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Archives from March 2005
Cartoon Capers
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Instanbul. When I first came to live in Istanbul nearly twenty years ago there were only two television channels and a couple of radio stations, all state-run. Films were censored, and the Turkish music scene was conventional to say the least, with few pop ...
Struggling for Nepal’s Future
KANAK MANI DIXIT
Kathmandu. King Gyanendra has ta...
The End of a Viable Palestinian State
JEFF HALPER
Jerusalem. The fatal flaw in mos...
First Amendment Protection for On-the-Job Racism?
MITCHELL ZIMMERMAN
You’ve just started your new job and you’re eager to fit into the workplace and make a good impression on everyone. You make a friendly comment to the person who works next to you, but she responds: "Don’t bother, yid, I don’t make fri...
Iraq’s Right to Resist
SHARON SMITH
Many antiwar leaders blamed John Kerry’s defeat on the antiwar movement’s failure to connect with America’s conservative "heartland"–and have since followed Democratic Party liberals as they tack rightward to orient to this target...
Pay the Damn Players!
DAVE ZIRIN
It was like mainlining adrenaline cut with Mello Yello. If you came of age in the 1980’s and liked sports, the NCAA basketball tournament pushed a combination of suspense and drama that was impossible to resist. Every year our young jaws dropped a little low...
The Anti-War Front and the British Elections
TARIQ ALI
London. The crucial events that ...
Rounding Out Iraq’s History
RON JACOBS
I just read a news report from Ramadi, Iraq that detailed an armed takeover of a hospital there by US forces. It seems that there was an explosion in the town and the soldiers invaded the hospital, interrupting medical care, including a caesarian section, and hold...
Guatemala and CAFTA
XUAN-TRANG HO
On March 9, 2005, police forces in Guatemala City fired tear gas and beat demonstrators who were protesting the ratification of the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). President Oscar Berger deployed 500 soldiers wielding truncheons to the city̵...
The Wild Palms of Etowah
JOE BAGEANT
One mark of our soulless New American Century is the lack of respect for saintly madmen. By that I mean holy seers of the Blakean-Coleridge stripe that could be found on America’s streets as recently as the hippy era. The kind of crazy adept and enlightened ...
Days of Whine and Posers
MIKE ROSELLE
"In my 35 years as a conservationist, I have never beheld such a bleak and depressing situation as I see today. The evidence for my despair falls into three categories: the state of Nature, the power of anticonservationists, and appeasement and w...
Much Ado About F-16s
AHMAD FARUQUI
The Bush administration’s decision to sell 25 F-16s to Pakistan was balanced by its decision to offer India 125 upgraded F-16s or F-18s and broader cooperation in systems for military command and control, early-warning detection, and missile defence. Washing...
America’s Gunboat Diplomacy
JUDE WANNISKI
In the last three decades, there always has been little doubt in my mind that democratic institutions would soon replace or subsume the world’s last remaining monarchies, including those in the Middle East. Monarchs could rule effectively when the wor...
Move Along, Nothing to Look at Here
RALPH NADER And KEVIN ZEESE
A commission appointed by President Bush to analyze intelligence failures will be releasing its report tomorrow, Thursday, March 31. According to The New York Times the report "includes a searing critique of how the C.I.A. and other agencies never properly as...
Downwinders Be Damned
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Just as the Bush administration contemplates ordering up a new generation of nuclear weapons, which may in turn spark a new round of nuclear testing in the high deserts of Nevada, the Center for Disease Control, a federal outpost in Atlanta charged with supervisin...
Why You Should Boo Illinois
FRANCIS BOYLE
The self-styled "Fighting Illini" of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are on their way to the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis with their racist and genocidal sports teams mascot, Chief Illiniwak, still in tow. In his "Year 501: The Conque...
George Bush’s Montana Visit
JACKIE CORR
On February 3, 2005, President George Bush, with Karl Rove watching, found himself speaking in Great Falls, Montana. It was billed as a "town meeting" and Bush was complimentary and gracious: ("Beautiful town full of great people. I was touched by t...
George Bush in Latin America
TONI SOLO
The March 15th conviction of WorldCom’s Bernie Ebbers on charges relating to fraud of US$11 billion is another example of a long tradition of capitalist scapegoating. Ebbers and Ken Lay of Enron and the other protagonists of the last wave of corporate fraud ...
Condi’s Pitch for a "Different Kind" of Middle East
GARY LEUPP
"We are going to build a different kind of Middle East, a different kind of broader Middle East that is going to be stable and democratic and where our children will one day not have to be worried about the kind of ideologies of hatred that led t...
Wolfie’s Career Move from Failed Warrior to Humanitarian Banker
CHASE MADAR
"The utmost grace the Greeks could show When to the Trojans they grew kind Was with their arms to let em go, And leave their lingering wives behind. They beat the men and burnt the town, Then all the baggage was their own. "Grecian Ki...
The Geneva Trap
SONIA CARDENAS
Ongoing scandals of prisoner abuse by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq are fuelled by the Bush administration’s criticism of the Geneva Conventions. The administration has perpetuated the myth, which domestic public opinion and the popular media have acce...
Is the End of the Iraq War/Occupation Near?
RALPH NADER
The anti-war movement may finally find some concurrence inside part of the Bush administration. On March 28, columnist Robert Novak, who has a long history of credible reporting and strong contacts in the Bush administration, reported in The Chicago Sun-Ti...
Take Back the Life Force!
STEW ALBERT
Back in the 60’s we were all about life, we were pro-life. We tried to hold a festival of life in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention, we talked endlessly aout the life force and our drugs were life drugs as opposed to the death downer drugs consum...
Terri Schiavo’s Death and the Birth of an "Elected" Iraqi Government
GARY LEUPP
The real story is being eclipsed by the big story, which really ought to be a non-story, or at least one less in my face day after day. A husband wants to remove his wife, who is in a vegetative state and no longer a person in the conventional sense of the word, f...
China’s Report No Cariacture
DAVE LINDORFF
The New York Times was almost apoplectic Sunday over a human rights "report card" issued by China’s Foreign Affairs Department on the United States. That report, a response to the annual report on China’s human rights situation issued ...
Owning Up to the "Ownership Society"
MARK WEISBROT
President Bush has dubbed his agenda an "ownership society," the idea being that every American — not just the rich — should enjoy the benefits of owning something that generates income. All too often he is taken at his word, without looking ...
The Subversive Commandments
CARL G. ESTABROOK
Ignoring government assaults on the Bill of Rights (for which, admittedly, the remedy under the present US Constitution is impeachment, the responsibility of Congress) the US Supreme Court has instead fastened its attention on a political fetish-object: the Ten Co...
Reflections on Bolivia
NEWTON GARVER
Bolivia is blessed not only with gorgeous scenery that ranges from Amazonian rainforest to the High Andes but also by being generally ignored by the press of the northern hemisphere. Searching for "Bolivia" in the New York Times online, I often go months...
A Bail Out Draft for a Cakewalk War?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One of the favorite fantasies of right-wing talk radio and Fox "News" is that only Bush-hating liberals oppose the Iraq war and additional US military incursions into the Middle East or wherever. Yet, it is the March issue of the Washington Monthl...
Environmental Justice and Indigenous Peoples
TOM STEPHENS
Earlier this month, on March 5, I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel at the Law Union of Ontario’s annual conference in Toronto. Another speaker was Kate Kempton of the Toronto law firm Olthuis Kleer Townshend. Kate’s discussion of what she has l...
Forgetting Afghanistan…Again
SONALI KOLHATCAR
In the past two years the US media have drastically reduced their coverage of Afghanistan. According to the American Journalism Review only three news organizations–Newsweek, Associated Press and the Washington Post–have full-time reporters stationed i...
Misleading Shiavo Polls Blind Progressives for New Stealth Campaign
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
From the Famous Last Words Department: "I think it’s also possible that Frist and DeLay have seriously misread their Red State base. For one thing, the pollsters and political scientists I know say the Schiavo case is unusual…&...
The UN Betrayal of Haiti
SASHA KRAMER
On February 28 Brazilian UN troops, part of the MINUSTAH mission in Haiti, stood by as police opened fire on unarmed demonstrators, killing five and wounding dozens. Following the demonstration UN officials condemned the shooting and for the first time stated that...
Progressives are Reaping the Harvest They Planted in 2004
KEVIN ZEESE
Recently, progressives who supported the Democratic Party in 2004 are expressing dissatisfaction with how Democratic elected officials are voting on the funding of the Iraq war, minimizing bankruptcy protections for working families, weakening the right to file cl...
"There was No Checkpoint; No Self-Defense"
JEREMY SCAHILL
Giuliana Sgrena would probably be the first to say that to focus on her case would be to miss the point on the extent of the daily, horrific violence Iraqis face at the hands of US soldiers. Sgrena is the Italian war correspondent that was shot by US forces as she...
The Reversal of Democracy in Nepal
DHARMA ADHIKARI
The developments on February 1 in Nepal, in which King Gyanendra re-enacted his father’s 1960 coup d’etat and in some respects even outdid the late King Mahendra, should shock any freedom-lover, especially at this time when America is pursuing a vigoro...
War Opposition a Political Move
JOSHUA FRANK
On April 9, 2003, Howard Dean all but endorsed George W. Bush’s pre-emptive (preventive) doctrine. Though Dean didn’t join in the hawks’ celebration of Bush’s "liberation of Iraq" that day, he stressed the necessity of pressuring ...
Beware of Beware of God
JUSTIN TAYLOR
Beware of God: stories Shalom Auslander pp. 194, $19.95 Simon & ...
How Three Unrelated Books Relate
MICKEY Z.
I recently read "102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Tow...
Divine Missions Provoke Hatred
GARY LEUPP
I was doing some Patrick’s Day reading on Oliver Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland, and was struck by the way the Puritan leader justified his brutality in religious terms. It set me thinking. Cromwell is one of those historical figures whose colossal acc...
Springtime for Sex and God
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Spring is in the air. Time to catch Spring Fever and fall in love–or lust–and time to worship your concept of God or Goddess. For Christians, it’s Easter. For Jews, it’s Passover. For many Moslems, it’s New Year’s. For Buddhists...
Terri Schiavo: America’s Most Desperate Housewife?
JENNIFER MATSUI
The feeding tube frenzy swirling around ‘America’s Most Wanted Desperate Housewife’, Terri Shiavo, just proves how rightwing ‘compassion’ is reserved excusively for those who can’t defend themselves against unctious vultures smo...
North American Summit as Traveling Stage Show
LAURA CARLSEN
If you get your news from the U.S. media, the trilateral meeting between the North American heads of state was mostly a feel-good session to smooth over ruffled feathers in relationships over the past years. Given the lack of content in the official declarations, ...
Off With Your Appurtenances!
BEN TRIPP
In light of impending disaster, we must throw aside the trappings of bourgeois complacency. I am fond of these trappings, and in certain cases even aspire to upgrade, but if it comes down to me or my stuff, I’ll take me. Albeit with great regret. Human histo...
The Water War in Bolivia
RICHARD JOSEPH
There are certain human needs that are so basic, that in a civilized society, to be deprived of such is nothing less than criminal. One of these needs is water. In a democracy, if citizens are deprived of water, then that democracy must be taken back. Control must...
Uruguyans Learn from Bolivia, Not India
SAUL LANDAU And PUJA PATEL
Privatization has become a no-no word for George Bush since his handlers viewed polls indicating that the US majority fear that the word relates to them losing their future social security. But third world people have come to understand privatization as a euphemis...
To Render, to Impeach, to Habeas Corpus
PETER LINEBAUGH
In 1667 Edward Hyde, the earl of Clarendon, and King Charles II’s principle advisor, received seventeen Articles of Impeachment from Parliament. Many of these articles would be tempting to employ in drafting impeachment articles against Bush-Cheney. T...
Have Box Cutter, Will Travel
PATRICK BARR
There’s one reason, and one reason only, why I am writiing from Lima, Perú today and not from Guantanamo or some hell-hole jail in Brooklyn, being stripped and tortured. Airport security in both Newark and Lima failed to spot a box cutter in on...
Nature’s Crisis
DAVE FOREMAN
In my 35 years as a conservationist, I have never beheld such a bleak and depressing situation as I see today. The evidence for my despair falls into three categories: the state of Nature, the power of anticonservationists, and appeasement and weakness within the ...
Will San Francisco Pander to Prohibitionists?
FRED GARDNER
The city where the medical marijuana movement was launched 16 years ago in response to the AIDS epidemic now has more than 40 dispensaries serving a population whose illnesses are not necessarily grave. The situation is being portrayed by local Drug Warriors as pr...