[APR-news] Alternative Press Week in Review - June 23, 2003

Dean Thomas deanthomas at comcast.net
Mon Jun 23 14:21:06 EDT 2003


Alternative Press Week in Review

Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream

June 23, 2003 


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



Poll: Who is the most notorious US war criminal alive today?



The World's Most Wanted Terrorists



Comic of the Week





Recovered Document from Air Force Space Command


At one point, the US Air Force Space Command's Website contained a document titled "Strategic Master Plan FY04 and Beyond." Then the document disappeared.


CD of the Week


Arundhati Roy - Come September (AK Press)


Arundhati Roy speaks on the U.S. government's "War on Terror", globalization, and the misuses of nationalism. She contextualizes the recent invasion of Iraq within the history of U.S.-sponsored interventions in Chile, Palestine, and Afghanistan. A lively introduction and discussion with Howard Zinn rounds out this recording. 


Publication of the Week


The Progressive 


Volume 67, Number 7 - July 2003
Highlights include Nat Hentoff on Ashcroft, Matthew Rothschild on conformity, reactionary forces, and underreported acts of repression, Chris Hedges' anti-war commencement speech that generated hostility from the crowd, drilling in the Great Barrier Reef and US silence on India's anti-Muslim campaign. 


Articles of the Week



WMD and the Sleeping Giant

Mickey Z, Alternative Press Review

So, there may not be WMD after all...why is anyone surprised? Whenever the U.S. has needed a pretext for military intervention, it has fabricated or provoked it. Zachary Taylor's excursions in Mexican territory, the sinking of the Maine, the porous 38th Parallel, the safety of medical students in Grenada, April Glaspie's engraved invitation to Saddam Hussein, Noreiga's drug dealing, and famine in Somalia...to name but a few.



Welcome to the Gulag

Mary Starrett, NewsWithViews.com
Psychiatric professionals and their willing accomplices in the medical profession (along with school counselors and social workers and anyone else with some title or other) have convinced millions of Americans that the simple solution to all of the so-called "mental illnesses" and "disorders" that seem to be plaguing so many of us is.drugs. So women with PMS are encouraged to take Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft. Children are given kiddie-crack like Adderal or Ritalin, seniors are put on Haldol.



'I just pulled the trigger'

Bob Graham, Evening Standard

A closer look at these American GIs, sweltering in the heat of an unwelcoming Iraq, reveals the glazed eyes and limp expressions of those who have witnessed a war they do not understand and have begun to resent. By their own admission these American soldiers have killed civilians without hesitation, shot wounded fighters and left others to die in agony.



Dollar Crisis and American Empire

Jeffrey Sommers, ZNet

Up to now, Americans have only been gently going down hill in their decline. With a deflationary spiral and the collapse of the dollar standard, they will fall off a cliff as the global subsidy to the US is withdrawn if global investors lose confidence in the dollar.



Iraqi fighters: 'We will send them back the bodies of their soldiers'
Firas Al-Atraqchi, YellowTimes

Somewhere in America someone is itching to say, "I told you so." Elsewhere in the world millions of people laugh, scoff, mock, and launch vitriol and hyperbole when discussing America's role in the world. All of a sudden, the so-called victory in Iraq, which was neither a military nor a popular victory, is beginning to look like a public relations disaster. 



Artists against imperialism

Suneet Chopra, Frontline (India) 
Art exhibitions organised across the country to condemn the invasion of Iraq show that contemporary art is an integral part of humanity's struggle against imperialist onslaughts. 



Reporting in Exile: Interview with Greg Palast
Aaron Sarver, In These Times
Bush's buddies sued the Observer for an article of mine that exposed their bloody machinations in Tanzania and their gains in Nevada. They were able to crush the print version, but then literally 400 Web sites put up my writing. That's very important. They can't stamp it out, and that's why the "dependent" media is so intent on you knowing how scary and awful and evil the Internet is.



Bush's willing executioners: America betrayed by cowardly citizens
Ted Rall, TedRall.com
Today's version of the heroic Nathan Hale would fall to his knees, beg for mercy, and swear fealty to the British crown. A 21st century Patrick Henry would no doubt argue that homeland security trumps personal liberty. Benedict Arnold would make the rounds of the TV talk shows, lauded as an "heroic pragmatist." In a land of wimps, the dimwit is king--such is the dismal state of post-9/11 America.



The Pirates' Blunt, Useless Instruments: The occupation will not succeed

The Black Commentator

Absent some modus vivendi with a social group large enough and sufficiently well placed to act on the occupier's behalf, the foreign power is left with only his blunt instruments. He can destroy the society, but he cannot make it run along lines that are to his benefit.



Cry Freedom

Chris Floyd, Moscow Times

Bush's viceroy in Iraq, the preppy-monikered L. Paul Bremer III, has forbidden the liberated Iraqi people from using their liberty to verbally oppose the occupation of their land by a foreign power.



Orrin Hatch: Software Pirate?

Leander Kahney, Wired

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed. But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes.



50 years since the execution of the Rosenbergs
Peter Daniels and Bill Vann, WSWS
The execution of the father and mother of two young children, residents of New York City's Lower East Side-he 35 years old and she 37 at the time of their deaths-is testimony to the savagery of which the American ruling establishment is capable when it perceives its vital interests to be at stake.



Sex, Lies & WMDs
Dr. Susan Block, CounterPunch

Four years ago, a President of the United States was impeached because he lied about details of his sex life. His enemies insisted: It's not the sex that's the impeachable offense--although they couldn't stop talking about the sex--it's the lying! Now the mob that practically lynched President Clinton is running the country, with the major media as their handmaiden. And their President who would be King, George II, has been caught in a lie so big, Joseph Goebbels must be tipping his peaked cap in admiration from his grave. 



Stenographers to Power
David Edwards, Media Lens
To lie in order to fight an illegal war makes Watergate and the Monica Lewinsky affair seem completely trivial by comparison. In a democratic society Blair would stand no chance of surviving such a severe abuse of power and people. Every single British and American soldier, and every single Iraqi, who lost his or her life in the war died because Bush and Blair lied.



Paragons of Empire: Balkans Protectorates Celebrated as Examples

Nebojsa Malic, Antiwar.com

Despite the efforts of the New York Times to present Imperial occupation as something wonderful, reality is quite different.



Rioting in Michigan town exposes social tensions
Kate Randall, WSWS
The predominantly black population has endured years of pervasive unemployment and slum-like social conditions, compounded by daily harassment and mistreatment at the hands of the police.



'Rebuilding America's Defenses' and the Project for the New American Century
Bette Stockbauer, Antiwar.com
Its pages have been compared to Hitler's Mein Kampf in that they outline an aggressive military plan for U.S. world domination during the coming century. And just as Hitler's book was not taken seriously until after his catastrophic rise to power, so it seems that relatively few Americans are expressing alarm at this published document that is a blueprint for many of the present actions of the Bush administration, actions which have begun to destabilize the balance of power between the nations of the world.



Bush's 9/11 coverup?

Eric Boehlert, Salon
Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch.



Secret Trials, Nameless Defendents, Veiled Threats to Defense Lawyers
Elaine Cassel, CounterPunch
For those of you hoping the federal courts will save you from the abuses of freedom foisted upon you by the Congress who brought us the USA Patriot Act and Bush, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft, who brought us the "war on terror," I have bad news to report.



My (almost) conversation with Colin Powell
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

I had been stewing in my seat, listening to Powell give an address to the packed banquet hall in which he offered Arab-Americans and Arab people no positive message, except for pro forma declarations of how valued Arab-Americans are as a part of US society. 



The ministry of "truth"

Mike Youther, Intervention Magazine

In 1984, whenever a fact from the past became embarrassing to "the party," it was simply dropped down "the memory hole" and deleted from all records. It was if it never happened. The Bush Administration does exactly the same thing.



The War Continues

Maria Tomchick, ZNet

Clearly, the U.S.'s new offensive has nothing to do with rooting out a few leftover Baath Party supporters. Instead, it's a desperate bid to regain control in Iraq, where a heavily armed population is quickly turning against the U.S. occupation. 



Washington's war of terror in Iraq

Editorial, WSWS
A series of sustained counterinsurgency operations by US troops has signaled a new stage in the US occupation of Iraq. Faced with escalating armed resistance and growing hostility from the Iraqi people, Washington has decided to use overwhelming force to suppress and terrorize the country's 24 million people.



The war built on a lie

Harley Sorensen, SFGate.com

Why mince words? These are the facts: 1) President George W. Bush is a liar. 2) Secretary of State Colin Powell is a liar. 3) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a liar. 4) National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is a liar. To the above facts we might add these: There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, none were there when our war against Iraq began, and none will be found unless we plant them there. 



Fibbing it up at Fox

Dale Steinreich, LewRockwell.com

Since the Iraq conflict began on March 20, Fox News has been on a mission to legitimize it. One problem for Fox's protracted apologia is that despite promises of evidence of current weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) by the Bush Administration, the evidence has been ambiguous at best.



Australian government bans Sydney Film Festival movie
Richard Phillips, WSWS
In a major attack on artistic freedom and democratic rights, Australia's censor board has banned screenings of the US film Ken Park at the June 6-20 Sydney Film Festival.





NYTimes propagandist under fire



False war beliefs 'striking'



DA Files New Charges on Over 2,000 Anti-war Activists



FBI & Terrorism Task Force raid home of military watchdog near Area 51 military base



Sweeping crackdown fails to halt guerilla-style attacks



The parallels between King George III and Tony Blair are getting awfully uncomfortable



Welcome to Kafka's world



Venezuelan move to replace US$ with the Euro upsetting Washington more than Saddam's Euro conversion



Media Silence on Clark's 9/11 comments: White House pushed Saddam link without evidence



US military bans BBC crew from Guantanamo Bay for talking to inmates



California's next energy crisis looms



The Mythical North Korea Threat



Galloway papers deemed forgeries



Tony Blair: A coward on the run



White House cuts global warming from report



Two MPs compare Gaza to Warsaw Ghetto



>From liberation to counter-insurgency in 80 days



US bars elections in Iraq, raids political party HQs, criminalizes free speech



U.S. Troops Swelter Under The Iraqi Sun, Endure More Guerrilla Attacks



U.S. troops may be in Iraq for 10 years Defense officials reportedly seek up to $54 billion a year



US curbs press in volatile Iraq



New U.S. Court Ruling Sanctions Secret Arrests



Who'll defend the detainees?



Unmasking Monsanto's global atrocities



Exposed: Blair, Iraq and the great deception



>From liberation to counter-insurgency



US troops battle insurgency, morale



US faces long, hot summer in deadly tinderbox



Former Guantanamo prisoners tell of despair



Special forces prepare for Iran attack



Pyongyang says blockade will lead to war



To Interview Former P.O.W., CBS Dangles Stardom



Former aide takes aim at war on terror



Iraq 'has three weeks to avoid falling into chaos'



US raids win few hearts



Massive US operation to uproot Iraqi resistance yields nearly nil results



Water war leaves Palestinians thirsty


Week in Review editor: Dean Thomas - deanthomas at comcast.net


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