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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 May 2005
Pelosi at AIPAC
JOSHUA FRANK
"The lessons we should learn from all The fighting in the days of old When providence bestowed divine The sanctuary purified Let lightning circle all you hold And don’t uproot the olive grove" -Mirah, &q...
The Me-Too Club
TAD DALEY
The "nuclear option" may have receded in the U.S. Senate for the time being. Unfortunately, it’s still very much on the table for the two newest aspirants to the nuclear club. Not to mention those who already have their membership cards.  ...
It’s Time to Get Serious About Impeaching Bush
NORMAN SOLOMON
If you think President Bush should be impeached, it’s time to get serious. We’re facing huge obstacles — and they have nothing to do with legal standards for impeachment. This is all about media and politics. Five months into 2005, ...
Killing Americans with Secrecy
WALTER BRASCH
The Pennsylvania Department of Health claims it has a plan to deal with a potential outbreak of H5N1, a lethal strain of the Avian influenza. But it’s a secret plan. So secret that local and county health departments don’t know what it is. Nor do physi...
Chavez Leads the Way
RICHARD GOTT
Caracas. A muddy path leads off the airport motorway into one of the small impoverished villages that perch on the hills above Caracas, a permanent reminder of the immense gulf between rich and poor that characterises oil-rich Venezuela. Only 20 minutes fro...
US Nuclear Hypocrisy
DAVID KRIEGER
Every five years the parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meet in a review conference to further the non-proliferation and disarmament goals of the treaty. This year the conference ended in a spectacular failure with no final document and no agreement o...
French Say "Non" in Thunder!
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The French went ahead and did it. Despite being lectured by government and party leaders, media pundits and foreign leaders flown in from neighboring countries, all telling them that they must vote "yes" to the Treaty establishing a Consti...
Our Man in the Territories
TOM SEGEV
Tel Aviv No one knew until now what veteran television journalist Haim Yavin thought about the news he has been announcing for more than three decades, and he is so nonpartisan that one wondered whether he had an opinion of his own at all. Now, at 72, he is...
Thank You, Mark Felt
MIKE GRAVEL Former US Senator
W. Mark Felt, the assistant director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal, has admitted to being "Deep Throat." He was the source of important information for Washington Post investigative reporters Woodward and Bernstein. Felt’s revelations and...
New York City’s Lost Memory
JACKIE CORR
"It should be presented to the city as a permanent curiosity, as a monument to one of the strangest of millionaires, a reminder of our recent past, a treatise on copper, and a tribute to the state of Montana." THE NEW REPUBLIC, 1...
Searching for a Saladin
AMIR BUTLER
Sir Ridley Scott’s treatment of the Crusades in Kingdom of Heaven focuses attention on a chapter of history that is barely remembered in our societies, yet provides the prism through which Muslims view their relations with the West. The central storyl...
Insomnia and Sarcasm
BEN TRIPP
It is important that you should know I cannot sleep on in airplanes. This is partially because I also cannot sleep under any circumstances, but may have its roots in the neurotic belief that it is only the power of my mind keeping the aircraft suspended 45,000 fee...
Bush Opts for Civil War in Iraq
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
What are we to make of the news reports that Baghdad is to be encircled and divided into smaller and smaller sections by 40,000 Iraqi and 10,000 US troops backed by US air power and armor in order to conduct house to house searches throughout the city to destroy c...
Advice from a Lawyer About Medical Marijuana
FRED GARDNER
Tuesday, May 31, is the next day on which the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Ashcroft v. Raich could come down. The current mood of uncertainty in the medical cannabis industry can be inferred from the following, which was written by an attorney who knows wh...
There’s Their Way or the Galloway
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
So now we have the worst of all worlds: the prospect of some rotten new federal judges and the survival of the filibuster, which the Republicans have consented not to abolish and the Democrats pledged almost never to use. As Senator Russ Feingold said, &quo...
Chavez Gets Proactive
LEE SUSTAR
THE NATIONALIZATION of a bankrupt and closed-down paper company, Venepal, under workers’ self-management late last year signaled a new turn in Venezuelan politics. Soon afterward, Chávez used the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil to ta...
Why Are Nukes OK for You, But Not for Us?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Imagine you are leader of a nation with a population of 69 million, and one fifth the size of the US. You have massive oil and gas deposits but your country is otherwise appallingly poor, being over 70 per cent desert that cannot be irrigated because there are few...
The Consolations of George Lakoff
RICHARD LICHTMAN
George Lakoff has been enlisted by the Democratic Party to advise and consult. He been endorsed by Howard Dean, Arianna Huffington and Robert B. Reich. He has become the intellectual taste of the season among the Greens and left-Democrats. He’s frequently so...
Muslim Lives are Descreted, Not Just Their Holy Book
RAMZY BAROUD
The reported desecration of the Quran by US guards at the infamous Guantanamo prison, as originally reported by Newsweek on May 9, 2005, was not–as it should’ve been–an opportunity for a thorough examination of US army practices, and thus human r...
Isikoff Comes Clean
JOSHUA FRANK
Decades ago we were told how consent is manufactured in these great – United States of America. Yet our government since then has become even more up-front about its motives for employing propaganda. Recently, George W. Bush was in Rochester, N.Y., p...
What About the People?
JUSTIN E. H. SMITH
Bucharest. I was interviewed a f...
Hyperventilating with Paul Virilio
JUSTIN TAYLOR
Art and Fear By Paul Virilio Trans. Julie Rose, Intro by John Armitage...
The Reversal of the AUT Boycott
TOUFIC HADDAD
I am not in a position to comment upon the details of what took place in England with regards to the outcome of the 26 May special vote within the Association of University Teachers, and its result of rolling back a previous resolution calling for a selective boyc...
Aboard the Modern Day Pequod
MICHAEL KIMAID
Call us all Ishmael. At least those of us who have been unwittingly conscripted on what we thought was a voyage with purpose only to learn out of the sight of land that we were on a monomaniacal expedition of bloodlust revenge. Those who our Captain Ahab s...
The Democrats Have Become Merely a Vestigial Opposition Party
DAVE LINDORFF
This focus by Democrats in Congress on judicial appointments and on the appointment of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador is just a pathetic sideshow. In the end all that sound and fury signifies nothing. The Democratic leadership struts around boasting that it...
The Road to Abu Ghraib
SHARON SMITH
Even before the Bush administration invaded Iraq in March 2003, human rights organizations were raising allegations of torture at U.S. prisons in Afghanistan. At the time, the State Department dismissed their allegations as "ridiculous" (just as t...
Mubarak’s Goon Squads
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Egyptian plain-clothes police beat up demonstrators in central Cairo – in some cases groping women protesters – as Egyptians voted over constitutional changes that would theoretically allow more than one candidate to stand for presi...
It Really is a Crusade
GARY LEUPP
Days after the 9-11 attacks, George W. Bush informed Americans, "This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile." As a Yale history major, he ought to have known what the medieval Crusades were all about: Christians against Muslims, mostly ...
Why Pat Tillman’s Parents Are No Longer Silent
DAVE ZIRIN
To kill with no pain Like a dog on a chain He ain’t got no name But it ain’t him to blame He’s only a pawn in their game. ...
Infiltrating Bilderberg 2005
DANIEL ESTULIN
The annual secret meeting of the Bilderberg group determines many of the headlines and news developments you will read about in the coming months. But the Establishment media completely black it out. With the exception of half-a-dozen high ranking members of the p...
House Votes on Iraq Withdrawal Amendent: 300 for War; 128 for Getting Out "Soon"
KEVIN ZEESE
On the evening of May 25 the U.S. House of Representatives considered an amendment offered by Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) calling for an exit strategy from Iraq. Amendment No. 26 simply stated: "It is the sense of Congress that the ...
Santiago v. Rumsfeld
JORGE MARISCAL
It is an axiom among activists working in the area of counter-recruitment that the enlistment contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. What this means in practical terms is that whatever a recruiter promises to deliver to a new recruit-specific ...
The New Banana Wars
REBECCA RUSH
Ever since the U.S. charged in 1999 that the European Union (EU) trade preferences given to developing African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries were not in accordance with World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations, the economies of many Caribbean Community ...
Agenda for a Sustainable Europe
ARTHUR MITZMAN
In April 2004, some seventy-five friends and colleagues co-signed an appeal for a progressive EU Parliament­ "For A Different Europe — drafted by Joep Leerssen, Michael Krätke and myself.* We are now a year further, and the immediate issue befo...
Karzai’s Rude Awakening
JACK RANDOM
Is there anyone who still believes in the independence of the American media? After the spectacle of embedded journalism, the evisceration of Dan Rather, the sordid saga of Judith Miller and the New York Times, and the emasculation of Newsweek Magazine, if you req...
Uncovering a DOJ Coverup
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In 1995 Kenneth Trentadue was murdered by federal agents in a federal prison in Oklahoma City. A coverup immediately went into effect. Federal authorities claimed Trentadue, who was being held in a suicide-proof cell, had committed suicide by hanging himself, but ...
Firebombing and Atom Bombing
YUKI TANAKA
The firebombing of Tokyo, or for that matter the bombing of any city, whether it be Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, or London, cannot be fully comprehended unless it is examined in the context of the history of indiscriminate bombing throughout the twentieth century...
Bolton Nomination Would Shatter Intelligence Analysts’ Morale
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst Few have more at stake in the expected Senate approval of John Bolton to be U.S. representative at the UN than the remnant of demoralized intelligence analysts trained and still willing to speak truth to power. What would be the point in con...
Big Food Strikes Back
BRITT BAILEY And BRIAN TOKAR
Legislation aiming to prevent counties, towns and cities from making local decisions about our food supply is being introduced in states across the nation. Fifteen states recently have introduced legislation removing local control of plants and seeds. Eleven of th...
Sweet Revenge at Terminal Island
JOHN ROSS
(Remarks made May 15th upon receiving a 2005 Upton Sinclair Award from the South Bay chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union–the date commemorates the arrest of Upton Sinclair on Liberty Hill in San Pedro, California as he read the First A...
The Curse of Bi-partisanship
DAVE LINDORFF
When a wolf and a fox agree on a modus vivendi, the rabbits and woodchucks had better be on their guard. The same is true about the March 23 agreement reached by 14 "moderate" Democratic and Republican Senators which undermined the looming confron...
Of Cabbages, Cessnas and Kings
WILLIAM S. LIND
Two weeks ago, a small, single-engine plane inadvertently strayed into the closed air space above Washington. The result was panic. Both the White House and the Capitol were evacuated, with police shouting "Run! Run!" at fleeing staffers and visitors. Se...
Tattoo Nation
CHRIS FLOYD
Seymour Hersh, chronicler of American madness from the My Lai Massacre to Abu Ghraib, tells a chilling story of the lingering aftermath of atrocity. As the revelations of brutal torture by the victors were first spilling from conquered Iraq, Hersh was cont...
Occupy, Resist, Produce!
SEAN CAIN
With the popularity of such documentaries as Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s The Corpor...
Peace Doesn’t Come Easily
CAMILO MEJIA
Just about a year a go I was tried by a special Court-martial at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The charge: desertion with the intent to avoid hazardous duty. My case received a lot of attention from the media, mainly because I was the first Iraq veteran to have been to c...
The Plot to Stigmatize "51 Documents" on Amazon.com
LENNI BRENNER
On May 4th, an article, "Board’s Amazon Appeal," appeared on Jewish News, a Zionist website. It reported that the Board Of Deputies Of British Jews, pro-Zionist religious Jewry’s central organization, had complained to Amazon re a book I edit...
The Torture and the Lies Continue
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"He was a murderer from the beginning , and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it." The Gospel according to St John, VIII, 44....
Kansas, Extinction and "Intelligent Design"
KARL SHEPARD
I am astonished that the Kansas state school board would once again make itself a world laughing stock. Like a little boy caught with his pants down, it tries hard to conceal the face of science. It is a difficult task when you expose the source of speciation. At ...
Behind the Green(back) Curtain
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Armchair warriors often fail And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales The lawyers clean up all details Since daddy had to lie… Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby Gormer Mother Jones editor Mark Dow...
The Folly of Media Reform
STEPHEN DUNIFER
As the saying goes, no matter how much lipstick you apply to a pig, it is still a pig. Such is the case of media reform. In the final analysis, it is a discussion about making the jail cell more comfortable. No matter the nature or degree of reform proposed...