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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 April 2005
Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Would-Be Mandela, Stares into the Darkness
JOHN ROSS
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador demands a speedy trial on contempt of court charges arising out of his purported defiance of orders not to build a road to a Mexico City hospital. To qualify as a candidate for the presidency of Mexico, AMLO, the current frontrunner who...
The Spanish Inquisition
MONTY PYTHON
In the early years of the 16th century, to combat the rising tide of religious unorthodoxy, the Pope gave Cardinal Ximinez of Spain leave to move without let or hindrance throughout the land, in a reign of violence, terror and torture that makes a smashing film. T...
Marla Ruzicka, d. April 16
FRANK B. FORD
Embraced the living and counted the dead. The friends she left invoke the ordinary over greater pain: mis- placing her cellphone, giggling California girl asking where the party is. And such. Round against these the...
Outsourcing the American Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is offshore outsourcing good or harmful for America? To convince Americans of outsourcing’s benefits, corporate outsourcers sponsor misleading one-sided "studies." Only a small handful of people have looked objectively at the issue. These f...
What’s Good for Canada is Good for GM
DAVE LINDORFF
Almost half a century ago, Charles Wilson, chairman of General Motors, once famously declared, "What’s good for General Motors is good for the country." These days, his successor might more properly say, "What’s good for Canada is good f...
Before the Law
NEVE GORDON
Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza...
Aerial Spraying of Deadly Pesticides
MURRAY HUDSON
Five-year-old Joshua Hanks suffered with asthma. Unfortunately, he lived next to a cotton field outside Friendship in Crockett County. After pesticides were dropped on that field by air July 29, 2002, Joshua stopped breathing. Paramedics took him to a hospital in ...
Immaculate Evasions
BRIAN CONCANNON, Jr.
In February 2004, I wrote an article about the controversy sparked by the Haitian government’s efforts to reign in unruly protestors. A series of demonstrations, both for and against the constitutional government, had degenerated into low-level violence and ...
"Is Posada Still Working for the White House?"
JEAN-GUY ALLARD
Havana, Cuba "While Mr Posada was reappearing in the US, the US Government did thousands of arrests of persons that had entered the country illegally. But they did not arrest Mr Posada!" said Ricardo Alarcon de Quesada, President of Cuba’s P...
Cardinal Sins
MICHAEL DICKINSON
My two brothers and I were brought up as Catholics because our mother was one. We attended Mass every Sunday, at the "Church of Our Lady of Arabia" in Ahmadi, Kuwait, an Anglo/American compound where we lived because our father (no, not that one!) worked...
Straight Outta High School
DAVE ZIRIN
Washington, DC After a game in T...
War and Elections in Ireland and Britain
HARRY BROWNE
Dublin, Ireland Newspapers and p...
The Killing of Nicola Calipari
ELI STEPHENS
It was reported a few days ago: "U.S. soldiers reportedly have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting of an Italian journalist and an intelligence agent last month in Baghdad. "The car was about 130 yards from a checkpoint...
Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Would-Be Mandela, Stares into the Darkness
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City, Mexico Andes Manuel...
Corporate Conflicts of Interest and Bi-Partisan Myopia
LINDA SCHADE And KEVIN ZEESE
Washington, DC The last two pres...
The New York Times in Fallujah
MIKE WHITNEY
Seattle, Washington ...
Iraqi "Peace" in Tatters
PATRICK COCKBURN
Mosul, Iraq Iraqi and United Sta...
Dow Chemical Buys Silence in Michigan
BRIAN McKENNA
Ann Arbor, Michigan Three "...
The High-Tech "Competitiveness" Smokescreen
JOHN PARDON
"Competitiveness" is a much-abused buzz-word with which "free trade" enthusiasts often salt their writings. No more prominent or public an example can be found than the influencial New York Times’ columnist Tom Friedman. When Friedman tal...
Cubical of Doom
MIKE ROSELLE
Missoula, Montana We’ve be...
The Pharmaceuticalization of Marijuana
FRED GARDNER
G.W. Does the "Right" Thing A hitherto reliable source says that G.W. Pharmaceuticals has hired Andrea Barthwell, MD, to lobby for approval of its cannabis-plant extracts in the U.S. G.W. manufactures a high-THC spray called Sativex that is await...
Scientists or Celebrities?
RALPH NADER
Washington, DC Question: have yo...
Barbara Bush: We Should Have Pulled the Plug on Our Daughter
JACKSON THOREAU
Austin, Texas It’s well-do...
CAFTA will Further Depress US Wages
MARK WEISBROT
The proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement is generating a political battle over foreign commercial policy that we haven’t seen since the North American Free Trade Agreement was passed more than a decade ago. As with NAFTA, there is widespread ...
How I Learned to Quit Worrying and Love Vietnam and Iraq
ROBERT BUZZANCO
Houston, Texas The U.S. lost the...
The Art of Jailing
MARK DOW
[This essay is excerpted f...
A Tale of Two Universities
RON JACOBS
Burlington, Vermont Once upon a ...
Debtors of the World Unite!
YOSHIE FURUHASHI
The ...
Whatever Happened to the Struggle for Women’s Liberation?
SHERRY WOLF
Chicago, Illinois "BITCH&qu...
Shaking the Walls of TwinWorld™
RICHARD NEVILLE
There’s a quickening in the air, don’t you think? Oil shocks, the Warming, the Dimming, tectonic shifts, Torture Mania, War Without End, etc, which adds fuel to the religious revival. The death of a Pope is great spectacle, and the grief of his followe...
"Imagine" and the Koran
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Istanbul, Turkey Im...
Gaza: the Line of Memory and Despair
RAMZY BAROUD
Seattle, Washington I’ve k...
Students Rise Again in Québec
TOM REEVES
Right next door to the apathy that is almost universal on U.S. campuses, there has been an amazing revival of student activism unseen for decades in Québec. Yet almost no U.S. students will know anything about it because of a virtually complete black-out in...
Victoria’s Dirty Secret
JOSH MAHAN
Missoula, Montana The cat is out...
Diplomacy, Bush Style
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
New Zealand There is sometimes a...
Will the Real Minutemen Please Stand Up?
DAVID RUSSITANO
San Francisco, California ...
One Zimbabwe or Another
MICKEY Z
New York City Is it me or is the...
Fear and Art
STEPHANIE McMILLAN
Chicago, Illinois I admit that i...
“I am Joaquin”
RODOLFO "CORKY" GONZALES
I am Joaquin, Lost in a world of confusion, Caught up in a whirl of a gringo society, Confused by the rules, Scorned by attitudes, Suppressed by manipulations, And destroyed by modern society. ...
No Child Left a Dime
BILL GLAHN
Springfield, Missouri "All ...
The Passing of a Legend
JORGE MARISCAL
San Diego, California When in th...
Jeffrey Sach’s Milllennium Plan
JERZY MANKOWSKI
Brodnica, Poland As an economist...
Right-to-Know in Mexico
TALLI NAUMANN
Silver City, New Mexico ...
Red States Rebellion
KARYN STRICKLER
Bethesda, Maryland ...
Aussie Press Under the Empire of Murdoch
ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
Sydney, Australia During last ye...
What You Should Know About Bank One’s New Daddy
JESSICA PUPOVAC
Chicago, Illinois Now many Chica...
The Flattened Economy of the Rocky Mountain West
PAT WILLIAMS
Missoula, Montana The economy of the Rocky Mountain West, particularly in the states of the Northern Rockies, has thrived because of our burgeoning middle class. For more than half a century pe...
"Once We were Ruled by a Dictator; Now We are Ruled by Clowns"
SAUL LANDAU And FARRAH HASSEN
Pomona, CA / New York City Two n...
Supporting the Troops, While Opposing Their Actions
JOSHUA FRANK
Albany, New York On Saturday Nov...
Challenging the Empire
VIRGINIA RODINO
Washington, DC At the end of las...