday and named "Katrina", had made landfall. The high winds struck parts of Florida, but this was going to be the pr...
The US Military and Torture
Maj. ANTHONY MILAVIC, USMC (Ret.)
"In every war but one that the United States has fought, the conduct of those of its servicemen who were captured and held in enemy prison camps presented no unforeseen proble...
Hugo Chavez’s Mission
ROGER BURBACH
Caracas, Venezuela. Hugo Chavez has moved onto the world stage as an advocate of profound change within his own country and abroad. At the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations this week he proclaimed: "The United Nations has exhausted its ...
The Terrorist Resumé of Luis Posada
SAUL LANDAU
Logic dictates that Luis Posada Carriles has become an Al Qaeda agent. This would explain his recent behavior. Posada’s resumé contains a long list of terrorist "accomplishments." So, why did he return surreptitiously to the United States, w...
The Settlements and Their Sewage
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Every so often, the usually even-tempered Ahmad bursts forth with an exclamation of deep anger, almost startling in its intensity. He is talking about the confiscation of vast tracts of land belonging to West Bank Palestinian villages for construction of Israel...
Stealing the Moment
RALPH NADER
Historians like to speak of special times when leaders "seized the moment" to enact or implement their priorities. Giant hurricanes make these "special times," and no one is moving faster to exploit them than the corporate powers. Urged ...