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THE DECAY OF AMERICAN MEDIA — Patrick L. Smith on the decline and fall of American journalism; Peter Lee on China and its Uyghur problem; Dave┬áMacaray on brain trauma, profits and the NFL; Lee Ballinger on the bloody history of cotton. PLUS: “The Vindication of Love” by JoAnn Wypijewski; “The Age of SurrealPolitick” by Jeffrey St. Clair; “The Radiation Zone” by Kristin Kolb; “Washington’s Enemies List” by Mike Whitney; “The School of Moral Statecraft” by Chris Floyd and “The Surveillance Films of Laura Poitras” by Kim Nicolini.
Archives from May 2005
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...