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Archives from March 2005
F-16s to Pakistan
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
A sucker is born every minute. It may not always be obvious who the sucker is. Pakistan is negotiating with the United States to buy some airplanes. Apparently there is no one left in Pakistan who remembers the 1990s. The United States may be considering selling a...
It’s Newton’s Law of Threat and Response
DAVE LINDORFF
According to a report by the Associated Press, U.S. officials are "concerned" that Iran is reportedly buying and stockpiling high-tech small arms weapons as well as heavier equipment such as tanks, cruise missiles, etc. Well duh! Way down i...
When Governor Samuel Venus Stewart Declared Martial Law in Montana
JACKIE CORR
A familiar expression in the homes and on the streets of Butte is this: "Duncan was the best Mayor we ever had." Lewis Duncan was elected to office by the vote of the working people. Duncan was then re-elected to office by the vote of the wo...
Israel’s Record is "Not Reassuring"
RAMZY BAROUD
The main fallacy of the so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the last 12 years has been the complete omission or the indefinite postponement of fundamental Palestinian demands " demands sustained and cemented by international law and most recently by ...
A European Student’s Experience at Columbia
MARC ROBERT
Before studying at Columbia University I hadn’t thought much about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Coming from Europe I had no specific links to the area. Then, after finishing my undergraduate degree in Europe and enrolling at Columbia as a graduate stude...
Can the Democrats be Moved to the Left?
LANCE SELFA
In a recent fundraising appeal on behalf of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Global Exchange and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin urged support for the PDA’s effort to "take over and transform the Democratic Party." But this is onl...
Libby, Montana and the Labor Movement
PAT WILLIAMS
W.R. Grace and Company, the Montana State Board of Health, and elected officials have all received criticism for the asbestos tragedy in Libby, Montana. Now we read about the making of yet another potential culprit, the environmentalists! In a March cover s...
Utah’s Prosecutors: Tough on Porn; Soft on Polygamy
JOHN R. LLEWELLYN
In spite of the abuse and corruption attributed to Mormon fundamentalism, the substance of which is published almost daily in Utah’s newspapers, there is in Utah a well organized, impressive movement to decriminalize polygamy. This movement is encouraged by ...
Remembering Archbishop Romero
MARK ENGLER
Twenty-five years ago, on March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot down while celebrating Mass in San Salvador. In the years before his murder, Romero had emerged as an outspoken defender of the Salvadoran poor, making him one of the best-known embodiments...
No Troops; No Wars
YOSHIE FURUHASHI
Since the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, 1,524 US soldiers have died (as of March 22, 2005), and 11,220 US soldiers have been wounded in action (as of February 26, 2005).1 Iraqi casualties are even larger. A study published in The Lancet last November estimate...
Corporate Cyborg
RALPH NADER
Corporate cyborg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, must be thinking these days that it was not like this in his movies. On the screen, Arnold was the pursuer, the hunter, and the attacker. On the hustings now, it is the nurses, along with the teachers, and the firefighters,...
Horror and Hope at Red Lake Nation
SCOTT RICHARD LYONS
There’s an old Ojibwe saying: Gego baapiineminaken gidaabinoojiiyug. Never laugh at your children. That motto invokes a sacred Anishinaabe value: manaaji’idiwin, or deep respect. We are to respect others, no matter how young or weak or strange, in part...
From Terry Schiavo to Iraq
RAHUL MAHAJAN
The mass mobilization and media circus surrounding the case of the unfortunate Terri Schiavo offer a rare view of current American culture and, in particular, of the "culture of life" that George W. Bush and the evangelical right wing are so fond of talk...
Holy Week in France
JO GULDI
Parisian denim purveyor Marithe et François Girbaud staged Da Vinci’s Last Supper in drag last week to mass outrage in Europe. The corporatization of Jesus and the girl Christ was more than the faithful could take. Girbaud’s apostles in couture ...
Debate or Vendetta?
SUZAN MAZUR
I sometimes think peak oil has already hit Manhattan as subways become increasingly unpredictable (although surveillance cameras are state-of-the-art) and escalator shut-downs present stair master survival challenges, a kind of perverse underground amusement. Unfo...
The Selling (Out) of the Antiwar Movement
JOSHUA FRANK
It was just over two years ago that I learned a little-known "antiwar" Democrat from Vermont was planning to run for President. At a rally on the eve of Bush’s Iraq invasion, a fellow protestor handed me a leaflet touting the now infamous Howard De...
Wolfowitz Dating Muslim Woman
BARBARA FERGUSON
Here’s a bit of news that had Washingtonians choking on their coffee this morning: President Bush’s neoconservative hawk Paul Wolfowitz, the Pentagon’s architect of the US invasion of Iraq, is dating a Muslim! While battle lines have harde...
Security by Any Other Name Would Smell Sweeter
TALLI NAUMAN
Mexican President Vicente Fox speaks some English, as becomes a leader of a nation bordering the world’s largest English-speaking nation. For his part, U.S. President George W. Bush speaks some Spanish. The former Texas governor even started an oil company n...
When Fools Rush In
ELAINE CASSEL
The case of Theresa Marie Schiavo has again made headlines this week. As readers are probably well aware, Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) as the result of a 1990 heart attack. PVS, also known as "cortical death," is the irreversible los...
Suffering Red Lake Nation Endures the Worst of Days
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD
In the long history of the Red Lake Nation, Monday will go down among the worst of all days. It is when the lives of 10 people ended before they could step into tomorrow. Nine were gunned down; seven are recovering from shots fired by one of their own–...
A New Social Security Snow Job
DAVE LINDORFF
With Bush’s Social Security wrecking scheme on the ropes in the face of widespread public distrust of his intentions and his "facts," the inevitable scare stories are now coming out of the politically manipulated Social Security Administration itse...
Why I Refused Coca-Cola’s Money
MARTIN ESPADA
My poetry reading at Kansas University tonight (March 10) is co-sponsored by Coca-Cola, through the KU Endowment Association. After giving the matter serious thought, I have decided that I cannot accept funds from Coca-Cola due to the company’s labor record ...
Jeb’s Mob: Snatch, Grab, Insert Tube
JACK McCARTHY
Tallahassee, Florida The ongoing...
Terri Schiavo and the Red Lake Massacre
JACK RANDOM
Sometimes there is no blame; there is only sorrow. Sometimes there are no solutions; there is only introspection and wonder. Against the backdrop of the United States Congress engaging in a special midnight debate on the merits of creating another round of...
Torture: Old Hat or Open Wound?
ANDREW WIMMER And MARK CHMIEL
"If our guys want to poke somebody in the chest to get the name of a bomb maker so they can save the lives of Americans, I’m for it I don’t need an investigation to tell me that there was no comprehensive or systematic use of inhumane...
Re-Build the Popular Resistance to US Imperialism!
ASHLEY SMITH
Remarks at 3/20 Burlington...
On Wolfowitz’s World Bank
PATRICK BOND
The 1200 anti-war/profit demonstrators who wound their way through central Johannesburg last Saturday heard fiery speeches, music and poetry. At the start and finish, protesters were inspired by 80-year old Dennis Brutus, the great anti-apartheid poet who has work...
My Reservation Will Never Be the Same
DALTON WALKER
Mesa, Arizona. My heart stopped 2,000 miles away. The unthinkable had happened, and it had happened in a place I call home. Innocent people were killed. Loved ones gone. Sons and daughters were lost forever. Mothers and fathers never will be seen aga...
The Bush Bros. Racist Crackdown in Florida
PAUL A. MOORE
A fire is burning hotter every day in the state of Florida. This fire is much like that set by the former slave owners and their terrorist arm, the Ku Klux Klan, against the post-Civil War Reconstruction. Yesterday and today the racist arsonists seek to destroy an...
US Frees Iraqi Kidnappers to Become Spies
PATRICK COCKBURN
US intelligence and military police officers in Iraq are routinely freeing dangerous criminals in return for a promise to spy on insurgents. In one case where we have seen documents, police rescued a doctor after a gun battle with his kidnappers and arreste...
The More Bush Talks, The Less Popular Privatization Becomes
DAVID SWANSON
Has anyone noticed that the more the Bush Administration and its corporate allies promote their plan to partially privatize Social Security, the more the public opposes it? Is it any wonder the President kept his proposals vague until after the election? A ...
How the Les AuCoin Express Was Really Derailed
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The post-mortems have been flying the past week regarding the failed nomination of Les AuCoin to the Oregon Board of Forestry. Not a one, so far, has mentioned the role played by true Ancient Forest activists who rebelled at the thought of the Architect of Ancient...
Railroading Moussaoui
MIKE WHITNEY
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and...
The Empire Moves and Co-opts in Mysterious Ways
DERRICK O'KEEFE
Like so many, I’ve by now become used to my childhood heroes letting me down. I long ago accepted that hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, to whom I dedicated many an early adolescent hour of memorizing statistics –just ask me how many assists he had in 1985 ...
Why I Hung from a Bridge to Defend the Wild Forests of the Siskiyou Mountains
BECKY WHITE
My name is BECKY WHITE. I am a 27 year-old musician with a degree in conservation biology. On March 14th, I suspended myself on a small platform over the Green Bridge above the Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The truck rope that held my platfor...
The Che of Non-Violence
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
The June 9, 1964 issue of Student Voice (published in Atlanta, GA), the newspaper of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee), carried the following news report: "JACKSON, MISS. – A member of India’s parliament was ...
"Saving" Schiavo; Killing the News
DAVE LINDORFF
The weekend second anniversary of the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq was marked by demonstrations large and small around the globe, but here in the U.S. you could be forgiven for not knowing anything was happening. In the corporate media, the front pages and T...
Democracy–or the US Military–On the March
WILLIAM BLUM
Idon’t understand all this talk about how US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan have inspired a "democracy movement" in the Middle East. Well, actually, I do understand it. People are desperate to derive something positive from all the horror wreaked ...
An Immoral and Illegal War
Rep. CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Remarks at Chicago Anti-Wa...
Cuba and Venezuela Face US and Colombia
JAMES PETRAS
Cuba’s living example of 45 years of successful resistance to US military aggression and economic boycott is extremely damaging to Washington’s goal of world empire for several reasons. In the first place Cuba’s success refutes the notion put for...
How the Democratic Party Fosters Conservatism
M. JUNAID ALAM
The blurring of political distinctions between America’s two major political parties, achieved through Democratic acquiescence to Republican ideas on every major national question, has prompted some progressives to conclude that Democrats and Republicans are...
A Palm Sunday Chat with Sis Levin
GREG MOSES
In Birmingham, Alabama at 10:30 a.m., news of the protest in Bethlehem has barely begun to appear. But Sis Levin has read one email account, and she is feeling good about what happened. Early that morning the children of Bethlehem had attempted to...
Dick Cheney’s Oil Change at the World Bank
JIM VALLETTE
He wasn’t in the room when President George W. Bush announced it on Wednesday, but somewhere, Vice President Dick Cheney must have been smiling–well, smirking–when the commander-in-chief’s voice coupled the improbable name Paul Wolfowitz wi...
Feeding Frenzy Over a Feeding Tube
JOHN FARLEY
IThe political circus surrounding Terri Schiavo is absolutely unbelievable. The recent actions of the House, Senate, and White House reek of hypocrisy. The facts of the case are simple: husband Michael Schiavo is Terri’s legal guardian, the courts have held ...
End the Damn War
RON JACOBS
We’ve got to do more than mark their anniversaries and we’ve got to take the initiative. Leftists all around me complain that there is no left in the USA. If there isn’t I wonder, than who are you and who am I? Anarchists hit the streets with the...
A Threat Greater Than Terrorism
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Delusion has settled over America. Washington cannot tell fact from fantasy. Neither can sycophantic media nor nothink economists. The Bush administration is the first government in history to initiate a war based entirely on fantasy–fantasy about ...
Time is Running Out for Vernon Evans
MIKE STARK
Vernon Evans’ latest request for a stay of execution has been denied. This decision by a Baltimore County circuit judge was no surprise and will clear the way for a higher court and in this case slightly more enlightened one to render an opinion on Vernon...
Feeding Tubes for the Third World
DAVID SWANSON
In an attempt to call the attention of the United States Congress to the plight of poorer countries, a coalition of anti-poverty organizations has launched a new campaign called "Feeding Tubes for the Third World." The member organizations of the ...
Serving, Refusing, Impeaching
MIKE FERNER
Remarks commemorating the ...
Support for the War is Paper Thin
JOHN WALSH
The polls tell us that 56% of Americans want us out of Iraq within a year and 47% want us to begin leaving at once. There is no doubt that the war in Iraq is very unpopular with Americans, but the breadth and depth of that sentiment is not discussed often enough. ...