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Archives from May 2005
Spiritual Abuse by the Religious Right
In a recent article, I promised readers that I would address the mindset of the religious right as an addiction. In order to do so with accuracy and clarity, it is first necessary to define addiction and clarify the terms, Christia...
Bush and the Angry God
The two books under review — Charles Tiefer’s Veering Right and Esther Kaplan&#...
My Visit to the Clinton White House
At the end of March 1998, when I had confirmed to Princeton University my literary workshop for April 25, I contacted Bill Richardson on the phone to ask him to arrange a private visit with President Clinton to discuss the Colombia situation. Richardson asked me t...
An Anatomy of the Resistance to the American Occupation in Iraq
Much of the American left has been less than consistent with its approach to the occupation of Iraq. Before the invasion of March 2003, the streets of metropolitan America hosted a pageant of political dissent and indignation directed at the current administration...
The Saints of Mischief and Halliburton
Houston. It is still early Wedne...
The American Myth Industry
Good ol’ George W. was traveling around Eastern Europe this past week celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, spouting a lot of Cold War anti-Communist myths, principal among them being: The Soviet Union signed a pact with the dev...
Academic Freedom in Israel is Central to Resolving the Conflict
I write as an ex-Israeli, who happens to be a British academic. I write because experience has taught my conscience the harm that results from silencing free historical debate, the danger inherent in not letting the Other’s voice challenge national heroic my...
Justice in JebWorld
A few days ago, we reported here about Jeb Bush’s attempt to crush the life of an abused 6-year-old girl in his Florida satrapy ("Miami Vice: The Sleazy World of Jeb Bush," May 13). State officials had gone to court...
Beating Around the Bush
The Bush Administration has done an excellent job of confusing the public about its plans regarding Luis Posada Carriles, former CIA operative who blew up a civilian Cubana airliner in 1976 killing 73 innocent civilians. He resurfaced in US a couple of months ago ...
What Will Happen After Israel’s Withdrawl from Gaza
Frontiers and Ghettos: State Violence in Serbia and Israel by James R...
Talk TV
Joe Scarborough welcomes viewers to his MSNBC talk show with the promise of "no passport required and only common sense allowed." Unfortunately, it seems evidence is not always allowed in "Scarborough Country" — at least evidence...
A Film in Search of a Cliché
Before reviewing the film, it is important to provide some context and discuss a type of action regularly perpetrated by either the Israeli army or settlers. An example that I have personally witnessed may enable one to better appreciate and understand the film....
Newsweek and White House Hypocrisy
The latest journalistic scandal, this one at Newsweek, says much more about the hypocrisy and double standards of the White House, the right-wing punditry and the establishment media than it does about a faded weekly holding of the Washington Post Company and a re...
The Trouble with Menwith
ISTANBUL. FFirst the good news. ...
The Politics and Economics of Outsourcing
Offshore outsourcing is misunderstood by economists and policymakers. The phenomenon is misperceived as an extension of the mutual benefits of comparative advantage-based trade. Comparative advantage has two necessary conditions, neither of which is met tod...
The Texas Nexus
Naive American voters still believe that they select their Congressional representatives. Texans are under no such illusion after the bitter redistricting battle that took place there. Partisan and racial gerrymandering has created a situation in Texas and across ...
Triumph Over Debt?
An old maxim in social movements (adapted from Schopenhauer’s prickly take on the history of great ideas) states: "First they ignore you. Then they attack you. Then you win." For years, campaigners for debt relief in the developing world and their ...
One-in-Four Iraqis Directly Affected by the War
The U.S. Army has missed its recruiting goals for the last three months. On Friday, May 20 they stopped recruiting to retrain recruiters who were misleading and threatening potential recruits. At the same time the resistance in Iraq is growing. Is the U.S. militar...
Advice for the Left-Lorn
One of the left’s most prominent commentators, Alexander Cockburn possesses a wild iconoclasm that can be as much tonic for the soul as it is toxic to the system. The Irish-born journalist, whose Village Voice columns in the ̵...
Porn Star to Dine with Bush
Oh my. This Bush administration is something else. On one hand they are all about "family values" and Jesus. On the other they are all about raising mad loot so they can maintain control of Washington. It’s not their conservative principles that re...
Testing AIDS Drugs on Unwitting Foster Children
On May 4 AP reporter John Solomon reported the unthinkable.AIDS drugs had been tested on foster care children in Illinois, NewYork, Maryland, and Texas during the 1990′s.The National Institutes of Health, which is a federal agency under the jurisdic...
How Insurance Companies Exploited 9/11
Whereas one of the consequences of 9/11 was the curtailing of the freedom of the people in the United States by the imposition of new laws and sanctions, that same event freed Congress to do all sorts of things that no one in his or her right mind would have ever ...
Bolivia Erupts
At around 8:00am on Monday morning, massive crowds of mostly poor indigenous Bolivians gathered on the cusp of a mountainside that descends into the capital city of La Paz. They are residents of the massive shantytown of El Alto, located on the high plateau (the a...
Listen to Galloway and Learn Something
Dear Democratic Elected Officials of the United States (with damn few exceptions), I am writing this open letter to call your attention to the remarks made day before yesterday, May 17, 2005, to the United States Senate, by British MP George Galloway of the...
An Anti-Cuba Terrorist is Still a Terrorist
On October 6, 1976 a plane took off from Caracas carrying 73 persons, including the members of a teenaged fencing team. The plane was blown to bits shortly after departure, leaving no survivors. The attack was the work of a terrorist bomb planted on board ...