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HOW DID ABORTION RIGHTS COME TO THIS?  — Carol Hanisch charts how the right to an abortion began to erode shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision; Uber vs. the Cabbies: Ben Terrall reports on the threats posed by private car services; Remembering August 1914: Binoy Kampmark on the enduring legacy of World War I; Medical Marijuana: a Personal Odyssey: Doug Valentine goes in search of medicinal pot and a good vaporizer; Nostalgia for Socialism: Lee Ballinger surveys the longing in eastern Europe for the material guarantees of socialism. PLUS: Paul Krassner on his Six Dumbest Decisions; Kristin Kolb on the Cancer Ward; Jeffrey St. Clair on the Making of the First Un-War; Chris Floyd on the Children of Lies and Mike Whitney on why the war on ISIS is really a war on Syria.
Archives from 2003
Saddam and the Gloating Bush
CAROL NORRIS
The image of a bedraggled, prodded, defeated Saddam has been endlessly paraded on TV since his capture for all to see and cheer. It’s wonderful for many of the Iraqi people that such a ruthless tyrant might finally be held accountable for his years of brutal...
Lessons from the Israeli School on How to Win Friends in the Islamic World
GREG WEIHER
OK, now it’s official. The United States is taking lessons from Israel on appropriate ways to deal with the Arab and Islamic world. This is clear in Seymour Hersh’s story on Israeli-trained American death squads in the latest New Yorker, and Ch...
How to Kill Saddam
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The last time I saw pictures of a man in need of a haircut being displayed as a trophy of the American Empire it was Che Guevara, stretched out dead on a table in a morgue in Valle Grande in the eastern Bolivian mountains. In those edgier days, in late 1967, the B...
The Relevance of Art in Times of Crisis
BEN TRIPP
Being an artist and writer, I end up hanging around with some fairly bohemian types. Recently I was drinking wine late into the night with a couple of petite lesbian schoolteachers, a Parisian dominatrix, and the Japanese actress who owns the Hokkaido nightclub &#...
On Digging a Hole and Crawling In It
DAVID VEST
American troops found a guy who looked a lot like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn hiding in a spider hole in Iraq. The word "grotesque" means "out of a cave." "Good riddance," said an oddly prescient G. W. Bush, employing the sam...
The Desaparedicos of George W. Bush
BRUCE JACKSON
Immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, United States officials began large-scale detentions of foreign Arabic nationals and Muslims. Many, if not most, of the detentions were on the flimsiest of...
Dr. Lee and Captain Yee
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Shoot first and inquire afterwards and if you make mistakes, I will protect you. Hermann Goering, Instructions to Prussian police Rhyming last names is not all the two men have in common. Each man, though innocent of the ini...
Rhythm and Race
MICHAEL NEUMANN
I have before me one of those thumbnail accounts of the birth of rock–the most recent among many dozens, it doesn’t matter which. It says what they always say: that rock was born when white kids ripped off–and sanitized–the raw sexual energ...
The Prisoner Rights Movement and Latino Prisoners in New York State
RON JACOBS
A Review of Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics, by Juanita Diaz-Cotto, Albany; SUNY Press; 1996 Gender, Ethnicity and the State opens with a summary of the months of prisoner rebellions in Long Island prisons in 1970. These r...
A Sealed Laboratory of Repression
JULIANA FREDMAN
It seems like the end of the world. It all stops here, up against the wall. When Jenin camp was destroyed there was, for what it was worth, and international outcry. True, Israel blocked the official U.N inquiry, the mined layers of rubble remained for 5 mo...
Bush Gets Serious About Killing Iraqis
KURT NIMMO
When Robert Dreyfuss of the American Prospect asked an unspecified Bush neocon "strategist" how best to deal with the resistance in Iraq, the response he received was chilling, "It’s time for ‘no more Mr. Nice Guy.’ All those peopl...
An Interview with Ernest Crichlow
ADAM ENGEL
Ernest Crichlow was born June 19, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York. He has been associated with many other artist, during his long, distinguished career including Charles Alston, Romare Beardon, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Charles White. He has taught and ex...
Slow Train to the Plane
JOHN L. HESS
As the New York Times told it, the new train to the plane looks like a two billion-dollar fiasco. A door bumped the Mayor on a trial run; once in business, the train broke down, the few travelers got in late, and found they had to change trains anyway, shlepping l...
Bush Tries Farce as Cuba Policy
SAUL LANDAU
The United States appears to be destined by Providence to plague Latin America with misery in the name of liberty. Simon Bolivar "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce." Karl Marx, The 18th Brumaire o...
Empire and Resistance, an Interview with Tariq Ali
RAFAEL HERNANDEZ
1. What are the new features of current imperialism, as opposed to the one described by Hilferding, Kautsky, Lenin, Luxembourg? Is it a policentric phenomenon, a new "allotment of the world," a "government of monopolies," a "last and highe...
Senator Max Baucus, Thanks
JOSH FRANK
"I’m questioning my own equation is my own equation relevant somehow? The flags are waving, the news is breaking see the man who can’t pick out his own tie If I’d been taught from the beginning would my fears now be winning?...
Has the Grand Strategy of Radical Arabs Really Worked?
HAROLD GOULD
For two generations the world has witnessed a mounting confrontation between so-called Western modernism and what in recent years has been termed the "Arab street." The latter refers to the state of disgruntlement and social malaise that allegedly afflic...
the Neocons’ Dream Memo
GARY LEUPP
(1) The Capture of Saddam, in Perspective So the big news Sunday morning was that they got Saddam. This is not terribly surprising. They’ve been searching for eight months and they do, of course, occupy the country. I’m neither happy nor sa...
Afghanistan’s Highway to Nowhere
MIKE WHITNEY
Every major newspaper in the country reported this week in glowing terms on the completion of the road between Kabul to Kandahar. It is being lauded by the media as Afghanistan’s "Highway to the Future". It should be called the Highway to Re-electi...
Occupation Fails to Capture Iraqis’ Loyalty
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Julius Caesar knew how to announce the capture an enemy leader. In 52 BC, his Roman soldiers defeated the tribes of Gaul, and captured the Gallic leader Vercingetorix. The "barbarian" chief was paraded through Rome in chains, and executed after six years...
Shooting Samarra’s Schoolboys in the Back
ROBERT FISK
Schoolboy Issam Naim Hamid is the latest of America’s famous "insurgents". In Samarra–for which read Fantasyville–he was shot in the back as he tried to protect himself with his parents in his home in the Al-Jeheriya district of the anc...
Courts Rebuke Bush for Trampling the Constitution
ELAINE CASSEL
Thursday, December 18, brought some good news for those among us who thought the judicial branch of government was asleep. An independent judiciary is alive and well in two federal circuits–the Second Circuit (New York) and the Ninth Circuit (California). Bo...
Ebola is Good for You
KARYN STRICKLER
Within one week of contracting the devastating virus known as Ebola-Zaire, the relentless attack of the disease liquefies all the victim’s organs and tissue except bone and skeletal muscle. It’s also known as African hemorrhagic fever because at the en...
A Landmark Victory for Medical Pot
ANN HARRISON
Medical marijuana patients won a landmark legal victory December 16th when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government has no constitutional authority to prosecute two California women for possessing and growing marijuana for their pe...
Catfish Blues
JOHN L. HESS
I’m haunted by an interview Molly Ivins had with a young woman in Mississippi. She’d been skinning catfish, 12 a minute, all day long. And behind her stood a man with a stopwatch, checking to see if she was keeping up, and whether he might speed up the...