July 2, 2004 | DemocracyNow! On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered one of his most powerful speeches against slavery in Rochester, NY…. While many in America hang flags, attend parades and watch fireworks, Independence Day is not a cause of celebration for all. For Native Americans, it is a bitter reminder of colonialism, which brought disease, violence, genocide and the destruction of their culture and way of life. [As] for African Americans, Independence Day did not extend to them. While white colonists were declaring their freedom from the Crown, that liberation was not shared with millions of Africans captured, […]
[ The story alleging chemical weapons found in Iraq was a false alarm. Let’s hope Fox News gives this correction a treatment as prominent as it gave the alarm itself. –BL ] Jul 02, 2004 | AFP BAGHDAD – Multinational forces in Iraq said on Friday that more than a dozen missile warheads said to contain mustard gas or sarin have tested negative for chemical agents. Washington had announced the find by Polish troops on Thursday, which was later confirmed by Warsaw.
[ Installments of the story of Florida’s racist, sly purging of the voter rolls are posted here periodically. –BL ] July 2, 2004 | NPR Thousands of eligible Florida voters are named on a list of suspected felons the state plans to remove from voter registration rolls ahead of November’s presidential election. A Florida judge ordered the state to release the list after news organizations sued for access to check its accuracy. Hear NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Miami Herald reporter Erika Bolstad. [ listen to piece ]
[ This is a late follow-up of a story posted here around April, 2003. –BL ] July 3, 2004 | Los Angeles Times by David Zucchino The Army’s internal study of the war in Iraq criticizes some efforts by its own psychological operations units, but one spur-of-the-moment effort last year produced the most memorable image of the invasion. As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV […]