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ANATOMY OF TORTURE — Historian Christopher Dietrich on the 100-year-long history of American torture; Jeffrey St. Clair on the implications of giving impunity to the┬áCIA’s torturers; Chris Floyd on how the US has exported torture to its client states around the world. David Macaray on the Paradoxes of Police Unions; Louis Proyect on Slave Rebellions in the Open Seas; Paul Krassner on the Perils of Political Cartooning; Martha Rosenberg on the dangers of Livestock Shot-up with Antibiotics; and Lee Ballinger on Elvis, Race and the Poor South. Plus: Mike Whitney on Greece and the Eurozone and JoAnn Wypijewski on Media Lies that Killed.
Archives from March 2005
Uprising on the Anniversary of a Death
ALISON WEIR
There is a quiet battle going on for the memory of a young woman who could have been my daughter, or perhaps yours. On one side are those who would like to erase her from history her actions, her beliefs, her murder. If they are unsuccessful at that, they w...
Military Recruiters Target Campus Activists
HADAS THIER And KATRINA YEAW
On Wednesday, March 9, three students from the City College of New York (CCNY), Justino Rodriguez Nicholas Bergreen and one of the authors of this piece (Hadas Thier) were brutalized and arrested by campus security guards for peacefully protesting the presence of ...
Restarting the Anti-War Movement
RALPH NADER
Political movements require momentum, they need to consistently build and aggregate. When they take a lengthy break from organizing and stop the momentum it is difficult to re-start. During the Vietnam War there was a consistent expansion of anti-war effort...
John Bolton’s Baggage
TOM BARRY
Unlike most neoconservatives, UN Ambassador-designate John Bolton didn’t start out his political career on the center-left–either as a liberal, social democrat, or socialist. When Irving Kirstol, regarded by many as the "godfather of neoconservati...
Suicide on the Reservation
DORREEN YELLOW BIRD
This is the first of a series of three columns about suicide among young people on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Any publicity about suicide can be risky because copycat incidents could result. Yet, as a mother of one of the vict...
Nursing Against the Odds
DAVID SWANSON
"Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, a...
Fascists in the Machine
DAVE LINDORFF
There is a delicious irony in the rapid fall from grace and power of Harry Stonecipher, CEO at scandal-plagued Boeing Corp., who was fired by the board of directors after his affair with a junior executive was exposed. What brought the company’s chie...
Look Deeper, Mr. Moyers
STAN COX
It’s enough to make your hair stand on end and your eyes bug out. Not only is the Earth in peril, but some people who hold sway over the fate of the planet believe that soon the whole place is going to go up in a blaze of brimstone anyway — and they ca...
To End the War, Listen to Soldiers
SIMONA SHARONI
As the second anniversary of the war on Iraq approaches and the death toll of U.S troops tops 1500, many soldiers return to our communities. To end the war, we must listen to their war stories rather then rely solely on peace marches. This challenge requires that ...
Did the BBC Broadcast Fake News Reports?
DAVID MILLER
A Spinwatch investigation has revealed that journalists working for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) ...
Why Women Should Take Over the Environmental Movement
MIKE ROSELLE
Today I checked in on the Global International Lowbagger World Headquarters, which is actually Josh’s small studio apartment above Charlie’s Bar on Higgins Street, in beautiful downtown Missoula. It’s an unusually warm day for this time of year. ...
The Paramilitaries Burned Wayuu Children Alive and Killed Others With Chainsaws
JAMES J. BRITTAIN
Colombia’s civil war is a conflict between two ­ and only two ­ principle groups; the people struggling for change and the Colombian state. No greater example of this can be realized than the recent massacre of several inhabitants of the Comunidad de...
ZAP Comics Redux
RON JACOBS
I’ve always been something of a comic book fan. Captain Marvel, Batman, Green Lantern, even Richie Rich and Archie. When I was 10 years old and was evacuated from the small military base I lived on in Peshawar, West Pakistan because of a war between India an...
Pinochet’s Bank Finally Pays Up
SAUL LANDAU And SARAH ANDERSON
On February 25, Riggs Bank agreed to pay $9 million into a fund for victims of Augusto Pinochet to settle a case over the bank’s role in hiding the former dictator’s ill-gotten gains. This latest development in the decades-long fight to hold Pinochet a...
The Eternal Reciprocity of Tears
RICHARD OXMAN
"If you are on a battlefield and the enemy is charging from all sides with overwhelming numbers…so that remaining in your trench, bayonet extended, is like fighting a five-hundred-foot wave with a teaspoon…you retreat below…...
Whose Elections? Our Elections?
GREG MOSES
While the power of new voting technology was attracting a nationwide convergence of suspicion in the vote count reported for Ohio’s Cuyahoga County, the very same software system was being put to troubling new uses in Harris County, Texas where hardly a word...
The CIA’s Campus Spies
DAVE H. PRICE
The secrecy surrounding the current use of university classrooms as covert training grounds for the CIA and other agencies now threatens the fundamental principles of academic openness as well as the integrity of a wide array of academic disciplines. A new test pr...
Montana on the Cusp (Part One)
JOSHUA FRANK
Billlings, Montana It is sickening. Montana is not what it used to be. Small family-owned farms have been taken over by corporate behemoths. Public forests have been squandered and sold to the highest bidder. Racism is ever increasing. Poverty is rampant. N...
The Toothpaste Election
NOAM CHOMSKY
Presidential candidate John Kerry’s platform and program were way to the right of popular opinion on just about every issue in the 2004 U.S. elections. To the extent that anybody could even understand the program, people didn’t favor it. People who vot...
Pesticides Made Her Sick; Herb Got Her Well
FRED GARDNER
After six weeks in the hospital, Jane Weirick returned to her home in Hayward in mid-February. She is recovering from a rare, extremely debilitating illness that may have resulted from chemical exposure, according to her Kaiser doctors. Jane is convinced the chemi...
Bush’s Horse Killers
WALTER BRASCH
Almost every day, a dozen or so wild burros come down from the foothills of the Black Mountains of northwestern Arizona onto the main street of Oatman, a revitalized high desert mining town about 15 miles from where California, Nevada, and Arizona meet. No ...
Keeping Time with Wingnuts
BEN TRIPP
I own a Soviet wristwatch and a vintage Chinese propaganda poster featuring Marx, Lenin, and Mao in heroic profile. That’s as close to communism as I get, unless you include the first two reels of D.I. Pudovkin’s ‘End of St. Petersburg’, vi...
Reining in Syria on Behalf of Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
President Bush’s stern warning urging Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon once again highlights the moral duplicity practiced by the US administration in its dealings with the Middle East affairs. It must be made clear that Syria has no business...
It Ain’t Easy Being White
JOE BAGEANT
As nightfall does not...
The Game of Role-Playing and the Ambush of Giuliana Sgrena
VALENTINA NICOLI
Rome, Italy. Sunday I went to th...
Going All the Way for Usurers
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
But I, being poor, have only my dreams. W.B. Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven It is easy for the poor to become so excited over the proposals in the new bankruptcy law that they lose sight of the exciting changes that...
Labeling Kids Mentally Ill for Profit
EVELYN PRINGLE
Citing recommendations by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (NFC), Bush wants to launch a nationwide mental illness screening program in government institutions, including the public school system, for all students from kindergarten up to the 12th grade....
Lifting the Veil on the Sgrena / Calipari Incident
MICHAEL LEONARDI
Rome, Italy. Over the past sever...
On Revolutionary Optimism
STAN GOFF
I saw an old reel of a speech by Fidel Castro not long ago, where he said that "a revolutionary is never a pessimist; a revolutionary is always an optimist." This from a person whose political demise has been predicted by an enraged US lumpen-bourgeoisie...
Women’s Rights Eroding in Latin America
LAURA CARLSEN
Throughout the continent, there is an offensive against the rights of women. The litany of losses or less-than-hoped-for gains announced this International Women’s Day only proved what women across Latin America already knew. Most law does not recogn...
The Question of American Guilt
MANUEL GARCÍA, Jr.
"The delusional is no longer marginal, but has come in from the fringe to influence the seats of power. We are witnessing today a coupling of ideology and theology that threatens our ability to meet the growing ecological crisis. Theology asserts propositions...
Making Levensraum in the Middle East
RON JACOBS
If one examines the history of Israel, especially under Sharon, it is safe to state that their policy regarding the Palestinians is one where Israel draws so-called provisional security lines and the IDF is then deployed along them. These new lines always include ...
Bolivia on the Brink
KATHRYN LEDEBUR
On May 6, President Carlos Mesa caught Bolivia off-guard. He announced that as a result of continual protests and growing blockades, he was no longer willing to, "govern based on the crazy things different sectors demand," and planned to submit his resig...
Modi’s Operandi
MUQTEDAR KHAN
The Asian American Hotel Owner Association (AAHOA), despite strong protests from several civil rights organizations and the Coalition Against Genocide is determined to honor Narendra Modi at their annual convention in Ft. Lauderd...
Saddam’s Capture
MIKE WHITNEY
The account of American troops capturing Saddam and pulling him from his subterranean hovel has turned out to be just another Bush lie. Sergeant Nadim Abou Rabeh, who participated in the operation that netted Saddam, was quoted in the Saudi newspaper "...
Targeting Guiliana
JERRY FRESIA
Former US Air Force Intelligence officer The top U.S. general in Iraq, Army gen. George Casey, has stated that the US had no indication that Italian officials gave advance notice of the route of the vehicle in which Giuliana Sgrena and slain officer Nicola Cal...
America’s Magical Kingdom
DAVE LINDORFF
Just back from a long weekend at the Disney World reality show, where my wife and I spent the weekend trailing our 11-year-old son around Walt’s sterile and contrived alternate universe, I find the U.S. media hard at work trying to produce the same kind of w...
Neo-McCarthyism Slugs Major League Baseball
DAVE ZIRIN
For baseball diehards, the name Joe McCarthy has always meant the New York Yankee manager of the 1930s. Now a very different Joe McCarthy stalks the National Pastime. This Joe McCarthy made his bones as the junior senator from Wisconsin in the late 1940s and ë...
Ben Gurion: "We Must Expel the Arabs and Take Their Place"
WILLIAM MARTIN
On 11 October 1961 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion declared in the Israeli Knesset: ‘The Arabs’ exit from Palestine…began immediately after the UN resolution, from the areas earmarked for the Jewish state. And we have...
Bush’s Guru
URI AVNERY
An American and a Soviet soldier meet in Berlin in 1945 and get into an argument abhout which of their countries is more democratic. "Why," the American said, "I can stand in the middle of Times Square and shout ‘President Truman is a s...
Re-Reinventing Rep. Les AuCoin (D-Big Timber)
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Retired General George Armstrong Custer was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Bureau of Indian Affairs today. Custer was backed by a long list of Native tribes, including the Sioux, the Chippewa, the Sauk, the Pottawatomie and the Fox. Standing Eag...
Vermont Versus the War
JOHN MARC LEAS, COLLEEN McLAUGHLIN And ASHLEY SMITH
"A town meeting revolt over the Iraq war" is what The Christian Science Monitor called Vermont’s historic votes for anti-war resolutions in 49 of 57 cities and towns. The resolutions passed not only ...
The Pathological John Bolton
LARRY BIRNS
Pathetically enough, the chair that Adlai Stevenson once sat in is now scheduled to be filled by John Bolton, which must be considered a cruel piece of humor on the part of the White House. While the Bush administration ostensibly has set out on a campaign to refo...
In Bolivia, Reality Changes Once Again
LUIS GOMEZ
Good day, kind readers, yesterday morning the landscape changed and there is a new story to tell. The social movements in Bolivia, ALL of them, have united to coordinate their efforts, to organize more demonstrations and fight against the new (or recycled) right w...
Whatever Happened to the Social Security Trust Fund?
JACKIE CORR
Your president, in his first State of the Union address (February 27, 2001), promised to make sure that no Social Security money was used for any other program. He specifically said: "To make sure the retirement savings of America’s seniors are not dive...
So Much for the New Bush Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The February payroll jobs figures released last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a continuation of America’s descent into a third world service economy. The Bush administration cheered the creation of 229,000 private sector jobs (which s...
Making Love, War and Profits at Boeing
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
A few days after the Defense Department announced that it was once again probing irregularities in contracts with Boeing, the company axed its new CEO, Harry Stonecipher. The premature exit came only a few months after former CEO Phil Condit resigned in th...
A Half Million Lebanese March for Syria
ROBERT FISK
It was a warning. They came in their tens of thousands, Lebanese Shia Muslim families with babies in arms and children in front, walking past my Beirut home. They reminded me of the tens of thousands of Iraqi Shia Muslims who walked with their families to the poll...
Stopping by Words in Favor of Privatizing Social Security
JAMES REISS
Whose words these are I think I know. He’s stationed at the White House, though. He will not hear me sing his praises Here sequestered on skid row. With tax cuts and with paycheck raises, Borrowing like holy blazes, He proposes, in...
NHL Says: "Bring On the Scabs!"
DAVE ZIRIN
Three billion dollars. This was the offer put on the table by a coterie of Boston-based businessmen to buy the entire National Hockey League puck, stick, and barrel. In the language of the mega rich, their three billion dollar offer is the equivalent of saying tha...