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Archives from May 2005
Douglas Feith Bares His Soul to Jeffrey Goldberg
GARY LEUPP
A revealing article by Jeffrey Goldberg in the New Yorker, based on an interview with Undersecretary...
Death of a Myth
URI AVNERY
The uproar has been raging for two weeks so far, and is showing no sign of abating. Israel is shaken to the core–is it the postponed "disengagement plan? Is it the killing of demonstrators against the Wall? No, it’s a song. Like a devout Ch...
Amateurish High Jinks on Roadless Areas
PAT WILLIAMS
Former Montana Congressman "Its a fine mess you’ve gotten us into again, Stanley." That famous line from the comedy team Laurel and Hardy is reminiscent of the slapstick political maneuvers of the Bush Administration in its seemingly never-endi...
More Phony Jobs Hype
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Careless journalists and commentators are hyping the 274,000 new April payroll jobs as evidence of the health of the US economy. An examination of the details of the new jobs puts a different view on the matter. April’s job growth is consistent with t...
Douglas Feith Bares His Soul to Jeffrey Goldberg
GARY LEUPP
A revealing article by Jeffrey Goldberg in the New Yorker, based on an interview with Undersecretary...
Senate Gives Dept. Homeland Security Power to Waive All Laws
ROBERT SHULL
In passing the Iraq War Supplemental yesterday, the Senate also gave the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to waive any and all law in the course of building roads and barriers along the U.S. borders — without limit and with no checks and balances. Th...
The Rise, Fall and Rise of Ahmed Chalabi
PATRICK COCKBURN
BAGHDAD. King Abdullah of Jordan...
Anti-Arabic Week in a Southern High School
Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
‘In March, two 16-year-old Muslim girls were imprisoned by the FBI on the assertion (no charges, mind you) that they are "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based on evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." ...
Tantura, Teddy Katz and Haifa University
ZALMAN AMIT
On April 22, the Association of University Teachers in the United Kingdom voted to boycott the University of Haifa in Israel. Supporters of the boycott referred to the university’s treatment of one of its staff, Dr. Ilan Pappe, in the controversy over an MA ...
God, Gays and George Bernard Shaw
MIKE WHITNEY
God’s perfected plan for humanity hit another speed-bump yesterday when a group of scientists released a report in the latest edition of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" proving that there are fundamental differences in the way gay...
Political Bluster and the Filibuster
NORMAN SOLOMON
The battle over the filibuster is now one of the country’s biggest political news stories. The Bush seems determined to change Senate rules so a simple majority of senators, instead of three-fifths, can cut off debate and force a vote on the president’...
Non-Stop to Uzbekistan
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s probably just because we have a shortage of good jails. Otherwise being a country concerned with human rights we’d not consider it. Back in 2001 there was a human rights report by the U.S. Department of State. It described life in jails in ...
Toward a New State Capital
ALAN FARAGO
Church is a good place for Sunday worship, but to contemplate the miracle of Creation, sometimes all you need to do is take a good walk. The point of a good walk is obvious to anyone who has taken one. You start in one place and end up in another, even thou...
Anti-War Hoopster Wins NBA’s MVP
DAVE ZIRIN
By electing Steve Nash the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, the pro basketball media made the day of everyone who plays hoops on Friday and protests the US war machine on Saturday. First and foremost, Steve Nash deserved this award. He averaged a league le...
The Great Stillborn Eco-Victory
MICHAEL DONNELLY
"Roadless, roadless…moonlight dancing on a fresh clearcut" – Apology to Paul Simon The e-mails lists were abuzz V-E Day with articles and post-mortems on the Bush Administration’s new offensive i...
The Burden of Knowing Better
STEPHEN BABCOCK
When 15 bald-headed, black-clad neo-Nazis of a group from Arkansas called White Revolution rounded past the balcony from which freedom was once unapologetically declared on Sunday, they must have patted themselves on the back. Hundreds of anarchists, communists, s...
An Ethical Blank Check
RICHARD DRAYTON
In 1945, as at the end of all wars, the victor powers spun the conflict’s history to serve the interests of their elites. Wartime propaganda thus achieved an extraordinary afterlife. As Vladimir Putin showed over the weekend, the Great Patriotic War remains ...
Taking Direct Action Against Hallliburton
SCOTT PARKIN
Pride … that is the word Halliburton uses in its advertising. But if anyone looks at the facts "false pride" might be more accurate ­ a pride that comes before the fall. Next Wednesday, May 18th, the Halliburton corporation will h...
Mrs. O’Hara’s Windfall
JACKIE CORR
The White House now says that when Medicare begins covering prescription drugs in January, older and poorer Americans will receive a windfall. But there’s a catch. The White House also says these older and poorer Americans will spend less of their o...
Nomadic Abstracts
REZA FIYOUZAT
Although most of humanity is localized, a better view into the general state of humanity is provided through a closer look at the conditions of the ‘global nomads': migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, international seasonal/migrant worker...
Economists on China
DAVE LINDORFF
Economists, particularly economists right and center, love to sound off about the alleged wonders of the market. There is one area, however, where they are remarkably silent, and that is China. If free markets are the sine qua non of success, and t...
The Occupation Get More Saddam-like Everyday
KEVIN ZEESE
Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar is an engineer living in what America calls "liberated’ Iraq" but what he calls "occupied Baghdad." Ghazwan has been an outspoken critic of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, he was also an outspoken critic of Sadd...
Naomi Klein’s "Courage"
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Naomi Klein, in a recent article posted on In These Times, tells us "How to end the war". ...
Jared Diamond, Greenwasher
LOUIS PROYECT
Jared Diamond’s "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" is best...
Straight to Bechtel
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
On the second anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Bechtel, the gargantuan global construction firm based in San Francisco, issued its revenue numbers for 2004. While the situation continued to deteriorate for the US military forces in Iraq, Bechtel reported more ...
The Court Martial of Kevin Benderman
KEVIN ZEESE
This Wednesday, May 11, the court martial of Sgt. Kevin Benderman begins. Sgt. Benderman, who has served in the military for eight years including one tour of duty in Iraq, filed for conscientious objector status after seeing the reality of war in Iraq. He has bee...
A Mother’s Day Call for Justice in Haiti’s Prisons
SASHA KRAMER
In Haiti’s overcrowded prisons the constitutional Prime Minister Yvon Neptune lies on his deathbed as hundreds of other political prisoners languish behind bars without charges. Neptune’s sacrifice has cast a light into the shadows of Haiti’s pri...
"Mission Accomplished"
ROBERT FISK
The Independent Two years after "Mission Accomplished", whatever moral stature the United States could claim at the end of its invasion of Iraq has long ago been squandered in the torture and abuse and deaths at Abu Ghraib. That the symbol of Saddam ...
"How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? How Does a Loser Ever Win?"
JOSHUA FRANK
On a swing through Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week, John F. Kerry made it crystal clear that he doesn’t care much for gay marriage. The intolerant senator scoffed at reporters when asked whether or not he supported the inclusion of a same-sex marriage plank...
Our Declaration of Independence
ANDREW WIMMER
April 24: It was a beautifully clear and cool Sunday afternoon. As Carol, Bill, and I made our way through the streets of south Saint Louis, heading to Mira and Obi’s to join them in celebrating the naming of their newborn daughter, Priya, the rows of old br...
Back to the Streets in Bolivia?
JEFFREY R. WEBBER
After about a month and a half of relative dormancy, the beginning of last week saw the first interesting signs of renewed life from popular forces in Bolivia. On Monday, May 3, three congressmen and one senator of the party Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) ­ I...
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...
Why is Santos Reyes Facing Life in Prison?
ERIN YOSHIOKA
In 1994, California voters passed the infamous "three-strikes-and-you’re-out" law, which is currently the nation’s toughest law for repeat criminal offenders. "Three strikes" was voted into law by citizens fearful of having violent ...