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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...