On the Eve of the Elections

On the Eve of the Elections 100,000 Iraqis Dead 380 tons of deadly explosives looted on the U.S. watch Israel escalates new attacks against Gaza refugee camps $70 billion in Congressional pipeline for next phase of war As the election count-down goes into its final...

Are the War and Globalization Really Connected?

To be radical, in the oldest sense of the word, is to go to the root. One strength of truly progressive analysis is that it places what appear to be isolated events in a larger context. It seeks to make connections between seemingly disparate political issues by...

Afghan Elections: U.S. Solution to a U.S. Problem

Afghanistan will undergo the first presidential elections in the country’s history on October 9, 2004. As if surprised by the fact that Afghans could want a voice in their country’s future, President George W. Bush touted the over 10 million Afghans...

Debates, Duelfer, & Aluminum Tubes

The Debates The debates remind us first of the need to maintain and build a broad, powerful, and INDEPENDENT peace movement, not tied to any candidate. Whoever wins or steals the election, we will likely spend much of the next four years in the streets, protesting and...

Afghanistan: Democracy Before Peace?

Afghanistan’s first election in decades is less than a month away, and, contrary to dire predictions by many analysts and observers, the UN-led voter registration program has proven to be a remarkable success. As of August 21, 2004, one week following the...

"Saddam Hussein Lite" Takes Command

While U.S. media attention has decreased significantly in the weeks since the June 28 so-called “hand-over of sovereignty,” the U.S. occupation remains very much in place, and the level of violence in Iraq has remained constant. Although U.S. casualties...

The Hand-Over that Wasn’t: How the Occupation of Iraq Continues

The U.S. occupation of Iraq officially ended on June 28, 2004, in a secret ceremony in Baghdad . Officially, “full sovereignty” was handed from the Americans to the Iraqi Interim Government. But it was clear from the start that this was sovereignty in...

False Hand-Overs

Last week was filled with false “hand-overs.” The hand-over of Saddam Hussein and the hand-over of Iraqi sovereignty were both fake. In both cases “virtual” political or legal authority was declared in the hands of Iraq’s interim...

A Deluge of Bad Advice and Statistics

“Men never do evil so fully and so happily as when they do it for conscience’s sake.” Blaise Pascal, Pensees (1660) Context I: The Israeli Strike and the U.S. Reaction The March 22 early morning Israeli Apache helicopter missile attack was as deadly as it was...

US Occupation of Iraq Remains Despite New Interim Government

Iraq remains an occupied country. Whether the new “interim government” stands or falls, whether or not the United Nations passes a new resolution, whether or not the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s hints constitute real approval of the...

U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Tale of Two Who Jumped Ship at State

In politics, the name of the game is often zero sum. At times one country may have a positive advantage in reputation and influence while others like North Korea, China and Cuba may be on the negative side. At the end of World War II, no country could compete with the...

Bush’s Five Step Plan is Nothing New

The U.S. is losing the war in Iraq. The Bush administration has lost the battle for Iraqi hearts and minds; four out of five Iraqis hold a negative view of the U.S. occupation authority and U.S. troops. The U.S. has, with the expose of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal,...

The Vulnerabilities of the Bush Iraq Policies

Almost one year from President Bush’s announcement of the end of “major combat operations” in Iraq, the U.S. drive towards empire faces new and serious challenges. One year to the day since U.S. military forces pulled down the statue of Saddam...