Monthly Archives: February 2004

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Globalization Revisited

Globalization RevisitedDemocrats' arguments against outsourcing are overstated — and effective. January/February 2004 Issue of Mother Jones George W. Bush wants to run this year as a “war president,” but voters seem more inclined to judge him as a “jobs president.” Never mind that the president actually has little sway over the business cycle; millions of jobs have disappeared on Bush's watch and the economic recovery has failed, so far, to replace them in any numbers, feeding a growing perception that the president has bungled the economy. Naturally, Democrats have been stoking this perception. Kerry and Edwards have seized on the […]

Is the U.S. Toppling Democracy Again?

[ The U.S. has a history of toppling democracies in the hemisphere; and it’s not just Chile and Nicaragua, but even Haiti itself in recent decades: corporate interests trumped democracy and international law again (see footnotes 51-60 of Chomsky’s Understanding Power for more sources on Haiti). Against this back-drop, it would not be surprising to learn that our government is supplying the weapons and financial backing for the opponents of Aristide, as Ira Kurzban charges, as reported below. –doclalor ] Haiti’s Lawyer: U.S. Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries Wednesday, February 25th, 2004, By Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill The US […]

Job Flight & India

The Flight to India The jobs Britain stole from the Asian subcontinent 300 years ago are now returning. Is this a good thing or a bad one? By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 21st October 2003 If you live in a rich nation in the English-speaking world, and most of your work involves a computer or a telephone, don't expect to have a job in five years' time. Almost every large company which relies upon remote transactions is starting to dump its workers and hire a cheaper labour force overseas. All those concerned about economic justice and the distribution […]

The New Scopes Trials

The New Scopes Trials This article can be found on the web at The Nation by ERIC ALTERMAN & MARK GREEN [from the March 8, 2004 issue] What if the research agenda of the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences were drafted not by the professors who actually conduct the studies but by, say, the alumni who funded the department? We might end up with research on the stickiness of Mr. Big's brand of glue instead of the development of an AIDS vaccine. Luckily, most research universities don't work that way. The federal government, however, occasionally does. In the […]

The Better Bush Beater?

[ Saletan argues (below) on the basis of exit polls from states in which Republicans voted in Democratic primaries that Edwards may be more likely than Kerry to win Republican votes in November. The Republicans featured in the cited polls (i.e., those disposed to crossover) may not be representative of all Republicans; but crossover Republicans (and Independents) are the only ones who matter in the general election anyway, right? This news may be exciting to the progressives disheartened by Kerry's record of supporting Bush on free trade policy. Edwards has been much closer to the most progressive candidate in the race […]

Intelligence Failure Invesitgation to be Overseen by a Weasel

[ Could Bush make it any more clear that he is not interested in being “a uniter,” as he likes to put it? Silberman, the one he appointed to head the commission to investigate intelligence failures prior to the Iraq War, is a sneaky partisan who let Oliver North off the hook. –doclalor ]Bush Appoints Iran-Contra Figure To Head Up Iraq “Intelligence” Probe, February 12th, 2004 | Listen to: Segment President Bush last week appointed a commission to investigate intelligence failures prior to the invasion of Iraq. Critics see the move as little more than window dressing since the commission […]

Michael Moore’s Latest Open Letter to Bush

[ In the latest open letter (below) of Michael Moore, he in effect challenges Bush to honor his promise, made Sunday on Meet the Press, to authorize release of all records relevant to determining his status in the Guard from 1972 to 1973. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan is a broken record on this: he can't stop remarking what a shame it is that people won't just leave this issue alone. At times like these it's worth remembering that Bill Clinton was pestered by relentless Republicans about lies of lesser significance. Excellent coverage of this issue is also available […]

Media Ownership

Comcast wants to acquire Disney and become the largest communications company in the world. Most of the media is already controlled by a small number of giant companies (see These companies are not in business for the good of local communities, nor to promote genuine, free discussion on important issues for the good of our democracy. Note Comcast's recent refusal to run an anti-war ad and CBS' recent refusal to run a slick ad with a critical message about the Bush deficits. Their monopolization of the public's airwaves is yet another force that erodes our democracy further. And Bush's FCC […]

10,000 civilian deaths — but U.S. Gov’t Not Counting

[ The Bush and Blair Administrations, and officials high in the Iraqi Ministry of Health, all discouraged counting the number of civilians killed as a result of the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. –doclalor ] The terrible human cost of Bush and Blair's military adventure: 10,000 civilian deaths UK and US authorities discourage counting of deaths as a result of the conflict. But academics are monitoring the toll and have identified a grim new milestone, reports David Randall The Independent [ link ] 08 February 2004 More than 10,000 civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed so far […]

Feds Intimidate War Protesters

[ The Feds appear to be attempting a McCarthyist intimidation of the Administration's critics. Sounds like the work of John Ashcroft. From the article: “Those served subpoenas include the leader of the Catholic Peace Ministry, the former coordinator of the Iowa Peace Network, a member of the Catholic Worker House, and an anti-war activist who visited Iraq in 2002.” –doclalor ] Feds Win Right to War Protesters' Records [ link ] BY RYAN J. FOLEYAssociated Press Writer February 8, 2004, 9:23 AM EST DES MOINES, Iowa — In what may be the first subpoena of its kind in decades, a federal judge has […]

See Bush on “Meet the Press” Sunday AM!!!

[ The important Meet the Press referenced here airs Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004 on NBC. — doclalor ] 8 Questions for George W. Bush 02/06/2004 @ 11:25am [ link ] by David Corn, The Nation Tim Russert, the Grand Inquisitor of Sunday morning, is scheduled to have George W. Bush in the witness chair for a full hour on the next Meet the Press. He's a lucky man–Russert, that is. This will be high drama, as the nation's politerati–and millions of others–watch to see if Russert gives Bush the hot-seat treatment. There is, of course, much to ask Bush about. […]

Democracy Coming in Iraq?

[ From the article: interventions “rarely, if ever, lead to anything that looks and functions like a genuine democracy in the short or medium term. But they do give the administration of the intervening country the kind of ally it needs to help achieve its foreign policy goals abroad and its electoral goals at home…. voters back home are generally willing to embrace their administration's assurances that however imperfect the new government might appear to “nitpickers,” it is now well on the road to democracy.” — doclalor ] [ link ] Gun-Barrel Democracy Has Failed Time and Again Study suggests […]

Cheney & Scalia Fail the “Smell Test”

[ Although Scalia will soon be judging the case in which Cheney is accused of wrong-doing in calling a secret meeting (with energy companies?) to write an energy bill, he denied going duck hunting together would compromise his objectivity. — doclalor ] Lionel Van Deerlin [ link ] January 28, 2004 Should Justice Antonin Scalia have shared a duck blind with Vice President Dick Cheney? …. The familiar dodge, “There is no wrongdoing, we have broken no law,” rings hollow in too many instances. The test, “Is it legal?” pales in confronting what should be the more pressing question, “Is it ethical?” […]

Cheney’s Track Record

Cheney's Track Record by The Progress ReportPublished by Center for American progress (January 28, 2004) Vice President Dick Cheney, the former CEO of Halliburton, yesterday chastised those “who intimidate opposition, tolerate and profit from corruption and maintain ties to terrorist groups.” But VP Cheney appears to have amassed a business record that embodies all he is criticizing. According to two new reports, while Cheney was CEO of Halliburton, the company deliberately skirted U.S. law to do business with state sponsors of terrorism, while spending millions to bribe a dictatorial regime in Nigeria. While Cheney's office continues to refuse comment on […]