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Archives from June 2005
Portland Versus the FBI
DESIREE HELLEGERS
At the end of April, Portland, Oregon became the first city in the country to pull out of its local Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) agreement with the FBI. The move marked the culmination of a five year struggle by an ad hoc coalition of s...
Which Flag Would Jesus Burn?
DAVE LINDORFF
The flag amendment which just passed the House by a huge margin, and which may pass in the Senate this time around and even become a part of the Constitution, was predictable. After all, the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism, and the ...
Killing Off the Jury with Tort Reform
CLAY S. CONRAD
Tort reform is high on the Republican and corporate agendas. It is also on the table in many states, unless, of course, it has already passed. Tort reform advocates say that their goal is to restore balance in the civil justice system, to en...
Frank Calzon
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Through his lawyer, Frank Calzon, an anti-Castro zealot, has taken issue with Diana Barahona’s article on Reporters without Borders, which recently ran on this site, and in which Calzon featured in a very marginal role.Calzon̵...
Where You Stand Determines What You See…And How You Live
KATHY KELLY
“Where you stand determines what you see, and how you live.” That’s how Voices in the Wilderness members began our statement explaining why we’d decided to stay in Baghdad during the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing...
A Retort to Military Neo-Liberalism
STANDARD SCHAEFER
Afflicted Powers by Retort (Iain Boal, TJ Clark, Joseph Matthews, Michael...
CAFTA Deserves a Quiet Death
MARK ENGLER
While the Bush Administration still aspires to ward off defeat, it is becoming increasingly clear that its failure to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) represents the latest in a series of setbacks for its sputtering tra...
Voluntary Amnesia in America
NORMAN SOLOMON
Forget it! That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: “Don’t let history get in the way of spin.” Evasion smooths the way to t...
He Practiced Law Without a License, Now He’s a Federal Appeals Court Judge
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
One of the first things Thomas B. Griffith will want to do is convince his colleagues of the importance of changing their Rule 49. It shouldn’t be that hard since he’s now a member of that court and can tell his colleagues from p...
Vidharbha: No rains and 116F
P. SAINATH
Nagpur Rural (Maharashtra) Even when it’s 47 degrees Celsius in the rest of the region, it’s cool here. A little away from us is a patch which clocks in at minus 13 degrees. This is “India’s first Snowdome̶...
Patriots Against the PATRIOT Act
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR
The editors of Esquire magazine once wrote, "If there is one thing that always comes out of a terrible tragedy, it is really dumb legislation." On October 25, 2001, a mere 45 days after the 9/11attacks, Congress passed, with...
To the Graduates
DAVID KRIEGER
Congratulations on completing this phase of your life. I’m sure you have learned many things in your studies and are excited about what lies ahead. As you look forward, there are some important things about the world you are entering &...
Give Populism a Chance
DAN NAGENGAST
The word “populist” has popped up in the recent European Union referendums as a dirty word, a stand-in for xenophobia and bigotry, the mark of a far right fearful of immigration. That message comes from the elite. It impl...
Confronting Israeli Myth-Making
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
Propagandists on behalf of Israel have held a corner on public discourse about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for the nearly six decades of Israel’s existence, but these purveyors of the Israeli line have become increasingly deceptiv...
Afghanistan: the Other War
WILLIAM S. LIND
In view of the steady stream of bad news from Iraq – five dead Marines in Saturday’s paper, two more in Sunday’s and four soldiers in Monday’s, along with the Baathist element of the resistance so “weakened̶...
Patriots Against the PATRIOT Act
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR
The editors of Esquire magazine once wrote, "If there is one thing that always comes out of a terrible tragedy, it is really dumb legislation." On October 25, 2001, a mere 45 days after the 9/11attacks, Congress passed, with...
The Bush Administration’s Psy-Ops on the US Public
KEVIN ZEESE
Sam Gardiner has taught strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War College and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defence College. During Gulf II he was a regular on the NewsHour w...
The Crass Slipper Fits
DAVE ZIRIN
"When our country was on its knees...
Destroy the Unbelievers
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Those who attempt to caution or contradict Bush Washington about even the smallest matter are doomed. They are the Unbelievers, and for their independence will be mercilessly attacked by the psychopathic charlatans who wield great power in an administration that h...
The Coming Saudi Oil Crisis
MATTHEW R. SIMMONS
As oil becomes a scarce resource, its use will have to be rationed in one way or another. There are ways to allocate oil use and direct it to its most valuable applications. But achieving such a rational plan will require a carefully orchestrated, global, country-...
Can the Anti-War Movement Impeach Bush?
VIRGINIA RODINO
"Today is probably the happiest d...
Someone Tell Bush that Iraq Wasn’t Responsible for 9/11 Before He Starts Another War
JASON LEOPOLD
"We went to war because we were attacked," President Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. Yeah, by al-Qaeda not Iraq. For President Bush to say publicly that the United States attacked Iraq because of 9/11 is not only an outr...
The GM Job Massacre
ALAN MAASS
The corporation whose name was once synonymous with U.S. economic prosperity has announced another in a series of layoffs that will leave its workforce a fraction of its former size. General Motors will cut 25,000 jobs over the next three years, according t...
Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends
WILLIAM BLUM
The Pentagon awarded three contracts this past week, worth up to $300 million, to companies it hopes will inject more creativity into US psychological operations efforts to improve foreign public opinion about the United States, particularly their opinion of the A...
Bush’s Lonely Campaign Against Chavez
MARK WEISBROT
For anyone who has been to Venezuela, it’s easy to see why no one wants to take Washington’s side in this grievance. A few weeks ago I passed by a 22-story government building in downtown Caracas, and saw about 200 students blocking the exits in...