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Archives from March 2002
50 Years of James Bond
Alexander Cockburn
The most successful saga in postwar popular culture got off to a conscientious start after breakfast on a tropical morning in Jamaica early in 1952. Ian Fleming, forty-three years old and ten weeks away from his first and last marriage, knocked out about 2,000 wor...
A Corporate Lawyer Speaks Out
Russell Mokhiber And Robert Weissman
Look at the law in each of the fifty U.S. states. All have a provision similar to that of Maine’s section 716: "The directors and officers of a corporation shall exercise their powers and discharge their duties with a view to the interest of th...
50 Years of James Bond
Alexander Cockburn
Continued from 50 Years of James Bond The titular villains in the Bond books are always grotesques. Le Chiffre, in Casino Royale, set the tone, weighing in at 252 pounds at a height of 5’8", with his ‘small, rather ...
Talking to Tanks
Azmi Bishara Al-Ahram
The Israeli army continues to pursue the objectives delineated by the Israeli prime minister and his chief-of- staff. These include not only the restoration of Sharon’s damaged prestige but also breaking the back of the nationalist movement embodied in the youths of...
From Teapot Dome to Enron
T.W. Croft
The Enron debacle has major implications for the labor-capital movement. Not only did Enron’s collapse undermine the retirement security of all workers whose pension funds held Enron stock, the company’s melt-down revealed serious flaws in our nation&#...
Killing for the Flag
Jason McQuinn, Chuck Munson And Tom Wheeler
The U.S. is the only nation-state to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. The U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law. After deliberately targeting the civilian public health i...
How Black Academia Can Rise to the Next Level
Tommy Ates
On affirmative action and the hiring process, can black academia practice what they preach? Well, probably yes and no… The question of whether racial discrimination exists against whites at historic black colleges depends what definition ...
Corporate Power is the Enemy of Democracy
Robert Jensen
GEORGE W. BUSH says he likes to put things in simple terms. Let’s adopt his strategy and ask: Do Americans want to struggle to create a rich democracy, or are we going to roll over and accept a democracy for the rich? Never has the question been pla...
How Change is Wrought
John Chuckman
A number of thoughtful American readers have asked what might be done about the problems I’ve described as disturbing the planet. This is a daunting request, because the problems are part of the warp and woof of a gigantic, complex society. But ther...
Why are We in Ukraine?
Rep. Ron Paul
I strongly oppose H. Res. 339, a bill by the United States Congress which seeks to tell a sovereign nation how to hold its own elections. It seems the height of arrogance for us to sit here and lecture the people and government of Ukraine on what they should do an...
Censorship at Angelfire
Kay Lee
If you know anyone who builds on the free angelfire.com webspace, they may need to know what angelfire did to me, so it doesn’t happen to them. MY three year old, only-offensive-to-bad-employees, Making the Walls Transparent ACCOUNT AT ANGELFIRE.COM ...
Hail to the Chaff
David Vest
As winter gave way to spring, there was too much weather and too much to write about. Anyone with good sense would have burned the pencils. Everytime I tried to leave the house and avoid the issue I was lashed back indoors by driving hail and falling branches fro...
Censorship at Angelfire
Kay Lee
If you know anyone who builds on the free angelfire.com webspace, they may need to know what angelfire did to me, so it doesn’t happen to them. MY three year old, only-offensive-to-bad-employees, Making the Walls Transparent ACCOUNT AT ANGELFIRE.COM ...
Bullies
Philip Farruggio
When I was a skinny little kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, we had two bullies in our neighborhood, terrorizing all the skinny and chubby kids on our block. One day, as luck would have it, the two bullies got "into it" with each other (a rarity, cause bul...
Notes from Hawai’i
Shepherd Bliss Big Island, Hawai'i
The Hawai’ian Islands are besieged. Multinational corporations and tourists contribute to over-development and bring invasive plants and animals that upset the balance of nature. But a resurgence of indigenous culture, including sustainable agriculture, has been occ...
Prozac and Suicide, an Interview with Dr. David Healy
Rick Giombetti
Dr. David Healy of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales in the UK is hardly a household name in the United States and that is a shame. One of the world’s leading research psychopharmacologists, Healy’s expert testi...
Seeking Pain and Reducing Pleasure
Robert Jensen
In most situations, people tend to seek pleasure and avoid pain, which generally makes sense. I want to suggest that at this moment in history, U.S. citizens need to invert that. If we want to become human beings in the fullest sense of the term, if we want...
Attacking Iraq Brings Nuke Holocaust Closer
Early 2001, The Bombing Of Iraq Had Lasted Longer Than The US Invasion Of Vietnam.
And still they talk of going on because he has "weapons of mass destruction". Even if he does, they’re useless if he can’t deliver them. Economic sanctions have driven the population into misery. Before 1990 the country had a...
Bomber Blair
Ben White
It is a fact that when a politician says something you must carefully analyze why it was said. The grander the statement the closer the scrutiny must be. This is because messianic visions and courageous vows are not usually followed by accompanying actions. Unfort...
The New Tartuffe
Amir Ahmadi
In February sixty American academics and professionals published a statement in Europe called ‘What We’re Fighting For.’ It is a defense of the US military action in Afghanistan and more generally of what has taken the media name of ‘war on...
Attacking Iraq Brings Nuke Holocaust Closer
Early 2001, The Bombing Of Iraq Had Lasted Longer Than The US Invasion Of Vietnam.
And still they talk of going on because he has "weapons of mass destruction". Even if he does, they’re useless if he can’t deliver them. Economic sanctions have driven the population into misery. Before 1990 the country had a...
Roger Daltrey’s LA Surprise
Phyllis Pollack
On Monday night, March 18, the Who’s Roger Daltrey gave a surprise performance in Los Angeles at The Joint, appearing with the club’s Monday night "house band," comprised of longtime Rolling Stones back-up vocalist Bernard Fowler, Stevie Nick...
Live from Ramallah
Lori Allen
It’s noon on a Monday in the second week of March and I’m going mad. Mad from frustration, anger, anxiety, worry, fear–every possible negative response in my emotional cauldron… Despite a promise to mysel...
Child-Murderers and Madness
Fran Shor
Over the last few weeks stories about parents murdering their children have received prominent attention in the media. In the United States and Canada these family tragedies have contended for front-page and lead items in competition with on-going global crises. I...
Georgia Is Only the Beginning
Armen Khanbabyan
The unprecedented pace of the expansion of the US and NATO in the post- Soviet space is so worrying to the Russian political elite that it is obstructing their ability to objectively evaluate the real meaning of what is happening. Naturally, in Russia people are i...