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Alternative Press Week in Review - June 16, 2003 (english)
17 Jun 2003
A weekly roundup of news, announcements, articles and other items of interest.
Alternative Press Week in Review
Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
June 16, 2003

A weekly roundup of news, announcements, articles and other items of interest.

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Poll: What is the best thing that could happen to George Bush?

Official Site to Re-select Bush-Cheney in 2004

Calendar of Errors
A representative sample of reports from the U.S. and British news media since the search for Iraq’s WMD began.

Analysis of "Patriot II"

Satire: Bush visits USS Truman for dramatic veterans’-benefits-cutting ceremony

Lemon World
Comic strip from cartoonist Jonathan Lemon focusing on current world events with a pinch of irony, a side helping of social commentary and a twist of lemon humor and bitterness.

As the Economy Crumbles
Weekly column summarizing the crappy economic news of the week

Book of the Week

Traveling America Broke – The Live and Crimes of Joey Grether

Publications of the Week

Willful Disobedience
Volume 4, Number 2 – Spring/Summer 2003
Quarterly anarchist publication of insurrection and rebellion.

Impact Press
#45 – June/July 2003
Nonprofit, bi-monthly, socio-political magazine of investigative journalism, commentary, and satire.

Articles of the Week

What’s Happening?
Atilio A. Boron Interviews Noam Chomsky
The Bush administration, let me repeat it again, they are not conservatives; they are statist reactionaries. They want a very powerful state, a huge state in fact, a violent state and one that enforces obedience on the population. There is a kind of quasi-fascist spirit there, in the background, and they have been attempting to undermine civil rights in many ways.

Talking About Hope in a Bloodbath
Ramzy Baroud, Alternative Press Review
I always believed that the Palestinian people should be strongly commended for their courage in the face of the Israelis, unconditionally supported by the US. This small nation's amazing ability to assert its rights, despite the giant effort to undermine them, needs not mere words or applause to validate it. But despite all of that, things are still tragic.

Fast forward into trouble
Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, The Guardian
Four years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television. Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels. And all too soon came Bhutan's first crime wave – murder, fraud, drug offences.

Suicide's Most Willing Accomplice
Jennifer Loewenstein, CounterPunch
Israel is an offshore US military base and weapons testing ground. It is a westernized colony for white supremacists seeking ways to discreetly dispose of its nigger population. It is an American franchise for the new global economy, a consumer outlet, an ad for Disney-World-gone-native, a terrorist training camp for Jewish fundamentalists, the most well-funded terrorist organization outside the mainland United States, a strategic foothold in the Middle East for oil-thirsty, power-hungry neo-cons.

What if?
John Whitbeck, Al-Ahram Weekly
Virtually all governments and commentators agree, at least in their public pronouncements, that deeper engagement by the United States is essential if Israeli-Palestinian peace is ever to be achieved. Wrong. The best hope for peace would be total American disengagement -- and the sooner the better.

Bringing the War Home: Right Wing Think Tank Turns Wrath on NGOs
Jim Lobe, FPIF
Having led the charge to war in Iraq, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential think tank close to the Bush administration, has added a new target: international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

U.S. media caved in to the Bush agenda
Eric Margolis, Toronto Sun
I scanned the major U.S. networks for voices challenging the distortions and bunkum coming from the White House and neo-cons. There was virtually none.

Turning the tanks on the reporters
Philip Knightley, The Observer
The Pentagon made it clear from the beginning of the Iraq war that there would be no censorship. What it failed to say was that war correspondents might well find themselves in a situation similar to that in Korea in 1950. This was described by one American correspondent as the military saying: 'You can write what you like – but if we don't like it we'll shoot you.'

"Leave Us Alone or We'll Move NATO"
David Lindorff, CounterPunch
Is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld an idiot or just an unbelievable boor? And do the Times and the Associated Press have historical memories that reach past the prior day's news?

Conflating protests with terrorism
Bill Berkowitz, Working for Change
Police departments across the country are spying and compiling dossiers on political activists.

Winning Hearts and Minds With Rifle Butts
Thomas Chittum, Prison Planet
Even as I write these words, we’re conducting full-blown, Vietnam-style search-and-destroy missions north of Baghdad. The media isn’t calling them search-and-destroy missions yet, but that’s exactly what they are. These missions include sweeps by infantry and tanks backed up by strikes by jet bombers and helicopter gunships.

Gilded Cage: Wackenhut’s Free Market in Human Misery
Greg Palast, Guerrilla News
One of the hottest stock market plays of the 1990s was the investment in hotels without doorknobs: privately operated prisons. And the hottest of the hot was a Florida-based outfit, Wackenhut Corporation, which promised states it would warehouse our human refuse at bargain prices.

Tony Blair has never allowed the facts to get in the way of a good war
Neil Clark, Spectator
For amid the present furore over the no-show of Iraqi WMDs, let us remember that in Kosovo our humanitarian Prime Minister dragged this country into an illegal, US-sponsored war on grounds which later proved to be fraudulent. In 2003 Tony’s Big Whopper was that Saddam’s WMDs ‘could be activated within 45 minutes’. In 1999 it was that Slobodan Milosevic’s Yugoslavia was ‘set on a Hitler-style genocide equivalent to the extermination of the Jews during World War Two’.

They impeach murderers, don’t they?
Ted Rall,
Although Bush, Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice denied such legal niceties to the concentration-camp inmates captured in their illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, these high-ranking Administration henchmen should be quickly turned over--after impeachment proceedings for what might properly be called Slaughtergate--to an international tribunal for prosecution of war crimes.

Revealing Statements from a Bush Insider about Peak Oil and Natural Gas Depletion
From The Wilderness
I think basically that now, that peaking of oil will never be accurately predicted until after the fact. But the event will occur, and my analysis is leaning me more by the month, the worry that peaking is at hand; not years away. If it turns out I'm wrong, then I'm wrong. But if I'm right, the unforeseen consequences are devastating.

Hawks turned media into parrots
Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star
Turns out that CNN was the Pentagon's Bitch after all.

US launches major military offensive in “liberated” Iraq
James Conachy, WSWS
Two months after the fall of Baghdad, the American military has been forced to launch a major assault on an area to the northwest of the Iraqi capital in a desperate bid to suppress mounting resistance to the US occupation.

History of America
Kalle Lasn, Adbusters
The unofficial history of America™, which continues to be written, is not a story of rugged individualism and heroic personal sacrifice in the pursuit of a dream. It is a story of democracy derailed, of a revolutionary spirit suppressed, and of a once-proud people reduced to servitude.

America's shameful legacy of radioactive weaponry
Heather Wokusch,
A study by the Washington, D.C. based Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) suggests coalition forces used Afghanistan as a testing ground for radioactive weaponry, thereby placing generations of civilians – not to mention US service members – at unspeakable future risk.

World’s bloodiest war ignored by the West
Chris Fagan, Socialist Worker
When the mainstream press pays any attention to the Congo--or African wars in general--they invariably characterize the conflicts as "ethnic" or "tribal" wars, rooted in age-old hatreds. This explanation is not only false, but racist.

The right to party
Neil Pollack, Brooklyn Rail
Our right to party is being attacked by forces far more powerful, more sinister, and more organized than Mayor Daley’s liquor-law enforcement bureaucracy. Everything fun about America is under serious threat.

Pinter blasts 'Nazi America' and 'deluded idiot' Blair
The Guardian
The playwright Harold Pinter last night likened George W Bush's administration to Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, saying the US was charging towards world domination while the American public and Britain's "mass-murdering" prime minister sat back and watched.

Drifting towards fascism
David Roselle, Capital Times
Based upon how our America now conducts itself among its fellow human beings – including us, its own citizenry – what is our nation becoming? What, if we're honest with ourselves, are we to call a system of government that behaves in these ways…

Censorship of the Press
Robert Fisk, Independent
Paul Bremer has ordered his legal department in Baghdad to draw up rules for press censorship.

White House Silenced Experts Who Questioned Iraq Intel Six Months Before War
Jason Leopold,
Six months before the United States was dead-set on invading Iraq to rid the country of its alleged weapons of mass destruction, experts in the field of nuclear science warned officials in the Bush administration that intelligence reports showing Iraq was stockpiling chemical and biological weapons was unreliable and that the country did not pose an imminent threat to its neighbors in the Middle East or the U.S.

Iraqi “bioweapons” trailers: another “smoking gun” goes up in smoke
Bill Vann, WSWS
In his State of the Union address at the end of last January, Bush had warned the American public that the Saddam Hussein regime had as many as “30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical weapons” and facilities to produce “over 25,000 liters of anthrax” and “38,000 litters of botulinum toxin.” Iraq, he continued, could be in possession of “500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.”

Baghdad: A race against the clock
International Crisis Group
Eight weeks after victoriously entering Baghdad, American forces are in a race against the clock. If they are unable to restore both personal security and public services and establish a better rapport with Iraqis before the blistering heat of summer sets in, there is a genuine risk that serious trouble will break out.

DEA Uses RAVE Act to Shut Down Fundraiser
Drug Policy Alliance
Only two months after the RAVE Act was passed by Congress it has been used by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to intimidate the owners of a Billings, Montana, venue into canceling a combined benefit for the Montana chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).

Suppose You Wanted to Have a Permanent War
Robert Higgs, Independent Institute
As Senator Arthur Vandenberg told Harry Truman in 1947 at the outset of the Cold War, gaining public support for a perpetual global campaign requires that the government “scare hell out of the American people.” Each crisis piques the people’s insecurities and renders them once again disposed to pay the designated price, whether it takes the form of their treasure, their liberties, or their young men’s blood.

War revisionism!
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.,
For those of us skeptical of all war, there was nothing really new in the latest Iraq fiasco. The government was lying (of course), the true motives were hidden (of course), it has created a disaster (of course), it ended up spreading death and misery (of course), and it was and is enormously costly (of course). All of this could be known in advance by anyone following the history of US wars. It's the same pattern, repeated again and again.

Suburbs as we know them are doomed by the coming energy crunch
Richard Gilbert, Globe&Mail
The price of natural gas is soaring. Next it will be oil. Suburban life as we know it could be doomed. Many suburban homes could be worthless in less than 20 years.

World economy sliding towards deflation and recession
Nick Beams, WSWS
In the United States, the recent upturn in the market masks a worsening situation in the economy as a whole. The continued decline in manufacturing—highlighted by the approaching crisis in the car industry—points to the fact that the Fed’s ability to prevent a full-scale recession may be coming to an end.

The Insidious Prophet of Petty Fascism
B.J. Sabri, Dissident Voice
Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist of the New York Times, is an insidious prophet of petty fascism, where arrogant judgments, studied preconceptions, bloated self-righteousness, and a message for hatred and violence constitute a value system.

Troubles at the Times: Beyond Blair
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
While Blair's record was shameful, it is important to recall that the Times has been guilty of sloppy or inaccurate reporting involving domestic and international stories of greater consequence than those Blair covered.

Clarifying the occupation lexicon
Amira Hass, Haaretz
Israeli political discourse relies on terms that have become so distorted in meaning that the understanding of the reality behind them has also been distorted.

Germany In 1933: The Easy Slide Into Fascism
Bernard Weiner, Dissident Voice
America in 2003 and Germany seventy years earlier are not the same, and Bush certainly is not Adolf Hitler. But there are enough disquieting similarities in the two periods at least to see what we can learn -- cautionary tales, as it were -- and then figure out what to do with our knowledge.

The largest covert operation in history
Chalmers Johnson, History News Network
…the "tens of thousands of fanatical Muslim fundamentalists" the CIA armed are some of the same people who in 1996 killed 19 American airmen at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998; blew a hole in the side of the U.S. destroyer Cole in Aden harbor in 2000; and on Sept. 11, 2001, flew hijacked airliners into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon.


Iraqi Mobile Labs Nothing To Do With Germ Warfare, Report Finds

Long, difficult occupation looms for US

U.S. attack threatens to create thousands of new Iraqi enemies

Oakland High rallies to fire principal who put up barbed wire, locked school gates, let Secret Service interrogate students

Criminalizing home schooling

Ashcroft used cloak of secrecy to violate the rights of hundreds

Afghanistan deteriorating: US seeking help from Taliban

Battles rage across Iraq as resistance to occupation grows

FRANCE: Strikes, Demonstrations, Occupations Against Government Grow More Confrontational

America’s Imperial Delusion: US drive for world domination has no historical precedent

Fabric of lies unraveling

War may have killed 10,000 civilians, researchers say

Troops, families increasingly angry, disappointed; await war’s real end

Resistance to occupation is growing: US/UK troops being sucked into Iraqi quagmire

Korea: ominous removal of America’s ‘tripwire’

Stasi Nation

Aceh: Echoes of East Timor

NYPD botched anti-war protests

Natural gas in dangerous decline

California desert residents use water like there's no tomorrow — but tomorrow is coming

IFJ called on US forces in Iraq to explain arrest of three journalists in Baghdad

US army launches patriotic magazine to rally under-fire troops in Iraq

Reservists pay steep price for service

Guard, Reserve short on recruits; Heavy use takes toll on Army part-timers

Toll grows as attacks on troops get smarter, more organized

New reports implicate soldiers in death of journalists

Guantanamo Eyes Possible Execution Chamber

Blix smeared by Pentagon “bastards”

Consumers may have a beef with cattle feed

Anti-bush actress’ tv show dumped

Homophobic reverend gets pied

Alarm as US gas supplies hit low

Ferlinghetti's City Lights, Still A Beacon at 50

US threatens mass expulsions

Secret US chemical warfare attack kills 5 in Afghanistan

The ever-growing US military footprint

Iraq's U.S. oilman says sabotage rampant

Widespread Looting Leaves Iraq's Oil Industry in Ruins

Week in Review editor: Dean Thomas

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