Archive for July, 2002

You are not the boss of us

July 18th, 2002 – 10:20 pm
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“The United Nations, the European Union and Russia have rejected Washington’s call to remove Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and questioned its decision to place security for Israelis above all other goals in the region.” Apparently the rest of the world isn’t in thrall to the Israeli goverment the way the United States is, and instead […]

Your papers, please, citizen

July 18th, 2002 – 10:13 pm
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“‘United States courts have recognized for more than a century that honest citizens have the right to travel throughout America without government restrictions. Some people say that everything changed on 9/11, but patriots have stood by our Constitution through centuries of conflict and uncertainty. Any government that tracks its citizens’ movements and associations, or restricts […]

It was never meant to be this way

July 16th, 2002 – 9:49 pm
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“The founding principles of what we now proudly call the ‘American free market system’ flowered in an era of enormous bribes, massive legislative corruption, and the creation of great anti-competitive cartels. It was a time when the government, in a precursor to industrial policy, gave two railroad companies 21 million acres of free land. And […]

Of Bushes and burqas

July 16th, 2002 – 9:37 pm
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“Laura Bush asks us to “fight for the rights and dignity of women” in Afghanistan even as the government her husband heads works actively to suppress those rights, and suffocate that dignity, by its alliance with the same old Mujahadeen it sponsored in the 1980s. So don’t expect Washington to help remove any burqas soon, […]

In case you weren’t sure your government was bought…

July 15th, 2002 – 9:14 pm
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“Right after voting yesterday morning to limit debate on legislation clamping down on corporate abuses, 16 Democratic senators flew on corporate jets from Washington to Nantucket, Mass., for a weekend retreat with 250 major campaign donors.” I think that pretty much speaks for itself. Read the article here.

Welcome to your police state

July 15th, 2002 – 9:06 pm
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“The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups. The Terrorism Information and Prevention System, or TIPS, means the US will have a higher percentage of citizen informants than the former East Germany through the infamous Stasi secret police. The program […]

Bush not about to reform anything

July 15th, 2002 – 8:53 pm
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“The current crisis in American capitalism isn’t just about the specific details — about tricky accounting, stock options, loans to executives, and so on. It’s about the way the game has been rigged on behalf of insiders. And the Bush administration is full of such insiders. That’s why President Bush cannot get away with merely […]

Campaign finance reform and free speech

July 15th, 2002 – 8:45 pm
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“Over the years, the national political parties, as well as corporations, labor unions, and the interest groups they finance, have circumvented the spirit, if not the letter, of the campaign finance laws. The new Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, known as McCain-Feingold, seeks to restore integrity to this system.” This interesting op-ed piece in the […]

You want to attack Iraq from where?

July 15th, 2002 – 8:35 pm
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“American military planners are considering using bases in Jordan to stage air and commando operations against Iraq in the event the United States decides to attack Iraq, senior defense officials said today. But Jordan has not yet been consulted specifically about the possible use of its bases, and Jordanian officials have criticized such a plan.” […]

Casting out the moderates

July 15th, 2002 – 8:25 pm
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“Israel today [July 9] shut down the office here of Sari Nusseibeh, the leading voice of moderation among Palestinians, accusing him of undermining Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem by serving as an agent of Yasir Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.” The Israelis (and the American government) like to talk about how much better things would be if they […]