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Archives from April 2005
Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s Would-Be Mandela, Stares into the Darkness
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
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
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
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
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
Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza...
Aerial Spraying of Deadly Pesticides
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
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?"
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
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
Washington, DC After a game in T...
War and Elections in Ireland and Britain
Dublin, Ireland Newspapers and p...
The Killing of Nicola Calipari
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
Mexico City, Mexico Andes Manuel...
Corporate Conflicts of Interest and Bi-Partisan Myopia
Washington, DC The last two pres...
The New York Times in Fallujah
Seattle, Washington ...
Iraqi "Peace" in Tatters
Mosul, Iraq Iraqi and United Sta...
Dow Chemical Buys Silence in Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan Three "...
The High-Tech "Competitiveness" Smokescreen
"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
Missoula, Montana We’ve be...
The Pharmaceuticalization of Marijuana
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?
Washington, DC Question: have yo...
Barbara Bush: We Should Have Pulled the Plug on Our Daughter
Austin, Texas It’s well-do...
CAFTA will Further Depress US Wages
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
Houston, Texas The U.S. lost the...