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Archives from March 2005
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...