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Archives from May 7th, 2005
Letters on Wittgenstein
BEN TRIPP
Due to a complex and time-consuming project of such importance that it will make the entire world sit up and take notice, albeit only for one six-millionth of a second, the famous author of these occasional missives has been uncharacteristically and blessedly sile...
Free Speech in the Crosshairs
MIKE WHITNEY
Seattle, Washington "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and ...
The Peculiar State
JOHN CHUCKMAN
A lawyer gave a brief opinion piece on Canada’s public radio, the CBC, in which he flatly said that criticism of Israel is a form of anti-Semitism. I guess we should be grateful that people in Canada are much less violent in their opinions than people...
Those Patriotic Magnets
RICHARD JOSEPH
As the war in Iraq perpetuates, and American casualties increase, so does the popularity of the slogan "Support Our Troops." These 3 words are highly visible on American roads, and can be readily found on the rear-bumpers of vehicles, as part of that fam...
To Cuba and Back
ANIS MEMON
I recently went to Cuba as part of a delegation sponsored by the American organization Witness for Peace whose Cuba p...
Uprising in Mexico City
LANCE SELFA
Only days after more than 1 million people demonstrated April 24 in support of Mexico City Mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President Vicente Fox pulled the plug on a politically motivated prosecution against López Obrador. Hard-line ...
Hollywood Does Enron
HEATHER WILLIAMS
For armchair prophets who declared half a decade ago that share prices were bound to rise forever and make the whole world rich, watching Producer/director Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is bound to be like looking at sna...
Biblical Prophecy and Christian Zionism
GARY LEUPP
The Christian right, generally speaking, embraces religious Zionism—not simply support for the modern Jewish state, but a certain view of the past, present and future based on a Bible-centered understanding of history and a prophetic vision of the future. Th...
Ann Coulter and the Texas Police State, Cont.
COLIN KALMBACHER
During the question and answer session that followed a speech by Ann Coulter at the University of Texas at Austin, Ajai Raj waited in line, and when his turn arose, he asked a question. In regard to Coulter’s bizarre defense of the "sanctity of marriage...
Seeing Chile in Nepal
DANIELA PONCE
My friend was arrested on April 26. His name is Gagan Thapa. He is not a murderer or a thief, but a student leader, who, despite significant risks to his life, has been fighting to restore democracy in Nepal. I am Chilean. Gagan is Nepali. Despite the dista...
"Getting High is a Little Like Cuba: When the Government Says ‘No’, You’ve Just Got to Go There"
FRED GARDNER
Rick Steves is a travel guide and writer who lives in Edmunds, Washington, and spends about 100 days a year in Europe. His TV shows on PBS are seen by millions of viewers like you. He is in his late 40s; sandy-haired, bespectacled, intelligent, and so calm that he...
Déja Vu All Over Again
RON JACOBS
"Life is so precious." This obvious yet true statement is how Ron Kovics ends the introduction to Akashic Books republication of his epic memoir, ...
The Mother of All Days
MICKEY Z.
With all due disrespect to Joan Crawford and Michael Keaton, I’ll take Mother Jones (the woman, not the mag) any day as my pop culture maternal icon. Born in Ireland and raised in Canada, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones did her agitating right here in t...
Pope Torquemada
SAUL LANDAU
How does the new Pope connect to Catholic kids persecuting me as a child, especially during Halloween, obstructing justice and shaping US politics? At age six, growing up in the Bronx, a gang of Irish Catholic kids jumped me and beat me. As they ...
Zimbabwe’s Fight for Justice
GREGORY ELICH
Twenty-five years ago, Zimbabwe’s liberation movement came to power after years of struggle. Hopes soared that independence would bring an end to the legacy of colonial rule and apartheid power and give birth to a more equitable and just social order. But in...
Another Look at Daneil Ortega and the Sandinista Struggle
JOE DeRAYMOND
"This movement is national and anti-imperialist. We fly the flag of freedom for Nicaragua and for all Latin America. And on the social level it’s a people’s movement, we stand for the advancement of social aspirations." A...
Masturbation 101
Dr. SUSAN BLOCK
Brothers and Sisters, Lovers and Sinners, come, let us play… May is National Masturbation Month, having been so declared by the erotically aware jill-off gals at Good Vibrations and the Godmother of Masturbation herself, Dr. Betty Dodson. Why bother t...
Who Beat Hitler?; Linings to Blair’s Victory; I Choose Laura (Over HRC); the End of 666?; Hail Ike Turner (and Audrey); More on Big Woody; Sexual Entrapment and the Mayor of Spokane
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Monday, May 9, brings us the sixtieth anniversary of the defeat of Nazism in Europe. I remember the first VE Day in 1945, sitting on my father’s shoulders on the side of some London street, watching the tanks rumble by and a soldier in a tin hat popping up a...